Fly on the Wall

 

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Fly on the Wall

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.

Participants:

Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 

Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad

AJ – our only child, a 7 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier 

Oh man that Scooby Doo. He’s silly. That’s his reality. He can’t change.

Holy Whoa. All that snow. It’s like Mount Everest.

While repeating one of many things to AJ, most of which go ignored. He finally looks at me and yells, “Stop aggravating me, Mommy.”
 
 AJ recent responses to most things in his life…
  • Well that’s reasonable
  • That doesn’t make sense to me
  • Okay Dude
  • No, I’m in charge
  • I am going to tell everyone how mean you are
  • I know, I know what to do (meanwhile he doesn’t)
 
I’m lucky I’m an only because (his list over the past month)
  • You lay in bed with me and rub my back at night
  • I get to sleep in the living room Friday nights for movie night
  • I don’t have to share my marshmallows
  • I don’t have to share my toys
  • I don’t have to share my Mommy or Daddy
  • I get to hold both my parent’s hands
  • I don’t have to share my toys with an annoying baby brother or sister
  • I get to always choose what to do
  • I am the king of the house

AJ Reviews: Galazy Zack-Three is a Crowd

Summary:

Zack is thrilled when he finds out that his best friend on Earth, Bert Jones, is going to visit him on Nebulon. Zack can’t wait to show Bert around the new planet, as well as his new school. But when Bert meets Drake, Zack’s best friend on Nebulon, some jealousy starts to brew. Drake feels left out when Zack and Bert tell stories from Earth and share inside jokes. And he feels even more left out when the three boys go to an amusement park on the planet Cisnos and Zack and Bert go on all the rides…without Drake. When Zack finally realizes how out-of-place Drake feels, he, Drake, and Bert decide to all have fun together. Because, of course, two best friends are even better than one!

AJ bought one these books home from library time at school. We discovered how exciting and fun this book was to read. Needless to say we are both hooked. I love listening to AJ read this to me at night.

AJ’s Review:

This book is so cool. Zack’s friend from Earth visits Zack on Nebulon. He forgets about Drake, his friend on Nebulon. He keeps playing and going on rides with Bert and Drake feels sad and left out.

Zack learns he can be friends with both of them. You have to be be friends with everyone. It’s not nice to leave someone out. I know how that feels and it’s not nice.   

Mommy’s Review: 

What fun to read with AJ. I love that there are plenty of books in the series and the fact that’s hes reading a series on his own is wonderful.  Each book is filled with fun adventures and important lessons.  

The first four books AJ read are:

In book #1 We learn how and why Zack and his family go to Nebulon. At first Zack doesn’t want to go, but once there he begins to love his new home.

In book #2 Zack has to deal with a bully on Nebulon, but good guy Zack discovers something scientists need and he gets all the attention the bully wants.

In book #3 Zack’s dad works for an advanced company on Nebulon. He gets to go on a space trip with his dad and the dad’s company to bring back a prehistoric animal that came from another planet.

In book #4 Zack meets what he thinks is a monster, but the monster turns out to be a kid from another planet. Zack understands what it’s like to be new and they all become friends.

January Fly on the Wall

 

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Fly on the Wall

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.

Participants:

Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 

Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad

AJ – our only child, a 7 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier 

I was arguing with Tony and he got a bit loud. AJ yelled, “You can’t be mean to Mommy because then you’re mean to me. I came from Mommy’s belly, so when you’re mean to mommy you’re mean to me. That insults me.”
Oh man why do they have to ruin movies with all this kissing.
Tony refused to take out dog. AJ turns around mid walk, puts hand up in hair, and says I’ll take care of this as he marched up to Tony. “You better take Bonus out, Mommy asked you.”
AJ got mad at me, because I was talking to him while he was searching for a show on Netflix. “See you got me messed up Mommy. Great Mommy, great job.”
While laying in bed with AJ during our nighttime routine. He began coughing and sputtering. “Mommy you are suffocating me with your bad breath.”
“What? I just brushed my teeth?”
“Well you stink.”
“That’s a lie, my mouth smells great.”
How dare I ask him to clean up before breakfast. I knew once breakfast was over we would only have a little time to get ready for basketball.
He repeated this about ten times. “You’re a big meanie. You’re the worst mommy.”
My father is talking to AJ and telling him to come pick up a bag and come to the door. AJ rolls his eyes and says “Okay, hold on, Sonny Boy.”
We brought AJ to a gymnastic activity place on a recent day off from school. He spent two hours there and loved it.
“So what did you do?”
“I did jumping, balancing, kicking, and yada, yada, yada.”
Tony and AJ are chatting, Tony is wearing a knit cap.
“Take off your hat, Daddy.”
“Why? Is it bothering you?”
“Well spring is coming.”
Tony laughs, “No, we are in the middle of winter. Spring is not here yet.”

