On Monday, I posted in my Insta Stories that I would do a little Q&A today! I love it so much when my friends do these posts, so I thought why not me? You guys! I asked for questions and got so many responses (holy cow!). Thank YOU so much for playing along!! Not only did I get a lot of questions, but I got a lot of sweet notes from you too. THANK YOU! I randomly went through and grabbed the first batch (saving others for future posts). If your question didn’t make this round, perhaps it will on another one.
Here’s a little Q&A with Shay…
I love to make pastas because I love to eat pastas. Ha! That being said, anything PUMPKIN makes my heart the happiest. I save all of my pumpkin baking/cooking for the Fall, but when it’s time, I’m giddy. I really like pumpkin in savory dishes too and my Pumpkin Sausage Pasta is always one of my faves. (Best of both worlds…pumpkin and pasta!)
That’s a hard one…but I think our trip to Ireland and Scotland last summer…
…was my favorite. Two weeks with just my fam? I loved that! You can read the recaps HERE.
I don’t 😉 .
I really try and stay positive as much as I can because this is my one and only life, so I better not waste it with a bad attitude, but I definitely have my negative moments. I am very thankful for the people in my life who I get to vent to when necessary. I think it’s so important to find your tribe and to be honest with them.
Like giving birth to them? I’m going to assume that’s what you mean and the answer is YES. I knew I was done having biological kids when I was pregnant with Smith. I hate to say this…but I didn’t like being pregnant. I hate saying that because I know there are so many women out there who would give anything to be pregnant, but it just never went well for me and made me not want to have biological children anymore. (We took permanent measures when Smith was an infant to make sure I didn’t get pregnant again.) Now, looking back, I am going to give God a HUGE shout out because if I would have enjoyed being pregnant, I might not have pursued adoption and THAT is where my heart needed to be. I’m going to think that God made my pregnancies hard to discourage me from having more.
We talk about them!! Andrew and I always talk about vacations at least two years in advance. We look at the calendar and map out where we would like to go. We have a bucket list of places, so we try and knock a few of those off one at a time, but then sometimes, we revisit favorite places because…if it’s a favorite, you want to go back, right? Traveling is a pretty constant conversation around here. We talk, we add it to our list and we (hopefully) check them off.
I read all of my books…lately, on my Kindle.
I am a pretty active person in general (you don’t see me siting down very often), but I do try and give myself grace when it comes to working out because…sometimes, it’s just not in the cards. For instance, last week, I went to the gym once and did the Peloton once. Two workouts in one week is probably not #goals. In theory, what I aim for every week is to go to the gym 2 to 3 times (I like HIIT classes) and then 2 times a week, I workout at home (I love my Peloton and I am a yogi). So…my goal is always 4 to 5 days a week…sometimes, it happens, sometimes, it doesn’t. My number one tip is to find something you love and do it. I love yoga and I love HIIT, so I do that a lot. I did a class at my gym for a year one time every Friday and hated it so much…one day, I was like “this is stupid, don’t ever go back” and I didn’t. I found something else I like better and did that instead.
Nope. I never had a clue that I should adopt until I heard a sermon at church about it one day and then it was like a lightening bolt came down from the sky and hit me. I was a fan of other people adopting, but I never thought I was supposed to until that day…and I’ve never looked back since.
Nah. I mean, Andrew and I like to be asleep by 10:15ish, so the kids go to bed before that, but I try not to be too strict about it this time of year. During the school year, we aim for 8:30 every night, but during the summer, we’re more relaxed. That being said, if we have somewhere to be early/need to get up, they’ll go to bed earlier.
I have patience for picky eaters until they are about five, and after that, I’m very much a “eat what’s on your plate and don’t complain” kind of mom. I really try hard not to serve things I know they won’t like (I don’t like tuna fish, so I’m thankful my mom doesn’t make it for me when I go to her house). I know they like certain veggies and proteins, so I stick to that a lot. I also really try and incorporate things I know they love (noodles, guacamole, tomato sauces, salad, broccoli etc) with each meal too. Sometimes, my kids are just in a mood and don’t want to eat what I’ve made them, but that’s their only choice…I’m not a short order cook.
SIT DOWN AND HOLD THOSE BABIES.
I should probably sit down and hold 10 year old Kensington so that one day, 45 year old Shay isn’t saying that to 37 year old Shay…but that’s what I would tell her. I’m a busy person by nature, so sitting down isn’t really in my wheelhouse, and I wish I would have just sat there and held my babies more. Of course, I held them…but now that they’ re so big, I wish I would have held them for days and days. When I was thirty, they were 2 and 3…I should have just sat around holding them 😉 .
Without a doubt.
I don’t! I get overwhelmed by the options. Who should I be listening to??? If you tell me, I will listen!
Not all of my kids are the same, therefore, I can’t parent them the same. Just because certain things work with Kensington does not mean they’ll work with the other three. That took (and still takes) trial and error. Each kid is different.
