Monday, January 26, 2009

An interview

Jessica over at Turkey Cookies offered to interview anyone who wished to be placed in the hotseat, which I, of course, immediately jumped on.  Listed below are the questions she asked and my replies.

1.  Ok, Art Family- what is your favorite family art craft??
One of our favorite family art activities is exquisite corpse drawing.  Exquisite corpse involves one person drawing the top of something and then covering it with another piece of paper until just a ½ inch of the bottom is showing.  The next person has to complete the drawing without having seen the top.  The kids laugh hysterically at some of the drawings they’ve come up with that way.

2.  You have written about some of your family's favorite books. (Snowflake Bentley is a favorite of mine.) What are the top five favorite children's books in your house?
Favorites come and go around here.  Our top 5 of all time are probably The Mitten, Olivia, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The Sneetches

3.  When you are not crafting with your kids, what is your favorite way to spend your time and recharge?
As a family, we recharge by walking in the woods.  There’s a great park near our house with several short trails that are perfect for little legs.  Personally, I recharge by helping other moms in their walk toward more natural living.  I'm the moderator for the Natural Living/Attachment Parenting group at TriadMommies.

A favorite little path through the woods

4.  Your family time is so inspiring-family game night and camping.  Is there a family tradition that sticks out in your mind that defines this family time?
Some of the fun things we do as a family are more sporadic than we like, but the 2 things we do very regularly are read together at night (we are just starting Little House on the Prairie) and having a slow dinner together on Sunday evenings.

Reading The Tale of Despereaux

5.  You have tons of wonderful photos of your kids. I am always so impressed that you are able to capture so many moments in their life (like Finn drawing on the wall!).  Besides keeping your camera within arms distance always, what other hints do you have to catch these moments?  And then, what do you do with all of them??
Ummm…I’m a little ashamed to say that I frequently tell the kids to pause right there, while I dash off to fetch the camera.  Or I say, “wait! do that again and don’t look at me this time.”  I’m glad to have so many photos of us doing ordinary things though.  I think we’ll all be grateful to have so much documentation of their childhoods.  We store all of our photos on 2 hard drives that are mirrored.  One of my biggest fears is losing all these memories.

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.


  1. I loved reading these questions and answers about you and your family. The title of your blog is really quite appropriate. You do so many fun, creative things together as a family. I just did an interview, so you don't need to include me in the names of people to be interviewed.

  2. Oh, this was so much fun to read! Thank you so much for answering my humble questions.

  3. So great!
    I need more specifics on your photo taking skills. Seriously! I am so jealous of that AND your culinary skills! Gosh, some of those treats looked yummy!!!


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