Today, I'm giving you THREE things in one post!! For the first two things, I am once again combing Finish the Sentence Friday and Ask Away Friday. You'll have to wait for the third thing - which is super fun and exciting - until the end!
Check out my answers to the questions she asked me and then head over to her blog to see her answers to my questions!
I would only go back in time if I knew it wouldn't change the present. If going back would make me miss meeting my husband or change who my kids are, it wouldn't be worth it. That being said, if I could go back in time, I think I would be a little more confident. High School was not a happy time for me and a lot of it had to do with personal insecurities. If I could go back to that time knowing what I know now, things would be very different.
2. What has been the most exciting thing that has happened personally, in regards to contributing to the MOAM book?By far, the most exciting thing has been connecting with all of the other authors of the book. Many of them I didn't even know of before our involvement with the book. They are all unique and wonderful. I am so glad to have "met" them. Some of them are now very good blog buddies.
It is also very exciting to be able to say that I am a published author. Really, what writer wouldn't want that?!?! I've gotten a lot of support from family and friends which has been incredible to feel.
3. You have 3 beautiful kids! Any traits that you can easily identify as “yours” in their personality?My oldest daughter is a lot like me - for better or for worse! She is stubborn and stoic, but also creative and smart. She is a writer, too. She is currently working on her second novel! :-) My middle daughter has an exuberance that I sincerely wish I shared! She has so much energy. She is also very tender-hearted and caring - qualities I certainly hope we share. My youngest is very compassionate and caring as well.
I will also say that my oldest and youngest are NOT morning people - a quality they most certainly get from me, but that can be a volatile combination on weekday mornings!
4. Was there anything you thought you would do/or wouldn’t do that changed after actually having kids?So much!!! Before having kids, I had this very June Cleaver-esque picture in my mind of what motherhood and family life would be. Needless to say, the last 11 years have been one gigantic reality check! I had no idea how exhausting it would be. I also don't think anyone can truly understand the overwhelming love you feel for your children until you experience it. Of course, you know you will love them, but it is something so completely consuming it is indescribable and unimaginable.
If I had to choose one specific thing - I vividly remember walking around the mall with my husband pre-kids and seeing people toting a baby on their hip while they had a stroller full of bags. I thought that was the most ridiculous thing! I mean, the stroller is for the kid, right?? Well, lets just say that, now, I completely understand and couldn't even count the number of times I did that when my kids were smaller!
5. Share a description of the perfect summer evening with the family.We are fortunate enough to have a pool in our backyard and my kids love to wait until it's dark so they can turn on the pool lights and go night swimming. So, the perfect evening would be hanging out there with them and my hubby. We would all be splashing and laughing in the pool amidst the cool, green glow of the pool light surrounded by the sounds of crickets, frogs, and giggles.
6. TRUTH OR DARE! ( I will give you choices)
a) Truth: Tell us about a socially awkward moment you have experienced
b) Truth: What is the longest amount of time you had to forgo a shower
c) Dare: Show us a picture of your best funny face
d) Dare: Show us a picture of your worst hairstyle (inspired by Kiss My List post)
7. I know you wouldn’t want to change any part of the past, but if you could go back and meet a person in history or witness an event (either from family or of historical importance) Where would you travel to/what time period?I would like to go back and meet my maternal grandmother who passed away before I was born. I have heard stories about her and her cooking. I know my mother is a lot like her and I would love the opportunity to visit with her for a while.
I would also like to see my paternal grandfather again. He passed away when I was barely three years old, so, even though I met him, I don't really remember him. I've been told that he treated me like a little princess. Looking at pictures of him is like looking at my dad. I know he was a wonderful man and I would love to have the opportunity to make some memories with him.
8. Congrats! you were just selected for SURVIVOR! How many days do you make it on the Island?Probably not many!! I am a hard worker, but I am not an outside kind of girl. Camping does not appeal to me in the least. I fear I wouldn't be very good at the physical challenges, either. Hopefully, my teammates would like me and keep me around, but I'm pretty trusting and naive, so they might take advantage of that as well. I don't think I would be the first one voted off, but I wouldn't be far behind!
9. Wow! You are one lucky gal! You just received $1000 tax free dollars- what do you do? Spend it, save it, bury it in yard?Definitely spend it! (Even though I know saving would be the responsible thing.) The only questions is on what?? I might add it to the pot for an upcoming bathroom renovation or use it to buy some new spring/summer clothes!
10. I would rather…. (For 24 hours only) suffer from constantly sweaty armpits, stinky feet or battle a combination of runny/stuffy nose?I'm going with the runny/stuffy nose since it's only for 24 hours. I think I could handle that better and the people around me would probably prefer that, too! :-)
And now . . . . #3!!!
I have written before that I love music, but, sadly, I am not musically talented. My blog friend, Stephanie, however, is very musically talented. In fact, she's a music teacher. A few months ago, she introduced a new series on her blog called Parentz Bop in which she invites bloggers - or anyone - to rewrite the lyrics to popular songs with a parenting spin. Then, she records them and posts the videos on her blog.I am VERY excited to tell you that, today, despite my lack of musical ability, I am making my songwriting debut as the newest song parody contributor!! Since Stephanie announced her series on the same day I vlogged about dreaming that Adam Levine was my high school math teacher, it seemed only fitting that I rewrite a Maroon 5 song. So,watch the video below to see/hear the latest version of Payphone, now re-done and titled Mommy's in Time Out. Then, head over to Stephanie's blog to check out all the other songs in the series!
This post is part of Finish The Sentence Friday. FTSF is hosted by some wonderful blogging ladies. Please give them a visit and check out all the other blogs that participate as well!
Janine at Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyaholic
Stephanie at Mommy, for Real
Kristi at Finding Ninee
Ask Away Friday is a fun blog hop in which two bloggers trade ten questions, then answer them on their blogs. It's a great way to connect and get to know other bloggers! It is hosted by:
Penny from the Real Housewife of Caroline County
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee – Love Life and Laughter
Amber from Bold Fab Mom
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings