Is it just me or did this week FLY by???!!!

Are you on Instagram (I’m jeannettg) and have lots of great pics with nothing to do with them?  Put them to use and tell the story of your week!

Henry was student of the week this week for good behavior, and this questionnaire was part of his special bulletin board.

There are a few things that CRACK me up about this:

a) he doesn’t OWN a remote control plane (is this a hint?), b) the closest he gets to video games are the few apps on the iPad we let him play about once a week (if that), c) he really could eat PB&J sammies three times a day if I let him, d) we have probably been to McDonald’s all of five times in the last five years, and d) I have no idea what “I had a little turtle” is.

I like to have fresh flowers in my house at all times if I can manage it.  Usually, I cut flowers from my garden, but it’s not quite blooming yet. So I grabbed these from our farmer’s market.

Bright red ranunculas on my yellow coffee table?


Jill’s hair is getting sooooo long.

And it’s so thin and whispy and pin straight…I’m seriously considering getting it cut into a bob.

Part of me hates the thought of cutting her hair so young, but I also think she’d look ridiculous cute.


The kids were given this Thomas the Train Alphabet Book a while ago, and I always cringe when they want me to read it aloud to them.

X is for Xmas???  Really people?!

Look, I’m not even getting into the whole “crossing out Christ” controversy…but more simply, how do I read that out loud?

I mean, Xmas isn’t a word at all.  And if I pronounce it Christmas…well, that starts with a C.

I’m about to throw the book away entirely for this page alone.

I sat down to blog the other morning…and decided I needed to do this instead.

I’m notoriously bad about Bible time.

And yet, I feel so much better when I do it.

Out of the blue, and a complete surprise, I got a package of edible fruit.

From Caroline.

And it made me cry.  That this blogging friend from the other side of the country (literally) thought of little old me and wanted to encourage my family and let me know she has been praying for us.

Amazing hearts.  All of you.  I’m so encouraged by it.

These are from last week, but since I didn’t get a proper InstaFriday post up, I thought I’d include them.

I stopped by Stitch Market last week (because you know, I hadn’t gotten enough of handmade goodness at Queen Bee just the week before!).

First of all, these soaps by Poppy Soap Co…HEAVENLY.  Oh my word you guys.

And the fact that when you buy a bar for yourself, she donates a bar to the local women’s shelter?!

Not only am I blown away by the generosity…I love the idea that yes, even the women at the shelters want to smell pretty and be beautiful too.

And we can honor that.

My friend Joy makes these fantastic signs out of reclaimed wood.

She doesn’t have a shop…yet.

I’m working on that.  ;)

All of the jewelry from Saylor Rose was gorgeous.

But I really wanted those pretty necklaces with the lockets.

I was good though.

Which is bad.

Except that now I’m seeing she is having 20% off her shop…uh oh.

Look away Andy.  Just look away…

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    I know all about that song (I used to work at a daycare), it goes:
    I had a little turtle
    His name was tiny Tim
    I put him in the bathtub
    To see if he could swim
    He drank up all my water
    glug, glug, glug
    He eat up all my soap
    (make an eating sound- ha)
    And now he’s sick in bed with a bubble in his throat
    Bubble, bubble, bubble
    Bubble, bubble, bubble
    Bubble… bubble… POP!!!!! (clap with your hands)

    creole wisdom´s last blog post ..InstaFriday

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    Oh those chocolate covered strawberries look delish! And I’m diggin’ those earrings as well. Really enjoy your blog! Linking up for the first time, also :)

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    So much to say about this post…
    1. Those answers are quite funny! You never know what is in the minds of little boys…ever!
    2. A bob would be cute and super easy to care for in the summer.
    3. As a speech-langauge pathologist I want to send the company that writes that book a nasty letter. really X for Xmas…wrong!
    4. Bloggy friend are amazing huh? Yum anything covered in chocolate is good@
    5. Those wooden signs are to die for!!!
    Happy Friday!!! :) Thanks again for the link up!
    Mindi´s last blog post ..Mommy Moments Photography Challenge: Here We Go!

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    I love everything about this post… Your sense of humor always makes my day! Thanks for hosting, and have a happy Friday!
    Emily @ BabyBerry´s last blog post ..InstaFriday

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    Oh that Thomas book is cracking me up – I would want to throw it away too! They must have had a really hard time finding an x word. LOL :) And now I’m perusing Saylor Rose’s shop…so many lovely thing! I linked up…thanks for hosting!

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    Stopping by for the first time through Tesha’s Treasures. I was hoping to find a week in photo link up and I did!!! My oldest daughter has the same kind of hair and yes it is sooo much easier to keep it in a bob!

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    A bob would be very cute on Jill and, as a bonus, would be easier for you to care for with a baby around (less combing=easier in our house).

    If your kids love that book too much for you to toss it, send me the dimensions of the “x” space and I will happily make an alternate “x is for x-ray” or “x is for xylophone” for you to glue over (or if the dimensions work I’ll try to send a sticker). I’ve done that before. “X is for Xmas” is a freaking nightmare. (former teacher here)

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    maddalena70 says:

    hello. . . . I am new. . an italian mother of two little girls. . .a wife.. . . and from this week a part time clerk.

    Youhave a very busy week. . and many compliments for your son. . wonderfull his answers!

    For me it was a busy week, also because i am trying to get oit of a very bad personal period of time. . . I am trying to regsin controll of myself. . and rediscover my soul. .

    I am so happy to have found this blog. . as others that are helping me so much. .



