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Here's how it works...

 

I'll post a message with the spotlight person's name as the post title (not the thread title... we'll keep all spotlights in one thread to keep things simpler).  I'll post a series of questions in the message for that person to answer.  Anyone can jump in and ask additional questions, comment on answers, etc.  The idea is to get to know each other even better than we already do and have a little fun.  If there is a question you'd rather not answer, just skip it or offer different information.

 

I'll keep the thread moving to the next person every couple of days, so subscribe to the thread to stay updated.

 

Here is the core of our group... I'll start with people on this list.  If you're not on this list and would like to be included, just post!

 


 

October

xTTCChloeorConner- Nicole: 10/31 baby boy Conner Dean, 8lbs2oz. 20'' long. 6:14pm

 

Early November

xSeraf- Sara: 11/1, baby boy Shay born in the car, 8lb14oz

xMal85- Mallory: 11/2, baby girl Greta

xSoCaliMommy- Kami: 11/4 baby boy Harlan Drake,  6:48pm at 10lbs even 21 1/2"

xAutumnshades- Sonja: 11/7, baby boy Elijah Matthias, 6:25am, 6 lbs 10 oz, 20 inches long

xMrsKatie- Katie: 11/10, baby girl Catherine Anne was born at 1:21pm.  7lbs 10oz and 21 inches long. 

 

Mid November

Jill the Pill- Jill: 11/11, baby girl Audrey Catharine 6lbs 5oz 19 inches long

xTalkToMeNow- Amanda: 11/12, baby boy Jasper Conley, 12:42 pm,  8 lbs 11 oz.

Paigekitten- Katie: 11/12, baby girl Eowyn Jane, 6:09 pm, 8 lbs 3.9 oz, 21 inches

KayPea- Kirsten: 11/13, baby boy Oren Edward Adams, 5:45pm, 9lbs 11oz, 21 in long, 15in head!

xBecky Wheeler- Becky: 11/19, baby boy Levi Jaxon, 10:50am, UC

xjhsmama11-Amber: 11/19, baby boy Jack Henry

 

Late November

xdashley111- Ash:  11/24, baby girl Bettie Grey, 7:03pm, 7lbs15oz, 21"

xbirdhappy85- Joanie:  11/24, baby girl Sora Nina, 3:39pm, 7lb 6oz, 19-1/2 in long

xZippyGirl- Anthia:  11/24, baby boy Bode McGuire born at 6:14 a.m.

jbk21- J: 11/24, baby boy Dylan Timothy born in the caul

xglassesgirlnj - Kathy: 11/28, baby girl Annamaria Sigyn Estelle, 7lbs even, 19.75 in, 8:09pm

xKaliShanti- Kali: 11/29, baby boy Enoch Noble Grandison , 8 lbs 7 oz. 21.25 in, 11:45pm

 

December

xabraisme- Abra: 12/1, baby girl Coralie Katherine, 8lbs1oz, 19.75", 2pm

xJaimee: 12/3, baby boy Avery River, 6lbs14oz, 21", 4:21pm


Edited by Jaimee - 5/13/13 at 7:15am
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Abra

 

 

1.  Where did you grow up?

2.  What is your favorite place you've lived and why?

3.  What is your education in (degrees, certifications, skill training, etc.)?

4.  What is the last job you held prior to becoming a mother?

5.  If you work now, what do you do specifically?  If you stay at home, what are a few things you do every week with the kids and around the house?

6.  Do you consider yourself religious, spiritual, philosophical, etc.?  If so, how would you describe your beliefs and/or traditions?

7.  List two things you know a lot about:

8.  List three things you love to do:

9.  Do you currently adhere to a special kind of diet?  If so, what and why?

10.  What is your favorite form of exercise?

11.  If you could change anything about your current life, what would it be?

12.  Name one goal for this summer:

13.  If you could magically have all the training and skills necessary for a different profession, what would you want to do & why?

14.  Name one thing on your bucket list:

15.  Do you have a random talent?  Explain:

16.  Describe two family traditions you practice (these could be daily, weekly, monthly, or annually):

17.  What color makes you feel good and why?

18.  Assign 2 adjectives (positive or negative!) to each of your children, your partner, and the 2 most common adjectives you hear about yourself from others:

19.  Name a book, movie, song, or other piece of art that really speaks to you and tell us why:

20.  Describe the meal/recipe that you eat most frequently and why you eat it so frequently:

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I like those questions! thumb.gif

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Thanks!  They took me all afternoon.  Sheepish.gif

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Oh yes, very good questions!  Interesting!!!
 

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Yay, I get to go first!  :)

 

1.  Where did you grow up?

Hmm, well, we actually moved A LOT growing up.  I've lived in something like 32 different places at this point.  I have lived mostly in Eastern Oregon, Portland, Southern California, Maine and Alaska.  I spent the most time in Eastern Oregon growing up, as my dad still lives in the same place.

