Sweet, silly, simple, fun.

That’s what we try to capture around here…but not with fancy DSLR’s where we fiddle with ISO, apperture and shutter speed.  Just the grainy cell phone cammy you have on your phone.  (It doesn’t have to be an iPhone or use Instagram…that’s just what I use, but anything is welcome!)

Here’s my week:

Jill had an appointment to be fitted for SMO’s last week.

The whole experience of having my daughter fitted for “equipment” was interesting and hard and emotional and exciting all rolled into one.

I had mentioned to my friend Tracy that I was going to have to go out and buy socks since the only ones we owned were pairs people gave me at baby showers!  We are barefoot, flip flop, tennis shoes without socks kinda people.  My kids never, ever, ever wear socks.  They usually put them on their hands and pretend they are gloves.

The morning of our fitting appointment, Tracy and her husband stopped by with a sweet little gift of cute new socks and the nicest card I think anyone has ever written me.

We had to wait a bit for our turn, but time went really fast because of the full mirrored wall.

Girlfriend likes herself.

A lot.

My couches came!  My couches came!

Oh my word.  We had been sitting on patio furniture and camping chairs for like two months.  (I sold my old couches on craigslist not quite realizing how long it would take once we ordered the new ones.  Opps.)

I love them.  They are comfortable and lovely and I love them.

Our living room is this giant open space that doesn’t really have walls so my regular couches always felt like they were floating in the room.  This giant sectional really anchors the room and makes it feel smaller…but cozier and more like a living room should feel.

And see that corner sweet spot?  That’s mine.  I call dibs.  Forever and until the end of time.

Last night Andy was out late playing basketball and the kids and I all piled into that little corner and cuddled while watching The Jetson’s Movie together.  (Which, btw, had a “futuristic” vacuum that didn’t look all that different from Sid.)

Sweetest. feeling. ever.  I literally started crying.  Feeling so blessed to have these littles draped all over me.

I love my family.  Have I ever mentioned that?

I made guacamole last week.

Henry likes it (!!!) but my girls thought I was basically feeding them cow dung.


Jill’s Occupational Therapist has been bugging me suggesting that I try a regular cup with her at meals.

Look lady, I get why you want me to do this, but you do realize that my four year old son with no developmental delays still spills his regular cup sometimes?  You do realize that meals result in a mess much like the aftermath of a tsunami as it is?

I just didn’t have it in me. I wanted to.  Really I did.  But Lucy still uses a sippy cup.  So there.

Until I randomly found this trainer cup
and it was like the Heavens opened and I could hear the voices of singing angels coming down to me right in the middle of TJMaxx.

Spillage is still totally possible with this cup, but I’ll take it over a fully open top anyday.

Speaking of TJMaxx…remember how yesterday I said that sometimes I just need to get away by myself?

TJMaxx is like my mecca of window shopping happiness.  It’s my go-to when I just want to wander up and down aisles arbitrarily with no shopping list or likelihood of buying diapers or shampoo or paper towels.

I went this week and found this chair and practically proposed to it right on the spot.

Love. at. first. sight.

It was $129 which isn’t bad in the world of upholstered chairs, but I’m cheap and $129 is still $129, you know?

It keeps taunting me in my dreams though.

Matches my coffee table EXACTLY.  Perfectly.  Maybe I should go back…

Since I couldn’t bring myself to buy the yellow chair, I settled for happy yellow flats.

I haven’t bought myself shoes in AGES.  I honestly can’t even remember the last time I bought shoes.

And for $16.99 it was an easy decision.

I also got a different pair of gray flats.  Shopaholic I tell you.  It’s getting crazy up in here!!!

Yesterday Henry came out of his room, still sucking his fingers, eyes half closed, cuddled up to my side and whispered “Mom, can you take me on a donut date?  Just us?”

Oh my word.

It was like I was in a trance.  ‘Yes dear…anything you want dear…”

It won’t take him long to figure out that all he has to do is basically say “mom, I want to hang out with you” and I’ll take him on a Brand New Pair of Sneakers Date or Four Wheel Drive Truck Date.

Sucker.  That’s me.

