The Cool Kids

Friday, April 19, 2013

Fly on the Wall- April!

Hey friends!  Welcome to the April 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. Wha?? Oh yeah!

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

The Man
A., the eldest (daughter, 19)
C., The middle (son, 14)
J., The youngest (son, 8)
Henry and Lila (our dogs )

The Laundry:
The man: (folding clothes, looking flustered) "Is this your shirt or A's?"
Me: "It's mine."
The man (holding up unmatched socks) "Are these yours or A's?"
Me: "Those are A's"
The Man (holding up bras,  then throwing them down.) "Yeah. I'm not doing this."
A: (hearing the dryer "music" that signals the cycle is finished) "Mom, that song on the dryer stresses me out."
Me: "Why?"
A: "I always feel I have to take care of it before you do."
Me: "Well then, get up and go get it."
A: "I don't feel THAT guilty..."

The Dogs:
Lila, the huge beagle, has decided to sleep at the end of our bed. It takes her about three tries to actually reach the top. I figure she can stay, since she's worked so hard to reach the top... and the fact that her ginormous belly keeps my icy feet warm.

Me: (needing my sleep, man) "For all that is holy, PLEASE stop snoring!!"
Both the man and Lila wake and stare at me for all of three seconds. They both roll over and go back to sleep.

Me: (waking later) "What in the WORLD is that awful smell? What did you eat?"
Both the man and Lila wake up. Same stare, same result.
I need my own room. For some odd reason, I think both Lila and the man would be okay with that.

Me: (holding half of a flip-flop and a bone) "Henry! This is the second pair of shoes you have ruined! THIS is a bone. It is okay to chew. See? It smells like gravy. THESE are my good shoes. You. Don't. Eat. Them!"
J: "Mom, it's probably because your feet smell like 'Beggin' Strips."
C: "Or Snausages."

In the Kitchen:

J: "Mom, I set the table so it looks like we're in a restaurant."
Me: (noticing the silverware wrapped in napkins and the place mats lined up) "Hey that looks nice. Why did you set it up like a restaurant?"
J: "At the restaurant, you don't have to clean up after dinner."
J. had to create a recipe at school. He printed off two copies and put one on my open cookbook on the counter. It was for "Bacon Pasta." After listing the ingredients, "Bacon and pasta", he gave these directions.
1. Fry the bacon in a pot.
2. Boil them noodles. Stir well.
3. Spice it up. The end.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, people.

This month, your five "FLY"senses would have:

Smelled: Bacon Pasta and Wet dogs
Felt: my wrath after finding chewed shoes and poop that wasn't outside.
Saw: Scratched doors from the still-new dogs. They look like what you'd imagine people in coffins (who aren't dead) would leave. I think those marks are from the dogs. Who doesn't try to claw their way out of this house every now and then?
Tasted: McDonald's (on the nights we weren't eating Bacon Pasta) and apparently, my shoes.

and finally, heard:
The man: "Michele, Is it ironic that you used a Hershey Bar as a bookmark in 'The Hunger Games?'"
Me: "Nope. It's just the wrapper. I ate the chocolate. I was 'hungry'."

Thanks once again to the Fly's creator, Karen @ Baking In a Tornado, aka "The lady who supports everyone", 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...

Baking in a Tornado                                 
Just a Little Nutty                                     
follow me home                              
Stacy Sews and Schools                   
The Sadder but Wiser Girl                             
Menopausal Mother                         
Moore Organized Mayhem                 
The Insomniac's Dream                                  
The Momisodes                                      
Tiny Steps Mommy                                 
Outsmarted Mommy                              

I hope you find a moment this weekend to smile, my friends.


  1. I love to read you. I wish I could get you to post every day. You make me smile. You make me laugh. But best of all, you make me feel a little more normal.

    1. Thank you for those words, Karen. I wish I felt like I had enough to say to write every day. Hey, if you feel more normal after reading my posts, we were meant to be friends <3

  2. I swear, you are my blogger twin! My son, who is also 8, had to tell how we got and cooked a turkey when he was in Kindergarten. I'll have to find a picture and send it to you!

    And to further prove this blogger twin theory, I used a Reese Cup wrapper as a book mark for "The Hunger Games".....

    1. Must. See. The turkey recipe.
      Man, I totally would have used a Reese Cup Wrapper as a book mark. I love those things :) I think I'm the only person in the world who hasn't finished those books. I've got to get on it. :)

  3. ROFLOL!!!! LOVE THIS!!!!

    Y'know, my shoes are the only ones our dog chews on. Hmmm.....

    LOVED The Hunger Games!!!!

    1. What is it with dogs chewing women's shoes? I'll never understand. I was so mad; one of the pair of sandals was a pair I've had forever. They knew my feet!

  4. My dog has some interesting smells and snores as well. However I'm not the one who lets him sleep with us. Sometimes I think my husband lets him in the bed just so he has someone who snores louder and smells worse than he does!

    I have also used creative bookmarks, candy wrappers amongst them. If I ever get my review of "I Just Want to Pee ALone" up, you'll see that I'm using a Target coupon to bookmark it. No fancy bookmarks in our house, I use whatever is there!

