-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, August 21, 2015

Fly on the Wall: August 2015


Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the August 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:
Me
The man
Alex, the eldest 
Micah, Alex's husband 
C., The middle (son, 17)
J., The youngest (son, 10)

The fly on the wall was in a lot of places this month. The last bit of summer seems to have that effect on insects and people.

Sarcastic Convos and Dreams: 
Whether big or small, everyone had something to celebrate this month.

Micah, the son-in-law, was offered a coaching job at a local high school. According to him, a job pertaining to basketball is something that he has always wanted. (Well, besides having the undying love of his in-laws, but that's another story for another day.) Seriously, we are so proud of him.
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This is a panorama of Alex's new classroom. She starts her dream job of being a teacher on Tuesday! Of course she still has dreams of being a dentist, an acrobat, and a hot air-balloon driver. She would also like to be related to the man who invented cheese curds. One day at a time, girl. 

Texts from Alex during the week of her teacher training. She has just recently given up sugar and white flour (during the most stressful week of her new career.)

Alex: Mom. I'm hungry and the district is catering. My salad is mocking me.
Alex: Mom. They brought in bagels. And cookies. Is this a bad joke?
Alex: Errr. Pizza. You brought me up to never turn down free food, mom. Why is this happening?
Alex: Pasta today :(
Alex: I'm feeling better. Confident. I can do this!
Alex: Ok. The freaking Waffle Cart is here!!! 
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C.'s dream came partly true this month. He wants to finish school and become an astronautical engineer. He spent the better part of our trip to Florida at the Kennedy Space Center. 
One day, he will be an employee.

C. says that he would drive this van and tell people he manned a vehicle for NASA.

He also said he'd even work the grill at the "Orbit Cafe," a restaurant at the space center. 

C.: "I'll tell everyone I work for NASA. I'll say, "I'm pretty important. Without me, NASA wouldn't even function. You could say that NASA runs on my work. The instruments I work with get pretty hot, but it's a sacrifice I make daily for America.'"

C. in the hotel with his 9 dollar space blanket. Sucker.
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J. has dreams too. He wanted to see a spacesuit. He wanted to live in Canada. (Don't ask.) He wanted to stay up all night and watch the Food Network. He wanted to fly on an airplane long enough to finish a movie. Oh, and he wanted to eat a pretzel as big as his head.
He almost got it all.
Who needs the Space Center when you can pose with a familiar name?

Canada ala' Epcot Center

Pretzel. Check.

J.: (on the plane): "You know what? I'm going to tell my wife to drive the kids when we go on vacation. I'm going to tell her I'll fly and meet her there. We probably won't fight that way."
C. : "You probably won't have a wife that way."

Finally:

The man: "Our anniversary is coming up. It's a big one! What are you thinking you'd like?"
Me: "Something big and shiny."
The man: "Something that will make people ooh and ahh?"
Me: "Yep."
The man: "Something bigger than your current ring?"
Me: "Um, yes!!"
The man: "So we're on the same page?"
Me: "After all these years, I certainly hope we are!!"

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Yes. Yes we were.
Happy Friday, Friends! 
-Michele

Don't forget to check out the other participants of this month's fly!

Baking in a Tornado                          
Spatulas on Parade                          
Follow Me Home                          
Menopausal Mother                          
Never Ever Give Up Hope                                   
Just a Little Nutty                                 
The Momisdes                                       
Someone Else's Genius                           
Sanity Waiting to Happen                                  
Southern Belle Charm                      
Searching for Sanity                       
Juicebox Confession                             
Go Mama O                                           
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                                          


28 comments:

  1. Still want to meet the cheese curds man. Such a great blog. So proud of our family and the awesome things this next month will have for us! Keep blogging awesomeness. We love you! ❤️

    -A

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    1. I know you do! Thanks so much for everything, Alex. The only downside to this month? I wish you would have been able to come with us to Florida ;(
      I am so proud of everything you're achieving. All the luck finding the cheese curds guy. He probably lives with the gingerbread man <3

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  2. Congrats to both Alex' and C!!!! Oh that looks like a great pretzel...I would need to dip it in honey mustard though. I love that you both wanted the same gift...looks like a dream of a fridge/freezer

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    1. Thanks, Karen! That pretzel lasted him forever! He was in heaven.
      Mark and I have been together so long, appliances are the new jewelry. LOL

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  3. Something big and shiny - lol! Love it! Happy Anniversary and congrats on the exciting job news in your family!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy!! Everyone here is growing and changing. Although I'm thrilled about all of that, I do wish time would slow down just a bit. <3

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  4. Wow!! That is certainly a gorgeous fridge!!
    Happy Anniversary!!!
    Congrats on Alex's new class! That is wonderful! I can totally relate to the sugar struggle, we gave it up almost a year ago too. I think the waffle cart might have made me crumble and snarf all the gluten I could. High five to her will power!
    I'm so glad the boys checked some major goals off their list this summer too. Sounds like you all had a blast this month!

