I was born and grew up in southern Maine, living with my parents, older brother, and younger sister. I was musically-inclined from a young age, always singing, dancing, and performing for anyone who would pay attention. In school I sang in the chorus and started taking dance lessons in my teens. I performed in my first play when I was in 7th grade and have been in 40+ plays and musicals since then.
In high school I sang in the auditioned choir and performed at several music festivals, including All-State. I performed in the plays and musicals at school, as well as at many local theatres. In the summers I apprenticed at a professional summer stock theatre. Also while in school I participated in cheerleading, gymnastics, and took dance classes at a couple of local studios.
I was an excellent student, graduating in the top ten of my class, and I earned a huge scholarship to attend the University of New Hampshire, which I chose because of their excellent musical theatre and theatre education programs.
While at college, I studied both musical theatre and theatre education and made the choice to pursue teaching as a career. During the summers I was employed as a professional singer/dancer at a theme park, where I met my husband, Daniel, in 2004. That summer was my second at the park, and his first. Daniel is from Arizona, and the same company that produced the entertainment at the park in Maine also produced the entertainment at a park in Tucson, where he auditioned. They sent him to Maine for the summer, and we ended up falling in love. He taught me all about his religion, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or the LDS church), and we spent a lot of the summer debating and arguing about our beliefs. I studied and prayed and eventually joined the church myself. Because of the priesthood authority he holds, he was able to baptize me into the church.
We spent the next school year visiting each other about once a month, cross country, and on New Year’s Eve, he asked me to marry him. Although I was only in my junior year of college, I had been taking full loads of classes, and I realized that I would be able to graduate a year early. I graduated in May 2005, two days before my 21st birthday, with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. That made our plans work out nicely, as we performed another summer together at the park, and then I moved to Arizona.
We were married on October 29th, 2005, in the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple. Daniel had one more year of school left (he’s two years older than me, but served a two year mission in South Korea), and I spent that same school year in an online program to earn my Arizona teaching certificate. Daniel studied Music Education, and his Bachelor’s degree came with a teaching certificate, so we basically finished school at the same time, student teaching in the spring of 2006.
As we looked for teaching jobs, there weren’t jobs for both of us within commuting distance, so we ended up deciding to move to St. David (Daniel’s home town, about an hour south of Tucson), where he was hired as the choir and band teacher at his old high school. He just started his third year of teaching this week, and he loves it (almost as much as the town loves him!). We live in his childhood home, right behind his mother, who lives in the newer home his family moved into his senior year of high school, and we live here for free! It’s an old house, but it has lots of room, and otherwise we’d probably be paying to live in a small apartment!
During the past two years, I have worked a few different jobs, substituting in St. David, performing at a theme park in Tucson, and teaching theatre and dance classes at a studio. Daniel’s classes include show choir and musical theatre, so I have helped out, taught, and choreographed in those two classes quite a bit, and will continue to do so this school year.
In March of 2007 we decided we were ready to start our family, and on December 21st, 2007 I got a positive response on a pregnancy test! I kept the information to myself for about 36 hours, and ended up telling Daniel on the temple grounds in Mesa, in the exact spot that he proposed to me, almost exactly three years earlier. We were leaving that night at midnight to spend Christmas in Maine, so I was able to tell my family in person that we had a little one on the way!
I’ve spent the past three years traveling back and forth from here to Maine every few months or so to visit my family, but as of this month I no longer have to do that, because they have made the move to Tucson! My sister will be attending the University of Arizona this fall, and my parents were looking for a warm place to move to. So they now have a house in Tucson, just about an hour away, just in time to become first-time grandparents!
That pretty much brings us to the present. I am currently working at home for my father’s company, ten hours a week, and I was just asked by the local gym to start a dance program, as soon as I’ve recovered from having my baby. So I’m going to be a stay-at-home mom like I wanted, but also work part time and get to have the creative outlet of teaching dance, which I love. Looks like it will be the best of both worlds!
As I post this, I am 37 weeks and 2 days pregnant, with 19 days left before my due date! It’s been a very “text book” pregnancy, with no complications or major sickness, but I’m still looking forward to the end of it! I am more than ready to meet my little guy and start getting my body back. My family and friends are anxiously awaiting him as well, and Daniel is excited to become a father. I know he will be an amazing parent, which is one of the reasons I married him.
Well, that’s all about me! In future posts I will elaborate on my fitness and nutritional background and goals, as well as the dreaded numbers (of weight, measurements, etc). I’ll be including pictures soon, as well. I figure I have to be as honest as possible in order to be motivated to change those numbers and pictures! Also look for updates on (the end of) my pregnancy and the birth of our son! Comments are always welcome. Thanks for reading!