 

2.  What is your favorite place you've lived and why?

Portland, OR is by far my favorite place.  I love the variety of geography, the progressive culture and people and all the local activities that were close at hand.

 

3.  What is your education in (degrees, certifications, skill training, etc.)?

I have an AA degree in business from a community college that I finished when I was 20.  I've never used it and probably would have to start over again if I ever went back to college.  I had plans on going to school to become a Naturopath, but then I got pregnant with Cyan and decided that was more important.

 

4.  What is the last job you held prior to becoming a mother?

I worked at Radioshack for several years before I had Cyan.  Since then I have not had a conventional job.  Although for several years before I got married I did manage to support myself from home by selling things on Ebay and being a nanny a few days a week.

 

5.  If you work now, what do you do specifically?  If you stay at home, what are a few things you do every week with the kids and around the house?

I stay at home.  Right now, our lives are so flighty that it's hard to have a routine.  I try to involve my kids in food preparation and Cyan has many chores that he helps with.  A lot of my time is spent in the kitchen preparing all of our food from scratch.   When we had the puppies he was very involved with that and took care of a lot of the daily maintenance.  

 

6.  Do you consider yourself religious, spiritual, philosophical, etc.?  If so, how would you describe your beliefs and/or traditions?

I would consider myself agnostic.  I believe that meditation and positive energy will only help increase the positive aspects of life.

 

7.  List two things you know a lot about:

Nutrition and natural birth.

 

8.  List three things you love to do:

Garden, travel, learn about nutrition and health.

 

9.  Do you currently adhere to a special kind of diet?  If so, what and why?

Yes, the GAPS diet.  We started the diet to help heal and cure my husband of IBS and Bipolar.  I also have some minor health issues that I think can be addressed through a better diet.  

 

10.  What is your favorite form of exercise?

I'd say either walking outside or an elliptical machine if inside.

 

11.  If you could change anything about your current life, what would it be?

We would have our FOREVER home and start building some stability and schedule.

 

12.  Name one goal for this summer:

Earn and save as much money as possible.

 

13.  If you could magically have all the training and skills necessary for a different profession, what would you want to do & why?

I would be a midwife.  I've always be fascinated with birth and helping women birth naturally.

 

14.  Name one thing on your bucket list:

Move to South America!

 

15.  Do you have a random talent?  Explain:

I'm pretty sure that I do have a random talent, but recalling what that talent is is not my talent...

 

16.  Describe two family traditions you practice (these could be daily, weekly, monthly, or annually):

On Christmas morning we put lottery tickets in our stockings.  When we are with my IL's, after they say a prayer at dinner, everyone holds hands and loudly says, "HAPPY FAMILY!"

 

17.  What color makes you feel good and why?

I tend to be drawn to reds and browns..  I'm not sure why?

 

18.  Assign 2 adjectives (positive or negative!) to each of your children, your partner, and the 2 most common adjectives you hear about yourself from others:

George: Thoughful, Anxious

Cyan: Linear, Outgoing

Olivine: Smart, Serious

Coralie: Comedian, Snuggler

Me: Sarcastic, Even-keeled

 

19.  Name a book, movie, song, or other piece of art that really speaks to you and tell us why:

The Clan of the Cave Bear book series is one of my all time favorites.  I love it because the writer does such a great job at researching and recreating a very believable story about what life was like 1,000's of years ago.  I've always secretly wanted to live in a tribe and be away from all this modern stuff.

 

20.  Describe the meal/recipe that you eat most frequently and why you eat it so frequently:

Chicken soup.  We eat this a lot because broth is very important on the GAPS diet and chicken bones are the easiest to come by.  Also, it's simple to make a huge pot of soup and eat it for a couple of days.  It's one of the ways that I cut down on making everything from scratch at every meal.  My soups are always a little bit different though, as I tend to use whatever random things I have in my fridge.

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Posting to get updates. smile.gif I'll read and post tomorrow morning. Goodnight. smile.gif
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Posting to get updates. smile.gif I'll read and post tomorrow morning. Goodnight. smile.gif

Me too.

 

Great questions, Jaimee!

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Thanks for responding so quickly Abra!  I feel like I  know you even better now!  I felt the same way you did about The Clan of the Cave Bear series.  It became painfully repetitive at times, but I was definitely transported to a place where I almost wanted to learn how to hunt and process food animals.  I definitely wish I had that kind of plant knowledge and it reinforced my desires to have a village to live and work with.  Sigh...

 

Reds and browns... earth, soil, life blood?

 

If South America doesn't pan out for a while will you stay in Wisconsin or would you consider going back to Portland?

 

Would you consider midwife training?  My sister is an ND and a CPM... waaaay more steady and good money catching babies than in naturopathy work.

