Kristen R: The Hamster Wheel

As tempting as it would be to write about running on a treadmill with a title like what’s above, that’s not what this post is about. Instead, it’s another birthday mention. A dedication to the man in my life: my sweet husband.

Here's the deck he made. He ripped down the old one and extended it so we had more space to enjoy our wooded and private backyard.

Here’s the deck he made. He ripped down the old one and extended it so we had more space to enjoy our wooded, private backyard.

He’s one of the good ones. He can build and fix anything – and he does so often. He’s never late. He makes a mean breakfast: We’re talking Eggs Benedict, chocolate chip-banana pancakes or amazing omelette breakfasts every weekend; while during the week it’s French toast, egg sandwiches and other “quick” eats. He’s kind. He makes me laugh every day. He can have a meaningful conversation with anyone he meets. He’s well read. He’s an artist and a pinball wizard. His family is the most important thing in life. He doesn’t like to sit still unless a Manchester United game is on TV — or any soccer for that matter.  The man despises dirty laundry. And, despite the fact that he’s now completely outnumbered by being the only man in a house full of three women (and two female cats, I should add), he just might be the most sensitive soul under this roof. But don’t tell him I told  you that.

Oh, and he’s easy on the eyes.

I’m not sure I can describe his parenting in this one post and do it justice, but let me say this: He is a truly great dad. He’s teaching our daughters how to speak up, to never apologize for standing up for what they believe in, to be silly, to eat their veggies, to put family first, to be passionate about learning first — and soccer second, to be respectful to all people and things, and to not take themselves too seriously.

He recently said that the transition from dad to parent is an exhausting one. You see, the last couple of months have been tough. Our daily routine is a busy one. It starts early and is filled with long workdays, homework, cooking, laundry, tired girls, messy playrooms, chauffeuring, and last-minute grocery runs. It can feel a bit like a hamster wheel – spinning and spinning, not getting anywhere and no new scenery to break up the monotony. All of that on top of growing girls, whose moods can change quickly. Our 6-year-old is trying to figure out how to process her emotions and frustrations, and lately we’ve had to be parents more so than just mom and dad trying to help her sort through all of this.

It’s neither good nor bad, but just a fact any parent will affirm. But through the emotions and tiresome routine, he is doing just fine. He’s being a wonderful dad and parent, and I hope he realizes what kind of example and standard he sets daily for our daughters as to what a good man, a good husband and a good father should be.

Happy birthday, husband. We love you.

Happy birthday, husband. We love you.

Happy birthday, husband. You are loved!

Gotta run!
Kristen R.
P.S. Running, running, running and making it daily. How about you?

2013 mileage. 86+ miles.Woot!

2013 mileage. 86+ miles.Woot!

KHP - Started a new plate but I might be erasing and re-drawing this one.  It did not come out the way I intended.

KHP – Started a new plate but I might be erasing and re-drawing this one. It did not come out the way I intended.



About Kristen R.

Counting down to 40, while juggling motherhood, marriage, the corporate grind & middle-of-the-pack running. It's OK to point & laugh.
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11 Responses to Kristen R: The Hamster Wheel

  1. Brenda H. says:

    Happy birthday, T!!!! What a great post, K!!! On top of being all the things above, he’s the very best son-in-law anyone could ask for! I’m so proud he’s part of our family.

  2. Your husband says:

    Thank you wife, brought me to tears. I cannot imagine three people I’d rather be spending my life with. Love.

  3. khpixler says:

    Happy birthday T! I hope you are having a great day with the family. Nicely done Kristen. You are both so lucky to have one another, truly a match made in heaven.

  4. wwwmama says:

    Happy Birthday! What a great post! And what a great husband you have! You’re getting lucky with the timing of your posts. So great.

  5. Amba says:

    Happy Birthday to your husband! But frankly, you didn’t even have to write the rest of the post, you had me convinced at “He makes a mean breakfast” 🙂 Lovely ode to your husband, he must have been thrilled!

  6. Your husband says:

    I would like to thank my wife for such a wonderful birthday.

    She has set the bar high.

  7. Pingback: Kristen R: The longest distance between two places | Making It Daily

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