10 Questions I Asked My kids

I created the first two questions.

The rest were all Crash and Bang. I asked them, “What questions do you want me to ask?” This is what they came up with. Be prepared to be entertained…

1. Instead of building a snow”man” lets build a snow______.

Crash: Castle


2. Did you have any dreams?

Crash: I don’t remember

A secret one

3. Why does coal get red?

Crash: Because it warms up

Because it gets very very hot when it burns

4. Who is your favorite Pokemon?

Crash: Eevee

Pikachu. He’s cute.

5. How long is a giraffe’s neck?

Crash: 17 feet

50 inches I think

6. Why is thunder loud?

Crash: It explodes

Air moves very very fast that it makes a noise

7. How many pounds can you lift?

Crash: 80 I think. I can lift my friend so over 100.

Over 33 thousand

8. What does tax mean?

Crash: Where you pay extra to the government. For every dollar you spend you have to pay an extra 15 cents.

Giving mom and dad part of our treat

9. What animal can you run as fast as?

Crash: Giraffe


10. What do you get to eat in jail?

Crash: Hungryman (for our jail, he’s right)

You get to eat bread

10 Questions I Ask My Kids: Travel Edition

We are now at DW’s brother’s and sister-in-law’s house for a visit with them and their four kidlets. They’ve taken us and our crazies in for a couple nights. It’s always great visiting with them and getting caught up. The cousins love seeing and playing with each other, too. 

The Discovery Center was good, though it wasn’t great because of the number of people and the number of people who’s kids were inconsiderate and the parents were either nowhere to found or had their noses glued to their cell phone. So it didn’t leave much time for learning. However, I did learn about my patience in a public setting. Turns out it’s pretty good. On the plus side, though, the boys got to see a liquid nitrogen demonstration.

1. What has been your favorite part of the trip so far?

Crash: Discovery Center
Bang: Sleeping and dream about my favorite dreams

2. What was your favorite part of the Discovery Center?

Crash: The Sky Dome and the curcuits
Bang: Inside the Sky Dome

3. What is one thing you learned about at the Discovery Center?

Crash: About constellation and planets and stars
Bang: That the bottle was -200 degrees (Liquid Nitrogen)

4. What’s your favorite part of visiting Aunt Mag and Uncle Kevin’s house?

Crash: Playing sports on XBox Kinect
Bang: Getting a sleepover

5. What animal do you wish you could be?

Crash: A dog
Bang: A giraffe

6. Why do you want to be that animal?

Crash: Because you can train them to do stuff
Bang: Because I want a tongue that is 21 cm

7. If you were a Minecraft mob, which would you be?

Crash: Either the Wither or the Ender Dragon
Bang: Enderman

8. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?

Crash: 22
Bang: 16

9. Where do you want to live when you grow up?

Crash: Here – where we live now
Bang: Aunt and Uncle’s house (Kev and Mag)

10. What color do you want to dye your hair?

Crash: Blue
Bang: Blue

Get to Know Me Tag

No rules. Just answer the questions and tag a few people.


0. Share your profile picture if you have one.

1. Who are you named after? Lief Erikson, (HAHA Just kidding. I wasn’t named after anyone)

2. Do you like your handwriting? Most of the time.

3. What is your favorite lunch meat? Buffalo chicken

4. Longest relationship? Current one..will be together 14 yrs in July

5. Do you still have your tonsils? Yes

6. Would you bungee jump? Of course! I’m just waiting for the boys to be old enough to go with me.

7. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? My running shoes, yes. All my other shoes, no.

8. Favorite ice cream? Mint chocolate chip or Death by Chocolate

9. What is the first thing you notice about people? First their eyes. Then boobs or butt. Or for a guy, his hair.

10. Football or baseball? Baseball. GO O’S!

11. What color pants are you wearing? Greenish grey.

12. Last thing you ate? Iced donut with sprinkles….yum!

13. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Sunset orange.

14. Favorite smell? DW’s satsuma perfume or sheets dryed on the clotheline

15. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? DW

16. Hair color?  HAHAHA. Seriously?

17. Eye color?  blue-ish.

18. Favorite foods to eat? Chocolate and lasagna

19. Scary movies or happy endings? Both, but mostly happy endings

20. Last movie you watched? Finding Dory

21. Favorite Holiday? Christmas

22. Beer or Wine? Definitely wine…

23. Night owl or early bird? Both. I love the quiet after the kids go to bed, but I have to be up early to get everyone ready for school. So more night hawk than early bird.

