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if you really knew me. . .

One of my peeps posted an “if you really knew me” post a few weeks back… And although I already knew everything about her (and have witnessed her knowledge of “I’m on a boat” firsthand), I decided to live on the wild side and let you in on a few of my deep dark secrets.

If you really knew me…


You’d know that I’m bitter my name “erin” has zero decent nicknames. Which might also explain why we named our daughter “alexandria” that has no less than 1,450 nicknames.

You’d know that I hate capital letters. And I suck at spelling (you might already know that if you’ve been reading this blog though…).


You’d know that my husband and i met. . .IN A BAR. playing bar-golf with a group of amazing friends.

You’d know that I have a nut allergy. So I’ve never had a PB&J or a Reece’s peanut butter cup. In college I forced a friend to nibble the tops off the drumstick ice cream cones so I could eat the rest #fatkidproblems


you’d know that my family is freakishly close. I’m 99% sure my mom started a group text sharing the fact that i was pregnant and constipated that one time in mammoth. Just because the whole family NEEDED TO KNOW. I hope my brothers fiance knows what she’s getting herself into.


you’d know that i sucked at being pregnant. Legit sucked. I laughed my way through it fairly easily- which wasn’t a small feat considering the 60lb weight gain, 29 weeks of morning sickness, and insane cankaleage. to top it all off i’m pretty sure i had “pregnancy fat face” starting at like 8 weeks.

 you’d know that i’m left handed. Which means that my life expectancy goes down… But the chance I’ll be president goes up (except for the tiny fact that I’m a Canadian citizen!). It also apparently makes me divergent (I’ll totally be fighting alongside tris and Tobias). I’m Canadian. Which means hockey,  Maple syrup, and poutine run through my veins.


you’d know that I have a major obsession with the golden girls. I would be happy if it was the only show on TV… Forever.


(I’m also 99% leslie, channing & i ARE the golden girls. We all love to eat pie and talk about life )

You’d know that I hate coffee. But am addicted to sugar free red bull. I keep waiting to be old enough to enjoy the taste of coffee so I can ditch the favorite drink of college students.

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You’d know that i’m not sad that lex is growing up. AT ALL. i’m actually the opposite and love every, single, stage. I get excited when i pack up her baby clothes and we get to move onto the next size. I love seeing her grow into the fun, sweet, and adorable little thang she’s becoming. I’m always looking forward to the next new thing. . . like when she can brush my hair and make me breakfast.



and. . . you’d know that i can totally rock bangs.

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  • March 4, 2014 - 4:04 am

    EHayes - Love it! Maybe I’ll finally finish the 31 facts about me I started drafting last fall and promised in my New Years post hahaha. Totally agree about Erin(n). I hate Er and naturally I always got erinnnnnnn, I did like Era though and later E Hayes/ Hayes.

    I cry over your nut allergy and feel your pregnancy. Not that mine was solar,but I have no desire to ever be pregnant again. Loved this post and wish I did know you in real life!

  • March 4, 2014 - 5:46 am

    Courtney B - You can TOTALLY rock bangs! Hot freakin’ mama!!
    29 weeks of morning sickness? I am SO sorry! One of my bests would tell me that she remembered when her sickness went away…. it was the moment they induced her! It was like her body knew it was finally getting rid of that damn baby 😉 Maybe that’s why I waited so long to get pregnant? I was terrified!
    I’m just dying to know… did you really google the amount of nicknames before you named Lex? 🙂
    And your legs? KILLER! Like I said, hot mama!!

  • March 4, 2014 - 5:59 am

    Jess - You can totally rock everything!! I wish I could meet you in a bar playing bar golf!!! We would totally kick ass. 🙂 I love getting to know the tiny details that REALLY make a person…I already knew you were a great mother, wife, friend, dresser and decorator!! Haha!!

    PS Just be glad your name isn’t Jessica – I get called Jennifer more often than not.

  • March 4, 2014 - 6:00 am

    Christina - I’m not sad about my daughter growing up either! Sure, some days I wish she could stay little just a bit longer but I love watching her grow and change and I’m always excited to see what is going to come next. It’s amazing watching them change! Fun post 🙂

  • March 4, 2014 - 6:02 am

    julie - First of all, yay for me already knowing all of these things. And second you lie! You totally did not suck at being pregnant AND you never had to force me to eat that drumstick for you!

  • March 4, 2014 - 6:06 am

    Karra - You can totally rock bangs! Loved this post. I just did a 50 things about my husband and I a while back. You and Lex are adorable!!


