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Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 12:34PM by Registered CommenterDavina in | Comments10 Comments

THREE TIMES while I was on vacation with my little family (more pictures of that to come soon! :)  Thank you Anne Ruthmann, Amy DeYoung, and Michelle White.  You know I love you girls! :)

I'm supposed to list 8 interesting things about myself.  So...I have this question...since three people tagged me does that mean I'm to come up with 24 interesting things?  I don't know if I have that many! lol.  So here's the deal... I'm going to come up with as many things as I can.   Then you can ask me any question you want in the comments and I'll answer it.  I'd love for you to feel free to ask me things that aren't technical photography questions (I'd be happy to answer them in an email: davina@davinafear.com).  That way I can embarrass and reveal myself to you as much as possible right here on my blog! lol.  So let the questions begin!!!


1.  I am the first of five children.  The first grandchild on my mom's side.  Everyone in my family has a name that starts with a 'D'...even my parents: Don, Debby, Davina, Danita, Dionne, Donny, and Devin.  It's crazy silly but we even named all of our animals with a 'D'.  I wanted to name a little white kitten that we got 'Snowball' but it would only pass as a name in our family as 'D'Snowball'.  Yes, I know...chessy to the nth degree! :laughing:  I love my family!

2.  All of my kids are named after someone in my family.  My son is named after my awesome grandpa James Emmett (who went by Emmett).  My girls are named after a great-great grandma on each side (one from Mike's side and one from my side...from what we know of the grandma's my girls have a lot of very similar characteristics to their namesakes).  Gracie is named after someone from way, way, way,way back we hope.  We actually weren't completely sure what to name her.  But after going through the labor I did with her we knew that her name had to be Grace.  It was just perfect.

3.  I gave birth to all of my children naturally, no drugs (including my twins).  I know people think it's an absolutely crazy thing to do.  I think it's amazingly empowering for women.  Labor is an incredible experience. 

4. I attended three different colleges and ended up graduating from the one I went to first.

5.  I was a voice performance major at Arizona State University on scholarship.  Thanks to my voice coach, Russ Penny, for all his hard work, effort, extra mile, and belief that it could really happen!  Not to mention my parents believing that it would always happen.

6. I went on a mission for to New Mexico when I was 21.

7.  I almost joined the Peace Corps when I was 20.  I still want to go to Africa.  Now I want to go with my little family and help Thirst Relief International.

8.  I lived in over 20 houses and over 8 states (Ohio, Utah, Arizona, Oklahoma, Virginia, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Texas) by the time I was 21 years old.

9.  I LOVE chocolate:  The Molten at Chili's, V Chocolates toffee, Burger King Chocolate Milk Shakes...it's just all soooo good!!!  Oh...and don't remember the last week that I missed having some kind of Mexican food.  I sometimes think I could live on chocolate and chips and salsa. (ummm...that might be why I need to lose about 20 pounds...hmmmm....it's all becoming clear to me now!  :laughing:)

10.  If I weren't a photographer I'd love to be a country singer or a salsa/ballroom dancer. :)

11.  When I was in college I was checking out a guy during orientation week in a big crowd of people and smashed into a window that I thought was an open door.  It wasn't an open door.  The window shattered into million pieces.  I think the guy saw me...don't think he was impressed. 

12.  I love it when my little three year old holds my face in her tiny, little soft hands, looks in my eyes and says "I love you, Mom."

13.  I love the smell of my husband just before he leaves for work in the morning.

14.  I love when my kids cuddle up to me first thing in the morning with their warm little, still sleepy selves.  Especially when they've had a bath the night before.  It's heavenly.

15.  I lost my Dad's nice SLR camera when I went on a trip in high school to DisneyWorld.  I was so worried sick about it on the trip back that when I came off the bus the first thing I said to my Dad was, "I lost your camera."  He hugged me and said, "It's a good thing I love you more than that camera."  He's a really great Dad.

16.  When I first met my husband, it was not love at first site.  I was rude at first site.  I'm pretty lucky he didn't give up on me.  I knew he was the one when I had a super big dinner for a whole bunch of people and he was the only one that stayed and helped until all of the dishes were done....okay, maybe that's not right when I knew!  He is the best man that has ever happened to me and I count my lucky stars everyday that I get to spend my forevers with him.  And, yes, he still does the dishes after more than 12 years.  I told you I hit the jackpot!!!