24. Favorite day of the week? Saturday!

24 1/2. Which three of your favorite bloggers you would like to know more about? (link to their about page if they have one)

Green Grapes, Coach Daddy, Momma’s View, Grubbs-n-Critters (I cheated and named 4)

25. Who were the  latest three people to follow your blog (link to their about page)?
Letters from LockeThe Educational Rambler, and Homedecorh

100. Copy this link

Questions I Asked My Kids

Time is marching on. Christmas is now just 17 days away and Crash and Bang have asked for some stuff that might require time for shipping or we’ll need to pull a lucky charm from our posterior to get them under the tree in time. Naturally, the Jolly Old Elf doesn’t bring everything they ask for. When they only ask for three things and one of them is all he talks about (see #4) you kind of do what you have to do. Especially after watching them do their random acts of kindness with such gusto. They’re trying so hard to be good!

I’m pretty sure this is what DW is getting from me this year. It’s only $69.95!


You can thank me later, hon.

1. What is your favorite thing to do during winter?

Crash: Go snowboarding
Bang: Sit in the house and watch T.V…. NO NO! Actually, go sledding.

2. What has been your favorite Random Act of Kindness so far?

Crash: The cookies we delivered yesterday to the police and paramedics
Bang: Delivering treats to the ambulance drivers and the police

3. What has been your favorite thing that Woody and Elfis has done so far?

Crash: Make snowballs and snowmen with the marshmallows
Bang: Make some kindness on my birthday list (when they wrote back to him on the birtday note he wrote for Woody… see today’s Daily Elf)

4. What 2 things do you want for Christmas?

Crash: A drone with a camera that flies well and Minecraft mini figures
Bang: A button train to put around the Christmas tree and a remote controlled car

5. What do you think Mom wants for Christmas?

Crash: A Bra
Bang: Lipstick

6. What do you think Dad wants for Christmas?

Crash: (Bang wispers “lipstick” and giggles) Probably a drone.
Bang: An Ambulance

7. How old is Santa Claus?

Crash: 206
Bang: 103

8. Why do we celebrate Christmas?

Crash: Because that’s when Jesus was born and the wise men gave him gifts
Bang: Because it’s a special day because you get gifts. And Jesus was born that day.

frosty-the-snowman-advanced-graphics-emnsa7-clipart9. If we made a snowman and he came to life, what would you want to do with him?

Crash: Go thumpity thump thump over the hills of snow
Bang: Play with him just like Frosty the Snowman. We’d play baseball.

10. If Baby Jesus came to our house, what would you want to tell him?

Crash: I would want to tell him “You will save the world”
Bang: Merry Christmas

Bonus: (because this is the question Bang wanted me to ask him)

Why are ghosts invisible?

Crash: so they can sneak up on people
Bang: Because they want to attack you without people seeing you

Questions I Asked My Parents (ep 2)

Today is your lucky day folks. Since I didn’t get around to posting the boys answers yesterday I thought I’d give you a double dose. My parents have graciously answered 10 more questions for me. Enjoy a look back and a good laugh!

1. What is something you like to do now that Brad and I are not longer living at home?

Ma: There isn’t much. I’d prefer to have you back home. But here’s one. I can shower with the bathroom door open.
Pa: eating snacks like potato chips then going to bed without being asked “whats you been eating ?” by a little one. Then there’s relaxing on the couch without worrying about my eyes drying out from an errantly thrown sock.

2. What was it like where you grew up?

Ma: Pittsburgh & Frostburg are the same but different. They both get bunches of snow. Frostburg is a small college town and the area of Pittsburgh that I lived in has a small town feel. I loved both.
Pa: really rural, lots of room to roam outside and wander safely in the woods.

3. What did you like to watch on TV as a kid?

Ma: Saturday morning was Roy Rogers. At 5 years old I quit dance lessons because they were the same time as Roy.
Pa: Sci-Fi the World Beyond  , The Outer Limits & the Twilight Zone  then cartoons like Bugs unny, Road Runner & Popeye. But I shouldn’t forget the Orioles too.

4. Do you remember a favorite costume Brad and I wore? That you wore?

Ma: Favorite costume has to be the crayons. I have no idea what I wore as a child.
Pa: You both were crayons. Me? Well there is a little known story where my mom claims I dressed as a girl when I was around 8 yrs old, marched in a Halloween parade and won a silver dollar ( I think I sort of remember that so it could be true ) and since I like silver dollars that would be my favorite.


5. Which pet was your favorite? Why?

Ma: Mackie is my favorite. As a pup he chose me as opposed to the other way around. He was always happy.
Pa: Mackie – We went to look at a group of puppies and he came out of the bunch like he wanted us, especially mom. After that he grew into a take charge little guy, would kill snakes and birds and even had a yellow lab scared of him but he was always a loving sole.


