-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, December 21, 2012

Fly on the wall #2

Hey friends. Welcome to the 2nd Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 11 "What-are-they -thinking?" 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, disastrous, or even better, embarrassing going on. Who can turn away from that kind of voyeuristic gold? Not you. Or me...

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

Dinner Table Conversation:

The youngest: "If I could invent anything, it would be a back-pack microwave. I could make Hot Pockets anytime."

The eldest (Dream-killer #1): "Why would you invent that? Where would you even plug it in? It would be so heavy!"

The middle child (Dream-killer #2): "I can see the commercials for it now. 'Do you love warm food? Do you have frozen-food on your person? Do you hate being home?..."

Snacks :

Me: "Where in the world did all of the pretzels go? I bought a six-pound bag of them at Costco!"
The man: "You put them out in that huge basket. It felt like a challenge..."

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The youngest : "Can I have some fruit snacks?"
The man: "Didn't you JUST eat an apple?"
Me:"Yeah and there's a granola bar wrapper right next to you."
The youngest: "Well, the granola bar was my after-school snack, and the apple was my after-dinner snack."
The man: "What are the fruit snacks then?"
The youngest: "They will be my after-shower-before-bed-unless-we-have-ice cream-snacks."

Christmas Love

The eldest to the youngest: "You know what? If you step on this wrapping paper one more time, I'm going to give YOUR present to your brother!"

The youngest continues to tiptoe onto the paper...

The eldest: "Ugh. That's it. Hey C. (middle child)! I have the best present for you. It's so great, you're going to love it!"

The youngest, who has now jumped away from the paper, runs and whispers to his brother: "Shhhhh! It's all lies! You will not like that present at all."

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The youngest: "Should we make Jesus a birthday cake?"
Me: I don't know. Do you think he would like one?
The youngest: "He will if it's chocolate..."

In all seriousness...

We are usually always joking or teasing each other about something. It's how our family works. But we are also kind when it matters most. I say it often. The people that live in my house are everything to me. There was so much to listen to on the news this past week. In my bouts of tears, when I wasn't asking, "Why?" or sneaking in to check on my babies (19, 14 and 8) in the middle of the night, this is what I really heard:

The eldest: "I was in my room last night and I was thinking about you and dad and this house and I realized, at this very moment, 'I feel safe.'"

The middle child: "You know you don't have to worry so much about us. We'll go to school and you'll do your thing and we all will know we love each other."

The youngest: "Mom, I know you have friends and dad, but if you ever need to, when you're sad, you can always talk to me."




 Thanks once again to the Fly's creator, Karen @ Baking In a Tornado, AKA Follow Me Home's biggest cheerleader, for hosting this challenge!


Take a look at what the other bloggers have going on inside their homes. Come on. You know you want to...


http://www.bakingInaTornado.com                       
http://hypnoticbard.blogspot.com/                             
http://mybrainonkids.net/                                                                            

Happy "It's okay to peek, just this once" Day, friends!!

-Michele

42 comments:

  1. Precious times! What is it about men and their Caveman mentality when it comes to food. It's almost like they have to eat everything as they don't know when the next lot of food might come their way! You have some great kids there . It's times like these when the love we have for our kids becomes almost painful when we see others have it ripped away. Sending you lots of love. Xx

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    1. Hahahah Claire, the man loves his food. Obviously, I need to work on healthier choices..
      The kids are great and I am so grateful to have them. My heart aches for those who have experienced such loss. Thanks for the love; it's so appreciated. XOXO

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  2. I love it all! I think that your kids are a lot like mine. :-) Funny and sweet when it counts.

    I think a hot pocket backpack is an excellent idea! I think they could even do the advertising slogans. It would sell itself! (There is a great Jim Gaffigan routine about Hot Pockets...it's stuck in my head now).

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    1. "Funny and sweet when it counts." I like that a lot.
      I'll have to look up the Hot Pockets routine for my kids. They will love it! Thanks so much for commenting!

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  3. Love it, just like everything you write. Your family life has such funny moments, but then there are the tender ones, and a chance to remember what really matters. Merry Christmas to you and your sweet and salty family.

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    1. Thanks, Karen. Have I got a story for you. This post would have been a bit longer, but it almost didn't happen at all! I dropped a soda on my Mac yesterday and it won't start up :( I'm hoping it can be fixed.. The man was quiet about it. That's much worse than calm...
      Thank you for the Christmas wishes, another fun challenge, and your friendship. Happy Holidays, you!

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  4. I love that all your kids feel safe at your home ~ they are witty and fun and comical and it definitely shows in all the banter!

    xoxo
    Lanaya
    http://www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. Lanaya, I love that they feel safe too. The kids are pretty funny. I'm always laughing as soon as I catch up to their jokes!

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  5. very nice..
    http://fashionwithfitness.blogspot.com/

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  6. AWWW!! How sweet!!!!!! I love it when kids do that.
    I miss my 19 yr old. SIGH.....

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    1. Thanks Stacy, I hope you and your 19 year old are reunited soon. I'll be thinking of your family over the holiday :(

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  7. I love your post's. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all of you!

    Love Brenda

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    1. Brenda! I miss you! I feel like I haven't visited with you in forever. I hope you and your growing family are doing well. Fill me in when you can! Love and miss you. Happy Holiday, my friend!

