Fly on the Wall February

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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:

My dad came with me to drop AJ off at Karate for sparring and class afterwards. While all decked out in his sparring gear, my dad joked with him.

“How are you going to pick your nose with those gloves on?”

AJ gave him dirty look then looked at the other kids and whispered. “Don’t embarss me Pop Pop.”

While working on a puzzle. “Don’t just stand there, help me mommy.”

All I can do is laugh. I love his snarky comments. This is one of the things he gets from me and I have to say I’m pretty proud of that.

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All decked out in his Cub Scouts outfit. This coming week will be busy. One one night we will have his karate test for his green belt, then have to rush to get to the weigh in for his pine derby race. I hope we can make it in time as it ends at 8 pm. Though I am worried if the car needs to be fixed to meet the 5 oz I won’t know what to do…since Tony can only take for the race the next day.

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Bonus just loves AJ. It looks like he is hurting her or forcing her to stay, but in reality she loves being curled up into him. She will stay under him lavishing in his attention until she hears someone in the kitchen.

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AJ loving his look for MISMATCH DAY at school.

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Tony:

Tony has been repeating “Chicken parrm. It tastes so good.” Apparently it;s from a commercial. Now Anthony has been repeating it as well. Like father, like son…and mommy wants to cry.

Tony puts away cleaned utensils. “Look I’m putting away utensils. Do I get husband points?”

“No, You’re doing your fair share. I’m not thanking you for what you SHOULD be doing.”

I get a ‘once again I’m wrong look‘.

Tony complains after I tell him to leave the bathroom light on while I put AJ to bed. I don;’t want to come out to a dark living room.

“Man, it’s tough to live in this house with all the rules.”

“It’s tough living with a man-child.”

While getting AJ ready for bed, he said to me. “You’re suppressed to put my pajama pants on first.”

“Well someone stole them…ahem.” I look at Bonus.

Tony calls form the bedroom in a hurt voice. “What? I’m being blamed for that now too?”

“What is wrong with you? I’m obviously talking about Bonus.”

I am trying to get Bonus to stop biting feet, socks, and clothes to get attention. THen I see TOny letting Bonbus nibble on his feet. “Why are you letting her bite your feet.?”

“I’m playing with her.”

“She’s a dog, not a kid. She needs to know biting your feet is NOT okay.  You’re teaching her to bite people’s feet. Please use your brain.”

I know I sound mean, but sometimes I would like to not be the only adult in this house.

BONUS:

She loves to look out the window and feel the sun’s rays.

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I had to close the blinds and curtain one day, since it was getting cold and windy…and was leaving. She was pissed off and she let me know it. Heck she will let us know when she’s mad or insulted. She even told off Tony for getting her in trouble with me…refer to the biting his toes incident above. 

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Do We Stay or Do We Go?

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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:

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They were submitted by: http://Bakinginatornado.com   

So, as we complete our fourth year renting our apartment we have to make a decision. Do we stay in a small 950 square foot apartment or do we try to look for something bigger and more expensive?

Sure with only one child it is easier to live in a small space, but we are making due without a bigger kitchen, bathroom, and playroom for AJ. Yes, we have two bedrooms, but, but we have limited room to stretch out and really find our own personal space. With three people and a dog it can get crazy and cramped, as a result I often want to crawl through a hidden portal and get away for a few moments. Now I REALLY wish there was a hidden portal in the bathroom. Maybe there is and my son and dog are checking to make sure I don’t find and use it.

My brother in law helped hubby and I reorganize our finances and plan for the future. Knowing we can save more if we stay put is a big factor, but there are MANY negative and positives of living small. On the flip side more space is nice, but is it worth it? I listed all the positives and negatives of staying or going. What do you think?

