questions answered -part one

a big thank you to all of the people who asked questions.  you’re getting your answers.  
a vlog will soon follow with the questions that need a bit more explaining.  
courtesy of dirk olsen
ultimate perfect day:  wake up at a beach house on anna maria island, breakfast in bed, cuddle with jb, walk on beach,
 ride bike to bistro for lunch with my bff’s, back to beach, nap, prepare big dinner for family, watch the sunset on the west coast of florida over some wine, more cuddles with jb, fall asleep to waves crashing.

fave meal (first course to last): 
firstly, there will be wine pairings with each course. 
mixed cheeses, foie gras, around the couch or back porch 
mixed greens with pine nuts, goat cheese, and vinaigrette.
pumpkin creme soup.
risotto and roasted garlic asparagus for sides
smoked duck on a bed of lentils for the main
creme brulee topped with strawberries, blueberries, shaved dark chocolate and homemade whipped cream

what do you miss most about home (excluding friends and fam as that is a given):
i miss the smell.
i’m from a little town where your tropicana orange juice is bottled.
in the morning, you can smell the orange peels.
after that, it’s just salt air.
i love the smell of home.  

have you ever considered modeling: 
thanks bridget.  you and my father in law have the same idea.
i have, and would.  but i am a little shy about things of that nature.

who is your biggest inspiration in life:
my mom.
hands down.
the sweetest, kindest, and most giving person i’ve ever known.

what are your favorite baby names:
Our first girl will be named Sophia/Sofia.  
I want to name her sophia with a ph
jb wants the f. 

our boy will be the fourth.  but we won’t call him JB which stands for John Bullock.
Perhaps just “Tuck” as his grandfather was called.  but have the traditional name on everything else. it gets confusing with these fourths.  

another name I love for a girl is Seleta, but JB isn’t too fond of it … just yet (:  

Do I bleach my hair?
I get highlights, and i think they used to be bleach.
but now I go to a salon that uses aveda products that are a lot easier on my hair.

What is your hair routine? 
I use Pureology,  fekkai, herbal essence – i rotate them.
i don’t blow dry (once in a very blue moon… and actually i don’t own a blow dryer over here)
I sometimes comb it.  sometimes I don’t.  
Every once in a while for special events, I will curl it with a big barrel.

Do you use a straightener?  
I own one but maybe use it once a year.

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
 It all works out better than you can imagine, so stop worrying darn it.

favorite TV show:
ncis and gossip girl. a tie.

What do you do when he’s gone for baseball?
JB is only gone 3 hours a day during the week.  from 6-9.
So I might do a number of things – blog, market, park, read … 
but i always have dinner ready by the time he’s home- we have to eat late.
but we do get a pretty sweet day together.
on weekends he has games from 8-2ish if its home.  and 8-5ish if its away.
I either go to the games or do what i do when he’s gone during the week.
switzerland is a very small country. the furthest they travel is a little over an hour away.

Are you a Christian?
Yes (:

favorite junk food?
haribo. or toblerone

how many siblings?
3!  2 sisters and a brother.  I’m the youngest middle.  

Is Australia in your future travel plans? 
of course it is!  especially when you and george get married (:

When did you move to Switzerland?
Last year I moved here in March.
We moved back in November.
Moved to Panama in December.
Moved back home to Florida late January – where i finished up my masters.
Then I went back to Switzerland in May while JB went back in March.

Favorite Book:
i have a few
 The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Return to Modesty by Wendy Shalit

you can check out more of what i read and enjoyed on goodreads
how long have you been blogging?
Since February 14th, 2010.

Do you have any blogging tips?
don’t make your readers put in a code to write you a comment.
make friends. 
play nice. give credit where credit is due.
take your own pictures.
be sincere. 

Allright, and in the VLOG that’s coming up I’ll be answering: 
y’alls number one favorite question!

which was asked in many creative ways …
1. do you plan on making babies?
2. when are you going to have mini sarah and jb’s?
3.  when are you having kiddos missy?
4.  babies. when are you having them?
5.  Will you still travel the world when you have a little JB?  assuming you have a little JB first.
6. When will you make beautiful blonde babes?

