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Friday, August 22, 2014

Fly On The Wall: August 2014

Hey there!  Welcome to the August Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 11 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
Alex, the eldest (daughter, 20) She has a name!!
C., The middle (son, 16)
J., The youngest (son, 9)
Henry and Lila- The dogs

If you were a fly on our wall this month, you would have witnessed this:

Once upon a mattress:
After twenty-one years, 3 kids, and 3 dogs, the man and I finally bought a new mattress set. We decided to upgrade after our youngest was watching TV with me on my bed and did an accidental slow-roll onto the floor. The rectangular prism we had been sleeping on for so long had finally morphed into a wedge.
The bad news? No dogs allowed. (Bad news for them.) Also, I now need a ladder step stool to get into my bed.
The good news? Better back support and a 50% less chance of me rolling into my husband like we're on a Matterhorn ride.
Henry and Lila wondering what happened to the sloped "jump-on" spot from the old bed.

Oh, Brother!:

C. to J. while gathering laundry:
C.: "There needs to be a BALANCE when throwing your underwear down the chute. If you don't put enough down, mom will think you're not changing it enough. But, if you throw too much down, she's going to tell you to lay off the apples."

C. to me: "You should thank me, mom. J. couldn't sleep last night so I read to him. I even read from the bible."
Me: "C.! That was really nice of you."
J. to me, not nearly as happy about it as I thought he'd be: "Yeah, he read me a story about Cain and Abel."
Me: "C., you're grounded."

C. to J. on one of the last day of summer vacation: "Every time we bake with mom, a toothless angel gets her wings."

School begins!

The kids are off to school once again. C. is a Junior and J. is entering 4th grade. It's going fast. I'm trying to hold on and let go at the same time.

C. -11th grade

J. -4th grade

I asked Alex to send me her "first-day" picture. She's entering her senior year of college.
A.: "Not today, mom. School doesn't start until Monday. This morning, I'm just a hot mess. That's not a picture you need to see."

I get up early on the first morning to make everyone a big breakfast. We have pancakes, eggs, bacon and juice. I even serve it on our good dishes.
J. is making "Mmm" sounds.
C. to J. : "Enjoy your breakfast today, J. It's pop tarts for the next 179 days.
The Man: "C.! That's not very nice."
The Man then whispers to me, "BTW, we're out of pop tarts."

Preview for next month's Fly on the Wall:

The man just started working most weekdays from home. 
Yeah. That's just begging for blog posts.

Convo of the month:
Me to the man: "I know you're working, but I need you to come and kill this spider in my sewing room. It's huge."
The man walks with me down the hall then points at the spider: "What is all of that wet,white stuff?
Me: "It's baby powder. And spray starch. I didn't want it to run away while I went to get you."
The man: .....................
No words. Just the shaking of his head while he wonders if he should go back to working away from home.

My son put me in his Lego "City".

Three things I love about this:
1. I drive an awesome convertible.
2. My ripped arms are as fabulous as my raven-black hair.
3. My husband has to sit in the back to make room for my cup of Joe.

Happy Friday, friends:) 

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                          
The Rowdy Baker                                  
Just a Little Nutty                                
The Momisodes                                          
Spatulas on Parade                          
The Sadder but Wiser Girl                                   
Follow Me Home                            
Stacy Sews and Schools                   
Menopausal Mother                                
Someone Else's Genius                          
Go Mamma O                                          


  1. YAY for the new mattress and the start of a new school year!!!
    Good luck with the hubby working from home. If mine did I would get nothing done. LOL

    1. Thanks, Stacy.
      I don't think spouses were meant to live and work out of the same space. We'll see how it goes :P

    2. I have to giggle at this, given that my husband and I live and work together. It's amazing sometimes that we haven't killed each other yet. :-)

    3. God Bless you, Nicole. ;) I used to think this was a big house...

  2. That comment of Alex's is hysterical. Does she think you've never seen her in the morning before?
    I'm thinking you jumped in that convertible to get away from home as fast as you could when you found out The Man would be working from home and didn't expect him to jump in behind you as you were taking off. Or is that just me projecting?

    1. Not projecting AT ALL. Spot on, my friend. We are all trying to find our roles in the house :)
      Alex makes me laugh every day. She has a new job; I'll have to tell you all about it.

