The Cool Kids

Friday, August 23, 2013

Fly On The Wall- August!

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

The man
A., the eldest (daughter, 19)
C., The middle (son, 15)
J., The youngest (son, 8)
Our dogs: Lila and Henry

Why aren't we billionaires?: (convos from the living room)

C. : "You know you're grown up when ring pops won't fit on your finger. Where's a candy key chain when you need it?"
J. : "I think there should be a sport called 'Dance-ketball'. You could hip-hop to the hoop!"
Me: "You know how to hip-hop?"
J. : Well, I would fancy-dance with a partner. That way I could get double the points."
Me: (about fire safety) "We need a tube slide to go from your bedroom to the back yard."
A big old collective "No!"
Me:  "Why not? How fun would that be?"
A. : "First of all, the cold would get in."
C. : "Second, Hobos and raccoons might come in."
Me: "UP a slide?"
J. : "Plus, during a fire we shouldn't be thinking of fun things like going down a slide."

Outside, Inside.

Me: (to the man after shopping with my friend at a resale shop) "Guess what? I found a table to redo. It was 80% off! Isn't that wonderful?"
The man: "That depends on what it originally sold for. Should I guess?"
Me: "Nope. Just help me bring it in..."
Me: "Hey Honey? Your sister (from Germany) is coming over tomorrow. Don't you think we should mow the backyard?
C. : "Don't do it, Dad. She's from Munich. How does she know whether or not small trees grow out of fire pits and cement cracks?"

Dog TV:

Direct TV came out with a channel solely dedicated to dogs. It's intended as a bit of a babysitter while people are at work. The husband wasn't convinced at the $4.99 a month price.

I send this pic to everyone I know:

Lila watching Dog TV!!

 Me.: "It works! Lila loves Dog TV. We have to get it!"

Two days later I receive these pics from the man:

Lila watching CNN!

Lila watching Food Network. It's a Christmas Miracle!

My "Coffee Bean":

After the urging of many girlfriends and family members, I'm posting a photo of my newest baby. Her name is "Sophia". The man says that it's the ugliest car he's ever seen. It reminds me of my old Chevy Chevette. (Is that a good thing?) The two older kids are mad that it's a stick shift. My husband and daughter's boyfriend do not fit in it unless the top is down. But they all are happy that I can see over the windshield and touch the clutch at the same time. Moreover, they are happy because I am so very grateful for it. The color of the car? Espresso. Kismet?

The first day of school:

Well, I have a junior in college starting next week, A sophomore in high school and a third grader that, get ready for it....I'm homeschooling. Yep. That's almost all I have to say about that. The little guy has been a trooper; we really are going to have a lot of fun together.

C.: (to the youngest). "Being home schooled is going to be awesome. The only bully at school will be mom!"
The man: "Yeah. She's going to make you give her your lunch money."
Me: (to the youngest). "Don't listen to them. We'll have long recesses and field trips..."
C.: "I'd be careful. Mom is notorious for pushing kids off the monkey bars and giving wedgies..."

Lessons learned this month:

  • You don't have to be a student in this house to get a wedgie.
  • Hair appointments CERTAINLY can take 5 hours when you're chopping all of your hair off AND going back to your natural color (What?). So that covers about an hour and a half. Oh yeah, the rest of the appointment took place at the pancake house. God bless girlfriend therapy and strawberry crepes.

  • It's a sad moment when you hug your kids over-the-shoulder and realize they are taller than you.
  • Old dogs AND old ladies can take stairs two at a time when the pizza guy delivers on Fridays.
  • Neighbors that actually watered their gardens this year are good sharers.
  • Tears can be shed when the first Dunkin' Donuts opens up down the street. Sheer joy and perhaps dancing may also happen when the man brings Dunkin' Donuts K-cups home for you. Even better? Waking up to your third grader telling you that a dozen donuts equals 11. Yeah, that lemon custard didn't quite make it home.
***For those of you who have been wondering where I've been: I really have no excuse. I love and appreciate each and every one of my readers and online friends. (Yeah, I just used three 'ands" in my last sentence.) I'm just contemplating whether or not this blog has reached its natural end. Please know that I'm going to get to responding to your posts; past and present. Look for me to pop up to the top of your reading list every once in a while. Now that I've typed this, I'll probably become a daily blogger.

