I was particularly excited about the questions from this week’s Ask Away Friday partner, Kristen from Mommy In Sports, because I love when new blogging friends volunteer when I post partner requests on twitter. And. She’s a reporter/producer/editor.
Kristen is a new blogging connection but she gives great advice on parenting toddlers – advice that works for me! She has a beautiful family and blogs about parenting, sports, and finding humor in the big and little, chaotic moments of parenting.
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#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County as a place for us to connect with other bloggers by asking them ten questions to really get to know them. The sky is the limit with the questions you ask!
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
Amber from Bold Fit Mom
This week we welcome a brand new co-host, for the next two weeks, the amazing…Suzanna from One Hoolie Mama!
Suzanna is a new mama to the adorable Baby D and several fur babies, also known as the Hooligans! She is an amateur runner who is madly in love with her hubby and chocolate, as well as enjoying a glass of wine or two. Some of her other loves include photography and DIY projects. Be sure to stop by and show her a little love!
Check out Kristen’s answers to my questions HERE. And now my answers to her questions:
1. I’m fascinated with your gorgeous photos! People always say never work with animals or children – Which for you are the most difficult to photograph? And why?
I have to laugh because before I had kids, I wanted to be a wildlife photographer. And then I had kids, and that changed some. They’re difficult in both similar and different ways. It’s always a little weird when I’m photographing an adult and they listen to direction AND stay still. Strange! However, adults get more self-conscious and hard on themselves than kids and animals. I used to think kids were more difficult, but since I now have three pets (how the heck did that happen? story coming) I’m going to say it’s animals, followed closely by kids. What’s REALLY hard is trying to photograph kids WITH animals. Sometimes, it works.
2. You’ve moved cross country twice, and have settled back east. But what do you miss most about living on the west coast?
1. NO mosquitoes.
2. NO heat and humidity.
3. NO snow and ice.
I miss that second most, actually. What I miss most is the epic beauty and the dreams and the cliffside drives down the 101.
3. What’s the most embarrassing thing one of your kids has said in public?
Oh my God. This is really embarrassing, ok? This is more embarrassing than when Scarlet called Des a “douche” in front of Bev. So somehow, somewhere, she overheard an adult say the horrid saying, “go eat a d*ck.” No one has ever copped to saying it. So I was getting my eyebrows done at the spa and Scarlet must have been two or three and she yelled out, “Is there a d*ck here? I hope there’s a d*ck so I can eat it! haha! Go eat a d*ck.” I was HORRIFIED. English was not the first language of the two women there but I think they heard her loud and clear. I was really embarrassed but not angry. She didn’t know what she was saying.
4. I love how you broke your love story with your hubby up into episodes. When you finally get alone time, or a date night, what’s your favorite thing to do together? (G-rated of course!)
I feel like we don’t get alone time often, but when we do it’s hard for me to want to do “normal” things with him. On our last three dates or so, we did the things I like to do, even thought they didn’t have hot tubs and shooting stars. I always want hot tubs and shooting stars.
1. We brought a picnic to Tanglewood and watched Warren Haynes do a Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration under a gorgeous moon on an early summer night.
2. We went looking for moose in Vermont and ended the night with french fries and ice cream.
3. We had front row tickets to see Bruce Hornsby play in town, and then ended the night with ice cream. No wait, there was a new Doctor Who that night. We ended the night with ice cream and Doctor Who.
5. No matter how sad your are, how frustrating the day, or how fussy the kids are…what one song can you turn on that instantly makes you feel great?
6. The most sinful confection you could eat every day?
I definitely think I could eat ice cream sundaes every day in the summer. I’m 100% into cookies. I like these cookies that are at my favorite bakery – Greggory’s. His chocolate chip cookies are my favorite, but this is something else entirely. They take two of their chocolate chip cookies and sandwich them together with a milk chocolate buttercream in the middle. Then they dip half of the “sandwich” into semi-sweet chocolate. They’re not there very often but the insider tip is that I can call ahead for them.
7. What blog post were you most afraid to publish? The most vulnerable thing you wrote where your hand hovered over the ‘publish’ button…but you did it anyways?
I think that happens a LOT. And sometimes I look back on these and they seem so immature and like something I would never write now, I think. I had one years ago about how love doesn’t really go away. It transforms and ages, but doesn’t necessarily die. Link HERE. Then when my ex-boyfriend’s father passed away, I wrung my hands because I had no idea what to do. It wasn’t about my pain, but I had it, but I couldn’t really comfort him either. It wasn’t my place. In the end I wrote a post. Link HERE.
8. Dream vacation you can’t wait to take?
Alaska is probably my biggest life dream. I want the scenery, the wolves, the whales, the northern lights, and the MOOSE.
9. What’s the hardest shoot you were ever booked for – but still came out with the most rewarding & fantastic shot? (rainy day, fussy baby, miserable mommy to be?)
I think the hardest ever was taking photos of these cooling units for a company. I had to make the background transparent so I had to choose very carefully with what I shot them against. And taking out backgrounds in Photoshop is not necessarily easy. At least not for me. I’m not going to even explain how I did it all, but the clients gave me a really nice compliment in the end.
10. Your proudest moment as a mother?
There are so many moments – proud of myself for navigating two pregnancies, births and an exhausting NICU experience. Proud of the kids as they grow and learn empathy, kindness and happiness. The other day I was shooting off a client email right before we were about to leave for Trader Joe’s. Des has these complicated sandals that I knew I had to find and put on him, but I had to do the email first. As I was writing, I vaguely heard sounds of talking and laughter. It turned out that Scarlet found the sandals and she worked together with Des to put them on. They were on perfectly and she said to me, “Mama! He TALKED to me and let me put shoes on him! He talks so much! He’s a big boy now!”
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