10+ things to know about me
The other day, I was chatting with my very good friend (and neighbor), swapping stories from long ago. When we started, it was after 5 p.m., with dinnertime hanging over us like a cloud, but we ignored that for some needed adult conversation. Before we knew it, it was nearly 6:30! My husband came over and reminded me that if we push back dinnertime, bedtime gets pushed back as well. I sighed in resignation and went to finish preparing our taco dinner.
That is me. I will chat and chat and chat all the day long. Whether it's books or movies, the weather, children's idiosyncrasies, or what have you, I want to dissect it with you. It's the highest honor that you want to keep talking with me, because then I know I'm contributing. I'm not just jabbing to hear my own voice, but it's a balanced conversation with equal participation. Unfortunately for you, on this blogging platform, I'm the only one with a voice. So if you've been wanting to get to know me more, then read on! Books, books books. Just like in "Inkheart", books transport me to other worlds, providing me with a little escape. I'm always reading two or three at a time. My all time favorites are the Harry Potter series, “Goose Girl,” “Star Girl,” “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” any Roald Dahl books, “Roots,” and “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.” Right now I’m reading “Ready, Player One.” I love sharing my love of reading with my children.
My family is my everything. I’m one of four girls and I myself have two boys and a girl (plus a beagle). My parents have become some of my best friends and my husband is right there with them. I feel our family relationships are the most important we’ll have in our lives and that we need to cultivate them and place them in the highest importance. We won’t take much with us into the next life, and family relationships is one of the few we will take with us.
I speak Spanish. I served a church service mission to Ecuador and I volunteered some of my time during a semester of college to help people find jobs in Chile. I love the Latin American culture and learning more about it!
I met my husband on a blind date. Funny, but true. And I'm so glad we did! This set up was different because I needed a replacement date at the last minute and called a friend. She hooked me up with the best looking guy around. We hit it off and had fun at a straw maze. Ten years later, we are loving life and the challenges it brings.
Some other hobbies of mine include cooking yummy food, playing softball and playing board games. We’ve amassed quite the collection of games from Sabeteur to Phase 10 to Scrabble (my fave) to Exploding Kittens (my 8 year old’s fave). We frequently gather with friends for game days every month or so.
I volunteer teach ESL classes to people who don’t know English. I’ve made some wonderful friends who come from all over the world: Venezuela, Mexico, Russia, to mention just a few.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Spanish. I went to school at BYU-Idaho and worked for the student newspaper there all through my college years. Because of that, I worked for a small weekly paper in a small town in Idaho. I loved working there and the small town atmosphere and the amazing people who I worked with and who lived there.
I used to live in the Black Hills area of South Dakota. I only lived there for about 2 summers, but I call that place home (along with Montana and Nebraska). I made some wonderful friends during my time there. Almost every weekend during my summers there, you could find us repelling in the Black Hills, hiking around Mount Rushmore and tubing in neighboring Wyoming.
I'm not from Utah. I was born in Montana, moved to Nebraska in middle school, where I graduated from high school and went to college in Idaho. Just call me the midwest girl, where the storms are awesome, the wheat grows tall and I-80 is the most boring drive.
I’ve played the piano since I was 5. My mom taught me, and she is the main reason that I’ve stuck with it. She refused to let me quit, and I’m forever grateful to her for it. I love to share my love of music with others, especially my children. They love to tinker on it and make up their own little songs. Playing the piano has been such a gift to me.
I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a huge part of my identity. My faith is interwoven into nearly everything I do. I try not to push it on people, but I’m not afraid to share things about it either. As part of that, I served a mission when I was 21 in Ecuador. That was a huge contributor to who I’ve become as a person as I was among very humble, poor people in the jungles and mountains of that beautiful country to share with them something so important that I know will be life changing to them as much as it has been to me.