The Husband

That guy right there is Mr. Raising Rascals.
Also known around these parts as Dude Who Never Smiles.

It's his birthday today. And he turned the big 32. (Yah. Yah. We're babies....tell me all about it.)

In honor of the man who just might be crazier than me (because he continues to come home to our nut house at night instead of high-tailing it to Wisconsin), I'm dedicating this post to him. And I'm going to fill ya in on some facts that you may not know about Mr. Mystery With the Wicked Dimples....

1. He is insanely smart. Like has a degree in Physics smart. He likes to spout off random facts about theories and equations of planetary something-or-other, and I pretend to listen. Because I don't want him to leave us for Wisconsin.

2. He is incredibly handy around the house. I can count on one hand the number of times we have had to call a repairman to our house to fix something, and that was only the air conditioning man because we needed freon, and apparently they don't sell that stuff to just anybody...even if you can quote Einstein and Bernoulli.

3. He has a crazy old car fetish. Right now in our garage sits a 1953 Chevy pickup that is being restored. And in his dreams are a bazillion other vehicles that are just waiting for him to refurbish.

4. He loves to bow fish.

5. He is a card shark at Texas Hold 'Em.

6. His fantasy job is to be an astronaut. His eyes drift to the stars on most nights.

7. He is bilingual. He is completely fluent in both Redneck Arkanese and High-Falootin' Smart People Speak.

8. He is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. And if he killed the meat himself, then it is even better.

9. He can cook breakfast like nobody's business.

10. He loves a big ole' glass of sweet tea.

11. He never gets ice in his fountain sodas....because they don't water down that way. See? Always thinkin', this guy.

12. He has lots of best friends. Because he is a great friend.

13. His middle name is Matthew. And Tate shares his daddy's middle name.

14. He has an insanely sarcastic and dry sense of humor, and he can always be counted on for clever commentary on any conversation.

15. His favorite chips are Original Pringles, and his favorite candy is Reece's Peanut Butter Cups.

16. His favorite dessert is cheesecake. I've seen him cry grown man tears when it comes to good cheesecake.

17. He loves the St. Louis Cardinals; the Green Bay Packers; and the Arkansas Razorbacks.

18. He doesn't like basketball....unless his boys are playing it....or he has 5 bucks invested in the office March Madness pool.

19. He works out at the gym every morning....except when he sleeps in.

20. He doesn't understand my blog obsession or my relationships that I've made with "people I've never met," but he is totally and wholly supportive of it and me. Even though eye-rolling is an adequate summation of his mannerisms whenever my blogeeps are discussed.

And lastly....but certainly not leastly....

He is an amazing father. And an amazing husband. And an amazing friend.

I'm honored everyday to be married to such a tremendous guy, and have to pinch myself constantly to realize that this crazy ride we're on together is real.

Happy Birthday, Kirk!
You are most definitely my favorite!!


Mich said...

Happy Birthday to the best brother-in-law ever, cause you put up with my sister! :)

I'm really excited because I think I will be able to give you your b-day gift only two weeks late and not at Chriatmas. :) Oh, but please remind me, for as you know that is my weakness...

Love you!

Thanks for being that great husband and father as well as a great uncle and friend.

Glo said...

Wow! Sounds like a fantabulous guy you got there Amber! I hope he has a good birthday! 32....just a baby!LOL Great job in finding this man! There are not a whole lot of them like him around these parts! You sound very blessed!

Anonymous said...

I hope the fact that this wish is coming from one of your bloggy friends doesn't cause his eyes to roll anywhere, but I want to wish Mr. Kirk Rascal a very happy birthday!

Jessica said...

Awww! Happy Birthday to him!

lisa@littlesliceoflife said...

21. He's scared of dogs. Well, just my dog...with good reason. But he's a valiant, loyal friend who was willing to try to feed her anyway.

Happy Birthday, He Who Does Not Smile!

Libby said...

That was sweet =] Happy Birthday!

Stephanie @ My Answered Prayer said...

Happy Birthday Kirk! Sorry we'll miss the celebration but some little boy with a birthday this weekend wants to see a movie.

Love you guys!

Jim said...

Here's 22. (Lisa got 21.)
Kirk is a great son-in-law, has great parents that we like bunches, ditto on the skills-he's performed admirably on our houses with wiring, fan installations, woodcutting (if a woodchuck could chuck wood, he'd have to go some to chuck as much as Capt. Kirk!), and loves our daughter deeply, for which we are just "pleased as punch about" - and Kirk, it's even ok that you don't like pickles cuz I'll be glad to take care of them for you!

Love you, Amb, and Kirk, and the rascals.

Wes said...
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Wes said...

I would have to agree with you there Amber..about most everything..(he hasn't cooked me breakfast yet). But I like to call him the "Red Neck Physicist"..I can't even spell that word. Have a happy BD my friend.

Elizabeth said...

I am laughing at some of these because I experienced them myself. Remember when A asked me what I think about people with Physics degrees? Yeah, Kirk liked that one! And I think he even rolled his eyes a few times.

Happy Birthday Kirk!

Gretchen said...

He had me at Pringles and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. In the most appropriate and admiring way, of course.

Tiffani said...

What sweet sweet words about your man...he's quite the talent, I see.

It's me, Mrs. Atlanta. Hope your day is fantabulous with plenty of eye rolling and fire grilling to boot. Hubbies/Daddies like you deserve to be catered too, for shiz.

Happy Birthday!!

Lindsay said...

Amber, I don't know Kirk well so appreciate this post. Happiest of B-day wishes to you, Kirk.

Mary @ Simple Things said...

It sounds like you have a real keeper there! Those Arkansas guys are pretty special!

Beam Me Up Scotty said...

That was quite interesting. I loved learning so much about a man who says so little when I am around. It's obvious that you are madly in love with him and I wish you many more birthdays together, raising your rascals!!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Pringles? Reese's Cups? Cheesecake? Oh honey, you have a keeper.

But it sounds like he'd be a keeper anyway, even without that. :)

Happy Belated Birthday, Kirk!

Kellie said...

Happy belated Birthday to your hubby!

Nina Diane said...

awesome post and tribute to your hubby...he sounds great!

Becca~TimeWellSpent said...

What a wonderful birthday post to your man! Has he read all these sweet things you've said about him? You should print this out for sure to give to him!
My man is the same on number 2,7 and 20:)

Mocha Momma said...

Wow, where have I been? I'm so sorry I haven't been around more.

I love what you've said about your husband. What a fun guy. I like a dry sense of humor as long as I understand it.

You're a great wife for him. He won't run off to Minnesota or wherever you said he'd go.

Have a great week.