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Friday, December 20, 2013

Fly on the Wall Dec. 2013

Hey there!  Welcome to the December Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 15 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, 20)
C., The middle (son, 15)
J., The youngest (son, 9)

Since it's the end of the year, I decided to poll the family on a few holiday topics. Take a look at their responses. A few flies were probably swatted in the making of this post. No one takes much seriously around here, remember? Here are the highlights. 12 of them.  I left the low-lights for another post :)

1. What is your favorite thing about December?
A.:  "Being able to eat triple the amount of calories and still be socially acceptable."
C. : "Non-stop party food during the last 6 days of the month."
J. : "The animals come down the mountains to eat." :(
A family of deer eating left-overs from the neighbors' garden.

2. What is something that happened this month you'd rather forget about?
The man:  "Shoveling the heavy wet snow. Or listening to the neighbors shoveling their heavy, wet snow. At 5 am."
A.: "Getting my very deep wisdom teeth pulled. Actually, cut in, sliced open and chopped my teeth into bits. THEN getting them pulled."
C.: "The first 24 days…"

3. I've been redecorating the house to keep my sanity. What is your favorite improvement around the house?

The man: "Cookies everywhere!" (Not those kinds of changes, man.)
A. : "We finally turned the heat on." (Not that kind, either!)
C. : "We now have a drawer dedicated solely to paper plates and napkins." (My family hates me…)
J. :  "The color-coded library?" (Now you're talking! Even if it was created in an in-sane moment.)

OCD over Dewey Decimal, any day.

4. What is your biggest wish for 2014?
The man: "Getting healthier...Hey! Who ate the Chili-Cheese Fritos?"
A. : "To rock through school and have an awesome, stress-free wedding." (Yeah, more on that later.)
C. : "Infinite wishes and No More Nickelback. If I can only choose one, I say, 'No more Nickelback."
J. : "I already get an extra week off for Winter break. A. and C. have to go back before me. That's a good wish I didn't even ask for."

5. What advice would you give to yourself if you hadn't yet lived in the year 2013?

The man: "Don't ask what 'Twerking' is…"
A.: " Keep your wisdom teeth. All four of them. And get snow tires…"
C. : "The lottery numbers for the December Powerball are…"
J. : "Read the WHOLE book, especially if your mom already read it."

6. What has been your favorite food this month?

The man: "Steak from our Christmas party." (What?)
A. : "The sharp cheddar cheese you bought from Costco. (Really?)
C. : "Leftovers from Thanksgiving. We really need to clean out the fridge." (Wow.)
J. : "Grandma took me to the mall and I had a really good soft pretzel." (Everyone nods in agreement that the mall's pretzels are indeed, delicious.)

Fine, then. My favorite food was what my friend calls "Manna from Heaven." Homemade cinnamon tortillas over vanilla bean ice-cream. It's all drenched in a vanilla custard. It's made at one of our favorite restaurants. When I finish this post, I'm going to have one. So there, family. Enjoy your Ramen.

7. What is your favorite thing to wear in winter? aka What am I always nagging you to pick up?
The man: "My wet winter boots. Where am I supposed to put them? They can't dry in the closet!"
A. : "Ten layers of food fat for hibernation".
C. : "A smile." ( help me)
J. : "My wet winter boots. Where am I supposed to put them?" (Yeah, he has no alternatives.)

8. When did I last yell at you?
The man and J. : "Um, wet boots. Remember?"
A. : "Cleaning up the living room when I've just had my wisdom teeth pulled."
C. : (Waiting for a hand-out) "You've never yelled at me, Dear Mummy." (Ack.)

9. So far, we've watched a lot of holiday movies. Which one has been your favorite?
The man AND J. : "Elf. We are going to keep watching until we can burp that long."
A. "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. It gives me hope that my brother's heart might grow three sizes one day."
C. : "The Grinch cartoon; mostly for the horrifying faces."

10. You are baking cookies with me. What song is playing in the background?
The man: "On the radio? Anything by Mannheim Steamroller; just to watch you cringe."
A. :" Jingle Bell Rock. I WILL teach you that dance from Mean Girls."
C. : "Total Eclipse of the Heart. The one with the musical styling of Santa." (Does not exist. I looked)
J.: "Little Drummer Boy. That kid has a good beat." (Rum pa pa pummm)

11. If there WAS a fly on your bedroom wall, what would it see?
The Man: "Me, trying to get out of bed without waking up an insomniac or her two snoring dogs…"
A. : "It would hear the nonsense I was speaking after the wisdom teeth debacle. It would see partially eaten meals, and unmade bed, remnants of anxiety from finals week and a few clothes on the floor." (Cue the tumble weed rolling in her closets with hangers blowing in the wind…)
C. : "A fly on the wall would hear the soft weeping that comes after I jump from my loft bed on to J.'s LEGOs.  BTW, Can we talk about me getting my own room?"
J. "It would see all of my LEGOs. Mom, they are out for a reason. Each pile is a project I'm working on. Is there any way we could get a wall between our beds?" (Nice try.)

