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!


lazy susan update

we have a funny situation with our dining table: because its so wide, its really hard to reach anything in the middle.  i like to keep napkins out with salt & pepper, but to get to them the kids have to climb onto the table.  not my favorite.

PicMonkey Collage

i picked up this large lazy susan at the thrift store almost a year ago, waiting for the prefect… something… to put on top of it.  turns out i had that perfect something hanging from my wall already!




i picked up this metal tray at a flea market last year.  i think it was actually a table top for a small table.  it fit perfectly on top of the lazy susan!


my best friend gave me this old tool caddy for my birthday because she knew i’d love it and find some quirky use for it.  it currently holds our napkins and s&p shakers.


our table’s finish is starting to wear off so we use coasters every once in awhile at the table, so on went the coasters.  another friend made those for me years ago. i know, i have great friends!


and then i finished with a hydrangea from the garden popped in a mason jar!


now we can all actually reach the items in the middle of the table!