Fly on the Wall: Cuckoo Gaga Cray Cray

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 10 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.

Here’s who you’ll be hearing from:

  • Me, Mama O.
  • Daddy O.
  • Big Sister, age 6
  • Little Brother, age 4

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links at the bottom of my post for a peek into some other homes:

Can you Hear Me Now?

Ever feel like family members don’t listen to you? This happens all the time with my kids and happened recently with Daddy O. It went like this:

Me: There are extra english muffins in the freezer if you want some.

Two minutes later, Daddy O: Do we have english muffins?

Me: Big sister likes blueberries now.

Two minutes later, Daddy O to Big Sister: Do you like blueberries?

Me: Honestly, you didn’t hear me say those two things just minutes ago? Sigh…

Fashion Feedback

I did some shopping online and we had some interesting reactions to what I found.

Big sister: This is our like a belt on my sandal! I love them. (The “belt strap” is by her heel.)


Adorable- do they come in my size?

Little Brother: Shirts should cover my privates. (Upon trying on his new size 5 shirt, it covered his privates.)

Daddy O.: No, shirts don’t have to do that. I think Mom was saying that she likes shirts that cover her privates when she wears leggings.

Mama O in workout gear

This is an example of what I mean – I like a longer top to cover my “privates” when I wear leggings / spandex. This is my workout gear with #noMakeup #noFilter

I don’t always look cute when I workout. I also have these mannish, padded bike shorts. I’ll take function, comfort, and a good workout over cuteness anytime!


Me: (reacting to another online purchase) Isn’t the back of this sports bra cute?

Back detail of new sports bra (same yoga outfit as above).

Daddy O: Isn’t that like something Kendall Jenner would wear?

Me: Ugh. Did you really just say that?! How do you know what she wears?

Daddy O: I read it online.

Me: Wow, what a great way to spend your lunch hour! (Why did I ask? As a side note, cute sports bras are NOT comfortable. Don’t buy this kind of stuff online if you can’t return it. Ugh..but at least I won’t be wearing something that causes my husband to compare me to Kendall Jenner!)

Where do they come up with this?

Daddy O: Don’t be Cuckoo Gaga Cray Cray! (to Big Sister) Eat your breakfast.

Me: Wow, you came up with that one?

Daddy O: Yes, I guess I did.

Me: A new low in parenting, Daddy! That sounds like something from that Barbie show – lol. (Or possibly a new high in parenting as he relates to our 6 year old daughter – ha)

I’ve been calling Big Sister my mini-me for some time. Here we are together in a selfie that she didn’t want to be in:

Mama O and Mini Me

Anyway, she told me this week, “If I’m your mini-me, then you are my big-me.” Good point, but mini-me sounds way cuter! We talked about this last month, and she suggested I’d have white hair in a few months. It’s tough being the “big-me” I guess!

Mealtime Goofiness

Big sister to Little Brother (who was acting goofy at dinner): You can never be president!

Me: like he’s acting so weird that this would be brought up if he ran for president? Hmm when you were 4 we heard you had bad table manners.

Little Brother: (eating grapes) This tastes like chicken. (What?!)

Day Without the Kids

We had a very fun Saturday out, meeting family to canoe / kayak and go on a brewery tour. As usual, we were cutting it a bit close and should have left earlier.

Daddy O: What’s our ETA?

Me: Late!

Truth be told we were actually right on time. The rental place on the river opened right at the time of our canoe rental, so we made it! YES!

More Fantastic Fly Posts

Now, shoo fly & click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado         

Menopausal Mother          

Spatulas on Parade           

Searching for Sanity          

Never Ever Give Up Hope   

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

Southern Belle Charm         

Eileen’s Perpetually Busy     

Molly Ritterbeck                   


Fly on the Wall: Stop Chatty, Chat, Chatting

It’s that time of the month again! Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post.  I’ve written these posts before, and you can find past posts on this page of my blog.

Today 12 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.

Here’s who you’ll be hearing from:

  • Me, Mama O.
  • Daddy O.
  • Big Sister, age 6
  • Little Brother, age 4

Animal Antics

My kids really love animals, so I wasn’t surprised when my son said, “I am chewing my spaghetti as a llama.”  Oh really! He’s continued to say this whenever we eat pasta now.

