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At first glance, his eyes drew me in, and to this day, that’s still one of my favorite features about my husband. Now, those same round bright eyes belong to my children, and I can’t choose a favorite pair. His eyes had me at hello, but his dedication, loyalty, and rock-hard abs made me say “I do.”

But this entry isn’t about my favorite features possessed by my kids or husband, but what I think he loves most about me. A few years ago I definitely would have gone the physical route said my butt. These days I’m not so sure about that.

CIMG3071A moment from our pre-baby days. When we had nicer abs and better butts.

A few weeks ago I asked him for ideas and I think he said something to the effect of: “You’re nice.” Well, thanks pal!

No, actually, my husband is generally a man of few words but he had a lot to say on this topic this night. He likes more about me than I thought—Er, no, I mean, more than we normally talk about.

But what I think he loves most, and what he’s mentioned to me on more than one occasion is that I’m a hard worker. He thinks I’m a good mom, and good at what I do. And he’s under the illusion that I’m good at balancing work, and being a mom. He appreciates all the coordinating, feeding, cleaning, and butt-wiping that goes into my day.

He pretty much let’s me be the record-keeper of the family, but he loves looking back at photos, and videos I did a year ago and knows he can be like “hey where’s that video from XYZ?” and I’ll be able to pull it up.

It was nice hearing the things he loves about me, and telling him what I love about him. A great, free post-bedtime couples therapy session if you will. We spend an enormous amount of time working around each other’s schedules, and focusing on taking care of the little people in our home, it was good to consciously focus on each other as the topic. And a great reminder to thank each other for the hard work we do but now often take for granted.

This was Day 18 of the installment of 30 Things my kids should know about me.

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I’m in the final stretch of my maternity leave and getting pretty emotional. I’m having a blast and shared the top seven things I’m going to miss on my BabyCenter blog.

One of my goals during this time was to learn some new recipes and I haven’t quite nailed that aspiration yet. My next prompt for 30 Things my kids should know about me asked what I wish I could be great at. And this immediately came to mind.

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If I could be great at anything I’d love it to be cooking. I wish I could just walk in the kitchen and whip up something delicious. I’d love to win awards for my marvelous dishes, and have people ask for my recipes. I am blessed with several talents, but when it comes to cooking, I can’t seem to find the motivation I need to learn to enjoy it and become good. It’s slowly becoming bearable, but not a talent. However, I am starting to enjoy baking. I like that it’s exact, and that the ingredients are all fairly similar from recipe to recipe. Maybe cooking will come around for me too.

And just throwing it out there… I wish I was an awesome singer too.

This was Day 17 of the installment of 30 Things my kids should know about me.

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These are five accomplishments I’m most proud of.

But first, let me just say I’m happy to be more than halfway through this series now. Adding in the digital scrapbooking element has really made it a challenge to complete, but a fun one. Erica finished designing the last of the graphics for the final week of this series. You can download here to decorate. They look like this:

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I want to give her a big HUGE thank you for working these up and inspiring me to do something more with these prompts. It’ll really be a work of art I’m proud of once I get this all printed out.

Here’s the one I designed for Day 16.

Graduating college was a huge deal. My parents drilled in my tiny little head that I would go to college, so there was never a thought that I wouldn’t. I did, and I graduated, and I was the first in my family to do so.

I paid for all of my college tuition, books, room and board, (and then some) with scholarships. It was a lot of hard work applying, but it paid off (literally). One was the prestigious Ed Bradley broadcasting award.

I obtained a job doing what I love and literally, changing lives. One of my segments highlights foster children looking for families. Most of the children I meet and do stories on get adopted. Every time I hear about one of “my kids” getting adopted I am overjoyed.

I created a blog and taught myself more skills than I can count. From social media, to photography, to crafty DIYs I could share. I essentially created a business, and cultivated another calling.

I birthed, and am raising two of the most beautiful children. I already consider this an accomplishment, but once they’ve grown up, and I can see that they’re still just as beautiful on the inside and out, I’ll have achieved the greatest accomplishment I could hope for.

This was Day 16 of the installment of 30 Things my kids should know about me.

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I’ve had varying opinions on “the one” and if there’s such thing. I happen to think that in my case, there is.Knowing he was "the one"

I knew your dad was “the one” for me not long after we met. We immediately hit it off and saw each other every day for months. He was very respectful, and chivalrous. He made me laugh and made me feel better when I was upset. We seemed to really understand each other so well.

I think the main reason I knew he was the one was through prayer. I remember praying and asking God about him, then having an overwhelming feeling of assurance and confidence that marrying him was the right things to do. I think you need to have that confirming feeling in order to go forward because you’ll have hard times come up, but if you had a spiritual vote of confidence, it can help you through those difficult times.

Nine years later, we’ve both evolved a lot, but I still feel the same about that decision.

This was Day 15 of the installment of 30 Things my kids should know about me.

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List your strength and weaknesses to share with your children

I sat and thought about my strengths and weaknesses and had a difficult time coming up with these. I usually ponder these questions when it comes to job interviews, but being completely and 100% honest with myself was a fun exercise. It’s not just about work ethic, but about my life.

Emotional was one word that summed up a lot on not just my strength side, but my weakness side. I’m a pretty emotional person but I think that makes me kind, empathetic, and sensitive to others’ feelings. On the other hand, sometimes I take things too personally and I  easily get my feelings hurt. I want everyone to like me, and that’s just not possible. It’s a weakness.

