Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Bittersweet Goodbye

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Well, I guess the cat’s out of the bag. Just a few minutes ago, Chad posted his official goodbye from FOX 16 on his Facebook page.

This has been a decision we’ve been talking about and praying about for many, many months now, and we feel God is calling us back to Houston. Chad has a heart for children and teaching, and has decided to take his passion for math and science directly into junior high classrooms, where he will teach the next generation of weathercasters, engineers, and more. I’m so incredibly proud of him.

As many of you know, FOX 16 was sold to Mission Broadcasting/Nexstar Television recently. The deal was announced in July, obtained FCC approval in early December and will close on January 3. For many employees, this will mean a layoff. For many more, uncertainty looms. We took this as an opportunity to reevaluate things and make the best choice possible for our family – and that was a career change and a move back to Houston. The life of a television employee (and their spouse) is not easy. They work late nights, weekends and holidays. There is no such thing as a “routine.” And when it comes down to it, stability and creating a great place for our future children to live is far more important than the bright lights of the TV cameras. We want our kids to have daddy home for soccer games, Christmas morning and dinner – and this change affords us the opportunity.

It’s a very bittersweet goodbye for us both – Little Rock has taken us in and given us some of the greatest friends and church family people could ask for. It was the first city we lived in together, the place we got engaged, the site of our first place together and so much more. We will miss you guys very much, but at the same time are excited for our future.

As for me, I’m keeping my job and will be working from home in Houston – yay! Chad is currently looking for a teaching job in Houston, and we know God will provide for him. We’ll be living with my best friend’s parents in the interim, but hope not to impose on them for long!

Thank you for your prayers and well wishes as we embark on the next phase of our journey together! They mean so, so much to us. It’s been so hard not to post anything about this difficult and emotional decision over the past 10 months, so today feels like a huge weight lifted off our shoulders. It’s with mixed emotions that we’ll finish packing, load up the U-Haul and head to Texas over the next couple of days, but we know that God will bring us through everything, provide for our every need and hold us near to him when our hearts are troubled!

 

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Christmas 2012 – Snowpocalypse!

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First of all, Merry (belated) Christmas to everyone!!! Chad had Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off for the first time in FIVE YEARS this year, and I was so thankful to be able to spend this most precious holiday with him. We got to go to the candlelight Christmas Eve service together, sleep in, open our gifts and then spend the day enjoying our new toys…until the snow came.

As the Weatherman, Chad knew (and therefore I knew) about the snowpocalypse that was going to hit us on Christmas night. Others did not heed our warnings – in fact, we should have heeded them more ourselves! Alas, we did not.

It began sleeting early in the day and right around dinner time the big flakes began to fall. After just a few hours, several inches had accumulated and we could hear tree limbs snapping and crashing to the ground regularly. Around 9 p.m., we ventured outside to frolic and play the eskimo way – Chad did manly things while I built a snowman with some neighbor kids and took pictures :) A few minutes later, transformers lit up the sky with bright flashes of light – and then we were surrounded by complete darkness.

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At the same time, a car tried to make it up the hill near our apartment building. Chad, being the helpful Michigander that he is, ran up to help the poor fella (who did not understand the concept of letting the car rock back and forth for momentum and then PUNCHING IT to get up the hill). They eventually decided to coast down to the bottom of the hill and start anew – and then a huge tree limb fell in front of the car. The driver then made his girlfriend and their 2 year old daughter get out of the car (out of fear that a limb would fall on the car and injure them) and I invited them into our dark, but still warm house. The ladies chatted it up while the boys put the car somewhere safe for the evening. How’s that for southern hospitality?

When it was all said and done, we had 10.3 inches of snow. TEN POINT THREE INCHES!!!

The power going out around bedtime isn’t that big of a deal. But when you wake up and it’s freezing and you have no food (and the food you DO have requires cooking), it’s a far worse situation. We scavenged for what we could, and then I cried because I felt overwhelmed by all the things I need to get done in the next few days, the fact that I was hungry, and the fact that I was cold and it was only going to get colder. I even called around to some pizza a

I LOVE LAMP!

