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another full summer week!  i’m linking up my weekly phone pictures with my friend jeannett.  i’m thepleatedpoppy on instagram if you want to follow along on our summer adventures!

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what do you do on 7/11?  go to 7eleven of course for the free slurpees!  we literally could look out our rv window and see one across the street from our campground, so it really didn’t take much convincing to go get a treat.

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we also were walking distance to a sweet little bowling alley.  it has been really sweet doing special activities with just silas and lily while gracie has been at camp.  when the kids started saying they were hungry, we made them dance out on the bowling area for their food.  because we’re their parents and we can ;)

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this ball was made for me!  ok, not really, but it should’ve been.

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my closest friend lives in what we call “south county”, meaning she and her family are only about 15 minutes away from us.  but we rarely drive more than 5 miles to get anywhere, so we just don’t spend a ton of time at each others’ houses.  but this week we were camping in their neck of the woods and we got to see them a lot – yay!  we always talk of someday getting a huge property and building a commune, because all of our kids are going to marry each other.  i’m sure it will all go as planned… ;)  anyway, joy let me play with all of her amazing collections and redecorate her shelves!  it was so much fun.  her house is like the best flea market, so shopping her house for different items was like a treasure hunt.

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staying on the beach has brought us to the ocean nearly every day.  the weather was overcast almost the whole 2 weeks, but it was still comfortable.  we roped our friends into joining us for our morning walks a few times.  if the kids are up for it, we walk all the way to the caves and tide pool-ish areas where the kids can search for crabs and sea anemones.

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someday soon i’ll share the few improvements we’ve done on the rv so far, but things are moving v e r y   s l o w l y.  i spotted this repositional wallpaper at target, along with matching paint, and i’m thinning about using it in the powder room portion of the rv.  i got lots of feedback on Facebook and instagram on this product, but i haven’t pulled the trigger yet and would love your opinion on it as well if you have any experience with it!

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joy and i were sitting on the beach one morning, watching our kids dig and play.  we started noticing seals bobbing close to the shore line.  then a few dolphins.  not a rare sight, but still really exciting.  then more and more dolphins that started surfing in the waves and jumping in huge pods further out.  then we saw some huge dolphins further out in the water breeching really slowly.  the more we watched we realized they weren’t dolphins but whales!  we saw lots of backs breeching, then even heads and tails!  it was truly one of the most breathtaking days I’ve ever had!

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somehow we convinced my nephew and his girlfriend to come have dinner with us at the campground (sean was out of town and i needed some adult interaction!).  he brought his new puppy for the kids to love on – so cute!

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the kids begged us to play mini golf at the campground the whole time we were there, but somehow we managed to stay to busy to make it work.  so with 45 minutes to spare before we had to check out, the kids and i snuck away while sean did all the gross rv clean up stuff.  i think i got the better end of the deal.  plus, i won, so that makes it more fun too ;)

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i have always loved behr paint.  they just have great colors!  i have used it on several of pieces of furniture in my house and have some new painting projects in mind.  i just got this new paint deck in the mail and am taking on the road with us to try to nail down some new colors.  just looking through the fan deck gave me even more project ideas to do!

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after we left the campground we headed up to bass lake, where i grew up, my parents live, and gracie was going to camp.  this picture is from the foothills past the valley, just before we headed into the mountains.  we watched the sunset turn the sky into cotton candy clouds and listened to worship music on pandora as we pretended the kids were falling asleep in the bunk above us.

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this morning we woke up and picked up gracie!  it was so good to see her, even though she wasn’t nearly ready to come home.  i’m thankful she has such a great camp experience and that she loves it so much, but man its good to have her back!

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my 2 brothers also send their kids to camp with gracie, so we all got to reunite for a bit too.  my brother christopher (on the left) lives on maui so i don’t see him nearly enough.  we’ve spent all day with him and his boys on the lake today.

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and now i’m back to being a mom of 3!  we head off early tomorrow morning for our next big adventure!  follow along with me on instagram and you can see where we’re headed next!

