Hot Seat - 11/28 - 12/4 - Beertje

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Hot Seat - 11/28 - 12/4 - Beertje

Beertje, you are in the Hot Seat!

(I tried to send you a PM to let you know, but your inbox is full. ;))

I think I remember that your hubby is Danish - how did you two meet?
How long have you lived in your current house? Do you plan to retire in that house, or would you like to move at some point?
What is one place that you would love to visit?
If you could live one place anywhere in the world for 1 year, where would you go?
Do you plan on having any more children?
What is one of your favorite ways to relax?

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Sorry, my inbox is always full! Need to clean house sometime, haha!

I think I remember that your hubby is Danish - how did you two meet? DH is from the Netherlands who immigrated to the U.S. after we met. How we met... long story short, it was a complete fluke to have met him and I had absolutely no interest in ever getting into another relationship. I, and our county and family members, were looking for my ex who went into hiding to avoid paying child support. I knew my ex frequented a music website that had a chat room he enjoyed participating in. I went in there to see if anyone recognized his user name and if they were able to help. A girl that was there did recognize his name and shared some information that he told her. She then referred me to my now DH as he was one of the administrators there and was able to trace IP addresses to their locations. He was able to get me the information which I shared with the County Attorney's office who was able to press charges against him. We got to talking and the rest is history!
How long have you lived in your current house? Do you plan to retire in that house, or would you like to move at some point? We built our house breaking ground in October 2006, but when my close family members died in November and finding water springs 18 inches below ground, the actual building didn't get underway until end of November and beginning of December. Majority of the work the contractors did was completed by March and the sweat equity we provided was completed by May. We moved in at the end of May 2007. We plan on retiring here at this point as it was designed to be able to have plenty of room for all of the kids and their future families to be able to stay over the holidays, if needed.
What is one place that you would love to visit? Just one place? That's a real tough one! I would have to say the U.K., Italy, or Ireland next. But I really want to go to Australia, Egypt, and India as well.
If you could live one place anywhere in the world for 1 year, where would you go? I would love to take a sabbatical and live in the Netherlands just to get a sense of what it's like to really live there as well as to get to know my nieces well as they're all (four) my youngest childrens' ages and we've only physically met one - the oldest - even though we skype all of the time with them. The plus to living there would also allow us to easily travel the rest of the countries that I want to see or go back to.
Do you plan on having any more children? Nope, we feel our family is complete and that we are very blessed with what we have. Despite the age differences or even lack of difference, the dynamics of each child's relationship with their siblings are better than what I was hoping for.
What is one of your favorite ways to relax? Photography and scrapbooking. I call it my scrap therapy, haha! But those are the main two things you'll see me doing right now. I used to have a ton of other hobbies, but I usually get bored after doing them for a couple years. These two are the ones that have continued since discovering my passion for them.

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What is the significance of your screen name?

Are you Dutch?

What is the last movie you watched?

What is the last book you read?

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What is the significance of your screen name? Beertje means "little bear." When my older kids were little, I would say that their hands were like bearpaws getting into everything and leaving their mark. It also used to be my user name for most things. When DH and I met, he started using Beertje as my nickname since I dabble into everything as well, curiousity always getting the best of me. He's since changed my nickname to Keizerin which means empress saying that nickname was much more fitting. I like it much better, but still love the one he initially gave me.

Are you Dutch? Part of me is, but it's a small part compared to the rest of my family history.

What is the last movie you watched? Up! with the kids. Love that story! The last movie at the theater was 'The Help.'

What is the last book you read? Five Quarters of the Orange by JoAnne Harris. It was a very good read. Not a favorite, but worth the time.

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(I have never participated in a hot seat, I hope you don't mind if I join in)

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

What is your favorite fruit?

Do you play any musical instruments?

What kind of music do you like?

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(I have never participated in a hot seat, I hope you don't mind if I join in) I don't mind in the least! Smile

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? An artist. I loved drawing and I loved painting both watercolor and oil. I was fascinated by learning about blending, shadowing, and dimensions. Then I learned the term starving artist and realized how difficult it could be making a living, so it was put on the wayside. My DD has also picked up on loving art and is way better than I am at it, so I really appreciate her works of art. She does it to relax her. I also loved pottery, but was never satisfied with what I made.

