Monday, April 7, 2008
1. Typically what time do you wake up?
I am more often than not awoken in the predawn hours of the early morning somewhere between 5:30 and 6:00 by a cute little girl standing on the side of my bed whispering "Mommy, I love you and your beautiful." What a nice way to start the day. I only wish it wasn't so early! (Cici is bound and determined to make sure she is awake in time to spend some precious moments with her Dad before he leaves for work).
2. On a good night what time are your kids in bed?
The kids are always put to bed between 8 and 8:30, and they used to fall asleep shortly thereafter. Recently though we hear them either yelling at eachother across the hallway or requesting drinks and snacks until 9 or 9:30.
3. How long have you been a mommy?
I have been a mommy for a little over 4 years. Most days I love it, but there have been a few times I've thought "what have I gotten myself into!"
4. How old were you when you became a mommy? 23
5. What is your favorite kids tv show/movie?
I love Mulan! Cicialy and I also really like Enchanted. Cici pretends she is Giselle while we watch it and acts out the entire movie (it is especially cute when she faints after eating the apple and only her father's kiss can awaken her : )
6. What is your least favorite kids tv show / movie?
I can not stand the movie Alice in Wonderland.
7. What is your favorite chore?
I must really like scrubbing down and sanitizing my kitchen countertops since I do it about four to five times a day! Seriously though, I do love to have the kids rooms and closets neat and organized, so I pick all the toys up and put them away at least 3 to 4 times a day.
8. What is your favorite meal to cook?
I am 8 months pregnant right now so I don't really like to cook anything! I do like Dan making me strawberry crepes though.
9. What is the meal you cook most often?
My kids love any combination or flavoring of chicken, rice and sauce (e.g. haystacks, ritz cracker parmesan chicken, apricot chicken, etc), so this is often found at our dinner table several nights a week in various forms.
10. What is your kids favorite meal?
For dinner their favorite meals are chicken, rice and sauce as mentioned above and manicotti. Their favorite meal for lunch is for me to make them homemade lunchables. I give them a stack of ritz crackers and cut squares of turkey and cheese which they then proceed to create mini sandwiches with.
11. What is your favorite thing your husband does with your kids?
I love everything Dan does with the kids. He is the best dad! Especially right now with me being so tired by the end of the day, he is always entertaining them in the evenings by playing board games with them, taking them to the store by himself to get a few things we need, supervising them playing at pbskids.org, making up games for them to play outside, etc. I especially love it when he cooks / bakes with the kids. They love helping him make pinwheels, biscuits, muffins, or navajo bread for breakfast on the weekend.
12.What are 5 things that make you smile when you're being a mom?
#1 Watching Will and Cici's imaginations work as they play pretend. Just this morning they were flying around the house on imaginary broomsticks as Harry Potter and Hermaine and protecting me from bad guys by casting spells with their wands. #2 Snuggling with them on the couch as we watch movies. #3 Peaking in on them after they have fallen asleep and seeing how precious they truly are. #4 Hearing Cicialy yell across the house "Mommy I neeeeeeed yooooooooooou!" #5 They get so excited about Family Home Evening (in fact we have to have it informally at least one more time each week) and more often then not they choose "Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam". I love watching them stand in front of us and jump every time they sing the word "beam"!
14. When was the last time you went out without your kids?
Easter weekend we went to Houston and my parents watched the kids while Dan and I went shopping, out to lunch, and then to the temple.
15. What is your favorite past time/activity to do with your kids?
I love to go swimming with the kids. My kids are fish and would stay in the water all day if I let them. In the winter they go swimming in our big bathtub.
16. Name 1 thing you said you'd never do as a mom:
I said I would never let the kids eat in the car. Well that went out the window the second Will was old enough to eat real food. Trips in the car, even short trips, are much more enjoyable if the kids are eating fish crackers or fruit snacks. Thank goodness for leather interiors!
17. What is your favorite quality that your mom has?
My favorite quality my mom has is her dependability and willingness to help. No matter how far away her children live from her, she has come out to help with the birth of every baby and made it to every major life event of her children and grandchildren.
18. What is your advice for new moms?
Take a shower, get dressed in something cute, put on some makeup, and do your hair! I'm not saying you have to do this everyday, but if you do it often you sure feel better about yourself and have more energy to get things done.
19. What is the scariest or most heartbreaking moment as a mom?
It is always scary when your kids hurt themselves. I don't react very well when blood is involved so the 3 times Will has had to have stitches were always anxious moments for me. (I am fine while he has had to have the stitches put in but not at the moment of the accident when there is blood spilling everywhere). Dan is much better at handling these kind of situations.
20. What is your most joyful moment of being a mom?
I have great kids, so I have a lot of joyful mom moments. It always makes me happy to see how often they share and give eachother hugs. One of the most fulfilling moments was one day when out of the blue Will said to me, "Mom, I'm glad Daddy goes to work so you can stay home and play with us!"
21. When was the last time you were told 'I Love You' by one of your kids?
I am very lucky because my kids tell me "I Love You" all the time.