home depot & bounty giveaway winner!

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congrats to jenny!

she won the $250 home depot gift card and 2 rolls of bounty paper towels to clean up after her project! yay!

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

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it feel so good to complete projects, especially fast ones!  this bookcase was finished in just one late evening and part of a day!  i love the way this part of our playroom looks, but the other half is a deeeeesaster!

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we’ve had some unusually hot weather in our area.  our warmest months are usually more towards the fall, but i’ll take it anytime!  since we get so little really warm weather, most of us don’t have AC.  so i sat out on our porch bed in the shade with a frozen margarita to stay cool and get some work done, uninterrupted.

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our girls had a little recital at their dance studio last weekend!  they were so sweet together while they waited their turns.  i am always quick to grab my camera to document those loving moments between the kids because some days they are few and far between, and its good for me to look back over the week and see that there were moments when they really do love each other.

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lulu with a tutu

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we took the kids to the circus again this summer, and ended up meeting a bunch of friends there – so fun!  my favorite act is the trapeze.

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gracie is heading off to camp this week and i wanted her to be able to have some 1-on-1 time with her siblings before she left.  she took si to the bookstore (sean was hiding out next to them) and read to him all the books he wanted.  and then she took lily for a walk down the street to grab a couple ice cream cones.  i have never let them walk that far on their own.  to be honest, i only let them occasionally walk around the block without me.  to quote some of the comments from instagram, yes, times have changed, but our God is the same.  letting my tight grip on my kids is really hard to do, but it is good for them.  and my favorite comment from instagram was that allowing them this bit of independence allows them to be brave, which is huge!

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we got a new puzzle for the summer (van gogh’s starry night), and when i took this picture i thought it was going to be the death of me!  almost all the 1,000 pieces look the same!  but after a couple days i was conquering that puzzle.  and then i realized that i was pretty much the only one doing the puzzle because it was way too hard for the kids.

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kiwi crate sent my kids this awesome kit!  the kids did a little crafting at home with it, and then we brought it with us to my parents’ boat for the weekend and we still had more activities to do/make.  after loving this kit so much, i looked into kiwi crate’s website a bit more and found more kits i’d love to get.  for the price, it is really reasonable.  and if i’m totally honest, i like them even more because they are super adorable!

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we left tuesday afternoon to drive up to the delta to meet up with my parents.  on long car trips, we’ve relied on sharing earbuds and listening to the world and everything in it.  i am not one for keeping up on current events, so this program has a fresh perspective and is informative without all the gory details that usually turn me off.

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my parents walk every morning, so we got up with them and went for a walk along the levee near where they dock their boat.  it was just the most beautiful morning, walking past the cornfields on one side and the water on the other.

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i am thankful for a patient big sister who loves her brother so, because little feet tire more easily than big feet.

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my parents’ boat is a pretty, wooden chris craft, and thankfully sleep us all.  i’m thinking this picture may end up in a frame.

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i brought a couple sets of patriotic bunting to decorate the boat with.

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that man.  that boy.  scouting out our view of the fireworks.

i haven’t taken many pictures of our time at the boat because we’ve been in the water almost the whole time!  i’ve also been devouring a book (which happens maybe once a decade for me), and enjoying some serious down time.  i even took a nap!

i hope you have a lovely weekend!