My drive and ambitious attitude is a great strength but it also is part of what attributes to my “bored” weakness. When a challenge is no longer challenging I start looking for more things to add to my plate, which can get overwhelming.

I also am usually running late for things. It’s a terrible weakness.

On the bright side I love learning new things and skills. I can’t get enough of it. And I’m a very honest person. If I even try to lie for good reasons, I’m so easy to see through.

 

This was Day 14 of the installment of 30 Things my kids should know about me.

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Now that I have all kind of time to blog I can’t seem to stay focused on one thing. From my journal project, to reviews to tutorials… I hope I’m not giving you whiplash. Forgive my randomness. Hopefully it’s just proving I’m a very random, well-rounded person.

Speaking of random, digital scrapbooking is becoming a kind of new hobby for me. It’s strange but I look forward to creating these little doodads. How weird is that? What can I say, I’m a woman who likes to dabble.

Erica has been doing a fantastic job turning my prompts into digital works of art. You can download the fourth week of digital prompts here. They look like this:

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And without further ado…

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Surprisingly I think about the hardest part of growing up a lot. Mostly because I don’t want my kids to have a “hardest part of growing up.”

I think the most difficult part of growing up for me was the black hole I fell into sometime during high school. It’s like my brain got sucked into a time warp and I couldn’t see past the present. Everything I dealt with felt like such a HUGE deal. Little did I know there were so many more important things that would come into my life just a few years from then.

Just being a teenager, combined with moving across the country my junior year—After I had just been voted class president—Not easy.

Luckily, I made it through barely unscathed, and I didn’t lose focus too long, but it was a hard time. Because I remember how hard this was for me, I feel like I’m constantly thinking of ways to prepare to make that time easier for my children once they reach that age–even though it’s more than 14 years away.

Side note: The most awesome time was college, but I’ll get to that later.

 

This was Day 13 of the installment of 30 Things my kids should know about me.

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A typical day in my life right now is drastically different than it was a couple of months ago, and different than it will be a month from now.

See, I’m on maternity leave. So a typical day right now usually means I’m surrounded by my awesome kids all day. I’m waking up when my daughter comes barreling in around 8am. If I’m lucky I can give her a bagel and my iPhone and snooze for an extra half hour or so before the baby wakes up to eat.

He sleeps on and off in the morning, and I get some time to myself—Well sorta—Alone with the baby, while my husband takes our girl out to the gym. I use that time to write or catch up on freelance work and scarf down a simple breakfast.

We spend time all four of us together until my husband goes to work, then we’ll head out to either play with friends, shop, go swimming, anything to get out of the house for a bit. I’ll usually try to squeeze a nap in somewhere if I was up late the night before. The kids and I will crash on the couch or my bed.

Late afternoon is dinnertime and usually make pasta or pancakes or grilled cheese, or hot dogs.—Something easy and typically unhealthy (I’m working on that). Then it’s bath, and a couple episodes of something on Nick Jr. or PBS, and it’s bedtime. Bedtime consist of prepping my daughter’s hair, reading 1-3 books and a prayer, sometimes some back rubs and a song.

By that time it’s usually a little after 9pm. I sit down and eat something for myself and rock the baby to sleep. He usually doses off around 10pm. Then from 10pm to about 2am (or 4am or 6am this week) I get “me time” to write, edit photos I took during the day, sew, clean, or do whatever else I have a hard time doing during the day when I’m a (willing) slave to my children. The last few nights I’ve been sewing ’til the sun comes up. I’ve realized an afternoon power nap does wonders for me, and I’d rather get less sleep and cross things off my to-do list than sleep my hours of productivity away.

The baby is waking up to eat a couple times a night, so I feed him then go back to sleep. Or if I’m still up working I feed him then put him back to bed.

In another month when I’m back at work it’s pretty much the same routine except you can add in waking up a little earlier, getting kids ready for school, packing lunches, and working 8 hours in between. I also won’t stay up quite as late since I need to be a presentable functioning adult. On weekends I’m at work just after 4am so I can anchor the morning show, and I try to pre-plan fun stuff in the afternoon or evening with my kiddos.

It’s a busy life that’s for sure. But I love it.

This was Day 12 of the installment of 30 Things my kids should know about me.

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I didn’t realize I have as many pet peeves as I do. I probably could come up with more but gladly stopped at 10 so I don’t seem like a jerk.

I think the ones that bug me most are towards the end.

How about that scrapbook page eh? It took me HOURS and I basically looked at one of Erica’s and a digital scrapbook freebie and tried to make it work. There’s a lot going on but I think it’s kinda cute… Perhaps too cute for a page about pet peeves. Oh well.
1. People honking behind me the millisecond the light turns green. Seriously? They must do this intentionally.
2. When the pizza box is left open. Don’t let the heat out people!
3. People who get way more sleep than I do, but complain about not sleeping. *cough* My husband. *cough*
4. When one guy prolongs the boring staff meeting with stupid questions.
5. When the drive through gets my order wrong and I don’t realize until I get home.
6. Aggressive drivers. I secretly hope I see them on the side of the road later (getting a ticket of course).
7. When people take forever to answer a simple question. … I was just looking for a yes or no.
8. When people don’t leave a voicemail when they call… Especially when they keep calling.
9. When people use religion as an excuse to be racist or discriminatory. God don’t like ugly. So don’t bring him into it.
10. Unsolicited parenting advice. I didn’t ask.

This was Day 11 of the installment of 30 Things my kids should know about me.

Hi! I’m Jennifer Borget



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