  3. The underwear comment is hysterical! Sounds like something my boy would do! Love the pics here, too. You have such a beautiful family. Good luck on having Hubs working at home….consider it an "adventure" and great fodder for the next FOW post!

    1. Thanks, Marcia. I have a few friends who have retired husbands...we are all exchanging notes. I'm already recording that fodder. :)

  4. My very fat cat Gus sympathizes with Henry and Lila. When we invite Gus up on the bed with us, she has to go through at least 3 aborted attempts to make the leap before she does so successfully. And, that successful jump always involves a low grunting sound, as if it's a huge undertaking. I hope Henry and Lila got a new plush bed on the floor, if they aren't allowed up on the new mattress. Gotta take good care of my 4-legged niece and nephew, too!

    1. You KNOW the dogs are spoiled. Poor Lila doesn't know what to do now that she can't jump on the bed. They both have new beds at the end of ours. Still, we wake up to see them huddled together in one of the small beds. My feet are going to be cold this winter :( I'll tell the pups that their Aunt Coley is looking out for them <3

  5. Balanced laundry load, now THERE's something my son could learn…
    Out of pop tarts? Mom needs to do her back to school shopping… throw in a Nutella jar and a bottle of wine for good measures!
    Congrats on your new car, too bad it's Lego only!

    1. Your shopping list sounds better than mine!!
      The LEGO car is fab-u-lous!! :)

    2. Michèle, that was supposed to be YOUR shopping list!
      In my country? No pop tarts :-(
      They've even unlisted the pop-in-the-toaster pancakes, such a shame.

    3. Hey, I'll give you pop tarts the next time you visit the bouncy house. :)

  6. Lay off the apples and toothless angel were my favorites! So funny!

    1. My son has a million more where that came from :) I'm hoping he'll keep my Fly on the Walls well stocked :)

  7. Baby powder? Spray starch? Does that work? I just usually stand there watching the critter like a hawk while I shriek for the man. I'm pretty sure my vocals stun the spider and freeze it in place.
    So jealous of the new mattress. Soon....I'm going to do that soon.

    1. I can't fully explain the hate I have for spiders. It's somewhere after eating liver and before seeing clowns...
      The mattress was a loooong time coming. I was embarrassed to have the delivery men have to take the old one out of the house. Ack.

  8. Yes, we are still getting used to my new working arrangement, aren't we. I underestimated the number of spiders I would have to kill while working from home. Especially now that the boys are back in school and I am the only one here you can ask (except for the occasional one that Henry eats). Not sure if he will still do that considering that he doesn't get to sleep on the bed now. Lila and Henry are still adjusting to that arrangement, too. I guess as long as I get to sleep on the new mattress I can kill a spider or two now and then as payback. Finally, your Lego car is certainly no CFYBEAN, but it does look like a nice ride. Glad there is space for me and for your coffee cup. Great blog post - look forward to the next one.


    1. I just need to call the "Spider Guy". He can knock them out without the baby powder nonsense :) I have a feeling next month's post is going to be longer than usual.
      I don't think you'd like to ride in that Lego car any more than you do in my car. Something with a little more leg room?

  9. YAY for school starting and a new mattress and wow...Cain and Abel. Creative kid :)

    1. Yay for all of it, Dawn. Now, I have to make that chocolate cake of yours... :)

  10. New mattresses are always a good thing. We got one a couple of years ago after sleeping on the same one for 25 years. I love the spider one, good thing that you have your man working at home.

    1. The man makes for an excellent exterminator :) The mattress. It's been heaven!

  11. I have often thought it would be fun to have Rick and I both working from home and able to spend all that time together. I look forward to your take on the reality vs the fantasy of this situations. As far as benefits, I already kill the spiders around here, so no benefit for me there.

    1. Oh Ann, it is an adjustment. For him probably more than for me. It's hard to not want to visit instead of work. When we're in the groove, I'm sure we'll be better about doing our own thing...
      You kill the spiders? I have no words...

  12. Your month reminds me of things that need to go on next month's Fly...

    As always, a pleasure to be a fly on your wall!

    1. I love having you visit, Robin. I have a feeling that one day, I'll be grocery shopping and run into you. Don't be embarrassed when I run up to you screaming. I'll only be asking for your autograph :)


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