1. Have you ever had roommates?
Yes. My first roommate came my freshman year in college. Kara was tall, loved country music and had a boyfriend back home – I couldn’t figure out how we ever got matched up together. 15 years later, she’s one of my best friends and was the matron of honor in our wedding, those people in the housing department DID know what they were doing! We added a third roommate (Julie) our sophomore year, a friend I’d known my entire life, we left our roommateship still friends with each other. After that I was roommate-free until I moved to Chicago where I lived with Andrea, a sweet friend I met two summers before on a 6-week mission trip to Kazakhstan. That was my first time living out of the safety of the dorms and college – we had the best time mixing up margaritas, exploring the city and avoiding the other tenants in the building (one apartment was occupied by our landlord and his mother from Trinidad – they were something else and a story for another day. Hint: the story involves a rooster). Andrea got married and I moved back to Michigan where I lived with a girl (Sarah) I was a resident assistant with during college, again she ended up getting married and I moved back in with Kara and another college friend, Jenny. They both ended up getting married (noticing a theme here?) and so I moved into an apartment by myself and then bought a house. And now my husband is my best and favorite roommate in that first house. (Coincidentally, we met the week I closed on the house and after I took possession, he was the first person to see the house).
2. How many names do you/your children have? (i.e. Prince Charming William Phillip Arthur Louis John Jacob Jingleheimer-Schmidt)
Just three – first, middle, last. Liam’s middle name is my maiden name and Jack’s is Simon’s mom’s maiden name.
3. Did you watch the Royal Wedding?
I did not get up early with the purpose of watching it, but when I woke up at my normal time, I did turn on the TV in time to see them coming out of the back room and walking down the aisle and riding back to the Palace and after my shower – I watch THE KISS. Later that night, my girlfriends and I watched a recap version on the Reels channel – much better than getting up at the crack of dawn and watching for hours! Though, if I had daughters, I’d imagine that I would have watched it with them.
4. What is the messiest room in your house?
Is the basement in its entirity a room? If so, the basement. It’s an endless sea of boxes and storage for extra food and bulk store purchases. There are also unassembled shelves to be used for storage which we bought last fall. Someday, we’ll whip that level into shape, probably because we will be wanting to sell the house. I do have to note that Jack’s room often rivals the basement in its messiness – his favorite activity is to dump all his toys out of their bins and onto the floor. If we leave him alone long enough and he’s in the right “mood” the contents of his dresser will also end up all over the floor. I guess I should thank him though because nothing beats the sense of accomplishment I feel when everything is picked up again and back in its place in the bins and drawers.
5. What is your ideal mothers day?
I’d say the day would have to start out with sleeping in and then a great meal of some sort. Beyond that, I have no expectations (other than not getting things from this list). I think my ideal mothers day will come in a few more years when my boys are older and can fully appreciate me for a day – right now they don’t really get the concept of celebrating their mom (though Liam does like to randomly compliment me on things which is one of his great traits, I think kind words will be one of his love languages).