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Five Question Friday

Today is National Siblings Day, so our questions will be focused on siblings.

1). In what ways are you and your sibling(s) different?

I try to deal with situations/people more head on, whereas she is very passive.  She overreacts and makes things very dramatic.  I will sometimes overreact, but not to the same extent.  We  have different approaches in our parenting styles.  She has two kids, I have one.

2). In what ways are you and your sibling(s) similar?

Growing up we were told often that we could pass for twins, even though there is 2 1/2 years age gap between us.  We would dress similar (she was always stealing my clothes growing up). We both have sensitive souls.

3). What is a secret you have that you hope your sibling(s) doesn’t find out about?

I don’t have any secrets with her.

4). Share a funny/embarrassing story of something your sibling did.

One time when we were young, I think she was in 8th grade maybe, she decided to bake a cake. She put it in a plastic pan inside the oven.  It burnt and caught on fire and filled the oven and kitchen with smoke.  It was not initially funny, but no one was hurt and we were right there the whole time so there was no damage, we then laughed about it later and for several years about how she can’t cook or bake.

5). Share some activities that you  did with your sibling(s).

When we were very young, we liked to go swimming all of the time, go sledding in our back yard, make blanket forts, play Barbies, spend time with our cousins.  Once we went off to college and moved countries apart, we don’t get to spend time together.


“I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.” – Maya Angelou


Have a great Friday and weekend.  Don’t forget to play along by answering these questions in the comments or in your own blog post.

5 question Friday – Spring edition

Happy first day of Spring!  Today’s 5QF will be Spring related. Please feel free to answer the questions for yourself either in the comments below, or in your own blog post, and link back here.

1).  What do you most look forward to for Spring?  I enjoy having the sun stick around longer.  It’s nice getting out of work late and it is still day light.  That means more outdoor time with my little guy.

2). Spring Cleaning:  Love it, hate it, any specific routine or thing you do related to it? HATE it.  I’m not a fan of cleaning and will do it when it needs to be done.  I have no routine or organization about it.  I try to focus on one room at a time.  I did make a mental inventory though of what my baby needs, usually the next size up of clothing, and try to pack away clothes he has outgrown.

3). What are 3 things you need to get rid of if you are Spring cleaning?  stained, ripped and/or “don’t fit” clothes, broken items, expired can goods.

4). Spring Break:  Share a memorable Spring Break experience/vacation/memory.  I was recently telling someone that while I was a sophomore in high school, I had my 4 wisdom teeth removed over spring break.  While everyone else was enjoying their vacation and probably at the beach, I was laying on the couch, in pain and miserable, wondering if I would ever be able to eat again lol.

5). Spring is considered a time of new beginnings.  What is something new that you have started/are starting?  Reviving this blog 😉  Also I’m always on the lookout (on Pinterest) for new recipes to try and new activities to do with my son.  And I’m working on reconnecting with old friends.

Have a look at a photo post I did from a few years ago related to Spring. It has a gallery of pictures of beautiful Spring flowers, and a link to a poem I wrote as well.

Happy Friday and Happy Spring!

Flea Market

Andrea from The Andrea Project did a post the other day of a flea market as part of a photo-a-day challenge she is doing and the theme was Connect. She talked about connecting with others while shopping at the flea market.

I started remembering the times when we would go to Florida and visit my grandparents and that was the big activity of the weekend; to head to this ginormous flea market and scout for various treasures to spend our hard- earned allowance money on, and for my grandparents to pick up homegrown fruits and vegetables. I usually looked for little knick-knacks and jewelry. It was always a fun experience, as you never knew what treasures awaited you. As I got older, I also enjoyed people watching while there, and if I was lucky, finding a unique item and getting to talk to the seller to hear his/her story behind the item.

Next month it will be 4 years since my grandfather passed away. It has been years prior to that that we had gone for a visit. Those memories are so much more special to me now, and I wish just for even one more Flea market visit with them.

Where I live now, there really are no flea markets. There are similar places but I haven’t really ventured there yet. The closest I get is watching the tv show “Flea Market Flip” where 2 teams go to a flea market with a list of 3 projects they need to complete. They find items to incorporate into those projects, repurpose the items, and then try to sell them for the most profit, to beat the other team, and then win $5000. It seems like a fun idea that I would like to try with my son once he is older. I love the idea of DIY and repurposing items, and hope to build memories with him, as I have with my grandparents at the flea market.