Rhetorical question of the month:

Uttered by my truly wonderful (and mostly helpful) therapist:
"What? You are homeschooling this year? Haven't we discussed your blah blah blah? Your youngest? Have you gone mad?"

Here's my check.

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                                
Follow Me Home                          
Stacy Sews and Schools             
The Sadder But Wiser Girl                              
Menopausal Mother                   
Moore Organized Mayhem           
The Insomniac's Dream                                  
The Momisodes                                      
Spatulas on Parade                      
Dates to Diapers                          
Sorry Kid, Your Mom Doesn't Play Well With Others                                  
The Rowdy Baker                                  
Trashy Blog                                       
Barbara & 1923     
All my sincerest wishes AND love sent your way,




  1. I love the new haircut! I love that you are homeschooling! A little wedgie doesn't hurt anybody :) Enjoy those kiddos at home!

    1. Thanks! Home schooling is a bit daunting, but the boy will rock at it. Wedgies don't hurt me one bit. Is that because I'm always the one giving them?

  2. Another great post. The new hair and car look great on you. I have to say, as much as I wasn't fond of your tin can (err, coffee bean, err, Sophia) you are right at home zipping around town in it. Smaller car, smaller car payment but big upgrade for you - good choice! I'm a little worried about riding in it with the top down in the winter. Maybe I just need to "Dino" it and pop my head through the top and be done with it.

    I think the key for Lila is anything having to do with food. Who needs Dog TV when you have the food channel? Yes, another school year is here and all three of our offspring are off to a great start. Mom and the youngest have been real troopers getting through their first week of home schooling. Just remind him that his only bully this year probably won't be making fun of his mom :) I'm sure there will be a lot of jokes about his dad, though.

    Love ya!

    1. Love that you're warming up to the car. If you put a hole in the top of my car I may have to drop you off at the pound.
      Your mama is SOOOO fat that.... Aha! None of that here! WooHoo! <3

  3. I showed my husband the picture of Lila watching the doggie channel, and he was (for him) amused. Then I scrolled down and showed him the next two pictures and he blew coffee out his nose. This is a miracle...he almost laughed!!!
    I, however, found it the funniest thing I've read today. She has eclectic tastes, your Lila.

    1. Lorinda, I was so proud of that Lila/Dog channel picture. I thought I had a little genius on my hands. Nope she just watches regular cable TV. We are a lot alike :) Coffee out the nose? Tell him "Thank you" from the bottom of my heart :)

  4. I love your car!!!! And I love your new haircut & color!! I am cracking up here over the dog TV. The pictures your Hubs took are priceless. Guess I won't be getting dog TV any time soon.... Love ya! XO

    1. Thanks, Marcia. Dog Tv actually was pretty relaxing...LOL The Man definitely won that round. Lila will be fine catching up on Days of Our Lives for me :) XOX

  5. LOVE the cute new hair and the cute new car!!! :D

    YAY for homeschooling!!! I hope you have tons of fun! :)

    1. Thanks, Stacy! I will be looking to you this year for advice! I hope I can still fit in some sewing time :)

  6. MUST you be so pretty?! GAH! You look FAB, dahling!
    I LOVE your little car!!
    You're awesome.

    1. Sarah. I love you. That pic was taken after four plates of crepes! Hahaha
      Come over, I'll take you for a drive!
      BTW, thanks for the sweet award. And tag. You rock xox

  7. Love your new hair.

    I love that the dog watches all TV.

    -The Insomniacs Dream

    1. Thanks, Starr.
      I think I'm going to hide the phone if she starts watching the informercials :)

  8. I have so much to say I don't know where to start.

    I love the hair. It is beautiful. You are beautiful. You could have chopped it with nail clippers and you'd still be beautiful (but don't try that, k?)

    The car is you. And I'm smacking myself on the forehead. Stick shift, why didn't I think of that, THEN I'd get a car to myself.

