I’m gonna get real for a minute before I jump into the weird, wacky randomness that is typical for me in my posts. Since diving into this blog just a month ago, words cannot express the love and support I have been receiving from all the corners of the world from my family, friends, acquaintances, and now even readers who I have never met who have taken just a minute out of their busy days to read my daily snapshots of our little house journey.
This blog really started out as a way for us to document our life as a young family in our first house, but it is becoming so much more than that. God blessed me beyond measure with my perfect soul mate, our beautiful baby girl, and a house for us to call our own, and yet he still outdoes Himself everyday by providing me with the mountains of virtual hugs I get to receive. You guys are the biggest reason I keep writing and posting. So, my lovely readers, wherever you are, thank you for keeping me going.
I’m changing things up a bit today by giving some of you who may not even know us crazy Shavers personally a few little facts about us:
- I was born in Raleigh, NC and raised in Lake Wylie, SC, a town literally just over the bridge from the city of Charlotte.
- I teach 10th and 11th grade English. By the way, grammar doesn’t count here. Don’t sweat it. 😉
- I was a colorguard coach for six years and I LOVED every minute of it…the band nerd kind, not the ROTC kind. That’s right, a girl who can dance while tossing flags, rifles, and sabres. Be afraid.
- I have some great girlfriends, but my mom is my absolute best friend.
- I was a ballet dancer for 15 years and I miss every minute of it. Nothing beats the feeling of being on a stage. I fully intend to share the love of dance with my daughter, and she already has some pretty awesome dance moves of her own at the age of 1.
- I was a studio photographer for 3 years in college, and I’ve dabbled in it semi-professionally on my own and as a second shooter for weddings. It is thrilling and terrifying all at the same time.
- I tried writing a novel once. It wasn’t pretty. I’ll stick to teaching literature rather than creating it.
- I would rather find a steal of a deal at T.J. Maxx than drop a load of money at Pottery Barn (although a girl can look). I’ll do anything for a bargain, and saving money is addicting.
- I love love love classic movies. My 2 favorites- Singing in the Rain and High Society. If you haven’t seen them, watch them!
- If I could pick an era to live in, it would be the 1950s. Life seemed less complicated without the techno-gadgets, but then again there would be no blog. So maybe I take that back. 😉
- I could live on Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice Cream. Try me. I’ll do it.
- I’m an introvert in reality. I’m the most talkative in my writing. Somehow I communicate better in written form.
- I am dying to visit Europe. It’s on the top of my bucket list.
- I love being up to my elbows in melted butter and crab leg juice. (And some of you are now either totally grossed out or you completely understand my obsession.) Mmmmmmm
- Favorite place on the planet- Charleston, SC- the quintessence of Southern charm.
- Jesus is my homeboy, and even though I’m a worry wort, I constantly have to remind myself that there is never anything to be worried about when He is in direction of my life.
- No one can make me laugh like Robert. I don’t know how I ever lived without him.
- Robert can find humor in any given situation. I would love to live in the mind of this crazy guy. Anything from his perspective is always a unique one.
- He has two older sisters, who are two of the most beautiful ladies inside and out.
- He looks like his dad but acts like his mom- usually with a smirk on his face that says he’s up to no good and not afraid to hold anything back. I think he operates on his own power grid because he’s always full of energy.
- He served in the Marine Corps before we started dating back in ’09. (Hence the vintage military-inspired touches every now and then- see this post and this post to see what I mean.)
- He grew up in a town even smaller than where I lived, and that’s saying something. Its thriving mecca has all of one stop sign.
- He got his Bachelors in Exercise Science, but he now works in Finance. Don’t even ask me how that happened. Life is just full of surprises sometimes.
- He is very proud of his Irish heritage and does the most hilarious Leprechaun impression ever complete with a little jig.
- He has 8 tattoos! Normally I’m not a huge fan of tats, but his are hawt. 😉
- He is one of the most God-fearing men I know and brings out the best in me in terms of my faith.
- He loves the outdoors even though I hate it. The kid could hike all day. The one time he had me hike up a mountain with him, I cursed at him the whole way. Never again. (Is this ironic considering my previous random fact?)
- He will blast Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Buble from his stereo, and belt it out in sing-along.
- He can grow a full on beard in 2 days. Ironic considering the last name Shaver. Here is one that took him a couple weeks:
- He can talk to anyone and everyone and will learn their life story in a minute. He has never met a stranger in his life.