Happy New Year

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 13 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

My subject is:

Looking back at 2016, now that it’s finished, what is one thing you’d love to change about it?!  For just one event from 2016, you can rewrite history. What event do you pick, and how do you rewrite it?!

It was submitted by: http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com

Great prompt! Sure there are a few things I would like to change in 2016, but I am afraid if I change one thing then everything else would be affected. I’ve always felt like if I rewrite history, make one change then all of the things and people I love would be different all because I changed one bad thing.

I do wish AJ had stayed up later on New Year’s Eve. I had hoped that if he stayed up later than 9:56 than he would have slept later the next morning. Though in reality, my son is an early riser, always has been, always will be. It’s nice to dream, though right? He woke up at 5:50. **sighs**

Our little family did have an awesome New Year’s Eve though. I planned lots of activities for each hour. That broke up a long night and made us interact as a family. It sure was perfect. We started off by having some picture fun.

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I saw a few ideas on Pinterest for kids during the New Year’s Eve night. A few different versions showed writing activities on strips of paper, rolling them up and putting them in a flat balloon, blowing up the balloon, then writing the date on the balloon. AJ had a blast taking each one down at the right time and popping them by sitting on them.

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4 pm: AJ had to interview two people. He could have called up anyone he wanted, but he chose to interview us. We had to answer 1. What did we love about this year? 2. What do we wish we did? 3. What is a goal for 2017?

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5 pm: AJ had to make a New Year’s Eve ball. We used a blown up globe and covered it in wrapping paper. It was amusing and festive.

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6 pm: We each had a sheet of paper with 11 things to find in the house. We all had the same list, just in a different order. It was fascinating hearing what each other found.

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7 pm: We each had to use a straw to move 10 M&Ms from a napkin to a bowl. I’ll admit I was a bit competitive and wanted to beat Tony, which caused Anthony to feel awful since he only got one in the bowl. Tony and AJ played again and I made sure I helped AJ beat his Daddy. Next time I think we should do it with 40 and set a timer for one minute.

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8 pm:  Balloon Volleyball was hysterical. Not only were we playing with a balloon, but we had to keep Bonus away from it. She wanted to kill it and when she finally got a hold of it she scared herself by biting it and popping it.

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9pm: We each had to draw 5 things we think will happen in 2017. This was sure fun to not only draw, but share our predictions with each other.

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AJ fell asleep at 9:56, two minutes after telling Tony he was excited about the 10:00 balloon. After setting my timer for 11:55, I fell asleep as well. I woke up both guys, Tony yelled at me and Anthony was confused and just gave dirty looks.

After I “forced” them to watch the ball drop, Tony grumbled back to bed and Anthony went back to sleep only to wake up at 5:50.

All in all, I think we had the best New Year’s Eve in a long time. I need to make even better activities for next year. Looking forward to having another quiet and entertaining night with my family of three next New Years.

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Not This Christmas Eve

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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

retail ~ sweep ~ lonely ~ please ~ manners ~ intestinal fortitude

They were submitted by: http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com 

Okay, the last two Christmas Even AJ has gotten sick. I don’t mean a cold, I mean throwing up all over the place. In 2014 he threw up two hours before we were meant to go out to a Chinese restaurant. Of course I swore I felt sick too and only ate the rice when we had to eat take out instead.

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my mom comforting a sick AJ

Next year, 2015, Anthony threw up again. This time he got sick from too much candy and goodies. He threw up, but this time we ordered food ahead of time just in case.

This Christmas Eve I will make sure he has the intestinal fortitude to not throw up. I will give him extra probiotics, make sure the teacher limits his candy at the classroom party, and keep all candy and chocolate away at home.

A fellow OAD (One and Done) mom friend invited me to join a group on Facebook. I am loving it, knowing other parents are just like me. We all have one child, either by choice or not, and can share ideas, laughter, and memories. Some worry that their child might be lonely, others worry they won’t have the proper manners. Though most only children I know have the best darn manners around. He says please and thank you when it really counts without being told.

