-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, March 21, 2014

Fly On The Wall- March 2014

Hey there!  Welcome to the March Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 13 awesome 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
A., the eldest (daughter, 20)
C., The middle (son, 15)
J., The youngest (son, 9)
Henry and Lila- The dogs

Food:

Me to the Man: "Didn't you just go to the grocery store?"
The Man: "Yes. Why?"
Me: "I don't see anything from the list."
The Man: "What list?"
Me: "The one on the chalkboard?"
The Man: "The chalkboard? I thought that was just for looks."
Me: "You thought 'granola bars and toilet bowl cleaner' was for looks?"
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A.: "Mom. If the cereal Gods were reading my mind, they would have invented 'THIS' cereal."
C.: "Who wouldn't want that cereal? It's crunch berries AND marshmallows. It's like Kindergarten crack."
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The man: "My childhood memories are shattered. Individually boxed Trix and Lucky Charms now come in little bags. There were times you could cut along the mini boxes and pour milk into them."
Me: "Yeah?" (I totally remembered that.)
The Man: "Yeah. You didn't even need a bowl."
C.: "Times are hard, Dad. I'll never experience eating cold cereal from a box..."
The Man: "Yeah. But you WILL experience being grounded."

Sleeping:

J.: "I don't know why I have to wear pajamas. If I go to sleep in my jeans and wake up tomorrow, I'm already halfway to being dressed..."
***
Me to the man: "I still can't sleep. Do you want to talk or something?"
The Man: "Can you talk to Lila or Henry? I'm really tired."
Me: "You want me to talk to the dogs?"
The Man: "Yes. I have to go in early tomorrow." He looks at me. "What? Talking to the dogs isn't weird or anything."
Me: (pulling the blankets over to my side while rolling over)"I know that! I talk to them all day long!"
***
J. has a friend over. He goes upstairs to get a LEGO figurine. His friend starts to follow him.
A few steps up, J. turns around to look at his friend.
J: "Oh, wait. You can't come upstairs."
The friend: "Why not?"
J: "Because it's a rule. That's where we sleep."
The friend: "Your whole family sleeps right there; at the top of the stairs?"


Revolving door:

C. had friends over last Friday night. We always order pizzas on Fridays because there's bound to be someone stopping by. Personally, I like to know where the kids are and what they're doing on the weekends, so it's not a problem. During the coming and going of teens, a new friend came over.

The new boy: "Thanks for the pizza, ma'am."
Me: Oh. I know you said 'mom'.  Ma'am is my mother-in-law."
The Man: "You asked him to call you 'mom'. Are you trying to be the cool-mom?"
Me: "No. I just don't want to be called ma'am. Plus, if you call me 'mom', I can give you chores. You'll be having at least three of those kids washing your car this weekend."
C.: (patting the new kid's shoulder). "Nothing's free at our house, man."
***

We have 106 places to sit in the house. I have one cream colored couch. Guess where the sweaty teenage friend with the bag of Cheetos sits?"
Me to C. (with that 'mom glare'): "Are you feeling lucky today?"
C. : (understanding the code) "Um, let's go downstairs..."
***
A.: "About the rule of staying off the couch..."
Me.: "Did someone spill something? Are there Cheetos fingerprints? I haven't had that thing scotch-guarded yet..."
A.: " Henry just jumped up there and I yelled for him to get down."
Me: "Well, did he?"
A.: "Yep. After he peed."
***

Things that make you say, "Hmm":

*After learning that I needed to stay away from sweets, 8 out of 10 people comfort THE MAN.

*I bought a 1000 piece puzzle. It's almost put together. I am waiting for Henry to poop out the corner piece.

*Now that we have teenage drivers with teenage driving friends, our driveway is an ongoing game of Tetris.

*I'm in the shower and ignoring J., who is knocking on the door. I can tell by the knock that it's not an "Our house is on fire!"knock, but more of a "Can I have a snack?" knock. After a minute, the knocking stops. I'm rinsing my hair when the laundry chute door flies open. J. has crawled through his bathroom and into mine via the chute.
"Mom? Is anyone going to drink that last gatorade?" he asks.
"You can have it" I answer.
What? Anyone willing to go to those lengths deserves a drink.

*Last puzzle piece. Any hour now...

Thanks once again for stopping by, and to the Fly's AMAZING creator, Karen @ Baking In a Tornado, aka "The Blogging Original", for hosting this challenge! Would you like to join in the next FLY challenge? Click on the FLY button on my side bar. Karen will more than take care of you.
Take a look at what the other bloggers have going on inside their homes. Go on! Leave them a comment. You know you want to...

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                
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                                      
Someone Else's Genius                          
Menopausal Mother                               
Pink Heart String                                     
Spinster Snacks                                              
Juicebox Confession                                 


Happy Friday, my friends :)


-Michele

28 comments:

  1. You ever get that piece of the puzzle? I'll need your address to send you that picture. I think it will look lovely next to all the formal ones.

    How grounded is Henry for peeing on your couch?

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    1. Henry is in so much trouble. Lila keeps looking at him and then me like, "You KNOW I didn't do that, right?" They usually work like a team. Hey, if that puzzle piece is intact...
      You know how my family takes pictures. Yours' will fit right in!

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  2. Still giggling at the puzzle piece and the laundry chute.
    My family has no idea what a grocery list is for. They think Mom's supposed to just know what we want and get it every week.

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    1. If you saw the chalkboard FULL of stuff we're out of, you wouldn't believe it. When the man goes to the grocery, it's all about snacks and drinks. That's why I love him :)
      a pet peeve? When I've gone to the grocery and the kids say there is nothing to eat... Ugh.