 

The positives:

  • CLOSE TO TOWN – There is no need to drive to events happening on main street. nearby stores, library, or movie theater. We can just walk there.
  • LESS POWER OUTAGES: In our location we have few power outages than those neighborhoods further away from main street
  • BIGGER DRIVEWAY: Makes it easier for company, parking, just hanging out, and having a barbecue
  • LESS RENT: The bigger the place, the more the rent. So having a smaller places keeps us from paying too much…which means more money in our savings.
  • BACKYARD: While it’s not level or private, it’s still there. We can still do a few things in the yard…gardening, digging… (any other ideas?)
  • STORAGE: Lots of storage. Though this is bad for hubby as he has over done it. We are going to have to work on cleaning some of it out!
  • LOWER LEVEL ENTRANCE: No stairs to go up and down. I remember when we lived in a condo with stairs. I had to lug a new-born AJ into a carrier and lug him across a parking lot, just for Balboa go out. Most times Balboa had to go out at the worst times. Now we just take Bonus right out the door, so much easier.
  • CLOSE TO AFTER SCHOOL PLACE: Next year he’ll finally be able to join the after school place near our apartment and his school. He can walk from his school to the club, then on nice days I can walk to pick him up. The walk will be great for all of us, including Bonus. This place is also open on half days, teacher PD days, and when the school is off for both winter and spring recess-perfect for working parents.

The Negatives:

  • LOUD AND RUDE RESTAURANT ON THE CORNER: At least in the summer we have an AC to block out the noise. In the winter, now with their fire pit they plan on getting, they can make incredible amounts of noise. It was so loud New Years Eve I can hear what the band members are saying between songs. NOT FAIR AT ALL. YES we have called the police, though the restaurant seems to get away with it. Strange, don’t you think?
  • SUCKS IN THE SNOW – When there’s a lot of snow, the road plows block the spot where we put our garbage cans making the cans overflow into our driveway…making it tough to get in our driveway. We are on a busy street, so stopping to move them is impossible. PLUS, snow gets piled up in our driveway making it difficult to turn our cars around in the witter. I HATE IT.
  • VERY SMALL; Yes it’s small for three people and a dog. One of which is a loud boy who likes to jump, run, and scream. At only 950 square feet it’s a challenge to make sure everyone has their own space.
    • Our kitchen is TINY and the door opens right into the kitchen. There is no hallway, the door literally opens and you are standing in the middle of the kitchen. having a door poking you in the back makes it annoying when cooking. A small kitchen means no storage or counter space at all
    • No play room for AJ. While AJ will play in his room some times, I don’t want to banish him to his room all the time. He wants to be with us and hang out in the living room..which makes a small space even tiny when filled with toys.
  • OLD APPLIANCES: Our fridge was replaced with a new one about a year ago which is lovely. The stove is going to break down soon, I just know it. The washer had to be repaired and I’m sure in the next few years both the washer and dryer will need to be replaced or at least repaired again.
  • BUSY ROAD WITH A STOP SIGN; We are on the corner of a busy road, right next to a stop sign. Which means cars either zooming by after making a turn onto our road or waiting in a long line to stop then go. That means it’s impossible to get out of the driveway most times. Seriously, people will very rarely let us go even when they are just waiting to sit at a stop sign.
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OUR TINY KITCHEN. Yes, that’s it. The fridge and door is out of the pic to the left. It looks messy, but I was getting ready for work and had everything all set to be prepped and bagged.

YES, I know the living room is messy, but at least it’s better than it usually is with AJ and all his toys.

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Now we have a long run from the kitchen to the living room. The round kitchen table is in front of the basement door (between the bedroom doors) and will only be taken out to a larger area if all three of us are eating.

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Having this long space now gives Anthony and Bonus to move around, run, and play…especially on cold winter days.

 

“We CAN try to find something bigger. I mean bigger is better, right?”

Positives of renting a BIGGER place:

  • MORE SPACE: AJ will have more room to play, spread out, and for privacy. Maybe even a second bathroom for guests and a spot for a pee pee pad for Bonus instead of taking her out in the middle of the night.
  • BIGGER KITCHEN: That would give me more counter space and a larger fridge. I could do more cooking, keep more fresh food on hand, and not feel cramped when cooking.
  • NO NOISY RESTAURANT: We could finally get away from that awful restaurant that makes too much noise.

