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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Always Shake Out Your Clothes

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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:

wedding ~ disaster ~ loud ~ gardening ~ sunflowers

They were submitted by: http://www.thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com/blog.html

Nothing like realizing the next day is the Use Your Words post and not only do you have nothing written, but you can’t find the email. Note that this is NOT the first time that has happened. I think Karen should start charging me for losing emails. Normally I do create the post as soon as I get her email, but there are times I am incredibly busy or lazy.

As I type this I am thinking what in the hell am I going to write up for the post? Then as I stare at the words, and keeping staring, take a drink of seltzer and keep staring all I can picture if a messed up wedding.

Now I am picturing my backyard garden…well sort of. Since we rent I can’t around gardening all over the property. Instead I create small gardens in plastic pools. I drill holes in the bottom to let out extra water and the plants and herbs flourish. I am really late in starting this. I need to get my but in gear. I really loved having fresh herbs and tomatoes. One day, down the road I woudl love to have a huge garden with big, bright sunflowers, lilies, daisies, and tulips. Don’t mock my flower choices!

Wasps! Yes I just typed the word wasp, it popped in my head so I typed it. Thinking of all these plants and herbs got me thinking about bees, then wasps, then the time Anthony got stung indoors. Before AJ’s karate teacher set up his own Dojo, we had to take classes out of the local rec center. I had thrown both our jackets on the floor to watch him during class. Then when it was over I held out his jacket for him to put on. All of a sudden he emits a loud scream of bloody murder, I pull off the jacket thinking it’s leftover hay from the weekend and a huge wasp flies out. What a disaster my poor baby is in horrible pain. I was so thankful to the parents who helped.

Never leave your jackets on the floor and if you do, ALWAYS shake them out. You just never know what has crawled or flew inside of them. It took him months to even look at that jacket again.

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So there you go, a post that started out with no direction, lead into a garden and ended with AJ making it through a terrifying wasp sting.

 

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts

Time for a Change

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 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.

Secret Subject Swap

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:

After reading your blog, the President nominates you to pick yet another new face to place on American currency. He doesn’t tell you which bill or coin will be involved and asks you to write something on your blog (which he now follows) to let him know who you’re choosing and why. He gives you a few rules–it must be someone fairly well known who showed great character in American history and who exhibits the kind of timeless values that most people globally could connect with. What does your essay say?

It was submitted by: Jenny http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com

Just a note, I apologize if this is not as well written as it should be or totally off topic. I’ve been really focused on AJ’s birthday today and party the next day. Can’t believe my little man is 7!!!!

 

Well thank your for choosing me to decide which women are worthy of being on American currency. You chose well as I feel HIStory often forgets about the women who didn’t just help in the background, but shaped and changed our future.

There are so many powerful, courageous, and determined women in American history who need to be honored. While I don’t think the American presidents should be pushed aside, I do feel that times have changed and our country was built on more than just he presidents.

Mr. President, I don’t agree with the fairly well known and showed great American character bit, I mean there are a lot of men and women who are not as well known because this country likes to change textbooks and make their own version of history. Seriously, if it was up to the forefathers, women would still not vote and still be only seen as wives to their men. Most amazing men and women are often left out of history, because it’s not suitable to kids, or fits the curriculum, or fanatics want to burn books, or the protesters were not white men who wanted to keep the status quo of America.

I think the idea of certain months to celebrate certain races or genders is ludicrous…It’s all history and should be treated as such. We need to know ALL the facts, all the stories, all the horrors so that we CAN change the nurture and not repeat the same always mistakes over and over.

Though will it ever change? I mean, we live in a society where commercials advertise half naked women to sell food, cars, and businesses. Clothing is getting smaller and thinner and women are walking around with their breasts all but hanging out, and society loves it. Though if a mother breast feeds her baby in any of those places, she is a vile, disgusting human being who should ashamed of herself. So it’s safe to say the idea of putting a women on our American currently is an outrage. Look at the outrage of having Harriet Tubman on a bill caused.

I think there are many deserving men and women in American history, some well-known, others not as well-known or liked because of their desire to speak out and stand up for others everywhere.

Here are a list of women who I feel have changed history for the better. I wanted to list many more, but I would never have stopped writing then. What do you think? Did I leave someone out? 