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  1. 1

    I love your new couches!!I I’ve been couch shopping, and it’s so hard to find just the right one. The chair is so c ute, too..but I wouldn’t pay that much either, i’m thrifty like that. lOVE the shoes! :) have a good weekend :D
    Danielle @ Sugar Blossom Boutique´s last blog post ..My first vlog!

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    I LOVE the yellow coffee table in your living room! Your new couches are pretty. That sock bouquet is an AWESOME idea and SO adorable. Thanks for sharing it. Happy Friday!
    Sherri S´s last blog post ..Picture My Life via InstaFriday

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    I giggled out loud reading the guacamole post…hysterical! I love it…not everyone does so can totally appreciate this…but love even more that you referred to the girls as losers…just too funny!
    Holly @ Pink Lady´s last blog post ..Insta Friday

  4. 4

    That sectional looks so comfy. My husband and I argue over who gets the couch every night and who gets the crappy chair. BTW, not to be a bad influence, but I say go back and get the chair. Maybe it’s because I live in Canada and it would cost way more here. That chair is very pretty!

  5. 5

    I totally claim the corner, too. Love it. It’s my unassigned spot :)

    And I am totally with ya on TJ Maxx… Could wander for hours.
    Karri´s last blog post ..Pretty

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    there are days when I want to give my soon to be 11yrs old niece a sippy cup. And training wheels for her feet while we’re at it. Poor thing is beyond clumsy, but gosh I love her.

    Jodi´s last blog post ..InstaFriday!!

  7. 7

    I love your couches! Your living room looks so cozy & comfy & sweet! (and that chair would go perfectly, go back & get it!). Cute shoes! MmMmm guacamole!!!

    Happy Friday!
    Tammy @ Don’t Blink´s last blog post ..InstaFriday

  8. 8

    Love the couches and coffee table (and chair – but yeah, I’m pretty cheap too so I wouldn’t be sure about $129 either…)!
    abi´s last blog post ..friday photos and a few apps….

  9. 9

    The new couch is awesome! Is it just me or are sectionals making a comeback? We are in desperate need of a new one too, with 5 of us the seating is first come first serve..haha
    I LOVE the rug under the table. :) and the sock bouquet is adorable! Thanks for hosting, I linked up for the first time!

  10. 10

    Thank you so much for doing the Insta-Friday meme. I look forward to it every week. And I would love to know about those cute yellow flats. Those are so fun! And I agree on the yellow chair – it’s really bright and fun, too! It would make me so happy to sit in. Have a great day!
    The Hill Hangout´s last blog post ..Rain

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    We’re on our 3rd set of DAFO orthotic inserts. Thankfully the PT at school does the measuring for us. Because of our new secondary insurance this pair of inserts were not only free (we had to pay for all of the others) but they also came with a free pair of tennis shoes. I was beyond happy because shopping for shoes that will accomodate the inserts gives me a headache. I love the sectional. We recently got rid of ours and I miss it. No new furniture in this house until our kids are older.

  12. 12

    Cow dung…you always say at least one thing that sends me over the edge as I’m perusing through your post. That was it.

    GET THE CHAIR!!!!! I got one sorta like it from World Market for Christmas and sometimes I go out of my way just to walk by it. Mustard love…that’s what I call it. :-)
    Talysa´s last blog post ..InstaFriday {Tornadoes in January}

  13. 13

    oooo, love that new couch! and i LOVE your yellow flats. but seriously that yellow chair!?! i wouldn’t have bought it either, at $129, but would’ve wished that i had. it’s so hard to be cheap!
    aly allen´s last blog post ..instafriday #12

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    those couches were made for your living room! it looks so good! and i love the rug and pillows (sorry to be of no help at all!). and you do need to go get that chair. for reals. but keep it in your room for a few years until 40 little fingers aren’t nearly as messy.
    lindsey – the pleated poppy´s last blog post ..instafriday

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    That chair is amazing!!
    Heather G.´s last blog post ..Life in Phone Pictures

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    That chair is so cool!! The shoes are way fun too! Too cute on the socks for jilly!
    Karla´s last blog post ..InstaFriday

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    Wow, I would be in a TOTAL trance, too. What a cute request too… donut cake. so sweet!

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    Giggling with tears in my eyes by the end of the post. That is the BEST kind of post. Yeah, when my boys want time alone with my I am a TOTAL sucker too.

