It’s Monday – time for a meme

By Moriah on March 2nd, 2009

I was tagged by Blond Mom Blog for this meme, which is totally convenient since it’s now Monday morning and you know how they are.

Rules: Choose the 6th image out of your 6th picture folder from your computer and blog it. Then tag 6 more people to do the same.

Easy enough.

This is Adelaide at almost 2 months, right before we moved (held by Grandmommy). She’s wearing a preemie dress, even though she wasn’t a preemie. What can I say? I like my baby clothes to fit. This picture makes me a little…weepy. (Most likely because she’s about to turn 2 and isn’t as easy to hold.)

Tagging: Mer, Dolly, Heather, Trina, Brite, and Gretchen.

Christmas Meme

By Moriah on December 10th, 2008

(Lifted shamelessly from Jo-Lynne.)

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I usually wrap all our Christmas presents in paper. If we’re going to a white-elephant exchange or something like that, I’ll use gift bags. There’s just something so satisfying about ripping the paper off a gift.

(Unless you’re my dad. He would always slit the side with a knife and pull the box neatly out the end. Doesn’t that just sound like the general?)

(Love you, Dad!)

2. Real tree or artificial? Real tree, every single year. I’ve even converted my hubby.

3. When do you put up the tree? Usually in the middle of December. I want it to still be fresh on Christmas morning but get to enjoy it some, too.

4. When do you take the tree down? After New Year’s, usually. When I’m so sick of vacuuming pine needles.

Or when the spiders hatch. (Another story for another time. Remind me.)

5. Do you like eggnog? Especially if it has melted vanilla ice cream and ground nutmeg in it.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Probably some type of coveted designer jeans or a cd player when they first came out.

7. Hardest person to buy for? DEFINITELY my father-in-law. If he needs something, he just goes and gets it.

8. Easiest person to buy for? My kids or my mom or Andy. Andy always has this long wish list with THE most random things on it.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yep, and it’s sitting on top of the entertainment center.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Snail mail. As Jo-Lynne said, “there are some traditions that should never succumb to the conveniences of modern technology.”

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? You know, I can’t think of a darn thing. Probably some horrible sweater or itchy dress.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Little Women or the Holiday, currently. I also loved the first Home Alone when I was a kid.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? After Thanksgiving. Although if I find good deals through the year, I’m not opposed to picking things up and saving them.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I don’t kiss and tell.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? I love sugar cookies and Swedish Coffee Buns.

16. Lights on the tree? Who doesn’t put lights on their tree? We always use the tiny little white ones.

17. Favorite Christmas song? I love all the traditional carols and don’t know if I could narrow it down to just one.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? It depends on the year. Last year we stayed home but we lived 3 minutes from Andy’s parents. This year we’d go visit my folks but it’s just too expensive, so we’re staying put.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Yes, thanks to Jo-Lynne’s answer that I just copied and pasted. (The only one I didn’t know was Donner.)

20. Angel on the treetop or a star? We have a gold-rimmed star that has white lights in it. I got it at the day-after-Christmas sale when we were engaged.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Depends on what family we’re with and do you know how hotly this gets debated every year?! We usually let the kids open the gifts from the grandparents Christmas Eve and then all the stuff from mom and dad posing as Santa on Christmas morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The lines and the overabundance of cheap plastic garbage stuff.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Most of my stuff is a deep red and gold.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Round two of the Thanksgiving fare.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? What I REALLY wanted was actually for the kids, and it’s currently sitting in my living room in a box. (Thank you, grandparents!) I don’t really have anything I’m pining after, but if I had to pick something I’d probably pick a video camera (the videos I’ve posted are just from my camera and not a good quality.)

I just want to sit back and enjoy the season with my kids and make special (and fun!) memories for them.


So the comments on my last post totally made me laugh. And wonder…how many of you peeked at your Christmas gifts beforehand as a kid?

7 Things – The Husband Edition

By Moriah on November 7th, 2008

(If you’re brand new here, it will make more sense if you read this first.)

  1. Andy gets a fresh towel for every single shower. It drives me to the edge of insanity.
  2. He takes at least two showers a day. (See No. 1 above.)
  3. He’s a ‘hands-on’ type of dad. For example, he piles all three kids on top of himself and slides down the big slide at the park near our house. It’s a wild ride and the kids love it.
  4. He’s an INFP, the confidante. He’s easy to talk to and most people implicitly trust him.
  5. We tease each other relentlessly. (Could you tell?!)
  6. He leaves his dirty socks next to an empty hamper. (I’ve thought about putting them inside his pillowcase, but that might come back to bite me.)
  7. He’s pretty cute. (So I think I’ll keep him.)

Straight from the horse’s mouth

By Moriah on November 4th, 2008

Last week Missy posted her husband’s list of 7 random things about her and it was hilarious. I’ve also been tagged a few times for this meme (did it once already here) and made the mistake of mentioning to Andy that he could, potentially, write the list for me. (I can personally vouch for No. 4.)