Abigail Adams – Wrote letters to her husband and tried to have a hand in government through the letters. She also tried to get her husband to remember the ladies when starting our new nations, but of course only the men were included in the rights of the nation.

Susan B. Anthony – spent 60 years fighting for women to have the right to vote.

Lydia Maria Child: an abolitionist, suffragist, and advocate for the rights of Native Americans.

Shirley Chisholm – the first African-American woman elected to Congress, the first major-party black candidate for president of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Amelia Earhart: the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Earhart inspired a generation of female pilots.

Rosa Parks – her decision and strength in not giving into fear sparked a much needed change in history

Alice Paul – a suffragist who refused to cower to fear and did what it took so women could have the right to vote

Sandra Day O’Connor: the first female justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2009.

Eleanor Roosevelt: an active champion of civil rights, she supported the United Nations and was directly involved in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: an abolitionist, suffragist, and co-organizer (with Lucretia Mott) of the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, she wrote the Declaration of Sentiments, which outlined women’s rights as human rights.

Sojourner Truth: a former slave who became an itinerant preacher, abolitionist, and suffragist.

Mercy Otis Warren: called “the Conscience of the American Revolution,” Warren was one of the chief intellectuals of the early republic. In addition to penning numerous political tracts and the first history of the Revolution, she also laid out the principles of the Bill of Rights.

Besides my love of insane, crime thrillers, I also love American Historical Fiction, perhaps you would also enjoy these two books. Think about all the people behind the scenes who shaped our government.

The Midwife’s Revolt and Our Own Country. The third book, from Johnny’s POV will be coming out soon. Who is Johnny? Well you will have to read to find out.

AJ is 7 Today!!!!

My son is seven! Yes, seven years old. Where did the time go?

My sweet AJ , you are a true miracle. Everyday I am blessed to be your mom, even when you drive me mad. . You are intelligent, kind, helpful, determined, and loving. I loved watching you grow from a baby to a toddler, then to a little boy. Now you are a big kid…wonder what the future years will hold for you. 

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Questions for AJ at age 7:

  1. What is your favorite color? blue
  2. What is your favorite toy? Star Wars Stuff
  3. What is your favorite fruit? cantaloupe
  4. What is your favorite vegetable? broccoli 
  5. What is your favorite show? shows about Star Wars
  6. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? ham and cheese sandwich
  7. What is your favorite thing to wear? any Star Wars shirt
  8. What is your favorite game? Star Wars battleship
  9. What is your favorite snack? goldfish
  10. What is your favorite animal? money
  11. What is your favorite song? Grand Ole Flag
  12. What is your favorite book? Bunny Loves to Read
  13. Who is your best friend? Daniel and Maia
  14. What is your favorite breakfast? bacon and cinnamon rolls
  15. What do you like to do when you go outside?  tag
  16. What is your favorite drink? chocolate coconut milk
  17. What is your favorite holiday? my birthday
  18. What do you like to take to bed with you? Teddy
  19. What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? pizza
  20. What do you want to be when you grow up? an author, a screenwriter, and an opera singer. 

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AJ when he was still in his preemie clothes…my tiny little.

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Look how small that preemie outfit is next to him now.

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Fly on the Wall May

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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 6 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier puppy 

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On Mother’s Day we participated in the Run Like a Mother 5K Race…in the pouring rain!!!!!!run

AJ rocked the kid race, he ran without us and did an awesome job.

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I made it to the 2 mile mark, but couldn’t get the last mile out as my knee gave out. At least I had my boys to keep me company all day…best mother’s day.
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AJ:

He was on the phone talking to my dad about how he had to fix the porch. “If I was 10 I would help you in a snap, but I’m only going to be 7.”

I was sitting on the couch and happened to glance at him while he’s playing with his toys.

“Don’t look at me!”

Well excuse me

He’s in the middle of a temper tantrum in his room. I go in and try to talk to him calmly.

He screams at me “Fine, make it quick!”

 

Pretends to be dead after a tickle session.

“If you were dead, you couldn’t breathe….or fart….or try to fart.”

Yes, he farted, then tried to fart again. Definitely not dead.

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Driving home from the after school place.

“On Sunday I’ll write books. On Monday I’ll be a screen writer.”

“What will you do on the other days.”

“I’ll play baseball like Daddy.”

