Hi there… so nice to meet you!
I’m Michelle, or ememby (the spelled out version of my initials, MMB). I am quite surrounded by boys. Here’s the lineup: Simon (the hubsand – purposefully misspelled), Liam (Snicklefritz), Jack (Jackers) and George (Georgie and also, shut-up-you-stupid-dog [he barks, a lot]). Simon and I have been married since 2005; he’s a born-and-raised Australian but became a dual US citizen in 2017 and we met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend (you can find Jonna here). Yes, his accent is as dreamy as you would imagine, though it does come with the downfall of his teaching our children to say “zed” instead of “zee” for the letter “z.” Liam is elevent and in 6th grade and rarely stops talking (according to both his parents and his teachers and anyone who has ever met him, but they all say what nice manners he has so they will forgive the endless talking). Jack is 9 and is in 3rd grade and seems to have more energy and intensity in all situations than the rest of our family combined. George is our 9-pound black miniature poodle – our first baby – he’s a great dog, though a bit yappy (see nickname above) and needy but that goes with the poodle territory.
And then there’s me, along with being a mom, I’m also president and owner of a marketing communications firm and I work part time for our church doing communications and graphic design – life is busy (join the club). I love my family, my friends and my life – though they all come with their own set of frustrations. I owe all I have to God, though I could be much better about showing my gratitude. Other things I love: music, movies, cooking, coffee, reading blogs, books and magazines, watching awards shows, laughing, cilantro (and all good Mexican food, and even some of the bad), being creative, photography, road trips and vacations. I’m starting to love exercise more and food less, though given the choice, I’ll always pick something on a pretzel bun over twenty minutes on the elliptical. Things I do not love: squirrels and bats, icebergs, saying “no” to things for myself, parsley, NASCAR, children’s programming with main characters who are annoying or idiots, cleaning and pointless meetings.
Thanks for joining me here… I hope you enjoy what you read and I welcome your questions, comments and even your gripes. I, along with my blog, am ever a work in progress.
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