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    Denissa says:

    The book, really? Irritating…haha. So glad to see a “normal” instafriday post from you :) Jill’s braid is too cute, and so funny about Henry’s answers!
    Totally agree about the great flowers + jar vases = happy :)
    Have a great weekend!

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    Those flowers and your pretty yellow table are divine. That would make me happy after the week you have had, you deserve more than chocolates and flowers. Seriously. Thanks again for the link up.
    Noel´s last blog post ..Insta Friday

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    Janine says:

    Don’t cut Jill’s hair! Maybe a trim, or even a few inches but not shorter than shoulder length. I hate short bobs on little girls. They are so ugly. They make them look ridiculous. That bowl cut needs to have died in the 70’s! Besides, she has the ultimate southern california hair – a blonde pony tail! Don’t cut it all off.

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    LOL ~ i was going to write out the words to the turtle song for you… but I see someone has you all squared away on the turtle song, now! LOL. :)
    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang´s last blog post ..Blossom

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    This is great. We sing I Had a Little Turtle during bathtime. Isn’t funny what you can learn about your kids. People are always asking me about things my daughter tells them. I don’t know what half of them are about. She has a great imagination.

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    i’ve been thinking about your family a ton this week after reading your recent post about your sweet LO, and i don’t even know you! thanks for reminding me to do my quiet time- i’m signing off right now to do it. sometimes you’ve just got to turn off the computer and sit down at the kitchen table. just coffee and Bible in hand. and hope your toddler gives you 20-30 minutes of peace :)
    kristin @ petal and thorn´s last blog post ..Instafriday 4/4/12

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    Natalie says:

    My daughter’s hair is very thin and fine as well. I decided to cut it because by the end of the day, it always looked so ratty and nasty. I was a little hesitant (I have long hair and love it), but she looks adorable, and it doesn’t get so ratty with it shorter.

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    I say Bob….our neighbor just cut both her girls hair into a bob and they are stinking adorable. I think it’s the perfect solution for whispy thin hair and she would be so cute!!! (not that she’s not already)
    I just discovered a book of Adam’s that has the same Xmas thing…so annoying!

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    One of my best friends has a little blonde girl with a bob and it is adorable. Plus, when her hair grows back out, it might end up thicker since it will all be starting from one length. She does lots of tiny barrettes in the side to hold her hair out of her face. So cute!
    Cindy´s last blog post ..A Few of our Favorite Things

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    Happy Friday, dolls!! :o)
    PeaceLoveTerri´s last blog post ..great friends, a lot of fun.

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    Just started using Instagram. So excited to find your fun link-up. :)

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    Go for it and cut the hair! When my older daughter was 4, I did it, and got her bangs, and it was ahh.dorable. I brought in a picture of Jennie Garth’s daughter Fiona from about 3 years ago, and it was so cute. Glad this week’s been better for you!!
    kelli´s last blog post ..insta.friday!

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    Thanks for hosting the instafriday, I linked up my instagram post & I can’t wait to go check out others + find more people to follow/follow me on instagram [i’m relatively new to it]. Those chocolate strawberries look amazing & I want that rose ring!! I am now following you, I am linda_anne on instagram if you want to find me too :)
    Linda´s last blog post ..Art Journaling Tuesday: Week 30 "Lettering" [Part 2]

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    Your little girl and her hair are so cute!!!! I agree with you on that book. Regardless of the Biblical argument that’s just not even a real word!! Goodness!!!

    I enjoyed your pictures!!!
    Daisy Girl´s last blog post ..Thankful Thursdays Are Back!

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    Jilly would look adorable in a bob! My oldest has had hers in a wedge-y bob since she was 2 and it is so easy to take care of and adorable! My 3 year old on the other hand, still hasn’t had her first haircut. It’s blonde (still have yet to figure out where that came from!) and curly. I will weep when the hubs finally makes me cut it! Glad this week is turning out better for you!
    kodie´s last blog post ..My First Insta-Friday

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    Bob! I love a bob, especially on a little girl. It is adorable!! She’s so cute anyhow… Hair is just hair!

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    Jill looks ridiculous cute no matter what. :) I miss doing these InstaFridays. Just haven’t gotten back into blogging or anything since I took a break from FB. Ended up taking a break from everything. Go figure! ha

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    Ok, so I am joining the party later than usual tonight, but I wanted to make an entrance…I guess?! Who am I kidding, this week has been crazy and I so feel you on the flying by! Now I need to find the pause button, because my mama is in town and I want that to last forever!

    Jill’s hair is adorable, but I am a sucker for a bob too and I am sure she would rock it well!

    Oh and your friend, ya, she needs a shop, like now! Her signs are beautiful!

    Hope you have a great week!
    jenni´s last blog post ..InstaFriday – She’s Here!!!

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    LOVING the colorful flowers!! They would be so pretty against yellow! That questionnaire is too funny :) It cracks me up what kids will answer on things!! That book with x for Christmas?! Seriously?! No one says Merry X-mas! And for good reason too! Is it really that hard to write “Christ” before it? Or would that just offend some overly-sensitive guilty people?! Maybe just rip that page out?! Oiy! LOVE the bars of soap! i might have to go get one! hand-crafted soap is a weakness. Ahhh! And what a super great cause too! Thank you for hosting this :)

    Laura´s last blog post ..Our week in photos

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    I was going to tell you to decorate an index card with a new X word so you don’t have to throw the whole book away, but Amy’s sticker would be way better. (the little greenie in me hates the idea of throwing the book away)
    Gwendolyn T´s last blog post ..Insta NOT Friday


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