5.02.2012

NEW YORK STATE BAR: PASSED!


the scene: this morning. 

huck had risen with the sun. brandon got up with him and fetched him his morning banana and set up his morning mickey mouse clubhouse. i had logged a solid twenty minutes of extra sleep, when brandon suddenly appeared on the bed, bouncing on the mattress and looking at me with a positively zany look in his eyes. and then he announced, rather loudly if i remember correctly, 

"i passed the bar!!"

and then he grinned at me like a loon. 

PEOPLE OF THE INTERNET: MY HUSBAND IS A HERO!
all hail brandon holbrook!

he came home from work tonight to the reception of a champion--a knight in shining attorneyness!--and a table full of his favorite snacks. plus a couple of last-minute blown up water balloons, too. i don't know.


black licorice is so gross. and then we went out in the rain to the neighborhood diner for dinner, because the holbsattorney wanted steak. with eggs! his heart was set on it.

cue silly photos of our relieved faces!
HE DID IT!


please also note huck's rat tail. 
this was brandon tonight as he pulled the tail into place: "i always wanted a rat tail as a kid" 
huck is getting  a hair cut ASAP.

and now a few more photos,
because this is a blog! 
and that's what you do in a blog!




blurry!

this diner is, like, a real diner.
sort of heavy on the butter and the menu is like unto a spanish novel.
(spanning multiple generations and requiring a family tree cheat sheet on the book jacket)
(bear with me, i'm in one of those moods.)




it is also owned by the cutest old guy.
he loves huck. he brought over no fewer than four packages of saltines during dinner 
(huck was so confused. "saltines? i'm supposed to get excited over saltines?") 
and then showed him off to all the staff while we paid for our dinner.

perks and vip treatment already at the age of 18 months!


congratulations, husband of my dreams!
we are proud of you.
we knew you could do it.
(even when you had us all pretty convinced you'd failed it.)

92 comments :

  1. Congratulations! I'm taking the bar next year... hopefully I have similar good luck!

    NY is a tough bar to pass too!!

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  2. congratulations!!!! How exciting!

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  3. Oh so exciting!! My husband is just finishing up his first year of law school so i can only imagine the excitement. Oh, the joys of being a law school wife....

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  4. Congratulations!! That is so exciting and awesome!

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  5. Congrats to you & yours! And lady — those pink paints slay me! Get it GURL!
    xo

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  6. Congratulations, it's nice to know all the sacrifice has been worth it.

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  7. congratulations to the holbs!!! especially the ny bar!

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  8. Oh YAY! Congrats! These are such HAPPY photos :)

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  9. Congrats to the holbs!!! What a relief for all of you!!

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  10. aww congrats to Brandon!! and love huck's little rat tail ....hahah so cute!

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  11. see, this is why i dreamed that one time that you were an LSAT expert. you basically are! your husband is proof!

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  12. Yay congrats! =) Woo champions of the world

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  14. Congrats to the Holbs! And of course to you and Huck :) I'm sure you guys are so proud you are beaming!

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  15. How Wonderful! Congrats to you all and especially to your husband for achieving such a accomplishment :)

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  16. Congrats to the Holbs!!! How exciting!

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  17. Oh, Happy Day!! My husband had me convinced that he had failed, too! What is that?! Anyway, CONGRATS!!

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  18. Oh Natalie - your excitement is so contagious! Congrats to Brandon. Thrilled for your whole family, can't wait to see what's ahead. xx

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  19. Congratulations! I love reading about your family.

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  20. Congrats! My husband is now in his second year of his second degree, and I hope to see the light at the end of the tunnel very soon. Again, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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  21. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. that's so exciting! whew! probably one of the hardest exams ever... congrats! :-)

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  23. Oh my gosh, that is so SO exciting! Congratulations, Brandon! NY has a really low passage rate too. I'm super proud of him!!

