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In the weeks leading up to Spring Break, I think Jordan and I had about 30 conversations that started and ended the same…

It would start with one of us asking the other what we should do for Spring Break. Then we would talk about nothing for a good 10 minutes, and then we would end with no plans, no solution, and no decisions. We tossed around ideas of going back home for a week, or going somewhere warm, but not only would the ol bank account hate such a thing, we thought it would be fun to take advantage of being waaaaaay up here in Boston and stick around this area.

Luckily we had some sweet friends from Jordan’s sections who felt the same way! So we packed up and headed to Stratton, VT for three days. Speaking of packing up… I’m a little bit afraid of the day we have multiple children… I mean, our car was PACKED. I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, huh?

Before I overload you with pictures from our trip, I wanted to share this cuteness from Muckykids Art Studio. Tara invited Cooper and I to join her and Jackson for a drop in class where the kiddos could go from station to station and paint/draw/glue/get messy. It was so fun! Notice how our little artists chose the wall to paint on, instead of the paper. :)

There was a little cardboard house with buckets of red paint and paint brushes. Coop went to town and was loving it… I turned around for 5 seconds and there Coop was… Painting the front glass door BRIGHT RED. Oh my. Luckily, the peeps at Muckykids are used to messes, and they were basically cleaning it up before he even started adding his flair to their door. Oopsies.

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Our first night there, we had dinner with the Donovans (who were staying in a condo nearby). When we got back to our condo, we put the boys in their pjs… unplanned matching?! SO FUN!

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The next morning, we all got bundled up and headed to the golf course to go sledding. And how cute is Jackson?!?!

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It was my first time to ever go sledding (unless you count that time in college where we slid… aka pushed each other… down a slight incline on a trashcan lid)

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The dads went skiing the next day, and it snowed over a foot. So, needless to say, we had a lot of time to play inside.

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Why is bathtime oh so cute?? These little dudes were splashing up a storm… which is normally a no-no, but it was just a little too adorable to stop.

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I’m pretty sure Jordan and Cooper were equal amounts of giddy in these pictures… Jordan got to GRILL! And Coop made very successful bubbles in the bathtub (not with his mouth, if ya know what I mean).

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A Snowy Family Day

March 11, 2013

So, it snowed again. Are you shocked or what?! I’m longing for spring, just like everyone else in Boston.

The other day, I got a coupon book from Target in the mail, and on the front it said, “Spring time is here!” I threw it away without even thinking about it. Sorry, Target. I don’t need you and your false hope (who am I kidding… of course I NEED you… just not your springtime temptations). Spring time is not here yet, and I’m trying to make the best of this weather. It’s been in the 40’s lately, and we’ve been playing outside a lot (never thought 40’s would be an acceptable play-outside-kind-of-weather).

Anyhow, we had a lovely weekend – lots of playing outside. And we built this little guy. Cooper chowed down on snow the whole time we were building the snowman.

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I caught Jordan and Coop having some fun giggles together. Love these guys.

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HBS SA Co-Presidents

March 1, 2013

For you non-HBS normal people, that title says “Harvard Business School Student Association Co-Presidents.”

Who are these HBS SA Co-Presidents, you ask? MY HUSBAND and the lovely Sarah Arora! I’m SO PROUD of them, and I can’t wait to watch (and attempt to be some sort of support) to these two as they lead the students of HBS. It’s already been so much fun to watch how well they work together and get to know Sarah more – she’s a gem, I tell ya, and I love that she’s already a part of our family. AND she gave me a free babysitting certificate for my birthday – BONUS!

When they first decided to run together, we took that as an opportunity for a photoshoot in 15 degree weather. Who wouldn’t want to pretend to be really pleasant and approachable while you’ve lost all feeling in your fingers and toes?? And I was dying laughing when I was going through the photos on my computer, because towards the end, Jordan started doing this really weird smile and he couldn’t stop. Friends reference, anyone? Anyway, he couldn’t feel his face. So funny.

Here is one before Jordan’s face froze.

