The Cool Kids

Friday, March 22, 2013

Fly on the Wall- #4

Hey friends!  Welcome to the 4th Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 11 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. How often can one say that?

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

The Man
The Eldest (daughter, 19)
The Middle (son, 14)
They Youngest (son, 8)
Henry and Lila (our new dogs )

At dinner:

The Youngest: (looking at his plate) "What IS this?"
The Eldest: "It's Chinese."
The Middle: (five minutes later) "What's inside these egg rolls?"
The Youngest: (whispering like it's a secret) "We don't know. It's Chinese."

In the bathroom:

The Middle: "Wow, Mom. Props to you."
Me: "What for?"
The Middle: "For cleaning the toilets every day. How are you doing it? The water is always blue."
Me: "Um, it's a tablet you put in the toilet tank. Should I be scared that you didn't know that?"
The middle: (walking away) "Wow. Just trying to give you a compliment.."

3 hours later.

The youngest: "Mom! Did you see the magic water in the toilet?"
Me: "It's not magic. It's a blue tablet and I...."
The youngest: "It IS magic!! Come look! I can make the water turn green!"

About my sleeping pills:

(Convo at dinner)

The Man: "BTW, Michele. You HAVE to go straight to sleep after you take those new sleeping pills. You just aren't yourself after you take one."
Me: "I try, but I just can't get to sleep. What do you mean by 'not myself'?"
The Man: "Let's see. Well, last night, you got up and made chicken tacos. 3 of them. At midnight. You don't even like chicken tacos, and you ate them all."
The Eldest: (nodding) "The other night, you made dad get you a big bag of Gardettos and you ate them in bed. When I tried to take them away, you asked me for a Hershey bar."
Me: "OMG. No Wonder my yoga pants feel tight! Are you guys messing with me?"
The Middle: (not even looking up) "You told me I was your favorite child."
Incredulously, I look to my youngest for some comfort.
The youngest: "What? You told me Happy Birthday. My birthday is in October. I didn't say anything because I thought you bought me LEGOS or something..."

Saving dough:

The Middle: "Mom, can I have another bag of chips? I'm starving."
Me: (cutting out coupons and feeling exhausted) "You know what? I told you were are trying to save money. Remember how we're trying to cut back? You guys can't keep eating everything in sight. Don't you know how much we spend on snacks? Blah Blah Blah..."
The Middle: (picking up and observing the NIKE box that was just delivered to our house). "Hey! Are these the new YOGA shoes you were searching all over the country for? The ones you said 'couldn't be found?"
Me: "Yes...They were a gift."
The Middle: "From who???"
Me: "Do you want Doritos, Cheetos or Chips?"

That awkward moment when: (new dog edition)

-your boys are laying in dog beds. They are doing this because the new dogs are lying in their beds.

-your youngest child asks you to use your indoor voice because the dogs are sleeping.

-you realize you have two new names to mess up when you are yelling for someone in your family.

-you realize you are using more FeBreeze than Pledge.

and finally,

That awkward moment when:

-your daughter tells you to not to freak out over your male dog showing his private parts every time the wind blows. She then proceeds to tell you that as a CNA she has been working in the men's unit.
"If you've seen one mom, you've seen them all." she says.
You don't remember hitting the floor..

Thanks once again to the Fly's creator, Karen @ Baking In a Tornado, aka "The lady who puts everyone first", 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 hook a blogger up.

Take a look at what the other bloggers have going on inside their homes. Go do it! Tell them I sent you. You know you want to...

Just a Little Nutty                              

Stacy Sews and Schools             

The Sadder but Wiser Girl                

Menopausal Mother                  

Moore Organized Mayhem       
My Brain on Kids                                                                       
Caramel Living

Happy Weekend, friends :)


  1. I just love how you make me laugh. And now you have two more family members, so I'm thinking you should be posting daily.

    I'm thinking you should have taken your sleeping pills BEFORE that whole last conversation with your daughter, maybe you wouldn't be tortured with remembering it. . .

    1. Karen! I Had to write that whole post over. I am so sorry it's late. You could tell by my e-mail that I don't enjoy letting anyone down.
      @ the daughter...Dear Lord. I almost died. She should still be a twirly little 3 year old :)

  2. I love getting these glimpses into your family life! We have the same situation here--I'm always complaining about saving money and how we can't afford things...and then my new gym shoes arrived...boy, did I catch crap for that, especially since I make the guys eat the cheap, generic cereals instead of the ones they REALLY want! I can also relate to the Febreeze thing---my pug is all over the place. But the worst of it is that he eats his own poop outside, then comes into the house to throw it up...eeeew! This was a great post, my friend--you always know how to make me laugh!! XOXO

