Thursday, January 14, 2010

7 Things & 14 Months

Just had to post these. I was going through and trying to find my kids' first pictures with Santa. They made me laugh and I can't believe how much they have all changed since these pictures. Crazy how fast time flies.

Well, I have been tagged to do the 7 things you don't know about me. Most of you who read my blog are family or close friends and I realize that there probably aren't many things you don't already know about me so I will try to think hard of some good ones. Here goes...

1) I love music. In college, I used to spend all my extra money on cds. My dad would always make me mix tapes in high school (that I still have) or cds once those became the new thing. I would tape jingles from commercials on tv that I liked and my dad would put those on my tapes too. I remember "If I Could Be Like Mike" that I got from a gatorade commercial I think? Another one was "Proud To Be Your Bud" from a Budweiser commercial. Nice, I know.

2) To this day when it is early in the morning, still dark outside and I can hear the birds chirping incessantly, it makes me a little sick to my stomach. Just thinking of all those cold, dark mornings when I had to get up and go jump into a cold, gross pool (yes, the outdoor pool we swam in in the summer was really gross) and know that I was going to be handed some really hard, long set...really stirs up some bad memories. I mean, I don't know how I did that for so long. But, I guess I wouldn't be where I am today, with the friends I have today without it...swimming that is.

3) I am legally blind and I have a lazy eye. Attractive, I know. I was not blessed with good eyes...neither was my brother. Luckily I have managed to avoid passing that trait onto my own children. Well, Riley has glasses, but no lazy eyes to be seen. I know I have a picture of me and Adam when we were little. It was taken during a swim lesson so obviously neither one of us have our glasses on. We are just smiling away, both with one eye turning in towards our nose. I used to get made fun of a lot for it, you know cause it totally offended all the other perfect little children, so I got pretty good at hiding it. I learned how to make my eye look normal by just making things look even more out of focus. I could use my eye muscles I guess and not let it "go lazy". I have done that for so long that in order to let it be lazy now, I really have to relax it, concentrate and I can only do it for a little bit. In fact, when I told Darin that I had a lazy eye, he didn't believe me and it took me a while to be able to show him cause I just couldn't do it. You can't see it when I wear my glasses or contacts because they correct it. Weird. Maybe I should have left that one stay something you didn't know about me, huh?!

4) The total weight I gained with all 3 of my kids is 150 lbs! Still have a good 30 or so that I would like to loose. If I could just gain a little willpower! I swear, I eat way too much. Sometime soon, that has to stop.

5) I love salty foods and put salt on almost everything I eat. I salt my toast.

6) My husband does almost all of the cooking and cleaning around our house. Well, now we have a cleaning lady that comes once every two weeks because between the kids, the animals and Darin traveling it was something we really needed. Her name is Ivette and she is pretty great. She always speaks to my children in Spanish and I love it. She always calls them "mi amour" or something. Don't know what it means or how to spell it. Something "love", I think. I took French in high school.

7) I find myself thinking about things like how I would get all 3 of my kids out of their car seats in the event that my car went over a bridge and into the water, or how I would get them all out of the house if there was a fire at night and I was home alone because Darin was out of town, crazy stuff like that. Sometimes I think I could become one of those people afraid to leave the house because of what could happen...agoraphobics...thats what they are called. Part of being a parent I guess...worrying.

Anyway, that is it! Hope everyone is having a good day. We are celebrating Tripp's Golden Month Birthday...he is 14 months on the 14th!!! You know like his Golden Birthday only in months. Just an excuse to make cake balls without feeling guilty...which they are not quite as easy as everyone says. Not easy to do with kids I guess I should say. Now I must go release the beasts from their room as I am pretty sure, from the sounds of them jumping off their beds, that they did not take a nap today despite many threats of taking away their toys for the day. Kidding, I am not like that...most of the time! =)


  1. Rachel I definitely learned things I didn't know! Thanks for participating! :) I can't believe you salt your toast! HAHAHA! I love the picture of the kids on your banner. They are SOOOOOO adorable!!!

    Jen, Craig & Andrew

  2. That, my dear, was a JOY to read. You are such a gifted writer and I could totally hear your voice with every written word. I would LOVE to live next door to you and "do" motherhood together. I am so happy to love you, to have stood next to you when you said, "I do", and to call you friend. You have blessed me in so many ways and every thought of you brings a smile.