Here are our answers to this weeks questions -
1. What is your favorite fall family tradition?
Janene: I love fall. It is my all time favorite season. I love the smells and the tastes. I love football and sweaters. As far as my favorite fall family tradition . . . well, I don't know if we have one. I love anything and everything to do with Thanksgiving and I love watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with my kids, hubby and parents. Does that count? I also love going to the pumpkin patch with the kids and taking pictures! The colors of fall make pictures awesome. I'm rambling, aren't I . . . ?
Christine: Every year my mom and dad, and my sisters and brother and all of our families plan a pumpkin patch trip. We've been doing it for the past 5 or so years now and it is becoming a fall favorite. Which reminds me, we need to get planning it, don't we? Also, my cousin and his wife host a "chili party" every year in the fall. It's a big family get together. All the kids wear their costumes and every family brings their own homemade chili. There is a blind taste test and a winner pronounced and then all of the chili goes into a humongous pot over an open fire. All those different recipes coming together makes THE most delicious chili you have ever eaten. Each year we tweak our recipe...haven't won one yet, but this year--The Hutchinson's have their game faces on! :)
2. If money weren't an issue, how many kids would you have?
Janene: I'd have to say 4 is plenty. Even if money wasn't an issue I still wouldn't have any more kids - I don't have enough room in my minivan for any more. :)
Christine: I always imagined myself with four and that is what we have. So I don't think we would add another. I love my girls, but I know I have hit my limit with four. Maybe if they were older and I still had the energy, I would consider adopting a little boy (I think if I got pregnant again it would be another girl!--if it's your first time here--I have four girls already.)
3. If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be and where would you put it?
Janene: Ummm . . . well . . . . I kind of already have 3 tattoos. I have a little Winnie-the-Pooh and a little mushroom (not really sure what that was all about) and a larger clock that is shaped like a heart that says "Love is Patient". They are all located on my legs . . . and lower back.
Christine: No tattoos for me. The urge to get one was never very strong. I'm fickle and take my time making up my mind, so I don't think I could commit to something that I would love forever. But if you FORCED me to get one right now, I might consider this one:
Or something similar, on my wrist.
4. What condiment is a must in your house?
Janene: Is ranch dressing a condiment? I'd have to say ranch dressing or chocolate syrup. Chocolate syrup is a condiment, too, right?
Christine: My kids don't like ketchup. I know that isn't the question, but as I was thinking of my answer, I just thought that I would share this odd tidbit about my children. They don't eat condiments on sandwiches. They eat them dry. I find that bizarre. They dip nuggets and french fries in Ranch. But I personally love a good BBQ sauce!
5. How did your spouse/fiance propose?
Janene: On one knee . . . in the snow . . . in front of a giant Christmas Tree. There was no flash mob (although this one is my FAVORITE!)
or crazy skywriting or even big speech. He asked me. I said yes and we went to the nearest bar and had a drink. We smiled a lot. Laughed a lot and kissed a lot. It was perfect for us and I wouldn't have changed a thing. (Even if he would have thought up something like that flash mob . . . I probably would have KILLED him for making me the center of attention like that!)
Christine: I kind of dread this question, because I have such a bizarre story. If you know my husband, it KIND of makes sense; But it is not your typical romantic story. It was Sept. 8, 2001, I had just come back from a co-worker's wedding. I was talking to Jim and we were at my apartment and I was crying about something (I honestly don't remember what it was about. I think I was worried about a health issue--which turned out to be minor) and the next thing I knew, my soon-to-be-fiance whipped out a piece of paper and tossed it at me and said these magical words: Will this make you feel better? After I looked at him like "what the?" I read the paper. It was a receipt for the ring he had ordered. Yep. He proposed with a receipt and he never really even asked me to marry him. I'm laughing as I remember it. He is such a goofball. He did make me stop crying though. I said "yes" and when the ring arrived a few days later he did officially "ask" as he slipped it on my finger, but it was pretty unceremonious.
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