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Friday, May 22, 2015

Fly on the Wall: May 2015

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the May Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 16 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
Alexandra, the eldest 
Micah, Alex's husband 
C., The middle (son, 17)
J., The youngest (son, 10)

Questioning our eating habits:
The man and J. have a weekly donut date...
We offered to meet up one weeknight with our daughter and her husband for dinner. I was thinking of eating at a steakhouse or somewhere along those lines. The kids had other ideas. Every one wanted to go to an all-you-can-eat buffet. Really? Really. The downside of this was that I wasn't able to visit with any of the kids. They were too busy getting up and down, while eating all 16 possible courses the buffet offered. The upside was listening to the kids for the two days up until that dinner. They were texting and reminding each other to wear elastic pants and to not eat breakfast or lunch so they could fill up. It was much like preparing for a big event, except that they were preparing to eat three days worth of food in one sitting. It was, in their words, a "big success".
These were my actual Mother's Day cards from the kids. No vegetables or fruit, unless you count the flavors...
Look closely. The kids made all of that by hand!

Questioning our down-time:
I can't tell you exactly how many days it has rained this month (too many!) or what we have left in the fridge. I CAN tell you though, that my son introduced me to Netflix. I didn't want to go down that rabbit hole, but I did. I also can tell you anything you'd like to know about the 8 seasons of "Scrubs" or the first three seasons of "Chuck." I need help.
Remember the rule, "No animals on the sofas?" This is how you get around that.
Lucy balances on the man's hip.

Random Family Quotes:

"I'm at the game and there is a lull, but the lady in front of me (on her iPad) is on Tinder, so there's that."

"I'm sitting in a classroom and I kid you not. The teacher said the Sun is a planet."

"I was on Reddit and read about these crazy guys who eat oranges in the shower. I thought it was a little weird. (pauses for my reaction) I'm telling you in case you're wondering why my bathroom smells like citrus."

"Can fried dill pickles be considered a low-residue food if I chew them up really well?"

"I hate driving your car, Michele. I feel like I'm riding in a clown car. I took it early this morning and put gas in it for you. I felt ridiculous."

My friend texts me later : "Hey, I was on my way to work this morning and I saw Mark driving your car. His head was bent sideways. Tell him to put the top down before he breaks his neck."

Questioning where the time is going:
May really has been a crazy-busy month.

J. worked hard to get his 4th grade "Phd".

C. went to prom and will be a High School Senior tomorrow. No, he's not a vampire. My flash was on!

Alexandra is now a college graduate! She received her B.S. in Elementary Education.

3 words left for this crew: Bring on Summer!

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                            
Disneyland in Kentucky                               
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                                  
Juicebox Confession                            
Eileen's Perpetually Busy                    
Searching for Sanity                        
Southern Belle Charm                           
Sanity Waiting to Happen                                   


  1. congrats to C on the prom and Alexandra's on her graduation. Such talented and creative Mother's Day gifts.

    1. It's been a busy month; in the best way. Thanks, Karen!

  2. Love the dog photo! I could use some elasticated pants right now after eating 3 pieces of chocolate brownie! Great Prom and Graduation photos too. Miss Mac has her prom next month so I expect my next fly on the wall post will have a few photos of that.

    1. Now I want chocolate brownies!! I can't believe how quickly time passes. It feels like Alex just graduated from Kindergarten. Whew.
      The elastic pants were kind of genius :)

  3. Congratulations on all of the school successes.
    I want to eat your mother's day cards. Is it OK to say that to a friend?
    I TOTALLY need a picture of Mark bent over driving your car!

    1. You know me. Those mother's day cards were perfect :)
      If Mark will ever step foot in that car, I'll be sure to take a pic. As it is, he pushed the car out of the garage with one hand, just to get the recycling out.
      Come over and eat Mike and Ikes' and popcorn with your old blogging buddy... <3

  4. What a wonderful family picture!
    Congrats on all the wonderful things that have occurred this month! Survival of 4th grade, Prom, College graduation, bonding over elastic waistbands and Lucy finding a way to circumvent the laws of the couch!
    I love your family! <3
    I hope you all have a wonderful summer!