Crash and Mackey (Dec. 2008)

6. What is your dream vehicle?


Ma: An old Jeep or a luxury SUV
Pa: A Time Machine

7. How did you two meet? What was your first date like?

Ma: I met Dad at his surprise birthday party that his roommate threw for him.  We didn’t start dating until after Dad graduated so we did long distance dating which doesn’t lead to normal first dates.
Pa: College, my birthday party.

8. What was your favorite thing about college?

Ma: My friends & Dendrology class
Pa:  learning to make new friends and be on my own (remember I was 1 of 7 kids)


(I Googled it for you. They were both forestry majors) 

9. What was your first regular paying job? How old were you and how much did you make?

Ma: Thrift Drugstore cashier, I was 17 and I couldn’t begin to tell you what I earned.
Pa: cutting grass and trimming hedges at the Daffin House (it is a historic house built around 1780), probably about $ 1.00 per hour (more than enough , I was 12 and rode my bike to work )

10. Where was your favorite place to take my brother and I?

Ma: As wee ones, the beach; Older, sporting events. I loved watching you both play and enjoyed friends in the stands.
Pa: Gettysburg, little league games & wrestling tournaments , Dairy Queen (just let your Canadian friends know that was an ice cream place)

(Don’t worry Canada, I’ll let him know we have DQ here, too. There is even one right here in our little town)

Update: I asked my dad where he’d go in his time machine. This was his response…

a couple of times actually

1. exactly who built the pyramids and how
2. exactly how big were dinosaurs 
3. maybe the day before the rain started falling on Noah
4. did they really feed christians to the lions
5. watch babe ruth play baseball
6. Battle of Gettysburg
7. Catch a ride on the Mayflower
8. and of course go back to your sophomore year wrestling tournament and suggest you let your opponent up and give up 1 point instead of giving up a reversal and 3 back points. (this is in reference to a wrestling match I lost in the final few seconds. Been playing the “I shoulda” game ever since.)


Thanks for playing along Ma and Pa! Love you bunches!


Questions I Asked My Kids (ep. 27)

I got the video for this recorded yesterday evening. However, the editing process hasn’t gone as planned. Needless to say I’m a bit frustrated. Oh well.. it is what it is…

But you didn’t come here to hear about my woes. You came here for a smile and a laugh. Without further ado here is your smile and laugh for the day!

1. If you were allowed anything to eat for supper, what would you eat?

Crash: Burgers
Bang:Fish and broccoli
DW: Chocolate

2. Who is your hero?

Crash: You
Bang: Superman
DW: Hubband

3. If you could be any animal, what animal would you want to be?

Crash: Monkey
Bang: Girrafe
DW: a bird

4. If you were to pick your own name, what would you name yourself?

Crash: John
Bang: Kyry
DW: anything but Mom

5. How many kids do you want to have?

Crash: 2 or 3
Bang: 300
DW: Do I have to answer this?

6. What color would you like dad to paint your room?

Crash: Orange, black and white
Bang: Blue
DW: I like it the color it is

7. Can you lick your elbow?

Crash: No I can’t
Bang: No
DW: No and I’m going to try.

8. We just bought a humpback whale, what should we do with it first?

Crash: Ride it while it’s breaching
Bang: take it for a walk in the water
DW: I don’t know

9. What is something Dad always says?

Crash: Get to work, go to bed, pack your backpack, get ready to go
Bang: Go to bed
DW: Luboo

10. What is something mom always says?

Crash: Bad words
Bang: Don’t do that!


Questions I Asked My Kids

Hey there folks. I’m so sorry this is a day late. I tried my hardest get the video recorded, edited and uploaded in time to post their answers yesterday, but the Gods were against me. Though I’m stronger than the Gods, I can’t stop time (yet).  So here it is. The moment you have all been waiting for! Let the answers begin. The link to the video is below. It has a bonus question which does not appear here.

1. Did you have any dreams?
Crash: Pretty sure I did but I can’t remember them
Bang: Yes. I ate a whole bunch of muffins, apples, bananas, and the whole house and got as fat as can be.

