So, just who the heck is this crazy mom behind Tri-County Kids, anyway? And why is she insisting on filling up Facebook with local family events and activities?
When I first started this whole thing, I was under the delusion that I could do so without sharing any little bit about my own life. Because, who the heck cares? People want events, and fun, not boring drivel from a mommy blogger. Right?
But, as I’ve tried to help other families Find the Fun in our area, I started getting the emails – Who are you? What organization are you part of? Who is funding this? Why are you doing this?
I realized that by not sharing much - ok, ok,pretty much nothing - about myself, I’ve created this image or idea that Tri-County Kids is a company or organization of some kind. With an office somewhere with a bunch of us drinking our coffee and furiously typing in events into the area calendar. That we are funded by some private sponsor with an ulterior motive.
When really, it’s just me.
Now, I have help. Let’s be honest – a LOT of help. The amazing REAL companies and organizations in our area, from Kevin Anderson and Austin Van Treeck of Someplace Better that swooped in and kept me going, to Kendra Kelling from Camp Y-Koda and Jessica Hanson of Kindermusik that were among the first to get on board –and fully support – what I was trying to do. Not to mention all the librarian love I've received!
But, it’s mostly just little ol’ me. Sitting at my computer while my kids nap, or late at night when everyone’s asleep. Just me and my tea mug.
If you want to know why I started this website, Kevin explains it much better than I ever could.
And let me debunk the #1 Myth right now - I get nothing from this website financially. Any of the organizations you see on the blog are based on my personal experience and because I feel its something other parents may want to know about. There is no fee associated with anything on the site - all organizations can post their events and activities free of charge. And the events and activities posted on the blog are because I've attended an event or learned about something and reached out to that organization (or they've reached out to me) to see how I can help spread the word.
Whew - okay now we got that out of the way, I thought I would take a few minutes to help you get to know me – the mom behind the blog!
Not that my life is particularly fascinating or special or amazing. But I want you to know, I am real. (Anyone else now have JLo’s song “I’m Real” stuck in their head? Just me? Moving on…)
Here we go!
25 Things About Me
#1. My real name is Christina, but I’m rarely called that. Other than "Mom", I mostly go by Stina.
#2. I grew up in this area and then hit the road at 18 and lived in huge cities and metropolises ever since. I never thought I would move back, but I’m so glad I did!
#3. I’ve been fortunate to live around the country and even on another continent.
#5. I hate seafood. Yeah, Friday Night Fish Fry’s do not happen in our house. Sorry!
#6. My boys have lots of Guardian Angels watching over them from our loved ones who have passed away. The ones they know the best and still talk about all the time are our kitties, Jack & Goose, our baby in Heaven, and my best friend, their Auntie Abby.
#7. I'm currently on what I like to call a spiritual quest. I had a "crisis of faith" when my best friend passed away almost 2 years ago, and since then I've dug even deeper into the Divine and Source of Life and Love and God and trying to figure out what teach my children.
#8. I always knew from little on, that one day I would have two sons.
#9. My boys are complete opposites. Loud vs. Quiet. Eats Only Broccoli vs. Eats Only Carrots. Blonde vs. Dark Hair. But both are completely awesome.
#10. My favorite past time is reading. And eating chocolate.
#11. I have absolutely no experience in web development, graphic design or anything tech-y. I’m completely learning as I go. Be gentle on me!
#12. I’m incredibly shy.
#13. Because I’m so shy, I know I come off as a weirdo at times. Awkward!
#14. Before having kids, my baby was Jack, my cat. I was obsessed with him. I even took him to work with me. He was grumpy and kind of a jackass. He was awesome.
#15. Jack met my now husband long before I ever did. And he liked him!
#16. The best thing about my life is that I’m a mom. And a wife. I love, love, love my family. I’m grateful every day that this is my life.
#17. I’ve breastfed, exclusively pumped for 13 months, and used formula to feed my children. All of them had pros and cons, and I do not care how anyone else chooses to feed their child. Instead, I fully support whatever decision parents make to feed their child. As long as they’re fed.
#18. I do not have a competitive bone in my body.
#19. I used to have a nose piercing. I guess I'm kind of boring now!
#20. I’m too much of a chicken to get a tattoo, even though I want one.
#21. As a young twenty-something starting out in life, the thought of buying a house seemed like more of a commitment than marriage.
#22. Because, you see, I was NEVER going to get married. Ever. I was going to be independent and self-reliant ALWAYS.
#23. I met my husband and changed my mind, obviously.
#24. I only ever wanted 2 children.
#25. I reserve the right to change my mind again. :)
There you have it. Fascinating, huh?
But I hope it shows a little bit more about who I am, and that I really am….well, REAL.
I’m really a local mom, living in the Tri-County area with my kids, just trying to Find the Fun and figure out life outside of the big city. I hope you continue to join me!