Monday Listicles

Greetings from cabin fever central!

I am not one to complain, but somebody blew the engine in my van and I have been stuck at home for 2nd week now! Can you imagine me not going to the beach or the farm or hiking? Exactly. I am a bit grumpy, sulky and a whole lot climbing walls. But the show must go on and thus here we are!

What did we do last week? Throw a party! Thank you Bridget for a wonderful idea for a listicle. And for all you hosting amazing people and inviting me along. So fun!

I love getting great listicle ideas and Lisa emailed me last week with a winner. TEN THINGS MY PARENTS DID RIGHT. I cannot wait to see what you have to say to your parents. Thank you Sprog Mommy!

As for next week. I miss my minivan so very much. Will you write a list of 10 THINGS ABOUT MY CAR and celebrate your vehicle. Go vacuum it, wash it and hug it. You never know when the day comes when you will suddenly and unexpectedly have to part ways.

Let the ode to parents commence.
Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!



1. They told me I can do anything I set my mind to.

2. They let me fail.

3. They never said ‘I told you so’.

4. They taught me why knowledge is power.

5. They supported my independence.

6. They let me choose my own path, even when it was not what they envisioned for me.

7. They held me accountable.

8. They raised me to be an outdoors person. To this day I am out rain or shine.

9. They always took care of me, whether I needed it or not.

10. They loved me through it all.

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  1. Runnermom-jen August 12, 2012 at 19:24 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    Oh, Stasha…so sorry about your van!!! I’d be a bit grumpy too!
    Your grandparents sound wonderful :)
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  2. Linda Medrano August 12, 2012 at 20:12 #

    You were so fortunate to have people in your life who let you grow into who you are today. I’d say a job was very well done, by them, and by you!

  3. Susi August 12, 2012 at 20:22 #

    Twitter: bocafrau
    Your grand parents sound like lovely people who raised a wonderful woman. Hope you get your car back soon. I feel the same way about my SUV. Don’t even want to think about what I would do if it wasn’t working!
    Susi recently posted..Picture Perfect Sundays #16

  4. The Sisterhood August 12, 2012 at 20:32 #

    Twitter: SensibleMoms
    Your grandparents sound like the most lovely of people. They did well Ellen
    The Sisterhood recently posted..Pleading Our Case: 10 Things We Hope We Are Doing Right

  5. Amanda August 12, 2012 at 20:49 #

    Twitter: lilahbility
    Even before I read this list, I knew they did an amazing job. You have big shoes to fill, but I already know you are doing it admirably!

  6. Southern Angel August 12, 2012 at 20:53 #

    Your button and I are going to come to blows, I can just see it coming. I can’t even get the list to highlight the code for it.. Grrr. So I snuck it from someone else’s post lol.. I think it sounds like your grandparents were pretty awesome. Smart enough to know when to reel you in and still let you test your wings to fly.
    Southern Angel recently posted..So what did YOU do this weekend????

  7. RoryBore August 12, 2012 at 20:56 #

    Twitter: rorybore
    Oh, I feel your pain. Back when I was home with just 2 children….we were a one car family, which DH had to use to get to work. When I started askingfor the men in white coats to come get me, we knew it was time for a 2nd car.
    Your grandparents sound just lovely. and amazing. And familar. then again, love is easily recognized by those of us who basked in it.
    RoryBore recently posted..Monday Listicles: Mama Knows Best

  8. Bridget August 12, 2012 at 22:48 #

    Twitter: twinisms
    #10 is the best thing any parent can do:)
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  9. Robbie August 12, 2012 at 23:00 #

    Twitter: momma23monkeys
    sounds like your grandparents knew what they were doing when they raised you :)

    Hope you get some workable wheels soon.
    Robbie recently posted..Magic Numbers

  10. Alison August 12, 2012 at 23:04 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    Your grandparents did a terrific job. Truly. xo
    Alison recently posted..Memories Captured – August Link Up!