    1. Thank you Marcia, I lost the post this morning and had to rewrite it. I'm sure I left somethings out, but this crazy is enough for now. When Henry starts to eat his own poop, he may have to be an "Outside Dog". ..Gym shoes will last longer than any chips or cereal right? Not that I won't be eating the chips and cereal. I completely will. :)

  3. Yoga is essential and I shall defend, yoga, and your right to it until the end!!! Haha, this is great!

    1. Amen, sister. I would be crazier than I am without the practice. Yoga, in reality, shouldn't include shoes..but my feet are too old to not slip around the mat anymore. Thanks for the back-up though, girl. And the nice comment. I always need that :)

  4. I completely understand the febreze comment. Your daughter made me laugh, but if it makes you feel better, just know it's all clinical to her. My good friend is a pediatrician, we're used to the fact that she sees things totally differently.

    1. I have to face the fact that she is 19 and is working in a medical environment, I just couldn't picture those words coming out of my daughter at the same time....If she decides to be a proctologist, we may have to leave the "work talk" at work :)
      I love when you come to visit the blog, Hil. Thanks :)

  5. I cant believe you have a magical toilet! Did you get it from Lowes or Home Depot ;) I really enjoyed when you realized bringing 2 more names into the house was a bad idea. I used to give my mom such crap about getting my three sisters and me confused and I cant even get 2 names right. Doh! Great post! I laughed from start to finish!

    1. Magical toilets are only magic when the boys actually aim for the inside... :)
      @the names: I know! I remember my grandmother never getting any names straight. I'm known for just yelling someone's name and having everyone look at me for eye contact. "Hey! If that's not your name but I'm looking at you, you answer!" Ah, it's fun to be a mom :)

  6. Hey Alex, from one CNA to anothere I agree with you! If you seen one, you have seen them all.... That just made my day. Because that is exactly what I say :) love you Toshi

    1. Toshi! She will be so happy to read this. I guess I should be happy that she said that because she is a CNA and not for any other reason. I was just shocked. Especially that she thought of all people, I was being prudish :) She's teaching me something every day.
      I'm proud of you both for all of the hard work you do <3

  7. That was a post worth waiting for! Love, love, loved it. Still smiling.

    1. Thanks Lorinda! Thank you also for the heads up today. I really appreciate you looking out for me :)

  8. Another great post. I'm sorry about the technical difficulties you had with it today - I guess technology lets us all down sometimes and it can be frustrating. In addition to the two new names, you forgot to mention the challenge of getting the gender right (is Henry in her bed?). The Yoga shoes look great on you and it sounds like they are working out well - glad we were persistent on finding them. Keep up the good work - we know you put a lot of effort into your posts and we are always proud of you.

    1. Sorry I was such a crazy lady about it, but...well you knew that when you married me :) I honestly don't think I'd ever been so upset@the blog.

      I don't know what it is about the gender thing and animals. I get it wrong every time.

      Thank you for the yoga shoes. You totally didn't get credit for that per my blog. I do love them. It's wonderful not falling on my butt. I do that too much in my every day life. <3 you, man.

  9. I so very much enjoy being a fly on thd wall of your home. This was another get post that gave me a much needed chuckle. Love you all!

    1. Thanks, Sis. Glad to make you smile. The kids are all so busy, it was hard to come up with things. What's with all this growing up stuff?

  10. This blog post is magic, this just made me snort my coffee!

    "The youngest: "Mom! Did you see the magic water in the toilet?"
    Me: "It's not magic. It's a blue tablet and I...."
    The youngest: "It IS magic!! Come look! I can make the water turn green!""

    1. Thanks, Shelly! He really makes me laugh out loud. BTW, your post yesterday was beautiful. It stuck a chord with me and helped me remember what I really started all this for. Thank you for that :)

  11. Double M... It seems like each week when I read your Blog, it brings back memories of when Donna & I had our "Motley Crew" plus 4 dogs in the house all at once. Pure Craziness. That said, it all equaled lots of laughs and I get that from your household... Dude(s) never let me down: always a smile.

    These days: Donna, myself, & the Tobster equal the sound of quiet... Ahhhhhhhh.

    Enjoyed... Have a great weekend, Slu

    1. Slu, You took the week off! I was so proud of myself for checking in on a Friday! It means that much more that you stopped by the blog to comment.
      I can't imagine having 4 dogs AND the kids. This has been a crazy week getting to know every one. Still, we're loving it.

      What is this magic word, "quiet" of which you speak? Is that a real word? I can't remember!
      Have a fabulous weekend, man; from our family to yours.

  12. Hi Michele, I love the conversations you have in your house. Sounds like my house when my kids were younger, I miss those days.

    1. Thank you Dawn. You always have such nice things to say. The kids always make me laugh; I can't tell you how much I need that :)


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