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


every once in awhile its fun to hand the phone to the kids and get some pictures with both sean and i!  this was a particularly warm evening that we were enjoying on our front patio.


i cleaned out my junk drawers a couple weeks ago and came up with just a few random keys.  i still haven’t set aside the time to try to figure out where they go!




lily making brefkist for dinner for us.


3 days a week, swim practice. 3 days a week, 3 very tired kids.


central coast fall is like the best of summer.


my morning snugglers.


my thursday afternoon date while the girls ride horses.


another yummy dinner with my girl.  i’m learning to love cooking with her along side me, soaking her up.


and then she goes and turns 9!  i’m still mad at her for that.


we went “camping” in the motorhome and it would take only minutes for this boy to crash once he was snuggled in close.  and i was able to finish my book!


speaking of books, i love buying used books for the kids at the thrift store.  win win for us all.


we did homeschool in the coffee shop and i got a small peak into what this girl will be like as a teen.  i think she’s going to be pretty awesome.  she already is.


and that girl, at 11, is blowing me away.  i can’t wait to see where this girl goes with her art!

happy weekend friends!




are you guys on instagram?  its my favorite.  no joke.  its such a happy place for me – all the people i love, all the people i’d love to be friends with, all the people who inspire me.  i share sneak peeks of my projects, ask for opinions, and give glimpses into my real everyday life.  i’d love for you to join me!  i’m thepleatedpoppy on insta-g.

every friday i link my weekly phone pics up with my friend, jeannett.  i love having a record here on my blog that feels like a weekly diary for my family and i.


sean travels pretty often for work, but is rarely gone for more than 2 nights.  last week he was gone for over a week, and then before he got home i left for a few days for a trip down south with behr paint.  we were like ships in the night, missing each other.  but after parenting solo (with my parents’ help), as much as i wanted to see him, spending a little more time all to myself seemed like a really good idea!  i had a 4 hour drive home (alone!) and made a stop by ikea and anthropologie.  and it was wonderful!  also, i think i was allergic to color that day – all black and white.


our old chore charts were getting a bit outdated, so i made new ones for the kids.  this picture is so lily.  she was so excited when i made these new charts!  she is type-A all the way!


after visiting the behr paint headquarters and learning about their new 1-coat Marquee paint, i was kind of sold on it!  i tested it out on the back of our shelves surrounding our fireplace and was so happy with the results!  i’ll give all the details soon in another post.


and then of course i had to redecorate the shelves after taking them all apart.  and then i hit a wall.  a decorating wall.  i got this one set of shelves done right and nothing else went well after that.  i have been madly rearranging all of my house and i feel like its all backfiring on me.  grrr its frustrating!  i’m taking a break to rethink it all and just live in the disaster.


the boy’s hair was getting out. of. control.  i love his hair all shaggy, but the kids have been swimming a few days a week and its wreaked havoc on his hair, making it stiff and nappy.  this new cut keeps the length on top, but is so nice and clean around his cute kissable neck!


and a little throwback for you from the 4th grade me.  you’re welcome ;)