Monday’s Maven

October 26th, 2009 in Monday's Maven

Monday’s Maven


Full Name: Michelle


Kids: I have one little guy who is 22 months old. I had no idea what I would do with a boy. I had 4 sisters and one brother who was 7 years older than me.

Location: Salt Lake City, UT Famous for their Mormons 😉

One Word that Describes You:

I asked my husband, he said “Michelle” Wow, thanks honey.

creativish (you didn’t say it had to be a real word)

What makes you smile? When my little guy says “wuv voo (aka love you) Mommy.” He just started saying it a couple of weeks ago. Is there anything sweeter than hearing that from your little one for the first time? Or any time for that matter. Sunsets, ice cream, chick flicks. The “All the single ladies” scene from Glee.

What is one of your dreams you hope to accomplish soon? Taking my husband to Hawaii. I went twice when I was a flight attendant and it was AMAZING. Truly like the paradise in your dreams. It is something I really want to share with him. We were supposed to go for our five year anniversary this year, but with the recession we were not able to. Recently, I was online and saw that they had drastically dropped the mileage required to use frequent flier miles so we may get to go sometime soon after all!

One of Your favorite motherhood moments?

Most of them. Seriously, there are so many moments every day that make me melt. A month or two ago our son learned to crawl out of his crib and a couple of weeks after that he learned to open the door. One morning my husband had to leave especially early and I was still in bed. I heard a knock on my door, followed by “Mommy?” I love the simple moments like that. I love every time he laughs that deep belly laugh, it is just pure joy.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Hmmm, either sweets or TiVo. Brownie Sundaes, Cinnamon Bears, Homemade Oreos…you name it, I crave it. As for TiVo, all those smutty shows that you are embarrassed are recorded when the babysitter comes over: America’s Next Top Model, Grey’s Anatomy, Glee. Thank goodness I can fast forward the commercials so my season passes don’t take over my life.

What do you love most about you? I love that I have blue eyes and freckles. Forever, I hated my freckles, but now I finally realize that they are cool. They set me apart from the crowd. I also love that I can be a kid. I love to color and take my son to the bounce house place and act like I’m not an adult. You don’t have to be serious all the time!

Favorite Holiday? My favorite season is fall, but my favorite holiday is Christmas!! I look forward to it all year. We have so many awesome Christmas traditions. We start off Christmas Eve with fondue and then caroling dressed as shepherds. All 21 of us fully dressed from head to toe, we get some funny looks as we walk from house to house. Then, we reenact the the nativity story again fully costumed and open our Christmas pajamas. We all head to bed and then in the wee early morning hours all the adults awakened from their slumber by the excitement of Santa sit in the family room and wait for the kids to wake up so we can go check out the loot. Once we can wrench grandma out of bed we enjoy a delicious breakfast of “Pierre Armons” a crepe recipe passed on to my ancestor during the war by a Chef who was not going to make it. After breakfast it is down by the fire to open presents. We all sit in a circle and go from youngest to oldest opening presents one at a time. My siblings and I draw names so we all want to see the reaction of the person we gave to. And that about sums it up, the 24 hours that I look forward to for 364 days!!

Who is your hero? My parents. I guess that is heroes, but sometime you just can’t live by the rules. 😉 They are amazing examples. They supported us on a seminary teacher’s salary and taught us so many invaluable lessons about faith, love, work and so much more. They are rocks in their faith and also have a fun side where they will play a joke or make an understated comment that makes the whole room bust out laughing. They raised all their children to be respectable hard working adults and are now retired and travel the world. What more could I ask for in a hero? They are strong, seem to be able to see in to the future and can fly (with all those frequent flier miles they have racked up).

Your advice to other moms: Live in the moment. If all your day is filled with is spaghetti O’s, building blocks and Elmo, relish it. You will miss it later.


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