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Hi April!<br>
This is the GTKY thread in honor of getting to know you. I just have a few easier questions to start out...<br><br><b>What's your favorite color? What's your favorite color to wear?</b><br><br><b>What's your favorite time of year?</b><br><br><b>What are your hobbies? Do you think you'll find a way to include you child in them?</b><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Who has influenced you most when it comes to your parenting style?
 

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Oh fun! My turn! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br><b>What's your favorite color? What's your favorite color to wear?</b><br>
I'd have to say my favorite color right now is green. Avocado, kelly, olive, and lime. I don't like hunter green or seafoam green. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I like to wear earth colors such as browns, black, & white with small color accents.<br><br><b>What's your favorite time of year?</b><br>
Fall. I missed fall so much when I lived in Florida that I couldn't wait to get back to a 4 season state. I wish there were 2 months of spring, 2 months of summer, 2 months of winter and 6 months of fall! Theres something about that little bite and breeze in the air that only a thick knitted sweater can fix! I love to sit in front of a fire in the backyard and drink wine and make s'mores. And I love apple picking, raking leaves, harvesting pumpkins....fall is just magick!<br><br><b>What are your hobbies? Do you think you'll find a way to include you child in them?</b> Knitting. Boxing. Drawing. Photography. Cooking.<br>
I learned to knit when I was 7, from a boy! After school I stayed with a family that I thought was really old fashioned. They drank raw milk, had chickens, and wore clothes straight out of the 60's. But that boy knew how to knit and at the time I thought he was a geek but now I know that I'll try to teach my son how to knit! Theres nothing wrong with that! I also want to get him involved in martial arts at a young age because I think it teaches them a lot of self confidence and respect for elders. And of course I will be taking so many artsy photos of him that he's going to think he's a supermodel! And lastly, I want my son to know how to cook. I think its the sexiest thing in the world when a man knows how to cook......why not start him early!
 

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<b>Who has influenced you most when it comes to your parenting style?</b><br><br>
This is a difficult question, because I didn't have the best childhood. I would say that I have a lot of info on what NOT to do from my parents. I grew up in a fundamental "cult" with very little knowledge of "the world" outside our little group. Intentions were grand but it greatly backfired.<br><br>
My mom has greatly influenced my life in respect to Natural Family Living. I was raised on good food, very little medical attention, herbs, etc.... I wasn't raised with much tv or convenience items. However I think the deprivation made me crazy. I think the best thing I can learn from my childhood is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">moderation</span>. I did not live in moderation and to this day my mom spirals out of control with extremist ideals on life. I want my child to be aware of all forms of spirituality, walks of life, views of history, foods, etc. I want him to make good choices but will not try to force him into any one path like my parents did with me.<br><br>
So I guess you could say that I am really starting fresh and on my own path since my family is all sort of grouped together under this religious pathway that I don't identify with. I have one cousin who is AP who I cling to for advice hope that I can do this!
 

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What is your favorite place to visit? If you could go anywhere in the world for a vacation, disregarding price, where would you go?<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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My nephews know how to knit! They also take karate and can cook a really good meal (and they are 9, 8, and 5!) ... sounds like they will be a lot like your kids!
 

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Do you like to cook and if so what's your go-to dish or your specialty?
 

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<b>What is your favorite place to visit?</b> I love visiting my family on the coast of Maine. Its where I grew up and I never appreciated it as much as I should. I love staying at my uncles camp on the lake, drinking wine as the sun sets while the kiddos play in the water. He always cooks up a good pork tenderloin or bbq chicken. Its the one place I'd rather be any moment of any day!<br><br><b>If you could go anywhere in the world for a vacation, disregarding price, where would you go?</b> I would like to see the British Isles. I've always been fascinated by England, and my husband has Welsh and Scottish roots. It would be neat to tour around there! So much history!<br><br><b>Quote:<br><i>I know that I'll try to teach my son how to knit!</i><br>
My nephews know how to knit! They also take karate and can cook a really good meal (and they are 9, 8, and 5!) ... sounds like they will be a lot like your kids!</b> That is totally cool! Good to know my aspirations for my son aren't too out there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<b>what five words would your closest friends/family use to describe you?</b><br>
individualistic<br>
quixotic<br>
eccentric<br>
artsy<br>
perceptive<br><br><br><b>Do you like to cook and if so what's your go-to dish or your specialty?</b><br>
I have this ability to take the last scrap foods in the house and turn them into a delicious meal! My husband thinks I'm a magical cook!<br>
But I'd have to say my favorite food to make is fried brown rice and stir fry vegetables. I love too cook with lots of ginger garlic and onions. Second on the list is mexican type food like tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. I'm really trying to branch out and try recipes because I am not a recipe girl. I make my own up and it always comes out really good. I have my mother to thank for that. She was always really creative in the food department.
 

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Have you enjoyed this pregnancy so far? Has there been anything about it that really surprised you?
 

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How many kids do you want to have before you're done?<br><br>
Cat person or dog person?<br><br>
Creamy or crunchy peanut butter?
 

