Monday, December 17, 2007

365 Days and My 100

Okay, so without being dramatic, tomorrow it will be one year since my life completely changed. I don't want to reflect about a year ago at this time, but more just reflect on how far I've come and where I'm going. I'm not sad, just in complete awe of how much one can change. And honestly I have a huge sense of relief that I've made it one year! I have been waiting for this day for a long time! I almost feel like I've been running a marathon and at the same time I feel like I still could run a marathon. I just have so much energy. Maybe that makes sense, maybe it doesn't.

I have never been so glad in all my life to be at a milestone. And not that anything big is going to happen now, but it's just all part of that continual process of closure that that takes place. I'll even be happier when 2007 is over!

So anyways, I've been saving "My 100" for a rainy day. Some of these things I knew about myself and some I discovered over the last year. I've been working on this since June I think. Finally, it's done. It's a great homework assignment for those of you who want to get to know yourself a little better. Enjoy!

My 100
1. My birthday is March 23, 1978.
2. I was born in Post, Texas.
3. My middle name is Lee.
4. My name is pronounced Laresa. My parents probably should have spelt it Larisa, so that people wouldn’t constantly say it wrong.
5. My dad’s middle name is Lee. So is my uncle Max’s, and so is Mason’s.
6. I have lived in Texas, New Mexico, and Montana.
7. I graduated from Sharyland High School, which is in Mission, Tx.
8. I hated high school.
9. I went to ACU for one semester and hated it.
10. I transferred to LCU and loved it.
11. My parents and older sister all graduated from LCU too. My younger sister is going back in the spring.
12. I have two sisters; one older and one who is 9 ½ years younger.
13. I’m the nice sister. They both know it too.
14. My eyes are hazel. When I was little, I thought they were weird, because they looked like cat eyes. I didn’t like them. But now that I’m older I like my eyes. They change colors.
15. I have a birthmark on my left cheek. I don’t even notice it anymore. I cover it with makeup. A dermatologist wanted to remove it at one time, but it’s just not that big of a deal to me. You can really only see it when I’m tired and when I don’t have make-up on.
16. I love coffee. I could drink it anytime of day.
17. I love Starbucks/Daybreak/any coffee shop.
18. I love diet coke. I didn’t use to. It became something I started enjoying after Mason was born.
19. I don’t like cats.
20. I’m also highly allergic to cats. I can’t be in the room with them for more than a couple of hours without my inhaler or I won’t be breathing!
21. I really want a boxer, but I’m waiting until Mason is potty trained first.
22. I don’t like talking on the phone.
23. People who talk incessantly drive me crazy!
24. I love Vegas! I’ve been 4 times and I really, really hope that in 2008 I can go back.
25. I will be 30 in 2008.
26. My ears are pierced just once.
27. I have two tattoos. They’re both pretty small.
28. If I could go back, I wouldn’t have gotten them, but oh well. I don’t lose sleep over it.
29. I love being a mom!
30. Madi was born 4-4-02 and she was due on 4-2-02.
31. Kyle was born on 8-4-04 and was due on 8-21-04.
32. Mason was born on 5-20-07 and was due 6-16-07.
33. I loved the name Madelyn for a long time. The other name I had picked out for her was Sydnee.
34. Kyle was named after Nathan’s best friend that was killed in a car wreck just after his senior year of high school. His name was Kyle Wood. Jackson (his middle name) is after my dad, Jack.
35. Mason, I picked myself. I loved that name. Nathan didn’t like it.
36. Nathan wanted to name him Kutter. Which I think is HORRIBLE! Kutter Davis to be exact.
37. I loved being a wife.
38. I had an epidural for all three of my children, but with Mason it didn’t work. Other than that, I had great deliveries…very fast and easy.
39. I never had one inkling of a desire to have natural child birth. None…please give me drugs.
40. I had my gallbladder out 4 months after Madi was born. Who knew that such a little thing could cause a person so much pain? I thought I was dying. No, I’m not kidding either. It’s a toss up for me between which is worse, labor or gall bladder pain. They’re both pretty intense.
41. I broke my arm roller skating when I was in the 5th grade. Actually my crush, Jarod Wilhite, broke my arm.
42. I’ve broken my baby toe more times than I can count.
43. I’m afraid of the dark. It doesn’t cause me problems, but I just prefer lighted areas.
44. I will not say “bloody Mary” in the mirror…or Candy Man for that matter.
45. I really don’t like scary movies. I just get too scared.
46. You couldn’t pay me enough money to bungee jump. I would have a panic attack I’m just sure of it.
47. I’m early everywhere I go. If I’m a minute early, I feel like I’m late. Even with three kids I manage to be early. I don’t know how I do it!
48. I love taking naps. If I could take one every day I would.
49. I have been known to laugh so hard that I’ve peed my pants. Not often, but I will admit to that happening. I attribute that to a jovial personality, and not urinary incontinence.
50. I love Sex and the City. I know it’s bad, but it’s my guilty pleasure.
51. I’m a Charlotte.
52. I don’t use a remote. I have discovered recently that apparently that is odd to other people. I don’t have cable. I watch like one channel. And besides if you get up and change the channel yourself, you burn an extra 90 calories an hour. You do what you got to do to get the workout in. 53. I don’t watch t.v. hardly at all anymore.
54. I love working with the elderly. Sometimes they can be challenging. If you can’t work with kids, then you really can’t work with the elderly. Sometimes they are like spoiled brats, and you think they should know better, but sometimes they can’t help it.
55. I love LOST!
56. I’ve almost drowned twice. My dad saved me once, and SuzAnne saved me another time.
57. I do know how to swim, pretty well too. That was just before I had taken lessons.
58. I enjoy college football.
59. I’ve grown up Church of Christ all my life, but I’m not very conservative like C of C is stereotypically known for. I could fit in a lot of places.
