why my husband deserves Father’s Day…illustrated with Crappy Pictures™

INTRO: Here is installment #3 in my "real life parenting" series.  You can see the rest of the Crappy Pictures here.  And you can "like" the whole series on Facebook here.  I draw crappy pictures because I don't have actual photos of these experiences. Here goes…


My husband totally deserves to celebrate Father's Day.  It isn't because he loves his kids though. It isn't because he keeps a job to help feed them or because he'll protect them if a lion walks through our front door. Nope. Those things are all part of the dad job description.  The bare minimum.  Nobody gets a day named after them for doing the bare minimum.    

He deserves to celebrate Father's Day because…


He pushes one kid while the other is on his back.  Up hills.  



He carries my flowery diaper bag.  In public.  As a bonus, it is hilarious to watch the way he carries it. Always at arm's length.  It needs to be as far away from his person as possible yet still holding it.



He has a poor sense of smell. Let me explain why this is great. I can smell a poopy diaper from across the house.  He never has any idea. This means I can innocently ask him to change a diaper and then nonchalantly warn, "Oh, he may have pooped, not sure."  

I'm fairly certain I've just ruined this scheme for myself.



He is always, always, always willing to pick up stuff on the way home from work.  With no complaints.



He accepts that he will be assaulted when he walks through the front door.



And sometimes the assault is of a different kind.  The chocolate or ice cream variety.  And he heads back out.  Even at 11:30PM.   



Better yet, he doesn't even roll his eyes when I read a another parenting book and announce that everything we have been doing is wrong and now we are doing it like this.  On a biweekly basis.  



But mostly, he deserves to celebrate Father's Day because when the kids are crazy he looks at me with that expression that simultaneously says, "What have we done?!" and also "Aren't we lucky?"

And only the very best dads understand that this is what parenting is all about.   


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77 Responses to why my husband deserves Father’s Day…illustrated with Crappy Pictures™

  1. Melinda says:

    Love the drawings!! That’s a good dad that deserves a day without a maybe poopy diaper. 🙂

    • jules says:

      So funny going back and looking back at your first posts. The shape of Crappy Papa’s head has vastly improved over time! 🙂

  2. Susan says:

    I get to be the first to comment! LOL I got my husband his own manly diaper bag but he just uses mine. I love the drawing about being assaulted when he gets home that is totally what happens at my house too, they run from the rest of the house to the door at full speed! lol thanks for the laughts

  3. Susan says:

    Darn, I took too long and still wasn’t first, LOL!

  4. Meredith says:

    the “picking stuff up on the way home” frame is particularly resonant. my husband also can smell nothing, but i have not tried your evil trick. lots of fun!

  5. heatherbarton says:

    I will have to try that diaper trick. This is pure genius as my husband never smells the poops either.

  6. Jbkinna says:

    I love it!

  7. Wendy B says:

    Awww, that is such a sweet one and so totally him. He IS such a great dad! Nice work, Amber!!

  8. Kelly says:

    Love it – please keep drawing more! 😀

    I totally do the poopy diaper trick. And get the hubs to stop at the store all the time. Thanks for the reminder of all the awesome things they do do. 🙂

  9. jamye says:

    Getting ice cream for you, even at late hours….he is def a keeper. 🙂 I can’t ever get icecream runs. LOL

  10. Janelcm says:

    What a good hubby!

  11. KC says:

    Well said! Yes he deserves a Father’s Day.

  12. pamela ~ the dayton time says:

    that is the story of our life!!!

  13. rebecca says:

    omgoodness, this is so my fiance’!! lol. Add my mood swings, need of foot massages, and the “he makes dinner part” when I come home late and it’s perfect!!!!! I love this 🙂 Thank you

  14. Lucy says:

    How great, and I love the illustrations!

  15. Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy says:

    Aww.. that’s just so sweet…

    My hubby fails at the flowery diaper bag thingy! He refuses to carry it and proceeded to transfer everything in my diaper bag to his laptop bag!

    Man… but oh well, at least he’s willing to take our kid out for few hours so I could have a me time and do my own stuff 🙂

  16. shawn says:

    you are killing me! the screen shot is SO typical! love it!

  17. Clare Kirkpatrick says:

    Oh my husband’s just like that! How lovely to read 🙂

  18. sarah says:

    so sweet. sounds like a good guy.

  19. Erika says:

    This is awesome 🙂 Congrats on having an excellent husband and father 🙂

  20. angie says:

    Oh you always crack me up! Very similar lives we lead…I’m forwarding this post to my hubby right now cuz he will understand. Happy weekend,

  21. Amy says:

    I am loving your crappy drawings! These would make awesome greeting cards, because they totally summarize parenting life…at least in the attachment circle…well, definitely my life anyway. 🙂 More more!

