Tuesday, January 03, 2006

La Familia Brungardt

This picture was taken at our mini-family reunion on December 26th.



Kids in the front (l-r): Paul, Maggie, Luke, Grace, Luke, Anne, Therese, Andrew (in red), Gerard, Petra (in yellow), Jennifer, Mary Ann, Kaitlyn.

Middle row: Uncle Bruce, Fr. John, Aunt Elaine, Mom, Dad, Bryce, Frank, Aunt Sandi, Uncle Tom, Uncle Tony, Aunt Kathy.

Back row: Megan, Shantel, Catherine, Mike, Joe, Jen, John, Aubrey, Me.

39 comments:

riskitall said...

OOOOHHHHH! I'm in love with this picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Is that weird? To be in love with a picture? 'Cause I am.)

Isn't our family different and lovely? I love them! This is a great picture of us all! (Except maybe 3 cousins.)

Hey Mr. Hall, I just saw the pictures that you sent Sarah of the summer program and your family. Your sisters are so DARLING! You look just like the one closest in age to you! (Forgive me. I don't know her name.) They were great pictures and I really enjoyed them!

Oh and HA! I posted first but only because Sarah just put this post on.

Mr. Hall said...

¡Su familia es muy grande y guapa en la pictura, y si, ellos eres diferente y encantador! El nombre de la más vieja hermana es Rebekah.

Anyway, that's what everybody says about them. They're a pain but I love em'. I'll send y'all some more pics as they come in. I think there are still some good photos of the summer program in here that I haven't sorted out yet, so I'll send y'all those as well.

Am I crazy or are you wearing glasses in that picture Sarah?

I just checked "On the Waterfront" out of the library. I think I'll watch it tonight...

LOL, considering you live in the same house I shouldn't really ever get the first post then should I? ;-)

Pax, Mr. Hall

JB said...

Cool picture...

Our family rocks.

seacb said...

This will definitely go down as one of my all-time favorite pictures.

Yeah, I got glasses in mid-November. Sort of the part-time ones, like for driving, etc.

Guess what?!? (Jen already knows) I ordered REAL dancing shoes today! Okay, so I should be saving my money for a laptop or college, but how could I call myself a dancer without real dancing shoes?

seacb said...

And I just checked out "The Mermaid Chair," by Sue Monk Kidd. I've been waiting for this book for what seems like years (or ever since it came out), but I've been too stingy to buy it. Becuase it might not be one of those 'I have to own it' books. Anyway, I'll let you all know how it is...

John said...

Dancing shoes?! Such rash expenditures will render you a pauper! ;-)

Let us know how the book is. How did you hear about it?

I found something really cool. This is a satellite view picture of my house. The shot must be a few years old because some of these trees are now gone and some of the houses have suffered hurricane damage, but it's pretty cool: http://local.live.com/?v=2&style=h&lvl=10&sp=adr.1601W.%20Windhorst%20Rd.,%20Brandon%20Fl.%2033510

riskitall said...

OOOOHHHH! I'm jealous!!! I want to watch On the Waterfront!

They're a pain?????? What a thing to say! I'm shocked! But also kidding because think of kids that are a pain x 9. Yeah. Haha.

And I can't wait to see the dancing shoes...

Publius said...

Hey Virginia, John Hall here.

Haha, well come on over and we'll watch it!

Ah, well, I'm too hard on them. They really are good, I'm just annoyed by them as is obligated by the fact that I am their older sibling...

Oh, in case you're curious the next oldest after Rebekah (the one next to me who is 13) is Michaela (8) and the youngest is Sarah (6).

seacb said...

'Publius'.....Latin?

explain...

Sue Monk Kidd wrote one of the greatest books of all time, "The Secret Life of Bees," and "The Mermaid Chair" is her second novel, though I can already tell that it won't be nearly as good.

Ahh, annoying kids...story of my life... : )

What's new, everyone?

Publius said...

'Publius' is the pseudonym under which James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton published The Federalist Papers. They're a collection of letters to the people of the state of New York in an attempt to persuade them to ratify the constitution. They took the name from Publius Valerius Publicola who was one of the first Roman Republic leaders after the expulsion of Tarqinius Superbus.

There, explained. :-)

Ah well, little kids are awesome though, I just love em'. You ain't kiddin' though with as many younger siblings as you've got!

Pax, John

riskitall said...

Yeah, and one just shot me in the face so... I love little siblings.

Gosh, I would give anything to get on a plane and go anywhere... to your house Mr. Hall, to Alaska, to Africa, China, Russia, Outer space... well, I think I'm calmed down now from getting shot...