    We have a lot in common right now. I just finished OT with one of my twins and they both started PT on Wed. where it was decided that they are getting casted (casts on both legs to keep them from tip-toe walking mainly) for 4-6 weeks! One of mine may require the braces following the casts.

    Therapists can be a bit un-realistic when they tell you what they’d like you to do. I always want to ask “do you have kids?” but stop myself because I know what they are suggesting is what is best. They just don’t realize I have twin 4 year olds and an 18 month old ALL who were preemies and ALL who are in some type of therapy. WOOHOO. :)

    I linked up btw and I am going to start being a follower .

  19. 19

    I actually proposed to that same same chair (2 of them) a few months ago at TJMaxx and they said yes. Well hubby said yes. And it was a good thing..because they would have haunted me too. They flank each end of my dining room table and we LOVE them. I never looked back at the money spent on them. Now if I could find them in turquoise too!

    Oh and two people tried stealing them off my cart while I was walking up to pay for them. Seriously…those chairs were the hot item that day.

  20. 20

    you better go back and get that chair! :)
    jenn´s last blog post ..instafriday!

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    I want that cup x5. We rarely get through dinner without one of the kids spilling…and only 1 has development issues.
    Lene Bond´s last blog post ..InstaFriday

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    Happy Friday! :)

  23. 23

    Love the new couches! They look so comfy! And I LOVE the donut dates! I should totally do that with my oldest. He’s the earliest riser here and I know he would love it!

    I vote yes on the yellow chair! Although it’s not my $129 so take it for what it’s worth :)
    Kelly´s last blog post ..Faux-InstaFriday: Round 3

  24. 24

    The couches are lovely! Isn’t it nice how new furniture and a new plan can dramatically change the feel of a room!!! We also have a huge living room but it’s more long than just big and spacious.
    The donut date thing was hilarious! Have fun!
    Susi´s last blog post ..iPhone reunion and more

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    Hi! I’m new to the blog and InstaFriday. The sock bouquet is so adorable, I’m going to have to remember that. And I absolutely love the yellow and white chair. It would be haunting me too!
    Alex Elizabeth´s last blog post ..InstaFriday and FBFF: New Trends

  26. 26

    I LOVE the yellow chair! Go buy it!! Or maybe i will if my TJ Maxx has it :) Your new couch is awesome, the whole room looks great!

  27. 27

    I am in love with that chair. Go back! Treat yourself! Call it a Valentine’s Day gift! And the trainer cup! Are you kidding me?! I need three! One for each kid! I am SO glad you shared that!
    Chance´s last blog post ..Insta Friday

  28. 28

    adore that chair, but don’t have any where I could use it in my house. How sad! Love the shoes.

  29. 29

    I love that chair! Ironically, I had a similar experience the other day over a console table. I love everything about it but t was $129 marked done but still $129. I can’t bring myself to buy it but also can’t stop thinking about it.
    Nicolette´s last blog post ..iPhoneography: The Great Escape

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    Love the new sectional! It really anchors your space!

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    I love love love your new couch! We used to have a big sectional & the middle corner was my favorite spot as well, perfect for lots of snuggling!

  32. 32

    Love the chair and the shoes! I also love that your son asked to go on a donut date. . . melt my heart!
    Brittnie (A Joy Renewed)´s last blog post ..Crossing Over Our Jordan River

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    LOVE the chair…hmm, wonder if they have that chair at their store here in Austin???

    Happy weekend!

  34. 34

    what amazing fun stuff, looks like a great week!
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..not so fit and INstaFriday

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    Go back and get the chair!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!! I LOVE the new couches SO much!!!! I have never seen a sectional that long before & that is exactly what we have been looking for, for our living room!!!! Please share where you found it!!! :-)

  36. 36

    Your blog it great. Insta-Fridays is pretty much genius. Love your writing, that’s what I’m trying to work on. Love it all.
    Britta @ The Handmade House´s last blog post ..v. day cards

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    I never buy myself anything–so I relate to the shoes–I also LOVE the shoes!

    The couches look awesome! Looks like a design spread in a Home magazine!

    I love the mirror photo too!
    Theresa´s last blog post ..A Great Week

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    I LOOOOOOOVE your sectional, looks like it’s really great for napping, the sign of a great piece!
    The Nester´s last blog post ..How NOT To Shop For A Sofa


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