Kristen Bell shares rare family photos while celebrating her husband Dax Shepard, who "keeps us all laughing"

By Benjamin VanHoose
June 21, 2021 12:24 PM
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Kristen Bell has some sweet words for husband Dax Shepard.

The Good Place actress shared a Father's Day tribute to Shepard on Sunday, praising his parenting skills with their daughters Lincoln, 8, and Delta, 6½. Bell shared a gallery of rare family photos, obscuring their kids' faces with emojis.

"To the man who wants to start a family band. Our ring leader. Our turkey cutter. The one who patiently puts together all the toys Christmas morning. Who keeps us all laughing. Who will ignore all of his own physical pain, even when his bones are literally shattered, to hold his girls tight," Bell, 40, writes of Shepard, 46.

"Who slays when he wears pink. Who encourages us to stay up later than we all should just talking, because he thinks deep talks are important," she continues. "Who guides me patiently through parenting when Im fed up and need it most. @daxshepard I love you so dearly and I wish there were 364 more fathers days a year, because you deserve it. Happy Father's day 💜"

Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard
Credit: Kristen Bell/Instagram. Inset: Michael Kovac/Getty

On his Instagram page, Shepard documented his "dad lift" start to Father's Day by exercising, followed by "too much food" later. "Love you fellow dads, @erickrich @charcurtis @hiryanhansen. Thanks for making parenthood so much fun ❤️," he wrote.

Last month, Shepard celebrated Bell on Mother's Day, posting a photo of his wife doing naked yoga. "Mom'ing has changed since I was a kid...and I'm here for it," he wrote.

"Look at this specimen: kind, patient, nurturing, hilarious, Uber talented, generous, hard AND soft," the Armchair Expert podcast co-host added. "My girls and I hit the MegaMom Lottery in spectacular fashion. We are so grateful and so in love with you @kristenanniebell."

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Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard
Credit: Kristen Bell/Instagram

Bell and Shepard have been candid about the ups and downs they've faced together, including with their own children. During an appearance on Chelsea Clinton's In Fact with Chelsea Clinton podcast in April, Shepard recalled how he explained his 2020 relapse to their kids.

"We explained, 'Well, Daddy was on these pills for his surgery and then Daddy was a bad boy and he started getting his own pills,' " he said at the time.

Following his relapse, Bell praised Shepard while celebrating his birthday earlier this year for his "commitment to growth."

Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard
Credit: Kristen Bell/Instagram

Earlier this year, Bell revealed to PEOPLE that she and Shepard needed "a little therapy brush-up" when they began lockdown together in 2020.

"Every couple of years, we're like, 'We're being very antagonistic towards each other,' and we don't want that," she said in January. "We go back to therapy and figure out what I'm not doing that's best for you and what you're not doing that's best for me, and how we can serve this team goal better. It's been incredibly helpful."