And I do kind of see where you are coming from... although I don't know what it's like to be the oldest... that would be interesting, but I like having older siblings.

seacb said...

I know the Federalist papers; I'm in the middle of reading them and the Anti-federalist papers. I've written more essays about each side than I care to recollect, with even more coming...

Outer space? I didn't know you were THAT desperate, Jen... : ) I would love to go to the moon, though.

New post coming soon, I think...

Publius said...

Yeah there's something about being the first-born. It means you're kind of experimental since it's parents' first time doing this whole children thing. So naturally the oldest child is a little bit messed up in the head. ;-)

Shot you in the face? What a lack of charity these little heathens posess! You recover quickly from headwounds!

Hehe, Sarah (my sister) just threw a tantrum...

Pax, Mr. Hall

riskitall said...

Perhaps I acted a bit rashly after I was shot... a bit of shouting. I know you are all shocked. I am quite recovered though. And, perhaps I asked for it...

HAHA!!! That is so funny! Experimental???? Ha, I always wondered where John B. went wrong!

I am still recovering from the shocking Fiesta Bowl loss. I wanted ND to win SOOOO badly! They'll dominate next year for sure!
Did anyone watch the Rose Bowl? It was so thrilling and I am SOOO glad Texas won! Like, I never thought I would root so hard for Texas, but USC... sorry, I just didn't want them to win!
I apologize for the lengthy post!

Sporticus said...

Oh, yes! Being the oldest is a blessing as well as a curse. We're known as the "guinea pigs".

Yeah, it was disappointing to see ND lose. I was actually rooting for USC most of the game.....they lost it on their own. Reggie Bush did not play like a Heisman winner.

It's been busy..I've barely had time to publish anything.

Siblings? Annoying? What? j/k
haha......yes, they can get annoying...but my siblings are pretty controllable. Everyone's working now.

Peace!

Sporticus said...

John, I noticed you were born in the year of the dragon! Dude...me too...that's too scary.
I read that if the oldest sibling of a family is born in the year of the dragon and is a male....it means good fortune for the family.

Brownthing said...

LOL, the guinea pig discussion!

Very nice picture. That's ALOT of kids!!!! Awesomeness.

Don't worry yall. Once the sibs get older you find out just how much influence over them you've had. Then you're not annoyed, you're just astonished at the monster you've created. ;D

Brownthing said...

hehehe. Federalist papers. I feel your pain, Sarah...

Publius said...

Sarah,

Isn't it interesting in the Federalist papers how the writers are assuring the people that states' sovereignty will be retained, judicial supremacy will be counter-acted by the other branches of the federal government, and "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite...The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State." (Fed. #45) huh, interesting when we compare it to the present situation no?


Virginia,

shouting? wow... I am shocked...;-)

Yeah that Fiesta bowl was disappointing, but overall it's been a pretty good bowl series for me. My Gators won against Iowa last weekend (interesting story though, last Sunday the entire Hawkeye was at my parish for Mass hehe)

I was so rooting for Texas mainly because everyone was saying that they didn't have a chance against USC. Vince Young is just...wow... That boy's gonna be a superstar in the pros, you mark my words.

Michael,

I thought Bush performed pretty decently. I think the arrogance of going for it on 4th down 2 or 3 times did USC in. They beat themselves last night...

Your siblings are controllable? Lucky...

I'll inform my parents that I am an omen of good fortune for them. ;-)

Canary,

Hey I'm doing the Feds too! I'm on #83 right now...

You're going to put something substantial on your blog soon right?

Pax Vobiscum, Publius

riskitall said...

Well, I think Vince Young played more like a Heisman winner than Reggie Bush did... but the game was played well by both teams.
Umm... don't get mad but what is 'the Hawkeye'? Is it a team's mascot? And they were at your Church?

Well, this might sound strange but I like where I am in the 'lineup' of kids. I'm 4th oldest so I'm not entirely responsible but nevertheless I have 6 younger than me so I get to be the 'big sister' quite a bit too. I don't know, it's just a cool experience. Like, I'm just safe in the middle... wow, I think I'm losing it. After all that basketball and then a half a mile run (and now breathing is coming hard for me) I think I shall quickly sign off!

Publius said...

LOL, yeah the mascot came for Mass. ROFl..

No, that was a gross typo on my part. That should have been "the Hawkeye team".

Yeah well check back with us when Sarah leaves and tell how much responsibility gets levelled on ya!


I just got back from seeing "Walk The Line", it was fantastic...

riskitall said...

