The Cool Kids

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fly on the Wall-October!

Hey there!  Welcome to the October 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. 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

If you were a fly on the wall at my house this month, you would have witnessed all kinds of GOOD and BAD news...

I'm obsessed with crossword puzzles. Every night I try to do a few; just to see if my brain still works. One night, I checked the next puzzle (in order) and it was completed with letters that didn't make any sense. I looked at it for a minute before figuring out that J. must have filled out a page by himself.
The good news-
*I'm not quite as crazy as I thought.
*I can confirm that crosswords should always be done in capital letters.
The bad news-
*My son may be dyslexic or a coding magician.
*My son doesn't know who wrote "The Raven".

Birthday Boy:

 Portal- "The cake is a lie."

It was J's birthday last weekend. He turned nine and said it was his best birthday ever.
The good news:
*I scored major points making a portal cake. I had no idea what that was, but apparently, I follow decorating directions well enough.
The bad news:
*C. and A. were AWOL for the day.
The good news:
*They both called to wish J. a Happy Birthday.
The bad news:
* I got yelled at by the middle child because I never made him a portal cake.

Yep, my son scored for his birthday in the Lego department. (Because he didn't have very many ten million to start with...)
The good news:
*We surprised J. and his friends by visiting the new Lego store in town.
*J's friends surprised him with the Lego Sets he's been begging for.
The bad news:

 *Mom is an OCD freak who has to make sure all the pieces are accounted for before building sets. (She's a real drag.)

*Mom found out that being OCD is FABULOUS fun and sorting Legos by color and shape rocks. This unintentional finding gave the boy one less Lego set to build.

New loft beds for the boys:
Two boys sharing one room can be very trying when one is a teenager and the other is not. We decided to build the boys lofts so they could take advantage of having more space.

The good news:
*The lofts look amazing and we're all still alive to tell the story of building them.
*It's so nice to have things a bit more organized.
The bad news:
*IKEA's directions were a bit difficult for this spacial genius and I almost was built into the desk that accompanies the loft.
*It's not any fun listening to my children joke for the rest of the day about how I should be on the shows , "I Shouldn't Be Alive!" or "127 hours."
Quote from Jo, "Life Alert! I've got my head stuck in a table and I can't get out!"
Quote from C. "Has this ever happened to you? Of course it hasn't. Who drops a desk top on their face?"
The better news:
* How awesome would my obituary be?
*All of the teasing may or may not have resulted in a few loose screws. Allen wrenches aren't perfect, you know.

Are you ready for some football?

We're not sure what exactly inclined us to invite our best friends over for a great game of Lion's football; especially when aforementioned friends are green bay fans. (Yeah, I can't capitalize it.) But we did.
The good news:
*They ARE our best friends, so there was a lot of food, kids and cheering to be had.
The bad news:
*The cheering wasn't from us. We were missing our key player, Mega-tron. Our Lions didn't roar.
*I love my friends a bit less than I love my Detroit Lions...
*Final Score: Detroit 9, green bay 22.
We'll see them back right here on Thanksgiving day!

Finally, A few of my favorite quotes from "Homeschool":

J: "Mom, I'm supposed to imagine myself in a story, but this one is a scary story. Is it okay if I put C. in it instead?"

J: "This says there is an amazing singer in Seattle. We should go."
Me: "Why do you want to go see a singer in Seattle?"
J: "Not for me mom, for you. There must be something really special about that sewing machine..." (Singer, get it?)

J: "They actually put eggs in their paintings back then? (fresco) That's gross. Scrambled eggs are nasty even a little bit cold. Those places probably stink!"

J: "I may change my idea about who I want to be when I grow up. I just can't make up my mind..."
Me: "You know what? That's okay. I think about doing something new every day"
J: "You're lucky, Mom. You're a grown up and can be ANYTHING you want, any day."

Epiphany. Thanks, J.

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                            
Spatulas on Parade                      
The Rowdy Baker                                  
Trashy Blog                                       
Dates 2 Diapers                            
Sorry Kid, Your Mom Doesn't Play Well With Others                       

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

Happy Weekend, friends,


  1. You do love your crosswords. I think J. was just trying to help you out a bit since you had so many. The Portal cake was a big hit along with all the other B-Day activities - thanks for all you did to make it such a special day. Glad you survived being attacked by that IKEA furniture. Putting that stuff together can be dangerous sometimes. As for the Lions, yes, I think things will be different on T-Day. Let's hope they still have more than pride to play for by then. Thanks for sharing all these memories. Love, M

    1. Putting stuff together from IKEA should be a real excuse for divorce. Not that we could divorce over THIS one, but that hutch thing downstairs almost did us in :) I forgot to add the awesome Chuck E. Cheese picture of you. Man, hindsight.... The Lions better have more spunk than the Tigers have had lately. After that overtime Michigan game, I may have to give up sports altogether...I still don't understand the portal cake, but hey, he was happy and C. was jealous. Doesn't that keep the world spinning?

  2. I think I may have accuse tally hit the sign out button instead of publish.
    I have too dropped a bed on my head and somehow managed to busy a hole in the wall at the same time, clever I know..,
    I love the youngest kids sense of humor!
    He is so lucky you made him a portal cake, he has one cool mom!

    1. It published just fine, my friend. I can't tell you my frustration of having that heavy desk on my head while the kids were laughing.
      I thought the portal cake was pretty, but didn't understand "The cake is a lie" line. However, we ate the heck out of that thing and it was gone in no time at all.

