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Friday, May 23, 2014

Ask Away Friday

I'm participating in #AskAwayFriday for the first time today! This is such a great way to get to know fellow bloggers. Two bloggers answer each others' questions on their blogs each Friday. And since we all know how much I love this type of thing, you can imagine my excitement when I was asked if I wanted to participate!


My first partner in crime is Echo from Domain of the Mad Mommy. We've known each other in the blogosphere for awhile now and her blog cracks me up. She's always saying what I want to say and does it in a way that's hilarious! What I would give for that talent... :-)

Domain of the Mad Mommy

Echo, you asked, so here are my answers!

1. You post "Travel Thursdays" and it seems that you are quite the explorer. What is your favorite vacation so far? Do you want me to answer honestly? Or answer without getting crap from Alan? :-) Honestly, I would have to say living in England for five months in college. It's not a vacation, per se, as I took so many trips while I was there. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I am so thankful I got the opportunity and grateful to my family for helping me make it happen.

2. This goes along with #1: Care to share the details of your dream vacation? I have numerous sticky notes with trips I'd like to take and I've even gone so far as to plan the details, but just haven't booked the hotel or flight. However, my dream vacation would be to take a Mediterranean cruise to Greece, Turkey and Cyprus.

3. Seeing as I am a closet homesteader wannabe and you already do a lot of canning, what is your advice to a first-time canner? Invest in a pressure canner. When I first started canning, I used a giant pot for water baths. This works, but you're limited in what you can safely can - only tomatoes and things with a high acidic content, such as pickles.

4. You recently got part of your dream garden in place, show us a picture and tell us what you have planted! I don't want to give too much of it away because I'm planning a post on the garden - it was supposed to happen in May, but the month got away from me! But, here is a photo I took in the beginning of May. What you can see are marigolds, sorrel, pineapple mint, arugula, mesclun lettuce, marjoram and dill. If you follow me on Instagram, then you've probably already seen many pics of the garden.

5. Tell me about your family! How long have you been married and how old are your kiddos? (Bonus awarded for a family photo!) Alan and I met in grad school, going on eight years ago now, but we didn't start dating until after our first year was over...May 26th to be exact. Our five year wedding anniversary is coming up in October...the day before my daughter's 2nd birthday! Our son, Ewan, is three and our daughter, Cecily, is 19 months. 

Alan is lame and doesn't like his photo taken, but here's one of him and Cecily a couple weeks ago.

And here is one of Ewan.

6. What is the most difficult part of parenting for you right now? My daughter is extremely attached to me and demanding right now, which makes it hard to give Ewan the attention he deserves. She's also started pinching, biting, scratching and we're kind of at our wits end as to what to do to get her to stop.

7. What is the most rewarding part of parenting for you right now? Seeing the look of wonder on my kids' faces when they learn something new. Oh, and playing barefoot in the backyard with my kids.

8. If you could only use 3 words to describe yourself, what would they be? Spunky yet Sensitive

9. Would you rather go into the past and risk changing things or go into the future and know what happens? This is an incredibly difficult question for me to answer because as an historian, there are so many different time periods I would love to visit and experience first hand. But, I would also love to see what humanity becomes 100 years, 500 years, 1000 years form now. However, if you traveled into the future, I don't think you could necessarily go back to what was originally your present because wouldn't you then run the risk of changing the future? Gotta love hypothetical time paradoxes!

10. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? Still blogging? Hmm...I have no idea about the blog. I enjoy it now, but five years is a LONG time. Hopefully we'll have a third baby (ahem...Alan...) and our debt mostly paid off. 

I hope you enjoyed my answers. I cannot wait to see how Echo answered my questions!

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  1. Holly, thank you so much for swapping with me! I love your answers! We are also dealing with pinching and hitting, ugh. Your garden looks so awesome, I can't wait to see your garden post! Time paradox questions are so much fun to pose!

  2. Welcome to AskAwayFriday Holly! I always love travel stories and you've been blessed to experience England. It's one of my dream destinations. Plus I loooveee your garden! I'd love to walk barefoot on our backyard too! Hope you enjoyed your first AAf :)

  3. Thanks! I LOVE England and it's my goal to take my family someday.

  4. I can not wait to see your garden post. I love the way the tiles look, I can imagine what it will look like in a few weeks with everything growing in. Your children are adorable! My husband usually hides the second he sees me taking pictures :)

  5. You should see the garden now! I harvested so many greens last night I don't know what to do with them. Salads for a week!

  6. We're just in Pittsburgh so we're not quite so far!

  7. Love your garden! So beautiful. I would love to travel and explore but perhaps I can start planning out the trips now so I am all ready once my Kiddie are a bit older :D

  8. I have a list of places to go for our anniversary and family vacations that I keep adding to. One of these days I'll have enough money to pay for it all!

  9. Your garden is darling! I bet it's already grown so much!! Excited to see your post about it. Are you going to the race Sunday? I'll be there! (I'm from Brownsburg and haven't missed the race since I started going in 3rd grade!)

  10. I am so thankful that my son hasn't been a huge bitter. He does pinch occasionally but don't think he realizes that he is doing it.

  11. Yay! Can't wait to see your post on your garden!

  12. Love that garden! The checkerboard look is so cute - and functional!
    Have a great weekend!

  13. Welcome to the club! This week was my second time participating and I love making the rounds to see everyone's questions and answers :) Your dream vacation around the Mediterranean sounds absolutely heavenly. I love boats and have always wanted to spend an extended period of time on the water.
    Your garden is beautiful and I love your kids' names!

  14. Welcome to the AAF family! It is wonderful getting to know a fellow mid-westerner. I would love to live anywhere in England or Scotland, the hubby and I looked into it once upon a time. You have a lovely garden! I have thought about getting into the canning process, but the hubby is leery about eating home canned food. My mom used the water bath method for canning tomatoes, pickles, green beans, and jelly, so I grew up with canned foods. Hope that you have a wonderful week!


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