    I graduate from law school a week from Saturday and start studying for the Washington bar two weeks after that. I'm NOT looking forward to it. I can't even imagine studying for the bar with a job and a family. I'm giving him SO many props.

    Did he take a bar review course? Was this his first time taking it?

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  24. Congratulations you guys! You all look so happy, time to celebrate!!

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  25. BRANDON! CONGRATS! : ) Enjoy that black licorice and frosted flakes! but not together... :D

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  26. YIPPPEEEEE!!!!! Oh, that is so happy! Wow, I can't even imagine!!!

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  27. Wow this post was written with such love and admiration for your husband, I cant help but have a happy heart for yall!

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  28. So exciting!! Congrats from California :)

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  29. Congrats to the holbsattorney and Nat for surviving it all!

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  30. YAY! I hear that's one of the toughest. And black licorice IS so gross. ;)

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  31. I must confess, I like the black stuff. Congrats Brandon! Congrats Holbrook family. Can't wait for mine to be done!

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  32. Congratulations from across the Atlantic! I'm so happy for your family! x

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  33. Congrats! Also, I said the exact same thing about the black licorice when i saw it. yuck! ;)

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  34. Ahh that is seriously so exciting, that will be my Mister in a couple of years. Such a relief to pass it!!!
    Amy xo

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  35. Yay congrats to your husband and all of you for sticking it out! Practicing "I object" in the mirror I am sure! I especially loved the relieved faces pics. Hilarious!

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  36. This is SO exciting! Congratulations to him!

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  37. how exciting! it's so great to see your partner achieve something great... CONGRATS!

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  38. WOOOO! Go Brandon! Let the celebrating know no end, you earned it!

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  39. Congrats to Brandon!! So exciting! Ps, love that diner!!

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  40. congrats brandon!!!! that is awesome.

    also, the relieved face picture of brandon is hilarious. totally a photo shoot i would have, too.

    and yes, black licorice. ew.

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  41. Raise the Roof! I COMPLETELY understand the fear/anticipation/ relief you've been going through. My husband takes his final (of 3) physician licensing exam next month, and we will all be growing ulcers until we get the notice that he passed.

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  42. Haha, "festive!" Congratulations to your husband! So happy for your family.

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  43. Wahoo!!! That is such a BIG deal! Way to go Mr. H! We should all grow rat tails in celebration...wait, what? Maybe just a virtual high five! :) You rock!

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  44. Hooray!!! congratulations to your clever husband, well done! thats awesome!!

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  45. Aw, congrats! Good job, Holbs!

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  46. Such a happy time. I'm so relieved for both of you. The best part of passing the bar? You NEVER have to do that again!!

    I predict good things for the Fat Rat family this year!! ;)

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  47. WOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!!!

    Huuuuuuuuge congrats to the Holbsmeister! What a freakin' CHAMP! Wonderful news. You guys totally have to do a Fri-Sat-Sun celebration, three consecutive days of spontaneously celebrating in however many different ways you can think of.

    Congrats to Holbs once more, SQUEEEE!

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  48. Yaaaaaaay!!! Congratulations to your holbs!!

    I acually like black licorice and most people don't, so I'm surprised to see someone else that does too. :)

    (And Huck's lips in the photo where he's drinking from the cup with the straw are just too cute!)

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  49. A million congratulations Holbs! What an amazing accomplishment smarty pants!

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  50. congrats, I bet that feels amazing!! plus your hair looked perfect on those pics which is definitely a cherry on top.

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  51. Awesome! I remember this feeling and it is sooooo good! No more studying!!! EVER!!!!

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  52. congratulations!! quite the feat, holbsy! and congrats to you, too, wife of the man who spent the past six years working overtime and studying overtime!!

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  53. Congratulations! You must be so excited! Six years is a LONG time. I'm sure it will be worth it in the end. What kind of law is he wanting to practice?

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  54. Congratulations Holbs! Also, can Huck please be drinking out of a straw like that for always?