    Thanks for the smiles! :-)

    1. You know, I break out in a rash or have an asthma attack with most animals. We made our bedroom off-limits. It lasted for all of two or three days. We are so weak. Our children have worn us down... :)
      Target haven't used them? I'm a terrible dog-ear girl myself. I agree. Use what you have.

  5. OMG Michele! I swear this is one of your funniest posts ever!! I seriously can't stop laughing over "What in the word is that awful smell? What did you eat?" and the comment about your feet smelling like beggin strips or snausages....oh Hon, you have made my day with this post--I'l be laughing every time I think of these lines. Brilliant post today!!!

    1. Thank you, Marcia. It was hard to find funny after the terrible week in the news...
      My spell check kept changing "Snausages". I'm so glad you got that line!
      Let's just say "What in the world is that awful smell?" was questioned MANY times before the dogs ever joined our home..

  6. Do you happen to live in my house? Well one less kid and one less dog but often the same results. I was laughing so hard at the laundry/bra comment. We only have boys but I know my husband would not be able to handle that either. Thanks for the much needed laugh.

    1. It's funny how there are constants in our families. This is why the fly is so we can say "Her too? Whew!" I felt sorry for the man and the laundry, but he should have figured out that all the cute underwear belong to the daughter and mine are all missing their elastic :) Thanks for stopping by!

  7. OK,the snoring might have been me but definitely not the smell. Was it worse than the wet dogs, bacon pasta or Snausage feet? I guess that is the price you pay for having a large foot warmer. Laundry time around our house is always interesting. Between games of "dodge the dryer" and "who does this piece of clothing belong to?" we all seem to have a lot of fun. Another funny post - keep up the good work!

    1. The snoring is almost as bad as the smell! Still reminded that it's all worth it. Thanks, man :)

  8. Double M... "For all that is holy, PLEASE stop snoring!!!" Please know that line brought a huge chuckle. Enjoyed this post very much. I soooo can relate to your dog situation: Ha!!!

    Have a great weekend, Slu

    ps: It's here: NFL Draft Week!!!

    1. The snoring is ridiculous, Slu! Someone needs to fix that pronto; we've tried everything! I think them man just wants to sleep in his computer room....
      NFL Draft week: Someone..PLEASE give us some good defense. Did you see we took the You-tube kicker and Akers? Hmmm.

      Hope your weekend has been great so far..

  9. While the dogs may be a handful, they sure do make for some funny blog stories. I too wish you could write every single day. I so enjoy your writing and look forward to the great belly giggles i know i will get each time. Also, tell the hubby you are not the only person to use a candy bar wrapper as a book milky way wrapper has been a wonderful tool for keeping my place in countless books. Just makes good sense.

    1. Dogs and Kids. Where would my blog be without them? I'm so glad you stop by to read and comment. It always means so much.
      Milky Ways...I need to make a Costco run for chocolate. Just think, I'd have enough bookmarks... :)

  10. Snausages and Beggin' Strips huh?? your son cracks me up! Thanks for sharing! :P
    Jae Mac, I'm Just Sayin'...(Damn!)

    1. Leave it to my son to pick out that my feet smell like Dog Snacks! You have a new avatar! I like it! I'm on my way over to your blog right after I catch up with my comments. Thanks for stopping by and writing. That means so much.

  11. I love this post. I know when I stop by your blog I will be leaving with a smile on my face, thanks for that.

    1. What a sweet thing to say, Dawn. Thank you for that. Thanks also for always keeping my family fed! Haha. Your recipes rock.

  12. LOL!! Loved all the anecdotes!! Your J and A are so funny!!

    1. Thank you Roshni. I have so much catching up to do. THe kids have definitely kept me busy..They all make me laugh :)

  13. LOL...I don't know what is funnier the laundry stories or the snoring stories. I mostly sleep on the couch between hubby and our dog, it's like the house is shaking.

    I should participate one of these days.

    1. You should absolutely come and do the FLY and the swaps again. I enjoy your posts a lot! The snoring...Ugh..I can't remember the last time I slept through the night. The world has to invent something to prevent those loud sounds...SOON!

  14. I just love the laundry story, and even more the comment about hers being the cute ones. How very, very, true! When we got married last year, my 16-y.o. was more worried about having to touch 'man-underwear' than about him actually seeing her stuff. She's been in a girl-only house so long that she couldn't stand the thought, and made sure that everyone knew she wouldn't be touching them. That lead to the first lesson of "Never EVER reveal a weakness to little brothers". I'm sure they'll box up some briefs for a birthday present for her some day!

    1. MAN-underwear. That is perfect! The little brothers will definitely be all over that. Tell your daughter to watch out! LOL. I don't think Mark ever minded folding up Little Mermaid underwear or tiny pink undershirts. Now that A is all grown up, he can't handle the fact that she's wearing anything that matches/is silky/has-the-word-push-up-in-it/comes from an actual underwear store. Boys...I bet your washing machine is keeping very busy these days! I hope you all are doing well. XOX


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