-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, July 25, 2014

Fly on the Wall: July 2014

Hey there!  Welcome to the July 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
Alex, the eldest (daughter, 20) She has a name!!
C., The middle (son, 16)
J., The youngest (son, 9)
Henry and Lila- The dogs

If you were a fly on our wall this month, you would have heard and saw this:

Pasta Mondays:
Pretty self-explanatory. Everyone can usually make it for dinner on Mondays and pasta is something we all like to eat.


Sitting at the table:
J.: "I love it when we have Alfredo sauce."
C.:" I love it when we have meatballs."
Alex: "I like the angel-hair pasta."
Me: "Well guess what? We're having linguine with red sauce. Stop dreaming and start eating."
***
Me to Alex: "You know, I'm implementing my grandmother's rule. If you can't bring back this Tupperware, I'm not sending you home with any leftovers".
Alex: "If I knew that's all it took to get leftovers, I would have put a box of Tupperware in my car for emergencies."
***
Alex: "I was invited to a friend's house on Monday. Can you make it Pasta Tuesday next week?"

Random Conversations:

Me: "I had that weird dream again last night. I was teaching and didn't have anything prepared for the first day."
Alex: "Mom, that reminds me. I dreamed you un-invited me for Thanksgiving. You said you didn't have enough money to feed all of us."
C.: "Both of your dreams are too boring. I think I dreamed about an Amish colony who built their houses out of bee hives and refused to wear pants."


***
C.: "Mom. I ate that whole bowl of grapes. I had a stomach ache after eating the first few. Ugh...(holding his stomach)
Me: "Why did you eat the whole bowl if you knew you were feeling that way?"
C.: "They were too good to pass up. I just ate a few, then rolled onto a few pillows on the couch. When it would feel like I had the room, I ate more. I did that all night until they were gone. It's called determination."
***
C: "Okay, I finished the chores dad left. Do you mind if I play Xbox Live with Al today?"
Me: "I guess that's okay. Do I know this Al? Is he from the robotics group?"
C. "Uh, no. It's your daughter. She's playing from her house. Really mom, have you already forgotten about her?"
***
My mother-in-law invited me to go to some antique/junk shops with her. I called my husband to let him know I was going.
The man: "Have fun!" then he added, "Remember though, don't get any more chairs. We have more than enough of them and you STILL haven't finished re-doing the others out on the patio."
Me: "Uh huh."
When my mother-in-law arrived, she asked what we'd be looking for that afternoon. I smiled.
Me: "Hmm. I'm thinking chairs."


The dogs: (Hey, my kids are hardly home anymore.)

I yelled a little too loud at Lila for peeing on the carpet. She ran to the basement and hid under the futon. We have wood floors with rugs. "Again? Why everyday? Why not pee on the easier-to-clean floors?" I ask everyone and no one at the same time.

Me: "What?" I ask, looking at the boys staring back at me.
C.: "Nothing. You just seem a little upset today."
J.: "Yeah, Kind of grouchy."
Me to the man: "Grouchy? I'm not grouchy. Do I seem grouchy to you?"
The man: "Let's just say there's not enough room under the futon for all of us."


***
Me to the man: "Who would have believed that animals would do just about anything for a silly snack?


Lila
Henry

The man: "Anyone who has seen you on Dunkin' Donut Wednesday."
Touche', Mr. Man. Touche'.

It's a strawberry-glazed, people.



Happy Friday, friends:) 
-Michele


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                          
Just a Little Nutty                                
The Momisodes                                          
Spatulas on Parade                          
The Sadder but Wiser Girl                                   
Follow me home                          
Stacy Sews and Schools                  
Menopausal Mother                          
Go Mama O                                    
Kim Ulmanis                                    
Dates 2 Diapers 2                        
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                            
Someone Else's Genius                         
Battered Hope                      

32 comments:

  1. I'll never miss a pasta Monday… even if it has to be a pasta tuesday sometimes. ;) And let's be honest, who wouldn't do a few tricks to get a nice powdered donut? Love the chairs. It's always nice to have extra seats for any.. friends that might also want to join pasta Mondays. haha. Love this post, love you! :)

    -A (I guess it's Alex now)

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    1. I love that I can call you by your real (?) name now. I love Pasta Mondays too. It's always good to see you and what ever stragglers you guys bring by :) I ran an extra 20 because Dad was serving up McMuffins today. I guess I'll never learn... I love you too, Alex. Have a wonderful weekend <3

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  2. TOO FUNNY!!!!

    You can never have too many chairs!! At least not around here. I am looking for a few that I can make over.

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    1. Stacy, that's what I say! What if you have visitors? They need a place to sit! I found those old farm chairs at a thrift store I'd never been to before. They're so interesting. They are small and are held together with wire. I can't wait to get at them.

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  3. "There's not enough room under the futon for all of us" - and THIS is exactly why you need more chairs - so they can sit on them in their secret hide-out ;-)
    I'm sure Pasta Monday is wonderful, no matter what kind of pasta or sauce you're making.
    Oh, and I would have fallen for this "Al guy" as well. Good one!

