Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Let's start with the baby question, shall we?

Part I of the Answers. Comments are still open right now for more questions.

So, let's start with that burning question....asked by quite a few

When are you going to have another baby?

Not any time soon. Andrew and I are both clear on this. We will not consider another pregnancy until at least next summer. We have our tenth anniversary trip next summer. Alaskan cruise baby! I don't want to be pregnant or have a newborn before that trip. Not totally sure that we will have another. We talk about it, but we just aren't sure.

From the Nanny...

How did you pick Allie and Maggie's names?

I love formal, traditional names. I wanted names that could be found on a cute license plate or cup. One that wasn't too funky. I love being both Jennifer and Jenny, and liked the idea of a longer name with a cute shorter version for my children.

For Allie--Andrew was the difficult one with picking out her name! He didn't like any names. We had agreed on a middle name to be Leigh, in memory of my father, Jerry Lee, but we couldn't agree on a first name. We were traveling in France with students while I was pregnant. One night at dinner, the moms on the trip were throwing out name after name. He didn't like this one. He didn't like that one. Then, our tour guide said that her niece was Allison and they called her Allie. He lit up. We knew instantly. That was her name.

Maggie's name was my choice. She is named after two special little girls in our life (who are now both teenagers!!). Her name is a combination of Margaret Lillian and Abigail Elizabeth--hence you get Margaret Elizabeth. Even before I got pregnat with her, I knew this would be the name of my next daughter.

From More than a Minivan Mom...

Where do you see your life in 10 years?

If there is one thing I've learned in my life, it's that I just can't predict this type of answer. The best I can hope is that I will be happy. I hope that I will be healthy and happy with my family. Endless possibilities, right?

From Beth....

If you were unable to work with HFC or be a teacher...what would you choose for a profession?

I really had to think about this one. I wanted to be a teacher from as long as I can remember. But, something I would love the chance to do (even if just as a hobby) is be a storyteller. I love to tell stories to groups. I especially love to read children's books. I get so into the characters and doing voices for each. I get pretty animated and I love doing it. I would love to sit with a roomful of children and read stories, voices and all.

Capris or shorts?

As one who continuously has weight to lose, I will always answer CAPRIS.

What are your five favorite blogs?

Best blog I read--More Than a Minivan Mom

Wittiest writer--Franklin Five

When I want to know what's going on in Dallas--Park Cities People

A great Sunday read--Post Secret

Newest blog enjoyment--I Should Be Folding Laundry

What's your favorite song?

Crush, Dave Matthews Band

From The Thrifty Toddler and several others asking the same....

Maybe this isn't the right place for it but since you're asking...I'd love to hear how cousin Izzy and family are doing (I remember reading about them when Allie was sick). I'd also love an update on Sam and they other sweet boy who was in the hospital with Allie. I forgot his name (it's on the tip of my tongue!! E maybe?) but it was kind of unusual and he used to have a website too. :)

OK, so who to start with? Let's go with the family first. Amie, Micheal, Izzy, and Max are doing great! Isabella, Amie, and Frances are actually on vacation right. Maggie loves her cousins and just loves every second to be around them. Amie is expecting baby number three in the fall! We couldn't be more excited for them. Maggie and I are planning another trip to to Norman to be with them when Micheal is out of town. We'll have a great time! Maggie and Max are only two months apart and they play so well. And with older cousin Izzy to set the example, she's in play Heaven! She just giggles and giggles whenever they are around.

Mr. Sam Eisenberg--Sam, Ethan, Dana, and Dennis are going GREAT!! The boys are finishing first grade. They are thriving and doing fantastic. Dana and I get together at least once a month or so for lunch. She is doing really well. She is starting on new adventures in her life and finding tremendous happiness in her family. I haven't actually seen the boys in months. That's really because Dana and I typically get together for lunch or for Heroes for Children activities. But, trust me--the whole crazy Eisenberg bunch is fantastic!