What is your favorite fruit? I really don't have a favorite fruit. Maybe mangos. I go more with the seasons as to what I crave. I know what I don't like which are cherries, oranges, grapefruit, lime, lemon, and starfruit. Lime and Lemon are starting to grow on me, so they're not as low on the dislike list as they used to be. But I still hate the smell of them. I refuse to have any cleaning supplies that have that fresh lemony scent. Ew!

Do you play any musical instruments? I used to play the flute and piccolo, but quit after college. I sometimes play on my own, but it gets to be less and less through time. Maybe I'll rejoin the community band for kicks when the kids are a bit older. I also got to learn to play the ocarina for one of our band songs, which was really kewl.

What kind of music do you like? There's very little music that I don't like. One would be rap. In general, it's too angry for me. But I love theme music from like Avatar, Star Wars, LOTR, etc and classical music. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons and Pachelbel's - Cannon in D are my favorites. I also love music from the forties. I grew up with my grandma and g-gpa singing all the oldies to me, which I adored. But if I were to listen to music to clean or dance with the kids, I always revert to the 60's (thanks mom), 70's & 80's music. To name a few: Bread, Air Supply, Beatles, Bon Jovi, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, U2 & the Cufflinks are my default artists of choice. Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand rank up there as well. I can sing along to country music as well. Jo Dee Messina, Dixie Chicks, and Jewel have songs that are near & dear to my heart.

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"Beertje" wrote:

Do you play any musical instruments? [COLOR=Indigo]I used to play the flute and piccolo,

I played the flute and piccolo in high school as well.

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Do you stay home or do you work? If you work, what do you do?

What would be a dream job for you?

Name a few of your pet peeves. . .what really drives you nuts about other people?

Do you like to cook? If so, what are your favorite dishes to make? If not, what are your favorite things to eat?

What's the best & worst about being a mom?

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What's a favorite memory of yours from childhood?

What is your favorite way to be pampered, or what's a favorite luxury?

Best traits about each of your kids?

Best trait about your DH?

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What is one thing about yourself that you are really confident/proud of?
What is one thing about yourself that you are insecure about?
Are you a breakfast eater? If so, what do you usually eat?
What is your favorite food to cook?
Favorite food to eat?

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Do you stay home or do you work? If you work, what do you do? I wish I stayed at home, but I do work full time. I work at Human Services having done a variety of different positions in the past 16 years.

What would be a dream job for you? One would be kind of like the American Pickers on the History Channel where I could travel all over the world for kewl antiques to resell. Only I wouldn't want to be rummaging through the piles like they do. The other ideal job would be to own an antique/book/scrapbooking store that has a scrumptious coffee shop smack in the middle of it.

Name a few of your pet peeves. . .what really drives you nuts about other people? Oh boy... Ok one huge, HUGE pet peeve is when someone outright lies or intentionally omits information to lead people to think something differently that may affect their decisions. Honesty is best policy. Another is when someone pretends to be a friend only to talk behind their back about personal information that was not intended for anyone else's ears. My supervisor has a major problem keeping information about employees private, mostly when it's something she sees as negative. Then she passive-aggressively gives the employee she gossiped about a gift. That's pretty much the only time she gives gifts so if one of us gets one, we know she was talking inappropriately about us. But yeah, passive-aggressive behavior is another big eww for me as well as those that have a perception that they're better than the average bear and openly judge others. But one that has stuck with me since I was really little was those that eat with their mouths open. Majorly gross in my book. All I can remember at mass when I was small was watching the priest that was there at the time chewing with his mouth wide open in front of the entire congregation when consuming the host. Yuck! And I had to watch him at minimum of twice a week since I went to a catholic school!

Do you like to cook? If so, what are your favorite dishes to make? If not, what are your favorite things to eat? I sure do cook, although DH has been picking up on it more so than I have lately. The types of food vary. I usually make a variety of stir fry, eggrolls, lo mein, and wonton soup all from scratch for my version of chinese (DH makes his own versions based on what they serve in NL), nasi, though time consuming, is always a winner, lasagna, and varieties of soups are amongst my favorites. I also love making grilled steak with steamed asparagus and baked potato. I love trying new recipes, but I always end up altering it and don't go by the exact measurements, so usually it's not exactly the same each time I make it. Favorite quick meals to make are hodgepodge (different varieties) and macho nachos. I'm also known for my cheesecakes & cookies. I'm not too bad on my cakes either!