In fact, the few kids who bother and bully AJ are kids in a house with a sibling or a few. It seems to me that they aren’t getting enough attention at home and bullying other kids makes them feel better.

Thankfully AJ wants to be friends with everyone. Even if you are mean to him one day, he will be your friend the next day. He just jumps right in when he sees kids playing and everyone loves playing with him. He is a sweet, kind, and caring guy and I am so proud to be his mom.

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When I think about his future, I hope he will be happy and do what he loves. I hope he will find someone who loves him and treats him with respect. I hope they sweep each other off their feet.

Retail? How can I add retail to this post???? Hmm, I have 95% of my Christmas shopping done. I have 80% of it wrapped and organized. I need to get my butt in gear, don’t I? Thankfully most of my shopping was done online. I try not to ever shop in stores, walking into retail this time of year zaps all the Christmas spirit right out of your body. I rather stay at home, watch ELF, drink coffee and shop online.

Thank goodness for Amazon!!!!

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 Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

Fly on the Wall

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Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 13 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

 

Participants:

Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 

Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad

AJ – our only child, a 7 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier 

 I had a computer issue and never posted August’s Fly on the Wall. So I am including new stuff and some things from August’s posts.

Me: “How come this Lego guy doesn’t have an arm?”

AJ: Rolls his eyes at me. “We don’t talk about that.”

While all hugging as a family

Tony: “I smell a mommy and an AJ. AJ smells like dirty and chocolate and Mommy smells like olive oil and cleaning products.

AJ: “No, Mommy smells like an angel.”

While driving home from after school he began to talk.

AJ: “Halloween is coming soon. I love all the holidays, except Valentine’s Day.”

Me: “Why don’t you like Valentines Day?”

AJ: “Because of that guy.”

Me: “What guy?”

Rolls his eyes “You know, the guy who flies around and makes people kiss. Yoiu know, Mommy, Cupid. Kissing is gross.”

Out at dinner with my sister-in-law and her husband. They were asking AJ some questions as he seemed tired or upset. By the looks on his face, you could tell he was getting more pissed with each question. I took him outside to see what was really wrong.

“I’m 7 years old. I don’t need everybody asking me all these questions. I’m not a baby.”

Boy when he’s in a mood we all suffer, LOL.

AJ walked around Rocking Horse Ranch as if he was the one in charge. He loved when staff talked to him and reminded them that he’s been there before.

“I come here every year. I know all about this place.”

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“I did it! I went down the slide. I am so awesome.”

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When you’re too tired to eat, but really want that brownie.

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He got picked to go on stage for LET’S MAKE A DEAL. It was one of the many awesome moments of vacation. No matter how much money he was offered ($7) he still wanted what was under the box. He won an cool Rocking Horse Ranch Tumblr!

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Investing in an Education

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 11 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

 

My Subject is….

You go to the bank and find out that there has been a deposit made into your checking about for 10,000. The deposit is a gift from a long past Uncle. Now what would you do with the money?

It was submitted by: http://www.thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com/blog.html

Holy Moly, if only I could wake up one morning to find $10,000. Heck, I’d be happy with an extra $1,000.

After checking with the bank a thousand times and getting numerous notarized letters that this is in fact my money, I would finally let out a huge sigh of relief.

$7,000 would be put directly in my son’s college fund and $3,000 would be put directly in my son’s savings account. Sure it would be nice to pay of some debt or build our savings, but knowing AJ has money for his future is more important to me.

That extra money could make a huge difference in his plans for the future. AJ might decide to go to college, earn degrees, and build a career, Or he might decide to learn a trade and open his own business. Either way we would not only support him, but know he would have a great foundation to start his journey.

I’ll admit, I have ulterior motives, I want him to remember how nice I was to him. Why? It;’s simple, when it comes time for him to choose my nursing home, I want him to choose based on my needs and happiness rather than price.

 

July Fly on the Wall

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Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 13 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

Participants:

Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 

Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad

AJ – our only child, a 7 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier 

AJ:

As I dropped him off at the Boys and Girls club for summer camp, the assistant director said to Anthony. “You need to tell me a story.”

Why am I not surprised, he tells the best stories with his Italian hands moving all around.

While play wrestling with Daddy, “Take it easy, I’m just 7 years old.”

 

“Oh man, my fart stinks so bad.” then laughs hysterically

AJ never lets me rub his head, back, or kiss him unless it’s on his terms. Of course, when he’s sick or hurt kisses are must and back rubs are essential for a good night’s sleep.

