4 things

I just learned about this whole ‘tagging’ thing, so thanks Kim for the nod and here is my list:

4 things I was doing 10 years ago:
1-planning my enormous dream wedding to my high school sweetheart
2-trying to go to school/pass classes while planning my enormous dream wedding
3-volunteering with our church’s junior high youth group
4-arguing with my sisters about something ridiculous like clothes or who ate the ice cream

4 things on my to-do list for today:
1-stop eating cookies
2-stop making such good cookies that I have to eat them
3-find an ergo for my sister at the mill creek garage sale
4-get 3 pineapples at Safeway while they are on sale for $1.99 so we can eat them and still pretend it’s summer time

4 random things I love about my husband:
1-he has warm feet and gorgeous hair
2-he is unceasingly patient with my complicated, demanding, relatively unreasonable self
3-he always takes out my trash and always love what I cook
4-he has an incredible ability to be diplomatic and upright in any situation-something I aspire to but likely will never achieve

4 jobs that I have had:
1-a nanny for 2 sweet little boys in high school (they took me to New York with them for a week all expenses paid)
2-a barista at a specialty grocery store in Kirkland (where everyone thought I was a prude but they just never got to know me very well)
3-a behavioral health specialist working with high risk pregnant women-I loved every minute of it. When I started I was 23, fresh out of college and I just finally officially quit last October. I can’t begin to describe what an incredible group of women I worked with there, they greatly shaped who I am today.
4-hmmm, my mom paid me to bake 330 cookies for her this summer, does that count? They were good cookies.

4 movies I have watched more than once:
1-Ever After (my husband gave me this one as a wedding gift)
2-Return to Me
3-Pride and Prejudice….which one? Duh-the 5 hour REAL one
4-The Sound of Music (probably at least 20 times)
BTW Kim, my wedding video too (this year we watched it with the kids, it was hysterical-you should try it)

4 places I have lived:
1-in a lonely apartment at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA
2-across the border in Langley, BC where my love burned tracks on I-5 back and forth nearly every weekend to come and see me at Trinity Western University
3-overlooking Lake Washington in the married student housing at Northwest University-we paid $470 per month for this cute little place with a full view of the lake, we had no idea how good we had it!
4-in a cozy condo in Kirkland that was the first home we owned

4 places I have been (I’m going to cheat on this one, just so you know):
1-fishing in the icy waters of Alaska
2-taking in the beauty of Bryce, Zion and the Grand Canyons
3-soaking up sunny San Diego, CA (x2)
4-the outer banks of North Carolina (x3)
5-in a lodge in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado (x3)
6-touring through Yellowstone National Park
7-at the top of the road to Glacier National Park with my sisters and baby Rylee
8-on the sandy beaches of Maui with my parents, husband and 2 babies
9-swimming too close to sharks in the warm Atlantic in Florida
10-visiting family in Alabama
11-serving among the poor in San Salvador, El Salvador where on day 5 of our trip two pink lines changed our life forever
12-to a wedding on a ski slope in Alberta, Canada
13-to the home of country music in Nashville, TN
14-to a wedding in Philadelphia, PA (which included traveling to/through Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina)
15-visiting a girl named Kim in Honolulu swimming in our socks just because we could eating boxes of chocolate covered macadamia nuts till we were sick
16-the Oregon Coast (x15…wow)
17-honeymooning in Sunriver, OR in a darling little house that we rarely left for a week
18-hanging out with my super fun grandparents in Williamsburg, VA
19-in Vegas for 23 hours to attend our friend’s wedding-it was more than long enough!
20-watching my husband parasail over the waters in New Zealand while carrying our unborn baby girl in my belly
**my grandparents are to thank for many of these adventures, they’ve built a love for travel and for family into every one of us, we are eternally grateful**
4 places I want to visit:
1-Austria (see above about the Sound of Music)
2-Williamsburg, VA (as long as there are grandparents there, it’s on my list)
3-The eastern coast of Canada, Nova Scotia (Anne of Green Gables land)
4-New Zealand (again-it was hands down the most amazing place I’ve ever been)

4 TV shows I watch:
To be perfectly honest, I go months without watching a single TV show, so I can’t answer this one.

4 things you may not know about me:
1-my first words as a baby were “Unions No”-thanks Grandpa!
2-if you closely read this list, you know it already, but I attended 3 colleges in as many years….my dad quit buying me the sweatshirts by the third one!
3-I am a really bad dancer, seriously….ask my husband.
4-I don’t like chocolate….well, if you know me very well you know this but I can’t think of anything else!

Now I get to tag four people right but I don’t think I know four people with a blog…
Okay so maybe I do know four people, but if you don’t want to do it don’t worry, just know you are about the only other blogs I read!



okay!! way cool!! i am totally going to do this on my blog!! i laughed and almost cried reading it. we have some amazing memories. i just love my crazy, wonderful, loving family.

Kristin McKinnon

OK, Steph, I’m going to have to read yours. 🙂
Karissa, that was SO fun to read – I learned so much about you!! You are such an entertaining writer – I am going to keep encouraging you to…wait, I won’t say it again this soon.