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May
10
2013

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I pretty much suck at traditional paper scrapbooking, and I’m not much better at this digital scrapbook thing, but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. Maybe by the end of the 30 days my pages will look decent. Erica‘s work is giving me great inspiration, she’s great and links all of the cool embellishments and papers she uses and I’ve been checking out your links too. I love what Andrea has been up to  (kudos for staying on top of them!) I got some inspiration from one of her pages for mine today.

Make sure you add your link to this blog post (linky at the bottom) so we can blog hop!

This was Day 7 of the installment of 30 Things my kids should know about me.

30 Things my kids should know about me Day 4: List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self.

I wasn’t 16 in either of these photos but it was the best I could find on Facebook.

 10. In a couple of years you’re going to college. Enjoy it.
9. I know you want to be a newscaster but perhaps you should seriously consider engineering.
8. Keep in touch with your closest friends and continue to build lasting relationships with people you trust.
7.  High school boyfriends are overrated.
6. Stay focused, avoid distractions.
5. You’re going to love being a mother even more than you can imagine.
4. Don’t buy a house before 2008.
3. Buy Apple stock.
2. Take cooking lessons asap, you’ll regret it if you don’t.
1. Don’t worry, everything is going to be ok.

What would you tell your 16-year-old self?

Big thanks to Erica again for the fun graphics for these prompts. Find the entire list of prompts and download link here.

I’m back on my 30 Things my kids should know about me bandwagon, and with the help of Erica from Crash Notes, we now have beautiful templates to use while working on it. Want to join along? You can download the free graphics here.

I published my 3 legitimate fears a few months ago but here’s an example of what I did using the graphics on an 8x8in spread and per Erica’s suggestion 8×8 templates from here. That, along with my amateur Photoshop skills helped me turn this post in to this:

Want to play along? Here’s the complete list and a preview of this week’s graphics.

My kids know me as “Mom” but I also want them to know I’m Jennifer, my own person, and I’ve been living my own life and learning from my experiences. I’m hoping this little journey of writing exercises will be something I can share with them someday, to help them get to know another side of me. So remember that fun post I wrote a few months back? A pretty cool project I started for my offspring documenting 30 things my kids should know about me? Well, pregnancy got the best of me and I didn’t quite get around to finishing it. But, May is the month of mother’s day, and I’m now a mom of two… KidS versus just one KID, so this has more meaning for me now. Not only that, but I was just approached by an awesome woman named Erica who helped bring these babies to the next level with her graphic design skills. Now I’ll be working on an 8×8 printable book the same time I’m blogging these… So two birds with one stone! And a great Mother’s Day gift for myself when it’s all done! Well, eventually for my kids but I’ll hang on to it til they can appreciate it.

30 Things My Kids Should Know: A Journal Prompt for Parents30 things my kids should know about me - WOW, thinking about how this could have helped me if my own mother had done something like this. This will take some time, but it's perfect to kick off for/by Mother's Day.

Let’s do this!

I already shared 20 Random Facts About Myself but I’m sharing it again using the graphics for my book, and you can see how I used mine. Erica did her page much differently so there unlimited ways to go!

Here’s a preview of the graphics for week 1.

You can download them for free here. Again, a big thanks to Erica for designing them!

Week 1 graphics Week 2 graphics Week 3 graphics

Week 4 graphics

Week 5 graphics

And once again, here’s the list of prompts. I’ll add my new links as I complete them. Let’s do this!

THE LIST:

1. List 20 random facts about yourself.

2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears (graphic version)

3. Describe your relationship with your spouse. (graphic version)

4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.

5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?

6. If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?

7. What is your dream job, and why?

8. What are 5 passions you have?

9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.

10. Describe your most embarrassing moment.

11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.

12. Describe a typical day in your current life.

13. What’s the hardest part of growing up?

14. Describe 5 and weaknesses strengths you have.

15. Describe when you knew your spouse was the one or how I fell in love.

16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?

17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?

18. What do you think your spouse loves most about you?

19. How did you feel the moment you became a parent?

20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.

21. Describe your relationship with your parents.

22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?

23. What’s your favorite holiday and why?

24. What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about parenthood?

25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?