60. Politically I’ve become a little more liberal, and I say a little. I’m pretty conservative, but I believe that’s because of everything I’ve gone through in the last year. My views on certain issues have changed some…things like Medicaid, CHIPS, public assistance, etc…
61. I believe there are people who truly need those things, and for those people I believe they should be able to take advantage of programs like the above mentioned. However, I have a huge problem with people who abuse the system and believe that they are “owed” those things, simply by being a citizen of this country.
62. I’m not ready for a woman president.
63. I love office supplies. You can never have too many!
64. I’m pretty laid back.
65. I do love spending time with friends and family. That is my most favorite thing to do.
66. I have a pretty large extended family that I am very close to.
67. Growing up with my cousins, we were all more like brothers and sisters.
68. I have the absolute best memories of spending time with my cousins at my grandparent’s house.
69. I also have the best memories of spending time at my Mema’s house.
70. We would make such a mess at their house, but they were all just so patient. I don’t know how they didn’t kill us for some of the things we did!
71. I love gymnastics. I took it when I was little and loved it!
72. I cried at the 1996 Olympics when Kerri Strug broke her leg. It was very moving to me!
73. I cried when the Women’s Team was awarded the Gold medal.
74. I’m pretty patriotic.
75. Hearing the National Anthem being sung can move me to tears. There’s just something about hearing people come together and sing that song. We may all have different political views and come from different walks of life, but we are all part of this great country.
76. I’m emotional, can you tell? But not overly emotional. I’m just very in touch with my feelings. I cry for all those hard hearted people out there who can’t seem to shed a tear for anything!
77. People who don’t pull over for ambulances drive me crazy. Show some respect!
78. I love Christmas!!!
79. Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday.
80. I am a morning person.
81. I turn into a pumpkin about 9 p.m. If I don’t get it done before then, chances are it isn’t happening.
82. I love to dance…not the club kind of dancing. I’m pretty clueless there. I love choreographed stuff…ballet, tap, jazz.
83. My first car was a 1987 Chrysler New Yorker. I don’t think they make cars that long anymore. But she had a great engine, and we could pack so many people in there.
84. A girl ran into me at the 7-11 parking lot, and I was able to trade that beauty in for my little red Mitsubishi Eclipse. Oh how I loved that car!!!
85. Now, I drive a mini-van. Although this vehicle makes my life easier right now, I want an SUV. I used to have an SUV, and I miss it. I just don’t feel nearly as cool driving the mini. I realize my self-esteem shouldn’t be wrapped up in my car. I mean I am cool with or without the mini-van, I just want an SUV.
86. If money wasn’t an object I would get a GMC Acadia, or an Escalade.
87. Although this is really far away, I am planning a trip to Disney world with the kids in 4 years. That is if God hasn’t come back before then. I’m sure I’ll be happier in heaven. Even though I hear Disney world is pretty cool.
88. I think people who plan ahead that far in advance are ridiculous. Yes, there is a need to plan ahead, but mine is more of a goal. Who knows what any of us will be doing in 4 years!?!
89. I like lists.
90. I am great at analyzing, however, people who over analyze drive me crazy! Chill out!!!
91. I love to people watch. I’d be a millionaire if it actually paid.
92. I hate it when people wait for your parking space when you’re unloading groceries. I will purposely go slow just to make you wait. Especially those people who start waiting as soon as you get to your car. I have groceries and three kids to unload; I need a while and I will make you wait until I’m good and ready to leave.
93. This very thing happened to me yesterday, and I walked extra slow while returning my cart.
94. I love music.
95. I love the fall and spring. When each season comes around I can’t decide which one I like better.
96. I like my handwriting.
97. I love make-up.
98. I’m letting my hair grow out. The first time in 10 years!
99. I love going to church.
100. I have discovered that God made me a lot tougher than I ever thought possible. I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me!


Blogger Chrissy Cross said...

For some reason your list made me cry a little. It was very touching. And I can say that I knew probably about 90% of what was on it.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Love this list and love you.

10:47 PM  
Blogger April Carrasco said...

I love the way you pee your pants when you laugh. I am pretty sure one night at like 2 am in Shanna's room this happened. You were always so funny and entertaining. I love this list!

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

How in the world did you find time to do this!! I love the list. Most of it I knew, but I did find out some new things about you.

8:27 AM  
Blogger The Binkley Family said...

The people waiting on a parking space irks me too. I also go extra slow, hoping that they will get the point that all the laziness in the world on their part is not going to speed me up one bit.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Procters said...

Wow! We have alot in common.
The most interesting piece of info I did not know was about Kyle Wood. His sister has been my best friend since 7th grade. I still remember the day he died... I cried when I read that. Thank you for sharing your sweet heart with us.

10:31 PM  
Blogger jen at talking hairdryer said...

love the list.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Great list. I especially liked #100!

2:08 PM  
Blogger ♥Tisha♥ said...

This is an amazing list. :) And you are an amazing girl.....wish we'd had more time together.
BTW----I ♥ your music list, too!

6:42 PM  
Blogger stephen b said...

i like vegas too.

11:48 PM  

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