Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Getting to know...me!

Getting to know all aboooout meeee! :)

It has been a really long day, made longer by a baby who keeps waking up from her sleep, which NEVER happens. I think I might have indulged in a little too much buffalo chicken dip yesterday, and Gracie says, "What the heck mom?" Sorry, girlfriend. So now I am beat. And it's late. And I'm going to do an easy post today, because it's probably the only kind I can squeak out at this point. 

I don't think I've ever done any type of "survey" on this here blog, but I found a pretty interesting one online, and I think it's worthy of doing. I think these can be a fun way of getting to know someone a little better. So here it goes!

Evie spent her first year here, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. Our friends Mike and Amelia are back in this house now. They can decorate better than we can, anyway. :)

1. Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best?

Absolutely. It happens to me all the time. Probably the BEST recent example of this would have been our decision to not buy a home when we had the perfect opportunity to last Spring. We were already living in a really nice two-story home, I was pregnant with Grace and really didn't feel like moving. Our paint colors were mentally picked out. Eric and I literally had the papers in our hands ready to go and be signed by Monday. Everything was set in motion. And then he asked me the big question while driving home from a shopping trip one evening. "So, do you really want to do this?" And after a week of praying about it, I honestly didn't care. I just didn't have a peace about it, and we both knew that while we could afford this home, we had no business buying it while we were trying to pay off debt. And so we passed, leaving us with less than a month to pack up all of our belongings, find a place to live, and start over again. It is hard to be pregnant and not have a place to visualize bringing your baby home to. Of course, today we are INCREDIBLY THANKFUL that we didn't buy that house. So many things have happened that would have left us really stretched if we would've owned our own home. And we LOVE where we are...it's perfect for us!

2. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Okay, this is going to sound stupid, especially knowing that I've given birth twice...but the hardest thing I've ever done was a 45 minute college presentation on a topic I knew absolutely NOTHING about when I started. I had given much longer presentations, but this challenge particularly sucked. It was for a class called "History of Judaism," and it was full of bible students and other people who seemed to know what they were talking about. History of Judaism was a class that I sat up straight in and smiled and prayed that the prof didn't call on me. But you can't hide from the spotlight when it's presentation time. So I picked a topic that I knew would at least compliment my major and hold my interest. "Fables and Folklore in Ancient Judaism." I prepared day and night for this darn thing. I practiced it in the mirror, for my roommates, in my sleep. And then I rocked it out. Not gonna lie. I rocked that sucker OUT. :) But yes, it was very hard.

3. What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?

Oh geez, I'm pretty sure if one thing got me in trouble more than anything it was probably my mouth. I just thought I knew it all, I suppose. :) Oh, and I had a notoriously messy bedroom.

4. When was the last time you had an amazing meal?

Last weekend at the Strawberry Festival in Ruma, IL. I'm pretty easy to please, but man those mashed potatoes were delicious!

5. What’s the worst gift you’ve ever given/received?

I hesitate to say that I've ever been given a truly bad gift, but there have definitely been a few interesting selections made on my behalf in the past. One that stands out would have to be a present I received from Eric on my birthday while we were dating. He had been gone ALL DAY LONG shopping for my present. I remember calling him and telling him to just get home, because it was my birthday after all, and I really just wanted to see him. Of course I'm thinking that a gift which took this long to choose must be a doozy! What could it possibly be? I'll never forget Eric getting out of his car and walking up to my parent's front porch as I met him outside. He had the biggest grin on his face and my prized gift was in his hands. And it was...drumroll please...an amber glass bowl and a bag of potpourri. (I'm giggling right this very second. :D) I knew he was proud of his choice, and so I gushed about how much I loved it. I was like 18 years old. Potpourri? Hehehe...I think we're far enough removed to find this funny, right darling? :D Gotta love him!

