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This #AskAwayFriday, I had the pleasure of “swapping it up” with Rabia from The Lieber Family! Wife to her high school sweetheart and mom to three beautiful & spunky children. She has blogged since 2007- WOW! I am in awe of that!
Rabia blogs on a wide variety of family/parenting and lifestyle topics! She also actively participates in “blog swaps” so thinking of original questions for her, sure was difficult! 🙂 She is very open about her life and has answered LOTS OF great blogging questions!
Rabia is also a co-author for The Mother of All Meltdowns! A book, I loved as you know!
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Here are the questions Rabia had for me this #AskAwayFriday!
1. You and I both have Henrys! It’s not a name that gets used terribly often these days, so it makes me wonder how did you choose his name? And Hayden’s too?
Dad picked both names, though he says he didn’t. For Hayden, I like it but it was like my 4th choice. I like Noah, Charles and Indiana (Indy, lol). Before pregnancy, we both agreed on Nolan, but his cousin chose that name for her baby. Chuck changed his pick right before Hayden was born (to the name Henry) but it was too late, I already had mentally resigned to name him Hayden, as Chuck had wanted. It came down to a operating room decision (I had c-sections, even doctors weighed in.) I cried, “he doesn’t look like a Henry!” and after witnessing my c-section, Chuck let me have the final say…but technically not one of my original fave .If Hayden was a girl, we had agreed on, Ava.
Henry, is the name of Chuck’s great-great grandfather ( a man with an awesome history) and my grandfather. His middle name is Sullivan, my grandmother’s maiden name. We had planned to call him “Sully” but it just hasn’t stuck. I fought liking the name (fearing folks would call him Hank), but I cannot picture him anything other than “Henry” and I am the only one who ever calls him Hank! Go figure. If Henry had been a girl we had chosen the name, Norah.
2. You’ve got a year of blogging under your belt. What’s your favorite post so far? Why?
I love all of the True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches, because it is my reality and I get to work with Melissa :-). Other than that I love the reviews we have done because 1. I have mostly chosen to work with ALL of these companies 2. the kids love to be a part of it. 3.it is a family afair (dad always helps whether in building,playtime or photography!) Joovy is by far one of my favorite companies,and I LOVED the Zoom 360 review– because… well, just look at Henry’s face. It was a pure mommy/Henry adventure and we had fun!
3. I know that the word “typical” rarely applies to anything with families of youngsetrs, but what does a typical dinner look like at your house? From what’s on the plates to where you sit and what you discuss, tell us about it.
Hayden begins arguing from the start, and everyone must sit in their designated seat. Henry is clumsily climbing in to his highchair by himself. Hayden continues to fight eating, but usually will pick at 2-3 of his 4 choices. Never can anything mix or touch except in the case of ranch. Everything must have ranch dressing available for the dipping. Mom and dad are focused on kids and don’t get to converse with each other. Henry has rapidly finished his meal and if pieces remain he is usually throwing them at me or feeding them to the dog. Pure chaos. Clean-up begins. And repeat.
4. I seem to be having weather issues lately (along with the rest of the US), so what’s your favorite season? Please don’t say winter, or else we might not be able to be friends anymore.
Any time OTHER than winter. As long as it’s not rainy, windy or too hot…. I am good. Give me a sunny 72 degree day. Or 80 degrees, and a beach, please. I am a sun loving gal, even though I slather on the sunblock and remain pasty white. I cannot tan to save my life. I burn, freckle, peal, burn…
5. Having little ones at home, I’ll bet you don’t get much time to indulge in media geared towards adults. With that said, what’s the last book you read for yourself?
Orphan Train, though I borrowed The Silent Wife from the library. I had a lot of blogging must-do’s over the past few weeks, I ran out of time and had to return it. I wasn’t able to get in to anyway (sometimes I need time, before the next book), but I do hope to read it.
What about the last movie you watched that wasn’t animated?
American Hustle, I hope to see all of the Oscar nominated films (except maybe Gravity, not sure I really am interested in that one!)
As far as in the movie theater…I think it was Side Effects (terrible movie that had real potential.)
6. Tell us your favorite childhood memory.
I was very close with my cousins growing up and I loved visiting. That is a huge down side of being in Iowa and being a SAHM. I knew during this time, I would not be able to travel “home” to Massachusetts and even though my sister lives 6 houses away…I miss my cousins, especially during holidays. I know that is not a very specific answer, but every gathering for us, was an event.
7. Last week when I was putting away groceries in the cabinet I noticed three jars of Parmesan cheese. Apparently I buy a new jar every week! We *do* use it a lot!! Is there anything you buy every week a the grocery store, whether it’s on the list or not?
My one guilty pleasure indulgent is Smuckers Natural PB which I heat and pour (ummm…drench) my vanilla ice cream in nightly after the kids go to bed. Other than that, I work pretty hard on a grocery budget, but the kids can talk me into a random item. Oh and per #3, we must always have ranch available or it is disastrous!
8. Would you rather…look good and smell bad, or look bad and smell good?
Oh goodness! Look bad and smell good, I guess. I don’t wear the SAHM mom look well anyways, but IF I SMELLED bad….I couldn’t handle it!
9. If you could spend a week either 100 years in the past or 100 years in the future, which would you pick and why?
100 years in the past. I love history. Love, love, love it! I adore fashions, architecture and the stories of hardship & ultimate love.
In the future, I would would be too devastated and consumed with loss of loved ones…which in 100 years would be everyone I know. I would have mental issues dealing with that.
10. Do you have a favorite charity or non-profit that you support? Tell us about it.
We definitely donate (locally) when we can. United way, Salvation Army, Church related and others! In the future, I want to do more and I would be interested in St. Judes and possibly volunteering for a mission trip.
I loved getting to know Rabia, she is a warm, kind, fun-loving and generous spirit! I look forward to following her family adventures!
See you next #AskAwayFriday!
PS! The noise of boys are headed to Legoland Discovery Center &
the KC Sea Life Aquarium, this April!
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