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.)

Sandals

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!

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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                   http://www.bakinginatornado.com/

Menopausal Mother                    http://www.menopausalmom.com/

Spatulas on Parade                     http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/

Searching for Sanity                    http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com

Never Ever Give Up Hope             http://batteredhope.blogspot.com

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy         http://dinoheromommy.com/

Southern Belle Charm                   http://www.southernbellecharm.com

Eileen’s Perpetually Busy               http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com/

Molly Ritterbeck                             http://mollyritterbeck.com/

 

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Fly on the Wall: Infinity Thumbs Up

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

Quips from Vacation

We were fortunate to be able to escape Wisconsin and spend some time in sunny Arizona as a family. We brought our GPS along, and it gave us the very helpful direction of, “Turn left onto road.”  We missed said “road” and had to circle back to find it. I don’t believe the road had a name, but this was a prime example of unhelpful directions. Gotta love technology!

While at the Sonora Desert Museum (more on that HERE), we were at a touch pool and learned about a sea creature that “poops out its stomach as a defense mechanism.” Our kids LOVED this, and kept on saying a lot of potty talk, including, “I’m going to diarrhea on your face.” So. Gross. Here’s a picture of us shortly after that comment.

Visiting the Sonara Desert Museum

Daddy and Mama O at the Sonora Desert Museum

While listening to the radio in the rental care, Daddy O. commented, “Ugh, Bulldog.” I just laughed, guessing, “Oh, you mean Pittbull?” And he did.

Early in the morning, we would see the sun rising just as the moon was setting. It was so beautiful. My son called it a sunset, but we explained that sunsets only happen in the evening. “I mix up my sunsets and moon-sets,” was his cute comment, though it IS not often that we see a moon set. Too bad I don’t have a picture to go along with it…

One day in Tucson we decided to hike on some trails in Sabino Canyon with Daddy O.’s youngest brother. The kids took off running, so I had to stop them, explaining, “You won’t see the rattlesnakes or their homes if you run by them.” Fortunately, this worked.

At this time of year, snow melt coming off the top of the mountain made the rivers and streams rather high. Some trails were blocked or required fording the river. I told Daddy O. that I had no interest in getting wet, especially since the kids only had one pair of shoes along. He agreed. Big sister had other ideas though. As we ate our snack by a small creek, she suggested, “I know how we can cross the river. We can take off our shoes and socks, roll up our pants, and go across. We can put everything back on when we are on the other side.” Well thought out…but we told her no. She POUTED her way along, lagging behind and being generally grumpy.  Finally, when we saw this dam, we told her that she could put her feet in the water.  Check out her reaction:

 

Hiking Sabino Canyon

From top: starting our hike, me at the dam area, Big Sister finally putting her feet in.

She screamed, “It’s too cold!!” (the adults were thinking, yeah, damn cold), but her mood improved greatly after she had the chance to see for herself.  At the end of our hike, which ended up being over 4 miles, Daddy O.’s brother declared, “That was the slowest I’ve ever hiked 4 miles.” Yes, welcome to our lives with kids!!

On our last morning as we packed everything up and left the hotel to get into our rental car, Little Brother exclaimed, “that was a long trip!”  And we were just getting started for about 9 hours of travel. Fortunately, the kids were troopers and traveled very well! YAY!

Back Home Again

Little Brother has kept saying, “I want to go back to Arizona.” And “I want a LONG break from the snow,” in response to me saying, “wasn’t it nice to have a short break from the snow?!”

These comments were made when we went for a little walk on a nearby trail.  Look what Big Sister found!

snake in the snow

Do you see what we see? That’s NOT a stick!

I didn’t realize snakes would venture out in the snow! Big Sister explained, “Yeah, the groundhog said it would be an early spring,” (which partly explained why she wasn’t surprised to see the snake).  Let’s HOPE he’s right!

Thumbs Up

I’m trying to get my kids to eat more veggies, so I was so happy when Little Brother declared, “infinity thumbs up for cooked broccoli.”  Another time it was only 60 thumbs up for cooked cauliflower, but I’ll take it because he ate it. I love it when I make meals that get thumbs up from my kids!

I’m sure there was more crazy things that I overheard, but that’s all I’ve managed to record for this post! For more Fly fun, be sure to click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                         Baking In A Tornado

http://www.juiceboxconfession.com                            Juicebox Confession

http://www.menopausalmom.com/                          Menopausal Mother

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                            Someone Else’s Genius

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                      Spatulas on Parade

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                      Searching for Sanity

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                         Never Ever Give Up Hope

http://dinoheromommy.com/                     Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com          Not That Sarah Michelle

http://www.southernbellecharm.com                   Southern Belle Charm

http://mybrainonkids.net                                      My Brain on Kids

Fly on the Fall: Which is that Farmer Thing?

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 a total of 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.

