Saturday, December 01, 2007

The Truth of the Matter – Part V

As promised more questions answered. There is one more installment to this series before I’m done.

Demara asked, “What is your favorite, most adventurous childhood memory? How old were you at the time? Why is it your favorite?”

I don’t know how adventurous I was as a child, but when I was five my parents took me on a cruise. There was a talent show. I wanted to be in it. My mom wondered what I would do and I didn’t know. Picture this: The band is playing music and I walk on stage. I start to dance. First like Elvis, then the hula and then the big finish – ballet. It is one of my favorite memories because I wouldn’t be that adventurous now. I did win a beautiful doll, not only from the cruise ship but also from a couple of passengers who thought I was cute and entertaining.

Jill asked, “Please share some special family holiday traditions/or memories. Do you have pasta?” “What is one piece of advice you’ve given your children that they would say has impacted them the most?”

On Thanksgiving we always have a turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, corn, gravy, and pasta. We put up the Christmas tree and decorate the day after Thanksgiving. Since moving away from NY we have developed some different traditions. We used to spend Christmas Eve with Tom’s family and Christmas day with mine. Our kids always opened up their gifts on Christmas morning. Presently we do take out on Christmas Eve and watch movies. I have snacks for movie time until we get tired and go to bed. We open up gifts on Christmas morning and I make a “big breakfast” (scrambled eggs, French toast, bacon, sausage, hash browns, toast, orange juice and coffee). We relax all day and enjoy a special dinner. It’s been fun to celebrate as a family this way. I’m very grateful that our son will be home for Christmas and the tradition will continue.

I asked my daughter the second question and she said that I’ve taught her to have fun. Life is serious enough, so make time to enjoy it. Tom and I encourage our children to live their dreams and to pursue what they are passionate about. They are both doing that. We are very proud.

Chappyswife asked: “Do you love the area where you live? Where all have you lived? Have you ever been to OK? What comes to mind when you think of OK?

I love where we live. The climate is dry and sunny. We’ve lived in NY, WV & WA. I’ve never been to OK. What comes to mind is one of my favorite musicals, Oklahoma.

© Nadine Z. 2007

19 comments:

Chappyswife said...

Hi, Nadine! It's fun reading all these little tidbits about you! Gotta go watch the big OU game now. It should be a good one! Have a GREAT weekend, & I'll be back online next week.

A Woman Who is: said...

It has been fun reading these answers. Getting to know you, getting know all about you...Okay its late and I am getting extremely goofy ;>)

cheeky said...

I somehow had a good mental picture of you on that stage for the talent show. I bet you entertained everyone. One thing about children that I think is so admirable. When we are children we are far less concerned about what others may think. I think it's beautiful.
Here's to children.
xo

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

I continue to enjoy reading your answers. I like to as about holiday traditions...I just love reading about what others do. And, I think having FUN is very important. Great advice!

Karolee said...

Loved reading your answers.

We always open our gifts on Christmas morning and then I make a fabulous brunch. We spend the rest of the day having fun in the snow.

Thanks for sticking with me during my blogging break.

Blessings,
Karolee

Scarlet said...

You won a doll in a talent contest? That's such a cute memory. Thanks for sharing.

Ann(ie) said...

Pasta for Thanksgiving = Pure Bliss!!! =)

Keshi said...

** start to dance. First like Elvis, then the hula and then the big finish – ballet.

aww I cud just picture ya...u sound so adorable!

Keshi.

Diane said...

Good Morning Nadine,

It's so much fun getting to know you a little better through your most recent posts! Thanks for doing this!

Diane

Louise said...

Oh I love that story about you on the cruise ship, I could picture it in my head and how cute that must have been!!

Great advice for your kids, I am trying to do the same with my kids by acting really silly sometimes because I never saw my mom do that and now they say...'mom you are wierd' and I say' and don't you forget it'...then they laugh. Great advice Nadine you truly are a blessed woman!!

Shaunda said...

I soo love this...It great reading all your answers.

Dawn said...

Sounds like some fun family time coming up. I love this idea of having people ask you questions. Fun questions and answers.

Debz said...

Great answeres.
Cute that you danced like Elvis and managed to end up doing a ballet! Ode to being 5!

Drama Div@ said...

you're lucky to have such tradition in your family!

I love where I live now... im happy, it's so convenient..! near amenities but the traffic is so bad almost 24/7...

Cate said...

Hi Nadine, I hope you're doing fine because the news tells us that Washington was hit hard by flooding. Thinking of you and I hope you and your family are safe.

palmtreefanatic said...

wow, such good stuff about you;)
Sorry it has taken me so long to get answering your blog here!

Wow, been on a cruise at age 5 awesome experience no doubt and wonderful memories!

Sounds like your traditional holidays are very Traditional and inspiring! Love your meals;)

KAYLEE said...

ThatS A gReaT POST HOW Are yOU?

david mcmahon said...

I hear you. I've lived in two countries. Hope you have a great December and that your book is a huge success.

Demara said...

Wow Nadine that is VERY funny! I could see you dancing on stage like that still...it would just be a lot funnier I think. :)