So the other morning I said to him. “At least Bonus lets me kiss her.”

AJ: “That’s because she’s a dog and can’t wipe off your kisses. She doesn’t know she can do that.”

Well excuse the F out of me dude.

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This then led to another question during a nature show. An animal was giving brith, I don’t remember what mammal, but Anthony looked at me and said. “I though babies came out of the stomach, that baby didn’t come out of the stomach.

I knew were this was going.

“Yes, well when animals give birth the babies come out of the mommy’s vagina.” He looks at me in a combination of shock, horror, and disgust.

“What? But I came out of your stomach.”

“Well that’s because they had to cut you out because you were born early. Sometimes that happens and other times they come out of the vagina.”

Thankfully no questions about how the babies go tin there. Though if they did I would have had no issues in giving him direct answers that are

I have been trying to be more patient with AJ and not raise my voice. Today during his haircut he asked for a lollipop. Since it was not yet 12 noon, the barber said are you sure your mom will be okay with it. He swore I would be.

Of course I told him he had to each his lunch first. He groaned, but once we got int he car I knew I was going to hear major begging.

“I need to eat it now.”
“No, you have to have lunch first.”
“But I’m starving and I really want it.”
“I gave you my answer and the conversation is over.”
“I want it now!”
“Asked and answered.”
“I WANT IT NOW, MOMMY.”
“Asked and answered.”
“But, Mommy. I want it now. It’s mine and I should be able to eat it now.”
“Asked and answered.”
“Stop saying that. I want it now.”
“Asked and answered.”
“OH MY GOD, STOP SAYING THAT MOMMY. I AM GOING TO SAY THAT TOO NOW. ASKED AND ANSWERED. I WANT IT YOU MEAN MOMMY. IT’S MINE. BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.” Then he screams at the top of his lungs and glares at me. Five seconds later we are pulling into the driveway.

He DID put it on the counter and eat all his lunch first. I told him I was proud of him for not opening it anyway and eating it.

 

 

 

Funny Friday June

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Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by  ME!!!!!!! Karen from http://dinoheromommy.com/

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1. On the next episode of Extreme Couponing…”Getting the kids to Help”.

2.  What mess, Mommy? I don’t see a mess.


3.  Why are you crying, Mommy?


4. This is why mommy hides in the bathroom, drinks wine, and eats chocolate


5.   I don’t understand why he doesn’t get out over for play dates anymore? 

 


Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

 

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June Fly on the Wall

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Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 13 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

Participants:

Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 

Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad

AJ – our only child, a 7 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier 

AJ:

Watching Kindergarten Cop

  1. The scene where the criminal dad is trying to get his son to remember him. “Look our hands are the same.”

AJ yells at the TV, “Hes stupid, everyone has the same hands. ‘

2. At the end of the movie AJ looks at me and says. “So basically he saved everyone. Good ending.”

“I’m growing.”

“Yes, you are growing.”

“I’m growing like a beast.”

“My birthday is in two days. It’s literally like today.”

Went to the Yale Peabody Museum for his birthday and he LOVED it. He’s been there twice before, but loved showing his mommy and daddy around.

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AJ loved his Star Wars birthday party. Since this is the last big party we are giving him, we wanted it to rock. We had Jocko the magician at the party and he was awesome. Anthony even did his opera singing, which the magician worked into his act.

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AJ: “You’re so mean. You need to apologize to me right now.”(In response to not getting what he wanted and getting a punishment for acting out)

Mommy: “Glad you think I’m mean and no I am not going to apologize for being a parent. I love you too much to let you act like this and turn into a jerky adult.”

Soemtimes he will call my mother “Mommy” since there are some similarities. My mother said it’s okay, I am your Mommy’s mommy.

AJ replied with, “I still can’t believe your my Mommy’s mommy.”

AJ & Bonus:

After Bonus dropped off by the sitter, the sitter said to me. “Boy this is one is a princess.”

It’s so true, Bonus will turn her nose up at lots of food, if it’s too big, too round, too crunchy, too square, too chewy, or is a dog treat or kibble. She will only eat canned dog food and all the chunks must be made into smaller pieces. If not she will bring them around the house and leave them on the couch and floor for us to deal with as punishment.

She will cry if she doesn’t get attention she thinks she deserves at the moment she wants it. As long as she is getting cuddled and can lick/clean AJ she is happy.

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