Monday, February 18, 2008

The Man Behind the Boy

Funny over at Shutter Sisters Kate mentioned that our husbands are often trumped by our children in pictures, that's true here, but it also may be that neither of us jump in front of the camera often. If anything it's quite the opposite. Ironically, I was going through some pictures last night and found a picture of the G.I.D. from last year right after he went "au naturale" up top. I realized that we just don't get a lot of pictures of us with Harrison - or just pictures of us in general. So when I saw the post at Shutter Sisters, I knew I had to post this picture of the Guy I Dig.


I love this picture, he is relaxed, kicked back and happy. Without this man, I could not raise this child.


Here he is as the new dad. (again.)


Raising a teenager and a toddler at the same time definitely has it's challenges - and sacrifices. There are those days when we both feel it. We loved just going out to dinner or a movie at the drop of a hat. That is on hold - for a time. It's even harder when one doesn't have family near by to come over and hang out while we get a little "us" time. We have to carve it out. We make the effort because it's worth it, we have two beautiful boys prove that.

I wouldn't want it any other way, I love the man behind the boy. I love the little things he does for me and the jokes he makes, the sound of his voice when I talk to him on the phone, the feel of his arms around me at night, the incredible smile he has and the patience of Job to put up with me through all of the trying times.

And I love watching him with Harrison, playing with him, carrying him on his shoulders, laughing with him and having their time together - father and son. I look forward to what the future brings us.

14 comments:

Maggie said...

What a wonderful tribute to him!

Bradley's Mom said...

I LOVE this post! And the pictures are terrific!!

Excellent!!

Linda

carrie said...

such a great ode to Daddy...i LOVE the first photo. beautiful.

Brittany said...

Awww that is so sweet! :) I need to do one of these for Andy!

Anna said...

What a beautiful post, and what a keeper of a portrait, so nature and happy! What a treasure for you and for Harrison!

Anna said...

What a beautiful post, and what a keeper of a portrait, so nature and happy! What a treasure for you and for Harrison!

Stacy said...

I loved that post at Shutter Sisters but my husband would kill me if I put up a picture of him. Oh I wanted to say that I love the new header. How'd you do it?

Stacy said...

What a great post about your hubby and very nice shots. You can tell he is a good daddy. :) We are the same where we don't have family right by us...they are both 2 hours away. It is harder to have those date nights when it requires lots of planning.

Mike said...

That's a great black and white.

I bought my 4-year old one of those Fisher-Price cameras. This way, he can take my picture, too.

Of course, courtesy of my 4-year old, I now have tons of pictures of my behind.

Hmp.


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Christina said...

What a great tribute to that guy you dig! A great photo, too. I think we ALL need to get more pictures of Daddy!

Dawn said...

Beautiful pictures, great post!

I also love your banner!!!

susiej.com said...

Beautiful tribute to the man.

MamaGeek said...

This post really hit home. This tribute is so beautiful, as are the powerful shots. The only pictures I take of my husband are NOT flattering. :)

Andi said...

I find this so utterly sweet and just amazing. The Guy You Dig is quite the man! I did realize in one of the comments you left for me that H. has an older brother, but I did not realize how much older. I am always so curious about families with a teen and a toddler, I guess because I thought we might someday have another one. The daughter at 18 though(this is more than just a teen) it would seem silly to me to suddenly have an infant! But...then I read a post like this...a dad and his SON. What a great relationship! Thanks for sharing the great photos too. The b&w one is fabulous!