September 17, 2014

The Sibling Tag

Ellacure Open Night - Kris & Anna Johnston - The Sibling Tag - www.shenannagans.com

I thought I’d do something a little bit different this week and post about one of my all-time favourite people, I know many of you have siblings and would be able to relate to some of the answers we give in the sibling tag.

This post will give you a bit more of a look into my life, introducing you to my one and only sibling: my brother Kris! Sooooo…. Without further ado, please warmly welcome my little bro.

Who is the oldest?
Kris: Anna is. But I feel like I am.

Anna: I am, although most people think Kris is. For many years people actually thought we were twins, and during our Cheffing apprenticeships together we would tell people we were, it seemed a really good way to market ourselves.

Baby Anna & Kris - The Sibling Tag - www.shenannagans.com

Baby Anna & Kris – Everything had to match.

Any nicknames?
Kris: Snizzle. Homie. Sis.

Anna: Nizzle. Nizz. Snizzle. Pimp

Funniest Memory?
Kris: I have so many memories of us being in stiches laughing at who knows what. I really can’t remember why, or at what either. But we have had some great adventures together.

Anna: Like Kris said, the funny memories are endless, but one that sticks in my mind. We had just finished an epic week in the kitchen, around 90 hours & we went out for a drink with the crew to celebrate. Being as overtired as we were, the few drinks caused us to be ohhhh so drunk. When we got home we tried to pull the spare mattress out from under the bed, whispering at the top of our lungs…. Shhhh… you’ll wake Mom, (hysterical at the time). I woke up half hanging off the bed, and Kris was asleep in the cupboard with the spare mattress still under the bed.

Me & my brother, Kris Johnston - The Sibling Tag - www.shenannagans.com

Me & my brother, Kris – 1st Grade School Photos

Most memorable argument?
Kris: One that comes to mind; Anna and I worked together when we were doing our cheffing apprenticeships. I was way over tired and cracked it at her. If I recall there was a rather large pan that may or may not have been hurled in the general vicinity of Anna’s head. There was a small period of time that I was into throwing things, I think it was probably most of 2nd year.

Anna: When Kris and I were doing our Cheffing apprenticeships, we worked together, lived together and shared a lot of the same friends too. I guess at times we would reach saturation point with the amount of time spent together and that’d cause the odd snap. One particular week we worked an epic amount of hours with back to back shifts. I remember waking up late – straight up bad moods all round for us both & driving to work yelling at each other, getting to work, muttering insults to each other, and Kris snapped. I remember running from him with a pan hurtling at me not so far from my head. The pan landed at the Executive Chefs feet. Ohhhh boy was there hell to pay that day, we got in so much trouble.

Me & my brother, Kris Johnston - The Sibling Tag - www.shenannagans.com

Kids of the 80’s – Denim on top of trackies

Most cherished memory?
Kris: The older I get, I realise that it is the time we spent together growing up were the best memories. Little things like chilling out in our rooms just talking about absolutely nothing for hours on end, yet at the time it seemed ‘ever so important’. Also, some of our trips together up to see family in Sydney. We would often leave Canberra after our shifts finished at 10pm, listening to pumping music the whole way, and being wrapped up in blankets because the beast of a car didn’t have a heater.

Anna: When we were little tackers out on the farms with Dad we’d get free rein to the quad bikes that were fuelled up and ready to go. We’d head out with our lunch and explore the farm. I remember riding on the back while Kris was driving & turning really quickly and I rolled off the bike and landed on my feet – Didn’t even get a scratch. #nailedit

Driving up to visit Mom in Sydney in the middle of the night, our heads hanging out the windows for the first 30 minutes of the trip (defrost didn’t work in the beast either) blankets wrapped around us for warmth & tunes pumping and us singing at the top of our lungs.

I also have a lot of fond memories around food and wine, still to do to this day when we learn new cooking methods or try food or wines from famous regions, we will discuss in depth the taste and smell and the different ways to prepare it or pair it with.

Me & my brother, Kris Johnston - The Sibling Tag - www.shenannagans.com

90’s fashion – Check pants were totes a thing!

Last thing we talked about?
Kris: Work, food, my wife, my house, Anna’s adventures.

Anna: Kris & Ms M are expecting their first baby in Feb next year, a lot of our conversations in recent times have been about family, growing up, the big changes to come, the fact Kris is all mature and stuff, and I am still planning boot scooting dress up parties and running amuck.

Are you close?
Kris: Yep. Very close. I feel lucky to call my sister one of my closest friends.

Anna: Super close. Nizz is one of my best friends.

