The Cool Kids

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fly on the Wall- September!

Hey there!  Welcome to the September 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


A., seeing the first NFL game of the season on TV, sighs: "Let me guess, there will be no going outside of this house until February?"
The man: "You can go out if you're going to get chips."

J. (bringing up the newspaper to his father): "Let's make our picks."
Dad agrees and starts marking up the paper with our initials.
The man: "Ok, who do you pick, the Lions or the Cardinals?"
Me: "The Lions of course. Don't you see my shirt? Don't you see Lila?"
The man: "So is your pick about pride or points?"
Me: "Both. I'm going (as always) with Detroit."
The man and J. look at each other and simultaneously say "Cardinals."
Traitors. (Cardinals win by 4) Boo.

Our own After School Special:

C. (has a few of his friends over after school)  "Mom!"
Me: "What?"
C. What's with all this fall stuff?
Me: (thinking to myself, 'If you're trying to show off in front of your friends, I'm going to beat you'.) " I worked hard putting that stuff' up. What's the matter with it?"
C. (in a smart a** voice) "Mom, I take pride at my procrastinating. I proudly say I get that from you. You know it always works for us. It's like 7 days before Fall. What am I supposed to do with that pride? What am I supposed to believe in now?"
Me: (looking over at the boys, who are clearly confused at our sarcasm) "Don't let C. fool you. This is all from last year. In 7 days this will all make sense. See, C., procrastination does pay off."


C. (leaving with those same friends) : "Bye Mom. I'll be home by six."
Me: "Okay, be safe. Make good choices."
C. "Is selling drugs a good choice?"
Me: "I don't know. Are they my drugs? Do I get a cut?"
I wonder if I'll see his friends again.

Tech Geeks:

The youngest has decided he wants to be an automobile modifier when he grows up.
J. : (on the computer) "Look, I'm modifying your car. The doors are going to go up backwards. I think it will be able to fly if you honk the horn. I'm going to modify it to have the seats made of bacon..."
Me: "You know what would be cool? If the seats turned around and a flat screen came out of the back. Then we could watch movies right in the car!"
J. "Um, I don't think that's very realistic, Mom. You have a really small car."
For those of you with iPhones, yesterday was a big day. iOS7 updates were available. Don't ask me what that means, but everyone was pretty excited. The eldest updated my phone and showed me hers while mine was doing its thing. 
Me: "What's the big deal? Is it faster? Does it hold more data? Is messaging easier?"
A. : "Yeah, Yeah, mom. It's all great. Check this out..."
She pushes the button and SIRI answers.
A.: "Siri, What is my name?"
Siri: (In her creepy voice,) "You're name is A., but you asked me to call you 'Super Master-Ultra-Mega-Princess-Buttercup-Wonder-Buns, The destructionator Mega-Master Druglord, 101."
The phone calls her that, every time she asks.
Yes, people. That is a smart phone being put to good use.

Home School, Old School:

Homeschooling the youngest has been a process, for sure. He is studying along with an online program called K12. I like it because it has a nice schedule, J. likes it because his online teacher is cute and has a good singing voice. It's amazing how he misbehaves one minute with me and the next, he's angelic with his teacher via Skype. All in all, we're finding a rhythm. A huge help has been my mother in law, who retired from teaching last year. Every Friday, she has taken J. for a field trip. They've been to the museum, the state fair and the zoo. Pretty awesome if you ask me. J. is allowed to count any field trip time as school. If he is at the museum, for example, that counts for art. If he's at the zoo, it can count for science. This got me thinking...
Could these ideas count as well?

