The Cool Kids

Friday, November 22, 2013

Fly On the Wall- November '13

Hey there!  Welcome to the November 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. Buzz on over!

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

Have you ever had one of those months where something goes wrong and you are stupid enough to ask aloud, "Can it get any worse?" Our last few weeks have been like that. Take my advice. NEVER ask if things can get any worse. Of course they can! Whenever you start feeling like you're at the end of your rope though, take a look at the news. The tornadoes in Illinois, the devastation in the Philippines...everything can be put in to perspective very quickly. On that scale, we are doing (and will be) just fine.
If you were a fly on the wall at my house this month, you would have witnessed:


It was a regular Halloween at our house. The older kids were at parties, I was giving out candy, and the man and J. were out collecting the goods. One of our neighbors came to our house and asked if we were the home who was giving away the Bud Light. I wiped a tear from my eye, and gave him a Snickers. I don't share the good stuff…
Henry dressed up as a fish. He loved it!

Lila went as a shark. She hated it.

J. went as Jango Fett

C. was an actor from a black and white movie.

A. went as a winner of a Publisher's Clearing House Contest. Her Man was Ed McMahon. They won!
J.: "It's not fair. I have to give all of the chocolate to the sugar witch. It took me a long time to collect all of that."
A.: "Did you know the sugar witch looks a lot like mom?"
C.: "Did you know you can stuff all of your candy in a sock and mom will never find out?"
I give them all the "mom-look."
C.: "What? I learned that from dad."


Comments from random family members.

"I can't eat Rice Krispies without sugar. It's all Grandma's fault. She poured sugar on those like it was crack. Now I'm addicted. To Sugar. On my cereal…"

"You weren't the first one to invent mixing Rice Krispies with Frosted Flakes. I've been doing that for years with Apple Jacks and Fruit Loops. Yes, I am a Sweet Genius."

"I can't eat these french fries, mom. They taste like…potatoes!"

"Never eat M&Ms out of the bottom of your purse when you also have an open bottle of Advil in there."

"I'm taking my sleeping bag and living at McDonald's for the next little while. They have the McRib AND pralines and cream smoothies. If I get sick of any of it (which I won't,) there's a Dunkin Donuts next door."


We went to our 6 month check up last Saturday. The man had to have a filling replaced, the eldest and the middle child both had a cavity. The youngest and I got off with a clean bill of health.

J: I can't believe it! I don't have any cavities!"
Me.: "I'm so proud of you!"
J. : "Do you know my secret?"
Me: "I think so…"
J: (handing me his box of complimentary toothpaste) "Here, you can have this. My secret is to never brush your teeth. I even told the dentist that."

A.: "Can we please buy toothpaste that doesn't taste like fish?"
C.: "What is this "floss stuff" you were speaking about?"
The man: "You are now responsible for your own dental bills."


I was stressed out of my mind one day with something completely out of my control. So, I decided to paint the inside of my house. The walls. The doors. A table. The stairs. Some chairs. A chalkboard. I didn't know where to start (because I'm the queen off ADD), so I came home with this.

Where to start? Everywhere. I have no less than five projects going on with no end in sight. My husband gets it, although he hates the chaos. My kids just shake their heads and try not to touch any paint. Another relative told me, "You will never be happy." Ouch! I promised that the man's next wife will be in love with white.

During the painting marathon, I pulled a familiar muscle in my back. It's in my sciatic nerve and I always ending up begging the man to apply these derma-patches to the area. We also have these back beaters that we found at Bed Bath and Beyond. They are fantastic. They are also loud when they hit your back. I never care. I just want the pain to go away.

 Of course when A's boyfriend asks what that "banging sound" is,  the youngest has to chime in.
"Dad's just hitting mom with his blue balls."

How do I find myself in these situations? We have no secrets, people.

Private tips overheard from the kids:

"If you throw lots of underwear down the laundry chute, mom will be happy because she will think you are (actually) changing your underwear."

(Probably not related) "Flushible wipes make everything better."

"Say something nice when you go in mom's room. It will be easier that way to ask for chocolate."

"If you look at the wrapped presents and your name isn't on any of them, you have some serious thinking to do."