2. How do magnets work?
Crash: Something included with the Earth. We did magnets in school last year.
Bang: With the force. It has sticky stuff and it can go together

3. Why does it get cold in the winter?
Crash: Because the Earth orbits around the sun and when it’s cold for us we’re facing out into space and when it’s warm in summer we’re facing the sun.
Bang: Because the snow has ice, really really cold ice

4. Why do we have to sleep at night?
Crash: So we won’t be extremely tired the next day
Bang: So we can go to the park

5. Dad just bought a dragon. What should we do with it first?
Crash: Ride it into outer space. If it was the ender dragon I would like ride it literally like everywhere. It would be my airplane
Bang: Burn the house

6. How many cookies can you eat?
Crash: Infinite. As many as I wanted to.
Bang: 139

7. If Piper could talk, what do you think she would tell us?
Crash: I want more food.
Bang: Baby sick

8. Why do mom and dad kiss?
Crash: To show their love
Bang: Because they love each other


9. Why do wasps sting?
Crash: That’s how they protect themselves
Bang: to protect… so they don’t get stomped on.

10. How much did you weigh when you were born?
Crash: 3 pounds.
Bang: Zero pounds

Bonus (for video only):

Can you sing me a song?


Questions I Asked My Kids (ep 25)

Holy cow! Did you see what that said up in the title of this post? Better read it again just to make sure.


Episode 25! Twenty five!

That means I’ve asked 250 questions and received 250 answers. Some of them have been duplicates, of course. Who in their right mind can think of 250 questions to ask their kids?

I’m not in my right mind.

Or my left mind.

My mind likes to wander (it’s okay, it’s not lost) (yet). If you happen to see, tell it to be home in time for supper. We’re having slow cooker pork roast. It won’t want to miss that.


1. If we could have any animal for a pet, what would you like to have in the house?

Crash: Cat
Bang: Donkey… no no, a camel

2. How far away is the moon?

Crash: 53,000 miles
Bang: 139 66 meters

3. How far away is the sun?

Crash: 5 million thousand
Bang: 3 million km

4. What is the internet?

Crash: The internet is what you use to send emails to people and it’s like Google search webs
Bang: A person made out of wires in the radio.

5. What are you thankful for?

Crash: Electronics
Bang: Sleeping

6. If you could pick a superpower to have, what superpower would you want?

Crash: To be faster than Usain Bolt
Bang: Flying

7. What’s the grossest thing you can think of?

Crash: A plant that spits poop at you
Bang: Pooping on the floor

8. If you got an allowance, how much do you think you should get each week?

Crash: $3.00
Bang: 39 5 cents

9. What song will you request in the truck?

Crash: Lost Boy

Bang: Get Away From My House

10. Can you tell me a story?

Crash: Once upon a time a boy played video games all day.
Bang: One day a boy pooped on the floor and his mom got angry. So she threw him in the trash can.

Questions I Asked My Kids

How do you know summer is coming to end? It gets dark at 8:30 instead of 9:45. You can feel the slightest chill in the evening air that wasn’t there before. Your Orioles have played 114 games are a half a game back from the first place Jays. 

Oh, and school supplies go on sale at your local Wal-Mart (or your favorite school supply store). I get giddy when I see rows and rows of school supplies. I’m not just talking as a parent who is sick and tired of their kids being home all summer and am ready to throw a back-to-school party as soon as they walk out the door. Bang starts school this year. That’s kinda exciting in and of itself. However, I’m also talking as a teacher who is excited to see the halls crowded and noisey, classrooms full of the mess of learning, and the playground alive with the sounds of laughter. 

I think I might be more excited than the kids.

1. Did you have any dreams last night? 

Crash: I was walking down the street going to walmart. I saw all my friends going there, too. They all had iPhones, iPods, and iPads. I didn’t take my tablet so I asked if I could use one of theirs and they said no because they only had one. I went into Walmart and went to the electronics section and saw an awesome super computer but it’s a tablet. It was invisible and you needed special glasses to see it. But I obviously didn’t have the money for it.

: Piper (our quaker parrot) was in Minecraft and Piper died and Crash was crying and Piper survived because she ate some stone with food (apples) in it.

2. What is Google?

Crash: Google is a search internet and another word for infinity.
Bang: Google is a person made out of internet and he lives inside the wires. Google has a map, too.

3. What is the best animal ever?
Crash: Cheetahs because they can run super super fast.
Bang: An alpaca or a donkey.

4. What sport have you liked waching in the Olympics so far?

Crash: Rugby and cycling
Bang: The one where you tackle people and get the ball from them.Rugby.

5. What was your favorite event at your track and field day?

Crash: Discus or shotput
Bang: The long jump

6. What are you excited about for school?

Crash: Gym and music and recess
Bang: Working and playing games on the computer

7. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Crash: I want to work at my friend’s corporation.
Bang: Policeman

8. What time would you like to go to bed tonight?s 

Crash: NEVER!
Bang: 7:00 (this was asked at 8:00 pm)

9. How do you get a lot of money?

Crash: 1) help people and they might give you money. 2) Some people might give you money for no reason like Guppie (their grandfather) does. Or win the Lotto.
Bang: By doing great stuff like doing chores and putting toys away when you’re done with them.

