Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Interview

I have seen this interview (family meme) all over the place. I think first on Facebook and then at His Girls Blog, Life at 7000 feet, and Gretchen's place, Jewels In My Crown Someday too. I was a little hesitant to do it (not sure what my little darlings might say!) But I was truly curious how they would respond so last night (in an attempt to distract my sick daughter,) we gave it a whirl.

My husband wasn't home from work yet so has not been interviewed; but you can do this with your spouse as well!

Beauty is my 8 yr old daughter.

Gentle Strength is my 6 yr old son.

My commentary to some of their comments will be in parenthesis.


1. What is something your mom/wife always says to you?
Beauty - "I love you!"

Gentle Strength - "Be good. Be kind. I love you. You say a lot of nice things!"

(Awe, what was I afraid of? That they might say, "Lose the drama" - daughter or "Please stop doing that!" to my son who has a new found love for burping??)

2. What makes your mom/wife happy?
Beauty - "Watermelon & seeing me after school."

Gentle Strength - "When I obey and do the right thing. When I am quiet so the baby can sleep."

(All true...I was delightfully surprised that my daughter is aware that I enjoy seeing my kids when they come home from school.)
3. What makes your mom/wife sad?
Beauty - "When I disobey."

Gentle Strength - "When I am being horrid."

(Where did he get the word, horrid?!? He totally cracked me up!)
4. How does your mom/wife make you laugh?
Beauty - "Water balloon fights"

Gentle Strength - "Mostly Dad makes me laugh...O.K., when you "steam roll" me when I am hiding under the covers in bed."

(I had no idea that she enjoyed the water balloon fights so much last summer! It has been months and that is what pops into her mind? I truly cannot compete with my husband - such a creative & fun guy!)

5. What was your mom/wife like as a child?
Beauty - "Obedient & a fun girl!"

Gentle Strength - "Didn't like hot dogs. Small, nice, cute. Probly got into trouble a little bit."

(Still chuckling over the hot dog thing...he is amazed that a person could NOT like hot dogs! & yeah, 'I probly got into trouble a little bit!')

6. How old is your mom/wife?
Beauty - "I'd say...39"

Gentle Strength - "43"

(Clearly we need to communicate that mommy is MUCH younger than that! ;))

7. How tall is your mom?
Beauty - "Between medium to tall"

Gentle Strength "7 inches or so"

(Oh, we have some math skills to work on! I am actually 5' 10")

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Beauty - "Relax at the Spa"

Gentle Strength - "Sleep"

(I must make a REALLY big deal of it when I do go to the spa every few yrs... and I have been sleep deprived since the birth of our Littlest one who is the energizer bunny in person!)
9. What does your mom/wife do when you're not around?
Beauty - "Take care of all the messes & Littlest one. All sorts of things."

Gentle Strength - "Stuff on the computer"

(Both are completely right!)
10. If your mom/wife becomes famous, what will it be for?
Beauty - "Being the best mom in the world." (keep in mind that she is ill & I've been waiting on her!)

Gentle Strength - "You're already famous for MOPS!" (I had to laugh at this one! We do run into people all of the time when we go out who know me from MOPS - I didn't realize he thought I was "famous!" LOL!)

11. What is your mom/wife really good at?
Beauty - "playing croquette & tennis."

Gentle Strength - "Skiing and MOPS"

(We haven't played croquette in a couple of years...?)
12. What is your mom/wife not very good at?
Beauty - "I don't know..."

Gentle Strength - "Nothing. Well, maybe skiing the blacks"

(Definitely skiing the blacks! And so many other things...)

13. What does your mom/wife do for a job?
Beauty - "A mom & MOPS"

Gentle Strength - "MOPS. Easy. Everybody knows that!"

(We have been a bit 'MOPS' saturated lately!)
14. What is your mom/wife's favorite food?
Beauty - "Pizza & Watermelon"

Gentle Strength - "Pizza."

(Pizza & watermelon are right up there with steak, sushi, etc. )
15. What makes you proud of your mom/wife?
Beauty - "She is unique. And she takes care of me when I am sick."

Gentle Strength - "She's a good mom. Ya know, feeds us, takes care of us, sends us to a good school."

(I tried to get more specifics on the "unique" part...she only said that there isn't anyone else like me...)
16. If your mom/wife were a cartoon character, who would she be?
Beauty - "Supermom" (to which my son said, "There isn't a cartoon character like that!")

Gentle Strength - "Maybe Jerry (the mouse) from Tom & Jerry?"

(Truth is my family doesn't really watch cartoons. We're bookworms. *shrug*)

17. What do you and your mom/wife do together?
Beauty - "Read. Clean up. She helps me when I am sick." (Do you see a theme here?)

Gentle Strength - "We go on dates. We eat together. We play lego.com together. So much I can't even say...

18. How are you and your mom/wife the same?
Beauty - We both like watermelon

Gentle Strength - "We both like Phinneas & Ferb."

19. How are you and your mom/wife different?
Beauty - "Different hair color." (Oh, I hope she keeps those blond locks!)

Gentle Strength - "Well, she's a girl. But mostly, she doesn't like candy or ice cream very much."

(So true...minus the chocolate thing...)
20. How do you know your mom/wife loves you?
Beauty - "She gives me popsicles when I am sick & ice cream in the summer."

Gentle Strength - "Food, home, good school, cool backpack, takes care of me, fuzzy nuzzles at night."

(Oh I hope they know.... I do, so very very very deeply love each one of them!)
21. What does your mom/wife like most about your dad/yourself?
Beauty - "He is loving."

Gentle Strength- "He is strong."

22. Where is your mom/wife's favorite place to go?
Beauty - "The beach, pool, or a clean room."

Gentle Strength - "Colorado."

(The beach is my favorite place, but I will settle for a clean room to chill out in if I have to!)

It ended up being more fun than I anticipated & I learned a little along the way too!

Blessings & peace to you today!

Shanda

5 comments:

Gretchen said...

Okay...no fair. Your kids are still completely besotted with you.

Darling answers. Cut and paste this and put it into their baby books, is my suggestion.

I'm with you on the pizza and watermelon. Sushi? Not so much. Makes living in a Pacific Rim location a bit awkward when searching for a place to have lunch. ;)

rhemashope said...

Well, I certainly learned more about you, you famous 7-inch, watermelon-lovin', tennis-playing awesome mom!

And I didn't like hotdogs either. =)

Alyce said...

I've seen this one around facebook too. Yours is the first I've read.. I am def. going to do this tonight! Did you do it with them together? I am thinking mine might influence each others answers.

and I am with your son on the hotdogs!! I LOVE hotdogs..we are having them for supper!

Jennifer said...

That was a lot of fun to read, too. I'm with you...not sure what I would expect from that interview at my house! :) You are loved!

Kathryn said...

So precious! I wonder if my middle schooler would still see me through such loving eyes! I may have to wait a few years before interviewing her. :-)