FLy on the Wall APRIL 2015


Fly on the Wall

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 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:

Baking In A Tornado
Spatulas on Parade
Follow me home
Menopausal Mother
Stacy Sews and Schools
Battered Hope
Just A Little Nutty
The Momisodes
Someone Else’s Genius
Disneyland in Kentucky
Searching for Sanity
Sanity Waiting to Happen
The Sadder But Wiser Girl
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
Juicebox Confession

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Watching Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian, Dino insisted this was the first one. I tried to explain to him that it was the second one, giving examples of the first vs the second movie. Then explained that I would know this because I like the movies. Dino rolled his eyes at me and shook his hand like I was a fool. “No, Mommy. I know more than you Mommy. I know this movie and know this is the first one. You are wrong, Mommy.”

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Dino and I worked on creating double decker cars…I am so addicted to Legos. He wanted a picture of our cars. He looked at his daddy and said. “This is my masterpiece.”

Lego masterpiec e

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Dino was having trouble putting his undies on the right way. I am trying to tell him to let me show him which way they go and he can do it…of course he’s yelling at me.

He slams the undies down. “Fine, if you know so much about undies, you do it.”

Instead of getting mad at him, I make a silly face. “Well I do know a lot about undies.”

We both giggled.

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Dino struggling to put away all the toys he took out. He knows the rule, you take out what you want, but put it all away. He gets mad and screams. “Hey, I need help. I only have two hands.”

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We were meeting my friend and her daughter at Whole Foods then heading over to the mall. Dino was in one of his moods.

“I don’t want to go to Whole Foods, Mommy. Can we just meet them at the mall?”

“Cathy and Cathleen don’t know what breakfast to get. I told them you know the best foods there.”

He smugly smiles. “It’s true, Mommy. I know it all.” then walks always with a pompous head tilt.

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One morning as I’m getting ready for work…this is what I hear

“Daddy please put on Pokemon.”

Daddy, I’m waiting and Pokemon is still not on.”

“Well then if you’re in a rush you put it on.”

“No, Daddy, I’m all he way over here, you’re closer. I have important things to do.”

“Oh really?”

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Now that Dino has reading glasses, I keep repeating about taking good care of them, putting them in his case, backpack, and bringing them home.

Finally he growls. “I know already. Enough, Mommy.”

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We all went out to dinner on Saturday Night to celebrate our 14 wedding anniversary. Yes! 14 years of marriage…20 years together! Anyway, the place we went to has brown paper on the tables to let kids draw…Dino brought markers and crayons.

The waitress wrote her name on the table, “Hi, my name is Erin…in case you need to know.” As Tony and I were ordering, Dino wrote his name. “My name is Anthony.”He then pointed to it and said. “Just in case you need to know.”  This kid cracks me up!

Then we started playing a favorite game of Dino’s. We have to take turns trying to make each other laugh. I tried to make Tony laugh, but couldn’t do my normal routine as we were in the middle of a restaurant. Dino stood up on his chair and loudly said. “Don’t worry, Mommy, I can handle this.” Of course Tony and I were in hysterics…we love this kid.

We decided to have dessert, Dino wanted us to share gluten free chocolate cake…it was almost like a fudge brownie. Dino couldn’t even finish it, it was so rich, gooey, and thick. Tony asked how it was and I said, not bad, but you know it’s coming out the same way it’s going in. Yes, terrible bathroom humor in a restaurant…only in our family.

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Dinosaur Reads…

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The Monster Who Lost His Mean

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Amazon Summary:

Everyone knows that the M in “monster” stands for MEAN. But what happens when a monster can’t be mean any more? Is he still a monster at all?

One young monster’s attempts to live up to his name go hilariously awry as he discovers—with a little help from new friends—that it’s not what you’re called but who you are that counts.

Dino’s Review:

The Monster can’t be mean anymore and the other monsters bully him. He has no friends, but the kids are his friends. He likes his new friends because they like him.

Mommy’s Review:

I really enjoyed this book. Dino wanted to buy it at his daycare book fair a year ago and I’m glad he did. The monster lost his “M” which means he can no longer be mean. Instead he finds himself doing kind things for others and it makes him happy. He sees his former friends, the other monsters, as bullies and thinks he’s alone. Then he is surprised by his new friends, who like him just the way he is and name his Onster! 

Really like the message about bullying and friendships. The illustrations are captivating and draw you in.   