Fly on the Wall Post

Here’s who you’ll be hearing from:

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

For a visual, here are some of our silly pictures from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day:

silly christmas pictures

A Few Gems from Christmas

As Christmas approached without snow and we’d hear the song, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” our kids would yell in reply, “No, it’s not.”

On Christmas morning, I said to Daddy O., “You know your kids are getting older when they’ll actually eat breakfast before opening presents.” I still can’t believe this happened!

I made some quick cinnamon rolls from a tube, something I don’t do often. Big sister exclaimed, “These are the best cinnamon rolls EVER!” Love her enthusiasm! And I’m glad she’s so easy so please – at times.

Big sister surprised us again, declaring, “The people with the fewest presents get to open them first.” So our cat Sumo opened her gift from Santa. She loved the cat toy that sort of looks like a fishing pole. Daddy O. said, “Wow, a toy Sumo actually likes, and the kids can finally play with her!” It was a minor Christmas miracle.

Daddy O.’s Birthday

To celebrate Daddy O.’s Birthday, we went out for breakfast. On our way there, we spotted a red tailed hawk on a power line. Big sister said, “Seeing a raptor on your birthday is better than cake!”

We didn’t have cake for Daddy O. either (which is what I think I was saying before the raptor comment). Instead we made pumpkin bread with cranberries. Happy Birthday to our fabulous Daddy!

Daddy O Bday

After breakfast and before the birthday bread, we enjoyed snowshoeing as a family. Here are some pics from that:

family snowshoe in Wisconsin GoMamaO

Family fun in the snow! It was a beautiful Wisconsin winter day!

 

Yes, We Just Said That

We’ve been inside a lot with colder weather and some colds the past few weeks. Daddy O. was encouraging the kids to find something to do, and I overheard:

Daddy O: I didn’t say ride on your brother.

Me: Don’t ride on your brother?!

Daddy O: Yes, I just had to say that. Sigh…

And I also heard Daddy O. tell Little Brother, “Sop flying off the handle!” Little Brother innocently replied, “Which handle?!” It’s so cute when they don’t understand these sayings!

Little Brother Highlights

During a sick day, Little Brother and I were watching a cooking show. For some reason, he likes watching cooking and baking on TV from time to time – a nice change from cartoons.  This time Martha Stewart was on.

Little Brother: Is Martha a real person?

Me: Yes, honey.

Little Brother: Do you know her?

Me: No.

Little Brother: Can you call her? Do you know her phone number?

Me: No, I can’t! (lol!)

One day for breakfast, little brother asked for “hula hoop things.” I think he meant fruit loops.

And finally, my favorite saying came from a conversation we had while walking to the grocery store.

Little Brother: Which is that farmer thing?

Me: What do you mean?

Little Brother: That farmer way of blowing noses.

Me: OH, you mean a “farmer blow?”

Little Brother: Yeah, farmer blow.

Me: You don’t need to do a farmer blow when you have a tissue.  Here’s a tissue!

I honestly forgot when we mentioned the term “farmer blow,” but it was in his little head! Maybe it was when we were camping over summer…? Who knows, but it was hilarious!

Now click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                         Baking In A Tornado

http://www.juiceboxconfession.com                            Juicebox Confession

http://www.menopausalmom.com/                          Menopausal Mother

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                            Someone Else’s Genius

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                  Spatulas on Parade

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                      Searching for Sanity

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                         Never Ever Give Up Hope

http://dinoheromommy.com/                     Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com          Not That Sarah Michelle

http://www.southernbellecharm.com                   Southern Belle Charm

http://mybrainonkids.net                                     My Brain on Kids

Fly on the Wall: Big Dreams and Lots of Love

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. 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.

Fly on the Wall Post

If you’re new here, this is who is featured in Fly on the Wall:

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

Big Dreams

Daddy O. subscribes to some car enthusiast magazines.

Reading Car & Driver Magazine together

A few years ago – Daddy O. and Little Brother reading Car & Driver magazine.

He was reading it with the kids around, and I overheard:

Little Brother: Can we buy that (a Lotus Evora)? We have a lot of money.

Big Sister: I have a lot of money.

Little Brother: We could tape it together.

Big Sister: Wait, how many seats does it have?

Daddy O: Only two seats

I think that ended the conversation! We often tease them that two-seaters don’t have room for car seats, so they are a mom and dad ONLY car.  Daddy O. is definitely DREAMING of the day he may get a fancy sports car.

Random Things we Hear in the Morning

While “helping” Daddy O. pick out clothes, my son was jumping on the bed, and asked, “Did it (the bed) shiver?”  I understood what he meant!

Big sister, “I have a busy morning. Actually everyday I have a busy morning. I have to wake up, eat breakfast, make my bed, brush teeth, brush hair, pack my backpack…” She is too cute. We made her a chart for getting ready each day to check off her “jobs” to give me a break from saying, “Hurry up!” It’s been working well, but has apparently felt like a lot to her. Ah, the innocence of youth!

