-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 19, 2014

Fly on the Wall: December 2014

Hey there!  Welcome to the December Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 14 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

Making the Olive Garden all it can be:
Alex to the Man (both are breadstick lovers): "You know what they need, Dad? They need a buzzer. When we get to that last breadstick, when our hand just touches it, the waitstaff should hear a buzz."
The Man: "Yes! Once we lift the breadstick to our mouths, the buzzers should become louder and louder, like a warning signal."
J: "Yeah! They could give off electric shocks!
Alex: "Wow. That escalated quickly...But, it might just work."

Naiveté you say?
I went with the teenager to pick my youngest up from school. There were four kids in the in front of us and they were playing instruments. IN THE CAR!
Me to the teenager: "Isn't that the oddest thing? What kind of teens play clarinets in their car?"
My son: (rolling his eyes) "None. Mom. Those are NOT clarinets. Those are hookahs."
I looked it up. He was right. I'm 100 years old.

Christmas time is near:
After 10 years, I finally run out of wrapping paper. Now, my husband's Christmas present looks like he will be celebrating his sweet 16. Or his diamond anniversary.

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Alex to me: "Mom, I really didn't think this through."
Me: "What?"
Alex: "Being married. I just realized I won't wake up here on Christmas morning! I don't know if I'm ready for that."
Me: "Well, you two are welcome to sleep overnight here on Christmas Eve."
Alex: (relieved) "Oh. Okay!"
Me: "Um, don't you want to talk it over with your husband, first?"
Alex: "Why?"
***
Go, you chicken fat, go away:

We changed the dog's vat-o-food bucket to tiny, individual bowls. We're feeding them twice a day and walking with them each morning. Poor Lila. She loves to walk. She loves the whole pomp and circumstance of getting her leash, putting her coat in her teeth, getting to the door, and heading out. First though, I have to put on her coat. Each time, I velcro the first piece around her neck and she pants at me like we're BFFs. It's not until I go to put the large velcro attachment around her belly that she looks away. Each time, it's still a bit taut. She won't make eye contact with me. It's like I'm not even in the room. Once on, Lila heads out the door like nothing shameful has happened. We have the same soul. Together, we're going to work on it.

Not related: New lesson learned: Don't stuff stockings with dog treats and expect the stockings to neatly stay in their place.
Lila: "I'm not ready to talk about my figure right now. I am willing to talk about bacon, though."
Henry felt left out of the photo session.

Finally:

A fly on the wall would have seen me beaming with pride over the people up in that photo. The kid in the plaid has been singing his heart out in his school choir. The girl in pink? She just put away another successful semester of college. The young man in the tux just finished his winter band concert and was elected president of his high school's MESA program. The man? He holds us all up. I've said it a million times, the accolades are awesome, but the fact that those people up there are kind, supportive AND hilarious? Well, that makes my world go 'round.

Happy holidays, friends  :)
-Michele

Fly on over and check out all of this month's participants:

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                          
Battered Hope                            
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                                 
Juicebox Confession                    
Risa Nye                                     
The Bergham's Life Chronicles               
Cluttered Genius                                    
              

30 comments:

  1. Clarinets Really! You need to come hang out with me...lol Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I like the way Alex thinks.....

    Love ya Brenda

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    1. Alex is truly a mini-me. Brenda. I had no idea. I didn't even think things like that were legal. Look what living in Utah has done to me ;)
      Have the most wonderful holiday, my friend. I miss you so very much <3

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  2. I love the look on Lila's face.

    Hookahs in the car and high school students - I didn't realize I had become that sheltered. Don't know if I am ready for another high-schooler.

    Merry Christmas to your family.

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    1. Merry Christmas to you too, Ann! I was picking up J. at elementary school. The kids were parked in the parking lot. I can't believe I was so naive. Still, it doesn't seem like that was the most appropriate place to be doing that...I should research it more. I don't know if it's even harmful. Oh, Lila. She is my soul sister.

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  3. I LOVE this monthly peek into your life.
    Clarinets in the car. Lol. I probably would have thought the same thing.
    You have such a beautiful, sweet family. There is much to be grateful for around your tree this year. <3
    You can do it Lila! I love her in her pink coat!! ... and Henry in his big awesome ears. What fabulous walking partners you have.
    I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year!

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    1. Thanks, Meg. I still think they looked like clarinets :)
      I am so grateful for my family, friends and blog friends this year. My heart is full.
      Lila is going to be working hard at trimming down that tummy; Henry just loves to be by her side. I hope your Christmases beautiful, Meg! ps. I also hope my comments posted on your blog!

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  4. The pic of your family and your pride when introducing them all gave me chills.
    And the doggie stocking thing, well . . . lesson learned. Guess you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. Wait. . . was that rude? Didn't mean to be rude, you old dog you!

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    1. Karen, those crazy kids up there are my world; I know you understand that.
      The dog thing; I will never understand how Lila can sleep for two hours without moving, yet be able to jump high enough to pull down a stocking. Part of me thinks, when I'm not in the room, Henry jumps on Lilas back and they steal all sorts of things. Partners in crime.