Me & my brother, Kris Johnston - The Sibling Tag - www.shenannagans.com

Ready for our first day of private school

What annoys you the most about each other?
Kris: Not much these days. We are at a point where we understand each other and how we wish to live our lives. When I was in my early teens just about everything that she did annoyed me.

Anna: Nah, nothing really these days. Couldn’t be bothered being annoyed with him.

Do you hang out?
Kris: Not enough anymore.

Anna: No. Not much these days. The Nizz rides his bike an epic amount, and our schedules are just so different, we have to plan months in advance to do a cheeky beer. Thank goodness for social media right?!

Me & my brother, Kris Johnston - The Sibling Tag - www.shenannagans.com

Celebrating the New Year – 2000

One thing you can do that your sibling can’t?
Kris: I can eat my dinner and the entire tables left overs & ride a bike like a pro – not at the same time though.

Anna: A cartwheel. Hula. Drinking more than 2 beers in one sitting.

Me & my brother, Kris Johnston - The Sibling Tag - www.shenannagans.com

A Canberra Times newspaper clipping

Are you competitive?
Kris: Yes, I’m very competitive person.

Anna: You betchya. But not with each other.

Have you ever fancied one of your sibling’s friends?
Kris: Absolutely. I loved being Anna’s little brother at school. All of her friends would wave and say hi. It made me feel like I was kind of a big deal.

Anna: Hmmm. Not really. Kris vetoed me dating his friends from an early age. But they all just seemed like annoying little brothers to me.

Me & my brother, Kris Johnston - The Sibling Tag - www.shenannagans.com

Wine buffs from way back!

Who is the most creative?
Kris: Anna, she can paint and draw cool pictures and she isn’t afraid to wear leopard print gum boots or a onesie in public. No shame!

Anna: Yeah, me! I am very creative. Kris however has some seriously impressive cycling and fitness skills that I absolutely do not. I’ve seen some amazingly crafty riding to avoid accidents and gunning it to the finish line too. Bit of legend really!

Me, my Momma & my brother, Kris - The Sibling Tag - www.shenannagans.com

My Beautiful Family!

What is the one dish you want Mom to make you when you feel down?
Kris: Rissoles with tomato & corn soup and creamy mashed potatoes.

Anna: Mom’s Spaghetti.

So tell me dear reader, do you remember your childhood haircut? Did you have a sweet mullet like me? And what’s a great memory you have with your sibling?

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Arain - August 23, 2016 Reply

Aw! That’s so cute! You both looks so great together. Good knowing you from the sibling tag. 😀

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Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - April 24, 2015 Reply

Yes, you guys look like twins — although you aren’t. People also ask me often if my children are twins because they are only 16 months apart. I have to explain it all the time. 🙂

What lovely, fun pics and from you two growing up!!! I still remember those chubby, cute dolls. They were also sold in Brazil. Everybody wants to have at least one.

    Anna - April 24, 2015 Reply

    That is awesome you have kiddies that are of similar age, I loved having a bro that was pretty much my age, guaranteed a friend. LOL!
    We stopped explaining, and went with the whole twin thing during our cooking apprenticeships, was a super way to market ourselves. 🙂
    Yeah, we did and had pretty much everything the same. Those dolls were fabulous, don’t think you can find them these days, but if I ever do the kid thing, reckon I will find or have one made for my child, they are adorable. 🙂

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Anna (Hidden Ponies) - October 5, 2014 Reply

I love this post! Siblings are the best – I have four fabulous sisters, each one so different and so special to me! I had pretty standard not-bad hair as a kid until the Perm Idea, but did give one of my little sisters a terrible bang job back when I thought cutting hair behind closed doors was a good playtime activity 🙂

    Anna - October 6, 2014 Reply

    Thats wonderful! 🙂 Love that you have a great relationship with your sibs.
    WOW… You had a perm. Bless! I remember the perm days… Haha, and giving the bro the cheeky hair cut was always a hoot too.

Sophie - October 1, 2014 Reply

It is great to hear that you have a cool lovely relationship with your brother! 🙂

A lovely post & cool pics from when you two were a lot younger & from recent years! 😉

Hannah - September 30, 2014 Reply

GAH! My childhood haircut still makes me shudder. For some reason my mum chose a mullet look for my sister and a short bowl-cut featuring a rats tale for me. What was she thinking!!! Trips to the hairdresser were met with a lot of yelling, screaming, crying, fighting and the occasional disappearing act. Eventually mum let us choose our own hairstyles. My sister has been adventures and has tried a few different styles, whereas I have had the same long hair look ever since!
Mum seems to have relaxed a bit on the horrible hairstyles. My little brother is allowed to choose his own. His favored look is similar to a young Beatles style.

