1. My dad, of course. He's worked so hard his whole life to help provide for our family and to be a true example of a good work ethic and a real friend to everyone he surrounds himself with. As a father and grandpa, he continues to impress me with his upbeat disposition and energy for life.
2. My husband, also, of course. I know a lot of people think it, but my boys really do have the best dad. I don't know how he does it. Works long hours (but not as much anymore!) and comes home to engage the boys without sitting down or taking a break for a second and never (really, never) complains. All day, everyday he has more patience and energy for our kids than I could ever imagine. Am I envious? Umm, yes! I couldn't be working as a stay at home mom with anyone else or any less support. I love watching him with our boys and seeing the crazy/imaginative/bizarre activities he comes up with. And the fact that Chase understands and appreciates his dad's sense of humor better than almost anyone is about the sweetest thing in the world. These boys won't understand how lucky they are for a very long time. But I will continue to clue them in.
3. My big brother, who probably won't read this. Since I was a senior in high school, he has been an inspiration to me with his girls. He doesn't have to do the things he does: make props for dance routines, help with hair updos, make the silliest faces/noises/comments, and be a real guys' guy but still have a soft teddy bear demeanor. I don't envy any future love interests of my nieces. They'll never live up.