Link up the bitty moments from your week with nothing but cell phone pics!

You don’t have to use Instagram (but if you do, I’m jeannettg)…any grainy cell pics will work!  Just no DSLRs!

The weather has been gloriously warm the last few days.

I didn’t have the heart to make Jilly wear her SMOs or her vest most of the week…besides, little chubby piggies and baby Havaianas are too cute to not display every once in a while.

We have spent the vast majority of the week in the backyard in swimsuits (the kids, not me) jumping through sprinklers, splashing in the kiddie pool, and eating lunch in the sun.

THIS is my favorite.  Of all the things I remember wanting to do so badly when I was a full time working mom…this is what I coveted.  And so, I take advantage every chance I get.

Warm sun.  Cool water.  Snow cones.  And baby thighs in suits.

Daddy was out of town on business one night and I was in a lazy mood.

Pancackes for dinner?  Awesome.

I did try to compensate for feeding my kids sugar at dinner…with more sugar…but in the natural form of pineapple.  That helps, right?

Lu has been having a rough couple of weeks.  Actually, even Henry got in trouble at preschool last week.  And while I don’t want to make excuses for bad behavior, I think the excitement and stress of Jilly’s latest episode wears on everyone…including the kids.

But Lu was about to get sold on Craigslist.  For $5.  Obo.

I was DONE.

So I thought I’d take a different approach (after constant yelling and fighting and all around frustration) and took her on a solo Mommy/LuLu Date.  We had breakfast at Panera and we “chatted”.  We went to Target.  We held hands.

It wasn’t miraculous, but I do think it made a HUGE difference.  She was back to her normal (precocious) self a day or so later.

MUCH better.

Our new stroller came!!!

I’m so excited to use it, I think I just may sneak a trip to the park in today!

You’re all probably sick of seeing strawberries by now, but it’s strawberry season and my kids eat these like candy.

This week, I bought an ENTIRE FLAT of strawberries…and thought I’d try out this pin and see if it matters.

Although, my guess is that they won’t last very long anyway, so it probably doesn’t matter.

For the first time in my life, I ran out of gas.

As in, COMPLETELY.  Like, my car coasted off the main road…down the driveway area…I was able to turn….and then STOPPED.

Like 15 feet from the pump.

Luckily this station has a car wash and the guys working it pushed us the rest of the way.

Embarrassing much?

In an effort to slow down, enjoy the weather, and make memories, I decided that yesterday was a soft serve kind of day.

It’s amazing how much happiness can come from a $0.79 cone.

And how much stickiness.

Jill basically needed hosed off.  Which may or may not have been due to the fact that she’s sneaky and ate the rest of BOTH Henry and Lucy’s ice cream while they were riding bikes in the cul-de-sac and I was watering my flowers.  They came back to find them gone…and a very happy Jill.

That girl has a sweet tooth like I’ve only ever seen…on her dad.  It’s gross actually how much sugar those two can slam.

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I'm a mom to four. A wife to one. I believe in story. I love telling you about mine and would love to hear yours. There's really no sense in wasting our suffering and not sharing in each other's joy. We're all in this together...even if it doesn't always feel like it.

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    Love all of the fresh fruit… you can never have too many strawberries, or too much pineapple for that matter! You’re going to love that stroller. I went from a Bumbleride Indie single to the City Mini double and it’s simply fantastic. Oh, and Jilly’s haircut? So stinkin’ adorable. Have a great weekend!!
    Mary {White Peach Photo}´s last blog post ..{Instagram} Friday

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    I have had a few close calls with the whole running out of gas things, but knock on wood, I have always made it!! At least you were close!!! Looks like you had a great week otherwise!! Thanks for hosting!!

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      Ahem… sorry to interrupt…. But I would just like to suggest… keep a gas can ready. And make sure you don’t have a friend there to photograph the event for future embarrassment. I think I’m still in shock that I actually did run out of gas. Thank God my hubby kept a gas can here at the house or I would have been walking.
      Noel´s last blog post ..Insta Friday

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    Looks like a fun week of sunshine and activity! I love pancakes for dinner. I would do the same thing if my husband was away (because he doesn’t seem to like pancakes for dinner…what’s his problem?).
    Joann@womaninreallife´s last blog post ..Insta-Friday in real life, thrift store edition