10. What is your favorite smell?

Crash: The smell of Timbit (our late hamster)
Bang: Garlic bread

Questions I asked My Family

That Anxious Mom nominated me to answer a few questions. So in lieu of Questions I ask my kids, I’m answering the questions of fours with a little twist. I’ll provide the answers from DW, Crash, and Bang as well as my own.

Four names people call me other than my real name?

Me: Hubband, Dad, Woody, Stick-man (what an uncle used to call me)
DW: Wifey, Mom, Beep, TT
Crash: Crash, Bub, Riggidy, SlimeGamer56 (his gamer name… insert parental eyeroll)
Bang: Buddy, Dude, Bang, bub

Four jobs that I have had?

Me: Babysitter, Agricultural Scout, Teacher, Substitute Teacher
DW: 1 hour photo lab, fitness center, recreation dept, teacher
Crash: Vacuum the stairs up/down, make my bed, put laundry away, clean the bathroom sink and mirror
Bang: Clean up messes, vacuum Piper’s mat, put clothes away, and clean up LEGOs

Four movies that I have watched more than once?

Me: Last of the Mohicans, Gladiator, Usual Suspects, Matrix
DW: Armageddon, Cars, Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting
Crash: Cars, Cars 2, LEGO Movie, Wall*E
Bang: The LEGO Movie, Wall*E, Inside out, Big Hero Six

Four books or authors I’d recommend?

Me: The Book Thief, anything by Markus Zusak. Jerry Spinelli, Terry Brooks (and Tracey Tobin)
DW: Sylvia Day, 50 Shades of Grey, Harry Potter
Crash: Mastering Minecraft, Geronimo Stilton, Robert Munsch, Harry Potter
Bang: Corduroy, Corduroy Lost and Found, Ain’t Gonna Paint No More, Good Night Good Night Construction Site

Four places I have lived?

Me: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, Virginia
DW: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Virginia
Crash: Virginia, Nova Scotia
Bang: I have only lived in Nova Scotia. I’m only 4!

Four places I have visited?

Me: Calgary AB, Richmond VA, Costa Rica, Florida
DW: Austin TX, Calgary AB, Raleigh NC, Maryland
Crash: Maryland, Halifax, Virginia, I would say LEGOland but we haven’t gone there yet
Bang: Halifax, Maryland, Pennsylvania, the hotel in Truro

Four things I’d rather be doing right now?

Me: Running, Hiking, Kayaking, Going on vacation
DW: Laying on a beach somewhere hot, getting a massage, Figuring out how to spend a million bucks
Crash: Playing Minecraft, stay up late, starting my garden, playing at LEGOland on vacation
Bang: Not going to bed, play toys and stay up late, play with my train downstairs and have lots of fun, stay up late and tickle Timbit’s belly

Four foods I do not like?

Me: Cucumber, Salmon, Lobster, Berries
DW: Seafood, runny eggs, cilantro, sushi
Crash: Celery, brussel sprouts, chineese food, spicey food
Bang: Potato peelings, broccoli not mashed in mashed potatoes, ketchup, soft apples

Four of my favorite foods?

Me: Peperoni pizza, Lasagne, Cajun Chicken Penne, Peanut M&M’s
DW: lasagne, roast, beef stew, anything chocolate
Crash: Pizza, broccoli, ice cream, ham
Bang: Broccoli in mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes, corn, grilled cheese sandwiches

Four shows I watch?

Me: Blindspot, Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy, Gold Rush
DW: Blindspot, Grey’s Anatomy, The Voice, Wife Swap
Crash: American Pickers, Canadian Pickers, That Gaming Show, Rainbow Ruby
Bang: Team Umizoomi, Blaze, Bubble Guppies, NASCAR races with pop

Four things I am looking forward to this year?

Me: the beach, camping, wedding anniversary, my birthday
DW: splash pad, road trips, getting the house in order,
Crash: Summer break, going to friend’s houses, my birthday,
Bang: My birthday, too!

Four things I am always saying?

Me: Clean up your mess, night night love you, What did you do in math today?, hey buddy
DW: f***, you drive me crazy, be a good listener, I love you
Crash: Oh my god mom has the F word!, lots of questions, C’mere Timbit, I’m hungry
Bang: I wanna watch TV, cute Timbit