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Why My Wife is the BEST...

I will be the first to admit that I'm a bit biased, but I truly believe that my wife is the BEST!  Yes, there is one single event that has prompted this declaration.. but, in my mind, Chrissy has held this title for as long as we've been married.  

So, what is the catalyst for this bold claim?  

First, the back story.  All summer long I've been whining on the radio about this deck project that we can't seem to finish.  I powerwashed the deck in May.  Shortly after that, the whole family helped to sand the surface.  We bought a few gallons of solid color stain in early June.  I picked up one of those screen gazebo dealies to put up once the job was finished.  I never took the patio furniture out of the shed because I knew they'd be an excuse not to complete this project.  So, the deck has been empty, prepped and ready since early June.  In order to apply the stain, you need a decent stretch of dry weather.  This has been extremely hard to come by this summer in the Tri-States.  July was wrapping up, the back-to-school sales had begun, and we still hadn't done anything with the deck.

Last weekend, I took the kids out for a day of general goofing around.  Dad and kids day to offer Mom a chance to relax.  We hiked at one of our favorite places (Whitewater State Park), spent some time at Lark Toys in Kellogg, visited the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, hit up the Nelson creamery for some ice cream and "squeaky" cheese curds, did some sight seeing at Buena Vista in Alma, and a few other adventures.  All in all, we were gone for a good 8-10 hours or so.  While we were gone, Chrissy stained the deck.  She didn't 'get a start on it'... she STAINED THE ENTIRE DECK.  Done and done!

This single act of awesomeness alone doesn't earn her the title of best wife... but it is a wonderful example of her tenacity, tirelessness, and 'go get 'em' attitude.  This woman works her tail off during the week and is a complete ROCK STAR at her job, hardly has a moment to take a breath when she gets home and dives right in as we tag team preparing dinner and playing with kids, moves right into whatever needs to be done next (tidying up, laundry, bathe kids), conquers a hefty power walk while I tuck in the rugrats, and does it ALL with a smile on her face.

Now, please also know that a best wife does not earn this status on work ethic and elbow grease alone!  This amazing woman also has the best attitude, makes us laugh and smile every day, and extends her love and compassion beyond family... touching co-workers, friends, and neighbors too.  Add a truckload of bonus points for the fact that she is drop dead gorgeous and still can easily make my heart skip a beat after more than 12 years of marriage.

Once again, let me declare, my wife Chrissy is the best wife on planet earth.  Other gentlemen are welcome to argue and stack their wives against mine.  But, your statements will fall upon deaf ears as I sit beside my bride on our newly beautified deck.

P.S. - I DID help put together the gazebo!  

#BestWife  #DeckLife 

Guys... stop cleaning the house!

I found a stat online the other day that said 2/3 of married women houseclean even after their husband has already done so!  As a guy who prides himself in doing a pretty good job cleaning the house, I say.. WHAT?!?!

So, gentlemen.. join me in a boycott of cleaning house!  If the ladies are going to do it anyway, why should we bother?  Let us no longer waste our time and go back to doing "whatever us guys do"!

OR, do I take this opportunity to use this information and send the following message to the ladies in our lives:   We got this!  If we clean the house, it's fine!  Don't miss out on your much needed "me time" because of something apparently wasn't done right during some "he time".    

What I really wanna know are these two things:

#1 - Is my wife Chrissy in that 2/3?  Does she clean house after I've already cleaned?  

#2 - To the rest of the ladies; is this statistic correct?

Brad's Secret Kitchen Weapon

I've got two kids.  My son Anthony is 6 and my daughter Erica is 9.  At mealtime, they're pretty good at cutting up their own food.  But, every now and then, Chrissy and I will help them.  Leaning over the table, trying to saw the food quickly using our fork so we can hurry up and eat our own food while it is lukewarm.  Or, I quickly cut up their food before serving using my top secret kitchen utensil.  Okay, maybe it's not that secret.  Just about everyone has one.. but you only use it for one thing: slicing pizza!  Unleash the hidden power of your pizza cutter and use it to quickly cut your kid's food into bite-size pieces!  

I first used it to cut up some waffles for Anthony one morning.  Wow, that was SUPER easy!  It quickly became an obsession of mine.  What else can I cook so that I can use my new secret kitchen weapon?  Pancakes?  *SLICE*  Quesadillas?  *SLICE*  Spaghetti?  *ROLL ROLL ROLL*  Chicken off the grill?  *SLICE*  Awww yeah!  

I heart you pizza cutter.  Let's keep it our secret, okay?  wink