Hey Friends! My friend Hannah is taking over the blog today with another little Q&A session! Hannah is such a sweet hearted gal, who lives in the beautiful state of Colorado, which isn't too far from Idaho! I love hearing about her monthly date nights, her DIY gifts and projects, and reading about her adorable kittens she fosters.
I know you will love her just like I do! Make sure to go visit her over at Hannah, Here! When you are done here to learn more about her.
And because its day three of the #12daysofblogging with Amber, I wish I could share with you some Christmas DIY but...instead, go see Hannah's unique DIY gift!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?
I always try to get a work out in and plan the rest of my day around it since after work I'm usually rushed to get my sweat on. I'm a big fan of movies (and popcorn) and I especially like going by myself, ha! When I have a few hours to kill, that's usually what I'll do. I love watching sports--college football on Saturdays, NFL on Sundays--and spending time with my family, friends, or boyfriend. Plus, I soak up any moment I can spend with my sweet foster kittens.
Tell us about your love life-how you two met, what you like to do for fun, why you love your boyfriend, etc!
Christian and I met after I stalked him at the gym for a few months. I always made sure to be there during the class he teaches, but I never actually took it until after we started dating. Eventually I worked up the courage to talk to him in January of 2012 and things moved slowly from there. We finally started dating in August. We're huge fans of board games, particularly Qwirkle, he's the one that got me into the NFL actually, we take his two dogs for walks a lot, and we try to keep a healthy balance of enjoying our beautiful state (hiking, camping, canoeing) and living a more "city life" (sushi dates, sports bars, movies). He's so wonderful. He's funny, he's intelligent, he's kind. Plus he's currently in law school (getting his third degree!) and with my job at a law office, we have plenty to talk about!
How would you encourage other girls to honor the Lord in their dating relationship?
Shortly after we started dating, I invited Christian to go to church with me. He joined me once that fall, but not again until Easter. This fall we started making a routine to go every weekend. We talk a lot about the sermons on our way home from church, but they've started to come up all week long and I love that! I think it's important to pray for your boyfriend/fiance/husband and remember God not only when seeking Him for the bad times, but praising Him for the good times. God brought this person into your life after all. I would suggest discussing religion and spiritual beliefs with your significant other as soon as possible so you're on the same page in every aspect of your relationship. Otherwise, you could experience problems down the road when one person has expectations that the other person isn't meeting.
What is one thing you wish someone would've told you in high school?
Nothing about high school matters! I did not like high school very much, mostly because of all the pressure to be some idea of the perfect teenager, and I was so worried that all these people who were the stars of the sports teams and homecoming and prom royalty would just have the most perfect life. Things haven't really panned out for them and it just puts into perspective that high school is only just the beginning of our lives and there's so much in life after graduation.
Tell us about your monthly date idea!
Christian and I have been dating about a year and a half and I noticed we had fallen into this routine of staying in to play board games and watch movies. That's all fine and well, but I wanted to mix it up from time to time. In September, I planned three date nights for the next three months. I deliver the "date card" (think The Bachelor) with something that has to do with the month or the upcoming date. In October, we went to the pumpkin patch and corn maze. (We had a part 2 to that date since we carved pumpkins later.) In November, we went to dinner downtown and then painted pottery at the local pottery studio. This month, we're staying in and making gingerbread houses and watching Christmas movies. (Any suggestions?) I try to plan seasonal activities or something we've never done together before. Date night has quickly become something we both look forward to each month.
I know you're not a coffee drinker, so what would you drink if we went out to coffee?
You've got that right! I've never been a big fan of coffee. The taste, the smell...it just makes me gag. At Starbucks, I get a soy chai latte (pumpkin soy chai during the fall) or a caramel apple spice. I'm a big fan of apple cider and hot chocolate to stay warm too. Despite not being a coffee drinker, I still catch myself texting friends "Want to grab coffee later?" or something of the sort. Ha!
What are your plans for Christmas this year?
I'm so blessed to live near the majority of my family so we're always together during the holidays. (In 2010, I was working at Disney World and unable to be home for Thanksgiving and Christmas...it was not fun.) Since my parents are divorced, my sister and I have established a routine of spending Christmas Eve at my dad's house and Christmas Day with my mom's side of the family. We usually head to my mom's house around 9:00 on Christmas Eve and we end the evening reading Christmas stories by the fire. I'm especially looking forward to Christmas this year because it will be my first real Christmas with Christian. Last year, he went home to San Diego for a week and since we weren't dating that seriously then, we didn't even exchange gifts. This year, we've already picked out a Christmas tree for his house together and I already have one of his gifts wrapped and under the tree! Of course I'm excited to spend time with my family and Christmas is just the most magical time. But I also can't wait for the Christmas roast. Roast beast, if you will. In our family, we're strictly turkey on Thanksgiving, roast on Christmas, and ham on Easter.
Do you have any New Years Resolutions for 2014?
You know, the last couple of years I had made three resolutions each (nine total) to better my mind, body, and soul and I used to track my progress month-to-month on my blog. But each year, I was picking the same resolutions: read more, eat better, better my relationship with God, and more of the same. They're still very important to me and I still try to keep up with all of those things, but they're not blog official anymore.
What do you do for work?
I work at my dad's law office. Christian calls me a para-paralegal because I don't yet have a paralegal certificate, but I function as my dad's paralegal.
What is your dream job?
I definitely want to be a stay at home mom when the time comes. My mom stayed home with me and my sister until I was three and I want to be able to do that with my kids as well. After the kids have grown, my hubby and I will travel the world because I'll have been writing best selling novels all along!
What do you think I should get Ronnie for Christmas?
Wrinkle-free dress clothes. No more pre-wedding ironing hassle for you two!
What do you think Ronnie should get me for Christmas?
All the top of the line running gear there is, because you're back, baby!
HAHA I am laughing so hard, and asked Ronnie if he wanted wrinkle-free dress clothes. He didn't think it was as comical as me, but SERIOUSLY there is a solution to our never ending argument. We have a wedding the 28th, and you can BET we will be planning out his outfit and ironing it at least one week in advance! And Hannah was spot on about the running gear, I even asked for an $85 dollar pair of winter running tights this year...who am I?!
Hannah is a gem, and I am so glad to have gotten to know here even more with this questionare! If you want to get to know her more, go stop by her blog! You will love her!