Haha, well, Joe will still be here so I still have a little while...

Ummm, and what TEAM is the Hawkeye team? Sorry, I'm just curious... you're probably annoyed.

Cool, I want to see 'walk the line'. It's pretty good?

KU vs Kentucky tomorrow! We're gonna whoop 'em!

Sporticus said...

Iowa isn't it?

Sporticus said...

countin' your jayhawks before they hatch there, Jen!
haha!

Go 'hawks!

Publius said...

oh, sorry, the Iowa Hawkeyes are the team that Florida played last Sunday.

Annoyed? No, that usually takes a lot. :-)


Joaquin Phoenix was amaziong as Cash. He absolutely mastered his mannerisms and even his voice. From the famous "Hi...I'm..Johnny Cash" to his breakdown after his OD he just nailed it. Reese Witherspoon was better in this than anything I've ever seen her in. Very good movie, it could've been a little better, but still a very good movie.

seacb said...

I love Joaquin Phoenix!! Have any of you seen The Village or Ladder 49 or Signs? They're all great.

I promise that new post soon...this comment page is getting pretty long.

Publius said...

Oh yeah, those are all awesome movies. 'The Village' is a great story idea, but it's easy to ruin for other people if you're not careful...

If you liked him in those you have to go see this, he's just awesome in it. "Because you're mine...I walk the line"

Brownthing said...

lol Sarah. You should see some of MY comment pages!!

Try 165 comments.

*nods*

Sporticus said...

Dat's a lot of scrollin'!

Publius said...

Canary is obviously the most popular of us, but then again, she is a world traveller...

riskitall said...

World Traveler? *raised eyebrows*

HAHA!!!! KU as I predicted WHOOPED Kentucky!!!! We looked like AWESOME!!!!!!!!

I love the Village and Signs. M. Night is a genius!

I'm going to go play basketball w/my siblings! I LOVE basketball!

Publius said...

Hehe, I'm too uncoordinated/white to play basketball...

riskitall said...

Excuse me, too 'white' to play?????
That is an ULTRA lame excuse, sorry. Do you like to play any sports? Hey, and do you have a blog?
And while I'm asking you a million questions, what is the picture of that is by your name?
Sorry for all the questions. I'm nosy. Sorry. And annoying. Sorry.
:( :)

Publius said...

Sorry, that was a very poor attempt at humor on my part. I don't have a better explanation than that, other than that I'm not any good. ;-)

Yes, I've played baseball for as long as I can remember (catcher, oh yeah), though I stopped playing on an organized level about 3 years ago (too much travelling). I still play on occasion whenever I can get enough people together, but in the meantime I've been doing Judo for the last three years. Now that I'm working I hardly have time for either anymore though...but ob-la-di, ob-la-da...

No, as of right now I don't have a blog. I've been considering it for a while and we'll see, maybe I'll do it.

That picture is the Gadsden Flag used by the colonists during the revolution. Nowadays it is a symbol of the political resistance against a tyrannical federal government in favor of more powerful state sovereignties.

Oh don't be silly, you're neither; always happy to oblige. :-)

Pax Vobiscum, John

riskitall said...

You're too nice.

I love basketball and football the most. I will play baseball, though I am really not good at anything but running around the bases. I also like to play tennis, though I am horrible, due to a lack of practice. Swimming is ok too, though I don't do races or anything. And I also love to run/walk. Wow. This is taking up a lot of space. Sarah- we are in desperate need of a new post!

Ok, now that I know what it is, does this flag have special meaning to you?

Youth Symphony just started today and I have confirmation class tonight! I will say more about those things later. My post is too long!!!!

Brownthing said...

Not that I'm popular, just that I keep the conversation going.

So riskitall is...Sarah's sister...? I'm confused.

Brownthing said...

Who *are* you, riskitall?

Publius said...

And you're...less mysterious there, Canary? It's hard *not* to keep a conversation about you going, you're just that interesting.

Virginia,

Don't tell her who you are, you'll be sucked into her web of friends by her sly tactics of "good humor" and "friendliness" and "great entertainment value". Then you'll find yourself emailing her on a regular basis, and by then it's too late, you'll never escape!

Yeah I like to do all of that stuff too, but, like you, I'm not so good at it (uncoordinated).

Yeah it appeals to my brand of conservatism: minimal federal government and minimal governmental interference period. Its air of defiance also appeals to me. ;-)

OMG, it's almost midnight, I need to go to bed/stay up too late playing guitar! ;-)

elizabeth said...

hey, this is elizabeth humphrey. that's a neat family picture of your family. i like it.