Friday, December 3, 2010

I Love To Be Stylin!!!

I'm so flattered that Ruth, from The Beautiful Life, awarded me the "Stylish Blogger Award"!!!  How sweet is that?
I now get to share 7 facts about myself that you probably didn't know and award 7 other stylish bloggers for you to check out!
Okay, here goes: 
1) I am the middle child out of seven.  There are two boys and five girls and I totally love it. All of us are married except for two girls.  All of us have children who are married except for one daughter.  Whenever we get together, it is raucously loud, due to our massive crowd.  This is usually every Sunday.  I'm very close to my family and funny enough, we even get together during the week just for fun!  I guess we're so loud and intimidating that my brother-in-law, when he first met us, disappeared in the basement because he was so overwhelmed.  In fact, he still hides in the basement every so often to avoid the crowded main floor. (My parents have a large house but, nonetheless, it is crowded with 20 plus people running around).
 
 ( This picture is only of me, some of my siblings, and some of their spouses....missing a couple due to babysitting our children!)

2) I love an expensive, well served vacation as well as anyone else....but, every year I look forward to our family vacation in this cute little "Park City-like" town in McCall, ID.  We always rent a huge house to fit all of us (siblings, parents, and grand kids included).  We go hiking, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, etc.  That said, Like Ruth from The Beautiful Life, I hate to camp.  I freeze my tushi off every time. 
I even went on this vacation fully pregnant because I would be darned if I had to miss something I look forward to so much.  I ended up being in labor a lot of the time and had the baby two weeks later.  It was so worth it!

3)  I'm a gym rat.  I know this is a problem in some cases because Thanksgiving morning I was at the gym at 6:00 a.m. and left at 10:00 a.m.!  Thankfully, my mother is a very svelte, fit woman who instilled the importance of exercise in me.
I HAVE to be extremely disciplined in my eating because I totally love food!  I'm the type that I can't even try anything because I won't stop until it's gone.  So my solution is to not start!  My kids go to the daycare at the gym every morning and love it.  I get my workout time, they get their social time...It's perfect!
4)  I love to bake.  Every night I have a slice of sugar-free, oil-free banana bread for my dessert.  I'm THAT crazy over this bread.
 I'm a total choc-aholic in the worst way. I have literally baked every brownie, chocolate chip cookie, or dessert bar imaginable without butter or sugar so I can add a ridiculous amount of chocolate chips.  I mean a ridiculous amount.
 
  I find baking comforting.  It's a place I can be creative, I'm not wasteful, and it brings my family together.  Almost every Sunday, my daughter and I will make a treat together and it's a time I look forward to.

5)  I'm a cheapo and a remorseful buyer.  I drive a car that runs but, is by no means a luxury vehicle.  I'll buy a lot of clothes or home decor while shopping and then take back at least half of it because I feel guilty over putting wants over needs!

That said, I have asked the hubs for a nice, new car, and I have a lot of nice clothes.  But, I do love a good dollar store or flea market steal where I can find something for an awesome price!


6)  I'm a germ-a-phobe.  I clean constantly.  In fact, someone asked my daughter what I did for a living and she said, "My mom cleans."  I'm sure every mother feels like that.  There's something about a feeling of insecurity if I don't have wet-wipes with me at all times.

It's the times that I don't have them when I need them the most!  I have a ridiculous amount of hair.  I fear that it's going to wipe against a toilet while cleaning or a dirty counter!  I'll do my hair, which takes a while, and pretty much reluctantly yet immediately pull it up because I don't want it touching anything unclean!  I'm sure my cleaning obsession is borderline OCD, but I do feel that my children get less sick than others because I'm sanitizing the home ritually.

and finally....


7) I would love to go on a cruise.  I know it's crazy, but I've never been on one!  We've done some pretty fun vacations, but I would love to go on a huge cruise ship.  I would love to sample all of the delicious foods, go on fun adventures on the shore, and just soak up the sun!

Problem 1:  My husband is a complete whitey.  We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon and decided to go to the beach.  Fifteen minutes later, even after putting loads of sunscreen on, he was fried.  Poor man.  I've never had to deal with that, gratefully.  Problem 2:  I'm somewhat afraid of sharks.....childish, yes.  But, I am!  I know we'll go someday but, until then, I'm dreaming!

 Check out these fabulously Stylish blogs and enjoy your Holiday Season!
Becky from Farm Girl Paints
Jamie from Simply Me Art
The Canadian Cottage
Maria from Dreamy Whites
Sweet Pea Home
A Thing For Roses
Jenn From the Department of the Interior

3 comments:

Jenn said...

Thanks so much for including me in this list Lila! I'm honored!

sweetpea said...

Hello Lila! Wow I am so flattered to be named to this list by you! A million thanks and also thanks for your sweet comment.

Hugs,

Shelley

Farmgirl Paints said...

Awww what an honor to be included on your list. YAY!!!

Good for you being a gym rat. I could tell by looking at your pregnant picture that you worked out alot. It just shows. You looked amazing. I'm curious about that bread. I hate any baked treats made with Splenda. Makes me physically ill. Do you use something else? Please say yes:)

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