  • March 4, 2014 - 6:17 am

    Tiffany Kuehl - I seriously LOVE the idea of this post! You are a girl after my own heart! I did absolutely love being pregnant, but that was because I literally had no symptoms. Lol. And poutine is so yummy! I live in Wisconsin and there is one place here that has it. It is so yummy! My husband and I will go there and just order that at times. Lol. And Lex is so cute! I love all if the possibilities for nicknames for her! There is really only one option that I can think of for my daughter. Her name is Sydney and the only one I can think of is syd. But we never use that.

    And my husband seriously gored through and retreads my posts before I publish them! It’s not that I don’t know how to spell… But I type it all up and don’t notice when the words are off until I read it later. And if I had my way there would never be any caps!

  • March 4, 2014 - 6:19 am

    Anonymous - It was your dad.

  • March 4, 2014 - 6:21 am

    Sara - This post is amazing with all its fun pictures!!! You are lying about the fat face though – you looked amazing and handled it like a CHAMP!!!

  • March 4, 2014 - 7:17 am

    chrissy - Loved all the interesting facts! I cannot believe how much Lex looks like you! I can really see it in some of these photos! Also, you do totally rock bangs! Which is not a small feat! Not many people can do that. I know I tried and failed miserably.

  • March 4, 2014 - 8:39 am

    Emily - oh. my. gosh. i love this post! i never thought i’d hear of someone else that also hates capital letters! my 3rd grade students always ask me why i write things without capitals and i have to explain to them my hatred toward capital letters, all the while trying to get them to learn when to put capital letters in their writing 🙂 and i also have a gigantic obsession with gg’s. we watched it in college all. the. time. and picked our characters… everyone fought over not having to be dorothy. 🙂 love this post and thanks for sharing! (i’m the opposite about my name… mine has way too may nicknames and my daughter has zero!)

  • March 4, 2014 - 10:02 am

    Andrea@Hand and the Heart - This post is fabulous! 🙂 I love that you look forward to the next stage with your daughter. I’m the same way with my son, and then I feel guilty for thinking that…but it’s true. The early early baby days were HARD for us and I’m excited for him to be a little boy.

  • March 4, 2014 - 10:39 am

    Carolyn - Love this!! 🙂 I hate capital letters too. For some reason they drive me nuts. HAHAHAHA!

  • March 4, 2014 - 12:15 pm

    Courtney - You are just the absolute freakin best. Hands down. End of story.

  • March 4, 2014 - 2:49 pm

    Erika Lee Sears - my pregnancy was pretty awful too but its funny how much you forget. I would meet moms who would tell me they couldn’t remember being pregnant and I would say its because it was awful. lol.

    PS cute bangs.

  • March 4, 2014 - 6:54 pm

    Christina :: The Murrayed Life - Ok. First off, I love those pictures of you and your daughter. And all those pregnancy things do not seem even real looking at that picture. Even though sitting here 38 weeks pregnant I so feel for you and all that awfulness. Because it really sounds awful. Second, part of the reason I want to have more than 2 children is so we can have a super close family like that!! I want to make Parenthood our house. I guess I also need the money to make that gorgeous house in Berkley happen…

    Just found you through a blog comment somewhere and am going to be doing a little more peaking around. 🙂

  • March 5, 2014 - 3:59 am

    Jenny - I love this! So fun! So many things I didn’t know… but I loved most — that you are not sad about Lex growing up! I feel the same way and I LOVE LOVE that about you! 🙂

  • March 5, 2014 - 7:24 am

    Ashley - Omg I really, really love this too much!!!!! I feel like we are so alike …. I am left-handed (didn’t know about the life expectancy thing!!), love, love bangs (although you can rock them way better), & truly don’t mind Waverly growing up!!!! I always just get excited about the next stage!!!! Thanks for sharing mama!!!

  • March 5, 2014 - 10:15 am

    Courtney - Loved this! I’ve seen a few of these posts, but I’ve only managed to read yours. So congrats, maybe? I love that you love Lex getting bigger, I love Aria getting bigger too..bigger is better. The only stage I miss sometimes is super newborn stage when they slept all day and were super floppy.

  • March 7, 2014 - 6:14 am

    JessTemple - You love the Golden Girls? Diiiiid we just become best friends? I think so! Did you our Halloween costumes last year? If not, let me know and I’ll tag you on the Instagram pic because you. will. DIE.
    On a side note, I also dislike capital letters and “normal” punctuation in general. I’m sure I give english teaches a bad rash.
    On another side note, you are freaking gorgeous, in case I’ve never told you.
    Can we please be neighbors so our girls can hang out? Or let us come and visit? 😉

  • March 7, 2014 - 7:58 am

    Courtney P - You are a woman after my own heart in so many ways. And the Golden Girls? Hand me a piece of cheesecake and come on over – love it!!

  • March 14, 2014 - 9:55 am

    Melissa - LOVED reading this! I didn’t know you were Canadian!

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