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  5. You have a beautiful family and it shows! Your daughter sounds like she has trained her hubby well. The Christmas wrap -- I had the same thing happen this year and didn't bother buying more -- it's what's inside that counts, right?

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    1. Haha! Alex and her husband are adorable. She did, inherit the "decision making" gene :)
      I would have wrapped the gift in newsprint if I could have even found that, but this year, that pretty paper will do. You're right. What's inside is definitely what counts. :)

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  6. What an absolutely lovely family you have! I can definitely understand your pride in them.

    I had a wrapping paper issue with The Hubby's gifts... I had Scooby Doo and Frozen left over. I had to run out to Target! LOL

    I can empathize with Lila. Let's talk about bacon. ;)

    Always love your Fly posts!!

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    1. We ended up running to Target for more paper, but Mark's present just looks too pretty to re-wrap. LOL. Let's ALWAYS talk about bacon <3

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  7. Oh Twinnie! I love our little families. One day, they shall all come together and meet. lol Pi likes to fight me when I put his leash on him, then he likes to "walk" himself, meaning he holds part of the leash in his mouth while he walks around. Dogs are funny...... ♥

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    1. I love our families too, Twinnie. We will absolutely meet, and it will be epic.
      Lila and Henry would love Pi!
      <3

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  8. I love the Olive Garden story, and yes it did escalate quickly. LOL
    Sweet doggies. Beautiful family.
    But wait! You JUST ran out of paper? Ten years? wow

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    1. Everything escalates around here when the family is talking about carbs.
      Olive Garden just happens to be the place where I can either take the hubby or the daughter, but not both. They fight over the breadsticks. It's hilarious.
      I always buy wrapping paper and have too much. I decided not to buy anymore until I ran out. I just didn't realize the wrapping paper we had left was birthday and anniversary paper :)

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  9. Your family is just gorgeous. :) And I've been known to use the comics as my wrapping paper!

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    1. Thank you, Lydia. I think they're pretty great.
      Comics make great wrapping paper! So do paper sacks. I just was too lazy to search it out :)

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  10. In Utah... of course the go-to thought would be clarinets. Psh. Only naughty adults would see hookahs. Santa will be nice to you this year! :)

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    1. Hahhahaha. You're talking to a girl who came from Michigan. I thought I'd seen it all. Just say no, Robin, to flavored smoke. I have asthma, so I've never understood even the e-cigarette thing. But dang, those are huge to just be carrying around...
      Santa will probably be bringing me some sort of clue...

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  11. OMG dying laughing over the Hookah comment! CLARINETS!! This is why I love you so much. And your family is beautiful---including the sweet fur babies. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! <3

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    1. Thanks, Marcia. It's been a busy year at the house. My family is everything. I thought hookahs were for home use. LOL
      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to YOUR beautiful family as well. Love you right back <3

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  12. I still like the "buzzers for breadsticks" idea but don't think it would fly - people would love to eat there but no one would want to work there. As for the wrapping paper, yes, I swear at one time we had enough to wrap the entire house so the fact we used all that up is very impressive. Both Lila and Henry are "outgrowing" their coats. The new diet and daily walks will probably help, but it is hard to stop spoiling them with the extra "treats" we like to give them. They seem to have a knack for giving you a good guilt trip. Those four people in that last photo have a lot of pride in the author of this blog and are thankful for all she does for us. Thanks for another funny post and all that you do!

    Love,
    M

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    1. I think a good solution would to bring more than four breadsticks to a table of five....
      The wrapping paper; you wouldn't believe my face when I found out I was out. Remember all the stuff we bought from school? Running out of tape makes sense, but... Well I'm glad we hit Target. We'll be set for the next long while. We have to keep Hen in shape. Lila, she's JUST a shape. Thanks for your words. And for standing next to me in this world. <3

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  13. The buzzer idea is genius Michele! They should submit that to Olive Garden and see if they get some kind of prize/kickback for that. Umm Lila and Henry look fabulous for the record.

    And what a beautiful family you have-I can feel the pride you have for them shining out of this post for them. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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    1. Can you imagine, Jenn? The waiters would be throwing breadsticks at us. ;)
      Lila and Henry are perfect to me, the vet just doesn't agree...
      Thank you for your beautiful sentiment about my family. They have my soul.
      Happy Holidays to you and yours. I can't wait to catch up with you in the new year <3

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  14. I Love that she wants to come back home for Christmas, but her poor hubby will be out of the loop...LOL. those bread sticks ARE addicting...love how quickly it did escalate, just too funny. that last pic is awesome...what a great family, congrats.

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    1. Hahha, Karen. The son in law ended up having a blast. The breadsticks. The kids are still talking about ways to improve all of it. Maybe one day, one of them will work for the company and make a difference :)
      Hope your holidays have been fabulous!

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  15. Hookahs??? I had to look it up, too - they look nothing like clarinets to me. Kidding aside: you're not telling me that the kids in the car were smoking pot?

    So did Alex and her hubby end up having a sleepover at your house? My money says yes :-)

    Happy new year, Michèle & family!

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    1. Hahah! I hope not, Tamara. But, it certainly doesn't look "normal". LOL
      Happy Happy "More than a few months later" new year to you, my friend <3

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