Friday, June 24, 2011

Five Question Friday - June 24, 2011

   1. What is your current favorite TV show?
I have been watching so little TV lately. . . you know, besides Sesame Street. The hubby and I did just finish watching the whole Dexter series through season 4 on Netflix and it is the best TV show I watched in a long time. Before then we watched Spartacus and Weeds off of Netflix and both of those were great. My hubby Mike and I don't click on a whole lot of genres when it comes to TV and movies so it has been really nice to find a few different series that we both really enjoy.  

   2. What's the worst haircut you ever got?

Oh man I don't have a photo because I refused to let anyone photograph it. I was 12 and went to an actual hair salon for the first time versus either having my mom cut it or going to a Cost Cutters type place. I had nice long hair and she cut it and styled it into a short poofy monster that looked like it belonged on an old blue-hair instead of a pre-teen. Needless to say I hated it and I remember crying about it when I got home.

   3. What was something that you did as a child that you thought you were so cool for doing?

Umm only everything! When I was really little I was a rockstar.

Case in point:

   4. Do you have any GREAT frugal family fun tips?

I don't know if they're great but I like to get family memberships to only a couple of places each year such as the MN Children's Museum and the MN Zoo. My kids are little and they like repetition so we get plenty of bang for our buck from the memberships.
My kids enjoying the science museum
They have a fabulous baby room that both kids really like.

I also try to keep up on local activities. The twin cities are frequently high up on those lists that rank cities on family friendliness. Part of the reason is that there are so many events for kids that are fun and often free. Our libraries put on all sorts of reading times and fun events. Our local Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE) center has free drop in mommy and me classes for babies Hailey's age that Kaelan is welcome to attend as well. There are also free parks everywhere that are great for kids.

Every town/suburb around here has a special carnival weekend, often including a parade, throughout the summer. Our town's one is today so we will definitely be going. Wish us luck because last year it was rained violently stormed out.
Here my kids are on free pony rides at St. Paul's big festival - Grand Old Days. They had a petting zoo, face painting, games, etc. - all for free:


   5. Would you drive across country if you had the money to fly?

Once I'm out of the baby stage I fully plan on taking at least one road trip per summer with the family. The hubs and I both went on many wonderful family road trips as kids, and they are memories that we want our kids to have. I certainly will be flying sometimes though.

We have yet to do any cross-country road trips as a family, but we have done a 5 hour trip and an 8 hour trip. When Kaelan was only 2.5 months old we went up with my in laws to Gooseberry Falls state park. It is just north of Duluth MN and it was fantastic: 
The jogging stroller came in very handy!

When Kaelan was 5 months old, we drove out to Chicago. My family followed behind the next day and provided some babysitting while Mike and I enjoyed the town alone for a while too.

Alas poor Hailey has yet to be taken anywhere further than an hour away.

Happy weekend everyone! After a couple of gloomy weeks we have a some beautiful sunshine and decent temperatures over here. We plan to take full advantage of it all.

Oh and just FYI - Blogger is driving me nuts with their funky re-formatting of my posts so please excuse any weird page breaks or lack-there-of.


  1. Love your visuals for Five Question Friday :) the children's museum is so awesome and sure is expensive! Ours is like and hour and a half away so we go about once a year. Enjoyed the pics of baby K! Can't believe they are so big now :( have a nice weekend!!

  2. I get all emotional looking at newborn pics of my babies. How is it possible to change so much in such a short time?

    Our Children's museum is around $100 for a family membership. It is all of 10 minutes away though so we definitely use it. I wouldn't buy it if it was too far.


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