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Friday, September 19, 2014

Fly On The Wall- September 2014: Gratefulness

Hey there!  Welcome to the September 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
Alex, the eldest (daughter, 20) She has a name!!
C., The middle (son, 16)
J., The youngest (son, 9)
Henry and Lila- The dogs

The fly on my wall would have witnessed a lot of gratefulness on my part this month. September always brings a bit of a "do-over" attitude for me. I think it coincides with back to school, or the beginning of my favorite season. Either way, I chose to focus on the positives this month. Here are a few...

So, I had a birthday:
My family and friends spoiled me rotten for days. I was extremely humbled by the people who relayed well wishes. It only took me 44 years to realize how blessed and grateful I am to be surrounded by so many wonderful souls. I'm determined to focus on the people that continuously "show up" for me and celebrate their presence every chance I get.

Color Me Happy:
I'm a sucker for paint. If you don't believe me, check out my posts up there in the menu section under "Home Improvement" or "Refurbish". I'm a color-loving freak. The brighter, the better. Anywhoo, it's a running joke that my children will NEVER be like me when it comes to painting. I believe their mantra is "Put the paintbrush down, mom and slowly walk away." It hasn't worked yet.

Alex (until she moved out) "Mom, when I get MY own house, everything is going to be black and white. Simple as that."
Alex (AFTER she moved out) "Mom, my house is so plain. Will you help me paint something? Like a bed board? Oh, and do you have a bed board I can paint? 
Yes and Yes.
I'm grateful for the day I got to spend sanding, priming, painting, and gabbing with my only girl.

Working for the weekend:
Alex is working at the library of the local middle school. (She loves it.) My elementary students always said the cutest things, so I asked her if it was the same with teenagers. She texted me these three quotes from different students: 
  • "Would you like me to kick you in the teeth?"
  • "I can't tell time yet."
  • "My hobby? Anger Management."

The middle child is now an employee of the grocery down the street. It's his first job requiring a W-2 form. He's balancing that, his friends and school quite well.

C. (before the job): "Mom. Can I have 10 bucks? Oh, and what's for dinner?"
C. (at the job via text) "We have rotisserie chicken on sale. Should I bring some home? When I get there can I have ten bucks?"
As I mentioned last time, the man is working three out of five days at home. We're finally finding our own rhythm. The only negative right now is that I'm putting on weight. He likes to eat. I like to bake for people who like to eat. I also like to eat with people who like to eat. You see where this is going...

The man: "Are those cookies for me or are they for your blog?"
Me: "I guess they're for you. And me."
The man: "Not the kids?"
Me: "Not if they don't know about them."
They didn't. :(

I'm grateful that my family is full of hard workers. I'm also thankful that the man still has time to work on my computer during his work "breaks".

Grandma? Is that you?

Well, the eldest has been married a whopping 3 months and I'm already a grandma. What?? Why am I writing this so calmly, you ask? It's because I've met the baby and I already love her. The kids call her Lucy, folks. Trust me, this is the only grand-baby I'm prepared to have for a loooooong while.
I'm grateful that another rescue-dog has a forever home.

Random quotes heard around the home:

"Your mother didn't sleep last night because of my snoring. Just say "Yes, mom" and smile anytime you make eye contact."

"I want to play the violin...someday. Right now I just think people need to hear me sing."

"Watching 'Extreme Couponing' is making me hungry for things I don't have coupons for."

" I can't wait until I'm old enough to work. I will buy EVERYTHING!!" (evil laugh, wishful thinking)

"I think I need my inhaler. Or a donut. Wait a minute...No. I need a donut."

"I swear to all that is good, I will play "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-lot, full blast, with the top down. I will you drop you off at the high school and not let you out of the car until you kiss me goodbye. Now. Will you come home late again??"