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    I ran out of gas a few weeks ago. Lucky for me we were still in my own drive way. Also lucky for me my friend Christine was visiting from out of town and she thought it would be hilarious to take pics of me pouring gas in my skirt and all dressed up and ready to go. I didn’t think it was so funny. Embarrassing even much more when photographed. And Pancakes for dinner are the bomb-diggity. Thanks for hosting the link up.
    Noel´s last blog post ..Insta Friday

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    FIrst of all, I LOVE Jill’s hair! That cut is just so cute on her! And her smile in that pic of her in her swimsuit – super cute :) Also, I have City Mini and I love it – have fun with yours!! And happy Mother’s Day! Hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family :)
    Christi´s last blog post ..InstaFriday

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    Glad we aren’t the only ones spending our days outside in the backyard. It isn’t warm enough here for swimsuits and sprinklers…. yet, anyway!
    So sorry about the gas situation. YIKES.
    I had to rescue my sis the other day – she was stalled out on the side of a road without a drop of gas! It happens.
    Brooke´s last blog post ..INSTA – RECAP

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    Jill’s haircut came out adorable. Thanks for sharing your kids with us. So cute! And I am going to try that strawberry idea. My husband hates them (weirdo right?) and I can’t possibly eat them fast enough by myself before they go bad.

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    Baby Havaianas?!? Where did you find them! so cute! And I hope you enjoy your new stroller, we have the single CityMini and LOVE IT!

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    Denissa says:

    Jill’s hair & toes TOO CUTE!! And love Lu’s smile, so cheesy! It’s amazing how a little one on one time makes such a difference.
    My boys used to eat strawberries like that too, but this year they haven’t..kinda weird.
    Have a great weekend!

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    It’s amazing how a little one-on-one time can change our perspective, isn’t it? We’ve been feeling the strain since our youngest appeared 8 months ago. I have to remember that the times that my big guy is pushing away from me the hardest is the exact moment he needs me to pull him in close and spend some time with him. And that haircut…adorable!
    Sara @ Happy Brown House´s last blog post ..InstaFriday

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    I’ve never had pictures to link up…started the May Photoaday challenge and now I do! YAY! Thanks for hosting!!

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    I LOVE this linky party! I think it is my favorite one out there!!! Reflecting back on the week is so fun and each time I do it is reminds me of all the good things (and sometimes bad and sometimes stressful…) that happen each week!

    Thank you for this.

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    I totally love love love just sitting out in the sunshine, watching, while the kids play in the pool or color at the patio table under the umbrella or read in the hammock. Being the fun mom, and letting them go in and get popscicles all day & drink lemonade, too.

    Happy Mother’s Day!
    Karri´s last blog post ..What I wore when not indisposed

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    Backyards and kids in swimsuits are my fave. Kids with snowcones and ice cream are my fav.
    I had a put-my-daughter-on-Craigslist-day this week too. Then we had a play with moon sand and rice and pretend spa day to make up for it. A get-thewhole-house-messy-and-not-care day. The rest of the week has been fab:)

    Thanks for doing Instagram Friday! I love linking up:)

    Jessie Lynn @Bloominthedetails
    Bloom in the Details´s last blog post ..Pintertest Kitchen- Taco Corn Bread Casserole

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    Love the Stroller, are you having twins????

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    Why is cutting hair like removing sections of your own viscera? Isaac asked me to cut his hair yesterday. And I did. I was left with a pot of gold on the floor that had to be swept into the trash and a mini-teenager that looks sort of like curious George. I’m not doing that again for a LONG TIME!
    jacquelyn´s last blog post ..Save money! Buy Cheetos!

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    I would love to participate. Do you have to have a smart phone? I just have a regular, standard cell phone. It takes pics but that’s all. Please help! :)
    Verna Lantz´s last blog post ..Friday Smiles

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    lulu date and jilly ice cream face are my faves.
    happy friday!!
    hannah singer´s last blog post break {links for you}

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    I have participated in InstaFriday for a while but I am not sure I have ever commented on here…I clicked on the links below Jilly’s picture and then kept clicking and wow! My heart is heavy for you and your family and I am in awe of your faith in a loving God (I do know He is loving) in such a horrible moment. Thank you for sharing her story/your story–you have redefined my perspective for the better.


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    Love, love the haircut! :) Yum those strawberries look great too. Just had a smoothie with some of our fresh strawberries. Thanks again for the link up! Love participating!

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