26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?

27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?

28. What’s your favorite quality in your spouse?

29. What are your hopes and dreams for your prosperity?

30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

Want to play along? I’d love to read your lists! Link to your blog journal in the comments!

I watch your dad toss you in the air, and your face lights up with so much happiness. He’s the one you ask for shoulder ride, or to stop at the gas station for a snack. There are little things you two share together that I don’t get in between, but love to watch.

And Little Leechie, he already is in love with you. He’ll reach out and feel you move around in my belly and takes deciding your name very seriously. Trust me, he’s not just leaving it up to me (though sometimes I wish he would). He already knows how awesome having a daughter is, and I know he’d love another, but I also think he would be totally thrilled to have a son.

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I’ve always been the one to start the baby talk, but he’s never fell short of being an awesome dad. Big sister and he get regular one-on-one time when I’m at work. I’m sure you two will also.

He’s one one of the nicest people I know, and family has always been very important to him. When we were young and just met, we became our own family pretty fast. I fell head over heels in love with him a couple weeks after we met. The rest has been history.

Right off the bat we hit it off. We understand each other and he really gets me. I think I get him too, even though sometimes I wish I didn’t cause he’s kinda strange.

I’ve always been the more outgoing one in our relationship. I love planning things for us to do, getting out and about, and meeting new people. Your dad is the shy one, and more of a homebody. He’d say he’s the funny one, and I let him think that.

Sometimes I feel like we’re playing house because we have so much fun just being together and having a family, making decisions together, and being best friends.

We’re lucky that we rarely argue, and when we do I think we do a pretty good job of getting everything out in the air, then settling the disagreement without letting it keep us in a bad mood. I think that communication is important in any relationship. Even when he does royally tick me off, I can’t stay angry for long, at all.

Basically what I’m saying is your dad is a pretty cool guy, I hope you can see how much we love each other, and I hope you’ll find that for yourself some day… A long long time from now.

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This was another late installment in my 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me series (trying to pick up the ball). Feel free to play along!

What? It’s 2013? Christmas was a week ago? It feels like it was about 3 days ago. I basically feel that way about the last 6 months of my life. Where did it go? If a toddler didn’t speed up time enough already, this pregnancy pushed things into super drive.

I haven’t even had time to really sit back and think about my New Year’s resolutions but I’m thinking of updating that do before #2 list to the side and actually doing them, for one. And then just working on finding my new groove as a mom of two. I feel like I was getting so good at balancing everything and them BOOM… knocked up and it hasn’t quite been the same since.

But it’s ok, new year and time to start fresh. And three months to go to get some things back in order before they all get jacked up again.

For today, I’m gonna continue my 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me series by responding to prompt #2: Describing three legitimate fears of mine and how they came to be.

1. Spiders. I’m terrified of spiders, it doesn’t matter how small they are, I think they have the capabilities to kill me. I don’t know how this came to be. Maybe watching Arachnophobia at an inappropriate age, or my mom showing me potatoes with roots sprouting from it, shaking it at me saying “look, spiders!!” Either way, I’m still scared til this day.

2. I have a fear of making the wrong decision. As vague as that seems, it makes me so indecisive. It can be as small as fearing ordering something new off the menu and not liking it, or as big as fearing when to have another kid, or worrying I’ll later regret working so much while my kids are young. I’m not sure how this fear came to be.

3. Zombies. Does that count as a legitimate fear? If not, on a totally different note, I have a fear of praying in public. I’m not afraid of public speaking but public praying freaks me out. I’ll do it when asked but I usually won’t volunteer. When my family started going to the LDS church I felt “behind” in a lot of ways since many of my friends had grown up going. I think my fear stems from that.

I can blame my fear of zombies on The Walking Dead… Which I’m totally caught up on now by the way.

And there you have it. I know, I’m weird.

Jumping right into this list (I’ll start with 1 but I’m not sure I’ll go in order) of 30 things my kids should know about me (or perhaps will like to read someday), I’ll start with listing 20 random facts about myself.