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    1. Right Tamara? Hahaha. I'll have to pass that one along to the man. We'll call them time-out chairs. I've come to enjoy Mondays much more with the anticipation of pasta!

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  4. Your family cracks me up! I have weird dreams too, and sometimes people aren't wearing pants. It's usually me, but there aren't usually Amish people in it.

    I would totally do the treadmill if I thought I could chase after chocolate! LOL.

    Thanks for giving me a giggle today!

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    1. Sarah, dreams and hopes of donuts are the only things that get me out of bed some days. ;)
      My dreams are usually pretty vivid, but people are usually wearing pants. I may have to check what my son is eating before bed!

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  5. No wonder I always take leftover pasta for lunch on Tuesdays (and sometimes Wednesdays). I didn't realize the portion size was that big. Alex better start bringing that tupperware back or we are going to run out of places to put the leftovers. One thing we can always say is we are well feed around this house (even those silly snacks for the dogs). You are rocking on the exercise program, so a donut every few days is no harm. As for the new chairs, I'm sure you'll work your wonders and find a spot for them. We can always use more seating areas :) Another great post and great illustrations. Keep up the good work!

    Love,
    -M

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    1. Wait. You're pro-chairs now? Hahaha. C. is knocking out the illustrations like nobody's business. What will I do when HE moves out? The pasta thing is no joke. How do we always end up with so many leftovers? If I made less, 4 other people would stop by; it's just that way.
      Mmm, donuts :)

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  6. As always you had me giggling through the whole post. I have to admit that my favorite is the comment about not enough room under the futon for everyone.
    I'm SO glad that Alex makes it home for Pasta Mondays and plays games with your son from her house AND comments on your blog. Lucky lady!

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    1. These days, I feel like we might need a bigger futon. Haha!
      Alex popping over on Mondays is a highlight of my week, honestly. Trust me, I'm counting my blessings. <3

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  7. Love the donut picture and the conversation about the grapes---hilarious! I love your family!

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    1. Haha. Thanks, Marcia. I will do almost anything for a doughnut; even sweat :) The middle child will eat grapes, no matter the consequences. <3

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  8. Stop dreaming and start eating - what a great line! I'll have to use that one someday! The grape conversation was funny too! Sounds like an entertaining and lovely family you have! Happy Friday!

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    1. You know what? Whenever I make dinner, my family tells me what else would be really good to eat. I came up with that comment to remind them to eat what's in front of them :) It is a fun family. Happy Friday to you, too!

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  9. Ahhhh....the dreaded disappearing Tupperware! I have 2 daughters out on their own now and ours is always gone! I do have to say, the oldest brought all of the ones she borrowed back last week. 2 grocery bags full!! But, it's a true blessing when the kiddos come back home for dinner. And laundry. 😉
    Let C know that I'm doing my best at 'determination' today also! Except mine is with blueberries. I will pay dearly later!
    Thanks for the giggles my FF

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    1. Yum. Blueberries are completely worth the stomachaches :) I figured you were probably the queen of returned tupperware! I bet you love it as much as I do to have the older ones back (minus the laundry). It means so much that you stopped by the blog, my FF. <3 you!

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  10. all those grapes...oh no...at least it wasnpt candy or chocolate.
    I hate missing Tupperware...my mom makes us bring our own during holidays.

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    1. Your mom is genius! That's a great idea.
      Yes, the kids are generally healthy eaters...It's their mother I'm worried about :)

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  11. You can never too many chairs.

    Is Dunkin Donut Wednesday like Pasta Monday (or Tuesday)? I'm moving in with you. ;)

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    1. We also have Pizza Friday. I know, not very creative...Pack your bags, girl. You're always welcome!

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  12. The one with you scarfing down the doughnut is awesome..totally would do that!! I love the one about the grapes and 'Al'!! ahahahah!!!

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    1. You can find me scarfing down donuts many days of the week :) I'm so glad to know there are others like me! Leave it to me to not even connect my two children hanging out with each other :)

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  13. Laughing. Totally freaking laughing at the Amish colony not wearing pants. And the strawberry glazed donut. I'd probably do the same thing! Donuts are awesome!

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    1. Hey Kim! I'm so glad to have you laugh along with my crazy family. We couldn't possible have An Amish colony be wearing pants not, could we? Donuts are here all the time. Stop by and have on or six. No exercise necessary :)

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  14. I can relate to the grapes and for leftovers -- my guests now know that they need to bring their own Tupperware. Guess that is a compliment??

    Carol at Battered Hope

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    1. Hey, if the guests have brought their own tupperware, they are definitely planning for some delicious food! of course that's a compliment :)

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  15. Great post. I love the last couple of pictures. That would be me for sure. I love your rule about the Tupperware. I really need to start using that one with my kids.

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    1. Thanks, Dawn. I love donuts; I don't know what else to say. Tupperware is a commodity at our house. At least, the tops-that-match-lids kind... :)

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  16. The grapes thing--I have done it before! Except not with grapes, but with much less healthy things. :)

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    1. Shay, Me too, Me too. Usually with Snicker bars, Hersheys, Godiva, Walmart chocolate.... :)

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