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The Art of Simple Podcast 56

In This Episode…

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Warning: there’s a lot of random laughing in this episode.

Tsh just dealt with the coldest temps she’s ever experienced in her life:

cold bend

mirror pond

Childhood shows…

Brady Bunch

facts of life



Little House

The Monkees


…and toys:





And Tsh’s dog was called a Fluppie!


Emily’s barn gathering went fantastically.

barn gathering

And Myquillyn’s all about good enough for Christmas decor.

myquillyn's christmas

And most importantly… here’s the airplane sighting book Kyle keeps in the car. Apparently it’s now vintage.

Alrighty, what are your favorite gifts from your childhood? What are your tips for getting along with adult siblings? And how do you handle gifts you don’t really want to receive?

We’ll see you in 2014, after the holiday break. Thanks so much for listening, and have a merry Christmas and happy new year!


  • Jenn @ A Simple Haven December 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Y’all are hilarious. This was really fun to cook Pioneer Woman’s pot roast to.

  • amyctilson December 17, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Hilarious! Thanks for the ride in the wayback machine to the ’80s and helping me clean up my desk. :)

  • Amy Rogers Hays December 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I have wanted to hear the wonderful sisters together on the podcast for a long time, and this did not disappoint! Favorite childhood Christmas gifts: when I was 9 my parents got my younger brother a tumbling mat (for gymnastics and tae kwon do) and I got a troubadour folk harp (because I wanted to take lessons). It made me think that you could get anything on Christmas morning, anything. (And I did play harp for the next 20 years, so that worked out.) I loved your talk about Christmas traditions. A more recent family tradition is a Christmas Eve Liturgy, and I just wrote it up and made a printable version: http://wp.me/p3teJN-cX

  • brnh December 18, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Totally an IMDB addict! It itches when I recognize an actor, but don’t know where I’ve seen him/her before.

  • Candice December 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

    When I lived in Upstate NY we definitely had squeaky snow. You’re not crazy. I think it also has to do with it being dry.

  • Lori December 19, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I’m glad to hear of others who didn’t like Polar Express. I watched it several years ago and was unimpressed.

  • Bec December 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Fun end of year podcast….noticed lot of y’alls used! Merry Christmas

  • H December 19, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Emily, I so have to agree on your viewpoint on Barbies and making up story lines. You would probably freak out over the Sims computer game that I so loved to play in middle school and beyond. Also, the only way to calm my anxious brain to sleep at night is to make up stories about fictional people in my head. YES I KNOW I’M WEIRD :)

  • Sarah M December 30, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    This podcast was too funny. The Facts of Life and Jem…wow…haven’t though about either of those for a LONG time. They are both of netflix….I see some reminiscing in my future. :)

    Gifts that you don’t want? I hate to admit this but sometimes I regift, or I sell on ebay, or return it for store credit. That sounds horrible. I’m just so anti-clutter I can’t stand having stuff in my house I *know* I’ll never use. If it’s kids stuff, I usually keep it around for awhile, and then put it away (toys go ‘on vacation’ like in Forrest Gump), and after a year, I donate it. In secret. Citizen of the year. Right here.
    Sarah M

  • alicia January 6, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    What set of blocks do you guys have that has stayed a favorite? I was having difficulty tracking down the post you referenced.

  • Heather Woyak January 21, 2014 at 10:12 am

    HILARIOUS!!! I loved this episode! I am sure I looked like such a weirdo in my van laughing out loud and semi-by myself (my 10 week old was sleeping in the back). SO FUNNY!!

    The Barbie thing. Totally. But, I dont have any sisters. I am the oldest of 6 and the rest are boys. So my Barbies dated GI Joe! Score. Good times. Those were the days. LOL Love it!

  • Sarah Westphal January 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Poochie! Fluppie! Totally got those. And watched Jem. I found Polar Express a bit creepy too, but liked it overall. As for Christmas gifts I recall us (my brother and me) getting a Nintendo, with the duck hunt gun and both games. We are talking original Nintendo here. Oh! And a Secret Diary–it was digital!. I also recall us getting this HUGE bucket of 3 different flavours of popcorn. The best, of course, where the memories: the cookies, the xmas specials on TV, and the Xmas music.