Little brother sniffing me (like an animal), then told me, “When you wake up, you smell like a stinky ball.”

I asked him, “Do you smell like a stinky ball when you wake up?”

“No way!” he said.

While riding in the car, Little Brother declared, “Guess what? Wolves and African wild dogs can tire their prey to exhaustion. They run and run and run and then they get the moose.”

Me to Daddy O. “Wow, he’s just like that kid in Jerry Maguire!”

Tonight in the car, the kids were comparing my driving speed to how fast animals can run. “A lion is 40 mph. Did you know giraffes can only run 25 mph? This is way slower than a cheetah can run. Yeah, that’s 70 mph.” They really crack me up!

New Desserts

As I may have mentioned in other posts, I have a lot of time at home with Little Brother while Big Sister is in all day kindergarten. During winter we try to stay busy even if we’re indoors, so we’ve ended up baking together several times. One day he came up with his own dessert and starting giving me instructions:

“First take a chocolate granola bar. Then put Nutella on it. And then add green sprinkles.” He let me make my own version with Nutella on a graham cracker, saying “you get the pink sprinkles.”  This guy is chocolate lover like me!

Every year for the past 14 years we have been fortunate to receive some Japanese candies along with a card from a family I met when I spent a summer in Tokyo. In turn, I try to send them American candies.  This year it was fun trying all of the candies as a family. My daughter recently held up a fig-newton looking bar, and asked what I thought it was.

“It’s not chocolate! I know that much. It’s probably bean paste.” (as an aside, my mom had mistaken chocolate for bean paste when she visited me in Japan and bought a dessert all by herself – big disappointment).

Big Sister gave it a try, and exclaimed, “You gotta try this bean paste!” I guess I have a new ingredient that I can sneak into baking…

Just because we’re on the topic of baking and desserts, I thought I’d add a few comments around our 10 year anniversary.

Daddy O: I would really love a cherry pie for our anniversary.

Me (later in the day): I made you a marriage of our favorites – your tart cherries and my dark chocolate made one delicious chocolate cherry cake!

Daddy O: This is so good, I’ve had to have two a day!

Mama O and Daddy O on their 10 year anniversary

The selfie I took of Daddy O. and me on our actual anniversary.

Say WHAT?!

I took Little Brother shopping recently, and he spied some camouflage walkie talkies. He was all excited and of course wanted to buy them. I told him that he should bring his money to buy that toy, so we went home to empty his piggy bank and count it. When Daddy came home he said, “I have enough money for a wafee toffee.” I corrected him, “You mean a walkie talkie, right?”  Little Brother, “No, wafee toffee.”  We ended up returning to the store to let him buy the walkie talkie, and he since has stopped saying “wafee toffee.” It sounded pretty cute though!

When Little Brother is getting impatient (usually when we’re out in public), he has taken to saying, “Stop chatty, chat, chatting.” But my name is Cathy…isn’t Chatty Cathy a thing?

We were driving around, looking for a place to eat Sunday brunch, and as we passed a favorite neighborhood bistro, Little Brother professed, “I love bistros.”

Big sister wanted to play some apps or read some e-books on my Nook Tablet, and asked for the password, “Can you tell me the password when I’m like 13 or 14 years old?” Yes, I sure can. She’s so cute!

Life Isn’t Fair

Big sister at age 6 is becoming prone to drama – eye rolls, hands on the hip, and stare downs from time to time! Ugh!  She blurted out, “Jordan and Kate ALWAYS get hot lunch. How come I NEVER get hot lunch?! Life isn’t fair. Don’t laugh at me, Mom.”

Oh my child…I could not help but laugh.  How much you have to learn! And I am sure I will be hearing, “Life’s not fair” from you many more times!

For more Fly fun, be sure to click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado

Juicebox Confession

Menopausal Mother

Someone Else’s Genius

Spatulas on Parade

Searching for Sanity

Never Ever Give Up Hope

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

Not That Sarah Michelle

Southern Belle Charm

Growing Up, Down, and All Around

Sometimes my 3 and 5 year old have strange requests.

No surprise there.