Kid Lit Blog Hop


Fly on the Wall MARCH 2015



Fly on the Wall

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Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 15 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: Baking In A Tornado Spatulas on Parade Follow me home Menopausal Mother Stacy Sews and Schools Battered Hope Just A Little Nutty The Momisodes Someone Else’s Genius  The Sadder But Wiser Girl  Dinosaur Superhero Mommy Disneyland in Kentucky Juicebox Confession Searching for Sanity Go Mama O

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On a recent snow day, Anthony and Daddy were sitting on the couch.

“I’m hot. I want to take off my shirt.”

“Put on a t-shirt.”

“No Mommy said I can take off my shirt in the house if I want.”

“Okay, but it’s better to wear a t-shirt.”

“Daddy stop, all your talking is making me hotter.”

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We order lots of things from Amazon, while I was out Saturday morning, my order came in the mail. It’s all under my name, so Tony opened it, which is fine, we never know what package is whose. What he did wrong was seeing a package of play foam, opening it and giving it to Dino.

Dino took it and played with it all over our rug. I came home to see the little foams embedded in the rub. I was so mad. Not only did he give it to Anthony when I needed it for an activity with him, but he let him play with it in the living room.

His punishment was to pick up every peace from the rug. Of course Dino gave up and is relaxing watching TV.

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We watched Narnia during one of our many snow days. The next day, he wanted Daddy to watch it. I reminded Anthony what was happening at the beginning of the movie. (Trying to avoid the million and one questions). Dino looks at me, rolls his eyes and raises his hands. “I know what is happening, I know everything.” He huffs and looks back at the TV.

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In an attempt to get Dino to do more chores. He used to clean up after himself while at daycare (they taught him this) now in kindergarten these skills are sliding away. I told him when he’s done with his snack to wash it, dry it, and put it away. He’s knows what to do, but looks at me. “I’m a kid. I don’t need to clean.”

I looked at him, trying not to yell or laugh. “Oh yes you do, or you can eat off dirty plates.” 

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Dino: “I got a story, Mommy and Daddy. One night there was an alien who killed people every night.”

Daddy: I can show you some aliens (think’s he’s being funny)

Dino: (Gets mad) Shakes finger in Daddy’s face. “I’ll kick you in the eye and make you bleed, then you’ll learn your lesson.” 

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One morning Dino was begging me to order a Disney show. We have ROKU so I would have to subscribe and pay for the Dinsey app. There is no way that is happening, between Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, PBS kids, and Popcorn flix for Kids he has more choices that a boy could ask for. He kept asking and begging though and finally said, “You’re a mean witch.”

My reaction was pure instinct. I hunched over, clawed my hand, snarled my face and spoke like a witch. His face showed pure terror and I though he was either going to piss or poop his pants. He was beside himself in terror, now begging me to stop and be his mommy again.

I stopped and went back to “mommy mode” and told him not to call me names or I might become what he calls me.

When I picked him up later that day he kept looking at me scared sh*tless and asked, “You’re still my mommy, right?”

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Dino singing opera….turn down your volume and enjoy! 


Fly on the Wall



Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 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:  Baking in a Tornado Spatulas on Parade Follow me home Stacy Sews and Schools Battered Hope Just A Little Nutty The Momisodes  Someone Else’s Genius Eileen’s Perpetually Busy Juicebox Confession  Dinosaur Superhero Mommy Menopausal Mother  Disneyland in Kentucky  Go Mama O


Dino and Mommy:

“I’m so cold and tired.” So he stands there, in a blanket brushing his teeth.

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He refuses to stand up and pee…instead he wants to sit down which causes leaks all over the place. Despite me talking to him about this, he refuses to listen.

“Mommy, I can’t help it. My penis is too big and long and that’s why I pee all over.”

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“Look, Mommy, I’m pretending to crochet like you.” Not sure if you can see the pencil he’s holding and moving around in his Hulk hand.


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Dino using his imagination during one of our snow days.

Dino and Daddy: 

Dino has been scared of going in his room by himself, so he was asking Daddy to go in and get a toy for him. I was leaving for work and couldn’t do it. Daddy was trying to get Dino to be brave.

“You’re a big boy now. You’re five.”

“No, Daddy, you’re older than me. You’re like 292 years old or like 11 or 12. You are older, you get it.”

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While playing with Daddy, he wanted him to move over. “Daddy, just scootch over a bit.”


