Growing up in the 80’s

Do you remember the movie The Goonies? We recently got a copy of it for the girls and it brought back dusty memories of growing up in the eighties. You have got to love the eighties!! What a wonderful blissful era.

It was so cool to have your hair permed and we all had the poofiest scrunchies to contain our fake curls in stylish ponytails on the side of our heads….or in a gorgeous banana clip, oh gotta love that look! We had fluorescent socks that you rolled down and it was super cool to wear several pairs all rolled down to make a rainbow of shocking colors.

We stole stuff from the chem lab and made smoke bombs in the road… Those days the chem lab still had things to experiment with and no one ever thought of stealing copper pipes and electrical cabling.

Our friends were the best and we believed we’ll be friends for life. It was super cool to dress exactly like your friend. We knew what “wax on, wax off” meant and got the urge to say “NOT” after every sentence.

It was an era of classic movies like Gremlins and He-Man and series like Doogie Howser. Alf still showed on Saturdays and was translated in Afrikaans. We watched Heidi and Nils Holgerson after church on a Sunday and all children went for Sunday afternoon naps.

We knew all the Bon Jovi songs and could walk home after a dance at school and it was perfectly safe. You could buy a whole lot of wilson toffees and nickerballs and other sweets and pay only 50 cents.

We still held annual Christmas celebrations at my dad’s work and believed that father christmas actually brought extra presents. We played Pack Man on Atari and thought color TV’s were awesome!

The boys wore white faded jeans and tucked in their shirts and we thought it looked fabulous! We had roller skates with four wheels and protective skating gear did not exist. We thought saying “shut up” was swearing and we still had respect for our parents.

The melody of the ice-cream van could be heard almost every day which was our cue to scramble looking for coins to buy some ice cream. We listened to stories on the radio and going to the movies was a huge thing.

Those were care free days when children were just that. Hardly any of your friends’ parent were divorced. We had physical exercise twice a week at school and had art and music as well. It was glorious times to be a kid!

I wonder how our kids will remember their childhood in time to come. I just know that I will forever have fond childhood memories 🙂


Quack Quack

I started my Sunday morning trying out various recipes for cupcake batters. Apparently there is some science to it, ones with more butter and less sugar to flour ratio are supposed to be softer, more sugar and flour leads to a crispy top and is more cake-like. So, I had an order for caramel avalanche cupcakes and wanted a softer top too make the filling easier.

I ended up with 3 batches of vanilla cupcakes that where either too buttery or that had risen too high. I told the girls earlier that we’ll take a walk to the nearby duck pond because the weather was so lovely. Just as I took out another flopped batch of cupcakes, they came asking when we’ll go. Seeing my frustration and annoyance, my husband said he’ll take them so that I can finish my baking.

Finally I ended up with twelve perfectly evenly sized golden delicious cupcakes! Feeling a renewed sense of baking pleasure I filled them and ended up with the most perfectly smooth super white fluffy icing to go on top. I saw the girls coming up the road and as I opened the door I greeted my husband and eldest daughter and saw pure guilt on both there faces.

I immediately knew something was up and demanded they fess up…at this point Jaime took out a duck egg and said that she wants to hatch it. Of course my husband said he had “nothing” to do with it. So several google sessions later, we now have the egg on a heating pad. it has to be kept at a constant temperature, be turned several times a day, be moistened!! Believe me, I have new found respect for mother ducks.

I did put up a huge – you should not have bla bla – session with Jaime, after which she said I could have all her savings an she’ll do whatever I want for the whole year. Hahaha, so being such a good mommy I said that she could keep it and if it does hatch she should feed it nice and fat and then I’ll cook it for christmas. Lol

Only joked though! If by some miracle the thing does hatch, she has names lined up and I will absolutely leave it in dearest hubby’s hands to look after. Go figure, the one time I leave him to take the girls to the pond alone, they come back with a potential pet!