(At least he can sing.)

No. 1: Moriah is viciously competitive. Oh yes my friends, don’t be fooled by the cool comic image she keeps up on the blog. Be it the ball field, the coliseum, or the Nertz card game arena, make no mistake it will get ugly.

No. 2: Moriah is the daughter of a retired two-star general. This random fact goes hand in hand with the preceding comment. And since I have the floor for once (and probably never again), I would like to tell a short story about a run-in I had with the general while dating the lovely Moriah.

While visiting her during Christmas break (on base), I made the mistake of coming downstairs to breakfast in what I soon found out was ‘inappropriate’ attire. I had walked into the kitchen with my pseudo early-morning smile and was about to sit on a kitchen stool when I was outflanked by a stern-faced two-star who proceeded to walk me hastily out of the kitchen.

I was then told in a blunt, matter of fact, military, fashion (and I quote) “you see this?” (while tugging on my shirt) “this is an undershirt. It goes under another shirt, now go up stairs and put a shirt on.” I know, I know. WOW!

I grew up in a family where it was common practice for the men to come to the breakfast table in a white tee-shirt. That was the way it was and for the first time, still in my formative years, my presuppositions of breakfast apparel were put into question.

I wish I could say that I took the reproof to heart and learned my lesson; but being somewhat defiant, as most son-in-laws are (at least after they are married), I do make a point to continue in the tradition of my forefathers and even, on occasion (like when Moriah’s dad is over), I simply come to breakfast with, well…no shirt at all. :)

Okay, back on task here. No. 3: Moriah is an excellent still-life sketcher. She is very good at art as long as it is not abstract. A born realist, I would say.

No. 4: Moriah is married to one of the oddest birds that ever walked the planet. Though quite handsome–if I do say so myself–don’t be fooled, this guy can at times put the ‘s’ in strange if you know what I mean. (Thankfully I do have veto power on the blog when it comes to attention directed at me. I usually try to oblige.)

No. 5: Moriah is a very rational woman. Unlike me, who, if compared to an amusement park ride, would be about as steady as the Batman Forever rollercoaster at Six Flags. If someone is crying, nine times out of ten it is me. If someone is freaking out, nine times out of ten it is me. If some one needs directions, I can assure you it will be me. I’m not complaining–being opposites has been a huge blessing. (At least for me and the kids; poor Moriah.)

No. 6: Moriah can and will transform herself from a beautiful fashion queen to a household Rosy the Riveter repair-type in the blink of an eye. Oh yes my friends, I have left the house for work with no signs of change, and come home to a totally renovated room. She even has in her possession a female’s guide to household repairs.

No. 7: Moriah does not, nay, will not try new foods that she is skeptical of in any way. She is a woman who knows what she likes and I’m afraid that is the end of it.

Thanks for reading, as I am sure you will never hear from me again.



"Labor" Day

By Moriah on September 1st, 2008

Because I can’t sleep.

This is the Labor Day meme over at Rocks in my Dryer today:

How long were your labors?

Kid #1: 6 hours.
Kid #2: 1.5 hours? I dunno, it was fast.
Kid #3: also under 2 hours.

How did you know you were in labor?

Kid #1: I knew I had to get to the hospital because I “couldn’t do it any longer.”
Kid #2: midwife broke my water.
Kid #3: midwife broke my water.

Where did you deliver?

All at the same WONDERFUL women’s hospital in town. It’s sort of like going to a spa and returning home with a baby. (Although, unfortunately, no pedicures in sight.)


Yes, please. Actually, with Madeline I was almost fully dilated before the anesthesiologist got to my room (see? fast) and I was almost denied my rightful epidural. Not a bright and shining moment for either me or my midwife. But we survived.


No, thank heavens.

Who delivered?

With Drew, my regular midwife was on Christmas vacation, so he was delivered by another midwife in the practice, who I liked just as much. My regular midwife delivered both of the girls and I heart her.

Because my brain is mush

By Moriah on August 29th, 2008

(I totally copied this from Boomama’s, posted several weeks ago.)

What were you doing 10 years ago? I was settling into my new digs as a freshman in college. Let the party begin.

(No, I didn’t really party.)

(Like, ever.)

Favorite Snacks: chips n’ salsa or guacamole, those junky frosted sugar cookies from the bakery that really taste like cake, kettle peanuts, pink starbursts

To Do List: Yes, please, I love lists.

Yesterday my list consisted of the following:

1) Take Drew to preschool (actually Andy took him)
2) Play over at Nicky’s
3) Lunch
4) Naps
5) Sit on the couch and pretend I’ve nothing to do
6) That’s as far as I got

Today my list so far is:

1) Have Andy roll the trash bin down to the street
2) Sit on my bum and drink coffee
3) Feed Adelaide her oatmeal
4) Go to Sarah’s for a swim and picnic lunch

Jobs I Have Had: babysitting, salesgirl at the Limited Express during the Christmas rush and then ended up staying on, Frame stylist at LensCrafters, server at Chili’s, legal assistant at a lawfirm downtown (my “real” job), mama (my other “real” job), making retainers for Ethan (bah ha!)

