Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Liebster Award

I was SO surprised to wake up to a comment on my Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes post, from Ileana @ Simply Inspired Me nominating me for a Liebster award!!  I have never "won" anything for my little blog so you absolutely made my whole day really!

 If you are like me and are new to the Liebster award, it is awarded to new and upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The award is passed on to other bloggers in the same category to help spread their names around and support one another!

If you receive this award these simple rules must be followed...
  • The nominated blogger has to post 11 random facts about themselves
  • Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated them asked
  • Create 11 new questions for the those the blogger is nominated to answer
  • Choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate and link them on their blog post
  • No tag backs!
11 Random Facts about me:

{1} I was born in Houston but other than a quick college searching trip & house hunting trip, I have not been back since I was two.  We are moving to Katy, TX {a western suburb of Houston} just after the New Year!

{2} I adore vanilla tootsie rolls, but the only time you can get them without having to pick through the variety bag is at Christmas, so I stock up!!

{3} I have always always always wanted to work with kids and have a bazillion kids.  I used to tell people that I would work either as a kid doctor, kid nurse, or daycare worker. I would drive a van or bus.  Yes, I now work with kids but no I will not have a bazillion kids. That would cost too much.

{4}  I probably give people too many chances.  Therefore, I get hurt.  But, I like to see the good in people & sometimes the good in people that's not really there.

{5} I cannot stand to do laundry, but there is no better feeling than the moment when all of the laundry is done...even if it is just for a split second.

{6} My favorite sound in the entire world is baby laughter.  After that, children laughing in general.

{7} I hate chunky meat. My coworkers (with the exception of one with similar eating habits to my own) make fun of me for my odd eating habits.

{8} I despise citrus. I hate the smell of oranges.  I think it's because it almost instantly gives me a migraine, but I can smell it all from a mile away.

{9} I love shopping, even if I know I am not buying anything. It is therapeutic. Call me addicted, whatever.

{10} I am pretty much tired all.of.the.time.

{11} If I wasn't a nurse practitioner, I would likely be a K-2 teacher.  I just love kids, what can I say?!

The questions Illeana asked:

{1} Why did you start blogging?
Honestly, because I am so far from my family and I thought it would be a neat way to document life for them.
 {2} What do you most enjoy about blogging?
That you can create books to keep your memories alive!
{3} What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Oops. I answered this above.  I always knew that it would be something with kids... doctor, nurse, or daycare worker! We did this leadership retreat in high school & I remember saying I WILL BE A PEDIATRICIAN!  I wasn't toooo far off... Pediatric Nurse Practitioner!
{4} What is your favorite day of the week? 
{5} What is your dream vacation? a hut on the water.
{6} Think back to high this what you imagined your life would be like?
No, it's better! I am married to a man who sacrifices himself and his needs for me. He would do anything for his family, is SO hard working, & motivated.  I see nothing but great things ahead for our family.
{7} What is your favorite movie?
This is always so hard. I truly have several.  Remember the Titans, The Notebook, & The Help
{8} Who is the biggest inspiration in your life?
My Pop Pop.  He was a small town doctor who cared SO much about his patients. He took the time to learn them, to know them. He cared not only about their illness about them.  I really hope that I always remain that kind of practitioner.
{9} What is your favorite candy? 
Hmm, there are so many choices!
{10} What is your guilty pleasure?
Sitting in my sweats, eating a snack & Diet Coke, and vegging out to Desperate Housewives of Orange County
{11} What is your love story?
Kyle was at Clemson visiting his high school friends for the Clemson/Carolina game. I was in my dorm after the game in my sweats talking with my {now SIL} friend Ash.  Kyle's friend Jeremy walked by, followed closely behind by Kyle.  So I said...hi Jeremy.....hey! who's that?!  So...the night began.  We all hung out, exchanged information & began dating shortly after.  He went to the Citadel, so we began our long distance romance that was just a glimpse into our destiny.

2 years later, we were engaged.  I graduated the following spring & moved to Atlanta to work and start grad school.  He started working in Greenville, SC.  The long distance romance continued..

We got married 2 years later in Delaware, the state where I did the majority of my growing up.  We "Settled" into our home in SC & were finally together! 

Along the way, Kyle has traveled to China for 2 months, I have been in the hospital @ UNC for 3 weeks, & now Kyle is already making our home for us down in Katy, TX.  I think it's just God's way of making us even stronger together!! We will soon make it cross-country to be together in the great state of Texas. 

Please continue to follow us along on our ride!

The questions for my blogger award recipients!

{1} If you could have any career, with money no object, what would it be?
{2} Hands down, what is your ONE favorite mom blog?
{3} What kind of car do you drive & why did you pick it?
{4} What is your favorite feature about your significant other?
{5} What is your favorite Christmas song?
{6} Do you know any blog friends in the Houston area?
{7} What has been your proudest moment thus far as a mom?
{8} Do you prefer to shop online or in store.  Why?
{9} How many kids do you want & how far apart in age do you want them. Why?
{10} Money no option, would be at the top of your "Grown Up Christmas List?" 
{11} Other than Christmas, what is your favorite holiday?

And now..drum roll nominees are:

{2} Leslie @ Eat.Pray.Love.Run
{3} Elizabeth @ The Storch Family
{5}Amber @ The Daily Dose
{6} Kelley @ 3 Cowboys & A Mommy
{9}Ashley @ Momma on a Mission

I am seriously looking forward to reading through all of your answers, ladies!! Have fun.

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen


allie-mac-fallie said...

I love kids too (obviously ha!)
Thanks so much for nominating me! I went to hs in Houston and that's where I consider that I grew up ;) I miss Texas way too much!

Ileana said...

Wow you and your husband truly do have a long distance story! I'm happy that pretty soon you will be together again :) I couldn't imagine being away from my husband for that long.

MJ said...

hi jennifer. thanks so much for the nomination. i'm really flattered and honoured. this looks like fun and such a good idea. :)

mj @ living the dream

Ashley Mikula said...

Thank you for the nomination, love! I will definitely post in reply this coming week! xo

Hailey said...


Meryl & Russell McLendon said...

Hi Jen, I'm a new follower & so happy to have stumbled upon your blog. Once upon a time, I came from Houston too! So glad your family will be reunited soon. xo, Meryl