Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 8 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:
Here’s who you’ll be hearing from:
- Me, Mama O.
- Daddy O.
- Big Sister, age 7
- Little Brother, age 5
For more Fly Posts, you can see my Fly on the Wall PAGE!
Yikes! This is only the third time this year that I’ve been part of this blogging challenge. A lot has been going on – major volunteering, launching my marketing business, but I did take some time to hang with my girls and see Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block. Unfortunately, Paula Abdul wasn’t able to perform due to an injury. My dear BFF (who I knew back when these bands were around) warned me before the concert that we may hear, “Old voices.” I really didn’t know what she meant, so she went on, “You know, they may just sound old and different.” Well…here’s what they looked like:
I didn’t think they sounded old. Boyz II Men still had it too! It was a very fun night!
After that week, it’s been a balancing act of summer school, sports, work, and fun with family & friends. All good things of course!
Fast forward to July 4th, and Daddy O had this to say:
“I feel unpatriotic drinking this beer.”
Some Expressions are Tough to Understand
Me: I need to balance my checkbook. Big sister: What are you balancing it on?
Me: We’ll be carpooling today with our neighbors. Big sister replies, “I hope the water’s warm.” Hmm…there’s no pool in the car.
Big Sister: Adults almost always ruin my mood especially you Mom.
This is what I get for laying down the law during summer! It’s funny because her comment reminds me of what they said last summer. I wrote about it in “You Might be Home with your Kids for Summer if…”
I was talking to Little Brother about getting along with friends, after hearing that he was name-calling. He went on to say, “those darn friends mess everything up sometimes.” For being five, he sure can sound like a grumpy old man sometimes!
Crazy Little Brother
Little Brother kept saying “subspicious” for several weeks.
Little Brother describing his two recess times at school: I play Ningajo in the morning and monster in the afternoon.
We ended up finding a love seat and two chairs for our living room. Once they were delivered, Little Brother referred to it as a “love couch.”
While helping with chores, I discovered that Little Brother loves to scrub with the toilet brush. “It’s kind of like stirring a big soup,” he said. Stir on, I say!
Me to Little Brother: Stop being crazy!
Big Sister explains: He was born crazy, mom.
Little Brother was sitting on my lap, and asked where my heart was. He guessed, “between those Rocky Mountains?” Yes, referring to my boobs! Ahh! Previously, he told us that, “boobs are enjoyable.” The gray hairs are coming already because of this kid!
Awesome has a New Meaning
Me at dinnertime: My day was productive.
Kids: What does that mean?
Little Brother: Like awesome?
Me: Yes, exactly!
I hope you all have an awesome rest of July! Cheers, my dear readers.
I took this picture yesterday morning when I was enjoying my green tea. Coffee came later in the morning. Caffeine is a good thing.
Isn’t this the best mug?
It makes me smile for several reasons:
- My seven year old mini-me drew it.
- It’s either a younger me or her self-portrait
- I emailed the gift idea to my husband prior to Mother’s Day.
- He “surprised me” with it.
- I accidentally opened the box it shipped in because I’m usually the only one who does online shopping. Oops – surprise!
Here’s to hoping you’re drinking your own favorite beverage from a mug that is as meaningful and fun as mine. Cheers!
Tonight just after dinnertime I said to my daughter, who was dancing and singing loudly, “Sweetie, I just need some space right now.”
Her reply was precious, “Well, you better get a space suit and space ship and fly into space then.”
Hi ya! I was scrolling through some pictures from our road trip out to Washington D.C., and I couldn’t help but make some collages of our many attempts to get a nice family picture. It was a beautiful spring day on the Mall. While we missed the main cherry blossoms, it was still a lovely temperature, which was much, much nicer than the spring we’ve been having in Wisconsin. My kids were having more fun being silly for pictures I was trying to take to mark the occasion: their first trip to D.C.
Here’s what I could capture:
The one on the top left is one of the last pictures of the day. We quick grabbed some ice cream and shakes from an ice cream truck because it was hot and we were all tired from a day of walking. If my son had worn sunglasses, it might be almost passable. At least we are all in the picture, unlike the one at the Lincoln Memorial, where my son is hiding behind Daddy O. (riding on his back). I also like the one on the top right, where my daughter looks confused and my son is sort of winking.
At any rate, these collages are fun. Much like any family vacation in its entirety, they are not perfect by any means. There are good times, bad times, and down right ugly times as kids (and adults) get tired, impatient, and sick of being in the car for so long. We were silly. We did laugh and have fun, and we did it all together, making memories along the way. These pictures are reminders of all that!
Cheers to family pictures of all kinds!
More stories about our trip will be coming.