Going to the dollar store for Circus Peanuts and Red Vines = Math
Folding Laundry+Sorting socks =Math
Baking cookies= Science
Reading the ticker on CNN (mom can't see that far) = Reading
Endless skill-building possibilities, my friends.
J. and I were huddled together in a booth at Denney's.
A mom and her children walked up to us.
The Mom: "Excuse me, I couldn't help but notice you two. Are you homeschooling your son too?"
I nodded yes, waiting for her next comment.
"We are just over at this table. We come to practice our Language Arts. We're studying predicates today."
Me (still nodding). "We came here to read, too. And eat".
The Mom: "Well it's nice to meet you."
Me: "You too. Perhaps we'll see you again..."
She goes back to her table and I look at J., who is still on my phone. He looks up and shows me the screen:
J: "So if you just clash these two wrapped candies together, that should get you to the next level of Candy Crush".
Yeah. Homeschool Rocks.

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                          
Stacey Sews and Schools               
The Sadder but Wiser Girl                              
Menopausal Mother                   
Moore Organized Mayhem            
The Insomniac's Dream                              
The Momisodes                                      
Spatulas on Parade                      
Searching for Sanity                     
The Rowdy Baker                                 
Writer B is Me                        

Get out and enjoy the beautiful colors if you can. Soon, it will be too cold to move :(

Happy Weekend, friends,


  1. As usual, I love your family!

    We just switched to DirecTV and got the NFL Sunday Ticket. I'm fairly certain my husband shed a tear or two.......

    He's also a Lions fan.

    1. Sarah! Kiss your husband for me. There just aren't enough of us out there. NFL Sunday ticket rocks, unless you're not a football fan...then it's just grounds for divorce.

  2. LOVE IT!!!!
    Yep, ALL of those things count for homeschooling! LOL A trip to the grocery store = math, economics AND home ec. ;)

    1. I'm so glad, because I see donut tasting in our future... The man says mowing the lawn can be PE and pulling weeds can count for agriculture. Yep, I'm going to love this! LOL ;)

  3. I love your sarcasm! It will def weed out the lame friends and keep the good ones hanging around :)
    I have a confession, I have never decorated for fall. I have been collecting wine bottles forever to do fun things with but it never happens...

    1. A, I only decorate for every stinking holiday because I was an elementary teacher. I have all of the stuff from those years, so I still use it. Fall is my favorite, so I don't mind that at all. Plus, Utah is one of those odd places where every one glues and glitters and decorates. Yes, we are also the state with the most women on anti-depressants. It all comes together like that :) Keep emptying those wine bottles. I bet you can make a cool stained-glass pyramid with them someday! <3

  4. I love hearing about your family! . . . janice

    p.s. my school didn't teach me about "predicates"--I guess we had to many students to get into the nitty-gritty of the language. Or maybe it's a newfangled word!

    1. Subjects and predicates. I don't remember that much either. THe kids are expected to hold so much information so much earlier these days. I'm telling you, the kids only remember the experiences. Art, music and play. THat's hard work, man! <3 you!

  5. I always laugh through your posts, but this time I also had a bitter/sweet nostalgic smile. Every single time my older son walked out of the house I used to say "make good choices", just like you do.

    Candy Crush should, without a doubt, be in the school curriculum. In fact, I think it should be a college major. Just don't tell my son I said that.

    1. I'm one of those crazy people that believe if I don't say it, something will happen. I know they'll make good choices and try to be safe, but my heart pulls every time the kids leave the house. I'm working on that.

      I'm telling you, had I grown up in this generation, I'd get nothing done. Candy Crush is ridiculously obsessive.

  6. We tease with the kids in such a way that their friends either think we're the coolest or that we need to have our heads checked. :)
    The bacon seats are the wave of the future. Love that brain of his!
    I'm liking your thinking about homeschooling trips. ;)
    I almost had a kiddo do K12 this year and fairly positive we will be next.

    1. I often think my neighbors or my old student's parents will come upon this blog and consider calling CPS :) K12 has been amazing. I used it in Kindergarten and now in third grade. It's a lot of work, but if one day my son can invent seats made of bacon, it will all have been worth it.

