The Cool Kids

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fly on the Wall: March 2015

Hey-O!  Welcome to the March Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 14 amazing 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, 21) 
C., The middle (son, 16)
J., The youngest (son, 10)

First of all, I'd like to explain where in the world I've been for the last few months. But if I did that, I'd actually have to give an answer. The truth is I've been dealing with issues out in the real world that are a bit too painful to blog about. Yet. I miss writing so much. I hope to continue, but for right now, I'm here. Thanks for sticking around :)

Hockey, anyone?
Red Wings forever, I know. But, we are across the country from Joe Louis Arena. For now, the youngest is attending games here in our city. Our team, the Mustangs, are part of the Western States Hockey League. J. absolutely loves it.
Thank goodness the Mustangs also wear red.

Since J. likes to imitate life in LEGO form, this is sitting in the middle of his bedroom:

Check out that audience. Everyone is a fan :)

Here's the zamboni!

The announcer.
...and the "Stanley Cup". 

Love this month was:
  1. Getting coffee each morning from the man. He rocks. There's no other way to put it.
  2. The middle child giving up Java and Coke for Lent. Someone has to pick up the extra caffeine. I'm happy to help.
  3. Sharing something personal with an in-law and getting the kindest response EVER. Seriously. EVER.
  4. Getting a text in the middle of the day from the eldest that says, "I love you, mama."
  5. Getting funny memes and words of encouragement from amazing online friends.
  6. Receiving a surprise gift from my forever friend. 

Thank you, Nick Nack! 

Yep, I'm Asian.
You might have already known that. But, if you had any doubt, check out my red "Mr. Miyagi" painting job. It was the first coat of my sewing room re-do. 
Old room with the dreaded "I don't know what's been on you" carpet.

First coat. Wax on, wax off. Two brushes at the same time.

3 coats later...

Quote of the month: (and a bit of bragging)

To the man and me: "Oh yeah, if you want to come tonight, I might be getting an award."

-said the boy who won First Place in Engineering in the District Senior STEM fair, The Office of Naval Research Award, a Yale Science and Engineering Association Award, and the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Award for Sustainability Solutions. You know those times when life gets you down? When being a teenager is really hard? This night told all that negativity where to go.

While I had nothing to do with these awards, I did give birth to that child. Let a mom hold a certificate or two.

Advice of the month from Grams:
When I asked Grandma what keeps her looking so young:
"Walk around with Jesus in your heart. Let that light shine through. Oh, and always wear a long-line bra. In a size that fits, of course, not one that you WANT to fit."
-Thanks Grams.

Thanks once again for reading. Thanks also 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  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                          
Spatulas on Parade                          
Follow Me Home                           
Menopausal Mother                          
Stacy Sews and Schools                        
Battered Hope                                   
Just A Little Nutty                                  
The Momisodes                                        
Someone Else's Genius                            
The Sadder but Wiser Girl                        
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                            
Disneyland in Kentucky                               
Juicebox Confession                            
Searching for Sanity                      
Go Mama O       

Happy Friday, friends!


  1. YAY for the engineering award!!! SO AWESOME!!!!
    Love Gram's advice!!
    Sending lots of love, HUGS and thoughts to you!!!! <3

    1. We are really proud of C. He worked so hard on his project; it was nice for him to get such positive feedback.
      Grams rocks :)
      Thank you for the love, Stacy. You are an amazing woman <3

  2. So much to comment on... Engineering award, great job, you should be a very proud mom... The Legos are Awesome, J and Emily would get along so well she loves hockey too! I see Sponge Bob... Bring J to Michigan and we'll go to a Red Wings game. and the cup is so cool...Hope you guys are doing good, Miss you tons..

    Love ya Brenda

    1. Brenda, we were so proud of him. I cried watching him because he was so happy. Ugh. J. needs to hop on a plane and see an octopus get thrown on the ice. We can send he and Emily to the game and then WE can catch up. I miss you, Brenda. <3

  3. Love love that coffee mug - so sweet! I've thought about sending that to my best friend in Texas. :-) The Mr. Miyagi / sewing room painting was funny. The red walls look so dramatic & I'm sure will inspire creativity. Kudos to your son as well!! That must be so rewarding as a parent to see your child be recognized for their hard work!! YAY! Precious advice from Grams too. :-) Take care!

