Childhood Flashback!

Happy April, friends!  We really are moving along at a nice clip, aren’t we?  I’ve got to tell you, I’m actually glad to be back into my regular routine today.  I had a wonderful three day weekend, and, for two of those days, John and I were complete slugs.  Well, not completely.  I did manage to get in a pretty intense workout on Saturday.  However, we barely left the house, and spent most of those two days curled up on the couch with our newest obsession.


The Amazon fairy came to town Friday, and we were more than happy to dive into Dr. Quinn on Saturday.  I can’t believe how much we are enjoying this show.  I know I watched at least some of it when it was on the first time around, but I don’t remember much of it.  We’re both loving it, but after two days of being inside and (mostly) on the couch, my body is ready to move today!  Good thing I have an Insanity workout to look forward to this evening, right?

Since I gave myself a three day weekend from the blog, we have a lot to get to today.  First up, I need to share all the great things I got in my latest Foodie Pen Pal box!


If you’re new around here, Foodie Pen Pal is an awesome program provided by Ms. Lindsay of the Lean Green Bean.  Each month you’re paired with someone else (blogger or reader!), and you get to put together a box full of yummy treats to send to them.  And the best part is that someone is out there preparing a box for you!  I’ve participated since September, and I really love doing this.  I’ve gotten all kinds of great food, and it is a fun way to connect with others.

This month I was paired with Kristi who sent me a ton of stuff that will be great for our hiking trips.  This was her first month to participate, and I think she did an excellent job!


As you can see, I have a ton of things to add to my hiking stash.  Of course, it has to make it that long!  Thanks, Kristi!

Since today is Monday, it’s time for one of my favorite posts of the week.  Once again, Kenlee’s given us a really fun theme for Friend Makin’ Monday!


Childhood Flashbacks

. Did you have a set bedtime as a child?  If so, what was it?

When I was younger, it was 8.  I remember it moving to 9 at some point, but I’m not entirely sure when.  It was probably around middle school.  Once I got to high school, I didn’t really have one, but I was usually always in bed by 10 unless we had a basketball game.  I’ve always been an early to bed kind of person!

2. Were you taught to be a member of the “Clean Plate Club?” Did it have affect your eating habits as an adult?

I honestly have no concrete memories of this.  I was certainly encouraged to not be wasteful, but my mom generally trusted us to know when we were full.

3. Share one thing that you were not allowed to do as a child.

My mom was pretty strict about the movies she allowed us to watch.  I can remember my cousins letting me watch Pretty Woman when I was fairly young, and my mom was not happy!


4. What is the cheapest gas price you can remember?

I know it was cheaper than this when I was much younger, but I can really only remember the $1.20 range.  I didn’t really start paying attention to gas until I was old enough to drive!

5. What was your favorite thing on the playground?

We had a huge wooden jungle gym type thing on our playground that we called “The Castle”.  It was a great place to play or just find a corner and talk with your friends.

6. Share one thing that your parents always made you do that you didn’t like doing.

Mom would always insist that we dust our rooms every few weeks.  I hated to dust then, and it’s still one of my least favorite chores!  Seriously, I’d rather clean my bathroom.


7. Do you remember your first kiss?  If so, share the details!

I was 12, and it was during a game of Truth or Dare.  His name was Eric, and he had been a good friend since kindergarten.  There was never anything really romantic between us, but we remained close friends through the rest of our years in school.

8. Did you prefer to play inside or outside?

I was outside quite a bit.  In junior high, about twenty kids would walk to my best friend’s house after school to play basketball two or three times a week.  When I was home, I liked being outside, but I was generally reading!

9. What was your favorite TV show growing up?

It depends on what age we’re talking about.  When I was very small, I was all about Strawberry Shortcake (the new one does NOT look right!!), Rainbow Bright, and My Little Ponies.  I definitely went through the Saved By The Bell phase when I was in junior high, and in high school I was all about Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill!


10. Share one awesome childhood memory.

My family is just as an in love with Colorado as I am so we took a lot of trips there when I was growing up.  We spent several summer vacations in the southern part of the state, and, on one of these trips, my parents decided it would be fun to drive Engineer’s Pass.  The road that you take to do this pass is one lane with extreme drop-offs.  We are talking a real off-road experience.  I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared in my life, but, looking back, it’s one of the memories that definitely sticks out.  I suppose being afraid for your life will do that to you!

What was your favorite TV show growing up?  What were the details of your first kiss?  Sweet or horrific?

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24 thoughts on “Childhood Flashback!

    1. Natalie @ Free Range Human Post author

      I kind of remember those! I think I remember my parents talking about Dallas more than anything. I grew up not far from the ranch where that show was shot, and I’ve always thought it would be cool to check out!

  1. Kim

    When I was really small my favourite show was Under the Umbrella tree – I thought Iggy’s home under the armchair was sooooo cool :p

    1. Natalie @ Free Range Human Post author

      Thanks, Michelle! I love looking at old pictures. I know that I watched at least some of the episodes of Dr. Quinn when I was younger, but I’ve forgotten so much of it that it’s kind of like watching a whole new show!

  2. Reluctantly Skinny

    I’ve really been wanting to try those bare fruit chips after seeing them all over various blogs! I don’t really remember my first kiss, but I know my favorite show growing up was Friends, still is probably!

  3. Carrie

    Love all your throwback photos, Natalie–so cute! Growing up, we had a “clean plate club” in our household. One of my sisters was very tiny, so my parents encouraged her to chow down at dinner.

  4. aftertheivyleague

    You got such a great loot from Foodie Penpals! everything looks delicious. And my favorite TV Show as a kid was probably Rugrats..when I got older, Full House. Also loved the Disney shows Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens. I miss being a kid!

  5. Andrea @ Andrea out loud!

    eeee my first “real” kiss was kinda bad if i remember correctly, and it was on a school bus haha
    favorite TV show growing up was DEFINITELY friends. and the simpsons – i always remember watching the simpsons!

  6. Jorie

    Your mom is so pretty and she looks JUST like you! I loved the Dr. Quinn shoutout–that was my family’s jam back in the day! I was so scarred at Jane Seymour’s scene in “Wedding Crashers.” Put your shirt on, Dr. Quinn! The good people of Colorado Springs NEED you!

    1. Natalie @ Free Range Human Post author

      Oh, Jorie, this just made me laugh out loud!! I totally get that! Thank you so much for the compliment. I’ve been getting that one a lot more as I’ve gotten older and I love it because I think she’s just gorgeous!

  7. Caitlin

    The castle!! I loved that thing. I don’t think they have it anymore, something about a hazard to kids:)

  8. di @ life of di.

    I need to get the Dr. Quinn series. I can’t tell you how much I loved that show. I’m almost done re-watching the New Girl series. This may have to be my next one…

    Also, what do you think of those Pure bars? I saw them at Whole Foods but haven’t tried them yet!


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