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Do you remember when....? Please share your best family moments here!

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 17-Mar-16 14:24:17

We have been asked to unearth your very best, most classic, proper LOL running gag or moment of family humiliation which you or your family return to time and time again.

We've all got one or two of these - whether from your own childhood or your own family these days.

You know the ones where the conversation always starts with "do remember the time when..."

Please share them on this thread - and what that moment means to you - no prize this time just for fun flowers smile

Note your comments may be used in the development of a marketing plan but not publicly.


iklboo Thu 17-Mar-16 14:49:01

Do you remember.... when we first went to Legoland and we got on what we thought was the baby rollercoaster, but it turned out to be the really big one instead? I had to pretend I was having loads of fun on it so DS would stop screaming in terror. And then, to make matters worse, we broke down right near the end and had to be rescued by people wearing safety harnesses - and we didn't get any!!

coffeeisnectar Thu 17-Mar-16 16:21:31

Family meal times were always very serious and quiet at home when I was a child. However, one day my mum decided to try and make chocolate eclairs from scratch.

These were served up to oohs and aahs from my dad and my sister and I. We all lifted them to our mouths and bit into them and for reasons unknown, cream started shooting out the other ends and sort of exploding all over the table. We were all absolutely hysterical with laughter. My mum never made them again but did get a job in a cake shop so we weren't completely deprived of sweet treats.

coffeeisnectar Thu 17-Mar-16 16:23:40

And the one with my family is going to Edinburgh Zoo when my DD's were about 10 and 3. We were looking at the penguins and there is a glass wall where you can watch them swim underwater. DD2 was running her finger across the glass and a penguin was following her hand to utter delight. DD1 tried to put her hand on the glass and DD2 turned round and said 'get your own penguin! I'm steering this one!'

Even now, 7 years later we still say 'get your own penguin'.

twinkletoedelephant Thu 17-Mar-16 16:51:26

....when Ds was 6 and came into the kitchen where I was chatting with my friend, he pulled/climbed his way onto the kitchen counter rummaged in the breadbin pulled out one slice of bread slid of the counter and walked towards the door. Then turned looked me dead in the eyes and said 'what....its only carbohydrate.

CMOTDibbler Thu 17-Mar-16 17:16:43

The time the goat ate dads tax disc and mum had to ring up and explain to the DVLA.
Said goat was a pygmy (sort of golden retriever sized) and used to sit in the front passenger seat of the van as dad drove around.

My parents were rather eccentric, so we have rather a lot of these things..

RedOnHerHedd Thu 17-Mar-16 22:51:44

Do you remember when nan burnt the potatoes for Christmas dinner and they were all stuck to the bottom of the pan? The dinner was still amazing!

LadyB49 Fri 18-Mar-16 03:19:06

Do you remember the heatwave that year. Everyone sitting around the table glugging ice cold drinks
Mixed company and generations not all of whom knew each other very well. Grandfather wiped his brow and said..... my foreskin is soaking!! Stunned silence and then complete eruption of laughter. One utterly mortified grandfather who tried to explain he meant forehead, but it was too late and he has never lived this down. A great icebreaker!!

BathshebaDarkstone Fri 18-Mar-16 09:53:08

Do you remember... when DS blocked the pre-school loo with mud? hmm at the time, grin now!

Intrusivethoughts78 Fri 18-Mar-16 10:16:53

"Do you remember when dd1 fell through the automatic door between train carriages on the way to the seaside? "

voyager50 Fri 18-Mar-16 10:58:18

When I laughed so much at my dad and sister telling me a funny story in the V & A museum cafe that tea started pouring out of my nose!!!

RockinHippy Fri 18-Mar-16 13:48:15

The time my poor aunt, always known for her lovely figure & ample boobage flashed at the local vicar

It was Easter, we were all in church & chatting to the vicar after the service. My uncle was holding my then 3 yr old cousin & standing next to my aunt - The vicar was asking my cousin if he was going on an Easter egg hunt, to which cousin announced that he already knew where they had hidden the eggs

Then promptly leans over & in one swift move grabbed his mums sweater & hoisted it over her head, flashing EVERY to the vicar & half of the village too & announced "see, mummy has the Easter eggs"

Still makes me giggle to this day grin

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 18-Mar-16 17:44:37

Do you remember when.....we drove past Lewes prison and ds2 (about 6 at eat time) piped up "is that where you got married"grin

We got married in the Royal Pavilion in Brighton!

