You see what I did there with the title, right? I am once again combining #AskAwayFriday with Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party!
Speaking of which, are you sick of me yet? I posted four times this week! A new record. I don’t know how you all do it. Three times a week is perfect for me, because each post takes awhile due to the amount of photos I upload. And speaking of photos, there are gorgeous photos on the always-inspiring blog from Beth of Structure In An Unstructured Life. I am so happy to swap with her today, because she is always full of wisdom on a whole host of topics, and her questions don’t disappoint.
To see Beth’s answers to my questions, go HERE.
To see who else is participating or to learn how to join the fun, head over to visit hosts: Penny from The Real Housewife of Caroline County, Amber from The Bold Fab Mom, Tiffany from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter and Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings. #AskAwayFriday is their beautiful and ever-growing creation! And contact me if you want to swap some time!
And now, my answers:
1. Your kids are in the toddler and preschooler ages. What are your favorite and least favorite things about these ages?
That’s such a good question because I was just rambling about this to my husband the other day. The thing with Des is that he’s such an independent kid and at an independent age. He’s learning to run and climb and he’s finding his voice through sentences. We have always been a VERY tight unit, since his rough post-birth week and so much of our bonding and connections have been made through touch. So my least favorite thing about this age is when I just want to squeeze him for ages and he squirms off of my lap and says, “No, Mama!” On the other hand, my favorite things about this age are the physical and language developments.
He’s funny! He’s witty! Who knew?! (I had a suspicion)
And Scarlet is the opposite – SO affectionate. Could hug me all day. In fact, she wanted to cuddle with me in our queen-size bed right up until it was taken away from our house! My favorite thing about her is that she totally grounds me. She’ll be the soother who will say, “It’s ok…” And maybe it should be the reverse more often, and I do believe it is enough, but she clears away my anxiety cobwebs better than anything I’ve EVER tried. (adds them too) Least favorite is when she sometimes whines incessantly.
2. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, which “traditional” Valentine gift would you like best – chocolates, flowers, or jewelry?
I answered a question like this and it gave the option of “all of the above” and I STILL answered just chocolates. I really do love them all, but even talking about Valentine’s Day makes me crave chocolates. It’s as if they taste better if they’re heart-shaped.
3. So when I discovered your series of posts about how you met and ended up with your husband, I seriously spent the better part of an afternoon glued to the screen – I couldn’t stop reading them! What I loved most about them, was that I could see the story as an epic, fairy-tale love story, and yet I could also completely relate to the joys and struggles of falling in love. What do you hope most that people take away from your story after reading it?
I LOVED when you told me that. It surprised me when I heard this, but one of the best compliments I got about my story was from a friend telling me that she was initially afraid to read it, for fear it would make her how-we-met with her husband (have known each other since they were kids) seem boring. However, she read it and felt that my story just made hers seem even better. And it should. I hope people read my story and take away from it that just finding someone to love, who will love you back, is already the miracle and the magic. And to never lose hope. Sometimes life, and people, will surprise you.
4. You recently traveled to Disney with your family – what was the most unexpected part of your trip?
I go through anxiety times in my life. It can be dormant for years or terrible for months. There’s not a whole lot of rhyme or reason. I was surprised on my trip by how UN-anxious I was all of the time. Through traveling by air and all of the hassles of doing that with two kids, to very long days at theme parks. The only time I even had a near panicked feeling was at the end of our 12 hour day at Disney, we had to board a hot and crowded monorail and I felt a little claustrophobic. It was short, though.
5. You’ve lived on both the east and the west coast – what is your favorite part about each?
I love the epic beauty of the west coast. It’s not a comfortable beauty, like how it is here. It’s over-the-top beautiful and surprisingly and breathtaking. I loved never needing heat or a/c. I loved no heat, no humidity and no freezing temperatures either. I loved not having tons of mosquitoes. I am always California-dreamin. I loved sunsets over the ocean:
And I love fall and spring on the east coast. And being near family and friends. Not having to board a plane so much..
6. Besides your own, what’s your favorite love story?
I am a bit shellshocked by this question, and I rarely struggle to think of words. So kudos to you! I think the old me would have instantly sought out a love story with passion and fate and magic and that whole movie-esque quality, and I still do love that, but with the solid foundation as well. I guess longevity is what impresses me. And good longevity – not “we haven’t slept in the same bed in 20 years” longevity. I’m going to answer all three sets of my grandparents. The ones who have known each other since first grade or so. (my dad’s) The ones who were together until the end, and even after she had passed and he was ailing with Alzheimer’s, a last moment of clarity was to tell me how much he loved her, always. (my father’s parents) Then there are my mother’s parents. Nana was/is a rebel, even at 100. They met and fell in love on a vacation, I believe, and it was later in life than most back when. They were engaged fast. They lived a BIG life. They were beautiful. They were married for over 70 years.
I’m sure you can pick them out below.
Edited to add that my favorite FICTIONAL love story is between Desmond and Penny on LOST! Be still, my heart.
7. Your pictures on your blog are amazing! At what age did you start taking pictures, and when did you develop a passion for photography?
I started collecting cameras when I was young – seven or so. At first I thought I wanted to be a filmmaker. I thought that for many years because I was obsessed with moving images and music together. I did a film internship in college and realized I was more obsessed with the stills. It was amazing to see how a collection of images could make a movie. I wanted to make images, not movies. I had a dry spell while I lived on the west coast, which is very unfortunate because it was gorgeous there and I missed a lot. It was after Scarlet was born that I realized I couldn’t possibly miss her photographing her joy, hilarity & beauty.
8. If you had to choose one cause you are most passionate about, what would it be?
Ohh..What questions. You are good. Really good. I’m soooo.. anti-intolerance (do the two cancel each other out. no?), anti-cancer, anti-cruelty. So very much. Especially since I began the whole pregnancy/parenting thing I am disgusted and appalled by the horrendous chemicals companies keep being made to pull from our foods. Umm..why are they in there to begin with??
9. My husband is a football coach, and I support him by taking the kids (and myself) to all of his games. He supports me by reading and sharing his thoughts on my blog posts. What things do you and Cassidy do to support one another?
Well it’s been smoother in the last year. We do support each other’s work, as well as each other’s enjoyment. I’m all for him taking trips, having weekends to himself, seeing live music, seeing movies, seeing friends. And even though I don’t jump at the chance as often, I know he supports the exact same for me. This will be my summer to take some tentative first steps for myself.
10. You get the big heart shaped box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. What’s the first kind you eat, and what’s the last?
Well if the big box is from See’s Candies, I eat the strawberry cream, vanilla cream, butterscotch square, all the buttercreams, bordeaux (wink, wink Rachel), California brittle, mocha, peanut butter pattie and hazelnut mocha. (taking notes, Cassidy?) ALL nut-free. The last thing I eat..? Couldn’t tell! They’re equally pleasurable. Now, however, if I get a non See’s Candies box of chocolates, I eat the caramel or peanut butter or vanilla first (if they’re there) and I eat coconut, cherry and any with nuts last.
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