I LOVE LAMP!

nd Chinese delivery places to see if they’d bring me food – they said our road was too dangerous because of the hill. And Chad had to leave me to go to work (he had to walk half a mile to a place where a big news truck could pick him up – THAT IS HOW SNOWED IN WE WERE!) So I did what any normal person would do – I took a nap and prayed that when I woke up, this would all be a terrible nightmare! Well, it almost worked – I woke up and the fan was lightly spinning – the power had blinked on! But it only lasted about 30 seconds :( So I headed to my car to read my book in the warmth and charge up my phone. About an hour and a half into that – BOOM! I saw the neighbor’s porch light was on! (I couldn’t see ours because the tree that used to be near our door now covers our walkway and you have to crouch really low to get to our door.) Sure enough, I got in our house and immediat

ely blasted the heat and turned on the lights – HOORAY FOR POWER!!! And then I texted the universe to let them know my perils had ended.

In the immortal roads of Brick Tamland – I LOVE LAMP!!!

Happy Birthday, Sister Bear!

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That’s right, today is my best friend Elizabeth’s birthday! If we weren’t six weeks apart and look totally different, I’d swear we were twins :) Heck, I already call her my sister and call her parents mom and dad – why not?! And they tell people I’m their adopted daughter, so we’re family. No doubt!

Elizabeth and I met the first day of freshman orientation/summer camp for UT. She and I were in the same bunk and had beds right next to one another. At the same time, we both exclaimed “I love your purse!” It was destiny. We’ve literally been inseparable ever since – we went to every UT football game together, spend holidays together whenever possible, were each other’s maid/matron of honor and so much more. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve traveled and we’ve dreamed together – and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Love you so much, Sister Bear! Have so much fun in NYC for your birthday!!

Happy Birthday, Mommy!

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Today is my mom’s 44th (shhhh!) birthday! But she doesn’t look a day over 29 :)

I want to wish her a very happy birthday and thank her for making me who I am today. She taught me that girls can be tough and athletic, but also gentle and caring. She showed me that hard work pays off, as she worked long hours to provide for both me and Kourtney, so that we could do whatever our hearts desired. And she told me that I could be anything and do anything I wanted – and that’s exactly what I intend to do!

We may not agree on everything, but on one thing we always stand united – don’t mess with us! You mess with her, and you’re messing with me – and trust me, you don’t want to do that! We’re loud, we’re proud and we’re more than just mother/daughter – we’re friends till the end!

Love you mom!

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Weatherman!

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That’s right! Yesterday was Chad’s 29th birthday, and it was a great one :)

Happy birthday, baby!

Happy birthday, baby!

Because he had to work, we did most of the celebrating on Friday night. We had dinner and drinks at Flying Saucer, then headed over to Willy D’s (a dueling piano bar) for some entertainment. We were definitely entertained…but mostly bythe other patrons! There were a lot of interesting characters and questionable decisions made around us, but all in all it was a good night. When the drunk people started recognizing Chad and spreading the word to one another, we decided it was best we head home for the night :) As luck would have it, we got home right at midnight, so I sang him Happy Birthday (not like Marilyn Monroe) and we ate his birthday ice cream cake while watching The League. A perfect ending to the night!

mmm...cake!

mmm…cake!

On Saturday, his ACTUAL birthday, we slept in (GLORIOUS) and then had brunch at B-Side, a local hole-in-the-wall. I had some AMAZING blueberry pancakes, and Chad had the biscuit mountain – two

homemade biscuits topped with hash browns, sausage cream gravy and eggs over easy. It was super Southern, y’all! We came home to play Chad’s new Xbox Kinect (thanks, family-in-love!), and I got sweaty and

sore. Which, in hindsight, wasn’t the best of ideas – since I ran a 5k a few hours later! But I made it home in time to make one of Chad’s favorite meals for his birthday dinner – stromboli. And of course, more birthday ice cream cake! In case you’re wondering, it was chocolate cake, mint chocolate chip ice cream, white icing and fudge decorations on top. DELISH!!

One of the funniest things that happened this weekend was when Chad said “This is the first birthday you’ve spent with me in a long time. Definitely the first one since we moved to Arkansas.” (Last year I was in Cary, North Carolina, for a work conference at SAS.) That seemed off to me, but I couldn’t pinpoint where I was for his birthday in 2010, so I let it go. In the middle of my shower, it hit me: IN 2010 WE WERE ON A CRUISE, GETTING ENGAGED, FOR HIS BIRTHDAY! Point: Weather Wife :)

So happy birthday to my amazing, wonderful, loving and kind husband – I am so blessed to be your wife, and I look forward to a lifetime of birthdays to celebrate together. I love you!!