“Oh really? Daddy doesn’t play anymore, he umpires. You have never played, you think you can do that.”

“Sure, I’ll give it a try.”

“I bet you will rock at anything you do.”

“Please stop yelling in the morning.”

“I’m not yelling. I singing opera.”

“Not in the morning, you can do that in the afternoon.”

“You’re right, Mommy.”

“Of course I’m right.” I have to get that in anytime I can.

AJ had his Kempo Karate Tournament on Sunday. He competed in sparring and maneuvers. Last year he hardly made contact in sparring and forgot his moves in the maneuvers.

This year…he won the first match in sparring and got two points in the second match. In the maneuvers competition, he remembered all his moves. While he only scored 5th place, he did much better than last year. We are so proud of him.

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AJ & Bonus:

Our town recently had their annual spring stroll and BBQ event. Tony was away, so the three of us walked up and down main street three times on a scavenger hunt. Then at the BBQ festival, after eating up a storm, I  bought him three Lego mini figures: one Darth Vader and two storm troopers. Once we got home, he was set to work on his Legos creating a “space building” while Bonus ran to her bed and did not move for an hour and half.

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Fly on the Wall April

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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 6 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier puppy 

AJ:

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While AJ’s building with Legos… “These are bad guys and this is their hangout. They have fun and make bad decisions”.

AJ was walking with me as I walked Bonus. I told him he would be too tired after being at the playground for two hours. Of course his exhaustion hit him half way into the walk.

“Is there anywhere I can lay down?” Then proceeds to sit on the sidewalk as Bonus does her business.

I was trying to help him with his seat belt issues he was having. Tony was driving so I couldn’t lean back and across like I normally do. “Don’t worry, Mommy. I have my ways.” Apparently he does, but he fixed it all on his own.

Comes out of his room as Tony was grilling burgers and hot dogs. “Are you grilling? I love these days. It smells so good.”.

Anthony saw me watching a movie about a couple getting married.

AJ: “Eeeeew!”
Mommy: “Why ewwwww?”
AJ: “Because I don’t like that stuff.”
Mommy: “Oh that’s right. You don’t like kisses and marriage.”
AJ: “I’m only into shooting stuff.”

He stayed over his Aunt Julieann and Uncle Adam’s house when we celebrated our anniversary dinner out. In the past he refused to eat eggs, but after Uncle Adam introduced him to a frittata, he loved it. So I had to get the exact directions and made “Adam’s eggs” for him.

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Poor guy got sick with strep throat, so he only made it to one day of Karate Jedi Camp. Thankfully between my dad and the sitter, he is in good hands. According to AJ…

“The best thing about being sick is getting lots of fruit and ice pops.”

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AJ & Bonus:

AJ had off this week, but Tony and I didn’t, so AJ spent three days with my parents on his “own vacation” and Bonus was with pet sitter. Needless to say both had LOTS of fun.

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Bonus:

Such a spoiled little girl. All the extra attention has worn her out and she just fell asleep while I rubbed her belly.

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Organizing His Bedroom


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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:

umbrella ~ puddles ~ washer ~ mop ~ mess ~ bath
They were submitted by: http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com 

There is a tendency for Anthony to throw his toys all over his room. He likes to make a mess, as long as he cleans it up I don’t care. We had to move some furniture around, remove a play kitchen and taller dresser, and add two tall book shelves (only $10 each) at a garage sale.

Now he has more room to play, but doesn’t like to play in his room alone. He’s going through a phase right now and is scared of being alone. He likes to have one of us in there with him, as an umbrella of safety.

I told AJ if is table is clear, I would have no problem with letting him eat and drink in his room. As long as he doesn’t spill anything. I don’t want to have a piles of food and puddles of water all over. It would be a huge pain to clean and mop it all up. At least all his clothes can all be thrown in the washer and he can be given a bath.

Someone said I should prank him for April Fool’s Day by removing turning some furniture around, but I don’t believe in mean pranks on that day. Besides it would be hard work for me to do it, then fix it all.

Eventually I’d love to get him a bunk bed with an office and storage underneath. If we need an extra bed, we can buy a blow up mattress and only take it out when needed.