Okay...now it's your turn!  Ask me anything you want.  Just put it in the comments.  Or tell me something about YOU, my dear blog readers!!  I'm ready.  :)

I'm supposed to TAG some people.  So here you go:

Duston Todd

Kate Benson

Millie Holloman

Jules Bianchi

Kelly Moore

Tim Uhl

Jim Davis-Hicks

Lauren Clark




good. LIFE. 

really good.  LIFE.



*What has been the greatest lesson you have learned during our 12 and a half years of marriage that will help others keep their love alive?   Remember that everything you married them for is still there and you still love it.  Oh!  And go on a date together every week...no matter what!

*How did you get so HAWT and I get so lucky?  I'm lucky you think I'm hot...

*How old are you?  I'm 36 but only for about 3 more weeks.  September 13th (while I'm in LA at Partnercon--I'll miss partying with my kids...) is my birthday.  When I think about it....I can't believe I'm in my 30s...life goes by so quickly.  It's crazy.




Reader Comments (10)

My love, here is a question: How did you get so HAWT and how did I get so lucky?


August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Okay, here is a real question that will tell people more about you: What has been the greatest lesson you have learned during our 12 and a half years of marriage that will help others keep their love alive?

PS. It is a still a thrill to hold your hand after all of these years!

Your man, Mike

August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike

LOVE that story about your Dad, Davina. You have SUCH a charmed life!!

August 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJules Bianchi

You forgot to mention that you are obsessed with chapstick... Lol. Great stuff here! I thought of some more stuff I could have put on my blog after reading yours, like the fact that I once ran into a parked ups truck while riding my bike without using my hands. It was bad, a broken bike, broken pride, and a busted face that needed stitches... Ouch!

August 22, 2007 | Unregistered Commentermillie

What?! You had 4 babies without drugs! I am seriously in awe. You're amazing.

August 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah W.

LOL!!! D'Snowball??? That cracks me up! I am so glad we are getting to know each other via blog comments!! there's the walnut, the pecan nut, the pistachio nut, the peanut - which isn't really a nut. I'm looking for a toy bee. It's about this big and it, it is a bee....for a dog. LOL!!! We should get together and watch it sometime!

August 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRae Leytham

everytime I read the blogs I know wothout a doubt I made the right choice in signing up for the workshop in feb. i am in AWE at how u run an amazing business and balance a husband and 4 kids....I have 2 and I stay overwhelmed. I am looking so forward to hearing some of your experiences and advice. My hearts cry for 6 months has been that God show me how to keep balance and harmony in my business, my family, and with him!thanks so much for being so willing to teach others!:)

August 23, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterlaurie

I was wondering how old you are.

August 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCambry

That window shatter story is PRICELESS!!!! LOL-Miss you too!

August 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterFred Egan

Jules, I DO live a charmed life...and my Dad is awesome!

Millie, you're right! I'm totally obsessed with chapstick! I have to have it everywhere. I have next to my bed, in the bathroom, in my purse, in my car...oooo! I need to put some at my studio! Thanks for the reminder. lol. Ouch! no more riding a bike without hands for you, Millie! Your story reminded my of a the day my own car hit me. (that's a crazy story...)

Rebekah, yes...four babies, no drugs. I don't know about amazing...women who have a big old needle stuck in their back are pretty amazing.

Rae, yes, d'snowball. How silly is that? lol. So when are we watching Best in Show? :)

Laurie, I am so thrilled that you are coming to the workshop. It's amazing how God puts things in our lives at just the right time...to help others and when we need help. Awesome.

Fred, I think if you would have been there you would have laughed and tried hard not to laugh so that you could try to be concerned if I hurt myself. If I would have seen me do it I think I would have laughed uncontrollably and at the same time tried to ask if I hurt myself. In fact, as I was walking away I was totally laughing to myself in the hallway and then realized I should go back and tell someone that I wasn't hurt and ask about paying for the window...lol. It still makes me laugh. When will I see you again?

August 28, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterdavina

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