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.



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


oh, this boy is the best snuggler.  like you guys should all be jealous ;)  i will never regret co-sleeping with my kids as babies.  it was the best bonding time for us!  and even though we’ve moved far beyond that, i still love it when they sneak into bed with us in the wee hours of the morning.  (sheets are from target.  and yes, they are soft.)


last weekend i knocked a few projects off my list – painting this locker cabinet was one of them!


lily and sean cooked another one of their famous themed meals – this time focusing on pomegranates.  it was quite a treat!


i still don’t love my wreath, but have been too lazy/busy to rework it.  soon…


with a busy morning and a busy afternoon, i took a few minutes in between to sit and relax before the hustle began again.  sometimes it feels weird to stop moving on a busy day!


inspired by the printable tags made by emily, our family made a thankful tree and it has been so fun!  the kids love stopping by and filling out tags and adding them to the tree!

what are your plans for the weekend?  we have our school’s history day today (full viking attire to come!) and good friends in town – so excited!