Since we took out the tall dresser, I put all his clothes in the the closet. His pajamas and underagarmetns are in teh dresser with sheets and pillow cases. All pants and sweatshirts are in the sweater organizer. Jackets, coats, hoodies, and all types of shirts are hanging in order in the closet. This way he can see everything and decide what he wants to wear

In his room he has a spot for…

  • all his cars
  • hanging basket for stuffed animals
  • bookshelves for books
  • bookshelf for art supplies
  • rolling cart for Legos, which can be moved around, see this post
  • basket for imagination toys

In his closet he has space for…

  • his Star Wars toys
  • all sorts of figures
  • dinosaurs
  • guns and swords
  • sparring gear for karate
  • overnight bag

His closet seems messy, but it’s organized. I could probably use a larger rolling cart for the closet to store his figures and dinosaurs. I’ll just  had that to list “when we have extra money”.

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Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts

Fly on the Wall March

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Fly on the Wall

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.

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 6 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier puppy 

AJ:

AJ didn’t win the pine derby race, but he had a blast. It was an interesting experience for us all. An older cub scout said to him. “It’s okay, now next year you make work more on your car and make an upgrade.”

I told him next year he should make a sketch of what he wants his car to look like, then him and daddy could create that.

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He got his green belt in karate!!!! I am so proud of him. It’s a tough test as it requires him to exercise before and during the test. It’s harder tests from here on out, but he did it. I think he liked being with the older kids and doing the harder test…even though it wore him out.

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Seven belts down (including the green belt). Now he has to earn his green stripe, 3 different degrees of brown belt, then he can start training for his black belt.

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AJ was taking a long time in the bathroom one morning. So I asked, “Is everything okay?”

“Yeah, I’m just daydreaming.”

“Okay, well I do that all the time. Lots of people daydream, it gives them great ideas.”

“I’m daydreaming about why I’m not a superhero and don’t have powers.”

Please don’t go in the bedroom yet, I just put the light on and Daddy is waking up. Poor guy needs a few minutes to wake up.

Laughing at me, “Mommy, poor guy means he has no money, not that he is sleeping.”

“Well, it also means when you feel bad for someone. Like poor guy broke his leg and is in a cast for three months. You have to hear how it’s used to see if it;s about money or feeling bad for someone.”

We’re reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In chapter 3, Harry Potter is sitting down for breakfast at the Weasley’s house after being rescued from his evil aunt and uncle.

Anthony: Why did Ginny run upstairs?
Me: She’s embarrassed to see Harry at the table. She likes him.
Anthony: Oh maybe she wants to marry him.
Me: Maybe, but they are only kids
Anthony: When they are older, she may want to kiss him and marry him.
Giggle snort…little does he know

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Anthony: What is that number called again, where they need to go?
Me: 9 and 3/4, they need to walk through it. Remember?
Anthony: I think someone a spell on it so Harry couldn’t go to school
Me: Who do you think did it?
Anthony: You tell me. You already know
Me: I want you to discover it for yourself
Anthony: I think Snape because he didn’t like him, even though he protected him. It could be Voldemort, because he doesn’t have a body and doesn’t want school protecting him.
Me: Those are some great guesses.

Anthony playing with Legos after being inspired by a Lego Documentary. After a while the building turned into his typical boy playing with sound effects.

Anthony saying goodnight to Bonus. Yes he’s talking about Africa and Antarctica, he’s a bit obsessed with them lately.

AJ had to create a leprechaun trap for school. It may not have been the prettiest, but once the little guy gets in there, he will have a hard time getting out.

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Since he had to leave his trap in school, we created another one for our home. The cheeky little leprechaun painted happy faces on walls and doors and painted a mustache and bear on Anthony’s school photo. At least he left him chocolates and coins.

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Bonus:

Walking Bonus has been embarrassing. She is now obsessed with marking EVERYTHING. She just can’t enjoy the walk and get exercise. Nope, she has to keep trying to pee and poop every five feet. It’s exhausting and annoying. She is like a mad woman and nothing stops her.

There goes me trying to get exercise by waling her. I mean who has heard of a rat terrier who doesn’t want to take long walks.

Small, But Spacious

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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:

tendency ~ maneuvre ~ rainbow ~ legitimate reason ~ apple slices ~ prank
They were submitted by: http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/

I’m going to stick to talking about our small apartment, making it work, and updating and organizing our place in the Use Your Words Posts. This will make it a fun challenge.

