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Hey friends! I’m really excited to be participating in the #AskAwayFriday question swap and link up. I just found out about this super fun swap last week, while pinning pins from the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I knew this would be something I would love to participate in and immediately asked to join the Facebook group.
For my inaugural swap, I’m swapping with Stacy from This Momma’s Ramblings, she is also one of the hosts of Ask Away Friday. Stacy is a wife, SAHM, homeschooler, major music junkie, and avid romance novel junkie. Stop by her site and check it out her adventures. This week on Ask Away Friday, we are taking a peek into this stay-at-home-mom’s world
Here are Stacy’s questions for me:
1. Did you always dream of being a SAHM?
Yes and no. I always dreamed of being a wife and mother but I was not entirely sure if I would stay home or work. I knew at a minimum I would stay home while my babies were little. While James and I were doing the dating and engagement thing, we discussed it. He was raised by a SAHM while I was raised by a single mother who worked.
2. If you had to choose a career path, what would you choose?
Haha! Career? I worked but nothing I would ever, EVER want to make a career out of. However, if I had not chose to stay home and continued working I would probably still be working as a Accountant at the Florida Department of Health (no it is not as mathematical as it sounds, I can’t math :)). I did medical coding and billing. It was boring but I totally rocked at it! LOL!
3. What made you decide on the Homeschooling path?
James was homeschooled. I went to public school. James is a genius and I’m not. 🙂 As an adult, I was fascinated by homeschoolers and the whole homeschooling process. James and I discussed home schooling just like we discussed me staying home. For now, we are sold on homeschooling for elementary and middle school (middle schoolers are mean) but we are still discussing high school. However, if we could ever afford private school that might be an option. 😉
4. What is a day like in your SAHM world?
Chaotic! Nothing goes the way I think it will. I like loose schedules with a list of things to accomplish by the end of the week. Yet every Friday most of those things have not been accomplished. 🙂 I guess that is the normal stay at home life with toddlers!
5. What is your favorite meal to make for your family?
My favorite meal to prepare is my basic oven roasted whole chicken. It is so good and I make it about once a month. It does take a bit of planning and some work but we get a minimum of two full meals off of it plus some leftover to top a salad for lunch. I then use the bones to make a huge pot of homemade chicken stock which I freeze to use during the month to cook rice or pasta or make chicken and spinach soup.
6. What is your go to dessert to make?
As much as I love dessert, my go to dessert is not homemade… it’s ice cream. I love ice cream. However, we are working on moving toward a more paleo lifestyle which means no refined sugar and no more ice cream. 🙁
7. What are the top 5 things that you look forward to doing with your girls, now or when they get older?
- I really look forward to reading books with my girls. And have them “reading” books to me but I’m really looking forward to when they actually can read them to me!
- Teaching them to cook and bake. They “supervise” now but I think it’ll be a bunch of fun to watch them cook or bake something from scratch.
- Traveling. I’m looking forward to traveling with the girls. I love going to places like Sea World and Disney and seeing and experiencing the wonder and awe through their eyes. Our most recent travels took us to Hoover, AL on a super fun road trip. Their amazement and fearlessness make every place an adventure.
- Crafting. I can not wait to spend hours crafting together.
- Running and yoga. I’ve just started really enjoying running and practicing yoga. While the girls “attempt” to do both, I’m really looking forward to when they are big enough to join me without hindering me.
8. What types of family traditions would you like to be able to share with your girls?
Oh family traditions are very important to James and I. We have some fun family traditions for Christmas that I did growing up and James’ family has a unique Easter tradition that we are looking forward to starting next year. We also try to do stuff for each holiday and season but most of it is new as we haven’t found the exact routine of things we like.
9. What is your girls’ favorite book for you to read to them? What was your favorite book to read as a child?
Right now my girls are loving anything from Dr. Seuss and Bill Peet. Oh and Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb they can almost recite the whole book! As for my favorite book as a child, I remember reading a lot but I don’t remember having a favorite. Well maybe A Home for A Bunny because I was really excited to read it to the girls.
10. I read that you love garage sales and thrift stores, oh me too! What has been your greatest deal or find?
Garage sales and thrifting are in my blood! LOL! I have gotten TONS of great deals on clothes and toys for the girls. I think one of the best deals I got was last year on a set of small plates from Neiman Marcus hand painted in Italy plates: Set of 5 for $1.99.
Thank you so much for the great questions. Some of them really made me think! This has been a lot of fun! Please stop by Stacy’s blog to see her answers to my questions.
Have a blessed day!
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