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


we got a smidge of rain, and the HILLS ARE ALIVE!  i’ve been picking up running a bit lately and this view makes it all worth it.  that and an hour all by myself.


my girls were trying to raise money for winter camp so they had a bake sale during a neighbor’s garage sale.


i get 2 days a week to get my stuff done while the kids are at school.  those days are usually filled with meetings and errands and thrift store work and blogging and house stuff.  but every once in awhile, i slow down and have to make the decision of whether i keep trucking along or take a nap.  this day i decided to keep working and by 3 o’clock i really regretted that decision!


we get a harvest box every other week filled with veggie goodness.  i made this for myself and 2 of the kids while sean was on the date with the other.  arugula, blood oranges, red onions, purple radishes and goat cheese, mmmmmm!


instead of napping the other day, i made these pretties (and a tutorial, too)!


we got a couple days of rain (yay!) but with all the petal falling off our trees it looked like snow.


i just started getting monthly paper works from jones design company.  we love them!


lily is doing her science project on what makes cookies the fluffiest.  she was so fun with this project, all 10+ dozen!  and we have been enjoying her project all week…


more info to come soon, but this is a fun project i just started helping with!


part of that project included choosing paint colors, and then i started choosing paint colors for myself!


target, you are killing me.


i was really hoping my kids would opt for store-bought valentines, but they wanted to use this tutorial to make watercolored letters for each of their classmates.  when they were done (way past bedtime) i was so glad they chose to make them.


and then i played a bit with the watercolor paint, too.


school is more often than not a battle with this guy.  but he has really been stepping up his game lately!  so proud of him.

sean is home after a few days away so we’re going to soak him up this weekend!  what are your plans?


its been a long time since i’ve shared my weekly instagram photos here, so today we’ll do a recap!  i love sharing my phone pics here because its like a diary of my everyday life.  come join me on instagram – i’m thepleatedpoppy.  i’m linking up with my friend jeannett.

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clockwise:  our family at our school’s history day/viking challenge //  teaching the kids how to make fresh tortilla chips //  rearranging the kitchen cabinets, making some things easier to reach for the kids //  lily making all of us chubby with weekly banana bread and chocolate chip cookies

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art work by gracie, age 11 1/2


wedding #1 for a sweet cousin, and how did my kids get so old?!

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wrapping gifts //  pompom wreath //  not-made-by-martha cookies // the sad state of our christmas tree lights

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my goofy boy //  treating the kids to hot chocolate //  our annual christmas morning torture test for the kids while we get our coffee and cameras ready //  silas’ creative skills at bed making

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hiking to the top of a local mountain with the family to see the tree of lights //  watercolor by grace // celebrating reaching the top with my boy //  getting some much needed time out with just my girls

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flying out of LA for a trip with just sean in seattle

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wedding for cousin #2 – the sweetest!

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fall decor in the thrift store window (i forgot to snap a pic of december’s window) //  i went to forever 21 to return socks and came home with this! //  silas is loving his lego bible //  lily wearing her “bear cheeks” jambes we brought back for the kids from seattle

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working on a sparkly project //  like father, like son //  the kids all geared up for pajama day at school //  my brother’s family enjoying our incredible summer-like weather with us

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roses from our yard that just won’t quit //  quieting the house after christmas // a couple attempts at decorating above our piano in our entryway

ok, so that covers a couple months!  i’m hoping to get back to regular posting schedule again now that life is settling down after the holidays.