I was talking to the youngest about these wall stickers called "Fat-heads." Have you heard of them? They are life size stickers of sports heroes or princesses. You can now order (according to him) a "Fat-Head" of yourself.

Me: "Why in the world would you want a life-size sticker of yourself?"
J. "It would be SO cool. I'd always have someone to talk to. I bet we'd even agree on things most of the time."

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 Momisodes                                 
Spatulas on Parade                      
The Rowdy Baker                              
Sorry Kid, Your Mom Doesn't Play Well With Others                       
Moms Don't Say That                            
Juicebox Confessions                               

We are trying to make it through November without turning on our heater. 9 more days  to go...
Happy Weekend, friends,


  1. You could spend the next nine days here where there's a raging wood fire going in the stove. It's cozy and warm. whole house needs to be painted! When we moved here over 6 years ago I said that was the first thing we needed to do, but the closest I got was to buy a few cans of paint this summer.
    Come inspire me :)
    P.S. I can't eat Rice Krispies without sugar either. It's just wrong.

    1. I love cozy and warm! We've been lucky so far to avoid the freezing cold. The gas fireplace has been doing its job. Rice Krispies belong in Rice Krispie treats. That's my favorite way to eat them :)
      Painting… the job has been so much bigger than I planned. It's going to take me forever and a day to finish!

  2. Your timing, my girl, is impeccable. It's nice to be wiping away tears of joy and utter amusement. From Advil/m&m's to blue balls (LOL), you had me forgetting my recent loss, and reveling in the happy bosom of your wonderful family. I really loved the costumes... you KNOW how much I love Halloween. Congrats to A. and her boyfriend. I particularly love that J. would agree with his Fat-Head self MOST of the time. Delightful. I thought of you earlier this week as I switched from my summer shellybean bag to my winter one... and, began to miss you most desperately. Hope I get to see you soon... would love to catch up with you even sooner. Hugs to you and the Man. Love you, girl, Stacy

    1. Stacy, I'm so sorry you had tears of sadness and a recent loss. Email me when you can.
      The blue balls story is the epitome of our home. The costumes were all on the kids this year. I thought they were great as well.
      I love that you comment on the blog. I'm very glad to read that you're still using your shellybean bags. That made my day. <3

  3. I am the same with paint. I start a project and decide that I have had enough and start a new one then freaking out when I get 10 underway and then hate the world for a minute and then *almost* finish them :)
    Hitting my mom with blue balls. OMG- my stomach hurts, thanks for the workout :)

    1. A, I can't believe what a mess I've made of this house. There are projects everywhere and I've been grouchy about finishing any of them. God forbid I do one thing at a time.
      Blue balls, you definitely need a pair :) (From BBB, of course)

  4. I love you and your family.
    Those costumes were fantastic!
    Painting is relaxing, I totally get it.
    From blue balls to potatoes that taste like potatoes...Hysterical as usual.
    I love your Fly posts.

    1. Thanks, Meg. Painting usually is relaxing. I can't imagine why I chose the holiday season to start, though. It's all a jumbled mess. I do love to paint.
      Can you imagine french fries that taste like potatoes? The nerve!

  5. You can get life-sized stickers of yourself? Really?

    Thank you so much, I just figured out what I'm getting College Boy for the holidays. Wait . . . you don't think he'll throw darts at me, do you?

    1. Your son would love to have a life-sized picture of you. Of course he'll throw darts at it. Better a large sticker than you. You should instead, get stickers of them. Every time you pass by one, you can yell "Your room better be clean!" or something like that.

  6. OMGosh!! HILARIOUS!!! And those costumes were soooooo AWESOME!!!!!
    And I am taking your advice. When I start to get down about life I will make myself remember that it could always be so much worse than I could ever imagine.

    1. My daughter gets mad at me when I say that other people have it worse off. She thinks it doesn't validate our pain. I think I validate mine more than I should ;) Hope you're curled up with a nice book today!

  7. Yes, great Halloween costumes all around this year. That was a lot of paint cans but they are slowly disappearing as you transform the house - it's looking great, by the way, can't wait to see it when it is finished. I don't think J's plan for healthy teeth will work for long - good thing he seems to be on the right track again. Looks like we have taught the kids a few things based on their tips. Yes, things are never quite as bad as you think they are when you put them in perspective. Thanks for the laughs!