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Here is their position paper – they were hung up around campus so everyone could see what they were all about.

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Jordan and Sarah wrote bios for each other – here’s what Sarah wrote about Jordan:

Those of you know Jordan Strebeck know that he hardly needs an introduction. However, in the time we’ve worked together, I’ve uncovered some interesting tidbits about the man that we all know and love. Without further ado, I present to you Jordan Strebeck: husband, father, President and future political celebrity that we all get to say we knew.

Jordan was born and raised in the bustling metropolis of Clovis, New Mexico. He graduated as the valedictorian of his class (nerd alert), was the student body president (ok, maybe he’s kind of cool) and was elected Governor of Boys State (never mind, nerd alert back on). He went on to attend Texas Tech, where he graduated with a BS in Agricultural & Applied Economics and a minor in Personal Financial Planning, Summa Cum Laude. He spent the last three years as Special Assistant to the Chancellor at Texas Tech, which let’s face it, makes him a hundred times more qualified than me for the role of SA Co-President – way to go me for picking this winner for a running mate.

Here at HBS, Jordan is the Section J president (#beastmode) and is a member of the Texas Club, the Christian Fellowship, the Southern Students Association and the Energy & Environment Club. He is also married to the most amazing woman in the world, Brittany Strebeck, who I frankly wish was MY wife and has a beautiful 2 year old son, Cooper, who you may have seen wandering around campus in a lion costume, stealing the hearts of HBS women. Jordan loves watching sports (and making sports metaphors that I pretend to understand), the West Wing and reading books about tractors and trains (sometimes with Cooper, but sometimes just on his lonesome.) He also has a huge man crush on Dimitrios Tzivelis and isn’t afraid to admit it.

I couldn’t imagine running for SA Co-Presidents with anyone but Jordan, Brittany and Cooper (oh yes, we’re a package deal.)


And here’s what Jordan wrote about Sarah:

Alow me (Jordan) to introduce the pride of Albuquerque, NM, and my ridiculously overqualified running mate, Sarah Arora!

Let me tell you a little bit about Sarah. As I mentioned, she is from Albuquerque, NM- but don’t think Breaking Bad here, I mean, she went to high school at Albuquerque Academy, which is basically the New Mexican equivalent of Exeter. While at Academy, she was elected Student Body President and graduated near the top of her class. After leaving (escaping?) New Mexico, she attended Stanford on a music scholarship and earned her BS and MS in Management Science and Engineering (at this point I feel like she’s just showing off).

After Stanford, she spent some time working in venture capital before moving on to McKinsey, where she worked for 2 years. Immediately prior to HBS, she spent 6 months in Peru working for a non-profit providing resources to entrepreneurs and working on her espanol. She is passionate about healthcare, entrepreneurship, and where the two intersect- probably because she comes from a long line of doctors and is the first person in her family not to go to Medical School since anyone can remember (I know, what a rebel).

In her spare time, she likes to sing and dance (sometimes at the same time), teaches a Sunday School at her temple, and watches (read: obsesses over) the Bachelor. She also secretly wishes she could be a contestant on the Bachelor but is willing to give it all up to serve as your SA Co-President. That’s what I call sacrifice.

So, that’s a little bit about Sarah- in short, she’s a complete rock star and I couldn’t imagine a better running mate. If this were twitter, I’d end this with #teamsarah or something clever, but it isn’t, so I’ll just end it with a regular period.

The night before voting day, we put on our campaigning attire and hung out in Spangler Grille. I think Coop enjoyed meeting so many new friends and playing trains with big college kids :)

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Yesterday was voting day, and around 8:30 last night, Jordan got the call that he and Sarah won! Yayyyy! We went out to celebrate at Grafton Street with sweet friends.

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Jordan convinced himself that he got these two Texas Longhorns to “get their guns up,” but I think they might just be pointing at him. Either way, it’s a fun pic :)

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Once again, congratulations to Jordan and Sarah!!! And many many thanks to all the peeps who put forth time and effort to help spread the word!