In honor of my birthday, I thought I'd answer 10 thought-provoking questions about myself. Here goes nothing:
1. What's one thing you'd like to change about yourself?
Believe it or not, I hate my curly hair! Ever since I was old enough to do my own hair, I wished it was straight. My hair is so thick and at it's current length it takes me 1-2 hours to straighten it by myself. As a mom of 3, I just really have no time for that. I need easy hair that I can just wash and go. I can't really do that with mine unless I want to walk around looking like Mufasa from Lion King...which I'd rather not.
2. What parent are you closer to and why?
Growing up, my dad and I were not close at all. Back then, he did a lot of traveling while he served in the United States Air Force. His longest tours, lasting a year at a time, all occurred at times in my life when I needed him the most (my adolescent and teen years), driving a bit of a wedge between the two of us, which in turn, led to the unbreakable bond between my mom and I. Since getting married and having kids, however, I've grown to appreciate my dad so much for everything he's done for me, our family, and our country. We've grown a lot closer over the course of the last few years and, for that, I'm eternally grateful. So, in answer to this question, I can happily say, I'm very close to them both.
3. Who is that one person you can talk to about anything?
My sister, hands down. I know what you must be thinking...yes, I'm very close to my husband as well and we do talk about a lot, but my sister...she's my whole life. She truly knows me, inside and out, like no one else does. She's seen me through all of the good and all of the bad. We read each other's minds and finish each other's sentences. There's no one in this world that comes close to her ❤
4. Do you believe in second chances?
Absolutely! Mistakes are a part of life. People change. I'm most certainly not the same person I was 10 years ago or even 1 year ago for that matter. We're all human.
5. When have you felt your biggest adrenaline rush?
During the deliveries of each of my babies. Each was a natural high for me. Nothing in my life has compared to the first moments I held my beautiful babies in my hands and glimpsed their sweet faces for the very first time. If money and space weren't an issue, I'd just keeping popping out kids, for this exact reason alone ha!
6. What is the craziest thing you've ever done and would you do it again?
I'd have to say...my one and only tattoo that I got when I was 18 has to be one of the craziest things I've ever done. Yeah yeah, probably not too adventurous to some of you, but you have to truly know my dad in order to understand the enormity of such a decision. He was pissed, to say the least, and honestly, I don't blame him for being upset. It's the most meaningless tattoo ever. I wish I would've been more patient and waited to do something that had a lot more meaning behind it. I've been wanting to get a few more in honor of my babies. Whether or not I follow through with this idea, only time will tell...
7. What do you think about when you're by yourself?
What don't I think about!! Ha! What am I packing the kids for snack/lunch tomorrow? What should I put on that wall in the sun room? What's on TV tonight? Did I take the meat out of the freezer for dinner? Where did I put that important form?...Needless to say, my mind never rests.
8. What are your 3 biggest life goals right now?
My 3 biggest life goals?....As of right now?....hmmm...1. To finish everything with the house so I can sit back and enjoy my hard work. Everywhere I look, right now, I see a new project that needs to be done. I'm so eager for everyone to see the finished product, my vision. 2. To continue nurturing, teaching, and raising our children to be kind, hard-working, loyal, trustworthy contributors to this world. There will never be a day that I won't worry about them. There will never be a day that I stop teaching them. There will never be a day that they stop teaching me. As chaotic, frenzied, rushed, and frustrating as motherhood can most often be, I wouldn't trade it for the world. I just want my babies to be genuinely good people. 3. My dream bed & breakfast. Since the age of 12, I've always wanted to own a B&B. Once we're empty-nesters, mark my words, this will be happening, but until then, a girl can dream 😊
9. What are you scared of?
Death. In all forms. My children, my husband, my parents, my sister, my family, my friends, our dog, myself. Death...it utterly terrifies me. I don't handle loss very well at all. I also can't fathom the idea of never getting to see my children grow up...💔
10. If you had the opportunity to spend a year in another country, where would you go?
Easy! Italy. Ken and I spent an amazing week there for our first anniversary and I'd move there in a heartbeat. It is so beautiful and romantic. I'd want an apartment along one of the canals in Venice. During a gondola ride, while we were visiting, I just couldn't stop admiring the gorgeous balconies of some of these secluded, private apartments. The people that resided in these quaint places either had their laundry hanging over the banister to dry or had stunning flowers blooming on a table. I couldn't help but daydream about relaxing in a chair on one of these balconies, enjoying a good book while sipping on my coffe, and people-watching. That'd be the life ❤