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Also these questions too:
– will you settle in the US for child rearing?
-How do you pack for Vacations?
-What has been your best experience so far in life?

If you’d like to ask anymore questions – feel free to drop me a line on my Formspring!

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  • Reply Bridget

    i cant imagine your father in law and me are the only people who asked/thought it!

    anddddd can't wait for that vlog.

    and loooove the first blogging tip. hate hate hate comment verification!

    June 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply Sara Louise

    Love your blogging tips and the honesty of your answers. Looking forward to the next installment 🙂

    June 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Stevie Leigh

    Haha. Seriously, though – you two will have GORGEOUS kids.

    And girlfriend, that photo of you IS a model shot. The dress is amazing!

    – S

    June 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Chelsea

    i'm excited for the vlog. and to see if you are really real. 🙂

    June 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Great post and honest answers. Those first three books are three of my faves as well. I'd love to eat that wonderful meal. Sophia is a beautiful and timeless name. Tuck is so darn cute! You will make beautiful babies, but all in due time. You're young, you're having adventures…when the time is right you'll know. And great blogging tips too!

    June 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Jenni Austria Germany

    yes, i am assuming you will have a little JB first because after seeing that cutie pic of him in the straw hat, i think you need one of those asap. 😉

    June 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply Love Lillian

    I think that maybe some of your blogging friends want you to have babies.

    I also don't like the word vertification.

    I think you should do a blog featuring your closet!! With so much travel you must have a a fairly large selection.

    Yay for vlogs 😀

    June 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Megan

    i like you more and more every day. who knew that was even possible at this point?

    redeeming love. UGH. obsessed.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    that picture is to pretty for words! i second you on that perfect day. & for some reason, i actually remember you telling me about redeeming love in college. so maybe i need to actually read it! happy weekend 🙂

    June 3, 2011 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Sist and Sist

    that photo is stunning! i don't think i've seen that one!!! love these ?'s!!! lots of baby ones coming up!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    June 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply nicole

    first of all, stunning. i don't know how you always look so effortlessly put together.

    2nd of all, i'm totally on board with the smell of home. it varies for me, but the smell of my parents house, the smell of our backyard, the smell of the lake (although not as nice as the ocean) it's so comforting.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm
  • Reply Sonja

    These answers are so awesome!!!
    although i gotta say the questions are great too, I'm always so bad at coming up with questions on blogs, I'm glad people came up with such good ones that helped us to get to know you better :o)

    June 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply M.

    yay! excited for your blog beautiful lady.

    June 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply Ahn

    haha. enough baby questions? jeez… people are pushy. i say we should enjoy marriage for a minute before popping babes out.

    June 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm
  • Reply Maria

    I love this and the baby names. Adorable. Love Sophia.

    June 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply christine donee

    woohoo little JBs. Y'alls kids would be really really really ridiculously good looking. Just sayin.

    June 3, 2011 at 6:15 pm
  • Reply homeseed

    oh my, i sure do like YOU!

    really enjoyed learning more about you.

    ummm, your fave meal, sounds SO incredible. now you're making ME hungry.

    also, are you excited for the movie version of "the help"? i haven't read the book but have an actor-friend who is an extra in it! hoping she made the cut!

    can't wait for the vlog.

    love to you, sarah!!

    June 3, 2011 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply Hailey

    Aha, I looove Gossip Girl. (:
    & ncis, but mostly gossip girl.
    Watching it is my guilty pleasure, my family makes fun of me. Haha.

    June 3, 2011 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Sydney

    Oh wow! I loved the question/answer thing! Very nice to know a little more about you 🙂

    June 3, 2011 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply In Love with San Diego

    I'm pretty sure I love you. Seriously, you're as cute as a button. That JB fella is one lucky guy 😉

    Can't wait to see the vlog!


