Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Creative Blogger Award

Way back in November Barbara at Footprints in the Sand passed on the Kreativ Blogger Award to me. Please don’t let the amount of time that has passed be an indicator of my thanks! I’m honored she thought of Femme au Foyer when passing it on, and as always I’m a little floored by the knowledge that someone other than my mother (and now my grandmother, on her own personal iPad!) is reading this blog.

Barbara also lives in Clermont-Ferrand and gave birth to adorable little Noah in December just before Christmas, so it was informative and reassuring following her blog and her pregnancy as I was embarking on my own last year. Stop by her blog to see some adorable newborn and maternity pictures or just to say “hi”!

For the record, it does bug me a bit that Kreativ is spelled wrong…

Anyway, I'm supposed to share seven random things about me and pass on the award to other lucky bloggers. So here goes!

1. I’m Latvian. As if you haven’t figured this out already from the posts in Latvian. But I think this rates the number 1 slot because I’m actually from Chicago, so credit for being able to speak Latvian fluently and having such an affinity for Latvian traditions and culture goes to my family. My grandparents originally came to the US after WWII, but somehow I’ve managed to end up married to a Latvian with a son whose only words currently are in Latvian, go figure!

At the International Festival in South Carolina in 2010

2. I’m 39 weeks pregnant. Again, not exactly headline news, but definitely tops my list of current events. At this point I do want to add that Lauris was perfectly content to hang out until 42 weeks, so maybe hold off with the “is the baby here yet???” for another month or so.

3. I’m 6 feet 3 inches tall. This is 1.905 meters. Wreaks havoc on my pants-shopping trips.

4. I wear a size 13 shoe. My most recent pair of boots has the European equivalent listed as size 46 ½. Can you blame me for having to buy my shoes in the US?

5. In my former life I was a wildland firefighter. My forestry degree led me to five years with the US Fish & Widlife Service and the Forest Service, conducting prescribed burns and fighting fire in over 10 states. I can run a chainsaw, have flown half-hanging out of a helicopter, know how to drive a type 6 fire engine and have sucked my share of smoke. Now I eat baguettes and cheese, change diapers and hike volcanoes.

Yep, that's me hooking a load up to the Bell Jetranger...

6. I would love to hike the Appalachian Trail. There was a point while living in Georgia that I could have taken the 6 months needed to give it a shot, but life took some unexpected turns and I might have to wait some years until I get my next chance.

7. Roberts and I dated for more than 10 years before finally tying the knot. Guess we had to make sure, huh sweetie?

Now for the fun part! I pass this award on to:
For your creative photography, creative blogging and creative approaches to life!


  1. Tu gan esi fasinējošs cilvēks, Lienīt... :)

    1. Liene,
      First of all, you look beautiful in your Latvian dress and how cool are you and your family to have kept your history alive. Good luck on the baby waiting. This is such an exciting time for your family. Is this your first born abroad? I will be sending you positive labor vibes in the coming weeks and looking for an update on the new arrival.
      Plus, thanks so much for including me here. It is the push I need to keep it going and get my act together.
      G Bisous,

    2. Paldies Anna, and thank you Aiden! Yes, this will be #1 abroad, and speaking of keeping it going and getting acts together we'll see what happens once it makes it's arrival!

  2. Loved reading these facts! I sure hope you will send out an email or call when you go into labor. I'm just waiting for the news!

  3. Thanks for the sweet words! I can't believe how close you are getting! I'm sorry I didn't make it to the playgroup, I seriously underestimated the amount of time it would take to get out the door with a 3 week old and a 2 year old.

  4. Regarding number 5: no wonder you are having a Dragon Baby :-). I am seriously in awe of your skills.


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