12.  Finally, here are a few funny comments I heard this month:

Me: Are we going to put up lights this year? It's a beautiful day.
The man: I'm not sure. It's getting late…
Me: But all of the neighbors have lights. We will look like we don't belong.
(His head turns sideways at me.)
Me: Ok, so we don't belong. Can we still put up the lights? I'll help…
The man: (In a parental voice) If the neighbors jumped off their roofs, would you?
Me: He** yes I would, If I had the right sled and…
The man: …if we had lights?
My first husband rocks, people.

The man: "Can we park your car in the shed? I bet it will fit. How about the back patio?" (Whodawhattahowda?)
A. : "Mom moved all the dishes and food around. Again. I can't find anything, I'm hungry and I feel like a tourist from another country. Is it too much to ask where the peanut butter is?"
C. : "Are you going downstairs or to the down-down stairs? I need to print my paper. Will you get it for me? I have to go upstairs to get my music book. If you go down-down stairs, will you grab it? Text me if you grab the paper."
J.: (talking to the soon to be son-in-law) "Let me smell your hand. Ooh, it smells like lotion." J. lifts his arm to show his bare armpit. "Here, smell me. You know what that is? THAT is the smell of a man."(Welcome to the family Mr. S. You're finally one of us.)

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                          
The Sadder but Wiser Girl                              
Menopausal Mother                                 
The Momisodes                            
Spatulas on Parade                      
The Rowdy Baker                                  
Sorry Kid, Your Mom Doesn't Play Well With Others                       
Juicebox Confession                            
Writer B is Me                                
Dates to Diapers                        
Kiss My List                                             
Moms Don't Say That                                        
Happy Holidays, my friends. Whether you're celebrating with a huge group, a small family, or just trying to find happy memories from years past, I wish for you a beautiful new year. I hope its filled with light that blinds your eyes from the bad in the world. I hope your heart is so full of love and extras, that you will want to share it with strangers. For myself, I hope to get back to this blog so that I too, can share in these things with some of my very favorite bloggers. Any way you celebrate this year, smile for all of the knowledge we've gained from each other and share it with someone new. I love each and every one of the people that take the time to read my very silly blog. Peace, happiness and Dark Chocolate to you and yours,
Love Michele 


  1. So my boys' room is a mix between your daughter's and youngest son's... I pretty much mention to my girls to eat a cheeseburger daily... I love your fam ShellyBean...

    1. Ash, my daughter (though I love her) has the messiest room since…I was a teenager. Cheeseburgers daily? That's the key to happiness, right there. Love you, girl. Happy Holidays to your whole wonderful family :)

  2. What a great post, Michele! I wish I had just one percent of your organizational skills. Loved the color-coordinated books and the designated drawer for paper plates and napkins. I also liked the family poll. My favorite answer was to #7. Wearing a smile! And I caught that "first husband" bit. :D

    1. I'm not as organized as you think. Up tip a week ago, the place to find paper plates was in the depths of He**, i.e. our garage.
      I always introduce the Man as my first husband. It embarrasses him. Merry Christmas to me!
      Family polls always surprise me. They try their best to out do one another. Some of it was too crazy to post. No CPS for us, thank you very much. :)

  3. What a fun list!
    I get a kick out of hearing such diverse answers to the same question.
    I could definitely get behind some "Manna from Heaven" and delightfully gain several pounds after "Being able to eat triple the amount of calories and still be socially acceptable" this fine season.
    Wishing you and your fabulous family a very Merry Christmas and nothing but the best in the New Year! <3

    1. They all are pretty funny, Meg. That manna from heaven is just that; heaven. I'm like a five year old, wanting to skip dinner and go directly to the ice-cream. Does that make me 5 or just menopausal?
      Triple the calories- I'm up for the challenge.
      Merry Christmas to you as well. Cheers to 2014!

  4. I just love when you ask your family questions, from the sound of it, you learn as much from the answers as I do. You may need to BECOME that Fly on the Wall. Or buy a nanny-cam. Where, exactly, IS The Man finding that steak? Or is he hallucinating. Inquiring minds need to know . . .

    1. I'm always learning, Karen. I don't think I could take the results of a nanny-cam. "Mom doesn't need to know spray". Remember?
      On the very night I was eating 99 cent chicken nuggets from Wendys, the man was taking his coworkers out for 50 dollar steaks. Where is the justice, I ask?

  5. All great minds color block their books, you know. :) As always, I love hearing about your family, and it leaves me wishing I was there. 4.What is my biggest wish for 2014? That we FINALLY get to see each once again!! You, and yours, make me so happy... I wish you all MUCH love and happiness for the holidays and the new year. Take care, my girl. Love you & miss you to the moon and back. <3 Stacy

    1. Glad to see you approve of the color-blocking. Everyone was walking buy the bookcase and staring, but not saying anything. I must have worked on it forever. It's nearly impossible to find a book your looking for unless you remember the color…but it works for me. I'll post pictures later of the library, and it will hopefully make more sense :)
      I hope to get to see you in 2014. It's just been too long. You do know I'm also planning a wedding, right? I wish you were here :(
      I love you dearly, my friend. I hope there will only be happiness for you in the new year <3

