Reverting back to my childhood

This past week, I dragged my poor fiancé around town looking for crayons and coloring books (the latter of which is more difficult to find than it should be!). As we have little to cook with, we took a trip to Chili’s to eat dinner. It was yummy. I then decided on going to Michaels (craft store) to poke around and see if I found something entertaining to do. Jon and I had already been to Wal-Mart earlier this week to get Blokus and UNO to play to help off-set boredom that has set in here but I wanted to just see if something struck my fancy. I found crayons and decided a trip to Wal-Mart (again) was necessary to get some crayons there and a coloring book or two. Upon arriving at the big box store, I found crayons…but much to my disappointment, no coloring books! Jon and I came up with the brilliant idea of trying the Dollar Tree for some and we found success! Since then, I have colored several pages – I feel like a 5 year old, but it’s so much fun!

Earlier this week, Jon began humming tunes to old Disney movie songs which got me on a Disney binge. I LOVE Disney movies from my childhood: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King are just a few of my favorites. (And, in my Netflix queue, most of the films waiting to be sent are these old, animated Disney films.)

This steps back toward my childhood have made me sit and think about favorites from that time (and the fact that I’m really getting ready to enter the adult world with my (second, yes, second) college graduation, getting married and getting back into the full-time workforce). Here are some of the highlights: 

  • Highlights Magazine – lots to do in there that would keep me entertained for hours!
  • Spending all day at the pool
  • Day trips to the beach
  • Berenstain Bears books
  • Chasing lightning bugs, capturing them and watching them light up in the jar – a summertime favorite!
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation – watched that with Dad all the time
  • Snow days home from school – few and far between here in the south but when it starts, it doesn’t stop
  • Shel Silverstein books – A Light in the Attic, The Giving Tree, Falling Up, Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Skip-It
  • Super Soakers – lots of neighborhood battles with those things
  • Tamagotchi – yes, I fell into the craze
  • Easy Bake Oven – one of my first experiences cooking
  • Polly Pocket
  • Yo-yo’s
  • Games: Monopoly Jr., Guess Who, Cootie (no, I’m not that old…one my grandparents had from when Dad was little), Candy Land, Operation
  • Scooby Doo cartoon

One day, God-willing, I’ll be able to share some of my favorite things from my childhood with my children.

For now, I am less than 1 week away from walking across the stage in the Convocation Center here at Appalachian State to graduate. Tuesday evening, I shall finish exams and consider myself done, even without my degree in hand.


  • Graduation: 6 days, 1 hour
  • Wedding: 33 days, 23 hours