  7. Your family is so funny and adorable--it makes me want to visit you even more! But I just have to ask---can your son PLEASE modify my car with bacon seat belts? That would really come in handy if I got hungry during a long road trip!

    1. Bacon and road trips. What could possibly go wrong? You need to visit and soon. I could use a good laugh or fifty. I hope you are doing well :)

  8. Sorry, but when you are competing for first place in the MarriottHouse NFL standings you've got to go with your head, not your heart (or what your dogs are wearing). Would have loved it if the Lions would have won but got the extra win in the standings instead. Nice to see the kids putting their inherited geek to good use. I wouldn't be surprised if one day one of them does invent a flying car that also calls you silly names. As for the decorations around the house, I don't care what the calendar says, it's not a new season here yet until you've decked out the house. Once again, the house looks great and screams "fall is here" - just missing the candy corns (I know you are probably hiding them from me so they at least last until October).

    Love ya!

    1. Yes, well, when I'm watching Bruno Mars singing life at Met's stadium in February; you will be very sad. I'll be rooting on my Lions while you are home crying. But I'm not bitter. Ok, so that might be a dream. How about the rose bowl? We may have a better chance of landing there. But let me guess, you're rooting the buckeyes on now?
      Thanks for the compliments on the house. Nothing like a Michigan looking fall on the inside while it's 90 degrees outside in Utah.

  9. I always love reading your stuff, there's always something to make me laugh. I'm ready for fall decor, too. My husband brought me home a "peanut pumpkin" to get the ball rolling, but I think if I put it out now, I'll be tired of it too soon. Plus, something about temps in the high 90s makes me think it's not time yet.

    1. Hilarie, I love when you come by. Thank you for your support (as always) :) What is a peanut pumpkin? Do I want one? Do I need one? It is hot here again, but at least the calendar is catching up with my love of fall :) Now, if we could just skip winter...

  10. yeah my boys picked up my sarcasm talent early. sigh...
    And having homeschooled, ANYTHING counts as school if you write up it correctly :)

    1. Sarcasm is a sign of a true family. As long as it's not meant to be brutally unkind, I'm a fan. The kids make me proud. Haha. Can blogging count toward anything academic? I can barely type!

  11. Love reading about your family, as always. Love that your kids are taking after you... all three of them. Wish I was around to see it... someday, I hope, someday. And, I wish you the best in your NFL challenge, I, myself, only root for Michigan Wolverines, but, you kids have fun! Thanks again for sharing your lovely life... Miss you bunches, girl! Love to all!

    Hugs, Stacy

    1. Michigan is playing the night game today. I'll be thinking of you. We miss you and hope you are smiling, girl. ...and wearing blue and maize :)

  12. You are a dork. But I love it. Very funny!

    1. Hey loser, love you too. Last night was so much fun. THanks for being such great friends to the man and I. Next time, you can choose the red box. hahah

  13. Hey Yo"

    Loved it as usual... Love the Football Pics with the Dogs in "Gear."

    Brought a Smile to this Old Mug.

    Have a great weekend, Slu

    1. Slu, you are still undefeated...wahoo!!
      Today on the docket- Michigan wolverines. Night game. Fingers crossed.
      Hope you are enjoying your libations, the football pools and lots of smiles.

  14. Your family is just too awesome and funny, OMG...the make good choices ...and the small car....OMG...I want a iphone just to have SIRI call me "The One who is always right."

    1. I'm absolutely changing my iPhone name, now!! Thanks for stopping by, Karen. You always make me smile :)

  15. That's not's banter. Perfectly acceptable, and a wonderful way for kids to polish their wit!
    Just gotta say, you have one awesome mother in law. You make homeschool sound like so much fun I wish I'd tried it! Great post.

    1. Banter rocks, my friend. It's always a sad day when the kids catch up with you :)
      Homeschool has been a lot of fun and more work than I ever imagined..I think we're still finding our way. J's grandma has been amazing so far. They both enjoy the time together.


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