MEET AMANDA

Hi! We want to introduce ourselves, and I'm first up! I'm Amanda Jigmond, one of the co-founders of Little & Mighty. I live in Bastrop, Texas, with my husband, three girls, a dog, and a fish. I'm the one who draws the designs on the shirts we sell. I've answered some questions below so you can get to know me a little more.

1. What is your favorite color? 

Deep blue but with some green - almost teal.

2. Where were you born?

I used to say "on our chair" but we don't have it anymore, and since most people are not looking for that specific of a location - Houston, Texas.

3. What was the last book you read?

An Uncomplicated Life by Paul Daugherty.  It's a wonderful memoir written by a father about raising his daughter who was born with Down syndrome. One of my daughters was also born with Down syndrome, so I love to read about what it's been like for others.  This one was especially great; a father who encouraged his daughter to be herself by believing in her and expecting she would do well.

4.       What was your first job?

Not counting babysitter? Lifeguard at Schlitterbahn Waterpark

5.       Do you love or hate roller coasters?

LOVE.

6.       Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?

Yes - Mama Manda, given to me by my grandpa when I was in elementary, because I was always "mothering" my younger siblings and cousins.

7.       What did you want to be when you were little?

Either a mustang trainer or a vet.

8.       What would you sing at Karaoke night?

Easy Silence by the Dixie Chicks

9.       What makes you laugh the most?

My sister Rachel when she's in her element (you'll meet her here soon if you haven't already), and stuff like this: Trying to leave the house when you have kids

10.   What is your favorite movie?

The Hobbit movies.  My dad used to read The Hobbit chapters for bedtime stories. I think this is one of the best made movies of all time - amazing how close the movies are to what things looked like in my head from hearing the book.

11.   What is your favorite dessert?

Warm brownies a la mode.

12.   Would you rather vacation in Hawaii or Alaska, and why?

Probably Alaska because it seems so extreme.  I've been to tropical places similar to Hawaii, but nothing as far towards the pole as Alaska.  I'd love to see the vastness of it, the landscapes, wildlife, weather, and the extremes of daylight/darkness - though not for too long!

13.   What is something most people don’t know about you?

I really dislike grapefruit.

14.   What three things do you think of the most each day?

Trying to stay conscious of being truly present for my family, planning ahead, and finding ways to soften the edges of whatever stages my children are at.

15.   Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

Julia Stiles

16.   How did you meet your spouse?

He and I were both camp counselors at Brush Ranch Camps in New Mexico one summer in college.  He taught the oldest kids things like rock climbing and mountain biking; I taught the youngest kids things like nature and drama. I went there totally content being single, but once we met, we were never happy apart from then on.

17.   How did you come up with your kids' names?

My husband is from Romania, so for one of our twins we looked at Romanian names and chose one that was pronounced similarly in both English and Romanian, and still sounded nice in English - a tougher job than you might think!  For the second twin and our youngest, we made lists and each crossed names of the others' list until we ended up with names we both liked.  We paired shorter first names with longer middle names and vice versa.  We were surprised by the gender of all three of our girls at their births, but I guess since we never found any boy names we both loved ahead of time, maybe we knew all along.

18.   What motivates you?

Love. My people. Adventure. Books.  But mostly love for my people.

19.   What is one thing your kid does that just slays you?

I get three answers since I have three kids, right? 

One of my twins has recently been gaining confidence in trying more physical things out (somersaults, flipping over on the trapeze, etc.) and she will quietly try something new on her own when she thinks nobody is watching.  When she does it successfully, she is just glowing with pride!  I'm pretty sure I can see the sunbeams shining out from her face.  I love it!

My other twin daughter has started this habit of listing all the things she loves when she first says one thing she loves.  So she will say "I LOVE honey.  And I love baths, and showers, and camping, and bean burritos, and gymnastics, and Aby, and blueberries, and I love baby Emma, and going to grandma's house, and ..." It just kills me because she says it with this huge smile, just delighting in thinking about all the things she loves, in no particular order.

My youngest has a peculiar way of saying "underwear."  She says "ONDUH-WEE-UH."  Some days she says it correctly and it makes me wistful she's growing up so fast, but most days she still says it her old way, in her cute little voice, which gets me every time.

20.   Are you a night or morning person?

Morning person for sure. As a kid I used to wake up early (a few minutes before my alarm went off) and read until everyone else woke up. I'm still a morning person, but ever since I had kids, sleep has been precious (I'm usually up two or three times on an average night) so it's not so enticing to wake up early!  I have recently started getting up to have breakfast with my husband before the kids wake up, though, so I'm heading back that direction, and loving it!

So there you have it - some tidbits about me.  Thanks for reading! Stay tuned to get to know the two other mamas behind Little & Mighty in the next few weeks. 


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