January Fly on the Wall

 

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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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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.

 

 

 

June 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:

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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Fly on the Wall May

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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 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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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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Fly on the Wall February

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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.

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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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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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