Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 9 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado http://www.BakingInATornado.com
Menopausal Mother http://www.menopausalmom.com/
Searching for Sanity http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com
Eileen’s Perpetually Busy http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com/
Spatulas on Parade http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/
Never Ever Give Up Hope http://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Bookworm in the Kitchen http://www.bookwormkitchen.com
When I Grow Up http://kimberlyyavorski.com/whenigrowup/
Here’s who you’ll be hearing from in my house:
- Me, Mama O.
- Daddy O.
- Big Sister, age 7
- Little Brother, age 5
When I was a Baby
The kids have been fascinated with stories of themselves when they were younger, especially babies. We’ve had some fun sharing memories and have had some funny conversations along the way – like this one:
Little Brother: When I was just born, did I jump into your arms.
Me: Well, not exactly. You came out, and they put you in my arms. Babies can’t really jump when they’re just born.
Little Brother, crawls on my lap, as I’m seating on a glider chair with my feet on the ottoman and says, “toilet.” I had to think for a bit, but remembered that the kids made up this “game” when I sat in this chair with my feet up. “Oh yeah, that’s what you meant when you sat on my lap and said toilet.” It’s not that he had to use the toilet. Just go with it, Mom.
Me to Big Sister, “I like your cardigan. I’d wear it if it were in my size. Someday maybe we can share clothes.” And possibly shoes too…fingers crossed! Seriously, sometimes her clothes is cuter than mine! Someday – #lifegoals
Me & Daddy O.
Daddy O (referring to the pillow shams: These are on the floor 90% of the time!
Me: Yeah that’s why they are called a sham.
Daddy O. (looking at Big Sister’s jean jacket): Shouldn’t you iron that?
Me: (who HATES ironing): No, you don’t iron jeans, silly!
What Really Goes on at Scout Camp
Me: I was thinking about looking at sending big sister to a girl scout day camp.
Little Brother: Do they hunt deer?
Me: No, it’s not like they live off the land. They may make a fire, but I’m sure they have food ready for them.
Daddy O: It’s not like Oregon Trail.
Me: Where they hunt for berries and then get dysentery. (This joke is going over the kids’ heads completely, by the way.)
Big sister: That doesn’t sound like fun.
Big sister: Can I just get an allowance?
Me: No, you need to do chores for money.
Big sister: No, just get money every week
Me: Just for being my daughter? No. You need to do work to earn money.
Little Brother goes to school half days, but has recently shared with me, “Mom, I wish the school days were on weekends and the weekends were on school days.” I just reply, “Well, those two school days would be super long. I don’t think it’s going to change.”
He then said, “Maybe God could change that.”
I think that may fall under the “unanswered prayer” category, but I think it’s sweet that he’s already pining for longer weekends at age 5.
I can’t help it: I like a deal!
I received a credit to try out two meals from Hello Fresh, and so of course I tried it.
We selected a family portion and tried Sweet & Sour Shrimp and a Penne Bake.
The service IS nice. The box was delivered late afternoon, so I had plenty of time to get it inside and start my meal prep. All in all, there is A LOT of cardboard, frozen ice and packing inserts, so I couldn’t help but feel it would be wasteful to do this EVERY week.
Okay, so the meals – I made the shrimp dish first, per the instructions. The ingredients were very fresh. My kids insisted on snacking on the snow peas before I could cook them up! That was fine with me! Go ahead & eat those veggies kids! This meal took a bit longer than suggested to prepare. I should have saved it for a weekend night versus during the week to have more time to prep. However, it was a hit. We had a LOT of leftover rice, and some leftover sweet & sour shrimp too.
Compared to the first meal, the second meal was another story. First off, the chicken sausage was missing from my shipment, so I made it a vegetarian meal. Second, the thyme was a pain to use fresh. I should have just used the dried stuff in my cabinet…though maybe it wouldn’t have been as fragrant. Third, the seasoning packet warned that it was spicy. I used a small amount, and it still was a bit much. I couldn’t even serve this pasta bake to my kids due to the spice. My husband and I thought it was okay. We really had a lot of this leftover. Ugh.
I did call customer service at Hello Fresh to tell them about the missing meat in my shipment. They were very nice and apologetic and gave me a credit for my account. I will be trying Hello Fresh another time after these mixed reviews. There is a nice convenience to the service, but I’ll have to determine if I think it’s worth the higher cost of meal planning.
Hey there! I’m still here, going, going, going, as Go Mama O. does it! One fun activity that we’ve enjoyed as a family has been painting. See I was on a mission to paint artwork for decorating our master bedroom, so I was doing some painting on my own with the help of YouTube videos.
Here is my first birch tree painting that I did a few months ago:
It is a bit different than the great tutorial from Angela Anderson. See her video here:
Pretty, right?! I find a nice sense of quiet when I’m painting, so I decided to try to do some more and let my kids get involved too.
The lure of painting on a canvas was too much, so I let the kids try it out. My daughter chose to paint her name, but my son has wanted to be like Mom and paint with a tutorial.
The first one pictured in the upper left was one my son did.
Here’s the video from The Art Sherpa for the moonlit winter birch trees:
His interpretation is pretty good for a 5 year old!
Though I had thought the larger canvas would work well for hanging in our bedroom, I decided to let my son work on it. We ended up painting it together, starting with the lime green background. Yes, he was painting in his pajamas! We selected this Bill Inman Art tutorial as our guide.
I love painting leaves with my kids, since they are so free spirited with their paint strokes! After a while my son just does his own thing and gets very focused. Similar to his last painting, he wanted to have a birch tree again. At the time, I was working on my own larger sized canvas on a group of birch trees, so I think it was just a birch tree trend. I watched the Clive 5 Art video for my own painting:
Recently, I hung both the co-painting masterpiece next to my own painting. I really like how they turned out!
While some of our paintings may not end up as we like, we have enjoyed sharing in the process of creating together. It has been a fun and relaxing hobby for us, and I hope that will continue.