    I dropped my son off at college for the first time yesterday and cried. But that's nothing like the crying I'll do if you leave me here in the blogosphere. I've tried to be patient and give you time off, lots of time off. I know you're busy and now homeschooling, but quitting altogether is not an option. I hope.

    ❤ ❤ ❤

    1. You're always such an inspiration to me. Your son is in college!!!! I need to inbox you or keep up to read you thought on all of that. Alex is going into her third year. Ack! Where is the time going?
      I told you; a stick shirt for the girl who has crippled hands and feet. Of course I'd get the stick!! All of the cabriolets we looked at were sticks :(
      I adore you. I need to catch up on everyone's blogs and to find some interesting inspiration if I'm going to keep this up. Here I was, thinking this may be my last post and Voila! My inbox drops of my Sept. Swap Subject. There's that :)

  9. The car is adorable. :)
    And I <3 the hair!!!

    1. Thank you! I loved your hair too! It was literally a weight lifted off my shoulders.
      I'm loving my new car. Yay!

  10. even if you joing the secret swap and fly on the wall...that is better than nothing...sniffles.

    okay, hobos, racoons, wedgies, dog watching TV...all flipping love it...OMG...too funny.

    love the new haircut

    1. You are so nice to me, Karen. I will absolutely try to do the SSS and Fly on the Walls. I have been so busy (like everyone else), that I can't find any inspiration to write. I hope I will find my way soon :)

  11. I agree with Karen. At least do Fly and Swap or we'll miss you too much! :(
    I love the car and the new cut is fabulous!
    I've dragged home so many projects and tried to spin it past the hubby but he always busts me too.

    1. Thanks, Meg. I'm really going to try. I need to go back to school where they give prompts to people who can't think of anything to write! Thanks for the compliments. I'm so glad to read that someone else likes to hoard new projects. Yay!

  12. Well, I don't think you can do anything wrong! Love the hair and the Car, I need to get a stick too to keep Emily out of my car...UGH! Please don't leave the blog world, If you do then you have to send me emails.... Miss you lots....


    1. Brenda!!! I miss your face! Where have you been? Do not tell me Emily is old enough to drive. That kills me. Christian just getting his permit is sending me over the edge. In box me- Update me! I want to know all about your world <3

  13. Hair cut looks nice, the dog watching tv is funny and I love the new car. What is it?

    1. Thanks, Dawn. The car is a Fiat 500. It's a little cabriolet. You know the commercial that says, "The Italians are coming!!"? It's one of those :)

  14. I love the car, and the hair! Gosh, I'm never that cute when I go get my hair done. I usually take the first appointment on Saturday morning so I can just shower and go, but never dress cute and do makeup because I'm always covered in itchy hair after. I think you'd look cute doing anything!

    Don't leave!!! Have a great school year!

    1. Thanks, Hil. It's no bright yellow mustang like the kid from Sonic, but it makes me very happy.
      My hairdresser is also one of my dear friends. I ask her for multiple hour appointments so we can do hair AND eat. There's a bit of gossip mixed in there too...
      It took me a lot longer this time to get used to the natural hair color, but I'm getting there.
      I hope you are well. I have to get back on FB and actually be present there :)

  15. Awww I love the new car and hair do. I have all kinky, curly hair on my head now who knows when I will be to the salon again.
    And don't you dare stop blogging Michele.

    1. Thank you Barbara! It was so fun to have you participate this month in the FLY. I hope you do it again soon!
      Your kinky, curly hair is beautiful! I have Japanese hair mixed in with my 'regular hair". It makes for weird stylings. Usually it's stick straight or in a bun :)

      Thanks also for your kind words. I hope you are doing great!

  16. Your hair looks amazing! and I adore your coffee bean <3
    I will miss you if you quit :( not ready for the end yet...

