Welcome to the first post ever for the "It's My Life" section of the blog. When I asked y'all on Facebook and Twitter about the idea of adding a section like this onto the site, the response was tremendously supportive.
So...to start things off...I have decided to dedicate this first post into letting y'all know a little more about me. I'm not talking about the About The Blog section of this site either. Read on and get to know the woman behind the blog :)
I am in my mid-30's (yikes!) and am a Military wife to my lovely Husband Man. I have two wonderful and adorable children who are 5 and 3. 10 years ago the Military moved us down here to Louisiana....and we have not left since. In the whole time we have been here, we have seen so many Military folks come and go. And yet....we still remain. People join the Military to travel....but this has not been the case with us. And to this day, I'm still trying to figure out if this makes me happy or sad. I really have mixed feelings about it all.
At times I don't even consider myself a Military wife because my life is so much like a Civilian's life. We live about 20-30 minutes away from the base...so my connection with life on the base is few and far between. I'm pretty much in my own little bubble over here...lol...and I actually like it this way ;) Less drama for me to deal with....lol.
I love to cry and think it's actually more therapeutic and cheaper then seeing a shrink. I wear my heart on my sleeve wayyyyy to much and it is VERY easy to hurt my feelings. Just ask Husband Man. I have that kind of personality to where I will tolerate anything and everything that comes my way.....but if I have had enough of it...you will definitely know. I've been called crazy at times...but I just like to think of it as being very dramatic...lol ;)
To quote Leonardo DiCaprio's character in the movie, Titanic...I am what you may call..."an indoor girl." You wanna go for a hike? Don't call me. You wanna go climb Mount Rushmore? Don't ask me to go with you. I do go speed walking from time to time...but that's about as much of the outdoors as you're going to get out of me. If you need a shopping partner though...I'm the one you need to call. Or if you want to go out for lunch or coffee....I'm here for ya. If you also want your cabinets organized and your room decluttered, I'm your girl ;) I also enjoy traveling...from taking 2 day road trips to taking 30 minute road trips...I <3 em all ;)
I love chick flicks (I <3 Netflix), chocolate, and a good book (preferably a cookbook or a nice novel). I love to do crafts but get pretty darn frustrated when they don't turn out the way they should. Then I curse myself and vow to never touch them again....only to find myself learning another one a week or two later. Thus, repeating the vicious cycle.
I'm from Fayetteville/Fort Bragg, North Carolina and met my husband at Books A Million many moons ago while he was a soldier stationed over there. I was his cashier and he came through my line 3 times in 2 days before he finally asked me out for coffee ;) I'm also multi-cultural....and have parents who are from the island of Guam...but raised us in the United States. I have one younger sister and one younger brother...both of whom are in the Army (sis is married to a soldier and my brother is a soldier). Did I mention my father is also retired Army?? I basically grew up all up and down the east coast and overseas. So yeah....my family is VERY pro-Military ;)
.....my work background....
I wasn't always a food blogger. I have my Bachelors Degree in Social Work (BSW) and spent a good 3 years in the career field before I realized that it just wasn't for me. I saw lots of things when I worked in that field...things that make me grateful for the life I live now. When life doesn't go as planned..I am VERY quick to remind myself that there are people out there who seriously have it worse then I do and that God has blessed me with so much more then I really, truly deserve.
After I figured out social work wasn't for me...I went on this career exploration spree. I worked in a bakery, a bank, and a library. I became pregnant with my daughter around the same time I was working at the library. I decided to leave that job and become a stay at home mommy....which was the best decision I have made to date. Two years after my daughter was born, God blessed our family again with a little boy ;) You can pretty much figure out the rest ;)
.....what I do now.....
My days are filled with playing taxi cab driver, being a room mother, cleaning, running errands, cooking, laundry...and of course...writing and blogging ;) But I love it! Really...I do. And no...this is not a line of fluff that I'm feeding y'all. I really am happy ;)
Some people don't like staying home with their kids. They try it and then go crazy and figure out soon enough that it isn't for them. They say the repetition of the day gets to them and that it's to boring for them. Why in heavens would someone want to stare at four walls, eat bon bons all day while watching Lifetime Movie Network?? (by the way...these are all things that people have said to me in the past 5 years). I mean, that's what women who stay at home do right?
Well, I'm here to tell y'all.....that ain't my life! It's nowhere even in the vicinity of my life. Heck, I consider eating bon bons while watching The Young and The Restless a vacation ;) If staying home with my kids means doing that...then I'm definitely doing this all wrong...lol.
-----And there you have it folks ;) A little more information about me that y'all didn't know. I am glad I was able to share this because now you kind of get a mental picture of who I am. Trust me...there is more to me then just what I have written above. But we won't get into all that right now ;) Ta-ta for now ;)