Negatives of renting a BIGGER place:

  • MORE RENT: The rent will be higher, I mean what we are paying right now, is great and I don’t want to spend even more on rent (that goes into nothing) just for more space.
  • NEW SCHOOL???: Will AJ have to go to a new school? I rather stay put for four more years just so he can stay in the school he knows and loves. IF we have to move I rather wait till he starts middle school. Maybe by then we can find something we can afford and still stay in the same school zone…which will be bigger since there are only TWO middle schools as opposed to FIVE elementary schools.
    • On a note, two of those five middle schools are out of the questions. One Tony works in as a custodian and the other has the team who denied AJ any services while he was in day care as a three and four year old. I refuse to let them get their hands on him after the team at his current school is amazing.
  • TOO FAR FROM TOWN: We would have to start driving into town and parking in over-crowded lots. I know that doesn’t seem bad, but lately there are NO SPOTS anywhere.
  • UNKNOWNS: The evils you know are better than the evils you don’t know. We could have awful neighbors, more power outages, limited storage, terrible roads in the winter, or a horrible landlord.
  • MORE TO CLEAN: I hate cleaning as it is and feel like there’s too much even with our tiny place. Imagine how much there would be to clean in a bigger place?

 

“If we commit to staying, then we have to start living small instead of cramming big living into a small space.” 

IF we stay, we’ll need too…

  • REORGANIZE AJ’S ROOM AND CLOSET: I’m going to have to “lose” some of his toys he doesn’t play with or are broken or have missing pieces. I’m going to hang all his clothes in the closet (except for undergarments, socks and pjs). We’ll put that extra and now unused dresser in storage.
    • One less dresser means more room to play and spread out. Now that he is older, he can easily use a stool to get his clothes.
    • Down the road…when he starts middle school…I’d like to get him a bunk bed with a desk, chair, and dresser underneath. Right now, I can see him jumping off the bunk bed and breaking both his arms and legs.
  • KEEP FURNITURE OUT OF THE WAY WHEN NOT IN USE.  We have a basement and do use some of it for storage. Though it’s not furnished nor is it safe to hang out in for long periods of time. We use the back of the door and shelves at top for a makeshift pantry and catchall. I have moved the small round dining table that folds down on both sides near the door. We only move it out when we are eating. There is only one chair there, two are stacked up near another wall, and the fourth is in AJ’s room. We only move the table out when we need to eat or play board games. By having it against he wall, we now have a long path from the kitchen to the end of the living room.
  • TALLER ENTERTAINMENT STAND: The key to storage in a small apartment is building up not out. Therefore we will have to look into a taller entertainment stand. I don’t want to have more stuff, just know it will get everything up off the floor to give us more living space.
  • DOWNSIZE WARDROBE: Really downsize it.  I know there’s lots of tips on how to have a capsule wardrobe and I need to work on that when I’m on February break.

Any advice or suggestions?

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Funny Friday January

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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 Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
(http://dinoheromommy.com/)

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1.  Wait? What are we drinking?

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2.  Daddy if you just smile, she’ll stop taking pictures.

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3.  This better not end up on Facebook.

      It won’t, I promise.

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4.  “See, Mommy. I drank all my hot chocolate. Can I have more?”

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5. Tony’s inner thoughts…Shoot, I got caught. I forgot to take out the old toys, remove the soda from the table, and put the shovels away. Maybe if I don’t look at her she won’t notice. Quick, tell her you made her organic hot chocolate, that might distract her. 

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Fly on the Wall January

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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 doesn’t want to take the bus to school anymore. He said some of the girls were being mean to him and not listening to the bus driver. He rather spend more time with his Daddy anyway. Tony will drive him in following the car drop off rules. In the nicer weather they can all walk in with Bonus! It’s a Daddy and AJ win!

I hear a whine and see Bonus standing in front of AJ’s door. She wanted him to get up so she could play with him.

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Daddy cleaned some of AJ’s sheets and animals. AJ was so happy to see how Daddy left them for him.

