Behind the Blog: Michelle, married to Michael.
March 01, 2010

Today’s blogger is Michelle Murphy, who writes three blogs: Cheap and Creative, Army Wife for Now, and Baby by Michelle Elise.  In her own words:


Family trip to the beach for the holidays!

I’m a new mommy, an Army wife, and someone with entirely too many hobbies. I’m obsessive about washing my hands, but I’m horrible about cleaning the house. I have a few pet peeves: 1) When people are late or forget to do something they said they would 2) Those family stickers people put on cars, you know with the stick figures for each family member and 3) the giant slugs in our yard, we never had six inch long slugs in California! I think they are out to get me!

I’m married to Michael Murphy, which amuses me because my parents planned to name me Michael if I had been born a boy. Yet, don’t let the name similarities fool you, I think I am literally the opposite of my husband. I’m 5’5” and he’s 6’6”. I’m messy, and he cleans early on Saturday morning so he can relax during the weekend. I love to try new things and collect: books, photos, musical instruments, paints, fabric, yarn, etc. I secretly wish I were a hippie, selling handmade goods and homegrown veggies on the side of the road with a child on each hip. My husband’s favorite things are guns, the Military channel, and trying to throw my collections away. In spite of how different we are, some how we meet in the middle and get along surprisingly well.

Our little family began last January when we ran off to Vegas and got married a few days after he joined the Army. We transplanted from Southern California to Clarksville, TN in June and had our first child in September. Now I’m a stay home mom working on a M.A. in Education, and managing to squeeze a little time in to work on all my hobbies, especially the newest: blogging.

    1.  Pick five items that are the color yellow in your home.  What are they?

I’m not really a fan of the color yellow. Unfortunately though, our house is yellow, and so is our master bathroom. Who paints a bathroom bright yellow? We were going to repaint it, but we can’t agree on a new color. I like gray, he likes tan. Other than that we don’t have much yellow in the house… oh I know, I have one bumGenius cloth diaper that’s yellow =)

    2.  You wouldn’t be caught dead…where?

Probably in a tanning salon, I find the idea of tanning beds disturbing. I very much enjoy being pale and usually put on spf 50 or higher when I go out.

    3.  What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

Picking up and moving to Tennessee. I never thought I would live this far away from the ocean. I had talked about moving out of state before, but that was just talk. It’s been hard being away from family and friends, but I’m adjusting. Thank goodness for Facebook!

    4.  What does your family do together to unwind?

Lots and Lots of Netflix movies. I’ve been trying to convince my husband to play Risk or Scrabble with me, but he thinks you need more than two people to play Risk since our last game was nearly 10 hours long, and we won’t play scrabble since he knows I’ll win. So typically, we watch a movie or he plays Call of Duty and I work on my laptop. Both my husband and I love being outdoors, but we didn’t do a lot of exploring when we first got to Tennessee because I was extremely pregnant and the humidity was evil. Although, at the end of my pregnancy we hiked a couple times a week, in an effort to induce labor. Now that that’s over with and the weather is starting to warm up again, I’m looking forward to taking our son hiking and maybe camping.

    5.  Okay, tell us one story that your family will tease you about until the day that you die.

When I was 2, I was taking a bath with my sister and I pooped in the tub. Even still, 22 years later, every time I see my sister she likes to remind me of this incident and how I will always be held responsible for my wrongdoing.


A favorite: Michael with Jacob, 2 months.


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  1. By kbreints on March 01, 2010

    Great Pictures!! Such a sweet family :) but you forgot the story on your tattoo!!

  2. By on March 01, 2010

    I follow Michelle’s Blog ‘ Cheap and Creative’.  I love Michelle’s personality.  Awesome pictures!
    God bless her family.

  3. By on March 01, 2010

    Which tattoo? I have many :)
    The Forgiven tattoo I got because when I look in the mirror I see a reminder that I’m forgiven and it helps me to worry less and focus on moving forward. Most of my tattoos are scriptures or faith based. I don’t really talk about my faith unless someone asks me, and usually my tattoos start conversations.
    I forgot to mention I also have a photography blog too… I have too many blogs!

    Thanks for the sweet comment Sangeetha.

  4. By Stephanie on March 01, 2010

    Awwww, what a beautiful family!!!

  5. By Jenny | The Balow Bunch on March 03, 2010

    My husband used to be stationed at Ft Campbell! It was when we were dating and were doing the long distance thing. I bet that place still looks the same.

    Michelle—if you haven’t explored the Land Between the Lakes, I suggest you do! It’s great for hiking and camping!

  6. By on March 03, 2010

    Jenny,
    Yeah, there isn’t much going on here. I bet it hasn’t changed at all. When we arrived I was almost 7 months pregnant and it was incredibly humid compared to the CA weather I was used to so we didn’t explore a whole lot. I’ve been wanting to go to LBL but it fall flew by and now I’m hoping we can go before my husband deploys. I’ve heard it’s really nice there. We go to Dunbar Cave often since it’s right down the road from our house. In the 3 weeks before I had my baby I was walking the trails there like mad, trying to induce labor.
    Michelle

  7. By Cynthia on March 05, 2010

    What a wonderful family!! Also, what a wonderful way to start each day, by being reminded that you’re forgiven.


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