Tuesday, September 30, 2008

100 Things

The idea is to write 100 things about yourself so here goes!

1. My full Name is Franchesca Gallegos Jenkins
2. My parents did not give me a middle name (weird right?)
3. I now have one because I kept my maiden name as my middle name
4. I am married to my high school sweetheart and I adore him
5. For those of you who don't know him, his name is Blake Andrew
6. We have been together for 10 years this December 23rd
7. We got married July 23, 2005
8. I still like to celebrate our "dating" anniversary
9. Who doesn't like to anniversary dinners / gifts
10. We have 1 daughter
11. Her name is Chloe Elizabeth
12. She is 2 years old
13. She is the light of my life
14. I don't know what I would do if she was not in my life
15. I work for our family business--Jenkins and Wynne
16. I work in the Internet Department
17. I'll be happy to help you buy a car
18. Any one in the market?
19. We have one dog--Riley--she's a boxer
20. She drives me bonkers
21. I would get rid of her if Blake would let me...I have not won that battle yet
22. We bought her while we were in college
23. I am 25 years old
24. I was excited that my insurance went down!! Hooray!
25. I was born in Ft. Campbell, KY
26. I was raised in Clarksville, TN
27. I moved to Mannheim, Germany when I was 5
28. I moved back to Clarksville when I was 8
29. My Dad is retired Military, but I really never had to move around
30. I am very happy about that...
31. My favorite type of food is anything that is a carb..
32. Potatoes really
33. I also LOVE anything chocolate
34. I don't like to get outside of the box when I'm ordering at restaurants
35. I usually order the same thing, every time
36. I am very reserved
37. Unless you make me very mad (ask my Husband)
38. I am more outspoken now then I ever have been in my life
39. I think this is because of my first job at Victoria's Secret (sales clerk)
40. I also worked at Pier 1 while in college
41. I graduated from APSU
42. My degree is in Business with a concentration in Finance
43. I interned at Merill Lynch my Junior year
44. I wanted to be an architect when I was young
45. I could probably eat a whole jar of pickles (DILL..not bread n butter)
46. I hate bread n butter pickles
47. I also hate tomatoes
48. But I LOVE ketchup (who knows?)
49. I did not realize how hard this would be...it is turning out to be very random
50. I have worked at Jenkins and Wynne for almost 4 years now
51. I work directly with my Sister-in-law, Casey
52. Everyone thinks this would hurt our relationship, but I think it has made in much, much stronger
53. I also work with Blake and my Father-in-Law, Don
54. Did I mention I love working with my Family?
55. I had 2 pet turtles growing up
56. I loved JEM as a child
57. My mom bought me the box sets of JEM for Christmas a few years back
58. I just recently got baptized (March 2007)
59. I attend Grace Community Church
60. I am a member of Junior Auxiliary Clarksville
61. I'm also a member of the Museum Guild
62. I have been part of a Bunco Group for about 3 years now
63. I'm an alumni member of Chi Omega Women's Fraternity
64. I pledged the Fall of 2001
65. I was Pike Dream Girl 2003 (I think)
66. Blake and I were Prom King and Queen
67. I am obsessed with buying bows for Chloe (just like Laura)
68. I try to buy most of Chloe's clothes at consignment sales...I'm not always successful in doing that
69. I have just recently joined a Book Club
70. And I love it
71. I just got done ready The Friday Night Knitting Club
72. I'm not sure if I would recommend it
73. My best friend's name is Brittnye
74. I am going to be in her wedding in March 2009 (and I can't wait)
75. Oh, Blake and Chloe are in it too...fun right?
76. I can't really cook
77. But I try
78. I am really OCD
79. I vacuumed my house everyday when I was pregnant with Chloe
80. That does not happen now that Chloe is here...
81. I think I will be ready for another child next year
82. I'm not sure if Blake is ready
83. I just recently traded my Explorer for a Honda Pilot
84. I absolutely love it
85. I have been raised in Fords my entire life
86. My dad would purchase nothing else
87. Oh, I'm an only child
88. School was always very important to me (I'm bit of an over achiever), but I did not retain much of the knowledge from school...doesn't make a lot of sense???
89. I am a bit nutty (ask Blake)
90. Especially when I have a lot on my plate
91. I am in a really good place in my life right now
92. I have a terrible head cold at this very moment
93. I need some good medication, but don't have access to any
94. I'm obsessed with my Blackberry and Facebook
95. and checking my email
96. My favorite color to wear is Black
97. I always planned to have kids at a young age
98. I was 23 when I had Chloe
99. Our birthdays are exactly a week apart
100. I tag anyone that has it in them to finish this TAG!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tag: 3 Things

I'm sorry that I have not posted any new pictures or updates. I guess I have not had the inspiration to write lately (not that people live and die by my blogging)....you know what I mean. Anyway, the tags have been great; they give me a reason to update thins thing! I hope everyone that reads this is doing well!

Here is the TAG:

List: 3 Joys, 3 Fears, 3 Goals, 3 Current Obsessions/Collections, 3 Facts About Yourself. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names.

3 Joys:
1. Blake
2. Chloe
3. My Friends (thank God for them)

3 Fears:
1. Having someone close to me die (I agree with Laura on this one)
2. Someone breaking into our house (again, I agree with Laura...I have always felt nervous about that, but since having a child, it has been taken to a whole other level.)
3. Getting a serious illness (cancer, etc)

3 Goals:
1. Having another baby (sometime in the next few years)
2. Working on saving money (always a hard thing to do)
3. Getting Chloe to STOP biting (oh gosh, we are struggling with this)

3 Current Obsessions:
1. Reading (currently reading The Friday Night Knitting Club)
2. Cleaning (let's be real, this has always been an obsession for me)
3. My Blackberry (LOVE IT)

3 Facts About Yourself:
1. I do not have a middle name (well, I do now because I did not drop my maiden name)
2. I am completely OCD (with all aspects in life--home, work, personal)
3. I totally over book myself and my family...trying to find a balance with this...what can I say, I am a very social person!

