-A mostly true journey of a girl, her man and their three kids; all trying to live harmoniously in a house somewhere in Utah. Names and exact locations may be changed in order to protect the grouchy...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fly on the Wall- November 2014 The Unhealthy Version

Hey there!  Welcome to the November Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 15 amazing bloggers and I are describing what it would be like if you were to take a peek inside our homes....



Have a "look" around mine, and then go visit the other blogger's pages. There's always something fun, sentimental, or better yet, embarrassing going on. It's like your house, only we're admitting to the craziness. You have our permission. Buzz on over!

Cast:
The man
Alex, the eldest (daughter, 21) 
C., The middle (son, 16)
J., The youngest (son, 10)
Henry and Lila- The dogs

*We were less than healthy this month. Though I joke, please know that I do feed my children real food. 

Trick-or Treat!

This year I had a zombie pirate and (because he had to have a costume for a band concert,) a cardboard spartan.

Someone that lives here said,: "I hope we don't have many trick-or-treaters."



 I'm Hungry!

C. : (texting sarcastically from work) "Things are on sale. All of these women are coming through with bags of potatoes and fruit and frozen turkeys...What's going on? Should you be doing this?"
Me: "Young son, those are the people that I tell you about before you go to bed. The ones who cook. We will be needing none of that."
C. : "Cake mix is on sale too."
Me: I'll be there in ten minutes."
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Alex: (texting): "Apparently, people in the real world have to make their own sweets. Being an adult is not fun at all."
Me: "Come over here. I made a cinnamon cake last night and I'm the only one eating it."
Alex: "You are SO lucky."
Me: "This is why I miss you. No one gets excited about cake around here."
Alex: "It's because they don't know what it's like to go without it."
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The man: (pretending to wipe his eye) "C. brought me a bucket of buttered popcorn from the movie theater. He just gets me."

Is it only at our house? (Quotes)

"Am I the only one having a problem with 6 empty cans of pop and a half-eaten loaf of french bread on the air-hockey table?"

"This time change is awful. Does anyone else want to go directly to bed after dinner?"

"The dogs are impatiently waiting at the dryer to get warm sweaters."

"There's enough dog hair in the lint catcher to make a small sweater...and I'm considering making one."

"Did you know you can stand in one room and see a Halloween pumpkin, a Thanksgiving branch AND a Christmas tree?"

"You know what's disturbing? You complain that I snore, yet the only setting on your sleep machine working for you is 'Trains'."

"You know life's going downhill when you ask for underwear and socks for Christmas."

Convos of the month:

Alex: (texting) "FIVE!"
Me: (confused) "dollar footlong?"
Alex: "The number of times I submitted my comment on your blog before it showed up."
Me: " Thanks for your unwillingness to give up."
Alex: "It's a good thing I love you. Copy and Paste and your blog go well together."
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The man: "Did you get the results from the doctor yet?"
Me: "No... But..."
The Man: "But what?"
Me:  "She ordered 3 bags from my shop."
The Man: "Well THAT can't be good..."
*note- It was all good.

The youngest has a future in business:

He creates a soda drink menu and gives it to his brother.
Mountain Dew is 5 cents.
Mountain Dew is the middle child's favorite soda. He has braces, though, so he's not allowed to drink it without a straw.
He explains this to the youngest.
The youngest then flips over the menu.
Straws: 10.00


Don't forget to fly over to the other blogs participating this month:

Baking in a Tornado                          
The Rowdy Baker                                  
Just A Little Nutty                                
The Momisodes                                          
Spatulas on Parade                         
The Sadder but Wiser Girl                                   
Follow Me Home                         
Stacy Sews and Schools                        
Menopausal Mother                          
Battered Hope                                 
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                         
Someone Else's Genius                    
Crumpets and Bollocks                     
Juicebox Confession                          
Risa Nye                                              
Go Mamma O                                   
Happy Friday, Friends
-Michele

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blog With Friends: November 2014

Gobble Group 2014!!

Hello friends! Welcome to November's edition of "Blog With Friends!" We are 7 bloggers who've joined together to bring you some Turkey Day-love.
Some projects are tasty, some are crafty and some are techie; all are a lot of fun. After my project, click on each blog post project title you'd like to visit. When you get to each blog, say, "Gobble Gobble!"or "hello!' Just let them know you're there. Everyone loves visitors.

My November project: Make a Thankful tree.

"Thankful Tree" Tutorial

Materials:
  • Large Branch
  • Clear Vase (large enough to hold the branch)
  • Vase filler: acorns, small pumpkins, rocks, etc.  I used glass and paper acorns.
  • Leaves: I used glitter leaves from Michael's and die cut leaves from my friend. (Thanks, Char!) You can use real leaves (short term) or cut out your own paper ones.
  • Clips for hanging leaves. I used IKEA clips, but any kind will do.
  • Thread (for hanging smaller leaves)/ hole punch
  • Sharpies
  • Scissors
Add ons:
  • Bulbs
  • Twine
Warnings:
  • You're using a branch. Don't poke your eye out.
  • Sharpies can bleed through the leaves. Use paper underneath to protect your surfaces.