  3. Not that you can't make me laugh over pretty much anything, but I love that homeschooling is adding a whole new layer of funny to your life. I hope you're enjoying it too. XO

    1. Homeschooling is a hoot and a half, unless I'm pulling my hair out in frustration. It is definitely an experience. <3

  4. I give you kudos for building ANYTHING. If I did that, It would be my whole body stuck in the desk. The cake looks yummy (yes, you are an awesome mom!) and as far as the OCD thing and tiny toy parts go---- I remember doing the same thing every single night after my kids went to bed. I actually counted to make sure every piece was back in the box before it was put away. Then I got a dog who ate most of the parts, so that took care of that pesky little OCD part of my life! Love reading your blog posts and "visiting" your family! XO

    1. Thanks, Marcia. I used to be crazy about making sure all of the puzzle pieces were accounted for, and crayons were aligned back in their boxes. Then, one day I snapped. I started vacuuming up lego pieces and throwing everything in a huge rubbermaid tub. I'm getting better. Especially since I realized how expensive freaking LEGOS are! You, of course already know that the dogs eat my crayons. Rainbow poop anyone? Thanks for visiting! <3

  5. I wouldn't know where to begin with a portal cake.
    No doubt it was as yummy as it turned out. I'm a sucker for whipped cream with a cherry on top.
    I have been emotionally scarred by Ikea.
    Not only can I not put anything together without breaking something, myself or others in the process but I lost my oldest kiddo in the 3 story Ikea out here... twice!?
    I'm glad it was a lovely birthday and you still love your friends. ;)
    My favorite is J imagining C in the scary story instead.
    That is so awesome. <3

    1. I have a true love hate relationship with IKEA. The stories of getting the boxes in our cars alone would scare people away. I have a spicier-than-normal vocabulary when fighting with my husband over how things should fit in an SUV. Especially because he's usually right. Shhh. When I look at the day care at IKEA, I wonder if parents come and check their kids in and just leave for the day. Tell me no one has thought of that before.
      My kids have a love hate relationship with each other these days. While it drives me crazy, I have lots of material for the blog. Now, I just have to get to actually writing it down :) xo

  6. You must have a very logical brain, Michele. The Lego instructions would have driven me to drink, and building the bed would have been my total undoing.
    I'm in awe! And you built a cake! You ARE Superwoman!

    1. Lorinda, I was just showing my husband your chocolate chip cookie banner. I think we know who has the skills between the two of us :)
      I am the least spacial person alive...that's why I made such a big deal about the two. LEGO literally shows you how to put EACH piece together. It's like a Dick and Jane book for beginner builders.
      Being driven to drink can be a good thing, you know !

  7. LOVE the homeschool quotes!!!!! :D
    My Hubby is a huge green bay fan. I am a HUGE Steelers fan. A couple of Super Bowls ago it was SO not pretty around my house. LOL

    1. Homeschool has overflowed my mind with quotes. It makes me think I should have recorded all of the cute things my old students used to say :) I can't imagine living with someone who rooted for a different team. I bet that Superbowl year was crazy!!

  8. I am thinking J is wise beyond his years. You have amazing kids.

    1. Sometimes he says the most logical things. I was really struggling that day and it just came out of him. You can be anything you want to be. What's holding us back? Thanks for always writing such nice things Ann. xox

  9. Always LOVE FOTW Friday's... Always brings a Smile. No exception here. Loved it.

    Crazy football this year... sigh!!! :-( But, Good Friends, Good Food, Good Times... Right??? HA!!!

    Have a great weekend, Slu

    1. Fly on the Walls are pretty fun, Slu. Especially with my crew filling up the material so easily :) It has been a definite up and down year for football. Both college and pro. Still fun to watch. Even more fun with friends. Have a super weekend yourself, man. I actually commented on the day you posted! How's that for timeliness? haha

  10. I always love reading your fly on the wall. It sounds like you have a fun house!!

    Hope you are doing well!! XOX

    1. Thank you. Dawn. Our house is pretty fun, but crazy, for sure. Oh, and loud :)
      Have a wonderful week x0x

  11. One of these days, I will move in with you for a month......♥ ya Twinnie!

    1. Twinnie, you will fit right in. Get your buns over here and start yelling at my kids, will you? Coffee's on... <3

  12. Love the homeschool quotes, we had some interesting conversations when the boys were young and doing school.
    Nice cake but the whole "portal" thing I dont' get. I'm guessing it is a game.

    1. HOmeschooling has been quite the journey, but I think we're finding our way. THe cake was delicious but I didn't get it either. It goes to a video game where you go in and out of portals (They were along the side of the cake). You're supposed to chase after a cake and when you find it, it says "The cake is a lie" and sends you somewhere else in the game. Yeah. I think. According to my son, that's "a really weak description". haha

  13. Pete would like the same cake and Lego adventure for his next birthday. Quinn has been asking for a loft bed and I am going to go with NO! Love the new Fall layout. Miss and love you.

    1. That cake was confetti cake with chocolate chip frosting. Yeah. I begged for cherry chip, but he wasn't having any of that :) The loft bed is actually safer because the bars are so high and go all around, but I get what you're saying. Fall is my favorite, but the neighbors are scared of it. One leaf falls and you hear the blowers and mowers and see the shaking of heads when they look into our yard. Haven't they heard of Leo Buscaglia? Leaves are magic.

  14. I've had no internet for a while - pesky builders so am playing catch up ! Love your kids comments- make me smile every time. xx

    1. You have internet! I hope that means that your addition is complete. I have been horrible about keeping up, so I completely understand the catch-up game. The kids are growing quickly. Soon, I'll be quoting only the man. What fun will that be ? xx

  15. I love being a fly on your wall... your family is THE best! Miss you SO much... hope I get to see you in the new year... xoxo

    1. Miss you, Stacy. I hope to get to see you as well. At the very least, we need to get you on Skype. That way, you can help me with colors and art…and gossip :) <3 you


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