I tag Mrs. Shelby!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Chloe's Commercial Debut :)

Tagged Again...

Thanks Laura...Your making me rack my brain today :)

1. If every job paid $50,000 a year, and you had no physical or mental limitations, what would you do? I think at this point in my life I would teach. I'm not sure if teaching is my calling or not (though some say I DID miss my calling :))....but, being that I have a child that is on the brink of going to school...I would really love to have a Teacher's schedule. Summer and ALL Holidays off would be really nice.

2. What is your current church calling and what do you like about it? Right now, I work in the nursery at Grace Community. Actually I am starting this month working with the 2 year olds :) Though I only do it once a month, I really enjoy it. It is certainly not something I would have done prior to having a baby. Now, I feel more comfortable being with children...before Chloe, the thought scared me to death :)

3. Name a person you regularly encounter (outside your family) who brightens your day. I would have to say my Best Friend Brittnye. We spend a lot of time together and are the exact same person. I feel like she gets me...there is no drama or stress with our friendship, which is a quality I love about it. Relaxed and Natural...you can't get better than that. Plus, she has great advice. Unfortunately, we don't get to see each other as much because we are 30 minutes away from each other, but we do the best that we can!

4. In twenty years, what do you think you will miss most about your life now? I feel the same as Laura; I think I will miss Chloe being little and in the house. In twenty years, I imagine she will be graduating from college and starting her REAL adult life. It is hard to cherish the moments now because they seem so stressful, but they are going by so fast. Makes you think...slow down and take it in!!!!

5. What’s something you appreciate about your spouse? I really appreciate the fact that Blake is patient with me (for the most part). I take out a lot of my stress on him whether it is from work / Chloe / house stuff / bills, etc...most people would not put up with that (at least for the long haul). I know for me, it is hard to be patient with it all sometimes.

6. What is your favorite routine, household chore? Anyone who knows me, knows that I love all household chores. I'm kind of OCD. Give me a few hours by myself to clean, and I'm in hog heaven.

7. What’s a book you return to occasionally (besides the scriptures)? I don't really return to any book in particular. I'm a new reader...I've read a couple of good books in the last few months. Right now, I'm reading the Friday Night Knitting Club. It seems to be good so far.

8. Favorite small pleasure? Taking a Nap (especially on Sundays)

9. Favorite time of the day? 5 o'clock BABY :)

10. Name a person who performed what they thought was a small act of service, but ended up being a big deal to you. Well, it is hard for me to think way far back, but this past weekend Blake's Mom, Sandy, helped me out a ton. Saturday was Chloe's 2nd Birthday, and I had so much to do. She called me that morning and asked if there was anything she could help me do. I told her I had it under control....of course, I did not, but I did not want to burden anyone. Well, needless to say, I was overwhelmed, so I called Sandy and she went to pick up all the food and the cake for the party. It made my morning run much more smoothly and the party went on with out a hitch! Thanks Grandy :)

11. Name someone who somehow changed your life. Well, my first answer is Blake for all the obvious reasons...I love you honey :) I would have to say that Chloe has transformed my life too. When I found out I was pregnant, I was NOT ready AT ALL. The day I found out, I cried my eyes out for a long, long time. Well, I did everything to prepare for her arrival (as all mother's do), but I was never sure about everything that was going on. For those of you who know me, I had a super hard time the first few months after she was born. I look back on those days and regret not taking in every moment, because now, she is the JOY of my life and I don't really remember why it was so hard back then. I just adore her and am so thankful that God gave her to Blake and I. She is perfect in every way, and I can't wait to find out who she will become (okay, this got a little sappy...sorry!!).

12. Consider what you do each day. Think of one attribute or trait that you bring to your daily work that is a strength—what is something you do really well? Ummm...I'm not sure what I do good. I guess marking off things on my to-do-list...which is never ending (I mean really, never ending :))! I try to take one task at a time. Sometimes it is not easy / sometimes nothing gets done / sometimes it all gets done--Depends on the day!

I tag Mrs. Shelby Silvey! :)

I've Been Tagged...

4 Things I love about my husband:
1. He's a WONDERFUL Dad to Chloe
2. He is a WONDERFUL Husband
3. He works very, very hard to provide for our family
4. He has put up with me and my nuttiness for 10 years now :)

4 TV shows I watch:
1. Gossip Girl
2. Project Runway
3. The Hills
4. Grey's Anatomy

4 Places I have been:
1. Hawaii (10th Grade with the Jenkins Family)
2. Germany (lived there from the ages of 5-8)
3. Cancun (Honeymoon)
4. Bahamas (went when I was 3 months pregnant: March 2006)

4 Places I would like to go:
1. Antigua
2. Las Vegas (again :))
3. Disney World with Chloe
4. Australia

4 People who regularly email me:
1. Brittnye
2. Mom
3. Jennifer B.
4. Casey J.

4 Things I would like to eat:
1. loaded baked potato
2. chips and salsa
3. something sweet :)
4. ceaser salad
(okay, I don't want to eat all of these at the same time :))

4 Things I look forward to in the next year:
1. Halloween (Chloe is going to be a lady bug this year)
2. Thanksgiving (excuse to eat until I pass out)
3. Christmas (I think Chloe is going to love it this year)
4. Hillbilly Ball

4 People I tag:
1. Shelby Silvey
2. Beth Waynick
3. Kelly Blevins
4. not sure on who else....