Monday, April 7, 2008

monday morning question


What is the most memorable activity you did with your family as a child?

My answer:  Walking the trails in parks.  We went to a lot of different parks as a child - National parks, local parks, you name it.  There was nothing so fun to me as taking a day on a weekend just to go to a park and follow one of those long trails to the end.  One of the reasons it was special was because the whole family came along (my parents and all six of us kids!).  Another reason it was special was because we were in nature and the surroundings were fascinating.

Now it is your turn.  Leave your answer in the Comments Section below.


  1. oh, Krissy, that sounded like it was so much fun!! I can see why it would be so memorable especially since everyone was there as a family, talking, sharing special times, laughing, looking at nature, etc; what a wonderful memory!

    mine:  playing card games on my sister's and my bed with my mom and brother on Friday nights. We got to stay up a little later and we would play Rummy or other games and share a bowl of popcorn; lots of fun!

    great question!! have a great day


  2. I made my Monday morning entry!


  3. going on vacation in the moterhome.

  4. nelishianatl4/07/2008 9:19 AM

    Your answer is what we are doing with our grandbaby that we are raising.  We walk the trails.  I hope she remembers happily when she grows up.

    My answer is playing cards with the family, crazy eights or rummy.

    Have a good week.  I have you on alerts.



  5. catholicrose4/07/2008 9:31 AM

    There are two things that spring to mind, although one didn't include the whole family, just my dad and me.  He would take me out for ice cream every now and then just so we could hang out and talk.  As I look back, I think it really helped me deal better with boys, knowing that my dad was there for me.
    The other memorable activity involved all of us--my three brothers, me, my mom and my dad.  We took family vacations where we would do plenty of "unplanned" things--like when we were in Colorado, and my brothers and I wanted to climb a "mountain," so my dad pulled over to the side of the road and let us climb up this somewhat steep, rock-and-dirt hill.  It was a mountain to us--and climbing it was a blast!  Another time, we saw an interesting sign while we were driving to our destination, so we stopped at Reptile Gardens, which was the neatest place for a girl who loves snakes!  
    I think the best thing about the trips was that my parents didn't try to create a schedule with a lot of planned activities; we all just kind of made it up as we went along... and made the greatest memories in the process!
    Great question!
    God bless,
    --Amy (aka Rose)

  6. Mother and Daddy, with our help, turned our basement into a "Ghost Walk" every Halloween for about ten or fifteen years. It started as a one-off for my sister's Camp Fire group. Other groups--to some of which none of the three of us kids belonged--heard about the experience. My folks eventually were allowing probably 3500 people to walk through our basement during October.

    The insurance company would probably not allow this activity these days, as the walk was conducted in pitch dark. Daddy would help the walker through the coal chute door and down a ladder. He would  set their hand on a rope and insist that they hold onto the rope the whole way through, then pushed them through a curtain into the walk proper. The rope was strung back and forth all through the basement, over tables, under tables, across bedsprings, through a tire until the walker got to the back door at the top of the stairs. Only a couple of people ever let go, one of whom managed to put a foot in the drain sump, the other just hollered until someone came to "rescue" him.

    Hairy twine hung from the ceiling to emulate spider webs. Someone would always help people through the tire with a handful of flour paste. We kids would also make spooky noises (clanking chains, water sloshing, moans, etc.)and squirt water guns at people as they passed us. It was great fun.

    ;^) Jan the Gryphon

  7. 2x a year I would have to drive from NY to Florida and back.  My dad was a private chauffer.  We would take the limo he drove.  It would be packed from the back of the front seat all the way to the back. and from the floor to the ceiling.  There would be a tiny space for me to sit in.  It would take us three days to get down and three to get back.

    It was always a very long hard trip.  My favorite stop was South Of The Border, but we would never stay there.    One day we did and it was as good as I imagnined.


  8. That was fun, Krissy, going to the Parks!!  I would say eating around the dinner table.  We had so many of us, that we would sit for an hour and have alot of fun. Neat question!  Love ya! xox

  9. monicasmemoirs4/07/2008 11:54 AM

    I loved going to state and national parks too as a child!  What am I saying ... I STILL love doing those things.  So beautiful.  

    Wonderful childhood memories. :-)  Mine would simply be all the travel we did - that would include within the states, state parks, national parks and of course all the travel outside of the country. :-)


  10. I went ahead and did an entry because I had a picture to share.  Linda in Washington

  11. breakaway19684/07/2008 12:48 PM

    Here is a link to mine...what a cute question.


  12. Krissy~Your childhood fun still sounds like my idea of a great fun outting today! We went to Old Orchard Beach Maine every summer. Dad always said the water would freeze if it wasn't salt! It was invigorating and loads of fun to ride the waves and just walk the beach. On the way up we would stop at Herbert's Candy Kitchen in MA and have a picnic lunch about 30 minutes before arrival. As kids from Connecticut, we were nuts about staying at cabins that had a swimming pool too; we went in even if it was raining! Good question! Deb ;-)
    Not on my private journal list and want to be? Just e-mail:

  13. robinngabster4/07/2008 1:31 PM

    Loved your answer!

    Here is mine.

