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Friday, June 19, 2015

Fly on the Wall: June 2015

It's that time again!  Welcome to the June Fly on the Wall Group Challenge. This month, 17 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 
C., The middle (son, 17)
J., The youngest (son, 10)
The man's awesome parents took the boys to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a few days.** No matter how old the kids get, I still find myself worrying over their safety.  Even when I know my children are in the best of hands, my anxious mind still finds scenarios to worry about.

Imagine then, how fun it was to have this texting conversation with my sarcastic son:
Me: How's it going?
C.: So much fun!
Me: Great! What's been your favorite thing so far?
C.: Getting lost with my brother in the woods
C.: buying a large knife
C.: running with scissors
C.: watching J. drive a boat
C.: climbing a cliff-like wall 
C.: watching J. throw up in a public pool
C.: Ok, so ONE of those things didn't happen.
Me: What???
C.: Sorry Mom. We're losing Wi-fi...

Two guys "driving" the boat.  

J. atop what looks like a VERY tall wall :)

**The boys had an amazing time. Both came home with their heads full of fish-tale stories and hearts full of wonderful memories.  With great relief to me, their bodies came back to their momma fully intact. :)

The man and I recently spent some time in San Diego. We sent the kids a photo of us from the airport.  When I looked at it, I realized we are THAT old, married couple. The one who take selfies TOGETHER, who (un)intentionally start dressing alike and saying things like "WE sent a photo"...

I half-way joked with the kids about the trip being my "Mental Health" vacation.  I always find peace and clarity when I'm near the water. I was certain I would return from this journey with more sanity...

...but then I saw Superman. I swear, I really saw him.

Food Quotes heard around the house this month: (Because at our home, food apparently equals love)

"That pot roast has been in the slow cooker longer than I've been awake. Yay summer vacation!"

"Blue Sour Patch kids are delicious. Blue Gummi Bears are just plain wrong."

"Day-old Churros must be an oxymoron."

"You're not coming to the movies with us?" (everyone high fives) "The extra butter possibilities are going to bring tears to Dad's eyes."

Alex: (via text) "Are you letting dad get popcorn? I want to support his health, but if he's having some I also need to support my love of butter and dreams."

"Yes I'm out of creamer and Yes, I put an old marshmallow peep in my coffee. Mornings are hard."

and finally,

The Man: "Drumsticks! We haven't had those in a really long time."
Me: "Eh. You know I don't like chicken on-the-bone."
The Man: "Not that kind. The ice cream. With the nuts on top? You know, the REAL drumsticks."

Say hello to more Fly on the Wall participants:
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                                
Juicebox Confession                            
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                               
Sanity Waiting to Happen                                  
Southern Belle Charm                        
The Sadder but Wiser Girl                      
Searching for Sanity                   
Go Mama O                                            
Eileen's Perpetually Busy 

Happy Friday, friends!


  1. Looks like the kids had a great time and I agree, no matter the age we moms worry. I love the selfie of you and hubs!!

    1. Thanks, Dawn. When a seventeen year-old and a ten year-old agree on the awesomeness of the same vacation, you know it must have rocked. I worry when my married daughter is at the grocery store. I'm never going to out grow that fear!

  2. Oh, you got nothing on me, I'm the QUEEN of worry. I tell my kid to be careful when he drives 2 miles to the gym. Clearly I need to spend more time calming down at the beach. Hope you had a great vacation. XO

    1. So glad to know I'm not the only worrier, Karen!
      The vacation was a healing thing. The ocean definitely has my heart. Mark is going back next week and I'm terribly jealous.
      Miss you! xox

  3. Wow!! What an awesome vacation for the boys! They are super lucky to have such fun grandparents. I would have totally worried too but that's just what we do.
    San Diego is a great place for some R&R. I bet it was a blast! We love it down there. Next time you head out to Cali, I suggest you vacation along the beach between Malibu and Santa Barbara... because I would love to see you. :)
    I love the picture of you and your honey. I think the color scheme just adds a little something extra awesome. <3
    Food totally equals love around here too.
    I hope you all continue to have an incredible and memorable summer full of fun!

    1. Meg, you are always so nice.
      I had a childhood full of the most wonderful grandparents. It's all I've ever wanted for my own children. We are extremely lucky to live near Mark's family where the kids have all been spoiled rotten.
      I will absolutely look you up when we plan our next trip to Cali! How fun would that be?
      I'm glad food=love for others. I often wonder how empty my social/personal life would be without celebrating it!

  4. The text from your son is HILARIOUS! I see he has your sense of humor. And NOOOO, you do not look like an old married coupe---you guys are adorbs together!

    1. C. loves to tease me. Texting is the next best thing after planting plastic spiders around the house ;)
      Thanks for the compliment. I always thought it was cute when my grandparents matched at church, but I never thought that would be me. When I saw the photo, all I could do was laugh.

  5. Yep, I still worry like crazy about my kids, too. When I can actually get them out of the house, that is... ;)
    SO FUNNY!!!!!!!
    YAY for your mental health vacation! I so need one of those!

    1. Thanks, Stacy. It seems I need a mental health vacation every other week!
      Worrying about my kids is the one constant in my life!
      Still, it feels good to know so many other moms get that.

  6. C is always such a character, isn't he?? Looks like they had so much fun! Buttered popcorn will break every diet I ever try ever. It's my love language. So glad you got to get away and see the beautiful ocean and superman! Haha drumsticks4eva! Great post! Love you.


    1. The boys really did have so much fun with the grandparents! I don't quite understand the buttered popcorn obsession, but I am so glad you were all able to enjoy the 3-D movie together.
      Superman and the Ocean...Heaven :)

  7. The selfie was great but you are NOT old - you're still a baby :) Loved the text from your son who has a great sense of humor.

    1. Aw, Thanks, Carol. My son is quite the character, for sure.
      He keeps me on my toes; I guess that's a good thing? :)

  8. Wow, the fly on the wall in our house had a lot to take in over the last month. It was fun listening to all the vacation stories from the boys, they certainly will have some life long memories from their trip with the grandparents. San Diego was very relaxing, with great people watching (like Superman) and long beach walks. The buttered popcorn was good, but came in a distant second to seeing the excitement on the kids' faces before and after the movie. I'm still holding out hope on some drumsticks (the real kind, of course) - Father's day is tomorrow (hint, hint).

    Love ya!


    1. I felt like none of us were here long enough to create fly on the wall stuff. Still, the kids never disappoint.
      Glad you guys all had fun I was too scared to see! LOL
      Drumsticks for everyone, man.

  9. I get anxious too, mama. You're not alone!

    As for your food convos... OMG. Too funny!

    1. Thanks, Robin! You KNOW food rules at this house!
      Mom anxiety; it's a thing!

  10. Such a cute post. And I loved your selfie. Y'all look like a hip couple. And you put a peep in your coffee! That's so awesome!!!!

    1. Thanks, Angela. Peeps, chocolate kisses, peppermint sticks...whatever I have in reach usually makes it into my cup of Joe :)

  11. Love the selfie (there's nothing wrong with being THAT couple :)

    1. Thanks for that, Sarah. Sometimes it feels like we are hooked at the hip. Perhaps that's not such a bad thing...

  12. Great post! I still worry about my kids even though they are all grown up. I am happy for you that you were able to get away on a vacation. Have a great rest of the week!!

    1. Dawn! It's so good to hear from you. I need to update your blog. It's not showing up (updating) on my sidebar. The vacation helped so much. Except for the laundry after...LOL


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