instafriday {& a vacation recap}


linking up my weekly phone pics with jeannett again!  i’m thepleatedpoppy on instagram if you want to follow along!


we spent last week up at the lake – kind of a last hoorah before school was in full effect.  we started school last week, but left on wednesday to head up to my parents’, and came home tuesday night.  it was awesome.

and yeah, my husband’s a stud.  i mean, seriously.


and these kids were pretty awesome, too!  we had 12 kids, ranging from 1 to 13.  they played so nicely with each other and were so much fun!  and they were animals on the water!  always yelling to go faster – crazy kids.


have you played headbandz?  its a kids game, but so fun even for adults.   try it, you’ll like it ;)


while almost everyday was beautiful and clear, we had one day where the winds turned and the smoke from the rim fire blew in. while it made the sun glow pink and amazing, it put a bit of a damper on the day.  we let the kids play outside for awhile, then let them veg inside for a few hours.


the kids loved strutting their independence on the dinghy.


while the kids were vegging out, the moms left for a few hours to go to a local peddler’s fair.  we found a some treasures there, then hit a few thrift stores.  i picked up this beauty for $20!  actually, it was so heavy i could literally not pick it up.  nor could i fit it in our car.  so we’re booking another trip to the lake soon!


this is my best friend’s littlest.  he was adopted just a year ago and he fits in with their family perfectly!


and he loves me, which makes me pretty happy ;)


while this may look like a college party scene, students don’t usually write their names on their red solo cups!


the kids were so happy we were able to use the banana!


labor day weekend, 14 years ago, sean proposed to me on top of that rocky mountain!


no trip to bass lake is complete without a visit (or 2) to the forks.  these kids are “cousin-friends”.  love getting them together!


sean is big into cycling, road and mountain.  when we’re at the lake, mountain biking usually wins.  one of his favorite trails is called 007, and he took silas on it for the first time (on the downhill only since the uphill is about 9 miles long).  si loved it and sean sean he was yelling “mike wazowski!!!”when he was super excited!  dork :)  we had to drive the boys to the top of the mountain, and this view was our reward for the long drive.  i love this little lake.


the last night.  felt like a real end to the summer.  a slow boat ride home, soaking it all in.


i arrived home with some treasures waiting for me!  red envelope sent me this awesome watch!  good news/bad news:  i love it.  so does sean.  as soon as he saw it he said “thank you!” and claimed it as his own.  its a good thing he’s so cute!


back to the grind. school, work, emails.  the sweet soft light and a few minutes of quiet songs reminding me of how much i need Jesus.  and coffee.


and i have a new project in the works!  i was so excited to get started on it, then realized that i ordered the wrong kind of covered buttons #dangit.

yesterday’s homeschool went smoothly, so today i’m flying high.  its amazing what a bit of success can do for my mindset!  i’m also so excited for this weekend:  we have NO plans!

have a great weekend, friends!



  1. 1

    I love your blog! Creative, funny, sweet, artistic, and beautiful. Always leaves me with a happy feeling. Thanks!

  2. 2

    Those pictures of the lake are beautiful! You should frame them! I am also a little jealous of that desk you cool.

  3. 3

    Great post. Great vaca.

    That watch!

  4. 4

    I love Bass Lake! Fun post.

  5. 5

    looks like your gang had a blast at a lake. 14 years….goes by fast doesn’t it. :)

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