“Oh I dropped that, Daddy, my bad.

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“Take a picture of me with all my animals, Mommy.”

If I let him, he would sleep with every single one.


Fly on the Wall JAN 2015


Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 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: Baking In A Tornado Spatulas on Parade  Follow me home Menopausal Mother Stacy Sews and Schools Dinosaur Superhero Mommy Juicebox Confession Battered Hope Eileen’s Perpetually Busy Go Mama O Someone Else’s Genius The Sadder But Wiser Girl  Just A Little Nutty   The Momisodes


 monkey mess

Overheard Dino playing with his toys, “You got monkeys, that’s not fair. Prepare to be punished.”

I thought it was cute and responded, “Oh no, hope he’s okay.”

Dino did not like me interrupting his play time. “Stop, Mommy. I’m playing and you are bothering me.”

Don’t you just love the mess that one child can create?  

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hard work

Blows loud breath as he cuts paper for art work. “Boy, this is hard work.”

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Showing me how his cars change into dinosaurs. “I know these things.”

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We were trading stories in the car…it was Dino’s turn and he started

“Once upon a time there lived a girl who had two dads, they all lived on a farm…” It started out sweet, then ended with zombies, eating of flesh, and ghosts…

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Dino and Daddy boxing…Dino loves it. With his sensory issues it’s a great way to burn energy and give him that physical feedback he needs.

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Daddy and Dino were watching Star Wars episodes 4, 5, and 6 one day. After explaining yet another attack/death scene, Dino said “There’s a lot of dying in these movies, Daddy.”

Well he sure said the truth!

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So I get an email Monday one morning from our lovely, Secret Subject Swap leader, Karen. She wanted to let me know that my SSS post for January was posted just a few moments ago. I freaked out and checked. Low and behold there it was. That wasn’t the worst part-it was NOT written and had the title and picture was from months ago…I schedule a few posts ahead of time with the template of the post. I obviously scheduled it for the wrong date. Oooooops.

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As I was getting ready to head out to work, Dino wanted juice. I quickly grabbed the bottle and must have unscrewed it without realizing it, then shook it. There was mango-orange juice everywhere. EVERYWHERE!!!! Thankfully I was wasn’t dressed yet, bust in my morning clothes. The picture would have been awesome, but I just was in too much of a rush.


Making Elf on the Shelf FUN and MAGICAL

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In a previous post for a Secret Subject Swap, I wrote about we use the Elf on the Shelf in our home. You can find that post here.

I allow Dino to hug, hold, kiss, and put Scooby Doo back on his designated shelf to sleep or relax. I want Dino to have power over his own actions and choices, I want Dino make know that Scooby Doo is not some creepy elf, but part of the magic of Christmas. Scooby Doo doesn’t report back to Santa with all the bad things Dino did, he only looks for good things and wants to remind Dino it’s Christmas time.

I decided to capture Dino posing with Scooby Doo each time he found him, as a way to make the fun continue and have wonderful memories. Besides, I will need to remember those hiding spots next Christmas.

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linking up with….


Finding Courage for my Dinosaur


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Finish the Sentence Friday hosts:

Kristi Finding Ninee
Trana Sand in My Toes
Viday VidaySuray


“I never had the courage to

well, the darn list is too long.

I happily admit I’m scared of a bunch of things…

I never had the courage to (and never want to) go sky diving or jump off a cliff. I hear it’s a great adrenaline rush or thrill. That’s fine, you keep doing it and I’ll stay safely on the ground.

I never had the courage to (and never want to) touch a spider. I heard that if you conquer your fears they will be gone. My answer is a big, fat NOPE!

I never had the courage to (and never want to) go on a roller coaster. I’m too scared of heights, being thrown around, and being upside down. I LOVE the fact that my son is not scared of heights or roller coasters and will gladly go on them a hundred times…good for him…and hubby who goes with him. I’ll share in their joy from the ground.


I DID have the courage to fight for my son. It’s been a long battle since before he was born…

With all the fertility treatments, injections, hormones just to get my body to work and hold onto, nourish, and carry a baby.

With knowing there was something wrong with my pregnancy, even though everyone and their mother told me…”It was fine.”, “This is what I wanted.”, and “Man up.”


With being diagnosed too late with preeclampsia (with a terrible doctor and should have switched to another doctor) and having my son in the NICU. I grieved for the birth I would never have and the loss at not being able to see and hold my son when I wanted. I often felt like a criminal being buzzed in just to hold my little man.


