Friday, February 25, 2011


I got my VERY FIRST Award today!  WOOT WOOT!
(If you are reading this, I hope you are picturing me doing a dance and fist pumping-because that is what is happening-also if you are reading this THANKS for stopping by!)

Thank you Emily P for the Award!!!

Rules – Fill out the following survey & then tag some folks..

1. Who/What inspires you?
Well, my dad.  My dad lives by a few simple rules and they are: Do the right thing, even when no one is looking, and I know, first hand, that my dad does this, and when I was growing up, I always wanted to make sure anything I did would not cause the "parental look of disapproval" from my dad.  2:2:1 What is that ratio you might be asking yourself-well I heard it so much growing up that it is cemented in my brain-God gave us 2 eyes, 2 ears and only 1 mouth for a reason, so you should be extra observant, listen that much closer and make sure you know what you want/need to say before saying it. 

Also, My Aunt Susie is an inspiration to me.  Susie is a fighter.  in 2000 she found out that she had breast cancer...I was shocked, I couldn't believe it, here she was in her early 30's (and she even found out on her birthday to top it off...) and people that young just don't get breast cancer!  After a tough battle, Susie beat the cancer-she was NOT going to let it beat her!  Susie is also a proud member of the Army.  After her battle against the cancer, Susie got orders that she was deploying to "The Sandbox."  Again I couldn't believe it!  How could this woman put up the fight of her life, only to have to turn around and go fight for our rights in another country?!?!  While she was deployed she coordinated a Breast Cancer Walk for the other actively deployed people in her "area."  She is incredible, and seriously my eyes are watering right now as I am typing this blog.  I only hope that one day, I am as strong as my aunt Susie has proven to be, time and time again.

2. What is your favorite season and why?
My favorite Season is Fall!  I love when the weather is cool enough to wear jeans and a hoodie (this was my general "uniform" when I was in school) but not so cold that you feel like your fingers have turned into icicles.  The leaves change colors so it makes the traffic during the morning/afternoon commutes just a little more bearable, and it means the Holiday season is just around the corner!

3. What are you looking most forward to this year?
Hmmmm...honestly I am looking forward to getting to my goal weight.  I have been working on reaching different goal weights for a few years now, but this year, I am GOING TO reach my ULTIMATE goal weight-and I don't care what it takes.  When I reach it, I am rewarding myself with Lasik for my eyes...I can't wait!!!  I am also looking forward to July 4th.  Hannah loves and I mean (LOVES) fireworks and the beach and July 4th this year = 3 day weekend and we will most definitely be making a trip to the beach AND watching fireworks.

4. If you could write a book about anything, what would it be about?
Me of course!  Wait-did you just roll your eyes, as if to say you wouldn't be interest in reading about me and my life?  You know I am awesome...I would probably write a book about the things no one ever tells you but EXPECTS you to know or ASSUMES that you already in labor and delivery-Everyone talks about how AMAZING the epidural is, but no one EVER bothers to mention how ridiculously painful it is when they stick you with that needle...they just just assume you already knew it...or how if you just get yourself a little zippered lingerie bag and put your baby's wee socks in it, you will never have to worry about the dryer monster eating the little socks like it does to yours.  (Seriously, I know there are probably 10000 unmatched socks in dryer limbo, where ever that may be.)  Or how If an elderly gentleman backs into your car and says he didn't know it happened, then we clearly can't hold him responsible for that, even if it happened in broad day light, with witnesses and the paint of your car is on his bumper...(still a bit bitter) things like that...

5. What is your greatest passion?
Hannah hands down.  She is what I live for.  The best part of my day is when I get to leave work and go see her.  I love her-Someone once said that To choose to have a child is to choose to watch your heart walk around outside of your body for the rest of your life...I agree.  I hope that I never let her down and that I give her all of the things she needs in life to be successful and has no regrets about anything. 

Always #1 in my eyes!
Before Hannah it was helping others as much as I possibly could.  I like to help other people-it is a simple as that.  If I can donate something, some time, or some money, to help ease the burdens of someone else, I am happy to do it.

6. If you could change one thing about your life or yourself, what would it be.
Boy this is tough...I would like to have more control over when my face turns red...seriously.  It turns BRIGHT red all of the is embarrassing.  I hate to be put on the spot-which happens a lot-so my face is frequently red at work...and people do not hesitate to call you out for it.  (My other thing would be to reach my Goal weight, but I already mentioned that above)
7. Lastly, what is your favorite novel?

I don't really have a favorite novel...I have books that I like to read, but lately, I don't have much time to read for fun-Hannah keeps me pretty busy.  I do enjoy Jane Green and James Patterson (specifically the Alex Cross series) books though

As for the tagging part, this is tricky, as sadly, I don't have many followers (hoping to change that this year!) but I will tag some of the blogs that I try to keep up with so here goes:

Thanks again Emily!


  1. Erin, we are very happy to post first in this article! :)

    Thank you very much, too, for following us. You make our day. By the way, we think there are solutions to comments coming gradually in (as we experience it not too long ago - we're still neophytes, too). Here they are:
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    b) Join blog hops (don't forget to write your URL as people will visit you). We have an existing sponsored blog hop in our blog (and will open another on March 1). You may want to join it, too, for a start.
    c) Link and sponsor your own blog hop, too, while you continue following other blogs and their blog hops. Tell them in written words "you follow".
    d) Your leaving encouraging comments is a good start. Do continue doing it.

    There may be some more ideas you can think of as you would experience more.

    We hope to see you at our blog one day with a beautiful story to tell. See you soon!

    Mike n Luisa

  2. Hey Erin! I posted about your award today!! Thanks so much for giving it to me!!

  3. Thanks for the award! Love your blog! It won't take long to get followers! Especially if you do link-ups! :)