What an amazing post!!! Kris and you are so luck to have each other!!!! Love the photos!!

    Anna - September 30, 2014 Reply

    Bahahaha! Words cannot express the laughs I am experiencing picturing you with a bowl-cut/rat tail. LOL! You poor little possum, that’s dreadful.
    I remember the efforts it took to get me to the hairdresser too. One time I climbed right to the top of the giant tree in the backyard and refused to come down. Hell to pay when I did. But I avoided another awful cut for 24hrs.
    Yep, pretty grateful I’ve got such a cool broski. 🙂

Tamara - September 27, 2014 Reply

I loved reading about you and your brother. It seems you share many of the same interests, although you’re quite different! That must make it quite fun. I have one sister, and we’re about as different as two humans can be. We’re close, and chat almost every day (sometimes more), but we rarely spend any time together. I think I’ll go call her now!

    Anna - September 30, 2014 Reply

    Growing up with Kris was pretty great, we shared a lot of the same interests and our careers until recent years were very similar, so it was fun to have someone to cheer me on and vice-versa. 🙂
    That is sooooo lovely you have such a great relationship with your sis, I dont get to spend as much time with the bro, but chats happen often too. 🙂

Rosemarie - September 24, 2014 Reply

What a lovely read. It is so nice to see the type of relationship you had with your brother. My brother and I were cats and dogs growing up but that eventually changed as we got older. 🙂 I prefer him now then I did when I was little. I did tattletale on him a lot though hahahahaha !

    Anna - September 24, 2014 Reply

    Yes, I am super lucky to have scored such a great brother. 🙂
    Haha…. Oh yes I remember the tattletale years. They were often hilarious! LOL

Glamorous Glutton - September 23, 2014 Reply

Great way to introduce your brother and because it’s the first time I’ve visited your blog a fab way to get to know you too. GG

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy - September 23, 2014 Reply

Awwwh, such a cute post. I am very close to my brother too, even though he lives far away from me.

    Anna - September 24, 2014 Reply

    Thats the BEST Dannii! 🙂
    I am loving that all have super fond and great relationships with their sibs. And, thank goodness for social media huh? We can stay in touch with our fave people.

Choc Chip Uru - September 23, 2014 Reply

This post is YES. I know that makes no sense but GOD this post makes me happy 😀
My brother is my best friend (he is older) so I feel like everything written, every photo is so relatable – though woah. I would not get my bro to cook ever 😛
FABULOUS post!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - September 23, 2014 Reply

    Hahahaha CCU! Glad you liked the post so much. 🙂
    It was a fun way to share my childhood and one of the coolest people in my life too.
    So your little bro isnt a good cook huh?! Mine is thankfully! Love dinner parties at his place.

Krista - September 23, 2014 Reply

Oh how I loved this!! You two crack me up. 🙂 Yes, I had a blond mullet too – truly ghastly. 🙂

Erin | The Law Student's Wife - September 21, 2014 Reply

I love this post! The photos especially are priceless.

Elephant's Child - September 21, 2014 Reply

Love it. Misty eyes here.
My siblings (half) are a lot older and I was a tag-along growing up. Two of them still find it hard to accept that I am an adult. And the youngest and I share a sense of humour (on the dark side) and frequently laugh with each other until continence becomes an issue. And you have reminded me that I need to ring him today.
Childhood memory? The arsehole put a saucer of water in my bed, and carefully pulled the covers up. When I got into bed some hours later I kicked it over giving him the chance to run down the hall telling everyone that I had wet the bed.

    Anna - September 21, 2014 Reply

    Hahahaha…. Ohhhh you made me laugh. 🙂 Our jokes never went that far, although many of my friends had trickster siblings that did things like that, it often resulted in tears, then an elaborate payback. Made me super glad Kris and didn’t have the prank gene. 🙂
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Thanks heaps for the lovely comment too.

Jean | Holy Smithereens - September 21, 2014 Reply

Aww what a heart warming post! Love how one can see how close you really were while growing up. As for haircuts boy oh boy. Growing up, I was always out and about in the sun so my hair was so brittle and poofy and had a life of its own. My dear mother , in 1990 (or was that 91) thought it would be a good idea to cut my hair real short ala Demi Moore from Ghost! It ended up looking like a coconut husk and I reckon Jim Carrey got the dumb and dumber hair inspiration from a yearbook photograph of myself. 😉

    Anna - September 21, 2014 Reply

    Ah yes, the early 90’s were indeed a rough patch… mullets, bowl cuts, buzz cuts. And don’t we have the ‘best’ pictures to show for it too. 🙂 Ooooooooooo Jean…. A coconut husk?! Rolling on the floor giggling this end. That’s sooooo awful, but very funny. You poor little poppet!