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Two buddies enjoy the sun’s rays from the safety of their warm place on a cold day.

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Who knew dryer balls could be a fun toy. I discovered this with Balboa. I tried ti out with Bonus and she loves them too. They are hard so they make for great teething and gum cleaning. She’s quite persnickety and picky when it comes to food and toys. I plan on buying another pack of four dryer balls. She looses her mind trying to keep them all in the right place…which makes for great exercise on cold winter days.

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AJ was sick with a bad cold. He was up all night coughing and blowing his nose. After some serious medicine, he finally slept. When he woke up I went over to him to see if he was feeling better.

His hand goes up and waves me off. “No, don’t come over to me. I’ll call if I need you.” Feeling dejected, I went into the bathroom to do my eye makeup. AJ gets a rag, wets it, then cleans off all the dried boogies off his face.

When I come out of the bathroom, he is reading to Bonus. Guess she is allowed to come over to him. I am so happy he’s striving to be independent, but sad he doesn’t need as much of my help as he did before.

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LOVE our Elf on the Shelf

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I see many posts about the Elf on the Shelf. Some praise the little creature, other blast it ever being created. I simply made my own rules for it to work for us.

I let my son hug, hold, and put the elf in his special spot each time he finds him.

Why you ask. I reply with Why not?

The elf is all about fun and magic for us. It’s about a GOOD elf who only reports all the kind, sweet, wonderful things AJ does. It’s about an elf that only gets caught being silly and sweet, NEVER mischievous, rude, and doing anything mean spirited or dangerous.

It;s about adding the magic and joy of the Christmas season, not about me needed to threaten or bribe my son to behave.

It;s always sad saying goodbye to our Scooby Doo, but so much fun meeting him again after Thanksgiving.

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Fly on the Wall December

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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

What did AJ say????

Do you want to La La and Pop Pop to pick you up from school on Friday?

shrugs and causally says. “Yeah, okay.” As if he is doing them a favor.

After Tony changes the light bulb in the bathroom. “You did a good job, Daddy.”

Please go the bathroom as he walks to hi bed for bedtime.

“No, I don’t have to go.”

“I think you do. Prove to me I’m wrong.”

With lots of complaints he storms off to the bathroom, yells at me, then pees. He then looks at me and says. “Guess you got me.”

“Teddy Bear is 81 today. How do you write 81 Is it an 8 and a 1?”

“Yes.”

“Good. Great, thanks!”

Tony left the TV on twice in the bedroom. Anthony yelled at him. “This is the second time you did this. I’m tired of shutting it off for you.”

Trying to look for a show for AJ on the PBS kids app on ROKU. AJ is getting mad at me.

“Go up, Mommy.” sighs “No, to the left, Mommy.” another sigh “I keep telling you the name of the show.”

When I finally find it I realize it was there in front of me the entire time.

“Mommy, is your brain working today?”

 

We love the Elf on a Shelf in our house. We make our own rules. Scooby Doo is not mean or mischevious. He doesn’t report on bad behaviors. He loves to play hide and seek with AJ and report all the good things AJ does back to Santa. It’s just a fun tradition we have in our house, one I hope we hold onto for a long time.

Maybe one day AJ will hide him on us…that’s when he can be mischievous and naughty.

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AJ and Bonus love each other. She is always happy to see him and he loves to play with her. She’s so calm, gentle, and perfect for his wild and loud boy-self. He is learning how to be calmer and what she likes and doesn’t like. He is learning not to leave any clothes, shoes, or toys out because she’s a little thief.

She is learning how to play with a wild boy, who to listen to him when he reads books and cuddle with him in bed at night as Mommy rubs both their backs.

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Mommy’s Payback

One morning while at Whole Foods…I did this and so not ashamed.

Tony was off with AJ, getting a drink for him. I’m walking around with a full cart trying to find them when I see Anthony drop a glass drink. I make sure it’s him, see Tony look at me, then walk away leaving hubby to deal with it.

Later on Tony yells at me. “Why did you do that? You just walked away.”

I shake my head getting ready for my payback.

