Marital Status: Engaged
Kids and bonus children: Nicholas, 13 Bryant, 10 My own children Landon, 8 and Kennedy, 18 months
Occupation: Senior collector for Rock Valley Credit Union
1. If you could go back to one part of your kid’s life and enjoy it all over again…what would it be?
I would go back to their first days. I would watch and take in everything in those days all over again. Being a new mom or even an old mom with a new baby, you get so wrapped up in a new routine that it’s difficult to enjoy every cry for you and every sleepless night because this new person is figuring everything out. It’s a beautiful thing that I think people forget to really absorb it because there will be a time you forget what it was like.
2. Was it difficult trying to get pregnant?
Before my daughter was conceived, we suffered 2 miscarriages and at that point we stopped trying and got our beautiful little girl.
3. Do your kids do chores? If so, what? Do they get an allowance?
They do! Such as loading the dishwasher and cleaning a bathroom and bedrooms as well as the oldest mowing the lawn. We have a chore chart on our fridge and if they complete their daily chores they receive $5-10 at the end of the week.
4. What’s one “mom chore” you would forever outsource if you could?
Can I choose all of it? Is that an option? Haha. It would have to be folding/putting away laundry. I don’t mind washing it and actually enjoy that part. But putting it away is the worst!
5. Do you have any picky eaters? How do you deal with it?
My son Landon is a bit of a picky eater. Most of the time it’s you need to eat what the family does or some easily modified version of it. My thought on picky eaters is: you need to at least try it. If you still don’t like it, I will make you something else. I would never want him to go without eating.
6. Do you daydream about being a stay at home mom/working mom?
I am currently a little of both. I work out of the office a couple of days a week and work from home the rest. I enjoy working and having those relationships with my coworkers and the feeling of being a part of something so I don’t think I would enjoy being a stay at home mom.
7. What’s your (honest) meal plan for the week?
I don’t usually keep a meal plan. Sometimes I will make a full 3-course meal and slave all day with it. Other days the kids get chicken nuggets and fries or hot dogs and mac and cheese. No shame.
8. What’s the one thing you would have done differently so far with your kids?
Play with them more instead of cleaning and worrying about the chores or dishes in the sink. I am a clean freak and it affects my life at times. I would rather sit down and listen to them laugh and make them laugh.
9. Anything you are looking forward to at the moment?
A day where nothing is mentioned of COVID or riots. These things are real. And they affect everyone whether they would like them to or not. I look forward to the day I can take my kids to a restaurant again. Take out sucks!
10. Describe an average day in your life…
If I am not heading into the office for the day, I wake up when I hear my daughter singing in her crib. Yes, she doesn’t cry when she wakes up, she sings to herself until I come in lol. I get up and go get her cup of milk ready and get out what she will have for breakfast. I feed our cat and dog and then go get her out of her bed. We hug and kiss before she hits the ground running. She eats her breakfast (sharing with her dog of course).
I get her dressed and then turn something on for her while I begin working and answering emails. The older boys usually sleep much later so around 11 when they are up and moving I make sure they eat and brush their teeth and have a plan for their day.
Naptime for the baby is 11:45 am and she usually sleeps until around 2. This gives me time to clean up from the morning and get quite a bit of work done for my job.
Then dinner is made and baths are done and bedtime at 8:30. After this, I clean up from the day and lay in bed watching tv until I fall asleep. It’s nothing amazing or magical and I’m sure there are many moms that have a similar routine. It’s ours and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s boring and blah and I’m not inspirational in any way. I’m not flashy and most days I don’t get out of pajamas. At the end of the day I can go to bed happy knowing I’m theirs and they accept me and love me as unconditionally as I love them.
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