I often get questions on my blog and comments on instagram that I can't respond to because there is no email address associated with the comment. Lately I have received many of the same questions and comments so I thought I would address them. If you ever have a question just email me directly and I will do my best to respond fairly quickly.
ARE YOU COMPLETELY MEAT FREE NOW?
No, I am not completely meat free although I would say I eat vegetarian now 90% of the time. I still eat fish and occasionally chicken. Oh and Bacon, love my bacon. I really don't eat red meat anymore though. Matt is completely meat free and has been for almost 3 months now. That is why the majority of the meals I cook and post lately are meat free. and yes I feed the kids what we eat so they eat vegetarian the majority of the time too.
While I really don't miss meat it is sometimes hard to think of filling vegetarian meals so if you have any great recipes please do share.
HOW IS STERLING ADAPTING TO KINDERGARTEN?
Sterling's transition to kindergarten has gone so well. I honestly worried more than I should have. I think part of it was a part of me mourning the fact that he was growing up and turning into a big boy. My heart broke that first day we dropped him off and he walked into school all by himself. He seemed so old yet still so young and naive at the same time. Luckily that afternoon when I picked him up he raved about how much he loved school and how much more fun it was than his old school. We are zoned for one of the best schools in Charleston so I didn't worry a bit about the quality of the school but he started not knowing one kid in his class. I was worried about this and the longer hours too. His previous school was just 3 hours. Thankfully kids are so resilient and he has made so many new friends. The hardest part has been the early morning wake up. I wake Sterling up at 6:30 every morning and it is a struggle to get him out of bed. He complains every morning that it is too early.
WHY DON'T YOU CUT YOUR HAIR AND NOT DYE IT SO BLOND?
I will be the first to admit I don't have the best hair. It is super fine and totally gets stringy when it gets too long. But I just love long hair. Hair is such a personal thing and different people like different styles and I prefer longer hair. Lately however I have toyed with the idea of doing a long bob to switch things up. I just need to get the courage to chop my hair. I know it would be healthier. So stay tuned a long Bob may be in my future.
I will most likely always have really blond hair. I have had almost every hair color from dark brown, to red highlights to dark blonde. But I just like my hair really blonde. I can't explain it but my motto is the blonder the better- haha.
WHY DOES MATT WEAR DAD JEANS?
Matt wears "dad jeans" because he likes them and frankly I have no idea why this even bothers people. Matt is not into fashion one bit, it is just not his thing. He is happy as a clam in his old levis. I have tried to get him to branch out but he doesn't care to.
WHY DOES MATT NEVER SMILE IN PICTURES?
Matt does not like being photographed. He actually prefers for the most part not to even be on my blog. I think many men probably prefer not to be photographed all the time. We actually joke that Sterling has inherited the same deer caught in headlights look in photos that Matt often has.
HOW IS MATT'S BACK?
After Matt hurt his back last November, I have received so many sweet emails and comments wondering how he is doing. After being laid up on his back for almost a month the end of last year including one scary visit to the ER he is doing better but not totally back to normal. He ended up having three spinal injections which helped. He still has numbness in his right leg and foot and is constantly worried about pulling out his back again. He had an MRI and there is a lower back disc problem but of course our insurance won't cover surgery so we considering other options. Right now he is doing well though and we pray there won't be a relapse.
HOW IS RODNEY FITTING IN?
Rodney is fitting in great with the family so far. We have had some issues with his tail and the fact that he is runner. If anyone opens the door even a little bit he tries to bolt out. This has been the most challenging part and the fact that his tail is so crazy and frequently hits the kids. He also has crazy attachment issues and does not like to be left alone ever. I think this my be why the other families gave him up and that has made his anxiety even worse. Otherwise he is the sweetest dog. He loves to be cuddled and lay his head in your lap. I will be honest I never wanted to get a dog so quickly after Nelson died. I wanted to wait until the kids were older and able to help out some. I also felt like we didn't get to truly mourn Nelson but Matt was insistent on needing a new dog immediately to help with the grief. It was hard on me the first few weeks because puppies are a handful. That first week Rodney ate all our blinds and bathroom molding but he has since calmed down. Now we can't imagine our family without him.
WHY SO MANY SPELLING AND GRAMMAR MISTAKES ON THE BLOG?
Clearly spelling and grammar is not my strong suit. I try to use auto correct and proof read but I know there are still many mistakes. I am usually trying to do my blog quickly because I am dealing with the kids hence the many mistakes. I should do a better job proof reading but tending to the kids comes first.
WILL I HAVE A THIRD BABY?
I think we are most likely done with 2 kids. I go back and forth on this but Matt is fairly certain he just wants two kids, although I occasionally try to convince him otherwise:)
We are blessed with 2 healthy kids that keep me very busy so we are most likely done. Plus my clock is ticking as I turn 36 next year.
HOW IS FRANCES MOON'S HEAD?
About 6 months ago we last met with our neurologist who measured Frances Moon's head and said it was evening out with her body. He said this meant the fluid around the brain was draining on its own so no need to drain it. He still asked us to monitor her and look for signs like being lethargic, vomiting, and not acting normal which would mean the fluid was leaking out. Thankfully we have had no issues. Frances is doing great and I think our sweet girl just has extra large head:)
FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP FOR MATERNITY CLOTHES?
I get asked this question a lot and the truth is I did not buy many maternity clothes. I just worked with what I had or bought a larger size in regular clothes. I do recommend Forever 21 and Asos for cute inexpensive maternity clothes. I also love the Hatch line carried at Shopbop. It is clothing that can be worn while pregnant and afterwards as well.
Casamigos hands down is my favorite tequila. George Clooney and Randy Gerber clearly know their tequila. In fact I might just have to enjoy some this weekend!