    1. Thanks for not yelling as you trip over stuff. You know that's how I'd be.
      How can NOT brushing get you a clean bill of health? Let's hope he was exaggerating.
      Thanks for commenting. Where was I at 6:58 pm? Please tell me you didn't comment from the bathroom…
      <3 M

  8. Thanks for giving me some laughs after a long day of work. Love ya - Char

    1. 4 week countdown, girl. We are about to have all kinds of fun. Sorry your day was long. I hate that it gets dark so early now.

  9. LOL, loved your post. Your family sounds like a riot. The blue balls just killed me. I can only imagine how my son will turn out once his talking and thinking on his own. Probably a smart a** just like me :)

    1. Smart a** kids are the best. You know they'll grow into strong adults. Get the embarrassing parts over during the younger years at home!

  10. Omygosh! I Laughed So Hard! Don't Judge Me For All TheCapitolS MyPhone Won't Stop! Anyhow I Miss You All Like Crazy, I Wish.I Could Be There To Have All That Fun With You!!!

    1. No judging here. So glad you stopped by! We miss you too. lex is always talking about how fun it would be to see everyone again. Come visit anytime!!

  11. Your costumes are so creative!! And the painting thing: I get it, although I've kind of given up on it. I used to think I loved painting, and then, after getting pregnant and not being able to drink beer anymore, I realized that what I had loved about painting was that it gave me an excuse to drink beer while actually achieving something useful. Now that I couldn't do the beer part...I kind of hated painting. And now I've got 2 kids and no time to drink beer, whether getting something useful done or not, so my painting phase of life is kind of over. Thank God I got to most of the rooms before getting knocked up. :)

    1. When I was pregnant, I always wanted to paint. Must be the nesting.Your comment was hilarious. I can't imagine how my painting would look after having a beer (s). I save that for writing the blog ;)

  12. Wow!!! So Much... Here goes:

    Smiled at Henry... Was J just too pooped to pop (is he sitting)??? Congrats to A. C is looking all kinds of pretty spiffy.

    Yikes to the max regarding "fishy" tasting toothpaste!!!

    I've been stressed (maybe not to your degree), but when I am, I will NEVER think to myself: "I think I'll paint." lol

    Love Tip #1... Totally down with Tip #2.

    As usual, absolutely enjoyed. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Slu

    1. Slu!
      J was exhausted. Getting treats is hard these days, man.
      Fishy tasting toothpaste = Arm and Hammer Baking Soda something or another..It was nasty.
      It's funny you say that about painting. Halfway into my third project, I started putting together a 2500 piece puzzle. I'm crazy like that.
      The tips are useful to all :)
      So glad you stopped by. As always, I'm catching up. Thanksgiving = Detroit v. Green Bay. Hopefully, it will turn out better for us than last year. Too bad we weren't playing you this year.. Sorry.Sorry. Too soon?

  13. You and I must be on the same wave length tonight--I am trying to get caught up on all my blog reading and commenting. Just saw your comment on my site and now I'm frantically trying to get caught up, Lol. Life has been ridiculously busy but in a very good way. OMG laughing so HARD over the M&M and Advil mix up! BAHAHAHA!!! I always love your Fly On The Wall posts--you have some of the best material and I feel right at home in your house! I adore you Michele and miss talking to you on Fb! Have a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving. I look forward to your next blog post! XO

    1. Never worry about commenting. I know you love me! :) I don't know when it became so hard for me to keep up, but it's ridiculous, for sure. I'm so glad you are having a happy, busy time right now. Like I said, your family always makes me smile. M&Ms and Advil-happened more than once. I need to get my FB going again..I hope your Holidays are as blessed. Love you!

  14. Come hang out with me, Twinnie. We'll drink coffee, eat lots of chocolate and watch chick flicks. We can be laid up together. It'll be fun...a mini vacation. lol

    1. Chick flicks and coffee? I am there, girlfriend! I could use a mini vacation. Soon!! <3


Talk to me.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...