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  8. How funny! Your kids are great! Loved this sneek peek into your life, Michele. May you guys always be happy. Have a great Christmas holiday!

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    1. Vicki, you always have such nice things to say. I wish the very same for you. Happy Holidays! May the New Year bring you everything you need :) <3

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  9. Funny. Perfect and sweet. I love the thought of home being a safe place and all the banter between the kids. It makes me miss being with you and Charley. When i was younger i couldn't wait to move away but now you are the two people i miss the most. Family! Merry christmas to each one of you beuatiful people.

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    1. Thanks, K. The kids, as you know, have old souls. I have needed that more than ever these past few months. I miss you and Charley everyday. I hope your Christmas is blessed. GIve your wonderful husband, your beautiful son and my perfect grandma a hug and kiss. 2013 is NOT going to suck. Mark my words....Well, starting in Feb. I have Appts. coming up after the first. We'll see. Dang it, March better rock. <# You, sis

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  10. The microwave in the backpack conversation made me laugh out loud; totally reminds me of the types of conversations my kids used to have years ago. I loved your youngest "snack rationale".
    Jae Mac, I'm Just Sayin'...(Damn!)

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    1. I truly believe we could make something happen with a backpack and that Easy bake oven of yours....My son would eat scnacks 24/7 if he could!

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  11. Michele, this is FANTASTIC!!!! You had me laughing from the start ( I can totally relate to the whole snack conversation--my son does this to me every day!!!) and saying, "Awwwww..." at the end. Your kids obviously inherited your sense of humor! Great post!

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    1. Boys and their snacks...One day I'll figure out why they ALWAYS have to be eating..Thanks for commenting on the post. This is my favorite part of blogging; gabbing with my blog friends. IT has been wonderful getting to know you this year. Cheers to a fabulous 2013!

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  12. "We'll go to school and you'll do your thing and we all will know we love each other."

    That made me cry! Your middle child is wise beyond his years!!!

    I hope you guys have the most wonderful Christmas. Thank you for your blog friendship this year. It has meant so much more to me than I can say! Big hugs xxx

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    1. My kids are sensitive when not ribbing each other. The problem I have with it, is that I hate that they see my weakness. I've been broken this week, and they have picked up on all of it. I am beyond glad to have "met" you this year. THank you right back for always saying something wonderful. My favorite of 2012? "Cowbag." Bless you. ahahahah

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    2. Hope you had a wonderful ending to 2012 Michele. I'm back to let you know that I passed on a blog award to you on New Year's Eve. There's no passing it on required, or anything else. I just really really really wanted you to have it. Happy New Year! x

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    3. Josie! Thank you so much. It means a lot that you'd pass an award on to me. You know I love ya. I hope the New Year brings you nothing but happiness. X

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  13. I want to make frozen foods on my person!
    I LOVE how the minds of kids work.
    When you figure out how to work that one out, I'd like to buy several! :)
    Psst, Jesus gives extra blessings for chocolate chips and sprinkles!

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    1. Extra blessings for Sprinkles???? I always knew it.!

      One day, when you see college kids pulling hot pockets or packages of popcorn out of their back packs, you will know that the youngest's dreams have come true. You won't find my blog anymore, because I'll be stinking rich....or warming up mini-pancakes on the run!

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  14. Awww that just made me all warm and fuzzy...i love how your youngest said you can talk to them anytime! too cute!

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    1. Thanks, Courtney. Kids are always busy-bodies, but every once in a while, they say things that make you wonder where they came from. Warm and fuzzy....and a little cheesy. That's how I roll. Thank you for commenting. I know it's hard to get to all the swap participants. You're very sweet.

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  15. I laughed and then I could have cried at the end, such a lovely snapshot into your family. sending a hug your way today, did I tell you I thank God for you, smiles.

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    1. You know, when I see your name in my feed, I always hope that you'll post a comment. Your words make my heart smile. One day we'll start conversing by inbox, and I'll share with you all the things I can't say on this blog. Your words have often made me inspired to do better. I love that I have people in my blog world that are genuinely rooting for me. Sending all the smiles and love in the world to you.

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  16. ok yo... so i'm thinking: EVERYBODY loves chocolate, right???

    i just love the fact that my man accepted the "pretzel challenge" and won!!!

    and on the "all seriousness" ending: it just shows that "y'all done good." awesome...

    on a more sad note... we were in a restaurant/bar late last night having food & libations and watched the "END" of the "2012 Detroit Lions" at the hands of the Falcons. wow!!!

    have a great Christmas & always smile... Slu

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    1. Mark was glad that someone took his side over the pretzel snacking; thanks for that!
      You were in a restaurant witnessing the Lions debacle? Ack! We were home eating chips when we saw the Texans..Sorry about that man. You guys are good enough to win without home-field advantage...but the man just said that you still can get that. Hope that's true!
      Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year... and remember....after the SuperBowl, we're all undefeated. Haha

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  17. a fun post....you are all blessed to have each other!

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  18. Loved this. And sorry it took so long to respond. ;)
    Love, FF

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    1. Hope your New Year was fantastic, Nick Nack. Love you.

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    2. Love ya right back! <3

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  19. I love your family!!! Hope you are all enjoying your New Year! David said he saw your cute daughter the other day:) She is adorable! Love ya girl!

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