"I WILL kiss you goodbye AND dance to your old music along with you if I can go out again tonight."
I am grateful for the awesome sense of humor my family possesses. This month. :)

Enjoy the rest of your September, 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                             
Go Momma O                                        
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                                     
Juicebox Confession                           
Someone Else's Genius                         
Battered Hope                               


  1. TOO FUNNY!!!!!!!
    Your post reminds me that I have a china hutch that I need to paint! ;)

    1. Thanks, Stacy. I painted a hutch aqua for Alex and it didn't fit into her apartment. The youngest has his Lego world set on it now. I may have to rethink the color ;)

  2. Happy Birthday my beautiful friend! Lucy is adorable---congrats on being a fur baby grandma. The headboard looks awesome. I know who to call now when I decide to do some decorating. LOVE IT!

    1. Thanks, Marcia. I count you among those blessings, you know :) Lucy fits right in!
      I love decorating. Now that cooler weather is coming, I'm hoping to do more of it.

  3. Oh how I love that "not if they don't know about them" attitude towards the baked goods.
    Thanks for all the laughs again this month. You don't know how much I needed them!

    1. We live our life in secret, Karen. ;)
      I'm on a mission to keep you laughing; you know I adore you.

  4. All that great funny stuff and I'm just focused on Lucy! Are you sure that's a dog? With the ears, she looks like a deer! What a doll - congrats, Grandma!
    Love your "mom threats", even though it sounds like they backfired.

    1. Lucy is fantastic! I think she looks more like a cat or a black fox. She's just a tiny thing.
      Mom threats. They just don't work like they used to... :)

  5. Happy Birthday to you!! I am so glad you got to savor your day with the ones you love. <3
    I love the color of that headboard! I wish I had an eye for color like that.
    Your family quotes are too funny.

    1. Thank you, Meg. It was an absolutely wonderful day, :)
      The headboard was fun to do. Amazing what you can do with paint!

  6. Love the teal headboard! You should pick the hot pink for my daughter's front door someday! The Baby Got Back threat was awesome too! I'll have to remember that one someday!

    1. I LOVE that your daughter wants a hot pink door. Even if it is for her future home. That's my kind of girl. The Baby Got Back threat; it used to work. I've got to step up my game. (and update my iTunes). :)

  7. I must not really be "working" in that picture because there are only two computers in front of me. Yes, I vote for more food related blogs. I'm getting pretty good at helping "clean up" when you make special treats. The vending machine at work can't even compete with the treats my wife makes :). I think everyone loves Lucy (we haven't used that one yet, have we?). Lila is still a little shy around her but she is getting better. Funny how a big dog can be so afraid of a dog so small. Thanks for letting us spoil you for your birthday. It is a great occasion to celebrate and we are all so grateful to have you in our lives. Keep up the great posts!


    1. Yeah, I didn't post your work environment as to not make our local megaplex jealous over their lack of screens. :)
      Luuuuucy! I love saying that. Lila is just protecting her territory. We girls have a bad habit of doing that.
      Thx for all you do. (especially commenting on these posts.) It means so much.

  8. I'm all about rescue dogs so absolutely loved your line when you said 'another rescue dog has a forever home'. I remember having MANY grandpuppies before the two legged grandkids came around -- you are in for a HUGE treat - like none other, but all in due time, of course. Oh, and happy birthday - nice to be pampered, isn't it?

    1. Rescue dogs are the only way to go for us, Carol. Ours have been such blessings.
      Grandkids will be wonderful and celebrated, after I get my other children "raised" :)
      Thanks for the birthday greeting. It was an amazing day.

  9. I love your family - and your grand-fur baby. I'm a fur baby grandma as well - long story.

    My kids have not known about many a baked good. I'm not ashamed to admit it. :)

    Happy belated Birthday Shelly Bean!!

    1. Well now, I HAVE to hear about the fur baby story!
      Keeping kids away from the baked goods can be good for their health. That's what I say when I'm eating brownies in my closet :)

  10. I love the one about Alex, with the color thing. It sounds like my oldest daughter, we live in a small town and she said that when she got older she was moving to a big city... she now is married and lives in a smaller town than the one she grew up in. How things change once they grow up and move out. Michele, I love this post, you have a great family.

    1. It's funny how the kids can be more like us than they'd like to admit
      Dawn, You are always so sweet to leave comments. I thank you for that.


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