11 Questions and Answers – Liebster

So as part of my Liebster award, I need to give 11 facts about myself and also answer 11 questions presented to me by my Liebster-award nominator, Treyton’s Posse. I answered the 11 facts about myself in the post Somebody Likes My Blog! So below are the answers to the 11 questions asked by my nominator and 11 questions for those bloggers I nominated.

  1. Why did you start to blog? I started the blog as a way to share my birth story about my youngest who has Down syndrome.
  2. When you were a child, what did you dream about being when you grew up? A wildlife biologist.
  3. What are better cats or dogs? Defend your answer. (You need to pick one even if you are not an animal lover) Dogs because I’m not nearly as allergic to them as cats. Plus, litter boxes smell.
  4. Assuming money was not an issue, where would you travel to and what would you do when you got there? Alaska. I would hike, fish, ski, and just enjoy the beauty of the state.
  5. What do you prefer and why – Apple iOS or Android? Android, because I don’t think Apple is superior, just overpriced.
  6. Baseball is widely known as “America’s Pastime.” Do you agree? If not what do you think should be considered America’s Pastime? I agree with baseball being America’s Pastime. There’s something about sitting outside and cheering on a team, drinking a beer, and eating a hot dog that seems all American.
  7. What is your favorite candy bar? Mounds. Is there anything better than dark chocolate and coconut? I think not!
  8. Your kids are in bed and your spouse is off doing something else. You have the television to yourself and the DVR has been recording everything for the last week. What is the first show you watch? Nashville. It’s my guilty pleasure.
  9. What would you consider to be the greatest invention ever? Why? Indoor plumbing…for the obvious reasons.
  10. What is the one thing you cannot stand to be without? My wedding ring.
  11. Who is the greatest superhero of all time? Choose from: Batman, Spider-Man, or Superman. Batman. The batmobile is very cool.

11 Questions for the nominated bloggers:

  1. Why did you start your blog?
  2. What is your favorite book?
  3. If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?
  4. What is your favorite outdoor activity?
  5. If you could only have one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  6. Led Zeppelin or Rolling Stones?
  7. What is your favorite movie?
  8. If you could live in any time period, which would it be?
  9. What is your favorite holiday and why?
  10. What is a trait you admire most in people?
  11. In which Olympic event have you imagined yourself winning a gold medal?

I look forward to seeing your answers.

Someone likes my blog!

My first blog post was the “birth story” of my second son’s birth. He has Down syndrome, and while my close friends and family knew shortly after his birth, many of my acquaintances did not. So on his first World Down Syndrome Day (3/21), I posted my story to share. I also hoped that someone who might have had similar feelings as I did upon hearing the diagnosis at birth would find comfort in my story. I didn’t know if I was ever going to write another post.

I know. I know. A blog should have direction. An intended audience. A purpose. And honestly, a year later and I still don’t have any of these specifics for this blog. I just share what’s on my mind. It’s random….like crayon on the wall.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I received the notification that I had been nominated for a Liebster Award by the Liebster-winning blog Treyton’s Posse. To be nominated is an honor, but when the nomination comes from a blog that I find well written and moving, well, that is truly an honor. So thank you, Treyton’s Posse.

I had to look into this Liebster Award a bit more, and I couldn’t find that there is ever an actual award given; however, it does appear to be sort of an award that a fellow blogger bestows on another blogger. Still an honor in my book. There is also a set of criteria that fellow bloggers receiving the award should follow.  They are as follows:

Step One: Thank the Liebster-winning blogger who nominated you. Thank you again, Treyton’s Posse!

Step Two: Post 11 facts about yourself. 

  1. I have been married for over 10 years and have two children.
  2. I believe Utah really does have the “greatest snow on earth.” (And other than the midwest, I’ve only skied in Utah and California. So my opinion isn’t based on much fact.)
  3. I’m a Star Wars geek. But I like to pretend The Phantom Menace never happened.
  4. I don’t like hot weather. I have no desire to go on a tropical vacation.
  5. I love to read, especially to my children.
  6. I’m a cheese snob. But every now and then I can’t resist a can of Cheese Whiz and wheat thins. Blasphemous. I know.
  7. I frequent Starbucks way more than I should.
  8. I enjoy spending time outdoors: hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing, boating. Although I have criteria about the size of the boat in relation to body of water. The bigger and deeper the body of water, the bigger the boat. It may have to do with my lack of swimming skills, which is perplexing to many as I grew up several blocks away from a Great Lake.
  9. I have always wanted to own a bookstore.
  10. I’m a Pinterest addict.
  11. I think I’ve seen every episode of Everybody Loves Raymond. Three times.

Step Three: Answer the 11 questions presented by your nominator. (These can be answered in one post or many.)

Step Four: Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

Step Five: Recognize 11 blogs that you feel deserve recognition. These blogs should have less than 200 followers to the best of your knowledge.

Here are some blogs that I enjoy. (I cheated a bit as I didn’t give the names of 11 blogs as the remaining blogs I would’ve recommended have already received a Liebster recognition. Also, I have no idea on the number of followers for a couple of these.)

Designer Genes              Our Journey Through Life                           Life is Beautiful

Hands Free Mama        Take a Walk on the Happy Side                   The Worm in My Apple

Once you’ve made your choices,  create a post like this one on your own blog that explains the award process. Then notify each of your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog with a link back to the post you created.

Step Six: Display the award badge on your blog.

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