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  55. awwww yayyyy so exciting I cannot even imagine- all the work put into studying and getting INTO law school, and then 3 years of it, and then his tax degree, and then studying for the bar, and now........it's DONE. It must be unimaginably amazing for you both (and Huck!). Congrats to your hubby and to you for experiencing it with him for the last six years! What an accomplishment and a good feeling that must be!!
    xx

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  56. Brandon--CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is a huge accomplishment and you've done your family proud. And congratulations, too, to Natalie and Huck! A huge sacrifice on your part as well!

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  57. Congrats to your Holbs!

    Also, when I lived in NYC whilst attending AMDA, the Olympic Flame Diner was our go-to eats spot after many a dance classes. Make me all nostalgic, why dontcha. :)

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  58. Yay for the Holbsfamily! :)

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  59. I am so jealous! My husband finds out next Friday if he passed the Arizona bar. The waiting is horrible!

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  60. Congrats! That is NO easy feat! For you, or him!!!! My husband's just finishing his first year- why is law school SO stressful!? Congrats to him, and you for making it happen!

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  61. Congrats! That is NO easy feat! For you, or him!!!! My husband's just finishing his first year- why is law school SO stressful!? Congrats to him, and you for making it happen!

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  62. Congrats! That is NO easy feat! For you, or him!!!! My husband's just finishing his first year- why is law school SO stressful!? Congrats to him, and you for making it happen!

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  63. AWESOME!!!!! Congratulations indeed! That is no small feat!

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  64. Congratulations Brandon! What a rock star. I am currently DYING over those "relieved faces" pictures. Hilarious!

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  65. congrats!!! haha i am laughing over your "relieved" pictures... you guys are too funny.

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  66. YAY for Brandon! Way to conquer! Congrats, Holbrooks!

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  67. HOORAY! Congratulations!

    I hate licorice but my boyfriend loves it, and I like to find new yummy-looking brands of licorice for him as a treat :)

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  68. Huge congrats! I only went to school for an 18 month program, and was positively elated when I was done with all the testing, certificating, licensing, and all that official business. I can only imagine how happy you guys are to have it all behind you!

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  69. CONGRATULATIONS HOLBS AND FAM!!!!!!!!!!

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  70. congratulations you guys! quite a feat!

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  71. That is so great!!!!Congrats to your husband!
    And I just have to tell you.... I love how much you love your boys. And I love how much you love your role as a mother and stay-at-home wife. It's encouraging to see other mom's who love that role as much as I do :)
    Have a great weekend!

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  72. So very neat.


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  73. aw, you two are just too cute! many congratulations to your man!!
    xo TJ

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  74. YAY - SO happy for you guys Natalie!

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  75. Sending Best Wishes and Congrats your way from NC!!!!!!! Beautiful Family!!!!!

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  76. yay congrats! my hubby starts Dental School this fall and I'm already dreaming of this day ha

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  77. Hooray for great husbands!

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  78. Congrats! I just wanna say how grateful I am for your blog. It inspires me. Thank you for sharing your life. Seeing how great a wife and mother you are makes me try harder to be a better wife and mother, too. Seeing how capable you are makes me think that maybe I can be more capable, and I believe in myself more. So, I appreciate you. I hope someday to be half as awesome as you are.

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  79. Congratulations to you guys!!!!! That has to be one of the BEST feelings of relief and excitement ever!! My husband takes the bar next Feb and I'm not looking forward to the dreaded months of waiting for the results... BUT...when we do get the results and IF {and he better!} he did pass than THANK YOU JESUS CHRIST!! So happy day to you and your family!! Definitely calls for steak and eggs haha!!!
    XOXO

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  80. Wa-hoo! Congratulations! Pink pants are the perfect celebration attire.

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  81. Congratulations to your husband. Mine is working on a PhD, and the day he finishes, I would love to have a celebration day like yours. Sounds lovely.

    And where did you get those pants? They're fantastic.

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