Monday, June 14, 2010

This guy...

Dontcha just love him?


Sunday was Hubby's 38th Birthday! I know...he's totally an old man. But what can I say? I like older men.

This guy is really amazing. I've said before how hard working he is. But I don't think that really does justice to how much he has really sacrificed. When we started our family, we made the decision that I would quit working outside the home, and be a full-time stay at home mom to our children. My husband has worked 2 jobs for basically our whole marriage up until the last few years. And once we started our business, before he quit his day job to concentrate completely on our carpet cleaning company, he was basically working 2 FULL TIME jobs. Hard, physical labor jobs. He would go to work a little before 8 in the morning to the pipe manufacturing company he worked shipping and receiving for. He would work out in the hot sun or cold wet rain or snow, loading and unloading trucks until 4 or 5, come home, grab a bite to eat and head out to clean carpets. He'd get to a business around 6 after everyone left and he'd clean until 1 or 2 in the morning. Then he'd get up at 7:30 and do it all over again. Some nights, when he had a big job, he didn't get home until 3 or 4. But he never complained. When the weekend rolled around - the time most people look forward to because they get a little break from they daily grind - my husband worked extra hard. He'd schedule his biggest jobs for the weekends. That way he could work Friday night all night, until he was too tired to keep going, come home and go to bed, and head back after he woke up and go all day Saturday. He did this for over 5 years. Looking back, I'm not sure how he didn't die from sheer exhaustion. I would often snicker when I heard people complain about how they worked a 50 or 60 hour work week, or worked 10 hour days. My husband would have done back flips if he could have worked those hours!

Now that he has left his day job, he still puts his energy into the marketing and business side of owning a company during the day, vehicle and equipment maintenance as well as helping me out with the kids, and still goes to work at night. He also dedicates many, many hours of service to his church calling. I am so grateful to have such an example of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice for my children to look up to.

And it takes a REAL man to let his 3 year old deck him out in jewels, then take her on his lap and play "I SPY" books with her!

What a guy, right?

So Saturday evening we went to dinner with our friends M & M, and had a great time visiting with good friends, and enjoying the peace of leaving our children home! It was a great night. After dinner the 2 of us just enjoyed some simple time together running errands and talking about anything and everything. It's good to just hang out and hold hands and have a conversation without being interupted 78 thousand times with "Mom! Mom!...(insert complaining, tattling, whining, or asking for something here )..."

Sunday was spent with my family for a joint celebration of Hubby and my brother D's Birthday. His Birthday is 4 days before Hubby's. We had pizza (request of both birthday boys) and cake and apple crisp. We visited, we laughed and shot my dad's air-soft gun at aluminum cans. Cowgirl did the best of all the kids and almost all the adults! We relished the Celtic's victory over the Lakers and came home tired and content.

So I really am determined to be a more consistent blogger, but the weekend derailed me a little! Have patience with me as I try to arrange my summer schedule! June is crazy with birthdays in my family - Not to mention Father's Day!

As crazy as it is though, I sure do LOVE summer! How is YOUR summer starting out?

14 comments:

Tanielle said...

I agree completely, he is a super guy!!! It's not every husband who will go out and buy Dr. Peppers at different times of the night...happy Birthday to X's hubby!!!!!!

Amy said...

Happy Birthday to him...

My Summer is going okay so far.. We have had a lot of rain but I hope to go swimming soon..

Grandma Buttercup said...

I agree - he is super. I couldn't have hand-picked a greater son-in-law. We love him so much.

jennykate77 said...

He sounds like a wonderful husband and daddy!! What a great example he is setting for your children! I'm glad he had such a happy birthday!

My summer is going good so far...busy, but good. I can't believe it's already the middle of June! Where has the year gone?

Miss you! Love you tons!!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Awwww, he sounds wonderful Xazmin, just wonderful! My hubs is a hard worker too, and I love all that he does so that I am able to be at home.

Our June is busy too with birthdays!

Emmy said...

Wow I did think my husband worked a lot until I read this! Sounds like you have a great guy. Glad he had a good birthday

B said...

what a keeper! happy birthday to you mr. xazmin :)

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

Happy Birthday! Xazmin he sounds like one in a million!!

shortmama said...

He sounds like a great guy! Happy belated bday to him!

Sami said...

I love that picture! It's true, any guy who can go and be "burly" and manly, and then come home, and be dressed as a pretty pretty princess, is the best kind of guy to have for eternity! Happy belated birthday to him!

Rhonda said...

Happy belated birthday! What a MAN! This is definately a "My Husband Rocks" post!

MiMi said...

Awww! I hope he had a great day! And that he has a wonderful Father's day!
I can NOT believe he's that freakin' old. LOL

Myya said...

Seriously what a guy!!! Happy Birthday to him! Isn't it amazing the things a Daddy will do... mine lets the girls put makeup on him sometimes too. This is HUGE for a guy who wasn't sure he really ever wanted kids. We own our own business too & only up till about a year & 1/2 ago we owned 2... man was that a nightmare on him! It is SO important that I stay home with our girls, to both him & I, but man that stress & exhaustion of my husband is so much more then I could ever have imagined. It is definitely tough! Thank goodness he is an amazing husband and an even better Daddy because otherwise he might make me feel it!

Shawn said...

I have to admit, as soon as you said 38 was old I stopped reading!

Sistah, 40 is knock, knock, knocking on my door in just a few weeks. 38 is NOT old!