-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 16, 2012

Fly on the Wall Challenge #1

Hello friends!

I've been away from the blog world for forever and six days a bit. I'm hoping to fill you in on why sometime soon...

A good way for me to get back in the swing of things is to jump on the next blog challenge that my dear blogger friend, Karen has created. Yep, that would be Karen, the genius behind Baking in a Tornado. Let's face it. If it weren't for her, you'd be reading my blog entry from the LAST challenge she created. So thanks again Karen, for helping me find my groove thang...

On to the Challenge:


15 shameless bloggers have invited you to be a fly on the walls of their homes. We are all sharing snippets of some of the drama/fun/embarrassing goings-on that happen behind our closed doors.

Yeah, yeah, I know. That is usually what my blog is about! Sometimes my posts are only a sentence or two. Usually, they ARE about the embarrassing behind-the-scenes happenings in my home. But let's remember, I have no shame. I am ALWAYS ready for someone to laugh with (never at!) me.  This is also a challenge for 14 other bloggers and I can not wait to feel as if I'm not alone in the crazy-town I call my house.

I'm using funny quotes heard 'round the home from my dear family members. Think of it as a super-sized "quote of the day" post. We are always "on"here. So come in. No need to knock. Laugh or cry. Just don't call the Police.

If you were a fly on the wall this month, this is what you would have heard:

The Exercise Room:
"I want to go run, but I also want ice-cream. What kind did you buy?"- the man
"I hit the punching bag and a bunch of dust came off of it. This tells me two things. I haven't exercised and I haven't dusted."- Me
"The window in that room scares me. Someone may look through and see you just lying there, Mom. They may think you're dead."- the youngest
"There's nothing like a Poptart after a workout."- the eldest, to me.

The Kitchen/Food:
"When is Dad coming back from his work trip? I need him to make me the macaroni out of the box. That kind is the best"- the youngest, turning up his nose at baked Mac and cheese.
"I'm going to church AND I look like a Hobo. Do you think I can get double Communion if they think I look hungry enough?"- the eldest
"You have to stop letting people push you around, Mom. Stop feeling like you have to help everybody!.... Will you make me some potato soup?"- the eldest

Things we shouldn't say to visitors:
"Our prayer is better than your prayer and we just didn't say it aloud because our prayer would kick your prayer in the neck."- the eldest's response to the middle child's friend who made the wrong comment about us not saying a prayer before snack.
"Hahahahhaaahaha. Oh, you're a cute young man. It was nice knowing you. Memorize the inside of our home; you won't be seeing it again."- an in-unison nervous laugh and comment from the kids to a visiting friend who said, "You should come to my house. My mom doesn't yell."

Random, but funny enough to make the cut:
"Mom, I've heard how my friends talk to their parents and I have to wonder, How do they still have a face?"- the eldest, gabbing with me about Respect
"I'd like to tell you a secret, Mom....but then you'd know." the un-trusting youngest
"Any pre-cleaning of the house isn't going to lessen the nervous ranting on the morning of Thanksgiving"- the middle child, trying to get out of cleaning.
"Good going, little brother on drinking the last Sunny-D! You know, Sunny-Ds were made in the name of kindness. I'm not sure you're showing that kindness by gulping down the last of it."- middle child.
"Yes, and I'd TOTALLY stick up for you, little brother. But my voice is too sore from not having a Sunny-D to quench my thirst. Your loss. But you probably figured that out while drinking the last of the Sunny-D"- the eldest, joining in on making my son a future serial killer.

Finally, TV:
"I like getting out of classes early. Afternoon TV is ridiculous!  I'm starting to notice that Dr. Phil is picking up his game....and I'm not going to lie. I'm pretty excited about it."-the eldest, making her mother proud  scared.
"If you want to feel better about your life, you should absolutely watch the Maury show. I already feel like I've exceeded a million expectations."- same child, half-studying- half trash-talking.
"Have you seen this "Deadly Women" show? These wives may not know how to cook or clean, but they can wrap up and hide a body like nobody's business! Oh, BTW, you forgot to take the trash out. It's okay I guess. Sleep tight!"- yours truly, to the man, trying to spice up the ol' marriage :)

And that, dear visitors, is a small peek into our home. I can already hear you now, speaking through a forced smile... "There's THAT family. Quick! Lock the door!"

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Please check out the great bloggers who participated in this challenge. You're sure to get a belly laugh or two. Better yet, you may get an, "Oh thank the Sweet Detroit Lions, that happens to other people too!".
In fact, that is my favorite part about the blogging world. Those tiny common threads that bind us together. You can nod in agreement or shake your head in disgust; no one will ever know. Hopefully.