Fieldon! His name is Fieldon, sister is Emmaday. I'm sad to tell you that I don't know how they are doing. Annie and I have havent spoken in quite some time. I can't give you a specific reason. We never had a disagreement. It was really just distance, life, and difference of personalities I guess. I still adore that family and we correspond at the holidays. I think it has been over a year since I've seen them. Fieldon is four now, meaning Emmaday is six, I think? The picture I got of them at Christmas blew me away. He is such a little man!

From Emily...

If you could only hear one song again for the rest of your life,(as many times as you want) which song would you choose?

Anything by Dave Matthews!

From Skinny Again...

Favorite TV show? Greys?

Love Greys, I do, but not my favorite. My all time favorite is The Sopranos. Still miss it. Still enjoy watching it on DVD (as we have all the seasons).

How do you motivate yourself to do something you really don't want to do?

I can't profess that I do this well. However, I do think it is about a little self talking. I might have to talk myself into whatever it is I need to do. And if that doesn't work? I suck it up, do whatever it is, a whine just a little (if Andrew is reading this he is shaking his head and saying that I whine more than "just a little")

Where did you meet your husband?

I honestly can't remember which came first. I can think of two first times we met. One was at my high school play in September 1995. We had a mutual friend that went to my high school (we went to rival schools in Plano) and dated Andrew's best friend John in our junior year. She and I were in a play together for our theatre class, Theatre Major Studies. Andrew came backstage after the play to talk to our mutual friend and we all stood in a group and talked. The other time was about a week before or a week later (I honestly can't remember) when I went with that friend to a coffee shop to hear a boy I was infatuated with sing at the coffee shop. Turned out I was one of four or five girls he was dating, so that obviously didn't last. Andrew and his friends were there too.

We went on our first date the first week of October 1995. We've never broken up. We've been together ever since.

What is your favorite thing to do on a lazy weekend day?

I love lazy Sundays! One of us will sleep in and then we hang on the couch and do nothing. It's really nice when Munchie is at my mom's! If I have the chance, I will always opt for a nap! But only if I can get a minimum of two months worth of solid quality napping. Otherwise, just not worth it to me.

Favorite Texas vacation spot?

Lake LBJ outside of Austin.

Chore you despise doing?

Vaccuuming. Good thing we have almost all wood floors now.

Chore you don't mind at all? Is there one?

Domestic I am not. Hmm....paying the housekeeper?

No, really, I think I would say cleaning the kitchen sink. Weird, huh?

Wow! That was a lot of questions! I think I am barely into them too. More to come tomorrow.


Adrianne said...

Wow Jenny! You did great answering those questions! I wish I had a great question to ask... But I had fun reading everyone elses questions and your answers, can't wait to read more!!

Michelle ~ Springfield, IL said...

Hello Jenny!

I check your blog every day. You actually inspired me to start my own blog. However I am not as good at posting as often as you do.

My question to you is... What or who inspires you the most and why?

Dawn said...

I just wanted to mention that the Bone Marrow Registry is doing free registration kits for those who register before May 19th! WWW.

I registered today, in part because of Allie and your family. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, wow, Fieldon and Emmaday! The Eisenbergs! It's like an update from a long time ago. I check in with you here, used to check in with the Eisenbergs but then Dana stopped posting, and I've always wondered how everyone was doing. Your blog about Allie was really my first experience with blogs. It suddenly seems like a long time ago. My Sophie is about six months older than Allie, and she's starting kindergarten in the fall. A lot of time has passed.

I'm going to ask a strange question in response to all your thoughtful answers, and you can tell me to bug off if you like (and since I get about five seconds of blog reading time, it will be a month before I find it again, I'm afraid...) what is your current relationship with Light the Night? It was so much the focus of fundraising after Allie died, and then Friends of Allie, then Friends of Heroes. I'm just curious. I have had to back away from Friends of Heroes for various reasons, mostly to do with my own mental health. From this blog, I would assume you've just devoted yourself 100% to HFC, and that is your outlet, front and center. Are you and Andrew still doing the LTN walks? Are you happy with LLS as a charity?

I'm not sure I can do it again this year. I've had a Light the Night/Friends of Allie/Friends of Heroes team, but last year I couldn't get much help or participation. I'm mulling it over.

See, you post stuff, and then people ask you more stuff, it never ends. We're just nosy Nellies out here in blogland...