I was born in Melle, Germany. I moved with my parents from the Army base in Melle to Mankato, MN when I was 16 months old. I had a crazy memory for languages back then and I could count to 10 (in all four languages) and speak all sorts of little words for actions and foods in English, Spanish, German, and French at 16 months old. I lived in Mankato until Christamas break of 5th grade (I was 10 years old) and that was when my whole world changed...I was moved to Maple Grove, MN with my 2 younger sisters and my baby brother, by my evil parents who felt that Dad's job and making more money to support the family were more important than my adolescent happiness. In my little elementary school in Mankato I was popular, I was at the top of my class and I was happy.