Sunday, January 18, 2009

Us. On Ice.


The past two weeks have been just a tad stressful for Mr. B-rad...a job loss, a car accident, a 41st birthday, some semi-major health issues, and the general wear and tear which are the natural by-products of life in our hyper household.


But, can I just say it? The guy is smooth and handling it all with his trademark cool. This week, he flew across the country, visiting prospective "beauty parlors" and is close to accepting an offer. More details to come. He flew home just in time to single-parent the children while I fought a 24 hour stomach nasty. And, to top it all off, the guy LOST SIX POUNDS. In one week. Without trying. (Guess who found them? And, no, even the stomach nasty didn't help.)


Brad's favorite breakfast is Kashi Go-Lean. His favorite candy is a Peppermint Patty. And his favorite team is the Eagles, although he is a bit disgusted with them tonight...




Em is counting down the days til her birthday and baptism next month. She is playing basketball on a coed team and made two free throws in yesterday's game. Em's favorite subject is math, her favorite breakfast is oatmeal, and her favorite outfit is a pink and white striped hoodie with matching pink leggings.


Luke is happiest these days with a pencil and paper in his hands. He is a writer. Watch for his blog. The kid has talent. Luke's favorite thing to watch is "Tom and Jerry"--a little violent, but it's set to Tsaichovsky, so how bad can it be? Luke's favorite breakfast is waffles and his favorite word is actually.





Jake enjoyed his tenth birthday--especially the car accident part. He has conveniently forgotten that he wanted a guinea pig for a present and a big party at Bounce U. Do you think I should remind him? Jake's favorite breakfast is cream cheese with a bit of bagel on the side. His most-played mp3 song is "Can't Touch This" by M.C. Hammer.

Sam. Sam. He's my man. He can zip up his own coat! He keeps his undies dry! He writes his name! The world is a bright and happy place once more, tantrums are a distant memory. I predict smooth sailing for the rest of his life. Sam's favorite breakfast is scrambled eggs and his favorite sound is a train whistle.

My favorite breakfast is anything I don't have to make or clean up. My favorite book this week was "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. (Ooooh, so scary! Thanks, Meg, for the recommendation.) And my favorite household product is Murphy's Oil Soap. I'm just happy to have survived the week without medication.

18 comments:

Annemarie said...

Nice wrap-up! I wouldn't be a bit disappointed if the new job moved you to my neck of the woods...a girl can hope, right?

andrea said...

it's hammer, mc hammer, go hammer, yo hammer, and the rest can go and play.
can't touch this.

oh what a flashback. we could be bff's, me and that child o' yours.

Jeanelle said...

Sorry about the flu. And men - give them a little stress and the weight falls RIGHT off of them. Can't wait to hear which salon is going to be the big winner. And you = clever clever clever.

cami said...

Oh Yikes, what are the semi-major health issues! You must call or email me right away!

Meg said...

It seriously makes me SO happy when people read The Hunger Games. It's such a good book and not well known. Now, give me a REALLY good recommendation ok? I just read a downer.

Rochelleht said...

Glad to hear there are good days on the horizon on the job front. Man, you guys have a lot of birthdays right together. And it's not like the twins will ever me apart. HA! Ah well, I'm sure you get huge breaks in between times.

Lauren in GA said...

That was a lovely post. I enjoyed hearing about everyone!

Brad is pretty amazing and so are you, my dear.

So, sorry you have been sick. The stomach flu is the pits.

Loved the pictures. And now I have a little MC Hammer in my head.

Hamma' TIME!

Annie said...

Great post! {I read The Hunger Games to two of my kids in November/December (with a little judicious on-the-fly editing by me) and they couldn't get enough. Of course afterwards I wondered if a story about killing people off was entirely appropriate. Oh well.}

It sounds like it's going to be an exciting few weeks ahead. I'm thinking of you!

wenderful said...

How fun to learn a little more about everyone.
I hope you are feeling better.
Sounds like the job may take you out west?
Loved the Hunger Games. Just finished it over New Years.
Hope B-rad's health scare isn't serious.
So happy when the kids forget their unrealistic birthday wishes. ;)

Ilene said...

Your family updates are so dang interesting. I need to copy you.

I'm with you on the breakfast thing. The best is having a dessert that I made the day before for breakfast. Cookies and brownies taste best first think in the morning.

Christie said...

It is just sick and wrong that men can drop weight so effortlessly (and unwillingly). I think I picked up Brad's six. Yes, Christmas has finally caught up to me. And it's not pretty.

Cathy said...

Congrats! You all are doing great! Can't wait to hear the news on the new "beauty parlor"!

Sally said...

Oooh. I am so with Ilene on leftover dessert for breakfast. This morning it was banana bread--justifiable for breakfast, right?

The ice skating pictures are adorable.

TravelinOma said...

When did Luke's hair turn curly? I'm glad you're on the mend!

Celia Fae said...

I can't imagine the amount stress you must be under. And yet, you still manage to cleverfy your posts. When I'm stressed I can't think of anything.

I hope the beauty parlor is in No Cal. We do good highlights around here.

Linsey said...

Sorry about the job, we'll keep you in our prayers. Hope the offer, when it comes, is a welcome one all around!

Hazen5 said...

I hope everyone is feeling and doing better in your house!

So, does this new job mean moving across country too?

J+S said...

I'm so excited that Brad is close to an offer. Of course he is, he is talented and on top of his game.

By the way, I finished The Hunger Games last week, and as horrifying as the premise was, I could NOT put it down. Glad to hear you liked it.

I hope you feel better soon!

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