  14. After church on Sunday, Mom, Dad and my siblings always went to Isaly's and had an ice cream favorite that I always got was grape ice cream.  As I grew up and moved away, grape ice cream was never to be found anywhere.  What a surprise when I met my husband Jerry that on one of our first few dates, we stop at his favorite ice cream place in Columbus, OH and they had grape ice cream on the menu....I fell instantly in love with him for bringing back a special childhood memory that I hadn't enjoyed for a good 15 years.  Arlene (AJ)

  15. silver dollar city age 9

  16. bike riding :o)  We used to go all over the place as my mum couldn't drive we would cycle to places and enjoy days out. Such fun xx


  17. firestormkids044/08/2008 12:16 AM

    My mom was divorced and my sisters all out of the home by the year I was 8.  Mom and I would go to visit Auntie Merrie whose house was far from ours.  On the way, Mom would get "lost".  At first this worried me, but after a while I loved getting lost with her.  It's one of my favorite memories of my mom.  Blessings and love my friend, Penny


  18. chaoticbeauty344/08/2008 11:06 AM

    I have a lot of great memories of me, and my stepdad but I have to say that the one thing that I remember the most was us playing chess together. He taught me when I was 8 or 9, and We used to play all of the time.

    Best Wishes,

    P.S. Thanks for the kind words you left on my journal today.

  19. kristijohnson724/08/2008 11:27 AM

    Hmmm. Most memorable?  The trip to California in the cab of my parents semi truck the summer after second grade.  At least I think it was second grade.  It has been so long it is getting hard to remember it now but that was really something cool.  I was definitely the only kid in my class to take that kind of vacation.  My Dad had just gotten his own semi and was doing the owner/operator thing.  Mom and Dad both had CDL's at the time and decided to take us with them to California.  The goal was to take us to Disneyland.  The problem with the plan, you may ask.....Oh, it's just a little illegal as I understand.  I remember we were at a weigh station and we had to be just as quiet and still as we could.  We one of us rustled the sleeper curtain and the inspector saw it out of the corner of his eye. I can't remember whether it was me or my little sister that thought to growl like a small dog but appearantly one of us was able to pass us off as a terrier or something.  We had a lot of little adventures like that along the road and got to see America in a way that most kids don't get to.  Most kids didn't see the truck stops and weigh stations and mechanics of the working American highway, but we did.  They didn't get to met the other drivers and hear the stories of the road about treacherous mountain byways or how Bubba Jo survived jack-knifing in the ice storm of 19whenever.  We did. We didn't get to Disneyland though.  We didn't have enough money to pay admission by the time we got there.  We did get to Knotts Berry Farm and that was cool.

    Kristi J

  20. Grandfather told me one day "Come on  We're going to see something you"ve never seen before."
     I guessed this and that but Grandfather would not tell.  Instead he put us on the big red street car to go to down town Los Angeles.  There he took me to a theater to see Howard Thurston, a magician.  He did wonderful things, lke shooting a lady in a cannon through the air to get into a box suspended in mid-air.
    (Well, I know they do better tricks NOW, This was THEN.)
     And he was right.   had never seen anything like that before...nor have I seen anyuthing like it since.  Howard Thurston was famous in his day.

  21. What is the most memorable activity you did with your family as a child?  The most memorable thing our family did was a 2 month long trip we took right after my sister graduated from High School  We went all over the West Coast. My Dad had sold businesses in N. MN, & we moved to another area of MN. People didn't often do trips that long.  I could write all day about the memories I have!  I even remember the fights my sister & I had.  LOL (I usually won, dontcha know?)  We didn't sell the cabin, so we still got to spend a month there b4 moving.

  22. nyuknyukpik24/10/2008 1:30 AM

    I don't have an answer to the question--just wanted to let you know they are having a blood drive at school on friday--I am offering 50 extra credit points to all students who give blood

    The teacher in charge says a successful blood drive is 40 pints--last blood drive we got 83--this year since it's the day we get out of spring break he said if we get 60 he will dress like an "original" ooompah loompah and rap at the last rally.

    Some of the kids will be helping with the blood drive--they will get extra credit as well.

  23. fisherkristina4/10/2008 5:08 AM

    God bless you for doing this, nyuknyukpik2!  Those, like John (who needed over 100 blood transfusions and may need some again), thank you!  What you are doing is so special.  Thank you and God bless you for doing this.

    Krissy :)

  24. It was playing in the rain. When we were kids my Mom, Sister and I would get sand buckets and collect rain and splash each other. We'd run around in the first warm rain we had getting completely dreched. Then we'd go it, dry off, put on our pjs and climb onto Mom's bed for snacks and a movie. It was the best!

  25. peytonswater4/11/2008 6:36 PM

    Camping, we always went camping, and during so we would hike, fish and always ALWAYS have a campfire. Those were my memories and what good ones they are!
    I did not get this alert either :( I think I am missing some.

  26. Heck I'm almost a week behind..but my most memorable activity done with the family was. Portaging w canoe's across 4 Canada Lakes in Upper Canada, you wouldn't believe how much those puppies weight at age 7. LOL. Sorry I'm late, but I guess that's what happens when thoughts pop into your mind at 4am in the morning A WEEK LATER :)

    Paul C

  27. My most memorable activity I did with my family as a child has to be all those car trips we made between Mancester, New Hampshire and Connecticut. My parents and all seven of us kids would pack into whatever car dad was driving, the one I remember most is an old baby blue lincoln continental. We'd take off on a Friday afternoon, and drive to Waterbury, CT to visit our grandparents. Looking back, I know it was because my grandpa had lung cancer, and my dad wanted to visit his dad as much as possible. Hours and hours I remember us on the road for a couple of years. I was the oldest in my family, so I remember. The worst of the drive took place in the summer, we didn't have air conditioning of course. But we'd stop along the road at a Dairy Queen and everyone would get one little treat, but it was our favorite part of the trip before arriving at our destination. bea

  28. Fishing in the Florida Keys.



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