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  3. What the....you KNOW you can't have a cream colored couch until the kids are all gone and all you have is a tiny toy poodle, right? What were you thinking, Woman?
    I'd also be putting a deadbolt on that laundry chute :)

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    1. As soon as we brought that sofa in, I knew it was a bad idea...
      I need to put an alarm on that laundry chute. I was scared to death at first!

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  4. OMG!! Laughing SOOOOOO hard!!!!!
    The laundry chute is PRICELESS!!!!
    I agree with Lorinda!! My couch is dark green and it still looks awful from all of my kids plus all of their friends... A cream couch wouldn't last an hour around here.

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    1. We have microfiber sofas that are filthy from the kids/dogs. I don't know why I thought linen would clean up better. (It doesn't).
      That laundry chute has caused us a lot of grief around here. The lady who built the house told me her son tried to slide down it. I'm lucky it's still there!

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  5. I LOVE your family!
    You are a brave brave woman to own pets, kids and a cream colored couch.
    Get Gatorade on that chalkboard! Never would I have thought to use the laundry chute, brilliant!
    I might be inclined to pass on that last puzzle piece and draw your own. ;)

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    1. Gatorade is now on the list!
      See, drawing that last piece is what a sane person would think to do. :)
      I think I could have written a whole blog about "The laundry chute". Is that scary?

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  6. I raised 3 boys along with numerous dogs, a cat, 2 rabbits and a hamster...the couch LOL don't ask
    I need to borrow your kids, my FOTW post are getting boring.
    Dawn
    Spatulas On Parade

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    1. Hi Dawn. The couch was definitely not a "let's think this over" purchase. I learn something new every day :)
      You can borrow the kids anytime, but let me tell you, I have to dig deep for FOTW content!

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  7. OMG the story about the couch---YES!!! That always happens at our house. Now the "good couch" is the crappy couch! I can so relate to everything you said there about teens….. I think you an dI need a little vacation away from all this madness….

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    1. Hahaha. I keep trying to talk my daughter into taking the "crappy furniture" when she gets married. I don't think I could get all of the dog hair off if I tried!
      I'm up for a vacation any 'old day, lady!

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  8. At least someone told you Henry peed. My kids would just let it sit there until the stain set or I sat in it. It's a hard-knock life, I guess.

    You have a revolving door, too, huh? Mine is all week long. I've gotten to the point that I know each kids' knock so I just yell for them to come in!

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    1. I think the eldest told me so I wouldn't freak out and make every one come hope and give a urine sample!
      The revolving door was something to get used to, but now I'd not have it any other way. It's funny that you recognize "knocks". New people ring our doorbell, Old friends knock and great friends walk right in :)

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  9. Love the lives and antics of your family... wish I was there, girl! Thanks for sharing... I need to hear from you right now, more than you know.

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    1. Thanks, Stacy. It has been a really rough month or so over here, too. Please feel free to message me or email me/ words with friends me/ call me/ txt me!
      A. and I were talking about you today. Reminiscing. You should see her. She's all grown up. :)
      <3 you!

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  10. I don't think they should sell cream colored couches. We will always want to buy them cuz they are pretty so it would be for our own good!

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    1. I agree. This one has the cutest buttons on it! But, I should absolutely have waited about ...ten years.

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  11. So love the FOTW from Double M!!! Ha...

    Would love to see the "Completed Puzzle" with a red arrow pointed at a certain corner.

    As usual, lots of smiles with my coffee this morning, Slu

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    1. Hey Slu! The puzzle was beautiful, but permanently uncompleted :(
      I like your red arrow idea better than what I was originally thinking. LOL
      Smiling, man,
      MM

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  12. Scotchguarded couches - best thing next to chocolate, especially when your daughter spills a blueberry smoothie on your seafoam green loveseat. Actually, it might have nudged chocolate out for a brief moment right then.

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    1. Oh no, Ann! Blueberry smoothies? I feel so much better! Christian was trying to eat spaghetti on the new sofa. I think I may just give in and be that old lady who puts plastic on her furniture :)

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  13. I guess I should have figured out the chalkboard grocery list. If we really wanted to impress people, we would have put lobster and steak on there. "Revolving door" is right - I can't keep track of all the people who stop by now. Hopefully we get that cream couch Scotchguarded soon to protect it from all the environmental risks (teenagers, dogs, Cheetos, etc...). As for the driveway Tetris, you know how "animated" I get watching someone else play the real Tetris and put pieces in the the "wrong" spot. Well, driveway Tetris is about the same for me - "she parked THERE!". Another great post, although I missed the animations this time (I can imagine a great one with a shower and laundry chute). Look forward to the next one!

    Love,
    M

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    1. Right? Or put healthy things on it for company to see? Not happening :)
      I'm glad you're so patient with driveway-tetris. I'm also glad your'e spatially able to plan where to park. If you think about it, we're pretty fortunate to have the cars, family, and visitors to be able to play the game.
      No animations this week. Had to give the boy some time off.

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  14. OMG woman, I can't stop laughing, way too funny. Men and grocery stores don't mix, LOLOL. we tried to keep our dog off te couch...never going to happen, LOL

    Sleeping on the stairs, just too funny

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    1. The man doesn't love the grocery like I do. I need an online, cheap grocery store to do this family's shopping. I also need a proper vacuum to sweep up all of the dog hair. The dogs will never stay off the furniture; no matter how much i try to keep them off. They are permanently our family, so I guess that's what I assigned up for :) Hey, I'm never lonely! <3

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