With trying to breast feed my little man and him not latching on. In the midst of trying for two months, I got numerous infections and somehow had to let go of the guilt, heal, and become a healthy mom to care for my son.

With knowing he DID NOT have allergies and need to go on Allegra at almost two years old, but rather he was allergic to dairy milk and taking him off of it made a huge difference in all our lives. If I had known then what I know now, I would have skipped the cow’s milk and let him drink coconut, rice, and almond milk…so much safer and healthier.

With knowing he had speech delays and fighting to get services, which he eventually received and what a difference it made.


With having years of PPT meetings and not getting help for his sensory issues. Since he was not yet in the school system they didn’t seem to care or want to help. Now he is in kindergarten and officially in the school system. His kindergarten teacher was able to provide enough evidence that he needed more help than she can give him. We had our meeting and low and behind he is getting the service he needs. While he does not qualify for an IEP since he does not have a learning disability, he does qualify for a 504. What is a 504? It means that he has an impairment that requires accommodations for him to be successful in school. His accommodations will include a variety of efforts and manipulatives as well as occupational therapy twice a week for visual processing delays, fine motor delays, and sensory delays.


I wanted to jump up hug each member of the team, I just about cried from joy and relief. Finally my son is getting the support he needs. The 504 will last a year, so when he returns to school in September as a first grader, his OT services will continue. Next December we will all meet again to discuss his current progress, goals, achievements, and delays.

As a reading specialist I often worry, since I work with students who have such learning disabilities, that he has dyslexia or ADD. I know he’s only five and it’s too early to identify this, but it plays a role in my worries. Maybe one day he will qualify for an IEP or perhaps the OT can help my son overcome his delays and he will no longer need service, consultations, and manipulative

What do your don’t you have the courage to do? What have you overcome or are trying to overcome?

Secret Subject Swap

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 12 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: Baking In A Tornado The Momisodes Spatulas on Parade Dinosaur Superhero Mommy Stacy Sews and Schools The Bergham’s Life Chronicles Evil Joy Speaks Juicebox Confession  Confessions of a part-time working mom Silence of the Mom  Sparkly Poetic Weirdo Climaxed

My subject is: Your elf on the shelf recruited some friends in the off season. Every morning you wake up and all sorts of shenanigans have taken place. Tell me about it. It was submitted by Here goes: 

The past two years it was all about our elf “Scooby Doo” reporting back to Santa on Dino’s behavior. Then I realized that it took away from the spirit of Christmas and made Dino less likely to enjoy Scooby Doo and more likely to resent him. This year it will be different. This year instead of Scooby Doo hiding in places Dino can’t reach…(which he will lose his magic if he does) I will hide him in places Dino CAN reach. Scooby Doo is a playful loving elf who wants to remind Dino that Santa is watching and only looking for when Dino does kind and loving things.

Scooby Doo will NOT be naughty, just playful!

So let’s see what shenanigans Scooby Doo got into with his buddies.

First night Scooby Doo came back after visiting Santa. Not sure why the pic came out in a red tone, I am hoping to get a new phone that takes better pictures. Scooby Doo, sock snowman, and dinosaur (which you can’t see) were looking at the pictures Dino drew in his small notepad.

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Scooby a mini t-rex, a mini soilder, a power ranger, and a rescue bot all helped each other drink the rest of the chocolate coconut milk Dino left on the TV stand. Dino was so happy to find him, he hugged and kissed him.

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Scooby Doo, Sock snowman, Froggy, and Buzz all decided to neslte in some warm towels for a good night’s sleep. Please enjoy the messy top shelf of the wicker basket, no need to thank me…it’s my pleasure.  

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Scooby Doo, Teddy, Water Dino, and Snowman all drew pics on the table with one of Dino’s markers.

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I got a new phone with a ROCKING camera!!!!! Finally clear pics!

I got the Samsung Galaxy S5 and so thrilled with it! I decided to go back to a contract after the pre-paid phones just weren’t up to the same quality. 

Now back to the Scooby Doo and his buddies. 

Scooby Doo was using a minion’s fart gun while the minion, monster puppet, another snowman sock laughed and egged him on.

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Scooby Doo, Spider Man Head, and Minion are hanging out, eating fruits and playing with the fart gun. Yes, Dinosaurs’s pajama shirt is on inside out. Yes, there is that meme of Jack Nicholson not giving a f&ck on our wall. Why? Well, why not? 

