The Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge: Favorite Childhood Memories

I’m doing the Getting To Know the Blogger Challenge, started by A Little Unhinged.  Click on the link if you’d like to find out more and maybe even join in!

3)  What are some of your favorite memories from childhood?

I had a pretty awesome childhood.  We moved a lot, but we also tried to get back with family when we could.  Here’s some of the things I remember the most:

Being with Family-Just hanging out at my grandmother’s house and being with all of our cousins!  Christmas spent with the whole family on my Mom’s side was very special because there were so many family members there (my Mom came from a family of six kids).  Since we didn’t live close for a lot of our young life, those moments were especially memorable for my sister and me.

This is a picture of many of the cousins from my Mom’s side of the family. I’m the one squinting with the braids in my hair.

Chicago Attractions-We lived near Chicago during one of my dad’s tours of duty.  We got to go to some of the best places!  Shedd Aquarium, The Museum of Natural History, The Museum of Science and Industry, and so forth.  I would really love to have the opportunity to go back someday with my kids!

Radio station-My sister is three years younger than me.  We loved funny stuff, especially Weird Al Yankovic.  We made our own radio station for my mother by taking a set of walkie talkies and putting a rubber band around one so it would only send to the other one.  Mom listened downstairs while we did our very own radio show upstairs.  We made up our own versions of songs and commercials, and played records on my record player for the broadcast.

Halloween-We loved Halloween and it was always a big deal.  We would choose our costumes and Mom would make them for us.  It helped that she is fantastically good at sewing and crafting.  I have a link here if you want to see some of our AWESOME costumes:  Halloween.

Dough Art-Making things was a big part of my childhood.  We made our own dough ornaments every Christmas.  I can even remember how the dough smelled and how my hands would feel after making things with it.

The Barbie House-My sister and I had many different things that we liked to play with, but none as famous as the Barbie House.  My Dad made our Barbie house, and it was complete with windows, carpeting, stairs, many levels and even a roof with fake grass.  We spent many hours making up stories about the families that lived there.  This was so much better than any plastic dream house.  Many of our things were homemade or things that were repurposed into Barbie things (a mouthwash cap as a trash can, for example). The best thing was that Barbie did not discriminate.  We had Barbies from every ethnic group and walks of life in our house-we had African American Barbies and Kens, Hispanic Barbies, Asian Barbies, and even Barbies and Kens that had physical disabilities (in other words were missing limbs but we loved them anyway.)

There are many more, but those are the things that stand out most vividly and fondly in my mind!

Previous Blogger Challenge Posts-This Could Be Fun:  I’m Doing the 15 Day Blogger Challenge, Where I Grew Up

 

When I Grow Up I’ll Be Stable, And Maybe I’ll Get To Do Stuff

Ah, my little princess. Don’t grow up too fast. Being a grown up isn’t much fun a lot of the time.

A couple of times recently  Princess Confident has announced, “When I grow up, I will get to do whatever I want!”

I replied to this, “Ok honey, you just keep thinking that.”  And maybe she will, being the confident little thing that she is.

I sure can’t say that’s necessarily true for me.  In the last year with all of this unemployment stuff, I had several people ask me what I really wanted to do.  The truth is I don’t know.  I have no idea what I really want to do when I grow up.  I’m 38 years old, and let’s face it, I don’t feel like a grown-up.

I wanted to be a teacher most of my life.  That didn’t pan out well, now did it?  I guess being a published writer is my next goal.  HA HA.

She has told me on several occasions that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up.  Or a cowgirl.  They’re so close, don’t you think?  The Professor thinks he wants to be a baseball player.  This is new, because up until this announcement he has wanted to be a racecar driver.  But then again, he has also informed me that he will take over for one of the school’s fourth grade teachers when she gets too old to teach.  Hmmmm… that easy, huh?  I must admit that I admire my husband in the fact that he has always known he wanted to be an engineer, even though it took him a long time to get there.  I guess that’s how you know you’re a grown up, you know what you want to do?

A lot of grown-ups have bucket lists.  Someone recently asked me about my bucket list.  I guess I really don’t have one.  I have joked about taking pictures of different buckets and putting them on here.  I guess I don’t really have one because the things that I really want to do seem so out of reach.  I’m horribly, horribly practical.  Lack of money can really do that to a person.  No wonder I have been depressed.  If you can’t have dreams, then what is worth reaching for?

Isn’t the bucket list what you want to do before you kick the bucket.  Well I don’t necessarily have a bucket list.  I just have some things that I would someday would like to do.  Horribly impractical and probably will never happen.  But here goes.

  • I would like to learn to play the cello.  And the guitar.  I’ve tried to play the guitar on my own, but I really need lessons for a grown-up.
  • I would like to see another Broadway musical.  Or two.
  • I want to see mountains.  I just want to drive to see mountains.  I don’t have to stay.  I just want to see them.  But then again there are so many places I want to go.  I want to see Seattle.  I just want to go there.  I think it would be cool.  For that matter, I have never been west of Nebraska, and I have been in a lot of places!  I would like to go back to Maine (where I am from) with my husband so he can see it too.  I want to go back to Chicago (where I lived nearby for a short while as a child) and see all of the museums and Shedd Aquarium.  I would love to go back to Disneyworld, but this time with the kids.  I’ve been there several time, I just want to take them once.  And the biggie-I want to go overseas.  I have never been out of the country except for Canada.  I want to go to Australia and China.
  • I want to go back to school.  But of course, I have to figure out what I really want to do.  Therein lies my problem…

So that’s really it.  I don’t want much, do I?  I’m hoping that once our little situation gets straightened out that perhaps we can start going places.  Right now, I’d just like to be able to occasionally buy myself a frapuccino.

Ah yes, the Starbucks coconut mocha frappucino. It rates an honorable mention on my list of faves. I may have to start that list for a future post…