“First of all you walked into the store with us, then walked off without a word. Ten minutes later you appear eating a sandwich and a drink in your other hand. You never asked us if we needed anything or told us where you were going. You only throughout about your self. Now when AJ drops something and you have to deal with it you want me to help. I don’t think so. Payback is a bitch, right?”   I might have thrown a few f-bombs in there for good measure.

A Recent Surprise?

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 15 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:

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My subject is: what is a nice surprise that you recently got?

It was submitted by: http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch

Well I had a few ideas for this post but changed it at the last minute. Why? Well we have two new additions to our family.

I kept pressuring hubby that we needed to adopt another dog for AJ after our sweet Balboa passed away over a year ago. We knew it would be hard to adopt because of our small apartment and wild boy, but an opportunity arose.

My BIL knew a guy who runs a dog rescue and Tony took the trip with him to see if there were any adoptable dogs. Turns out there was.

He didn’t come home with one dog. NO! He came home with two dogs! TWO! That’s right two rescued and bonded rat terriers. Two dogs that were rescued the day before Thanksgiving. Two dogs that were set to be drowned because they were leftovers from a puppy sale. Two dogs that have made my son happy.

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Did hubby tell me he was adopting two dogs? NOPE. But he said he couldn’t leave one behind, he said Rambo looked miserable without Bonus. Having two dogs changes EVERYTHING. Having two dogs who are somewhere under a year old changes everything.

We have to

  • start crate training again
  • start command training
  • rearrange our schedules

which sucks with two dogs…but I am determined. Does anyone have any advice or tips? 

I am stressed and sick, but know once this crazy stage is over the outcome will be grand. Our son will have two dogs who he grew up with. He is already calling them his brother and sister. I know months down the road he will be happily playing with them in his room or we’ll all take long walks and maybe even teach them really cool tricks.

I’m hoping once the training stage is over they will be okay to lay on the couch when we are not home. The tough part is that I doubt they were ever spoken to…which is going to make command training even more difficult. As of yesterday I have taught Rambo to sit and Bonus follows allong not wanting to miss out. Of course he still looks for a treat, but consistency will make it a habit and soon he will sit because I told him to.

I told AJ that eventually we can train them with all sorts of commands and even have them do tricks. AJ wants to teach them, as if they are his students and he is the teacher. I told him that is a possibility in a few months time. 3text

Fly on the Wall November

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Fly on the Wall

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.

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

What did AJ say????

Walking in from a birthday party that Daddy took him to. He runs up to me with doughnuts in hand. “Daddy got me the munchkins, but here’s the thing.” with hands up in the air gesturing away “I only had three bites of cake.”

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While in the bathroom I hear AJ say. “Aaaaah pooping is great.”

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“I wish every day was a half day.”
“Why?”
“So we can come home and have fun.”
“Sorry, but that’s life. We all have responsibilies. I wish I could stay home and still get paid.”

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“You need to leave your socks on, it’s cold.”
“No, my piggies need to breathe.”

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AJ woke one day at 5:30. WHY? Well he’s an early bird, but that’s a post for another day. That morning he said he needed to get up so he could work on his invention-a double pencil. He taped two pencils together and used it to draw and erase. What he was drawing was pretty cool and he was excited he could erase even faster with two erasers. I wanted to ask how he was going to sharped them…then was afraid he might try to invent a double sharpener.

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AJ was being silly and not listening in karate. He told Sensei that he missed his Daddy who is always at work.

Sensei replied, that his daddy works so AJ can have the things he enjoys. He should thank his daddy for working. Before Sensei could finish, AJ blurts out….”My daddy is stronger than you.”

Sensei held  back a laugh, smiled, and said “I bet he is.”

I got glasses for driving and watching movies at a distance. I always wanted glasses, I know I’m weird. Maybe in a few years I’ll need to wear them all the time.

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AJ had three half days at school for parent-teacher conferences. One day I left early, the day I had to meet with the teacher. I told AJ we would have a lovely mommy and son lunch date. I really enjoyed that time with him. I told him we have to do it more often.