  11. BonnyBard August 13, 2012 at 00:27 #

    Twitter: thebonnybard
    Sorry about your car, being stuck at home in the summer is terrible! Your grandparents sound like they got it right! I envy you number 8, cause I am NOT an outdoors person at all, and neither is any of my family! I’m trying with the kids though!
    BonnyBard recently posted..Monday Listicles Two for the price of one…

  12. Tamar Strauss-Benjamin August 13, 2012 at 03:49 #

    Your poor car! Hope it’s mended soon! Love this list, the first one is one I would say my mom did right, too!
    Tamar Strauss-Benjamin recently posted..Week 32 around the sun

  13. Stacie August 13, 2012 at 04:25 #

    Twitter: snapsandbits
    Such and awesome list, you are lucky to have such great grandparents! Sorry about your car, hope you can get out soon!
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  14. [email protected] August 13, 2012 at 05:47 #

    Twitter: southmainmuse
    Letting our children fail…(or grandchildren). That is the hardest thing. You do have to let them go and navigate the world on their own. And them let them feel disappointed and sad when life falls short of their expectations.
    [email protected] recently posted..In the beginning. Stream of Conscious.

  15. Wayne August 13, 2012 at 05:54 #

    Twitter: profwaynewsmith
    What a great listicle. Thank you for hosting such a great hop!
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  16. Terri Sonoda August 13, 2012 at 06:34 #

    Twitter: tsonoda
    Beautiful list! I didn’t have that kind of “bringing up” which is the reason I didn’t do listicles today. I’m loving reading them all though. Have a lovely Monday, my friend!
    Terri Sonoda recently posted..Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

  17. Ducky August 13, 2012 at 07:29 #

    Twitter: batcrapcrazy
    Your grandparents were everything I hope to be and provide for my little one!

    SO SORRY about the van! That DOES stink!!!

  18. hollow tree ventures August 13, 2012 at 07:57 #

    Twitter: RobynHTV
    Your grandparents sound wonderful! I hope you get your van up and running again soon – good luck with the cabin fever!
    hollow tree ventures recently posted..I’m Not As Screwed Up As You Think

  19. Brandee August 13, 2012 at 08:29 #

    Twitter: archaeolemur
    Your grandparents did a fantastic job, and it really shows in the person that you are. Your list is great. Sorry to hear about your van. Hope you are able to find another one that you love just as much soon.
    Brandee recently posted..My parents had it right

  20. Just Jennifer August 13, 2012 at 09:05 #

    Twitter: JenAnnHall
    I have similar things on my list. I don’t know if you’ve ever told us and I missed it, or gasp! forgot, but I am wondering about why you were raised by your grandparents. Not that you have to tell me….just wondering. Regardless, you all obviously loved each other very much!
    Just Jennifer recently posted..10 Things My Parents Did Right

    • Stasha August 13, 2012 at 09:37 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Hey Jen, I don’t think I ever wrote on why. My mom had a hard time raising me so what initially was a little help from her parents with her new baby turned out to be a permanent gig for my grandpa and grandma. I never knew my dad. So I am convinced I look just like him;)

  21. JDaniel4's Mom August 13, 2012 at 09:37 #

    They taught such wonderful lessons. We love to be outside too.
    JDaniel4’s Mom recently posted..Under the Sea: Outdoor Play Lunch

  22. Jill August 13, 2012 at 16:42 #

    Great list. Encouraging indepence in a child ensures a strong independant adult. It sounds like you had fantastic grandparents.

  23. Delilah August 13, 2012 at 17:56 #

    Twitter: iamnotthemaid
    Your grandparents sound like amazing people. They obviously did a great job because you turned out fabulously!
    Delilah recently posted..Every Child Deserves a Smile

  24. Dominique August 14, 2012 at 03:07 #

    Twitter: dominiquegoh
    Your grandparents are really awesome people. Glad that they did a great job.
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  25. Audrey August 14, 2012 at 14:11 #

    Your grandparents sound wonderful!
    Audrey recently posted..Monday Listicles – 10 Things my parents did right

  26. Liz August 15, 2012 at 08:50 #

    Your grandparents were amazing people!! You are truly blessed… and they would be extremely proud of you :)

  27. MommaKiss August 15, 2012 at 08:58 #

    you know, i never got to meet my grandparents – the fact that yours were so monumental in your life makes me smile :)
    MommaKiss recently posted..if I could turn back time

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