    1. Thanks, Lily. The Coffeebean really is a great car. As long as I don't drive it on the snow or get in an accident, I'll be fine :)
      Thanks also, for that last sentence. Your world is full of count downs. How many paper loops are left :

  17. Well Mrs shelly bean/coffee bean! I am so proud and you look adorable!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy hannah..who ate all those crepes? That poor girl you were eating with..she only got that little plate with egg on it?? tsk tsk ;) Just kidding!!!! LOVED scarfing the crepes with you!!! Love your guts!! Hey by the way is that new lipstick you have on??? :) Looks awesome!

    1. Aw, thank you my dear hairdressing friend! I told you I'd post it all. I just needed a little push :)
      Hahahhahahahahaha! I absolutely looked at that photo and thought it looked like you were just eating the egg white. So healthy compared to my four crepes and plate of bacon! The new lipstick was a BIG change. Mark loved it ;) I love you!

  18. Love the hair, love the car and those beautiful boys.

    1. Thanks, K! The boys are getting too big, too quickly. Christian will be getting his driver's permit soon. Ugh. Thanks for responding to their pics yesterday. They both smiled at the remarks. :)

  19. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? They don't want a slide??? I'm the one that wants a slide down to the basement for when the tornado sirens go off. My husband thinks that the brick wall at the bottom of the stairs poses some unique issues that we need to address, I think he's missing the point. He's an ENGINEER for pete's sake, shouldn't he be thinking about this RIGHT NOW????

    The dog and the TV? Totally priceless... I giggled, a lot, when I saw those pics!

    I'm not sure what is more adorable, the car or your hair!

    Homeschooling... my hat is off to you. Good luck this year, you big wedgie giving bully! I really loved this post. You made me grin from ear to ear!

    1. Right???? Who doesn't want a slide? If I had one with a coffee maker at the bottom, all would be well in my world. Dang analytical husbands.
      I'm loving my car, but not loving that winter will be here and I will essentially be driving a sled...
      Wedgies all around, girl. I promise!

  20. Well... I checked my 'side-bar' and lookie who showed up (that would be Double M).

    A smile was the end result. Early morning coffee & a smile: tough to beat.

    1st: I have to get this in... Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, the 'ands.' Just sayin' :-)

    My favorite line: "Nope. Just help me bring it in."

    I love your 'Dog TV.' (or dog food network tv)

    I absolutely LOVE your new Car!!! You will have so much fun in it. Congrats.

    Your hair looks amazing and I want some bacon (for some reason).

    Good Luck with the "Home Schooling." It will be interesting to see just how many apples you might receive.

    So good to 'see' you out and about. Hope all is well. Keep smiling, Slu

    ps: can you believe it??? it's FOOTBALL SEASON again!!!

    1. Slu,
      Coffee and smiles do make the world go round...
      That piece of furniture wasn't embraced by all, but it will be in the house for awhile.. :)
      Tell me. Who doesn't love bacon with everything?
      Now, I have to remind the man to send his child to school with an apple.
      NOT writing for so long, was not on accident. (yeah, right). First NFL game tonight!!
      Detroit is not in the bottom five of at least two polls, so there is that. No Hansen, but Reggie Bush won't hurt one little bit.
      Are all of your pics in? Let the games begin!!!
      Smiling, MM

  21. Love the car, love the hair and love J's back to school outfit. I know you will have a wonderful year.

    1. Ann, you are so sweet. I saw that you promoted my blog. I love you for that. Now, I just need to write something. I have so much blog-catching-up to do. I hope your school year is off to a wonderful start. <3

  22. Replies
    1. Thanks! I need to see if your home addition is finished yet! We are at the beginning of a new school year. I'm hoping all is well at your house :) XX

  23. Oh my gosh, so many things! I LOVE your family's comments, I LOVE your dog "channel surfing," and I LOVE the coffee-colored car b/c I LOVE me some coffee! Also, I don't know what it looked like before, but your hair looks awesome! Definitely gonna follow your blog--love your writing style and pics! Thanks for that!

    1. Sorry about all the exclamation points. I get a little excited sometimes. Calming down now...calming down now...:)

    2. Shay, I am just now seeing this comment! Dang it. I'm sure it's because you commented twice that I thought I might have responded. You are adorable. I am ALL about coffee and making fun of my family. Please, please come back to visit! <3 Anytime


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