What's the best & worst about being a mom? Best: hearing their laughter and the random "I love you", feeling their hug or touch, smelling their individual smells, and seeing their proudest moments of accomplishments. Worst: wondering if your child (regardless of age) is alive or going to be alive in the next moment, watching your child get themselves into a rut after refusing to listen to advice because they or their friends know better, and seeing your child being in pain and feeling completely helpless about it. Geez, now you made me tear up. Silly me! :rolleyes:

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What's a favorite memory of yours from childhood? Christmas at Gma's every year is always a favorite. But the 4th of July was also really special. We'd all gather every year at my g-gpa's who lived on a lake... all the way down to second cousins. While the adults were hanging around the backyard chatting and admiring his huge garden, the kids would travel into his woods to his even bigger garden to snack on raspberries while picking them for lunch or to take home. We'd all then go down to the lake and pick the tinkertoys while searching for shells and small fish. When we got bored, we'd walk down the road to the small shop for ice cream cones or push-ups. I really miss the simplicity of those days!

What is your favorite way to be pampered, or what's a favorite luxury? Hands down when someone cleans the house for me and frees up my time to relax. That is my ultimate pampering.

Best traits about each of your kids? The list is looooong! Aside from them being incredibly intelligent and kind with good heads on their shoulders (most of the time)...
DS: He is very giving & loving. He loves to cook and surprise me with his concoctions. His heart is in the right place when trying to make gifts from scratch (poor college student). He's very musically talented and I wish I had his wit.
DD1: She is the quiet one of the bunch. She has huge compassion for animals and somehow is able to attract wild animals to just walk up to her and allow her to pet them. She is insanely talented in drawing and has the ability to pick up an instrument that she's never learned and self teaches just to say that she can play. When she sings, my eyes tear with joy. She and DS love a good debate with me.
DD2: This girl loves to talk, and talk, and talk. She is not shy by any means and is very good at attracting attention in a very positive way. She has this aura of positive energy that makes one feel good just being with her. She loves her sports and her voice is like an angel's. She puts others before her without hesitation.
DD3: This girl sure has her opinions and is not afraid to share them. She is very sensitive and hates to disappoint. She has the funniest lines I've heard in a long time. She is very compassionate, especially with her younger sisters, her babies. She is very willing to try new things. She is also very thoughtful and giving and loves to help out with cooking, and most other tasks that need to be done. She's so full of questions! She loves to pull pranks as well, which I love!
DD4: She also has been a quiet one, but it's really starting to change. She's my little runner. Of all of them, she's the one most athletic from the very start. She's our little monkey as she's also not afraid to make her body work for her. When they were in cribs, it was not unusual to see her dangling between the two cribs when they used to be across the room from each other, even at 12 months. She is also very sensitive and is the best cleaner of the bunch. She self potty trained, which I was very amazed at! She has a love for animals as well.
DD5: Very outspoken. VERY outspoken. I love watching her role play with either her sisters or her dolls. She is very clear in how she feels, what she wants, and what she doesn't want. She's my snuggle bunny and loves being in the chair with me watching a Disney movie or reading a book. She loves to sing and dance and to make people smile. She's very empathetic towards others' feelings.

Best trait about your DH? His love... He will bend over to the moon and back to do anything to keep his family happy. He loves to do acts of service because he knows it will bring smiles to their faces. His humor is up there as well. He is the funniest guy I know. He is also the best dad I know. I feel truly blessed that my kids have the best father out there after experiencing being previously married to the worst one out there.

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What is one thing about yourself that you are really confident/proud of? That I must be doing something right that my oldest is turning out the way he is. I worry less about him because he's shown me how mature he's become and I love it! He's got a really good job that he will be offered permanently when he graduates, he's had a stable relationship with a girl that fits right in with the rest of our family (and actually is very similar to looking and having the same interests I did at that age.... weird!), and he's happy, very happy. I think he's going to thrive being on his own. The rest of the kids obviously are works in progress. Wink

What is one thing about yourself that you are insecure about? 1. Missing a cue and failing a loved one somehow. 2. My weight.

Are you a breakfast eater? If so, what do you usually eat? I'm supposed to be, I'm supposed to eat 6 small meals, but I usually don't. If I eat breakfast, it's only at work with dry plain Cheerios. At work, I also usually have a banana or apple mid morning.

What is your favorite food to cook? Chinese. YummY!

Favorite food to eat? Air-popped popcorn with real cheese.... movie anyone?