  22. Amy says:

    I think I might just show this to my husband and say here! This is how awesome you are! He totally cracked up at the cosleeping one.

  23. Kelly says:

    I recently found your blog and love it – the illustrations are too funny! This post could totally be my family. Especially the part about the books 🙂

  24. Michelle says:

    from the island of Dominica, we relate to the first photo. The dads on this island are amazing moving the family from one place to another…all without a car.

  25. Sarah says:

    “he doesn’t even roll his eyes when I read a another parenting book and announce that everything we have been doing is wrong and now we are doing it like this. On a biweekly basis. ”

    ohhhh ha hahahaha soo been there! 🙂

  26. Yuliya says:

    Love this, may have to borrow the idea since it’s what? one day away and I still have no present for him…

  27. AmberS says:

    Aw – sweet AND funny. The perfect mix for Father’s Day, I say.

    (And sorry about the additional poopy diapers you will now be changing.)

  28. Mark says:


  29. Brenna @ Almost All The Truth says:

    I can’t tell you how much I love this. 🙂

  30. Kattya says:

    Thank you, Amber.

  31. allison says:

    Holy freakin’ comments. Go Amber. I love the parenting book thing – my Mom is the same way with every new study she reads about in the paper. My Dad just rolls his eyes.

  32. Tamara says:

    Awwwwwwwwww, this one is sweet. What a good hubby! I think we’ve written that same text message. And the reading a book a week and changing all the parenting rules, that one made me spit my water out! I love your drawings, I’ll be looking forward to the next one. Happy fathers day weekend!

  33. Tamara says:

    Yes, this would make a great fathers day card even!

  34. Carrie Fleischer says:

    We love this, and each of your “crappy pictures.” 🙂 Just shared this one on our Wall for Father’s Day weekend. Carrie (www.youcanbreastfeedhere.com)

  35. Linda Starr says:

    Those are some great crappy pictures, what a dad!

  36. Ashley Underwood says:

    Wow, your husband deserves to be showered on Father’s Day. He also looks very handsome from your drawings, hehe.

  37. Lifeandmotherhood.blogspot.com says:

    So happy to have recently found your blog. Keep drawing your “crappy pictures”! Love them and so identify with them!

  38. Marta says:

    HILARIOUS. I loved this and am forwarding it to my husband.

  39. Charity says:

    My husband carries the diaper bag the same way! it makes me smile every time! Great blog! This is my first visit but I’ll be back.

  40. Angelina says:

    I just LOVE your blog–so humorous and original!

  41. mummyoftwomunchkins says:

    Love this one… so very very true! Especially the “Need anything from the grocery shop?”!

  42. Just recently found your blog and am a fan. Thanks for the laughs! I posted the link to this particular post on my husband’s FB wall…he is currently serving in Afghanistan while I’m about to give birth to our 6th child. Reading your post made me remember some of the many reasons this parenting journey is best shared with the one I love! I really miss his coming home each day to the squeals, chaos, and excitement of our little herd coming to meet him…well, this too shall pass, and next time we have a “normal” day and he comes home from work, there will be a new little guy tagging along. 🙂

  43. Becky F says:

    I want this on a card that I can give to my husband next Father’s Day! I feel exactly this way about him!

  44. Rach says:

    I wish my hubby had the same lack of smell!! Nope, he is always like, Pooo I smell a poopy nappy!! While I am arguing no its not, there is no smell at all!! Usually I am right, usually she has done 1 little wee and I have wasted my time lol

  45. Jaded says:

    These event are catalysts to get him away from you and kids so he can have a solitary moment to himself. I know this- I do this all the time.

  46. Alison says:

    Does he have a brother?? haha

  47. Amy says:

    Just found your blog. This is my husband. EXACTLY. You are the funniest person ever! I’m going to read through every post you’ve ever written. LOVE you!

  48. Catty says:

    I saw a link to your blog on somebody’s Facebook while I was in stalker mode. I’ve only read a few of your entries, but I will definitely read more when I’m not busy pretending to be busy. This one is my favorite yet. Happy belated (or early depending on whether you’re a glass half empty or half full kind of girl) Father’s Day to your husband. He is a smart man for carrying the flowery diaper bag at arm length. Any closer and people might mistaken him for you. Because in your drawings you two look exactly alike. Not saying you’re a bad artist. Just saying all stick figures look the same.

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  52. Shareen says:

    Reading this just before Fathers Day 2013 with a tear in my eye. Might just print his one out. : )
    Spot on as always.

  53. Wonderful wonderful stuff. My husband finally got that he is not to cross the threshold on Friday night without a bottle of wine in his hand. If he forgets, he sees the way my eyes seek it out, and turns around to go to town to get one. Love him!

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