Leave kind comments, kids :)

Happy "Pride-sometimes-IS-on-the-outside" day, friends :)

Blogs participating in today's challenge:


The Insomniac's Dream                             
De Bie Hive                                       
My Brain on Kids                                                                               
The Mommy Chronicles
Raising Reagan 
Sanity Waiting to Happen
Momaical

Life on the SONny Side


BTW:

A Big Old Happy Birthday to my baby sister today! If you're reading this far, girl, I hope you know how much I love and miss you :) You know what your birthday means? McRib is right around the corner :)

53 comments:

  1. SO FUNNY! And so glad to have found your blog! Also...I'm moving in ;)

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    1. Welcome Jen! So glad to have anyone move in who isn't terrified of my family :)

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  2. Love it!! I do think people wouldnt talk to me at all if they heard half of what gets said in our house! X

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    1. Thanks, dear. That's the wonderful thing about homes, isn't it? Thank goodness we can be real and embarrassing somewhere. My family takes full advantage of that :) Hope you are well!

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  3. Double Communion for the hobo.....lol.

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    1. We're classy like that. I've raised her too well. Ha!

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  4. LOVE IT! Sounds like a pretty fun family!

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    1. Insane. Loud. Obnoxious. Funny. We've got it all. :)

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  5. Welcome back! I can ALWAYS count on you for a laugh (or many). You need to post daily, and sometimes twice a day, I'll let you know. BTW, LOVE the new blog pic, so serene and beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Karen. I've almost been afraid to come back, but here I am. All thanks to you. What's next? Thanks for commenting ont he pic. It's from the same view as the heater vent. Remember? Yes, I'm still four.

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    2. Yes, I actually recognized the heater vent view. Not sure what that says about either one of us! Next is the Dec. Subject Swap, and I'm doing Fly on the Wall again in December (and January) just cause I had too much stuff to put all in one (or even two)! Hope I don't have to wait til the Dec Subject Swap to hear from you again. I need to laugh a little more often than twice a month . . .

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    3. I can't believe how organized you are! I'll be ready for whatever you're dishing out. I was embarrassed to have two posts in a row hosted by you! Not that you're NOT wonderful, I just feel like I haven't had much to say. I'm turning it around....Maybe ;)

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    1. My kids are hilarious. Where did they come from? Right now, we're all bowing in reverence to the assumed death of the Twinkie.

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  7. I LOVE the "our prayer would kick your prayer in the neck" exchange! I am still giggling! And the wisdom of the middle child and the observation about pre-Thanksgiving cleaning is very deep, and all too true. The youngest may be un-trusting, but clearly has an excellent point!
    What a fun read!
    Thanks!

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    1. Aw, thanks Kat. My kids make me laugh all the time. That prayer comment put me over the edge. Hard to tell your children to be respectful when you're trying not to pee.

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  8. love it!!! i'm with "the man." i would choose ice cream. so much easier (and fun). have a great friday and Thanksgiving (loser!!!) as well. Ha!! take care, slu

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    1. Thanks, Slu! I have to go back and catch up with your posts! The man always chooses ice cream. Mint chocolate chip...it makes all those silly worries of "staying fit" go away...
      I thought this year we would be more competitive...This Thanksgiving, I'll just be happy if we don't get SLAUGHTERED! Good luck, Texans. This Sunday, NOT this Thursday ;)

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    2. ha!!! MCC is my fave too... go figure.

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  9. I feel like that a lot in the gym! Oh a donut would just make this perfect!
    Love the prayer kicking going on :)

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. Lanaya, I don't know what it is about working out, but at our house, sweets must be involved. That, AND prayer kicking? We're a houseful of irony :)

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  10. Very interesting it's like a reality show however no script. I think its in a kid's DNA to love that Kraft "blue box it only takes 10 minutes" macaroni & cheese. It's the cheesiest. When did yellow powder become cheese? I totally agree about the afternoon tv shows Maury, Jeremy, Dr. Phil etc, if you ever think you're not doing the best job or you haven't done the best job or your family is screwed up just take a gander and you will feel a million times better about your situation.
    Jae Mac, I'm Just Sayin'...(Damn!)
    Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Jae Mac, I just read your cute Sunshine Award post. Thanks for accepting it :)
      Powdered cheese. Yep, they'd rather that than the hour long "made-with-love" kind.
      Those shows are crazy! They all come on in a row here. You can turn the TV on any day and constantly be reminded that no matter what, you're going to be just fine!

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  11. My kids say the same thing about mac n cheese!
    What is wrong with these people?!
    Why clean? Just announce you've become an artist. "Aunt Tilly, please don't step on the piece I like to call Lake of dirty laundry but please feel free to pull up the nearest sock pile and have a seat." ;)
    I agree with Karen- post often, YOU'RE GREAT!
    I'll work on my ninja prayer kick until next time. xo

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    1. Meg, you are hilarious. I always feel much better after reading how others "get it". I don't remember ever having a choice when I was little. Eat what you get. Clean up this mess. Now. What happened?
      I'll be sitting on our sock pile waiting for that prayer. Hi-ya!!

