So, blogging…

It’s like having a job but you don’t get paid, and you have to set your own hours. And since you’re the boss nobody’s going to write you up…

Which means it falls low on the priority list unfortunately and it really shouldn’t. I find writing quite therapeutic, outside of school assignments, and could have really used this outlet over the last year or so. I have a lot to catch you all up on but I figured that for those of you who don’t know me or my totally amazing life that this would be a good time to fill you in before I delve into the deep stuff.

Annie! (me)

I’m 34 years old and married to an incredible man, Shane. I had been married before and have three great daughters, all of whom have their own unique personality that truly adds to how our family functions (or dysfunctions at times). I’m one year away from completing my bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology and am fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home mom. I get to substitute at my kids school occasionally and do volunteer work there- it’s one of my favorite things! I’m a CA native but have been in Utah for just over 9 years and love it. I like going back to see my family and friends, and to enjoy the things CA has to offer but Utah is home for me. In what little spare time I have I like to cook and bake, take walks and go bike riding, travel, shop, hang out with my family including my parents who live near by, listening to music, movies, and being an adrenaline junkie. I’m not overly deep but I’m not completely superficial either. I like honesty, integrity, people who are real, food, and my animals- which consists of one lovable German Shepard and four birds (don’t judge me). God is my rock and my strength; without Him I wouldn’t be here finally writing this first blog.

Shane (my main squeeze)

I’ll keep this short and simple because that’s how we roll. Shane is amazing. He never had kids of his own and he volunteered to marry me and my brood after multiple warnings. Seriously. My own father made sure he had done some soul searching, I warned him about life with girls, and I’m pretty sure other people questioned his sanity. Six years later, including four years of marriage, and I don’t know where I’d be without him. He’s nerdy, smart, funny, crude (which I blame on being in the Navy for 6 years), loving, patient, kind, sarcastic, & doesn’t pull punches. He’s stepped into the roll of dad and has done a great job. It’s not always easy, especially with teenage girls and a younger sister who emulates them, but he’s still here. He works hard and enjoys nerdy games on the computer or in the form of board games (which has grown on almost all of us). He adds a nice perspective to things and brings in a calming nature to my, um, rambunctious tendencies. He’s the peanut butter to my jelly.

Audrey

Audrey is my oldest daughter. She experienced all my inexperience as a parent and taught me how to be a mother to an actual human being. She’s brilliant and kind, loving and difficult, sees beauty in things most of us don’t even notice but if often trapped inside her own mind. She is the reason I decided to blog and finish my college degree. She is the reason I made a lot of personal changes and decided to grow as a person. Being her mother made me see a side of society that was ugly and unnerving, while seeing a side that offered support and kindness. She made me develop a deeper understanding of God, the world, what brokenness is and what it has done to humanity. She’s one of the bravest, strongest, most resilient people I know. I’ll save her story for another blog. Audrey loves animals, reading, art, crafts, her grandparents, and swimming. She’s a beautiful girl inside and out.

Laila

I don’t even know where to start with this kid. She’s independent, smart, funny, charming, daring, loving, a butthead, tender, and tough all in one. She’s always been m easy going child with grand ideas. She doesn’t worry much about the future and pretty much goes with the flow. She loves special effects make up and practicing on Shane. She has a caring and serving heart but will also irritate her sisters with the same level of commitment. She’s artistic and great in math and science, but loves history and theater. She’s my social butterfly and mini-me. She keeps me grounded and reminds me that life is not just what is going to happen but is what is happening now. She’s got a sense of humor that would make a Buckingham Palace guard break.

Tessa

My baby. This little red head is basically too smart for her own good, in part of the 258 questions she asks on a daily basis. She loves her sisters and Shane. She’s a little less adventurous than her sisters but loves roller coasters. If you look up the definition of “rock hound” in the dictionary you will find her face. She brings them home from everywhere! She’s as stubborn as the day is long but also loves to help me do things in the kitchen. There’s a good chance she’ll grow up to bean evil genius but I’m working on changing that. She’s incredibly funny but again, stubborn. She’s very loving but can also hold a grudge like I’ve never seen before. I wouldn’t change her for the world.

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Tessa and electricity…questionable combination
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Me and Laila (mini-me)
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Old picture of Audrey, but still one I love.
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“It’s real love, yes it’s real…” -The Beatles
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I’m the one on the left. I was chaperoning prom and it was awesome!
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