1. Grab a branch. Or pick a branch and have your son some one cut it down for you.

2. Find enough filler items for the vase to hold up the branch.

3. Make sure the vase won't tip.

4. Using a Sharpie, have your family fill out things they are thankful for. I used clips on the bottom of the large leaves, and thread for the lighter leaves.

 When you ask the man to help out, he will write that he's thankful for the dogs and for the Internet.

5. Hang them on your "tree".

6. I had fall-colored bulbs on hand. On each one, we wrote the name of family/friends that have passed away. It was a good time to reflect on how grateful we were to have had them in our lives. We tied the "remember ties" with twine, then hung them on the tree.

Here's a close-up of a bulb dedicated to my grandma.

7. Keep a basket near of extra leaves, clips, bulbs and sharpies. Family and guests can add to the tree whenever they want. Enjoy!


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Be sure to check out the other cool-kids participating today:

Karen@ Baking in a Tornado has whipped up a Fried Walnut-Crusted Spice Cake with Caramel Sauce. This is a special holiday dessert taken to a whole new level.

Stacy@ Stacy Sews and Schools shows us how to make a Fun and Reversible Holiday Centerpiece Decor for your holiday table!


Melissa@Home on Deranged has some Tech Tips for Turkey Day. Her tips will show us how to let technology helping have a festive Thanksgiving!

Robin@ Someone Else's Genius gives us a tutorial for making her adorable Autumn Wreath.


Christy from Uplifting Families shows us how to create DIY Thanksgiving Textured Leaf Cards!

Lydia from Cluttered Genius has created a "Kid Friendly and Fancy Thanksgiving". These are Kid-friendly (and created) ideas for decorating your 'fancy' Thanksgiving table. 


Looking for these projects and more? Check out:
Gobble 'til you wobble, friends,
-Michele



Friday, November 14, 2014

Use Your Words: Pattern Stories #4

Today’s post is a writing challenge created by Karen @ Baking in A TornadoThis is how it works: 12 participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, but there's a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who received their words or in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.


At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featured in this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they were given and how they used them. 
My words are: 

hold off ~ particular ~ learning ~ incredible ~ object ~ unable


They were submitted by: the lovely and talented Karen@ Baking in a Tornado 

Pattern Stories #4


                                     Photo Property of Butterick Pattern Service, 1972

"I knew I loved Jeanie the first time I laid eyes on her.  She was working behind a Woolworth's soda fountain, serving at least 12 people at once without missing a beat. I remember the shop being packed, because everyone was celebrating our school's basketball championship win. I would love to say I was part of the celebration, but I'm unable to. It simply wasn't true. I was instead alone, trying to hide in a corner. 

While everyone was adorned in our school's colors, I was dressed head-to-toe in a ridiculous denim outfit. My mother, who sewed for a living, begged me to wear the clothing she made for a sewing expo that had come to our town. She was learning all kinds of new embroidery patterns and wanted to try them out; all at once. I felt ridiculous. I was trying to hold-off from being seen by hiding behind a plastic menu. That's when I first felt Jeanie's hand on my shoulder. I'm not sure if she wanted to laugh at me for the way I looked among the room of "cool-kids", but she didn't. She simply smiled. It was the most incredible smile I'd ever seen. 

I'd come to see her everyday after that; wearing my normal clothes, of course. I'd constantly order food so she wouldn't get into trouble. We'd talk about everything and nothing in particular on her breaks. She'd smile at me like I was the only one in the place. One night as she was getting off of work, she had asked me if I'd wait for her. I recall that it seemed like she was in the back for a really long time. Just as I was about to see if she was okay, Jeanie emerged from the room wearing a long raincoat and her infamous smile. 

Now, I know what today's kids would think was under that raincoat. My mind never went there. Still, when she unbuttoned it and revealed what was underneath, I couldn't believe it. My Jeanie stood there, an object of perfection, wearing a matching denim outfit to the one I was wearing when we first met. I can't tell you the laugh we had over it. And, yes. I call her "My Jeanie" because that's what she was from that day forward.

If I close my eyes now and stay very still, I can smell the sweet honeysuckle from her golden hair. The scent always hung in the air each time she'd move. I still try to take it all in; the sight of her, the smell... The way she'd hold her small hands over her mouth if she thought she was laughing too hard. I never tire thinking about her...about us."

-Jeff Gunderson, CEO of Embroidery Empires, speaking about his wife of 40 years.

Love- even when you look silly doing it, friends. :)
-Michele

Check out all the cool kids participating this week:


Baking in a Tornado                             
Spatulas on Parade                          
Stacy Sews and Schools                      
Follow Me Home                   
Battered Hope                            
Someone Else's Genius                   
The Bergham's Life Chronicles              
Eileen's Perpetually Busy         
Confessions of a part-time working mom             
Evil Joy Speaks              
Crumpets and Bollocks                        
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                                                                                                       


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