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  12. Your new pic makes it look like a pretty steep climb to follow you home. "High on a hillside all covered with snow, lives a funny lady with her man and three kids in tow." Great fun!

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    1. Dear gentleman farmer/poet, Your view is pretty gorgeous too. Just like looking through a panoramic lens...Funny lady? I'll take it!

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  13. Just so you know, you don't need to clean for my sake on Thanksgiving. Anything is a huge step up from my house, so yours will look great without you guys making any effort whatsoever.

    Also, I agree with A re: daytime TV. If I'm ever home sick and watching it, I feel like it's probably shown just to make most of us feel pretty good about the way we live our lives. "I may feel like a complete loser, but at least I'm not at the point where I qualify to be on Maury." Or "Yes, I have a major problem with XYZ person, but at least we haven't resorted to appearing before Judge Judy to work things out." Yup.

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    1. Pretty reaffirming, isn't it? I always wonder, Who in the world says, "I'd like to be on TV. I think I'll take a few men with me and find out if they fathered my children/owe me rent/would like to scream at me." It actually makes my life seem pretty lame. :)

      C. made a good point, too. Nothing in this house stays clean for that long... Looking forward to Thursday <3

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  14. OMG you had me laughing with this one!! My favorite line? Your eldest son saying he looked like a hobo and would they give him double communion! HULarious!!! Great post, Michele!

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    1. Marcia, you always make me laugh. That was actually my eldest (daughter). That comment made me giggle for days. She's quick with her humor, so it takes me a few. I always laugh a few minutes too late. I know, I scream, "winner".

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  15. I like your deviousness of getting the husband to take out the trash!! Hilarious post!!

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    1. Thank you, Roshni. He is really a soft soul. I have to stir things up every now and then. He teases me for watching those shows. I never can sleep, so I stay up watching crime shows all night long. I'm really teasing him out of jealousy. That man can sleep any time he's horizontal. What's up with that?

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  16. bhahahaha hilarious! Your eldest commenting about Dr. Phil has me rolling. Great post! And you should post more often :)

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    1. Dr. Phil has become a bit of must see for us. What started out as a joke between the two of us, has become more of a, "Oh no she didn't! That's eight kinds of wrong! We HAVE to watch that!".
      You are very kind. I miss writing. I promise to post more often. Ahem. Really. I think. :)

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    1. Thanks, Stacy. I hope your unpacking is going a bit better (and that your head is healing!) Ouch :)

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  18. Thank you for the laughs. I always think I will remember what my kids say, so I never write them down. Guess what! Don't remember. Glad you wrote down these jewels.

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    1. Oh Ann, I think you are doing a great job at recording. You're just remembering the kind things. Your kids will love you when looking back at your blog. Mine, may or may not show up to future holiday dinners... Hahah :)

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  19. Really cute post. I loved the one about the double communion.

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    1. HaHa! BTW, she only received Communion once that day. I actually had to feed her when she got home :)

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  20. Another great post. And wow, lots of comments and a response for each! Your blog is really taking off.

    Eating ice cream or a pop-tart while exercising? Hey, I call that good multitasking. Probably a good thing we have a window in there in case a eating/exercising combo goes wrong and someone does end up on the floor.

    And yes, I guess I am a master of the mac and cheese out of the box thing. As you know, that's where my talent in the kitchen ends. Anyway, something tells me I better go take the trash out. Keep up the good work - looking forward to your next post.

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    1. Hey U. Multitasking has always been a strong point for us. I thing J was concerned about me meditating/sleeping :(
      Mac and Cheese and Toast. Your culinary skills are what makes you the kid's favorite parent.
      Thanks for writing...it's been a long time. Life lately feels almost like you live out in the blogoshpere rather than in our house. Cheers to all of that getting back to normal soon. <3

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  21. So are you doing the December Fly on the Wall, Shellybean?

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    1. Sure thing, jellybean! Ha. How do we already have so many inside jokes? I'll be there with slippers on!

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  22. Sounds like a awesome household! Love that a kids said come to my house my mom doesnt yell he must be deaf!!

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    1. Right? I couldn't believe he said that! I also couldn't believe he said it with in ear shot of me! Haha. My kids were scared for him. I hope his mom yells. I hope every mom yells once in a while....

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  23. So funny Michele, thank you for a glimpse in to your family. Smiles.

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    1. Hey You! Glad to see you're back in the blogging world. (I know, I should talk..) Hope you are back on your feet. Smiles right back.

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  24. I literally laughed out loud reading this! Thank you!

    ♥ Duckie.

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  25. Oh wow....how I miss you!!!! Seriously.
    Laughed so loud that I frightened the dogs! :)
    And again, miss ya.
    Your FF. <3

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    1. Dear friend, you have no idea how much I miss you!
      Sorry about the dogs, but so glad you liked the post :)
      Love you.

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