The Sunshine Award

The lovely Katie at Katie Elizabeth tagged me in The Sunshine Award back in November and I'm finally posting about it! This is a fun tag because it helps you get to know other bloggers better. So here we go...

The tag contains:
11 random facts about myself
Answer 11 questions left for me
Leave 11 questions for the blogs I tag

{11 random facts}

1. Hair grosses me out. Not all hair. Specifically if you're staying at a hotel and find hair in the shower...or your bed. Totally, completely grosses me out and I cannot relax the rest of the time I'm there. Weird, I know.

2. I broke my middle finger swinging from a rope swing into the Rio Grande river with Robert...and I didn't even cry. I was trying my best to be tough and impress him. If that happened today, no doubt I'd cry.

3. I had an emergency appendectomy when I was 12 years old...followed by another major surgery 2 weeks later. The Drs said it was a miracle I lived.

4. I have to sleep with a sound machine on ocean waves. Can't sleep without it. I even travel with it.

5. I have only lived without a dog during the years I was at college.

6. I graduated college in 3 years with my degree in Psychology.

7. Vacuuming is oddly relaxing for me.

8. I LOVE coffee. That's probably not a random, unknown fact about me. But if I'm feeling stressed, just enjoying a cup of coffee helps me relax.

9. I only have one sibling, a younger brother.

10. I received my one & only(to date, at least) speeding ticket ON my 17th birthday. Yeah, the cop was NOT so nice. Who gives you a ticket ON your birthday?! LAME!

11. I'm a sucker for Hallmark movies. Yes, the cheesy, predictable Hallmark movies.

{11 questions from Katie}

1. What is your favorite Christmas movie?
~Probably a tie between Christmas Vacation and Christmas Story. We watch both, countless times, each Christmas.

2. What's the best vacation you've been on?
~Definitely our honeymoon. I've been on other great vacations that I've loved, but that vacation was almost magical. It was our first trip together and we were newlyweds. Amazing!

3. If you could only have your computer or TV for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
~Computer, for sure. I certainly enjoy watching TV (see my #11 random fact) but I spend more time on the computer. Plus, you can watch TV on the computer. Win, win. :)

4. Where were you born?
~Findlay, Ohio. A small town in Northwest Ohio.

5. What is your dream job?
~Honestly, I don't know. I adore staying home with our kids and that was always my dream "job." But I really enjoy photography and if I took some classes, learned a whole lot more and practiced a lot, I think it'd be fun to take pictures as a job.

6. What is the best gift you've ever received?
~Mother's Day 2012, Robert and the kids gave me a picture of their hand prints made into flowers with a verse from Prov 31. I LOVE that gift. In fact, I cried when he gave it to me. It was so incredibly thoughtful of Robert to do that. We were house hunting that spring, and in a home we toured there was a similar picture that we saw and I commented on. He listened, tucked it away in his mind and BAM! blew me away!

7. What are your goals for your blog?
~I'm loving the relationships I'm building with other bloggers. My goal would be continue to grow those friendships and continue meeting new bloggers, while hopefully encouraging others through the happenings of our life.

8. What is a typical daily outfit for you?
~In the winter, jeans and a sweater/shirt. In the summer, shorts and a shirt...or my swimsuit. The kids LOVE to swim and having a pool now, we spend a lot in the water.

9. How did you meet your significant other?
~We met in college through mutual friends.

10. Are you named after anyone?
~Nope. And in fact, my name was supposed to be Stacy Corrine. But the day I was born, my dad looked at me and said "No, this is Kristal Marie."

11. What is your favorite beauty product of all time?
~Well, I don't have a specific brand, but I love mascara. Putting on just a little mascara on really livens up my eyes and face, making me look less tired and more alert. :)

Thanks for reading along!! Here are my questions:
1. What do you love about blogging?
2. What does a typical day look like for you?
3. Do you have any "guilty pleasure" TV shows?
4. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
5. What's the most important thing I should know about you?
6. What's one place you have to visit in your lifetime?
7. Do you have any summer vacation destinations you visit yearly?
8. Do you prefer the ocean or mountains?
9. What's your favorite flower?
10. If you could do anything without fear of failure, what would it be?
11. Do you get up early or stay up late?

I'm tagging:
Dawn @ Sunshine of Mine
Elise @ Cheers Y'all
Cassie @ True Agape
*If y'all have already done this award or aren't interested, no worries. :)


  1. I agree about the computer! We actually don't even have a tv! Oh good- I will do this at the beginning of the year! :)

  2. Vacuuming relaxes you?! PLEASE, anytime you need to be relaxed, come on over, I have a brand new vacuum you're welcome to play with :) That is 1 thing I did not know about you!

    1. I know, it's weird. But I'd rather vacuum than do ANY other kind of cleaning.

  3. Loved reading about you:) And excited to do this now! Thanks for tagging me! ;) I will do this after the new year! :-)

  4. Girl you can come vacuum at my house any day! Haha so happy you did this! I love that story about your dad naming you.. had they discussed that name before or did he just pull it out of no where?!


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