Hello, Friday. Good to see you. Time to answer some questions with Mama M.
1. Do you know what your REAL hair color is? Yes. I sure do. Because until last fall, I never colored it. Ok, well never is a strong word, but I rarely (maybe once or twice) put anything that varied my hair color on my hair. My natural color is very, very dark brunette. I sometimes forget how dark it was until I look at some pictures of myself.
Before and after:
I love my dark hair, but the highlights have been fun. Plus, with my ever increasing amount of gray, I'm thinking my sweet hair stylist is going to love that I have to come see her frequently! :)
2. Do you plan ahead for summer, or fly by the seat of your pants? I have never planned ahead for summer as an adult. The only planning happened when I was 21 and put together a wedding in July! Other than that, we are very random. If I see the weather report and notice it will be a nice day, I will say, "Hey, let's throw the kids in the van and go to the Zoo!" Or if it's a clear, HOT day, we will head to Splash Zone. I think one of these summers, though, it would be nice to take a trip with the kids to the beach. I know they would love it. The older two (ages 6 and 4) are so easy to travel with, it's just my 2-year-old I'm waiting on!
3. What is your favorite meal to cook? Ha! Did you say cook? Sadly, I am not the cook in the family. I really don't like to cook at all. I guess that's the non-domestic side of me. But, if cooking is required of me, I really like to make Chicken Parmesan. I use the Shake and Bake recipe and serve it with spaghetti noodles. I look really talented when it's done.
4. Do you get offended by not receiving thank yous? No, not offended. I do think it's a shame that thank yous have become less important in our modern society. I am not perfect at it, but I do try to send thank you notes or cards if I receive something from someone. If I give a gift, I'm not waiting at the post office, patting my foot, wondering when my thank you will arrive! But I do think it's polite, and I am trying to teach my kids to write them. Caleb has sent a few thank you letters since he's been able to write. It's just a nice gesture in my opinion.
5. How did you meet your best friend? When I started thinking about this, it made me teary. It must be one of those days. I've known my BFF since middle school, but we did not become close until the fall of 2003. She had just gotten married, and I had just moved back closer to home, so we attended the same church. We began practice for a church musical, and I remember seeing her every week. One evening, when we all found out she was pregnant, I will never forget her saying, "You're next! I just know it!"
Sure enough, I was. We've been close ever since. We were pregnant all three times together. We were a part of dedication services together, and sang together for them!
Mike and Kassie holding Joseph on the left, Josh and I holding Caleb on the right, baby dedication, spring 2007.
It's been a year now since she moved to Indiana (love the pictures in that post), and I still miss her like it was yesterday. When I have a horrible day, I wish I could drive to Owensville and see her. I miss the 4th of July evenings in her back yard. I miss seeing her kids grow. But we are very good at making sure to see each other when she visits Missouri, and I need to plan a trip to Indiana! Even though there isn't a beach there! :)
My other BFF lives here in my same town. We met at church in the spring of 2006, and after having babies in the same month, ended up seeing lots of each other at a playgroup.
Lots of life changes have caused us to not see each other quite as much as we used to, but I still love her very much and consider her very dear to me. She has seen me cry and has been a shoulder to lean on. She has watched my kids when I've needed her, and brought me wine when she thought I needed it! ;) She is sweet and genuine. She is my go-to girl.
Sarah and Chrissy, spring 2009.
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