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Scooby Doo, Spider Man head, several transformers, one Rescue Bot Human, Orange Robot, Monkey, and Minion were all looking at one of the spiders in Dino’s Killer Spiders book.

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The number of spots to hide the Elf and surprises he could get into are becoming more challenging…but it’s fun. Though a few just as I was falling into a deep sleep, I had to jump out of bed and hide the elf… 

The cute part is, Dino puts him back on the picture frame shelf every time. He can’t get him to sit up, so he lays him down. When he gets home from schools, Scooby Doo is sitting up! 




Fly on the Wall



Fly on the Wall

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 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:  Baking In A Tornado  The Rowdy Baker Just A Little Nutty The Momisodes Spatulas on Parade The Sadder But Wiser Girl Follow me home Stacy Sews and Schools Menopausal Mother Battered Hope Dinosaur Superhero Mommy Someone Else’s Genius Crumpets and Bollocks Juicebox Confession Risa Nye Go Mamma O


One night we were telling Dino that his friends might call him Tony, like Daddy’s friends call him. He looks at me annoyed, “There’s only one Tony here, come on Mommy.”

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As we are driving in the car…

Dino: “Want to hear a joke?. Why did the tree cross the road?”

Mommy: “Why?”

Dino: “Because it wanted to keep growing.”

He tries so hard…

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Dino couldn’t find stickers that he misplaced and was getting angry at us…of course it’s our fault. “We need to investigate this mystery now!”

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Daddy annoying playing with his hairs and ears while Dino is trying to get ready. “Stop it, Daddy. You are ruining this day.”

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“Mommy I need help, are you listening to me?” 

Dino was mad that I did not immediately stop what I was doing to help him line up his toys. 

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“Look, Mommy. I’m a robot…a robot zombie. I want to suck your brains.”

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After repeating for Dino to get dressed about five times he yells, “I heard you the first time, Mommy.”

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Tony and I were teasing each other and didn’t hear Dino asking for the remote. He yelled at us, “Fine, no one is listening to me.”

“Oh I am sorry, we were being silly.” I replied.

“That’s fine. I’m not talking now since you didn’t answer me, so there.” Then makes his I’m right and your wrong face.

Always Leave Notes



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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.

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:

Secret Subject Swap  Baking In A Tornado  The Momisodes  Spatulas on Parade  Stacy Sews and Schools  Dinosaur Superhero Mommy  Climaxed Someone Else’s Genius  The Bergham’s Life Chronicles  Confessions of a part-time working mom Silence of the Mom  Crumpets and Bollocks  Sparkly Poetic Weirdo


My subject is “An orange, tomato and eggplant… (go with it)?” It was submitted by: 


I apologize for typing this up at the last minute. Any craziness, illogical thoughts, or grammatical errors are all my own fault… 

What a prompt! I laughed and then cried. What the heck am I going to do with this prompt???

I had a ton of ideas, but nothing really worked…it was as if I came home and hubby had left the items on the table for me.

Yeah, that’s it!!!! It would be like my hubby leaving an orange, tomato, and eggplant on our table with no note or phone call. Which he has done before…not with the fruits and veggies, but left me things with no explanation. Seriously how hard is it to send a simple text.

Anyway I could imagine walking into find these food items sitting on our table. I know Dino would be thrilled and excited…being the pack rat that he is, he would try to steal them to play with them and eventually hide them away in his room. It’s amazing what he hides and we find weeks and months later.

Do I call him at work and ask him about these dumb items, or do I just take matters into my own hands. Luckily, each produce would have an organic sticker on them…which makes my decision easier….eggplant parm, tomato and mozzarella salad, and orange slices for Dino’s snack tomorrow.

After spending the night doing all this, I would happily go to bed. Of course hubby would come home at night, wake me up and ask where the fruit was. I would tell him we have eggplant parm and tomato salad for his dinner tomorrow. What would be say?

Well he would either respond that he was given those fruits as a gift and wanted me to do what I wanted with them, or they were for somebody else. We would then have a heated discussion about the problems that arise when NOT leaving notes in the house…communication is key.

Either way, an orange, tomato, and eggplant would bring about a crazy, but typical day in our household. One day it could be about vegetables and fruit, the next day it could be about paper, snails, and power cords.