    2. Reading over your answers... Since the dentist didn't put A. under (the sadist), she gets to mention it as many times as she wants! I read something on Facebook, that led me to the conclusion there was a wedding your family's future. I just wasn't sure when. Congratulations all around! I was hoping to meet up with you in June, but you will probably be busy... Love you, too, my friend. <3

  6. I love the conversations you have with your family. Insomnia and snoring dogs--right there with you. Now about those cinnamon chips with ice-cream and custard…..oh WHY did I have to read this at night? I have menopausal cravings, you know…..cute post, Michele. Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family. I hope you have a beautiful holiday full of love and laughter, dear friend! XO

    1. Thanks, Marcia. I'm telling you, the hotter the flashes, the more I want ice cream. That dessert is to die for! Would you believe me if I told you I've been sleeping better since the dogs came? I know you would. Merry Christmas to you. I'm so blessed to have you in my world.

  7. Wow, did I really answer all those questions? Seems like a little more talking than what I would normally do ;>). I should have said the color coded library was my favorite decorating change - I always think of the good answers too late. It does look nice and it is more organized than it was before. Now if you want to go total OCD you should also arrange them by size (I see a Christmas vacation project coming on...) Yes, good thing we got those lights up on the house when we did because with the snow storm we got two days later we would have "not fit in" for the whole winter. I guess my answer to the "What is your favorite thing about December?" question was left off so I'll just have to answer it here - looking forward to spending lots of time with my wonderful wife, children, friends and family. Nope, you can't beat that. Another great post - thanks for sharing and can't wait to see what your blog brings in 2014 (darn it, another great answer I missed!) Love ya!

    1. Ha. You DID answer those questions and I have the notebook paper to prove it. (I'm a dinosaur). I knew you were going to mention the varying sizes of those books. It's been killing me since the day I finished..Would you like to take charge of that project? Or will you take the lights down for me on the 26th?
      You know I love your support on this blog. You know I also love that people think you're imaginary too, right?
      Love you, Mr. Man. If I wrote that your answer was "to spend time with my family", half of the blog world would have thrown up. Hahahaha.

  8. Great questions and answers. Mr Man might be kin to my dh with those answers. lol

    1. The man isn't much of a talker, but that's okay. We all talk enough for him :) THanks for stopping by. I hope your holidays go smoothly! <3

  9. Always such an enjoyable read, your FOTW Post each month. Love this one. My man 'C' never lets me down.

    Wedding??? Yikes!!! Congrats!!! WTH??? All rolled into one big Smile: Best Wishes...

    Your 'sign off' at the end: Very Sweet & right back at ya. Have a very Merry Christmas, Slu

    1. Can I just say how much I love the fact that you keep coming back to this blog? I have been terrible catching up. Thank you, Thank you for that. C. loves to be the head of the show. Sometimes I think he's going to get sarcastic with the wrong person…
      Ahh, the wedding. Tee daughter, is in fact ready to get married. My new son in law is adorable, but I'd much rather they stay engaged for a long time. I'm not ready to lose her yet :( She is an amazing girl, but I'm not handling as well as most mom and dads.
      Thanks for reading that ending. I meant every word of it. I love knowing you people! Thanks for all of the smiles!

  10. p.s. you know i'm diggin' the color coded library...

    1. I love that you like it. People that have visited our house just kind of scrunch up their eyebrows and say, "Uh Huh…." I love for the confusion, you know :)

  11. Hold on...did you daughter get her wisdom teeth pulled? She never mentioned it...

    Your library is awesome - between that and your wishes for dark chocolate, you may just be my new best friend. Happy holidays to you and your crew!

    1. She has mentioned it every 20 minutes since Tuesday.! The doctor didn't put her under, but had to break through the gums and crack the teeth before removing them. Do you know how I know that? She told me. Over and over.
      Wishes for Dark Chocolate are given by me every day of the year. Happy holidays right back at you! <3

  12. ACK! wisdom teeth removal! The worst. I had mine removed when I was 17 and I still remember the sound of them cracking. But the drugs were awesome. And my mom got me milkshakes after.....

    The Just wow. And I adore your family's answers. I might have to steal that idea! LOVE. and why don't I have a restaurant that makes the cinnamon tortilla ice cream thingies?? I might need those. Like now. Your family sounds sarcastic and hilarious. Love it. :)

    1. My daughter is twenty and I cried like a baby seeing her in such pain. Her boyfriend was trying to help out, I was like, "Um, did you give birth to this child?" She's my baby, so step off.
      Absolutely take the asking questions idea. I get most of my content from them any way.
      One day, we will all meet and I will make that ridiculously delicious dessert. :)

  13. Um, yes Man. I know first hand if the neighbors jumped off the roof (does sledding off the garage count??) she would follow suit. Not that I would....jus'sayin'!

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and may all your wishes come true in 2014.

    Miss you so very much!
    Your FF

    1. There aren't many people I'd rather jump off a winter roof with. Nor would I choose anyone else to fry an egg on a roof with in 104 degree weather. We were born to experiment. Thank God you got me. I love you, my FF :)


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