Happy Friday! I haven't done one of these in a while so I thought it was a good time to get back to it! For more info, check out Wife of a Sailor's blog.
1. The best thing my parents taught me to do when I was a child was: Always, always, always say please and thank you! I can remember my dad pretending he was deaf until the "magic" words were uttered. It was frustrating at times, but well worth it now! I have to say, it drives me batty when I hear young children ordering their parents around (don't even get me started on the behavior I see on Toddlers and Tiaras!) and I know without a doubt that sort of behavior would NOT of been tolerated in our household! On that same train of thought, I cannot thank my mom enough for always insisting that we send thank you notes for everything, no matter how big or small. I know I always appreciate it when I receive one, plus I just think it is the polite and gracious thing to do!
2. However, one thing I wish they did differently was: Wow! This is a toughie! I would say teach my brother and me some household chores that aren't generally common for our gender. I, to this day, have not one clue how to even start a lawn mower! I know I will make Ian teach me though because when he deploys it will be my job (What's the average cost for a lawn boy these days? hehe). I can bet, like my husband, my brother probably can't cook much unless it comes out of a toaster! Hopefully when we have children we will mix it up a bit. Although I do have a great example in that my dad traditionally does most of the ironing. I think Ian should follow in that tradition :) Sorry, Mom and Dad - they made me pick something!
3. One thing I have always wanted to try but haven't is: Skydiving! I have always wanted to go but haven't yet. Plus I don't want to go just for the sake of going, I want it to be for a special celebration or at least some place really incredible and beautiful!
How incredible would this be?!
4. One thing I never thought I'd try but have is: Bungee jumping! I always wanted to skydive but never wanted to bungee jump. Weird right? Doesn't make sense to me either! But when I was in South Africa, the majority of the people in our group were going, and it is the world's highest bungee (216 meters) so the competitive side of me knew I had to do it. And it was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!! The world goes silent after you jump and it is the most breathtaking, exhilarating (terrifying) experience! I highly recommend it!
The bridge we jumped from
On a high afterwards!
5. If I could give my 16-year-old self one piece of advice I'd tell myself: When you go to college, get a degree for something you can do anywhere since you will be marrying an Army boy and will have to move all over!