 

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i have been a bit out of the instafriday loop because i’ve had computer issues, topped by internet issues which lead to only answering the most important emails when we had any wifi.  but today?  today the wifi gods seem to be smiling down on me!  and i popped in a movie for my kids in the rv, so all is quiet and i can actually throw up a blog post – yay!  i’ve kind of been missing my old regular schedule of posting and i just plain miss you guys!

so here’s a little instagram recap of our last few weeks.  i’m linking up my post with my friend jeannett.  come link up with us!  if you want to follow along real-time, i’m thepleatedpoppy on insta-g.

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family dinners with our favorite friends!  we need more of these all summer long!

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we took off a couple weeks ago for my parents’ boat on the Delta.  fishing was high on silas’ priority list.  i just love my boys in matching hats!

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this beautiful cris craft was our home for about 4 days.  even though the quarters were a little tighter than we’re used to, we had all the water we needed to spread out in.  plus, it just prepared us for our time in the RV!

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sean snuck a picture of me while i was napping in my parents’ room on board.  naps are my favorite ;)

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lily also got in on the fishing action.

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i soaked up as much gracie as i could since we dropped her off at camp (for 11 days!) right after our boat trip.

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and now that we have an eleventeen year old, she likes to grab our phones when we’re not looking to take selfies.  ugh.  but she did have the good excuse that she was taking the pictures so she could look at them to draw a self-portrait.

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the first fish was caught!

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we had beautiful weather – not too hot, but warm all day, even from the first moment i woke up.  we were blessed with all 3 kids sleeping in each day, so i got to wake up slowly and quietly each day, which is a vacation all on its own!

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we moved locations on the delta a few times, starting out in a quite area, then moving the edge of the party area for the excitement of the fourth.  see the mass of boats behind the girls?  thats just a bit of what was out there!  we took the dinghy out for a wild ride down “water gun alley” and got soaked without any ammunition of out own.  (dresses ℅ sunuva)

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fish #2!

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snuggles for mama!

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fish #3!

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watching the sunset as we waited for fireworks.

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we dropped gracie off at camp and headed home to pick up the rv.  we are staying locally, one town over at the beach.  i feel like i need to explain this since i brought so much jewelry with me!  we’re not really camping, more like staying in a tiny space on the beach ;)  we still are seeing friends, going on dates, going to meetings, etc, so i could;t fully get into camping mode just yet.

our RV is still new to us, so i am slowly making improvements and working out the organizational kinks.  lots of you have asked for posts on what we’ve done so far, but i’m still trying to figure things out before i feel like i can post as an “expert” on Rving.  soon.  i promise.

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the kids and i have been going for long walks on the beach almost every morning.  not a bad way to start the day!

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thank you pinterest for being the pretty version of google for me!  cooking in an RV is just different than at home.  the space is smaller and our resources are a bit more limited.  we wanted to cook out on the fire to minimize our cooking time inside so i did a quick pinterest search for tin foil dinners.  our first try was actually amazing!  it was coconut lime tilapia with zucchini and corn – even the kids loved it!

and s’mores are just a requirement.  adding a reeses pb cup is also a requirement.

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if you are ever in pismo beach, ca, you have to try old west cinnamon rolls.  i like mine with pecans and cream cheese frosting.  i’d like to congratulate myself on only eating 1/2 of one this whole week, considering we are just a few blocks away.

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again with the beach.  still not getting old.

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one of the first improvements i did in the RV was to add this bulletin board i got at homegoods.  this was an otherwise unusable wall and i wanted somewhere to post a few pretty prints and other necessary papers for the parks we were staying at.  since we are basically living on top of one another, i thought this print from nap time diaries was an appropriate reminder.

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with super spotty & irritatingly slow internet, i finally packed up the kid lets and headed to starbucks for guaranteed wifi.  with the kids regularly deprived of screen time (poor things!) they were more than happy to sit quietly and watch a few episodes of casper on hulu while i whipped out a couple blog posts.

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even though i don;t get to talk to gracie for 11 days, the camp posts pictures online for parents to see about 3 times a day!  gracie does this little hand signal to tell us she loves us – so sweet!  i can tell by the pictures that she is having great time! (shirt ℅ zoe clothing company)

plans for the weekend: finish painting the fridge (yep, you heard me right), install a new stereo system, fix the leaky faucet, and clean my room.