    June 3, 2011 at 10:34 pm
  • Reply .Jessica.

    1. Couldn't agree more with your love of Gossip girl. It is amazing to watch, even if it's on silent just to stare at the amazing fashion and styling.

    2. Just finished reading The Help, and I'm obsessed with Redeeming Love. It changed my life! East of Eden has been on my list for awhile; I definitely need to make it a beach read for this summer.

    Can't wait for the next installment. It's wonderful to see what people have in common who lead such different lives!

    June 4, 2011 at 1:45 am
  • Reply Michelle (michabella)

    LOVED this!!!! Excited to see the vlog! And I LOVE Redeeming Love!!!!!

    June 4, 2011 at 3:29 am
  • Reply Lea

    Hi Sarah,
    I stumbled upon your blog one day and just want to let you know how much I enjoy it!


    June 4, 2011 at 4:17 am
  • Reply Cara-Mia

    Hah love it! Also love that East of Eden is one of your favorite books, as it is mine as well. Adding you on GoodReads ASAP.

    June 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply kerrie elaine

    I just love you. xo

    June 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm
  • Reply Danielle

    Love your blog! The pictures you take are absolutely beautiful! Switzerland is an amazing place (ok, all of Europe for that matter).

    June 5, 2011 at 12:49 am
  • Reply Krystal

    i love all of your answers! especially the dont make your readers put in word verification! haha 😉

    June 5, 2011 at 10:14 am
  • Reply Juliet {the juliet notes}

    love this!! and that photo of you is stunning!!

    June 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Michaela

    I loveeeed reading these answers! Love the name Sophia (: I vote for "ph", too!

    Can't wait for the VLOG!

    And ps. I didn't know JB played baseball over there! My family are huge baseball fans!!

    June 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply Rachel {Da Paura ♥}

    I loved learning more about your beautiful self! Oh and smoked duck on a bed of lentils sounds like perfection… 🙂


    June 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply Sarah Rall

    Thanks for being so open on your blog, it's so refreshing! I have a few siblings living in Switzerland in Zurich and I love going to visit them – mainly because they live right near the Lindt Chocolate factory – so amazing!

    June 6, 2011 at 6:13 am
  • Reply Kristina

    such a great post, loved to read all your answers! your perfect day sounds indeed absolutely perfect!! I heard so many good things about anna maria island by now!! 🙂
    happy monday!

    June 6, 2011 at 7:57 am
  • Reply leigh

    I just got a little bit excited.
    Your top two favorite books are two of my favorite books in the whole world!! Which means . . . I will be reading the other three books you listed.
    YES! Score one for me.
    <3 leigh

    June 7, 2011 at 12:48 am
  • Reply bailey

    haha i love everyone's creative baby questions! and sarah, YOU were the one who told me about redeeming love for the first time, some random night in college. and i now own it and have read it a million zillion times + lots of other francine rivers! so, thanks!!

    June 7, 2011 at 1:58 am
  • Reply Nikki

    Love your menu. Now I'm hungry…I'll just have some wine.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:28 am
  • Reply Something Old, Something New

    Great post! It's always so fun getting to know fellow bloggers even better. Great picture too – you should definitely be a model 🙂

    June 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Aspiring Kennedy

    loved getting to know you more, sarah!!

    okay, i have 3 siblings too… older sister, older brother, me, and younger sister. is that you, too? 🙂

    parallel lives, i tell you. you just have a better metabolism. 😉

    June 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!}

    Ok — I stumbled on your blog TWO HOURS ago…and I haven't left yet! And I'm at work. So if I lose my job it's because of you and your cute face and your addictive travels. But it's worth it. 😉 My husband was a pro-musician 'before', so we got to do some pretty cool things. Now we're suburban and have 2 kids, but we travel without them once a year…it's marriage prozac!

    Nice to meet you, Sarah! I'm following along now!

    August 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm
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