FruStefanOla Fri 18-Mar-16 18:33:18

"Note your comments may be used in the development of a marketing plan but not publicly."

Meaning what, exactly?

DingleberryFinn Fri 18-Mar-16 20:35:32

"You were such a difficult teen. You were always falling asleep on trains and your father had to drive 40 minutes to pick you up from the end of the line." IT WAS ONE TIME.

poorbuthappy Fri 18-Mar-16 21:53:13

Do you remember the time we were sat in the car in a service area in the South of France with the doors open and the campervan next to us started to move and all 3 of kids went hysterical in 0.3 nanoseconds cos they thought our car was moving?? smile

Theimpossiblegirl Sat 19-Mar-16 00:41:35

Do you remember the time when ... I was driving and someone overtook and cut me up. 2 year old DD shouted "Bloody idiot" from the back seat and I realised I needed to watch my language while driving.

sassymuffin Sat 19-Mar-16 01:19:48

Do you remember the time that DD then 15 and DS then 9 each had lunch box snack pack of Jaffa cakes after lunch. DS gleefully taunted DD and was gloating as he had an extra Jaffa cake in his carton. He was jumping up and down dancing like he had won a gold medal when said extra Jaffa cake jumped out of the carton and straight into the mouth of the dog.
It kind of happened in slow motion, DS screamed "nooooo" as dog jumped in the air to catch the Jaffa cake like a frisbee. DD and I cried with laughter and DS just cried.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 19-Mar-16 09:28:40


^"Note your comments may be used in the development of a marketing plan but not publicly."^

Meaning what, exactly?

It's for an agency we work with but purely for their pre campaign research/thinking/ planning - they are just thinking about an idea they have, comments won't be used anywhere else.

IAmAPaleontologist Sat 19-Mar-16 09:43:27

My grandmother was a rather, erm, Victorian woman. One year as all the family sat around at Christmas the conversation between her 3 sons and assorted wives and children turned to strippers. I have no idea how or why. Granny rather disapproved of the conversation so in an effort to change the subject LOUDLY declared "Oh I do like coriander don't you?" My uncle replied "What's she like then mum?" To which my granny blissfully replied "Well it does go rather well with lamb".

"Oh I do like coriander" is still used as a subject changer in conversation, as is one of her other gems "Would anybody like any more cheese?" <conversation continues> "Nobody is listening to me! Would anybody like any more cheese?!"

She died several year ago but is fondly remembered smile

iklboo Sat 19-Mar-16 10:22:28

My mum, dad, nana & I were on holiday in Italy. One day, wandering round, we saw a queue of people outside a rather grand castle-y looking building. Mum & nana thought it would be nice to have a look round an Italian stately home / castle for a change so we joined the queue (as Brits do).

It was only when we got near the entrance that Dad spotted the sign 'carabinieri'. Yes, we'd joined the queue for visiting day at the local prison.

andadietcoke Sat 19-Mar-16 14:19:48

When we were driving through the red light district in Ghent and S asked what the different was between prostitutes and Catholics...

Byrdie Sat 19-Mar-16 14:44:52

Do you remember that time we decided to buy business class tickets for a long haul flight with our new baby (8 months). After putting baby down successfully and settling into my seat, i remark to my husband that it didn't seem fair that the baby was in what was effectively the same bassinet as in economy and we were stretched out on flatbeds. Not even ten mins later (about 2 hours into our 10 hour flight) all hell broke loose as our sweet, never-really-cries baby screamed and screamed until i desperately laid her on my flat bed. Screaming immediately stopped and - but started after any attempt a removal back to bassinet. I spent the rest of the flight till decent on the bloody floor. Baby stretched out on MY bed.

FruStefanOla Sat 19-Mar-16 15:51:56

"It's for an agency we work with but purely for their pre campaign research/thinking/ planning - they are just thinking about an idea they have, comments won't be used anywhere else."

So the agency is getting free research from MNers, but I guess MN is being paid for that research?

Byrdie Sat 19-Mar-16 16:11:26

Oh fru - if you're not happy to share, don't. Mumsnet is pretty generous with product tests and competitions. All swings and roundabouts. So what if this is "for free". One of the agency staff could have simply come on here and started a thread asking. Better than trying to give advice and help out on a thread that later turns out to be fake. And it's a funny read too.

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