It was a very natural fit for me! I’ve always been a big traveler, so when I became a blogger and started sharing my travels with an audience, I was asked by people pretty regularly if I would help them plan their trips. At first, I was flattered and said I don’t do that and then I wised up and thought why don’t I do that?! And thus…a business was born.
I have known I wanted to be a mom since I was like two. It’s in my blood. The BEST thing I’ve ever done is become a mom. I LOVE being a mom. When I die, I hope they say, “She loved Jesus and her family”. That’s it. I was that girl who nanny-ed her way through high school and college instead of getting any other type of job…I love kids and have always wanted my own.
I am a Christian and attend First McKinney which is a Baptist church that leans very non-denominational. Andrew and I both grew up in church (my grandpa is Baptist preacher), and our kids are growing up in church now too.
I always dig a romper. I feel like they can go from casual day to dinner with just a change of shoes. They feel very “summer” too!
Jeremiah 29:11 is my life verse. For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.
Ephesians 3:21 is the verse I look at every day when I sit down to work. God can do anything, you know- far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams.
My favorite drink is a Pumpkin Spice Latte, so I get a few each season, but my standard drink is a Venti Pike with a splash of half and half. #boring
I don’t know??? I feel very happy with my four right now, but I learned a long time ago not to tell God what my plans are.
I love it when we swim all together. It makes me HAPPY!
So many things. Ha!
Um, a silly one is that I don’t like it when I’m eating a meal outdoors and the person next to me (cough, cough, Andrew) is waving his hand in front of my face to get a fly away. I hate flies. I don’t want flies around my food. I will handle the fly. Do you know what’s more annoying than a fly by my face? Your big hand.
England. England. England.
Without a doubt.
I don’t. I’m a frantic, hot mess many days. I wake up early, jump right on in and go, go, go. Some days, I do it better than others. Waking up early is the key for me. Those quiet hours in the morning are my most productive.
Oh, it’s not immaculate. Andrew and I are both neat freaks. There are a lot of pros and cons to this. Pro, our house is really tidy and I would never be embarrassed to have a surprise guest walk in. Con, we probably miss out on some joys in life because we’re too busy cleaning up to stop and appreciate them. Our kids make messes, we just have them clean up when they’re done. Andrew and I both probably need to chill out.
New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Japan and Singapore to name a few!
This stuff right here!!! It’s amazing!!! Even Andrew is using it now!
We were! It’s just the two of us…and since one is a boy and the other a girl, we never had to share anything so to speak. You know, we didn’t share a room, we didn’t share toys…it’s easy to get along with someone who doesn’t want/need/take anything that’s yours 🙂 . He’s two years younger than me, and we always had the same circle of friends so to speak. We’re similar in a lot of ways, but we’re different in many. He’s a night owl, I’m a morning person. I’m chatty and he’s more reserved. I like to go, go go and he’s more chill. He’s the yin to my yang.
I think it’s a combination of several things. One, genetics. Two, diet. Three, exercise. I didn’t grow up in a house where diet was emphasized. I honest to goodness learned what healthy eating was when I was in college and started reading Self, Shape and Women’s Health magazines. I like to eat and really enjoy food, so I eat in moderation. The older I get, the more protein I like to consume each day, and I’ve developed more of a savory tooth over a sweet tooth. I just try and stay active, eat in moderation and drink a lot of water.
A Cadillac ESV.
I do! I don’t eat a lot of sweet things (see two questions above), but every night, Andrew and I have a little brownie before bed. It’s like “our thing”.
I wish I could go back and do it all over again. I had a GREAT high school experience. I was really involved, participated in everything, and had a ton of friends…and then, I went to college. I went into college with a boyfriend who had already graduated college, so he wasn’t interested in all of that “college” stuff any more, so neither was I. I worked two jobs, took a full load of classes (I graduated in 3.5 years) and did absolutely nothing fun the whole time I was there. I wish I would have joined a sorority, joined some clubs, spent more time on campus and met more people my age. Dating someone who was already out of college as I was going into college was probably not the wisest idea…
I grew up in a Christian household, so I started having my own relationship with Christ at a young age. When I was 15, I started having a daily quiet time and reading my Bible every day…that changed my life.
I’m going to do a mini updated version of my skincare here really soon, but I started using Colleen Rothschild about 6 weeks ago and really love it. I have been using these products and honest to goodness think they’re amazing…
I do not. To be fair, I stopped watching a lot of shows that I used to watch religiously. I used to watch every season of Survivor, American Idol and The Amazing Race and now, I don’t watch any of them. I don’t know why I stopped exactly? I think I’m just busier now in the evenings and reading more. Plus, Netflix and HBO have really outdone themselves with series that I like, so I go there to watch “my shows” now instead of regular TV.
That was just a few!!
I will post more at another time (because there were so many I didn’t get to!!). I hope you liked my Q&A!
Happy Wednesday, friends!!