As you people might know, last Thursday was John’s 31st birthday and West Elm in Houston whipped up this amaaaaaazingly DIY-riffic cake for him. #edibletapemeasure #umyeahtheressawdust

Every year we write birthday articles about what we got each other and this year John actually got (well, is getting, considering that I’m letting him pick it out) a nail gun (more info on that when we get it). So because I don’t have photos of him holding up various presents like we’ve shared in former years like this post from last year) I thought I’d over-share slash cheese it up on a Tuesday afternoon with a little brain dump of seven things I love about John (surprise, honey!). #warningitssappy

After all, this is absolutely a week for being grateful. and considering that this whole blog is generally just a diary of our lives, I thought it was about time that I shouted a few cheeseball-but-true things from the rooftops. Which is not to say that we never fight (if you believe that I have a talking ceramic animal to sell you) but although we’re far from perfect, I’m so happy he’s mine. Here’s what I’m thankful for:
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1 – John’s love of Clara and his patience with her – even when I’m about to lose my mind he’s my rock. I love how imaginative he is with her and I don’t think there’s anything sexier than walking into a room and seeing your hubby whipping up a wooden sandwich with your daughter at her play kitchen that he built for her. Or lazing around wearing matching tee shirts and going over the merits of a table saw versus a hand saw. Am I right?

2 – His ability to love a small chihuahua just as much as I do… even though when we adopted Burger John said he “looked like an alien” and acted like the pet dog would be my thing. I think by that weekend Burger had him whipped. and that, my friends, is a person who is comfortable with his dude-dom. I’m telling you, walking a tiny pet dog is the sign of a real man (it might be a good test of marriage material to those still dating… will he man up and take the leash…?). There’s not an ounce of I-won’t-do-that-because-it’s-not-manly-enough-and people-will-see-me in John (probably thanks to him growing up with three sisters) and I love that about him. He’s confident. He doesn’t look around sheepishly. If the pet dog needs to go out, he takes him out. If I need lady-items from the supermarket and he’s doing the shopping, he gets them for me. I won’t say he doesn’t blush and hide them in the bottom of the cart, but he gets things done. and I love it.

3 – That he kissed me first. any individual who knows us loves this tidbit considering that I’m the loud outgoing one and they picture me pouncing on him… which also happens – but he pounced first. Yup, he’s a man of action. and he’s shy but confident, which might be the best combo. plus I gotta say that I love the way he dresses. Some girls are into gigantic built people who can scarf severe quantities of beef jerky, but I couldn’t be a lot more into tall, dork, and handsome. generally when John threw on this tee shirt with this sweater a few months ago, I swooned. It’s little things like his love of old wooden boxes or his excitement to fire up a new tool (he gets a gleam in his eye like a kid opening a new toy) that get me all giddy. It’s like his excitement is contagious. all of this rambling is to say: dude’s got style.

4 – His brain. There are lots of sexy things about my husband, but his quick wit is unparalleled and he makes me laugh until my stomach hurts at least once a day with some spur-of-the-moment quip that leaves me wiping the tears out of my eyes from cry-laughing. To any individual who knows us, John’s sense of humor is one of his a lot of defining attributes (along with his whip smart brain full of seemingly endless trivia knowledge). Heck, he’s so smart that even though he has the answer 99% of the time (be it diy or life related) he somehow makes me feel like I figure out my fair share of things too. how does he do that?! It’s sheer brilliance. also he looks pretty darn good in pumpkin sunglasses. just sayin’.

5 – His devotion to me and our family. He makes us feel safe, loved, and appreciated – I honestly couldn’t be a lot more grateful. I’ve had relationships in the past that felt like I was chasing that person a lot more or trying harder than them, but John makes me (and Clara) feel safe and cherished and I could nearly cry talking about it. Sorry, I alerted you people this would get sappy…

6 – His calloused project-loving hands and his sweet smile (this might veer off into TMI territory, but he has the best lips ever). #backoffhesmine #putabirdonhim

7 – His willingness to help me with “one a lot more thing” and to lay in bed at night and brainstorm our next project when I know he might rather be watching TV or out for a run or… you know, getting friendly… while I’m running my mouth about some idea instead. I couldn’t be luckier that he’s delighted to be “in the trenches” with me every day. It’s incredible that he has his own interests (he can train and run a half marathon) while still staying involved with us and not checking out.

I think some folks might question what kind of man runs a diy blog with his partner about paint and fabric and family and my answer is: a real man. I love that he can build Clara a dollhouse and code our entire web site and has even built a deck for our family – although he has no background in any of that stuff. He figures things out as he goes and he’s not terrified to jump in and learn new things. and I love that he’s not afraid to weigh in on my hair-brained decorating sprees instead of saying “you manage the girly stuff and I’ll stick to the power tools.” He genuinely makes me feel like we’re a team and we’re in it together and as a result our house feels like us. I honestly have no idea how I got so lucky. I pledge I didn’t hypnotize him or anything.

In summary: he’s the one. Mah man. and he makes me happier than bees riding bicycles (and those make me pretty happy). delighted 31st birthday, babe! thanks for everything and then some.

And so ends my lovefest for el hubbo. What are you people grateful for? any birthdays going on in your house? Who’s getting what?

UPDATE: John discovered the post! Finally! After doing a project in the basement, publishing photos, and editing a video (all while I sweated profusely at the computer). Here’s his reaction.

Psst- want a lot more lovey-dovey posts? We have a bunch of them here. and for those wondering how we resolve decorating disputes, here’s a post about that for ya.

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