Sometimes they can seem so grown up, but one recent request made me feel like they were growing back down. You see, they asked to drink from sippy cups that they found in a semi-retired status in the kitchen.

My son & daughter had matching green & hot pink sippy cups.

My son & daughter had matching green & hot pink sippy cups.

I was slightly annoyed because they certainly don’t NEED sippy cups!  In fact, they typically drink from small glass cups, which is definitely more grown up behavior. I gave in because, after all, it’s JUST a cup and not worth the battle, and much to my delight, they chugged their milk from them. WIN for me & the sippy cups!

Perhaps the trip backwards gave them some thrill. Maybe they want to be like their little cousin and friends who aren’t even a year old. Sometimes you just need to change it up with your cup of choice I guess.

Whatever the cause, it was a good reminder that kids (and adults) don’t only grow up in a straight, diagonal line. They can grow up then back down, or simply plateau for a while, and that’s okay. Here’s my 3 year old, who still likes to snuggle after every meal. In this case, he wanted to sit on my lap after having ice cream.

Yup - still my baby boy!

Yup – still my baby boy!

As a parent, I’m the one who must adjust to their growth, and help myself to grow all-around to best support my kids, husband, and family as a whole. This is no small feat!

Growing up and being the grown-up IS tough stuff, so there are times when I have to remind myself to kick back, relax, and be a kid. See the world through childlike eyes and tip one back in my own sippy cup!

My version of a sippy cup! Cheers to growing up, down & all around!

My version of a sippy cup! Cheers to growing up, down & all around!

First & Last Days of School

Hooray – the last day of school! We were all excited for the day, and now as the kids sleep in, I am taking some time to reflect a bit.  But first, the pictures – here’s my daughter on the first day back in September, and the last day in June.

first and last days of school

My big girl, now finished with 4K!

I love the first day of school picture: she’s grinning ear to ear, with a big, hot pink sticker on her shirt with her name & teacher’s name, backpack on, and ready to go!

Compared with the last day, she’s a little less excited, not as eager nor fast at getting ready in the morning, no sticker to identify who she is & where she needs to be, and a fancy outfit (of course)! Her expression says, “Mom, I got this.”

I am so proud of this little lady for how much she has grown and learned this year. Friends and family have noticed her come out of her shell more, and share more of her sweet, caring, and silly personality.

To quote a line from an awesome blogger, Deborah from The Monster in the Closet, slightly modified from her quote about her son:

My child “is not walking away from me,
but toward who she is meant to be.”

These words so beautifully summarize how I feel as a parent right now.  While there’s a wistfulness, there’s also a lot of excitement and joy to see what lies ahead for us.

My Top 10 Universal Truths of All Kids

In observing my own two kids and watching other nieces, nephews, and friends’ kids, I’ve come to discover many universal truths of all children.  Here are a few of my random observations:

All kids…

  1. Have their own distinct animal noise in one volume: EXTRA LOUD! My daughter’s is kind of like a trilled cawing of a sea gull.  My son can get so high pitched and screechy…so possibly another bird call.
  2. Have no concept of time – especially when getting ready for school or you are rushing to get out the door.
  3. Are oblivious to their own messes. “What is there to clean up?!” ha ha
  4. Would only ever wear sweatpants or soft pants if they could.
  5. Can be wise beyond their years and find ways to melt your heart. My daughter sees the beautiful flower in the dandelion and not the annoying weed. She also says “I love you all day, everyday.” Ditto sweetheart!
  6. Are little sponges, soaking in everything they see and hear. This is why we try to choose our words carefully.
  7. Are fireballs of energy – sometimes as if they had a double shot of espresso every waking hour. How can I bottle that up & borrow some?
  8. Are surprising, constantly keeping you on your toes. There’s no roadmap in parenting, as I wrote in this post, and the journey together presents chances to learn and grow.
  9. Should get outside everyday! They just simply behave better with some fresh air. (Also mentioned in Top 5 Things I Learned from my Kids).
  10. Are among life’s greatest blessings. They inspire me to do better and be better, and I thank God daily for their presence in my life. I write about this sentiment here (Attack of the Kissing Monsters and other Million Dollar Moments) and also here (On Parenting: the Milestones are Different Now).

What other universal truths are there for kids?  Let me know what I should add to this list!