- He has so many guy friends it’s hard to keep track.
- He will eat his weight in Hershey Almond bars. If he’s ever having a bad day, a Hershey Almond surprise will guarantee a perk in his mood.
- He is an apprentice grill master to my dad. Seeing the two of them together always makes me smile.
- He is a die hard Dallas Cowboys fan through and through.
- He does the most hilarious accents, impressions, and storytellings ever and could probably have a successful career in stand-up comedy if he tried.
- He has a habit of folding his toes over each other when he’s watching TV and it drives me NUTS.
- He has temper tantrums that remind me of a toddler’s…then he gets over it. It’s pretty funny to watch one of his episodes.
- He is an old soul and the most honest person I’ve ever known, besides my daddy.
- Olivia was born on September 29, 2012, a week after her due date. We sometimes wonder if this is just the beginning of what will one day be her teenage tardiness years as we tap our toes yelling up the stairs at her as she promises she’ll be ready in “five more minutes.” (I have no room to talk though.)
- She is named after a long list of people in our family. Olivia Annalee broken down: Olivia was my paternal grandmother’s middle name; Ann(e) is Robert’s sister’s name, my maternal grandmother’s middle name, my aunt’s middle name, and my cousin’s middle name; Lee is Robert’s middle name, his father’s middle name, and his mother’s middle name. And the name Olivia was invented by Shakespeare, who I admit I’m obsessed with considering my day job.
- She knows what seems like an endless number of animal sounds, including what the bunny says. (She wiggles her nose for that one.)
- She makes the most hilarious facial expressions (gee…wonder where she gets that from.) She has one in particular that we like to call the “ogre face”. Here is the only pic we’ve ever managed to snap of it:
- We call her “Bug” and people always look at us like we’re the strangest parents. You named her Bug? It used to be Livie Bug or Ladybug, then somehow it just turned into simple little Bug. We know it’s weird; it’s perfect for her anyway. Our little love bug. 🙂
- She has about 20 bows and refuses to wear a single one. She’s so not happy about it in this pic, so as usual, it didn’t last long:
- She calls bathtime “splash-splash” (and does exactly that all over the place…we might as well wear a raincoat to bathe her.)
- Lola is her best friend and they chase each other e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e.
- She loves Brussels sprouts yet hates any kind of cheese…sure wish I hated cheese. It would save me a lot of calories and diet-cheating moments.
- She is already developing a Southern accent. Her “bye” sounds more like “biiii”…you know, bye with like 5 syllables in it and half the vowel sounds that exist in the English language.
- If you have ever seen Linus from Peanuts, you can understand the love she has for her “blankie”. If blankie is forgotten at home, it’s going to be a bad day.
- Her favorite movie is Singin’ in the Rain (like her mommy!), and she dances along with Gene Kelly to all the musical numbers.
- (Of course she gets an about me section. Furbaby = family.) A few people have asked this already- Lola is a 3 year old Yorkie-Schnauzer mix.
- We found her on Craigslist right after our wedding when a family couldn’t keep her because they were moving. I guess we wanted to test out parenthood? Little did we know we would be doing the real thing a year later.
- We “talk” for her all the time and this is what she sounds like, “Oh my gwosh gwuys!!! Thewe’s sqwirrels ouside. Lemme get the sqwirrels! I’ll get the sqwirrels! Ooh look a cookie!!!” You have to say it really fast like you’re jacked up on caffeine. (Side note: I swear we are sane.)
- She likes wearing clothes. If she sees her little red sweater or her Dallas Cowboys jersey (guess who bought that one), she will bring it to us and do a little dance in front of us like “Put it on me! Put it on me!” And will practically dress herself. Weirdo.
- She’ll bark at anything- strangers she’s never met, a moving leaf, her own shadow. And if the thing she’s barking at starts chasing her, she’ll pee everywhere. (Which in turn practically makes us pee ourselves with laughter.)
- She sits on the back of our couches, despite our protests, like a cat.
- She will “spoon” in bed to cuddle and lies on her back under the covers to go to sleep.
- She thinks she’s a person, so oddly we call her “Person”. Yep, that’s right. We call our dog, Person and our little person, Bug. Okay, maybe we’re not sane after all.
So that’s us in a nutshell. In case you haven’t figured us out by now, this pretty much sums up the Shaver clan:
Happy Friday, everyone!