Welcome to the 19th Week of #AskAwayFriday!
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Seasons Greetings! IT’S FRIDAY THE 13th! Less than two weeks til Christmas! UH OH!
This #AskAwayFriday, I had the pleasure of getting to know and swapping questions with Stacey, from This Momma’s Ramblings
Stacey is truly a amazing! She co-leads a household of six! A homeschooling mama, she still manages to find time to lead and participate in several MAJOR blog hops! Including her upcoming 25th Meandering Mondays! Her blog features lots of goodies & tips! So make sure to visit and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest! I know you will love her and her blog! She has such a warm, welcoming and fun personality! So link up and say HI! to Stacey!
These were the questions Stacey had for me this #AskAwayFriday!
1. As a mid-westerner myself, I like living in a place that is a bit more relaxed, the hubby took me to Miami a few years ago, and I about spazzed! LOL! Too many people everywhere and going to fast! What do you like best about living in the Midwest?
I like the cost of living, farm fresh beef & veggies and the ability to be in city or country setting! The slightly slower pace of life initially bothered me, but raising my boys here so far has been wonderful! When I lived in Massachusetts, it was so difficult to make ends meet (financially) and I was ALWAYS on-the-go! BONUS now my sister, brother-n-law & nieces live 6 doors away- and that helps since all of my other family still resides on the East Coast!
2. Have you gotten all of your decorations up for the coming holiday? Would love to see a pic!
Its kinda embarrassing, but we really only have a tree and limited decorations. With two little ones (one who is a BIG troublemaker) I needed to keep it simple! I have been collecting a special ornament each year for the boys. I would like to do more, and will as they grow. (In the picture our tree looks terribly crooked, but I promise it looks a little better in person! The Santa ornament is Hayden’s, Mickey Mouse is Henry’s)
3. Christmas shopping, done? Presents wrapped?
Ugh no. This stresses me out. I have the children’s shopping done and cards are here (unwritten & not addressed) but I still have much to do. I have never been this far behind. I know it’ll get done, but I am not a “last minute” person.
4. Do you miss anything about living out east?
I miss my family and friends, the ocean, proximity to other states, FRESH seafood and Dunkin Donuts being on every corner!
5. What is one movie that you can watch over and over? Any reason why?
Oh Brother Where Are Thou…. I just find it hilarious and it reminds me of some of my mom’s family who reside in rural Tennessee (well as far as accent and story telling)
6. What is one recipe that you remember from your childhood that you make for your family?
Hmmm…either Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp or Apple Crisp
7. Who is someone in your life that has molded you into the woman that you are and why?
I love this question and could make a full post out of it. I have several women in my life who shaped my life.
Mom- My mom never ever put herself first. She gives her everything, in everything she does. She is caring, generous, loving and nurturing. She is completely selfless. It took me years to truly appreciate her- like I should have. Lessons learned: Unconditional love & selfless acts.
Maternal Grandma- She raised 9 children in rural Tennessee. My grandfather moved north with their oldest son to work on tobacco farms (for two years) to earn money to move the family. She worked, and raised her remaining children for two years alone. She was illiterate but could read the bible from memory. The strength and faith in that little woman, was untouchable. I loved hearing her amazing stories. She was so funny! Lesson learned: sacrifice and faith
Godmother- She is a rock, a second mom to me. She had a terribly abusive childhood and it made her incredibly strong, resourceful and wise. She is so inspirational. I was a difficult teenager and I credit her with my survival into adulthood. Lesson learned: Self esteem and inner-strength
Dean of Student Affairs at Lasell College- Her name is Diane. She is a powerful leader in the Boston Community. She taught me so much about what could be in life. I was one of many students of the college, but with her guidance, I really challenged myself and lead in several campus groups. She changed the course of my academic life! Lesson learned: motivation & goal setting
8. I read in one of the previous #AskAwayFriday posts that you had been to see several 80’s bands, back in the day. What kind of tunes do you have rockin your playlist now?
Somehow, I grew into a top 40/Pop Mom. I used to listen to very diverse music (Rap, Country, Rock, 50’s, 60’s 70’s, and 80’s) and still enjoy them all but for the most part I am a radio mom! My husband took me to see Poison a few years ago, but I am just a different person now. I still knew all the songs by heart, but didn’t really have a rock chic “look” anymore.
9. Is there a television show that you just can’t miss?
I was the biggest Buffy the Vampire fan ever in my teens! Now (when I get to watch TV) it is usually something like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and AHS-Coven) I love gritty, gory drama.I guess!
10. What is your favorite go to dessert?
I wish I was a baker, I don’t really have a go-to. I will try a new recipe from Pinterest, but it often doesn’t work out well! I have been dipping lots of pretzels in Almond Bark as a holiday snack! For the past two years, I have been baking sugar cookies with the boys, and they love it!