And JUST Like That ...

Sh*t.  Got.  Real.

Three days on the market.  Ratified contract in hand.  Inspection in the next few days.  Closing in early June.

Gulp ...


Wham. Bam. Thank you HaShem.

What do you get when you put 5 reform Jews and 10 Catholics at a Passover Seder?   An abbreviated "McService" that you feel guilty about later.

Our drive through Seder last night gave brevity an entirely new meaning, as we only stopped for a few B'rachas, the 10 Plagues, the 4 Questions (read by Grady), and an explanation of what was on the Seder Plate.

Of course, none of our Jewish heritage could answer the commonly asked 5th question, "What the hell is a gefilte fish?  Or the follow up question, "Why does no amount of horseradish give it any taste?"  We just assume it's part of the Jewish suffering. 

New friends.  Great food.  Wonderful memories.  L'shanah haba'ah b'El Salvador.


Mi Casa Es Su Casa ...

... for the right price!

Casa de Chaos is officially on the market.  Which means the countdown to San Salvador is on!  Know of anyone who wants to move to Loudoun County?  Send them our way.  

We'll sell them the house ... but we'll keep the chaos.



Another Weekend ...

... another race.

Last Saturday it was the 5k Brambleton Ribbon Run.  Where Sheridan and I both had personal bests.

Yesterday it was an entirely new activity for us all.  A FITATHLON.  What's that you say?  Take a look and see just what we had to do! 

The kids run (for 6-12 YOs), which is what the girls did, enjoyed 8 of the 19 challenges. And they finished like rock stars in 25 minutes!  Matt and I were signed up as beginners and we finished strong in under and hour.  I did every activity except for the monkey bars (which were too high for me to reach and a woman was being taken away in an ambulance) ... so I was pretty okay skipping that one. 

In other news ... 

It's been insanely busy here with softball practice and games, school projects, school activities, Matt's Spanish class, working full time, house preparation, and Grady wrangling. 

Speaking of Grady, he had his first sleepover with his friend Kennedy.  They WENT to bed at 8 pm ... They chatted for a long while, told me at 10 pm that sleep was boring, and then finally dozed off sometime close to 11 pm.   Don't even ask what time they got up the next morning.

Last week at G's school was the "Week of the Young Child."  Thursday they were able to dress up as their "dream" job.  Gray went as a Fighter Pilot.  Since he couldn't decide between all of the superheros, he chose a name that encompassed them all.  His 'Call Sign' ...  Marvel.     



It's Been Super ...

What a weekend.  What a week.  What a month.  What a ... eh, however long it's been since I last filled you in on the latest.  As always, the pictures here speak volumes as I'm never without my handy iPhone camera to capture every moment.

Especially these ... my very first (and quite possibly last) Rock 'n' Roll DC 1/2 marathon.  13.1 long miles run in quite chilly temps.  I ran this with my "Super" chicas ... the same girlies that ran the Marine Corps Marathon 10k last October

We may be smiling, but it was only about 30ish degrees out.  Yikes!

L: Mile 6  and R: Mile 10  
Who doesn't stop for selfies mid-race?
Lucky for me, Heather and I are perfectly matched runners.  

See the Capitol in the background?  Almost there ...

One of the benefits of running with a super star looking to set a personal record, is that she crosses the finish line about 30 minutes before you ... and waits patiently with her camera to snap photos of you! 

We did it!  And of course, had our obligatory Starbucks "sippy" shot afterwards.  
Our reward for a race well run!

Today marks our 14th snow day this school year.  Need I say more about that?

We also battled a horrific stomach bug that all 3 kids (and Matt) have caught over the past few weeks.  As soon as one started to feel better, another went down.  And hard!  Sheridan had it the worst, vomiting more than I've ever seen anyone puke in one day.  Here she wouldn't let me leave her side on the couch. 

Then Grady got it ... and passed out in his bed.  Riley was the last kid to fall.  Thankfully we carry puke bags in our car at all times. 

Girl Scout Cookie Season has come and (almost) gone.  I'm the cookie mom for our troop and over the last month I picked up 104 cases (1248 boxes of cookies) of which, 900 or so were sent overseas to our Foreign Service Friends.  Oh that was a lot of fun ...

While I didn't snap a photo of the birthday boy on his special day last Saturday, I did manage to take a picture of his gift.  Yes, this IS what Matt wanted for his birthday.  You know you're getting older when your wish is for more suction, I mean household appliances. 

Oh, he also got a fab dinner in DC and a night at the Ritz Carlton.  Sans kids.  So life isn't too shabby!

Other than that, we got our housing assignment in San Salvador.  From the looks of it, I think we'll be very happy.  Matt has 3 ish more weeks of Spanish before his "big" test.  I'm still working almost full-time as a substitute.  And here are a few of my latest Facebook posts. 

Happy St. Patty's day from the O'Perlmans!  Wishing you warm weather and little shoveling!

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