10 Things You Probably Don't Know About Me

I like to think that I’m a pretty average girl, but just like all the other “average” girls out there, I’ve got some cool things about me that you may or may not know! We’re just going to dive on into it and see if I can surprise you with anything!

1: My dream life would be owning a farm made up entirely of baby animals that never grew up. I grew up breeding pigs so I LOVE baby pigs. You know how there’s that new baby smell that human babies have? Well, piglets have it too and it’s probably my favorite scent in the world. Throw in some miniature Highland calves & some goat kids & I’d be in hog heaven!

2: The first bone I ever broke was my nose(I know it’s not technically a bone), in middle school by another kid backpedaling in PE towards me, and as I turned my head towards him, he nailed me in the nose with the back of his head. After lots of blood and an obviously crooked nose, I got an CAT scan and confirmed that it was broke. It was reset a couple days later without any drugs or numbing and it hurt just as bad as when I broke it.

3: The only time I’ve ever left the country is to Victoria, Canada this past year with my family. We were a little worried crossing the border because the last time Jarin was in Canada, he was kicked out for not getting a work Visa in time, but they didn’t bat an eye and we made it through with no problems!

4: I have a crazy fear/anxiety associated with water. Not drinking water, but swimming in water. Whenever I get in water that’s at least up to my neck deep, I start to hyperventilate & sort of have a little panic attack. It’s been like that ever since I was a kid and I try to at least confront it when I need to, but I have yet to conquer it. The last time I dealt with it was snorkeling in Hawaii and I did alright once I decided I wasn’t going to drown. Jarin had to give me a good pep talk before & in the water, and I actually enjoyed it! More photos are in my Maui Blog Post.

5: I am 7 1/2 years younger than my husband. Jarin pretty much robbed the cradle, but doesn’t research show that guys mature slower than us girls? So I’m convinced we’re on the same level now.

6: I don’t think I’m very picky, but there’s a handful of things that I just can’t eat that most people think I’m crazy for. Ready for them?

Mangoes - The texture of mangoes just drives me crazy & I can’t handle it. The flavor I’m not too keen on either most of the time.

Oreos - I don’t know how people it the cookies all by themself. They are just so dry and don’t have great flavor in my opinion. I can eat them ground up in ice cream or a milkshake though!

Shrimp - I honestly don’t know why I don’t like shrimp. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve stayed as far away from them as I could. They just gross me out. I’ve had friends try to pay me to try them and Jarin loves them, but I just can’t bring myself to eat them.

Macaroni & Cheese - I know, every child’s favorite lunch. But I was never that kid(my poor mom). I like the homemade, made with lots of real cheese and cream mac & cheese. But the stovetop Kraft Mac & Cheese is gross to me.

7: When I’m eating food that’s handheld(taco, hamburger, pizza, etc.) I almost NEVER eat the last bite. It drives Jarin absolutely crazy, but the last bite is usually just tortilla or bread and just isn’t worth eating in my mind. I’ve ate like that since at least high school and I don’t foresee it changing anytime.

8: I’ve worked in at least five businesses for my parents since I was four years old. My dad is one of those guys who always has a new business idea and so being his kids and the cheapest labor around, all four of us were involved. I picked cherry tomatoes for our family produce stands at age four, moved onto bagging gourmet popcorn for our business The Popcorn Patch, was a midwife to all of our sows while we bred show pigs, was the bookkeeper at my dad’s metal fabrication shop, & served his BBQ at countless fairs, festivals, & events. And now I’m also running the website for their new restaurant Smulligan’s Pizza & BBQ.

9: The first things I would take photos of were Canadian Geese & Sandhill cranes that would land in the field behind our house growing up. I would grab my mom’s Canon Rebel and sneak out the back door through the field, trying not to alert the dogs. I would get as close as I could to them to take photos, but then the dogs usually found me and would chase the birds all away. I never did anything with the photos I did take, & don’t think I ever even looked at them once I came back inside. But there was just something exciting about it.

10: In addition to photography, I also do graphic design, and am somewhat of a watercolor painter. When I attended Brigham Young University Idaho, I majored in Art with an emphasis in photography. Because of that, I had to take many art classes in addition to the photography classes. I had to take art history, drawing, watercolor and I chose to fill my elective credits with graphic design classes. I learned way more than I thought I was going to, but I’m so glad I did because I use those skills all the time now.

Hopefully you learned something new and tell me I’m not the only one who hates mac & cheese?