I am beyond excited for today’s Your Lines, because they are with my favorite blog stalkee, Britt of The Story of Our Rookie Years. I am totally honest (and slightly embarrassed) when I say that Britt’s blog is really and truly the only blog that I actually follow. Follow as in, a few days pass without me reading it and I panic and rush to the computer to catch up on all the posts I’ve missed. Pathetic, maybe. True, absolutely.
Tell us about your experience seeing your own two lines.
My husband and I planned to wait at least 2-3 years before trying for a baby after we were married. Nine months after we said ‘I do,’ I bought a pregnancy test at the Dollar Tree because I had a weird feeling that I was pregnant. I took the test in the bathroom at work and saw those two lines. I thought I was seeing things. I then proceeded to go back to the Dollar Tree and buy 3 more tests. That’s a total of six pink lines. I called my husband and told him. He thought I was joking. When we got home, I took two more tests to prove it to him. Six pregnancy tests later, we were pretty sure we were having a baby! We were over the moon and scared to death.
You’re a young mom—have you experienced any stereotyping or stigmas as a young mom?
I have felt the typical ‘young mom’ stereotype to some degree. I laugh now, because in reality, it just means that I get to enjoy being a mom even longer! And maybe I’ll still be young, cool, and hip when my kids are in high school. Or maybe not…..
I love the “This Old House” vibe of your blog—how did you end up in your grandparents’ house?
When my husband and I were engaged, we were looking for a place to live. We were fresh out of college and looking to live as ‘frugally’ as possible. We had an old house on my family’s land that once belonged to my great-grandparents. My family told us we could live in it if we wanted. Parts of the house were nearly 100 years old. It was less than 1000 square feet. Termites had eaten the majority of the wood in the house. It needed an enormous amount of work. Most people said it wasn’t worth it, but it was FREE. So with the help of a single handyman and my family, we gutted the house and rebuilt it from the inside out, using as much second hand materials and supplies as we could. A month after our wedding we moved in. It is so sweet for me to know that we are living our ‘newlywed’ years in the same house my great-grandparents lived their entire lives together.
The picture of you in the boots is ridiculously adorable—what’s the story behind that?
Ha! I’m actually about 5 weeks pregnant in that picture, too! I never had bridals made for my wedding, so several months after my wedding, I decided to have some made. My friend (and fabulous photographer) and I loaded up and went to the creek behind my house. I LOVE to fish. It’s one of my favorite hobbies. So for my ‘shoe’ picture, I put on my fishing boots 🙂
You’re crafty in a way I will never be. Love that! What’s your favorite craft project to date?
I’m totally not crafty! I would rather think of myself as ‘thrifty’. My favorite ‘thrifty’ craft project to date was transforming my old green armoire from my teenage years complete with flowers and swirly designs to a white, boyish armoire for my son’s nursery. I saved myself about $200-300 by doing it. Cha-ching!
What’s a typical day in your life look like?
A typical day in my life sees me getting up at the crack of dawn and kissing my boys as I fly out the door to go to work full-time. I’m home in the evenings to pick up my little man and play like crazy, throw some dinner together and eat with my husband, and do whatever chores need to be done. Lately, its been bottle-feeding a baby calf and canning garden veggies! Playing with my little man and hanging with my husband is my top priority in the evenings, though!
You’re a full-time working mom and a student. How do you do it all?
Once upon a time when I was pregnant, I decided it would be a good idea to go back to school full-time while working full-time, and then have a baby! Needless to say, the last year has been pretty busy. I have often questioned my sanity. At times its been a little stressful, but at the end of the day, I make a point to check my priorities. Faith and family first. I can always squeak by in school 😉
How’d the garden turn out this year??
The garden turned out wonderful for two rookies! We learned alot about what to do (and not to do) for our garden next year. I’ve frozen some corn and squash and just canned some salsa to enjoy year round.