We are a family of surprising talents

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on March 1, 2013

It’s true. We are a family full of surprising talents.

Take me, for example. I’ve discovered a talent for running, of all things. I’ve always been passionate about exercise, which began with me running cross country at the forever-ago age of 13 (thanks mom for getting me into this sport!). But running, I’m good at it. Like really good. I’ve been told a number of times that I make running look graceful, elegant, effortless even. With an 8-minute a mile pace, effortless is one thing that it is not.


Hubs, his talent is turning two grumpy boys into piles of giggling goo without the slightest bit of effort. Markers. Music. Wrestling matches on the floor. Apparently that’s all it takes.


The boys, they over-flowing with surprising talents. Exploding with them even. This list includes, but is in no way limited to:

  • Awesome Ninja-stealth skills
  • The knack to not clean up, while cleaning up
  • The ability to love a veggie one moment and despise it the next
  • The mad skills to turn absolutely anything in a Transformer or Ninja. Or Angry Bird. Or robot.
  • The ability to change the mood from light-hearted fun to a battle-of-the-wills without batting an eye
  • The best robot/Transformer/Ninja dancing that I have ever seen
  • The ability to go from full-out crying to talking in a normal (whine-free) voice without breaking a sweat
  • The desire to vacuum. For fun.

The kiddo though, he has the most amazing, the most surprising, the most laugh-producing, eye-rolling, hilarious talent that I have ever seen an almost 5-year old possess. He has the ability to have a direct counter argument loaded for any and all statements uttered near his very being. Even if he isn’t involved in the conversation. Even if he isn’t actively paying attention to the conversation.

“No mom, you’re wrong. Dad’s right.”

“Uh, uh, no. That’s not right.”

“That’s the wrongest thing in the world.”

Each and every one of these statements has been spoken, with conviction, during conversations that the kiddo was not part of. He must have a pre-loaded list of counter-responses in his brain that he can pull from when the need arises.


Talent? Yes. Surprising? Yes? I’m so, very proud.

A Very Giant Surprise

Did I mention that both of my boys have the ability to love a veggie one moment and hate it the next? They seem to have something against veggies, which I just don’t understand. I for one, love veggies. Love them.

Green Giant has a very Giant Surprise that helps out with this very problem: their line of New Veggie Chips.


Real veggies and whole grains hiding in some rather delicious chips. Now I can feel good about offering my boys something that they like at snack time, but is also full of the good stuff that they need. Need more details? I knew you would. Here are the specifics about the new Green Giant chips.

  • Green Giant™ Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips, Zesty Cheddar Flavor: made with real vegetables, 17 grams of whole grain per serving (48g are recommended daily), and are naturally flavored.
  • Green Giant™ Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips, Sea Salt Flavor: made with real sweet potatoes and made with 14 grams of whole grain. Plus, they contains 40 percent less fat than regular potato chips*

For even more surprise talents visit the Green Giant’s Facebook page or be amazed at all of the surprise talents they have unearthed on the Green Giant YouTube channel. If your family has an awesome surprise talent, don’t be shy, show the Giant your surprise talent!

*Green Giant Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips (6g per 28g serving) have 40 percent less fat than regular potato chips (10g per 28g serving).

Thank you to The Green Giant™ for being a sponsor. Show the Giant your surprise talent atwww.facebook.com/greengiant

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1 Kitchen Belleicious March 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm

yes you are a family of many talents! I love it! Know what else I love- those chips by green giant! Where in the world did you get them and why havent; I ever seen them before????

2 Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm

They are new, and I was sent a care package with them, but I imagine you can find them at any major grocery store.

3 carolinaheartstrings March 6, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Enjoyed the post! Will be looking for those chips too.

4 Sheila@Chinaberry March 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I loved hearing about your son and his uncanny ability to comment on some of the “wrongest” things — love that word, by the way! And I love the picture of your husband and sons with face paint :-) You gave me a smile this morning, and for this I thank you!

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