Kris: Tell me a little bit about your family.
Nichole: I am incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to stay at home with our two children. Most days this thrills me, on some rare occasions, it makes me a little loony, but I never wish it wasn’t so.
For how long have you been married?
Craig and I have been married for five years this August.
How many kids?
We have two.
Katie is almost three. She is pure magic. She is equal parts silly and reserved. I see some of myself in her (her obsessive-conpulsiveness and her passion for reading) and bits of her father in her (her calm and happy demeanor and her ability to learn things in two seconds flat).
Matthew is five eight months old. He is sweet and tender, demanding and surprising. We’re still learning about him, but his warm, happy smile tells me that we have great stuff ahead.
Katie is everything I always knew that I needed and Matthew is exactly what I always needed, without knowing that I needed it.
We are in heavy negotiations to add a kitten to our currently animal-free zone. This has the potential to be either the wisest or most horrific idea ever.
And a little about you?
I grew up in Maine and currently live in Northern California. If I could take bits of each place and put them together, that is where I would choose to live. I love the solid values I learned in Maine, but living in California has taught me to live a bit more in the moment.
Before I had my children, I was an English professor. I taught Composition and Shakespeare, much preferring the latter. I look forward to returning to it one day.
History of mental illness?
I earned my B.A. in English from the University of Texas and then went on to earn my M.A. in English from California State University.
Most recent spectacular failure?
Convincing my husband that I need an iPad. Any tips on how to achieve this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Baby. Happy Mother’s Day to me!
Why have you decided to write a blog?
Having small children has proven so all-consuming that I am trying to carve out some time for myself. Writing helps me to process what I’m thinking, as I often don’t entirely know what I feel until I sit down to write. The irony in choosing my family for my subject matter is not lost on me.
What sorts of things do you plan on writing about?
Each and every day, I strive to appreciate the wonder, beauty, and whimsy in the small moments, the moments that, when strung together, form an entire childhood. I hope to help others seek out and savor these moments in their own lives.
You will also find letters to my children sprinkled in here and there. My father died when I was two years old and I’ve always wished that I could have known him. I would have loved to be able to read his thoughts–about me, about his life, about the world. These letters to my children reflect this loss and will be serious at times and silly at others.
I also hope to share the results of my intense need to research things to death. I’d love to share what I learn with others. Need a stroller? I’ve done the research. Need the perfect bedtime book? I’ve got a recommendation. Want a recipe for homemade organic baby food? I’m your girl.
Is there anything that would be off limits for this blog?
What would that topic be? Details, please.
Although my children will undoubtedly play a huge role in my writing, I won’t write about exactly where we live, where they will go to school, or where we spend the bulk of our time.
Imagine that your children are older and reading this blog without you. What do you want them to take away from the experience?
I want my kids to know that I didn’t make any decisions without careful consideration. I am cautious and deliberate; writing about them is no exception.
I also want them to know that every minute of their childhood is precious to me and that building happy memories for them to carry through life has been one of my priorities.
If you had to choose 5 words to describe yourself as a mother, what would those words be?
Thorough, tender, present, careful, and silly.
What is the most important characteristic you look for in a friend?
A sense of humor is truly important, as I have a tendency to take life too seriously and have been known to see the glass as half empty at times. A friend who can make me laugh helps to balance me out and to find humor in the everyday.
Describe a time when you were not a good friend, and how that made you feel.
I recently let a friend down when faced with a choice between following through on a long-standing committment to her and doing what I knew in my heart was right for my family. I truly believe that if I always put my family first, my friends will respect my decisions, even if my actions are inconvenient to them at the time.
Who do you hope your readers will be?
In an ideal world, I am hoping for readers who will join a dialogue with me. I’m hoping for feedback, suggestions, ideas, and general thoughts. Telling me that I’m fabulous is always a bonus.
Describe the mom who drives you nuts . . . you know the one:
The mother who makes me craziest is the one who doesn’t wash her childrens’ hands before they eat, all the while lamenting the fact that they are always sick. She is typically the same mother who is at the mall at naptime and is yelling at her children for acting out. She makes me completely crazy. Cause and effect, people, cause and effect.
Ladies and Gentlemen (really, mostly ladies) . . . keep your eyes on the internet! Nichole is a woman to watch!