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What is your favorite quote or piece of advice?<br><br>
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
 

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<b>When can you come to my house?</b> I bet you could use a personal chef right now! So....let me pack my bags! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br><b>Have you enjoyed this pregnancy so far?</b> Loved mostly every minute of it. I was fortunate to miss most of the morning sickness part so I can't really complain about too much!<br><br><b>Has there been anything about it that really surprised you?</b> How much it would slow me down. I had these grand expectations of continuing to jog, kickbox, do yoga, and just keep my general speed in life and now I find myself grunting everytime I get off the couch, and feeling like a I've been run over by a truck after taking my dog for a slow walk around the block. But on the other hand I'm also surprised at how normal I feel. I have been obsessed with having a baby for the last 10 years and I thought that as soon as I got pregnant that something major would change in my life. Its a wonderful change but I still feel really normal! I don't exactly know what I expected but life goes on! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br><b>How many kids do you want to have before you're done?</b> My dh and I both want 2. I was an only child and longed for a sibling. My dh grew up with an older brother and he thinks its important to have siblings. Dh wants to space them out about 4 years because his brother was 7 years older and really helped him get established in life. I have this sneaking suspicion that we'll end up with three, though.<br><br><b>Cat person or dog person?</b> Dog! I never had cats growing up because mom was allergic. Dh and I got 2 cats once and I just didn't know how to deal with them...I just wanted to love and smoosh them all the time and they were snobby russian blues and just wouldn't have it! Plus they peed in my clean laundry all the time. You just can't "train" a cat like you can a dog.<br><br><b>Creamy or crunchy peanut butter?</b> Somewhere in between. I looooove fresh ground peanutbutter which is kind of creamy with little bitty sandlike crunchies in there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><b>What is your favorite quote or piece of advice?</b><br><i>When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.</i> Mae West (I just adore Mae West, she was such a cheeky woman!)<br><br><b>What is your favorite guilty pleasure?</b> Surveys. I love to fill out useless surveys about myself (so this is right up my alley)
 

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what's your favorite weekend getaway?<br><br>
if you could magically change one thing in our culture, what would it be?
 

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<b>what's your favorite weekend getaway?</b> Hmmmm, most weekend getaways mean us driving an hour away to Toledo, OH to visit a bunch of our friends. We usually hang at the Irish pub and get sloshed. I guess thats not going to be an option for us this summer! Along those same lines there is a magical little island called Put-In-Bay on one of the great lakes that is really quaint and fun. People mostly go there to drink, but theres a nice little winery to tour and beachy areas and little shops. Kind of helps my homesickness because I miss the ocean so much. Its similar to the small harbor town that I grew up in.<br><br><b>if you could magically change one thing in our culture, what would it be?</b>So many things to change, so little time! Seriously though the one thing at the forefront of my mind lately is consumerism. It sickens me how much we consume as a society. I just watched a documentary called Wal*Mart: The high cost of low price. And it floors me how evil these big corporations are, yet we as Americans turn a blind eye to shop the sales and fill fill fill our lives with meaningless stuff. Its just filling a void that "we" don't know how to fill any other way! I was watching Oprah the other day and her big Debt show and it was brough up that we "self soothe" with shopping and it kind of turned a lighbulb on in my head. Where do we learn to self soothe? Sounds a lot like it starts in early childhood, perhaps when we are asked as babies to self soothe...........<br><br>
Yikes. I didn't realise that was gonna get so involved. Anyway......<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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If you had to live outside the country for one year, and one year only, cost/jobs no object, where would you go and why?<br><br>
Were there any major events/choices in your life that you feel led you to where you are now?<br><br>
Fruit salad: Ideally, should it contain melon or not?
 

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i know where put in bay is. never been there, always went to cedar pointe, but i know of where you are talking about.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<b>If you had to live outside the country for one year, and one year only, cost/jobs no object, where would you go and why?</b> Finland. It seems like a very beautiful and environmentally aware place with excellent architecture, art, and of course scenery! Also, my mentor and teacher is a 85 year old Finnish native who helped paved the way for modern holistic therapy.<br><br><b>Were there any major events/choices in your life that you feel led you to where you are now?</b> Leaving my parents at the age of 16 and moving out of their house was a huge turning point in my life. It allowed me the freedom to explore who I was and what I was made of, and break free from the mold that they tried to cram me into. Its been quite a journey with a lot of anger along the way but I think that it has made me into a more well rounded person who is constantly seeking knowledge and not just believing everything that I'm told. In turn I hope that my boy will have that kind freedom to express himself and seek out anything his heart desires.<br><br><b>Fruit salad: Ideally, should it contain melon or not?</b> It depends. If the salad will be eaten in one sitting then yes, melon! Honeydew, cantalope, and watermelon! However, if its going to last a few days then add as you go. It gets way too soggy in there. I had a melon incident once. It involved overripe honeydew, marijuana, and few friends. One of the best memories of all time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Kirstie- you should totally check it out! But if you're gonna take the jet express over don't sit on the outside! I was soaked and freezing in the blistering heat of summer!
 

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This place is the best amusement park of all time!!! I grew up just a couple hours from there in Michigan and we tried to go every summer. My DH is quite the roller coaster finatic and he went for the first time last summer ... he's never been anywhere that was even close in comparison.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Hmmm, I have a similar melon experience, but it was grain alcohol instead of marijuana! College was fun!
 
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