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    1. Meg, people shouldn't get as excited about new fridges as I did. I love it. I love that it ACTUALLY makes food cold. Imagine that!
      We've been doing low carb together to get my sugar levels down. Pretty successful so far. The waffle cart would have brought me to my knees!
      It was a good month <3

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  5. Happy Anniversary and well, it is bigger than your ring?

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    1. Thanks, Minette! Hope to shout! It is bigger than my ring. Haha! And it has food inside. What more could a girl ask for?
      <3

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  6. Sounds like you all had a fun summer and took some interesting trips.
    Love your anniversary gift. I got the same thing. Mine already has 2 dings in it. Damn kids!

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    1. 2 dings already? oh man! We were getting tired of the old one leaking and not keeping anything cold. I know, that's a lot to ask of a refrigerator. It was just as tired of us as we were of it.
      :)

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  7. It has been a summer of dreams come true. Micah is going to make a great coach and happy he found that opportunity. And of course, Alex is going to make a great teacher and have a positive impact on so many lives just like her mom did. She has worked so hard to get where she is and we couldn't be prouder of her. Both boys had a great time in FL, it was nice to see their excitement each day. I'm sure C will be doing some big things in a few years as he follows his dream, even if it means he starts out working in the cafe or driving the van (somebody has got to do it) to get there. And for J, a pretzel and he visited a much hotter version of Canada than the real one? That's a big deal for a 10 year old. And finally that big shiny anniversary gift. Yes, it is a big one (anniversary and gift), but is something we both greatly appreciate as you like to make food and I like to eat food. Thanks for the great Fly on the Wall post.

    Love,
    -M

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    1. Another busy, quick month. I'm glad we found the energy to make it through. I'm super proud of the kids. If C. ends up cooking for a living, you KNOW I'll be good with that. Maybe he can learn to make pretzels...
      <3

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  8. As always, I love this little visit with your clan! Makes me miss you all the more! Congrats to Alex and Micah! And, what great dreams your kids have... you raised them well. I think you should have gotten a spare blanket for the fabric... it would make a stylin' little frock... lol. Happy Anniversary to you and the Man! Love your new anniversary gift... what a lovely bauble. Love to you all, girl. --Stacy

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    1. Stacy, I can't tell you how good it is to hear from you. A downside of not being online is that I miss talking with you. I have to remedy the situation.Thanks for the kind comments. DO you think C. will mind if I steal that fabric? LOL
      We live in an older house. You wouldn't believe the trouble we had to go through to find a small fridge that would fit in that space. I'm very happy with that shiny guy <3

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  9. LOVE that new fridge! Wow--your son looks just like you---what a cutie! That NASA "van" would make a lovely RV for me and the Hubs when we make our getaway in about six years…… Love you! XO

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    1. The son with a face full of pretzel? Because that is how I look at least three times a day! That NASA van was huge!! Start saving your pennies, it may be on eBay soon! Love right back at ya!

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  10. Incredible fridge! What great dreams the children have -- sounds like they put some thought into it.

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    1. I'm really happy with the fridge. Our old one was a hot mess. The kids are creative dreamers, for sure :)

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  11. A teacher, a coach, an employee for NASA, a fantastic trip to Disney, AND a new fridge?? Seriously? All I got in August was a cool coffee mug and book! hahahaaa!!
    Love this post! How proud I am of your cute lil fam! You did good guys!
    Congrats to you ALL and a VERY Happy Anniversary to you cRaZy kids! ❤

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    1. Hey, that mug and book sound like FANTASTIC gifts!!! LOL. It was a really happy August for us. We need those once in a while, right? I miss your face!
      <3 <3

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  12. Now that is a shiny fridge. I also think I must now put "eat a pretzel bigger than my head" on my bucket list. That is a lofty aspiration to have and I'm jealous your little one has done it before me.

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    1. "Eating a pretzel bigger than your face" is actually closer aligned with all of our family's dreams. We love food. Thus the fridge :)
      Now to find big pretzels...

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  13. Your fridge is so shiny and pretty! Happy anniversary! Did you get cake, too?

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    1. It was shiny when it first came to the house...LOL
      No cake. Our anniversary fell on the first day of school. We may have eaten a PB and J. Can't be sure.
      Hope your birthday was a happy one <3

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  14. NASA? dream big or go home!!
    LOVE the fridge... I'm jelly

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    1. If you're going to dream big, I guess NASA is the way to go!
      Thanks on the fridge. We really like it <3

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