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November Use Your Words

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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… Bathtub ~ toilet paper ~ plunger ~ ladle ~ mixing bowl ~ Snickers
They were submitted by: http://themomisodes.com

Halloween was fun, my sister visited from Texas and went trick or treading during the day. Our town is awesome, the business on Main Street host trick or treating or kids. As my mother said, it’s like being inside an ABC Family movie and she’s right. Tony and I took Anthony trick or treading again at night.11-13

While it’s fun to dress up, the candy is a nightmare. I told him if he eats too much of that dangerous candy and chocolate he’d be leaving human snickers in the toilet bowl. That’s what happened. While it’s fun to dress up and go trick or treading, it stinks that candy is filled with GMOS and chemicals. Instead they should make organic candy affordable, but then they’d have to admit they’ve been lying to us all along about the dangers if GMOs.

If I could I’d sneak into Monsanto and the major food companies headquarters. What would I do while in there? I’d steal all their plungers, replace them with ladles, then throw full rolls of toilet paper in the bowls.They’d never be able to use the bathroom again.. Not that it would be a problem, they are used being full of sh*t anyway.

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To counteract all this candy and chocolate, I’ve been using my dehydrator to make beef jerky and dried fruits. I LOVE the way the apples, bananas, water, cantaloupes, pineapples, and fruit leathers come out. They don’t have any preservatives, sugar, chemical and still taste great. I only bought a small dehydrator, and at one time only have an amount of fruit to fill a mixing bowl. If I had the space and time I’d make enough to fill a bathtub.
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Fly on the Wall October

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Fly on the Wall

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.

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

painting

“Mommy, please do me a favor?”

“Sure.”

“Can you pause that? Then stand over here and pose like this?” (Stands how he wants me to stand. I do what he says.)

“Perfect, Mommy.”

Proudly shows me what he painted….my portrait.

Reading a book to his furry friends. “Now talk to your partner about the story.”

“Is that what you’re teacher says?”

“Mommy, stop, I’m playing.”

“Sorry, I just want to know.”

“Fine, yes, now let me be.”

AJ to Daddy…

“Time to wait for the bus. Get your sweater and lets go.”

I signed up AJ or a drama class thinking with all his singing he would love it. It turned out to be a HUGE disaster. He hated the class, hated all the stage directions, hated the songs he had to remember.

“Mommy, I just want to sing my songs.”

No refund, so I just ate that money.At least it was paid with summer money, so it didn’t come out of any bills for September.

“That’s awesome!”
“What’s awesome?”
“I’m popping and it smells so bad!”

AJ farts, loudly sighs, then smiles. “I’m the king of the farts.”

That’s not nice to do to a kid
You’re so mean
I’m going add fast as I can

wasp sting

Recently after karate, we put ton his jacket and he began to scream and cry. I thought it the straw stuck to his jacket and huffed as I pulled it off of him. To my horror a huge wasp flew out of the arm of the coat.

My poor baby was stung by a wasp. Thankfully it was only one sting and he’s not allergic. He was in so much pain, but another karate mom got him ice. The car ride home was terrible for him, because of all the pain and fear. My heart broke for him.

Finally, we got home and I ran a teabag under cold water, put it on his terrible looking sting/bite, wrapped it up with a washcloth, then put masking tape over it to keep it in place. After thirty minutes the spot of the sting was difficult to see and he was feeling better.

Yes, tea bags are amazing. They are great for burns, bites, and stings. The herbs have a healing quality. Sadly I forgot I carry tea bags in my bag, I need to remember this for future incidents.

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This Sunday I am turning 40! Tony is turning 41 the following week!

No I’m not ashamed, scared, worried, or angry. I am looking forward to it. Age is just a number, I don’t feel forty at all. Aging is nothing to be ashamed of, we all age and need make it a symbol of accomplishment and power. Instead of trying to hide with anti-aging nonsense or be ashamed of wrinkles and gray hairs, we need to embrace it. If all women took back the power of aging, imagine how we could change society and the cosmetic industries.