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How long do you think you guys will travel before you look for a forever home to settle into?
Do you home school? If you do, will you continue to once you're settled?
Do you want anymore kids?
How long have you been breeding dogs? Where are the mom/dad?
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Originally Posted by Jaimee View Post
 

If South America doesn't pan out for a while will you stay in Wisconsin or would you consider going back to Portland?

 

Would you consider midwife training?  My sister is an ND and a CPM... waaaay more steady and good money catching babies than in naturopathy work.

 

Yes, Abra, do tell! winky.gif You really should consider urban homesteading by us... I'm down. For realz.

 

AND, I have already signed up to be your first client if you ever do the doula/midwife thing. Just waiting for you to get credentialed before we start making more babies over here. ROTFLMAO.gif J/k J/k.... Bet you didn't know you already have a waiting list out there, eh?

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Jaimee those are awesome questions! 

 

Abra, has living life as a traveler made you realize anything about yourself or your family?  How has it changed your parenting?

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If South America doesn't pan out for a while will you stay in Wisconsin or would you consider going back to Portland?

It's likely that we'll move back to TN.  The cost of living is low there, we have good family support and you can pretty much grow food year round.  Even though we love Oregon, the cost of living is way too high there for the lifestyle that we want.  

 

How long do you think you guys will travel before you look for a forever home to settle into?

We actually think that we've changed our minds about going to WI.  It's now seeming like we are going to go to California and stay with my mom for a while.  My mom also wants to move to South America with us and is MUCH more supportive of our lifestyle over all.  She's very into diet stuff and is highly motivated to move out of the country.  We can also live with her for free and there is more opportunity for me to earn extra money this year before we go.  Right now we are staying in NE until April 17th, then we are going to WI for a week to attend my BIL's (this stupid wedding has been screwing up our plans for nearly a year!), then we are going to head to California for the summer.  The weather where my mom lives absolutely sucks in the summer, but we really want to stay put until we decide where we are going to buy property and settle down.  Our timeline now is to move in January of next year.


Do you home school? If you do, will you continue to once you're settled?

Yes, we homeschool.  We actually started homeschooling before all the traveling, so it was a pretty easy transition.  It's quite likely that we'll continue homeschooling, but who knows for sure?  It will depend which country we move to and how rural we are I suppose.  


Do you want anymore kids?

I go back and forth about this all the time.  This year I do NOT want any more kids.  However, after we get settled somewhere and things are more stable.. Maybe..  My DH did not go get a vas this year, so it seems that he's open to more as well.  ;)


How long have you been breeding dogs?

We have had 2 litters of puppies now, so we've been breeding for about a year.  We plan on having 1 more litter before we move and then we'll have our dog spayed.

 

Where are the mom/dad?

My mom lives in Blythe, CA with her boyfriend.  My dad lives in Enterprise, OR with my step mom.  My parents have been divorced since I was 4.

 

 

Abra, has living life as a traveler made you realize anything about yourself or your family?  How has it changed your parenting?

I realized that myself, as well as most people I think, like stability and routine.  I'm finding it hard to get into any routine with schooling and activities while we travel.  I'm ready to pick a place and stay put!

 

Joanie,  Unfortunately it looks like we won't be hanging out in WI this summer.  My IL's (while kind people) aren't very supportive of our ideas and my MIL seemed a little overwhelmed by the thought of us staying at her vacation house for the summer.  We really need to have my husband adopt Cyan and make it legal before we move to another country and it looks like we have to be in one location for 9 straight months for that to happen.  Also, we want to breed Phoebe again this fall and we can't do that in WI.  The weather is absolutely awful in Cali in the summer (think 110 degrees), but we decided that it really helps align us with our goals better to be in Cali.  

 

 

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I meant mom and dad dogs. wink1.gif I see you have the female... Do you just find a stud?
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This is such an interesting tread to follow! I agree Abra, although moving can be an adventure I too crave stability, routine and putting down roots. Where in South America were you thinking of settling?
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Ha ha, oops, I didn't read the question very well! The mom is our family pet and we use a stud service.

We are thinking Uruguay, but my dh is going to scout Ecuador and Uruguay in June and make a better decision from there.
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Abra, is there a story behind your kids' names?  Where in Maine did you live, and what did you think of it?

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Abra, is there a story behind your kids' names?  Where in Maine did you live, and what did you think of it?

 

I picked Cyan's name off of a baby name website because I liked it.  Then we decided to stick with a color theme after that.  Thus we have Olivine because it's a green mineral and Coralie for the Coral part.  

 

I lived in Portland and Limington Maine.  My family still has a lake cabin in Limington that we visit pretty much every summer.  My maternal grandparents also live in Maine.

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I loved reading all about you, Abra! I find you fascinating. flowersforyou.gif

 

What in your pre-mom or early mom life lead you to going the natural route?

 

How did you and George meet?

 

What is your favorite food (and it doesn't have to be GAPS legal!! Haha)?

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Im with you guys!  This is the first Ive ever participated in the spotlight threads amd its enjoyable- I love the different questions.

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