I gave my daughter hot chocolate, saying that it might be hot. She replied, “Burning hot!” (a big exaggerated) My son, agreeing said, “So hot you could boil an egg.”

 Things We Thought We’d Never Say

At library craft time, I said to my kids, “You two are very good at crafts.” My daughter, ever so modest, replies, “Yeah, I’m really good,” and my son chimes in, “Better than the rest.”

I explained, “Well, everyone just has fun making their project.” To another mom I said, “My kids are so competitive!” She agreed, saying, “Yeah, mine are the same way. I never thought I’d have to say arts and crafts is not a competition!”

My kids at craft time

At the craft session when the above conversation was had! I should have taken pictures of each project, so you could have voted on the best one!

Fast forward a bit to my birthday, and Daddy O. found himself saying to our children, “You have to eat your food without being annoying if you want birthday cake.”

Best for Last

On my birthday big sister gave me a hug and said

I love you all around the universe.

She is the best! I wrote this post to her, asking her to stay little and sweet. Here’s a recent family picture:

family picture Nov 15

Mama O. and family at Big Sister’s birthday. At least three of us are smiling nicely.

Thanks for stopping by! Now click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/

http://followmehome.shellybean.com

http://www.menopausalmom.com/

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com

http://themomisodes.com

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com

http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com/

http://www.southernbellecharm.com

http://dinoheromommy.com/

http://www.angrivatedmom.wordpress.com

Fly on the Wall: Back to School Edition

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 16 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.

Fly on the Wall PostCamping in the Rain

We went tent camping one last time in August, and to my dismay, it rained and was just damp and overcast for much of the weekend.  My mantra that I was repeating was, “Embrace the rain.” After all, camping is part of being outside and enjoying nature in whatever state. Fortunately, we camped with family who own a towable camper, so we could retreat there during our stay.

Knowing that it would be a cooler weekend, we packed pants and sweatshirts. I encouraged little brother to pack jeans, but he explained, “No, I don’t want to wear jeans. They’re my work pants.”  No wonder why he doesn’t wear jeans much!

Along the drive in the rain, we passed a car with Illinois license plates. Daddy O. remarked, “Wow, it’s a car from Illinois actually driving the speed limit.”  This is quite rare, like seeing a unicorn! ha ha.

Apparently the trail mix that I brought along camping was NOT a hit with my son. He said, “These are poisonous!” I think he was referring to the raisins and preferred to only eat the chocolate candy instead.

Back to School

Before school we had a chance to meet big sister’s 5K teacher. My daughter is a bit cautious when it comes to meeting new people, so I was so surprised when she gave her teacher a big hug right away! We were talking about the school year, and I expressed that big sister had said she was nervous – mostly about meeting friends. Her teacher replied,

“Want to know a secret? I get nervous for school too!”

It was so sweet, and I know she’s in great hands!

Here was big sister on her first day with me & Daddy O.

Mama O., big sister, and Daddy O. on the first day of Kindergarten.

Mama O., big sister, and Daddy O. – all excited for her big day!

In getting dressed the first day, big sister asked:

“What if I wore leopard print everyday?”

I replied, “Well, I think you could if you split up your leopard print things.”

She initially had wanted to wear pink & purple leopard print with her tan / black leopard print, but my opinion must have encouraged her to use leopard print sparingly. I have a dear friend, who I met in elementary school, who LOVES some animal print. I shared a pic of my big girl to which she texted back, “There’s NEVER too much leopard.” I think she made it for three days straight with leopard print with one of those days just being a hair-tie. Ha ha!

I’ve been packing lunches for big sister, and it’s been interesting to see what comes back home un-eaten.  I asked:

“Do you want tomatoes in your lunch?”

“No, they’re too delicious,” she said.

Okay….not sure I understand that, but I have stopped packing them.

Pinterest Pain

I do enjoy searching Pinterest and pinning various recipes and random things. You can find my Pinterest page HERE. I tried using apple cider vinegar as a wart remover (sorry TMI, I know, but we’re among friends here!), and it HURT. I made it 4 night using this cure and was lamenting to Daddy O. about it.  His feedback:

Did you baste too much? If you mix it with balsamic vinegar, you’d make a good pot roast.

Wise guy…I replied, “or with olive oil for a salad dressing.”

Now click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

www.BakingInATornado.com                          Baking In A Tornado

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                          Spatulas on Parade

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                          Follow me home

http://www.menopausalmom.com/                          Menopausal Mother

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                                   Never Ever Give Up Hope

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                                  Just A Little Nutty

http://themomisodes.com                                        The Momisodes

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                            Someone Else’s Genius

http://dinoheromommy.com                                      Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://www.angrivatedmom.wordpress.com                     The Angrivated Mom

http://nicholemomof8.blogspot.com/                           Nichole Mom of 8

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                          Searching for Sanity

http://www.clutteredgenius.com                                    Cluttered Genius

http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com/                 Eileen’s Perpetually Busy

http://www.southernbellecharm.com                          Southern Belle Charm