Raised in Hawaii and California. Spent 6 years 8 months in the US Air Force as a Korean Linguist. Met my husband, who was in the US Army, while we were both studying Korean. Got married. Bought a house. Had a kid. Graduated with a B.A. in Accounting from George Mason University. Worked for KPMG accounting firm. Had a miscarriage. Quit my job and became a stay-at-home-mom. Moved from the DC metro area to California. Had baby #2, #3 and #4. Living happily ever after.
Why I Blog:
To preserve our family history; to motivate myself to do better; to get some perspective. I believe most everything with motherhood can be turned into a positive experience. I just have to figure out how to look at it the right way.
I Heart Running
Although I ran cross country and track during my freshman and sophomore years of high school, I was never very good. I don’t think I ever finished a cross country race without stopping to walk. And I only ran the 800 meter for track because I couldn’t run fast or far. But at least I made the 2 laps without walking, haha. I didn’t love running.
When I was in the Air Force I volunteered as a PT (physical training) leader… for the airmen that couldn’t hang with the large formation runs, of course! Yup. I was in charge of remedial PT so I could stay in remedial PT forever. I still didn’t love running.
After having four kids, the last three being within 3 years 2 months of each other, my body felt trashed. When I played with my kids on the floor, I felt like an old lady heaving my body into an upright position. I wasn’t overweight, but I was weak. And I didn’t like that feeling at all.
In April 2013 I started the Couch to 5k program. My best friend joined me a few weeks later and we’re still running. With the help of my bff’s husband, who unlike me was motivated enough in high school to earn a running scholarship to collage, I discovered the joy of running. As corny as it sounds, it’s true. I love running.
I Heart Crafting
Quilting and Sewing
My mom taught me to sew when I was a tween. But then I lived with my dad during high school and never even sewed a button. After high school, I lived with my aunt for about a month, in which time I made two quilts, a dress and stuffed pumpkin. Then no sewing again for nearly six years while I was in the Air Force. In 2001, I discovered Joann’s and bought my first sewing machine. It was a basic Viking (Husqvarna) that I still have and will never ever give up. I have an intense attachment to my sewing machines.
One decade, one Viking embroidery machine, one serger and one coverstich serger later, I am a novice seamstress and quilter. I am excellent at acquisition, not so excellent at finishing my projects. My favorite things to sew are little girls clothes and quilts.
I first heard about Waldorf dolls in 2010 from a neighbor. I was lucky enough to “win” a purchase of a Bamboletta doll. I was so impressed with the details and sturdiness that I became briefly obsessed with learning how to make my own dolls. So far I’ve finished three dolls and started another.
I also really enjoy making hand-sewn felt dolls.
I taught myself to knit while I lived in South Korea from 1998-2000. At the time, I was limited to the cheap acrylic stuff at the PX and straight long knitting needles. I made a scarf. It was boring.
After I moved back to the States, I took a knitting class to improve my skills and fell in love with all the luscious fibers. Wool! Alpaca! Silk! Oh my! I fell in love with knitting and for several years, I was obsessed. I made many sweaters and a few toys. But as I had more kids, I realized that knitting is not the most practical craft for me. The kids like to play with the yarn and they constantly stole my notions. But most importantly, I’ve had Mommy Brain for a long time and knitting takes brain power. Knitting isn’t not as forgiving as sewing. I frogged too many projects and wasted much of my time before I realized it would be best for me to take a break from knitting until the kids get older and my brain has had a chance to recover.
Random facts about me…
- I can’t sleep until I put chapstick on
- My husband and I love zombie movies and The Walking Dead series
- I was once a docent at the Library of Congress
- When I was in high school I planned to either have a husband or have a kid, but never both. I thought that would be way too much work.
- My favorite movie is The Holiday, even though I think casting Cameron Diaz was really unfortunate. I love the hand-knit sweaters and the scene where Jack Black tells Kate Winslet “Iris, if you were a melody… I used only the good notes.”
- Before I settled on the more practical career path of Accounting, I really wanted to study Zoology and become a zookeeper.
- I suffer from BRF (Bitchy Resting Face). That’s why I don’t post many pictures of myself.
- I’ve never been in a car accident or gotten a ticket (knock on wood!)
- My three girls are named after characters from Pride and Prejudice
- My favorite place I have lived was in an apartment on the 10th floor in Arlington, VA across the street from Whole Foods and Cheesecake Factory, 1 block away from a Metro station and in the same building as Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma and Barnes and Noble. I wore Banana Republic suits and 3 inch heels to work everyday in DC and I loved every minute of it. Here’s a rap video that describes life in Arlington along the metro line.