    1. Thank you, Meg. It was busy and jumbled, but the kids are all out for the summer now. Woo Hoo!
      I love your comments! Cheers right back at you to a peaceful, restful summer <3

  5. LOVE that family picture!!!
    Those cards are AMAZING!!!!!
    Congratulations for the graduate!!! YAY for the prom and finishing 4th grade! All great milestones!!!

    1. Thank you, Stacy! This was a year for the books. We are all glad to start to breath again. Hope your summer is off to a wonderful start! <3

  6. Holy wow you've got some good lookin' kids! Smart AND talented! Love your Mother's Day cards and the pup sleeping on Mark! Ha!!! Our Jojo does that also! To the person who mentioned pickles (as if I need to even ask who!) they are an entire food group unto themselves! Nuff said. ��
    You've all been busy bees! Enjoy the summer friends!
    Love your FF ❤

    1. Only you would recognize the dill pickle love! LOL!
      I'm proud of the kids. More for the way they continue to make me laugh, but also for their individual accomplishments.
      I can't wait for summer to kick in! SO glad we've been able to keep in touch! Thank you for commenting here. It means a lot, FF <3

  7. Ahhh love those all you can eat buffets. They had the right idea, eat enough for three days......

    1. I wish eating for three days at the buffet would have filled them up. I don't know how, but they were ready to eat again the very next day. Ugh. :)

  8. I've still got a few extra pounds from the buffet outing (or maybe it's from the donut dates, can't keep track now). The kids did really enjoy it and so did we, even though we only got to see them briefly between their 16 courses. They really did a great job on the Mother's Day cards, they have started quite a tradition and can't wait to see what they come up with next year. Lucy is a smart dog, she knows how to skirt the rules and find a fluffy pillow (from too many donuts and buffets) at the same time. What more can I say about our children? They have accomplished so much this year and we are so proud of them. It's hard to believe another school year is over. Thanks for the fun blog post. Love, -M

    1. We really are a food-centric family, aren't we?
      I loved the hand-made cards. Where did all of that artistic talent come from?
      Another school year in the record books. We are going to go into summer coma mode very soon.

  9. I love the cards! Very talented kids you've got!

    1. Thanks, Eileen! I always look forward to the kid's cards. The accompanying candy never hurts, either ;)

  10. Wow! I can't believe how much your kids have grown. You have a beautiful family! <3

    1. I swear the kids change every day. I try to slow it all down, but they won't cooperate!
      Thanks, Marcia <3

  11. Your husband and my husband have that in common: too tall for our small cars. That's why they are OUR cars... duh!
    'The sun is a planet'... I worry for humanity.
    Congrats to Alex on her graduation!!

    1. You are right. I could never accuse the man of "stealing" my car. He'd rather walk :)
      Oh, Robin. The Sun. My head hurts.

  12. Love the photos. What type of car do you have that he would call it a clown car? Guys are funny.
    Love the art work, the kids did a great job.

    1. Thanks, Dawn. It's a little FIAT convertible. I love it because I have short legs, so it's perfect for me. Mark's legs bump into the bottom of the steering wheel. (It really is funny to see).
      Hope your week is going great!

  13. You had me smiling throughout and then I got to the family quotes and laughed out loud. I related to the car thing and had to smile again! My hubby has used the same excuse about pets on the sofa -- they are on his lap. That was then -- now, they are on the sofa on blankets - I give up

    1. Thanks, Carol! Our rule used to be "No pets on the furniture". That went out the window with "No food in the living room" and "No pets keeping me warm on the bed." :)

  14. Congratulations on all the exciting events in your family. Good to know my children are not the only ones who prepare for the trip to the all-you-can-eat buffet. They go in for the same training for Thanksgiving.

    1. Thanks, Ann. All-you-can-eat buffets are like "thanksgiving!". Is it a Utah thing? I hope you are doing well <3


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