We decided to stay in the small space, thought our lease is not up until the end of the summer. Yes, we have legitimate reasons to stay, you can read them all in the previous post, Do We Stay or Do We Go? Unless a decision is made for us, we are staying and making it work.

With a small space there is a tendency to just have everything at your reach, out all the time. When that happens, things get easily cluttered and messy. It’s a habit I have fell into time and time again, though hubby doesn’t help. While I love him dearly, he tends to want to keep everything, which is why we have too many things.

Yes, if we put everything away and everything has a spot you will have to maneuver things around to get the one thing we want. That is a small price to pay for a clean and spacious feel.

My parents, even though I protested, bought us new rugs, blinds, curtains, and a bathroom mirrored cabinet. While I can’t have a rainbow of dark colored walls and bright accents, the maroon curtains add the color that is much needed in our place. Even the one in the kitchen (which we tied to the blinds so they go us and down with the blinds) looks darn cool. The multi-colored rug blends with the couches and curtains and makes the place feel roomier.

Hubby often gets mad now because I won’t let him accumulate or hang things anywhere he wants. He says I’m being a witch and I just remind him that I worked damn hard to make this place clean and organized. He needs to show me he cares and respects me by following those rules. I know I am cruel and sort of pranking him when I take things he left out and leave them on the bed or dresser. I just refuse to see clutter in the neat kitchen.

I have a crazy routine in the morning, but when I am done I make sure I leave the kitchen clean and organized. I expect the same when I come home from working all day. I mean how would he like it if I left the apple slicer and discarded apple slices on the counter to for him to clean along with the dirty food processor, pots, and dishes?

Next few posts I’ll show you AJ’s updated room, how I am making my 333 wardrobe capsule work in my closet, and my morning routine and how I still leave a clean kitchen.

Now onto the organization. The clean and organized kitchen. yes, I need to decide how to use those hanging baskets or get rid of them. That is our whole kitchen, but everything has a place.

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With the new rugs and dining table out of the way, the small apartment looks more spacious.  A long run from the kitchen to the living room makes the place look longer. The new rug is a low pile which makes both AJ’s and Bonus’ toys roll and fly on the rug with more speed.

Yes, we have to pull out the table each time we need to get into the basement, which holds all our office and household supplies. We moved AJ’s art organizer to the basement door to cover it’s non-appealing door and give color and joy while we eat.

I have no problem moving the table near the kitchen or in the middle of the living room if we need have lots of people over. Between the table and some hidden folding tables we could entertain lots of people.

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There is even room for AJ to place his Lego board on the table. It’s a tight squeeze getting it through the door, but we can turn it sideways if all the pieces are securely on there.

Next to AJ you can see our tower of towels. We ditched our bulky wicker baskets that were falling apart. This open shelf stores all our towels and has a cleaner look. It works that it’s close to the table, since our washcloths do double duty as napkins. I rather keep washing them then buying and throwing out paper ones. 

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Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts

Don’t Be a Jerk

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My subject is: What do you do when you are in a public place and see someone treating a waitress/cashier, etc. rudely? Do you do/say anything or just wish you did?

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

Most often I want to just scream WHAT THE F*CK IS WRONG WITH YOU???? Hell, I want to scream that a few times each day. I usually just scream it in my head and wish I could be like Nilma from Raising Helen. Wouldn’t it be great if we could do that every time someone is rude, smug, arrogant, or takes advantages of others.

I usually just make snarky comments about the situation to the person who was verbally attacked.

Both Tony and I have said, out loud, to wait staff, clerks, and cashiers how bad we feel for them or can’t believe they were treated like that. We don’t speak directly to the crazy people. You just never know these days, but passive-aggressive, snarky comments always work.

Sometimes Tony will make ask for an insane favor or just say I thought it was your job to do be treated that way, to make the person laugh and try to make them feel better.

I normally am a nice person, despite what Tony may say. I try to treat everyone respectfully. The problem is my inner thoughts and feelings show on my face. I really can’t hide I feel, because it’s written all over my face. Outraged, angered, confused, amused, curious, or surprised…you can see it all.

Or maybe I can be like Mrs. Weasley and destroy all the crazies? Love her crazy, mama bear, don’t mess with me face at the end.

If my son was in charge, he’d sing this all day.It’s pretty darn true. I should start singing this when people are rude.