    1. That mug made me cry!! It's the little surprises that make the world go round. Send it to your friend in Texas. She will love it! Mr. Miyagi was in the back of my head the whole time. I think I even attempted the "Crane" stance when reaching the ceiling. LOL!
      Watching the pride on C.s face was the biggest award. His academic intelligence passed mine about 5 years ago. ;) Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. I miss you and I'm sorry you've been dealing with so much stress. I hope it all ends well and ends soon. You know you can email me any time you want to "talk".
    Congratulations on all of those awards. Amazing.

    1. I miss you too, Karen. It's been hard not sharing the world with you, but I know you've been dealing with things too. I will e-mail you very soon. This is the first blog challenge where I haven't been able to get to everyone's blogs. I decided to start with the ones who commented here. A little backwards, but it will give me a sense of direction for now. What? Me not a rule follower? That's killing me. Those awards. Ugh. You already know how much they meant after this month. Love you, friend.

  5. Congratulations to your son, that's an incredible thing to be able to brag about. You deserve to be a very proud mum right now. And I loooved the Lego hockey arena, it was so incredibly detailed. Welcome back, so happy to be able to read your stuff again.

    1. Thank you, Erin. I am so proud. He's a good egg.
      The hockey arena. Man, I don't know where he gets it from. J. takes in every detail of where he is. The hockey thing blew my mind. Now, if he'd just clean up the rest of his room...
      Thanks for your kind words. They mean a lot <3

  6. WOOOOHOOO congrats on the engineering award.... LOVE the cool! Great advice Grams, LOL

    1. Thanks, Karen! It's always funny to write these blogs and realize that we do have eventful months after all :)
      Love hearing from you!

  7. Love this blog! First of all, go C! He's awesome! So proud of him and everything he has accomplished. Secondly, J is for sure a future employee at Lego Land. That Detroit Red Wings lego set is amazing! You're so lucky to have such an amazing friend to send you that adorable mug. You are so loved, Shellybean! Proud of you and the awesome family you've been raising. (Mainly your fantastic daughter.) ;)

    1. It was a blessed, trying month, Alex. SO glad you were here to share some of it with us. Love you and your kind words. That daughter of mine IS pretty fantastic. I should tell people :)

  8. When J gets into something, he really gets into it and his Lego hockey area shows that he spares no detail. Same with C and his school work, his work is always his best and his first place finish and all the awards were well deserved. And Alex is graduating from college in less than 45 days - we've got some awesome kids and we couldn't be prouder of them! Love the mug from Nick Nack, she's a great FF. The flooring and paint job in the craft room look great - another excellent selection by our resident interior designer and all around crafty person. Keep up the great work!


    1. I can't add to anything you said here without crying. I'm very proud of everyone in this family. I'm lucky and blessed and all of that goodness. <3

  9. So much to comment on!
    So sorry you've been out of sorts! What a long and crudy winter it has been, no matter which state you live in!! Sending big hugs your way!
    The awards were SO awesome! And those LEGOs! Holy wow! You have some seriously talented kiddos, Shel!
    You know Gram just cracks me up! We are beyond lucky to have our grandmas to make us laugh, hold our hands, or say a much needed prayer for us. Were would we be without them?

    Oh! And just remember, even "awesome and fantastic" FF's can (sometimes) be slackers in the commenting department! The mug came out perfectly. I love that YOU love it.
    Miss ya!

    1. NickNack, I absolutely loved that mug. It feels like a hug :)
      Our Grams. I can't even imagine when I can't quote her anymore...
      You are more than fantastic and awesome. You're real. And honest. I love ya :)
      Miss you, FF.

  10. Way to go C! Love those proud momma moments.

    Wish I knew what to say to help. Sending you hugs and prayers.

    1. They were such proud Momma moments! I cried. Your commenting is all the words I need. Your thoughts mean a lot. Thanks, Ann <3


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