I know you're asking yourself - how in the world does this girl have the time to post everyday? Well, dear friends and family, it is because I have cleared my calendar and I'm quietly sitting on my nest waiting for the baby to hatch. I didn't think it would happen, but it literally hurts to move. Baby has completely dropped and dances hourly on my bones and organs and let me tell you - it hurts! So my daily exercise has been condensed to 20 minutes of yoga. I run errands only once a week. I don't walk the dog or kids to school anymore and if I do, I'm laid up on the couch in pain for the next hour or two. I have cleaning people to clean my house. My kids have friends over daily to keep them entertained and I have a steady stream of visitors to keep me entertained. I don't volunteer at the school anymore - all I have to do every week is make it to my midwife appointment and bible study. Throw in a sick kid here and there and then I don't even have to do those. That, my friends, is how I have time to blog. So sit back and read a blog entry inspired by my long lost friend Amy.
What I was doing ten years ago: I was newly married - Jeremy had just left for spring training. For those of you who don't know this interesting part of our history - Jeremy played for the Houston Astros in the minor leagues when we met. We dated for two years - although it is really one year of being together since he had to leave for six months out of the year to play baseball. Anyway, he was getting ready to leave to play in Orlando and I was finishing up school and getting ready to move down to Orlando in April to join him.
What I was doing five years ago: I had just had Blake. His b-day is 1-2-3. Two days after I had him, I ran into an old high school friend at Costco Home and we reconnected. I visited her with my other old high school friend and we both fell in love with the area she was living (Maple Valley, Wa - a suburb of Seattle). I spent most of February and March trying to find a loan to buy our first house - remember this was the time when interest rates were record low. We ended up buying our first house a few months later and it was a beautiful start to that chapter in our lives!
What I was doing one year ago: Anna Nicole Smith had just died. (was that a waste of TV or what?) Anyway, I had just visited my mom in SLC with the two boys for a big birthday party of our grandma. I came back from the trip and said, "I want a CHANGE!!" Life had become a little too boring for me in Maple Valley. So Jeremy and I talked about the idea of us moving somewhere else - he went to his boss and put the wheels in motion for us to move to Utah. No offense, but I'm not a huge fan of Utah mostly because I do not like hot and dry weather, but I do love my family and I really was craving a time when I could live within driving distance of my mom. Throw in rekindled cousin relationships and I thought it was a slam dunk. Plus, the cost of living in Utah is a lot less than Seattle and I thought - wouldn't it be nice to have some breathing room? OH yeah, we were trying to get pregnant. I have polycystic ovaries which makes fertility difficult. In Feb. we had been trying for five months with no success. I was beginning to think that maybe a move to a different city would be just the ticket. As it turned out, the month Jeremy got his transfer to Oregon, I got pregnant. Go figure.
What I was doing yesterday - I did some yoga then I migrated to the couch - in pain - thinking, "Okay, I think I'm in labor" and the kids had friends over. They made an amazing Lego city in the front room complete with a fortress, a temple, a castle, an airport with its own private runway, a port with boats at the dock, and a car dealership. Jeremy was working. I was counting down the hours until he got home. Oh, and I was watching a TV series on DVD, have your heard of "Big Love"? Not for everyone, but what are you going to do in this stupid writers' strike? OH yeah - I FINISHED MY BOOK!!! Amazing book.
I enjoy - hanging out with my family - cliche phrase, but if you know me, you know I'm a homebody and I would rather be with all of my boys and extended family. I love my morning latte, working out, having a house that is organized and non-cluttered. I also REALLY enjoy working in my yard, planning out living spaces in the house and in the yard.
I enjoy reading. I enjoy shopping at Target, Ross, and Costco and the outlet mall in Woodburn, OR.
I enjoy putting the kids to bed at night and then sitting on my couch and listening to the quiet. I enjoy it when my husband completes projects around the house for me.
Who could forget blogging? It's kind of an addiction right now.
But seriously, I really enjoy my life. It's good right now.
What I would do with a million dollars - First I would cry about the taxes I would have to pay on that money. But let's say it was 1 million NET after taxes, then I would pay off everything!!! The house, buy two great new cars for me and Jer, pay off student loans. Then I would invest a good chunk so we could have a nice interest income every month for our family to travel. I don't think I would move into a bigger house right now - I would just relish in having no mortgage and lots of opportunity to travel the world with my family. Anyone who would like to come along would be welcome. And then I would find a pet charity and figure out how to donate money and time to that - as Oprah says, "with money comes responsibility".
Five places I would run away to: Build a house in the forest in the outskirts of Seattle, Montana, Cascade mountains in British Columbia, brief visit to someplace tropical like Florida, Hawaii, Mexico although I would leave quickly because it would get to be too hot, and then Europe to explore the history.
Five TV shows I love: yeah, more like 20 TV shows I love. But off the top of my head - Project Runway, Lost, Hereos, any show with the Duggar family, Little People, big world, My life on the D-List, etc, etc....
Five things I hate: cleaning up after my dog or when she puts teeth marks in my new blinds because she is lonely, whiny children, people who are entitled and rude, getting unexpected bills in the mail that I have to spend hours confirming and/or clearing up, car shopping and then buying new cars (I wish I could just order it on the internet and have the perfect car just show up on my driveway)
Five biggest joys of my life: things I'm most proud of? - My good marriage to a great guy, raising my kids, having functional relationships with most of the members in my extended family, living a good life in America, and a healthy body. I'm also proud of my organizational abilities in my garage and that I wake up pretty much every morning in a good mood.
There you go - copy it and post with your own answers if you need a freebie one day.
As many of you have noticed - spell check doesn't work anymore so just excuse any errors.