I'm really excited about something I'll be doing on my little blog! I'm going to start featuring moms that I love/respect/admire/want to know more about. I'll either send them a questionnaire to fill out or have them write a blog about their lives. Pretty much whatever I feel like doing! HA!
If you want to be featured, just let me know. More than likely you are on my list, but it would be nice to know that you want to do it instead of me bugging the hell out of ya!
Welcome to the "Momumentary" series!
My inaugural post goes to someone that I am constantly amazed by and inspired by. She is not only a momma to her own cute little kiddos, but she is a momma to so many more. I was honored to meet Dana Griffin in 2009 when Marc and I decided to use in-home daycare instead of a center for our first born. We liked her immediately! I still remember the day very well. Dana is not only amazing with kids, she can pretty much sew/create anything you can come up with and she cooks/bakes. I've never met anyone like her! I have yet to find something she can't do. Except maybe say a curse word. Poop is the strongest word I think I've heard her say. Ok, actually, I think shoot is the strongest word.
Dana is the owner/operator/creator/super woman of Griffindor Daycare as well as The Giggling E (http://www.etsy.com/shop/theGigglingE) which specializes in products for moms and kids, but really, she can do ANYTHING for ANYONE! And to top it all off her family is super amazing as well. I used to arrive early to drop CJ off so I could stay and chat with Dana and watch the kids play. I'm talking like 30 minutes early! Dana helped me during my first year and a half of mommyhood and I am eternally grateful. And I gotta tell you, she says "kindergarten" in the cutest way ever. I only wish I could record her saying it so you could hear it too! She comes from Michigan, has a huge family (I'm talking HUGE), and owns a gene that makes her LOVE almost all kids. Not too many people have it, I don't think.
I am pleased to introduce to you, Mrs. Dana Griffin, Mom Extraordinaire!
1. Please give a quick bio about yourself (your name, husband’s name, kids’ names and your job, ages welcome but not necessary!).
My name is Dana Griffin, full time mom, childcare provider, and part time craftaholic or craft whore (which ever you prefer!). Happily married to Sidney, with two adorable monkeys Ellison 4 and Madison 2.5yrs.
2. What is your favorite part about being a momma?
There would be quite a few to pick from but my absolute favorite would be the sheer delight of being their momma. There's nothing better than leaving for a quick trip and the squeals upon your return. What other job are you so completely rewarded for just being you?
3. What is your least favorite?
My least favorite thing would be not having all the answers.
4. What is a guilty pleasure of yours?
Being the crafting fabric addict that I am, purchasing pretty fabric even if there is no need.
5. Best advice ever given to you?
Ask yourself in 5-10 years from now, will this really matter?
6. What advice do you give to new moms?
It's OK to not have all the answers. Mistakes will happen, but not trying is where failure begins.
7. Favorite memories of your kids?
This is a tough one, there are so many to chose from! I'd have to say at the moment my favorite would be the moment my oldest met his baby sister for the first time. It was love at first sight!
8. Favorite memories of you and your husband?
A long weekend trip spent in Vegas!
9. What hopes/dreams do you have for your kids?
I hope that they keep the same passion and excitement about life as they grow older. And that no one ever destroys that for them. Most of all, I hope that they are happy!
10. If you had a day all to yourself, what would you do?
I'd take a long hot uninterrupted soak in a bubble bath. Then I'd spend the day shopping for fabric and a revamping my wardrobe!
11. How did you pick your kids’ names?
We made lists, lots and lots of lists. Then we narrowed it down to 4 or 5 and decided once they were born what fit the best. It was pretty easy, one of the names was just "them"!
12. What activities do you love to do with your family?
Our snuggle book reading parties would top our list. We all crawl into our bed and have a read-athon before bed time!
13. If you could go back and tell your pre-mom self something, what would it be?
Sometimes the floors won't be clean or the toilets, your plans will not always go as planned, you might live in lounge wear, your kids will get dirty, they're not going to follow the rules and listen all the time. There will be tears, laughter and frustration. There will be days you won't have a clue what you're doing. That's all OK and worth every single moment!
14. Which celebrity family do you want to be friends with?
I'd probably have to go with Gwen Stefani! Who wouldn't love her style? Plus her kids are adorable!
15. What do you admire about your husband's parenting skills?
I admire his patience and ability to swoop in with other tactics that work better than mine. And most of all I admire that he always has my back no matter what!
16. Which mom(s) has had a big influence on you?
My mom has probably had the largest influence on me. She did a great job raising us and in some way still does!