6. What do you miss most about being a kid?

I miss being gone from sun up to sun down, and running around outside with my best friend Heather without a care in the world. We lived in our bathing suits all summer long, and every evening when the street lights came on I would run home to watch Nick at Nite's "Block Party Summer" with a popsicle in each hand. My absolute favorite year: (And yes, I STILL remember the lineup) Munster Mondays, Lucy Tuesdays,  Bewitched Bewednesdays, Odd Couple Thursdays, and Jeanie Fridays. Sigh. That was a particularly great summer. :)

Preschool age me. :)

7. What is your first memory of being really excited?

I remember the night before a field trip in pre-school, I stayed up much too late packing a bag of things for my friends and I to do on the bus the next day. I seriously stayed up half the night dreaming and planning all of the fun things I would coordinate for my classmates. I was ridiculously excited about it. Unfortunately, my memory betrays me, and I can't remember if my mom even let me take my jammed packed duffel bag to school the next day. :)

8. What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

I'll be honest, I don't remember WHAT I bought, but I remember the first time I made real money of my own, and I was so proud of it. It was when I discovered selling things by catalog for the "Olympia Sales Company" or whatever it was called, haha. I made $32 whole dollars for myself, and boy did I enjoy it. I will say though, that the first things I ever REMEMBER buying (but not with my own money) were gifts for family members from "Santa's Workshop" in school. Oh. My. Gosh. I LOVED Santa's Workshop! Other than field trip day, that was my absolute favorite day of the entire school year.

9. When was the last time you were nervous?

I was genuinely nervous yesterday afternoon when a hard rain storm blew through our area, and I thought our little duplex was going to be picked up Wizard of Oz style. There was one gush of wind that sent enough pressure through our house that I felt it, and it popped open one of our exterior doors. I'm not usually afraid of storms, but this one had me worried for a couple of minutes. I don't like being home alone with two babies when the sky turns black and the winds are howling. Shiver. 

10. What is something you learned in the last week?

I learned, once again, that life is very short. Even our friends who live a full lifetime are only here for a second of eternity. We're praising God for the Life of Loretta Marie Young. :)   A very sweet lady who loved her family, church family, and even our own little girls very much.

11. What story does your family always tell about you?

When I was about four years old, I was sound asleep in my bed early one morning, and my dad thought it would be just fine if he took my mom to work while I was sleeping. (Oh my gosh...what? I still can't believe he did that, haha.) "She'll never wake up" he said. Well guess what? I did wake up. I'll never forget it. For whatever reason on that particular morning, I remember opening my eyes, smiling really big, and jumping out of bed to run downstairs and see my parents. I got downstairs and no one was home. Not a soul. And I fa-reaked out. I ran out the front door in my pajamas, hopped in my hot pink Barbie Corvette, and drove down the sidewalk to North Town Foods (an old grocery store) where the Bunny Bread man stopped me and asked me where I was going. "I need to get to my aunt Brenda's house!" I said hysterically. "My parent's are GONE!" He picked me up and walked me back to my house where my dad was standing sheepishly on the front porch. SOMEHOW the story is always turned around and made a joke, because I was the one who tried to drive her play car across town and was rescued by the Bunny Bread man. HOWEVER, I would just like to remind all parties involved that I was four years old and left at home alone. Yeah...mhmm.... ;) Hehe.

12. At what age did you become an adult?

I became an adult when I was 23 years old. I was married, carried my first child through an entire pregnancy, and delivered my very first baby girl in that one year. It was a big one. :)

So there you go! A little bit about little old me. I hope everyone has a very happy Tuesday! We're back to being without Eric once again. His summer class starts tonight...fun, fun! Evelyn will be happy to know she gets to see John every Tuesday again. :)


Sarah said...

Ya know.... I STILL don't feel like an "adult". You would think with two kids, a husband, and a mortgage I would?? What's wrong with me lol.

PS Did you hear about Heather?!?! Trav works with her husband & said she is getting induced on Thursday!! I didn't know if you two still talked or not?? She needs to get fb so I'm not out of the loop!!

Adrien said...

Hehe, she is on facebook! She told me she's getting induced TODAY, but maybe things were changed. Her name is now Heather DeBlanc, and she lives just down the street from me. :) We don't talk much anymore, but I hope that changes now that I know we live so close!


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