1. I love fruit, almost every kind. In fact, I can’t think of a fruit I don’t like.
2. I’m not a perfectionist. Especially when it comes to crafts and things of that sort. I’m definitely a “looks good enough” kind of gal.
3. I know quite a bit of Spanish. I studied it for 6 years, but I’m too embarrassed to use it.
4. Spiders are my worst fear. No matter how small, I’m terrified.
5. Ialways go for the French manicure for my finger nails. And red or pink polish for my toes.
6. I can’t handle scary movies. I’ll have nightmares for days and have to sleep with the TV or light on.
7. I don’t cuss. Ok, sometimes I do, but not in front of other people.
8. I’m very sensitive, and I don’t have very thick skin.
9. I used to chop up worms when I was a kid, and watch the different pieces keep moving.
10. I can’t snap my fingers.
11. I’m extremely indecisive. It can take me 20 minutes to choose a toothpaste. Fortunately having a child has forced me to be quicker at these type of decisions.
12. I used to think Abraham Lincoln was black. Maybe because he appears brown on the penny, and because he helped free the slaves.
13. I can’t swim.
14. I don’t like having any appendages hanging off the edge of the bed as I sleep. Not even a toe.
15. I was a cheerleader in middle and high school, but if I could go back I would take up volleyball.
16. Instead of “eating away my sorrows” I prefer retail therapy.
17. I have a love/hate relationship with sleep. I love feeling rested, but I hate feeling like I could have accomplished more had I only slept less.
18. I’m a helpless optimist. I really and truly wish that everyone could get along, or at least try to see things from another point of view. I think the world needs more compassion and empathy.
19. I’m extremely good at hula hooping. Even if I get five of them going and walk around (though I’m not so good while pregnant).
20. I have the most horrible directional sense. Thank heavens for GPS, even though I still get lost with it’s help.

*UPDATE: I’m blown away by the response to this series. Please note I now have a “revamped” version of this list with graphic prompts designed by Erica from CrashNotes. You can use them to turn your blogs into a printed 8×8 book for yourself/ family. Here’s the link to that updated post*

My blog has always been mostly a journal for me, but I also like to think that someday, my kids can look back and read this and laugh (hopefully when they are much, much older, considering some of my content in the past). My kids know me as “Mom” but I also want them to know I’m Jennifer, my own person, and I’ve been living my own life and learning from my experiences. I’m hoping this little journey of writing exercises will be something I can share with them someday to help them get to know another side of me.

I found a great list of 30 things to ask your spouse on Pinterest but my initial thought when reading it was “hmm, I’d like my daughter (and little son/daughter(s) to-be) to know some of these things (and more).” I altered a good third or so to fit the type of things I’d like them to know, and taking out things I thought weren’t relevant or wouldn’t be as interesting for them and created 30 things my kids should know about me. (Or shouldn’t, depending who you ask).

The idea is 30 things in 30 days, and while I’d love to do that, I’m not sure I’ll be so proficient. Especially being Christmas time, keeping up with pregnancy updates, and other random things. So I’m aiming for writing about these 30 things in 60ish days. Feel free to join along in this new list if ya like. I’ll link to my posts as I write them.

THE LIST:

1. List 20 random facts about yourself.
2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears (graphic version)
3. Describe your relationship with your spouse. (graphic version)
4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
6. If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?
7. What is your dream job, and why?
8. What are 5 passions you have?
9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
10. Describe your most embarrassing moment.
11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
12. Describe a typical day in your current life.
13. What’s the hardest part of growing up?
14. Describe 5 and weaknesses strengths you have.
15. Describe when you knew your spouse was the one or how I fell in love.
16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
18. What do you think your spouse loves most about you?
19. How did you feel the moment you became a parent?
20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
21. Describe your relationship with your parents.
22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
23. What’s your favorite holiday and why?
24. What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about parenthood?
25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
28. What’s your favorite quality in your spouse?
29. What are your hopes and dreams for your prosperity?
30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

Want to play along? I’d love to read your lists! Link to your blog journal here:

(If the linky list isn’t working please add your link to the comments!)

30 things my kids should know about me - WOW, thinking about how this could have helped me if my own mother had done something like this. This will take some time, but it's perfect to kick off for/by Mother's Day.

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