I was actually looking forward to Monday. Ha!
Yesterday, Kensington came home from Hawaii bright and early, Smith had a baseball tournament and it was Ashby’s birthday (and party!), so needless to say, I’m still recovering this morning. I thought I’d throw up a few more questions and answers from last week’s Q&A with Shay.
This time of year, I only use THIS RIGHT HERE. It’s my favorite especially in summer!
Well, we keep growing! I have seven wonderful girls who work here with me. I could not do it without them! They are all amazing, and I am so thankful for each and every one of them!
I’m assuming you mean outside of Dallas/Fort Worth…and my answer is Fredericksburg (and the Texas hill country right in there too!). Fredericksburg is the cutest German town right in the heart of Texas. The food, the shopping, the bed and breakfasts, the cute little town…it’s all fantastic!
Five…Sunday through Thursday.
The first year we were married (way back in 2004/2005).
Since the weather is so nice here most of the time, they play outside. They play basketball, football, baseball, climb trees, ride bikes, use scooters and such…they explore, build, dig…you know, nine year old boy stuff. We really don’t have play-dates inside very often. Sometimes, when we do, they’ll watch movies and/or play upstairs (Nerf guns, etc). The outside play dates are way more Smith’s speed. (The girls have more indoor ones: Barbies, crafting, playing school, etc.)
Ohhhhh! I think I have a happy feed! I’m positive that I will leave someone off of this list, but here are some of my favorites (in no particular order):
These right HERE.
I start an hour before. It doesn’t take me an hour, but I hate rushing and then that gives me an extra 15 to 20 at the end to wrap up anything else.
I love McKinney, TX! When I die, I hope they bury me here. That being said, I don’t know? I always think that maybe when Andrew and I retire, we’ll stay…or we’ll move. A house in Florida sounds pretty good 😉 .
Waiting is the hardest part. The waiting feels really long when you’re in it. I don’t think I’ve gotten to the hardest part post-adoption yet. I don’t know what that will be, but so far, nothing has felt really hard. Some things have taken more work than I anticipated (like articulation and vocabulary), but I don’t think that’s necessarily “hard”.
I would eat all the German food. Schnitzel, sausage, spicy mustard, sauerkraut, cabbage, spaetzel, and of course, strudel!
Okay, I don’t know specifically what concerns you. I think our weather is pretty fine. The only thing I would change is that I wish we had four more distinct seasons. We tend to get hot, a minute of fall/spring, cold and hot again. If you’re concerned about tornadoes, I don’t ever think much about them. I’ve lived here almost 38 years and have never come anywhere close to one. I’m not saying it couldn’t happen…but it’s not something I ever worry about. I actually think our weather is probably a perk to living here.
Purge, purge, purge. I’m constantly editing, removing, donating, and cleaning out. I like a tidy closet.
Agh! That’s like asking me to name my favorite kid! Here are my top five from 2018 (in order from 5 to 1):
Oh my gosh, NO! I’m still confused on how that’s happened.
I love putting conditioner or coconut oil in their hair before they swim (either wet or dry). I really think it helps keep is soft and not-green after they get out.
She did not.
For those of you who don’t know what this question is about, the last week of school, K had all of her dance shoes stolen out of her dance bag. Sigh
My very favorite is HERE. I wear it even when I don’t have something strapless on.
Good question! I’m sure there is a blog post somewhere that explains it, but when I started making recipes, I “mixed and matched” a lot of staple recipes and turned them into something new. For instance, I’m pretty sure I have 4 billion versions of a Sloppy Joe on here (I mixed and matched the original recipe).
We still wake up early!
Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas 🙂
Set boundaries. It’s really easy to get sucked back into work because it’s just right there. I really have tried hard to set working hours. I “close up” my office at the end of my work day (computer off, planner out and ready for the next day, etc) , so that I’m not tempted to go back in there.
I’m not a good napper. Naps make me cranky. And kind of nauseous. When I wake up from a nap, I just want to go to sleep until morning. Hahahaha.
Canned beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and tomato sauce to name a few.
Almost always more than 15,000.
You can foster to adopt here in the US for almost nothing! Some domestic adoptions and foreign adoptions do cost more for various reasons, but we have to remember that you can adopt from the foster care system here for little to nothing…so many kids need homes!
I love having friends!! Sure 🙂 !
I feel so silly saying “I’ve been recognized”, but truthfully, two weird places stand out. One time, I was on the side of a mountain in Switzerland up in a town that required I take multiple cable cars and such…and someone recognized me. And then, one time, I was at this random Viking museum outside of Oslo, Norway and someone did. I mean…the world is small, y’all.
Before they wake up or I don’t.
I am the least chill person you will ever meet. I like structure, routine and discipline like you wouldn’t believe, but the key to traveling with kids is RELAX!! I might be super structured at home, but I’m super chill on vacation. The more relaxed we are, they are. If we don’t stick to rigid nap schedules, feeding schedules, bedtime schedules and just enjoy being on vacation, the whole thing just works so much better.
My two big kids have!
We do not!
In all seriousness? I would be a flight attendant. I have friends that do it and love it. I love traveling, being on planes, being in airports, meeting new people and seeing new places. I also love flexible schedules and hours. I have one friend in particular who is ready to sign me up today 🙂 .
They’re both Coton de Tulears 🙂 .
Agh! I don’t know that I’m doing it right. I really try and just set boundaries and limitations. I say no to so many things so that I can focus on the rest. I get up early (one key to getting more done!), write down everything on a list to stay focused and organized and just try my best. I like to read at night to chill me out before bed. I also like to spend time with my girlfriends and hubby too.
Our town square!! McKinney has a great historic square!!
This time of year, this one HERE.
I have a summer work schedule and a school year work schedule. I work on both Saturday and Sunday mornings year around (about 2 to 3 hours each weekend morning). I would say on average, I work 8 hours a day. Some days more, some days less. In the summer, I take a break for about 3 hours every day to do something fun with my kids and then I work later after. It varies.
Robin and Alex for sure!
Yes! I was always the kid that preferred to wake up and get stuff done instead of doing it later at night. I always took 8:00 AM classes in college and have always worked out before my day started instead of mid-day or at night. I do sometimes hit snooze and don’t always want to get up, but I never regret it!
In December, I got my nails “dipped” for the first time with Nexgen. The con is that now, I have to go every 2-3 weeks and have them “done”, but the pro is that they look amazing all.the.time. There is no chipping, peeling, etc. I took them off for a week in January thinking I would just go back to doing them myself, but I immediately had them dipped again because I missed it.
Hmmm…this question stumped me. I think my answer is that they’d be surprised how focused I am. I know it appears that I do a lot, but because I really stay on task, on schedule and organized, it’s not that hard.
They might also be surprised by how much I drink and therefore potty. Hahaha!
This has been a good year!! This year, we haven’t had any armadillos mess with my garden (does that sound so Texas or what?!?!), and we went with the “less is more” theory. Often, I put too much in my garden and it gets too crowded. I eliminated tomatoes this year because they just dominate everything. Right now, I have jalapeños, bell peppers, and a lot of herbs (cilantro, basil, parsley, sage, etc).
The majority of it was purchased on trips and then we have it framed at home.
We never really sat down and said “this is your job, this is mine”, but after 15 years, I pretty much always empty the dishwasher, make dinner, schedule the kids’ doctors appointments, put away the kids’ laundry, and things like that while he does all of the yard work, cleans out the garage/manages the trash and recycling and stuff like that. We kind of just found our niches and stay in our lanes.
Whew! Another Q&A in the books!
Thank you again for playing!! I hope you all have a great Monday!!