Alice - September 20, 2014 Reply

Hey Anna! How awesome to read about you & your little bro!
My little bro also trained as an apprentice chef too, but (many years) before I decided to jump into the game!
Love the snaps of you both, with those special little bundles (aka) your teddy Bears! Lol!
I think we can all relate to those wonderful times & chats with our sibs, about important nothing’s!
The relationship with our sibs, is the longest & most enduring one we have in our lives! True!

    Anna - September 21, 2014 Reply

    That’s amazing Alice. I do hope you and the little bro have amazing foodie convos like Kris and I, they are so inspiring.
    I had forgotten about the matching teddy bears and pjs, Mom tells me we also shared a strange language for many years too.
    Very lucky to have little Nizz thats for sure. 🙂

Dedy@Dentist Chef - September 20, 2014 Reply

Really love this sweet posting, kind, touching and heartwarming……
i do fight a lot with my sisters, but i really love and trust them, even my love is much more bigger in portion for my nieces and nephews now.

    Anna - September 21, 2014 Reply

    Thanks heaps Dedy! Glad you enjoyed meeting my little brother. 🙂
    Lovely to hear you have a nice friendship with your siblings too.

Sriprae - September 20, 2014 Reply

Truly terrific post, darling! Loved learning more about you, your brother and the friendship bond you have with each other. Very refreshing and inspiring. Loved all the pics, too! You two are adorable!! Gee whiz!–I would love to host you and your family for dinner, the languid, prolonged kind where platters of food get passed round and round the table, where lots of wine is within reach followed by after dinner coffee and sweet nibbles (be it chocolate, cheeses, fruits).

This post just made me happy. 🙂 Thank you for sharing, girlfriend!

Much love! xox

    Anna - September 21, 2014 Reply

    Haha…. I am seeing a pattern in our conversations Miss Sriprae. Absolutely no convincing required this end to come for dinner at your place. 🙂 I’ll bring the Nizz, some truffle, cheeses, and vino too. 🙂 I adore your idea of prolonged picking from platters of delicious yummies with loads of laughs. Sounds fantastic… Lets make this a thing?!
    Sending you giant hugs across the oceans. Lots of love and hugs. xox

GourmetGetaways - September 19, 2014 Reply

Hehe,
What a great story!! So lovely that you are close to your brother.
I was a child of the 70’s and 80’s so I had PLENTY of bad hair days, mostly they were due to perms though, not cuts :0
Thanks for sharing,
Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways

    Anna - September 19, 2014 Reply

    Thanks heaps Julie & Alesah! Yep, pretty lucky indeed to have a cool broski! 🙂
    And heck yeah… The 70’s & 80’s perm, boy was hair WILD then. lol.
    Thanks for stopping by, appreciate it muchly! 🙂

Meg Jerrard - September 19, 2014 Reply

Really cool post Anna! Awesome way to get to know you a little better. You guys totally did look alike when you were younger!!!

    Anna - September 19, 2014 Reply

    Thanks heaps Meg! 🙂 We kinda did look similar a lot of our lives, so the twin card was a fun one to pull. 🙂

The Squishy Monster - September 19, 2014 Reply

This is so very awesome. I’m very close to my brothers as well and it warms my heart to see a post like this! Great pics, snizzles!

    Anna - September 19, 2014 Reply

    Haha…. Thank you. 🙂 Love that you are close with your bros, you should totes do this tag. 🙂 Teehee. Snizzles. Loves it!

My Inner Chick - September 18, 2014 Reply

A treasure.
Priceless.
Beautiful.
I love the relationship you have w/ your brother.
Savor this forever.

xxxx

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - September 18, 2014 Reply

Cute idea! No mullets for me 🙂 I had a china doll haircut throughout all of primary school! I couldn’t wait to grow my hair long!

Pink - September 18, 2014 Reply

I loveeeeee this post!!! You two are too gorgeous for words, thank you for sharing your beautiful memories, I see that you got cool from a very young age. Ahhh I laughed hysterically picturing Kris chasing you with a big frying pan lol

    Anna - September 19, 2014 Reply

    Teehee … Thank you so much my lovely. I am pretty lucky to have such a great friendship with my bro. Hahaha…. Cool from a young age. The mullet right? Lol And yes, it’s funny now the pan incident. 🙂

Hotly Spiced - September 18, 2014 Reply

What a lovely post, Anna. To be sure, I have never woken up in a cupboard! You must be very close in age because you look like twins. I love how you both did your apprenticeships together – that’s amazing. How lovely to be so close to your brother xx

    Anna - September 18, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Charlie! Haha…. I sadly dont think it was the first time Kris woke up in a cupboard. Haha! 🙂
    There is only a years age difference between us, so the twin card was pretty easy to pull off.
    Yes, it certainly was a treat having my bro with me at work, guaranteed friend. 🙂
    I am sooooo lucky to have such a cool bro.

lizzygoodthings - September 18, 2014 Reply

Such a beautiful post, Anna, and such a great intro to your brother! How very lucky you are to have each other. Treasure that! Both of my brothers died way too young from illness, unfortunately. I still have my sis. Anyway, thanks again for a great post.

