Friday, August 8, 2014

Wow!

Lots of visits and hellos today after the Huffington Post article.  Thanks!  We feel painfully boring now that the "fun years" are behind us.  This blog is much more entertaining from the beginning, that's for sure!  http://www.thebradybunchlied.com/2010_01_01_archive.html would be a good place to start.

These days, we're experimenting with farming.  We have no idea what we're doing, but we have four goats, two alpacas, and a llama named Rick.  We tried chickens, too, but after being mauled by a rooster named Diablo several times and spending way too many evenings wearing latex gloves and inspecting vents, we decided that we do better with hooves.  We've taken a crash course in livestock and some hard hits to our wallets along the way, but it's no more difficult or expensive than six kids was.  I keep thinking I should start writing the new adventures down, so we'll see how that goes. 

Thanks again for all of the hellos, and here is the article in case you missed it!  I'm also posting a picture of Rick and Nacho (or "The Doctor," as he's called now).

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/07/blended-family_n_5659647.html


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Catching Up, Two Years Later...

A lot of people (ok, more like two) have asked what’s up with The Brady Bunch.  What?  It’s only been a little over two years since I last posted!  Well, let’s see.  In July 2012, a job opportunity moved us to Oregon.  Tober had already graduated high school and was working in Tucson, and Micah had already begun his senior year.  We decided it was best to give the three older boys a choice on where to live, since we knew Arizona made more sense for them (at least in the short term).  Summarizing it sounds so trivial because, let me tell you, it was one of the hardest decisions of our lives.  Things worked out, though, and everyone is doing great!  We had seven amazing years together as a blended family under one roof, and we wouldn’t change a thing. 

Tober is now 20 and working full time in Tucson.  He’s still as handsome and precocious as ever, and he aspires to be a professional actor someday.  Micah is 19 and graduated high school last year (also living in Tucson), and he enjoys working with computers, film, and video game technology.  Ashton is now a freshman and is very involved with dance.  He’s taking many dance classes and is really shining!  We do a lot of flying back and forth to stay close, and Ashton just spent the summer up here with us.  Here in Oregon, Hannah Rose is 16 and a junior in high school.  She has immersed herself in theater and choir, and she’ll be singing with her high school in Carnegie Hall next spring.  Paul is 13 and an eighth grader, still plays the baritone in the school band, and is interested in pursuing a symphony position someday.  He also loves football and still has a serious knack for science.  Noah is 12 and a seventh grader, and he still lives in his imagination.  He’s a HUGE Doctor Who fan and has been dressing every day as “The Doctor” for nearly two solid years now.  Yes- two years.

Hannah Rose, Paul, and Noah just spent a few weeks down in Tucson, and all six kids got together on their own for a day.  They all remain close, and we know they'll be lifelong supportive siblings and friends.  When we think of the kids, they’re no longer “his” and “mine.”  They’re “ours.”  We love each and every one of them, their unique personalities and gifts, and their wonderful hearts.  We are truly blessed to have experienced "The Brady Bunch," and we can't wait to see what the future brings!