Places I Have Lived: Born in Madrid, Spain; moved to D.C. when I was three months old; three years in Utah with a three-month stint in Vegas in the middle; Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; Osan, Korea; Alamogordo, New Mexico; Alexandria, Virginia; Hampton Roads, VA; Las Vegas (three years of junior high); Layton, UT (high school); and then Lookout Mtn, GA for college. Also, a semester in the South of France my junior year. (When life was rough.) Since marriage, spent one year in the Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia. And now we’re back down South. Thankyouverymuch.

Bad Habits: Interrupting people (sometimes I don’t catch myself until it’s too late. I’m a work in progress, what can I say?), picking at things, procrastinating, worrying (I come by it honestly, right mom?)

5 Random Things People May Not Know: I competed in gymnastics when I was little, I love a good practical joke, I had a French minor in college that I never finished and no I don’t speak French, my mom made me take piano lessons and no I don’t play the piano, and I’m the only blue-eyed person in my little family (thank you dominant Andy genes)

CDs I would want if stranded on an island: I’m very insecure about telling the interpeeps my music selections because I’m married to a music snob and have deep music issues. So don’t judge (and no, this won’t be spiritual). S’Il Suffisait d’Aimer (A French Celine Dion CD my cousin Vangie gave me in college), SheDaisy, the Finding Neverland soundtrack because I heart it, and maybe something spiritual after all – a hymn cd like Fernando Ortega’s?

What I’d Do if I Were a Billionaire:

1) Wow that’s a huge tithe check, that’d be fun
2) Hire a maid
3) Pay off the house and other random debts
4) Actually I’d sell the house and get one with a craft-y room (with a strong lock) and more than one bathroom. And an actual playroom would be nice (instead of our living room. Ahem.)
5) Spread the love
6) Maybe do something splurgy like a family cruise? Okay, friends can come, too.
7) Renew my pass to the children’s museum and not wait ’till Christmas
8) Go see friends and family in far-off places. (Make sure I’m not flying alone with my three kids. Or if I am, I’m well-stocked in Benadryl. Just kidding. Sort of.)

You’re So Vain…You Probably Think This Blog is About You…

By Moriah on July 17th, 2008

(I swiped this from Jo-Lynne.)

Here are the rules for this meme:

  1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn’t matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!
  2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you.

I can’t wait to see your responses. Come on, be a sport and play along!

Andy, My Love

By Moriah on May 19th, 2008

I got tagged for this (the month for memes, apparently) and thought it had some humor potential…

1. Who is your man? Andrew (Andy, Honey, Andramus)
2. How long have you been together? Married – 6 years
3. How long dated? Two and a half years?
4. How old is your man? 27 (yes, I’m a year older)
5. Who eats more? ha; no comment.
6. Who said “I love you” first? You know, I really can’t remember. Most likely him.
7. Who is taller? He is. But I can come close with heels.
8. Who sings better? HA HA HA He was a voice major; definitely him.
9. Who is smarter? ME, DUH! No, I think we’re each smarter in different ways.
10. Whose temper is worse? No comment.
11. Who does the laundry? Me. Me. Me.
12. Who takes out the garbage? We both do. He usually runs it over to the dumpster, though. That’s what men are for, right?
13. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? He does – it’s closer to the wall and I get ultra claustrophobic by the wall.
14. Who pays the bills? ME! We’ve tried him doing it and, well, that didn’t work so well. People like to be paid on time. Who knew?
15. Who is better with the computer? I used to have a monopoly on all things computer but now with his job he uses it more. So now we’re probably tied.
16. Who mows the lawn? Nobody; the school does all that. But at our Ch@ttanooga house Andy did. He’d make me lather him up with tanning oil first but he’d probably shoot me for telling you that.
17. Who cooks dinner? Me. He can cook though, too. He has restaurant experience. And if he cooked every night we’d be poor from the grocery bill alone.
18. Who drives when you are together? Him.
19. Who pays when you go out? What kind of question is that?
20. Who is most stubborn? Me.
21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? We’ve both gotten pretty good at that but if you asked him, he’d probably say that he is.
22. Whose parents do you see the most? Lately his, because they live 5 minutes from us. But before this year, my parents definitely.
23. Who kissed who first? I think it was mutual.
24. Who asked who out? I think he first asked me to a Choral Arts concert that he was singing in.
25. Who proposed? Andy, on the beach. It was deserted and windy and dark.
26. Who is more sensitive? Him.
27. Who has more friends? Me?
28. Who has more siblings? Me.
29. Who wears the pants in the family? My Big Fat Greek Wedding – The neck turns the head, remember? Er, I mean him.
30. How did you meet? My dearest college friend sort of wrangled up an introduction in the Great Hall of Covenant College. Over a cafeteria lunch. Romance, indeed.

Hey, feel free to play along and lemme know if you do.

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