    Anna - September 18, 2014 Reply

    Thank you so much lovely Liz! 🙂
    I am super lucky to have such a cool brother, and even more lucky he is a great mate too.
    Sorry about your bros, that’s pretty awful, but wonderful and great you have your sis.
    Thanks for your lovely comment. xox

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - September 18, 2014 Reply

This post totally made me smile. I’ve never seen a post like this before so I think it’s pretty cool you dedicated it to them. World’s best sister award coming in…

    Anna - September 18, 2014 Reply

    That’s awesome Pamela! Glad you got a kick out of this post. 🙂
    I thought it was a fun way to introduce the little bro. And yeasss…. Ill be following up on the best sister award. Haha

Susan - September 18, 2014 Reply

What a lucky Mom I am to have been there all the way through with you two. And, the best is yet to come. Great memories shenANNAgans!

    Anna - September 18, 2014 Reply

    I say we are the lucky ones having such an amazing Mom. Thanks for being so great. xoxo
    And heck yeah, the best adventures are ALL yet to come. 🙂

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - September 18, 2014 Reply

Lovely post Anna – I have THREE brothers and as the oldest I am always so pleased that we all still keep in touch and care about each other. Thanks for sharing Anna – put a smile on my face as I remembered some of our childhood adventures!

    Anna - September 18, 2014 Reply

    Ohhh Yay Rachel! Thats the best. Glad you took a trip down memory lane on some of the adventures you had with your bros. 🙂

Agness - September 18, 2014 Reply

Looks like you are always having a great time with bro!! x

    Anna - September 18, 2014 Reply

    Yep Agness, pretty lucky to have such a cool little brother. He is one of the best people I know. 🙂

Mandy - The Complete Book - September 17, 2014 Reply

What an awesome post Anna! You and your brother have a treasured and wonderful relationship.
My brothers (twins) are 4 years my senior and growing up there was always something they were trying to catch me out with, for example; “Mands, what’s heavier, a tonne or lead or a tonne of feathers?” See now me being 4 years younger – that’s a bit gap in intelligence when you are a little one, I thought I was clever by thinking it must be a trick question so it must be the feathers. Bwahahaha. I can still remember them laughing. Oh, another one was, when did the 1820 settlers arrive? And if that wasn’t enough ragging on their baby sister, they would come to me with their pocket money coins, all half cents and one cent coins and tell me because their money is heavier than my paper money it is worth lots more. Naughty buggers. Oh yes and when they were tiding out their cupboards they would ask me how to fold a jersey so I would show them and then they would say, they didn’t quite get it so to please show them again. Again, I say naughty buggers. It was all good fun and wonderful memories.
Have yourself a beautiful happy day my dear Anna.
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - September 18, 2014 Reply

    Rolling on the floor laughing at baby Mandy being tricked by her bratty brothers – Sooooooo funny! LOL
    The pocket money one is straight up genius. I wish I tried that one. Reckon Kris would have fallen for it too.
    Hmmm… the folding one is good too, I’ve done that with ironing. Haha!
    I love so much that you shared some of your funny childhood memories, thank you, thats wonderful. 🙂
    Cant wipe the smile off my face.
    Wishing you a beautiful sun shiny day my loveliest of friends. Hugs across the oceans. xoxo

Tim | UrbanDuniya - September 17, 2014 Reply

Awww sweet pics!

Kris - September 17, 2014 Reply

That was by far my favourite post yet. This brother of yours sounds like an absolute toppie. And judging by the photos, one good looking rooster too. LOL.
You have probably guessed who this is by now….your favourite brother!
After reading that I wished we wrote down more of our adventures.
We should do that again sometime. Loved recalling all those memories.

    Anna - September 18, 2014 Reply

    One good looking rooster too. Bahaha! 🙂 Too funny!
    Yeah, I wish we wrote down more of our memories too, although…. I reckon there are plenty of wonderful adventures to come.
    As always Nizz, thanks for your support and for being the best little bro. xox

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