Everyday moments are the most important ones of all, don’t you think?

Cell phone pics filtered and shared.

It’s what we do.

I snuck out this week for a couple of hours solo and found myself at my favorite local nursery.

Where I was kicking myself for tossing out our old cast iron kitchen sink.

Becuase this is the most awesome garden art.  I must recreate it.  Like NOW.

Scouring Craigslist for a free sink…

Our church has service outdoors and then a carnival-y kinda thing afterwards every year right before Fall.

The giant slip and slide covered with dish soap  is always a big hit.

Jilly even got to do it.

And she liked it.

A lot.

I had pulled out our globe during the Olympics as a lesson in geography for Henry as we watched the competitions.

I hadn’t intended for it to live on my yellow coffee table, but it just looked so cool there that I left it.

Then my grocery store sunflowers needed some filler…the only thing left blooming in my yard are these purple hydrangeas.

Hydrangeas, sunflowers and globes.

I love happy accidents.

Big brothers rock.

It was an especially harried morning and Jill was insisting on help with her cereal.

She can totally feed herself, but something she just doesn’t want to.

Henry offered to help her while I made lunches.

This boy’s heart is gigantic.  Love him.  And his Buzz Lightyear watch.

Meg tagged me the other morning to say good morning while having her cup of coffee.

Obviously I had to say good morning back.

It would be bad manners not to.

Obviously Henry had to photobomb my picture.

I think we should start this.  And hashtag it #morningselfie

Because who doesn’t want to project their hot mess morning self to the world?!

Our homeschooling adventures continue.

While I might be my kid’s teacher, clearly I’m a 12 year old teacher.

Because I have a REALLY hard time not giggling everytime we work through our Bob Books.

Awkward much?

Just when you think you couldn’t love a baby anymore…they start smiling.

And just when you think your heart couldn’t possibly melt any faster…they start cooing.

And just when you think life couldn’t possibly get any sweeter…they start cooing and smiling  while they are nursing.

Dead.  Dead.  Dead.

Andy’s iPhone 763 came today.

Dang, the thing is LIGHT.  Like, weighs nuthin’.

I want to jack it.  I mean, I am the one with InstaFriday, right?

After all the space shuttle excitment that happened last week here in Cali, Henry’s all consuming love of planes and assorted flying things has been reinvigorated.

I found him reenacting the shuttle flight.

747: check.  Shuttle: check.  Jet escort: check.

Little boys are awesome.

Until they use the restroom.

Then they are not so awesome.

One of the coolest perks to having a special needs kid is how you savor and notice every little thing on a whole different level.

I know you think you notice every milestone for your typically developing child, but I hate to break it to you…you don’t.  I mean, you DO…but not like this.

Because this simple photo is HUGE.

I was unloading the car and came inside to find Jilly sitting in this chair.

Which she had gotten herself into.

Like, without help.

And it’s too far from the table, so she didn’t just lean back.

No, she got herself up and INTO the chair like a big girl all by her lonesome.

My jawed dropped.  And then I cried.

Because she is a rockstar.  No bones about it.

And she’s starting a new trend.  Glue stick hair accessories.  You saw it here first.

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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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    oh I’m with you on the smiles and coos….and then eventually when they can say I love you….talk about melting my heart!!!

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    Amen sister!! Every day I see a miraculous event with my little boy. Miraculous in the fact that last week in walked into a group of teenagers and stuck his hands out to catch the ball they were playing with. I started crying and turned to my friend who was there and said “Look, Look he’s asking to play!” Asking with his actions because words are there yet at 41/2 and I was thrilled he was standing in the middle of a large group WANTING to be apart of it. It was AWESOME! Wish I had a picture to share.
    Sometimes I just want to shake those around me and tell them how amazing it is that their child can have a conversation with them, is potty trained, knows their own name, knows how to say MoM. You know the little things even I took for granted at one time and probably still do at times.
    Love the Glue Stick Hair Accessories! Love your Blog!

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    Love the Bob books for their very awkward stories and pictures. My favorite reading tool however is a reading chart that includes some sound blends. The picture for “SH” is something that looks remarkably like a pile of poo. It took me weeks to figure out what it was and Zak could not figure out why while in the middle of his lesson I slapped my forehead and shouted, “SHELL!, it’s supposed to be a SHELL!!! now I get it.” and couldn’t stop sniggering the rest of the lesson.
    jacquelyn´s last blog post ..How to read Awkward poetry

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    Loving the big red coffee cup. My kids used BOB books! They rock, I think I enjoyed them more than the kids did.
    Victoria@Snailpactransformations´s last blog post ..Inescapable by Nancy Mehl

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    Can I just say how much I enjoy your blog! It always brings a smile to my face. You are a ROCK STAR mother. No doubt. I know I don’t know you in real life but I look up to you and hope I can be the type of mother you are someday!
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    We have also used the Bob books. So funny!! And, you should totally have an i-phone…I mean, what is instafriday without the latest technology?!!? I think I may have to use that on my hubby. We’ll see how far I get. :) Love your pictures every week!! Oh and those first smiles and coos….cherish them. My youngest is now 7 and I MISS IT!!
    Candace´s last blog post ..40 days of prayer, 31 days, InstaFriday

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    I love the succulent gardens that nurseries are coming up with this year.
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    Your pictures are super cute – your kids are just adorable!!

    Thanks for hosting the link party!!
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    I love the sink as a planter! And your baby is precious!
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    I LOVE that cast iron sink idea! SO need to try that!!!

    Your kiddos are such cuties. I love the baby smiles. Gets me every time. And that shuttle reenactment…so cool!
    Stephanie´s last blog post ..instafriday…

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    I think I need to get some succulents. Not only is it a fun word to say, I think they are the only plants I might not kill. // Smiling and cooing while nursing, definitely the best. It’s been so long ago that my babies nursed, but just the other night I had a dream about looking down at my baby nursing and it just made me feel so RIGHT. // WOO HOO Jilly! // Totally agree that boys are awesome until they use the toilet. Then not so much. // Have a great week.
    Anne´s last blog post ..God Loves Me Like a Dog (Exhibit A: Reggie)

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    My baby boy (who was born on 7/3) started smiling while nursing a couple of weeks ago. You are so right… It’s so sweet! I just melt everytime!
    Yay for Jilly getting into the chair by herself!! :)

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    your commentary on your pictures is my favorite.
    go jill!!!
    and that little man is growing up so fast. he’s adorable
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    What a fun looking week. I totally missed the shuttle flying right over our school. I was walking around inside the building and didn’t hear it go right over. Thanks as always for having the link up.
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    Your little Owen makes me want to have more babies. And I’m not having more babies! So sweet.
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    I agree with kara marie, your commentary is my absolute favorite! There have been times where my husband and I are driving somewhere and I’ll entertain him with a post of yours :) I also must say that instafriday is a totally rad way of keeping me accountable to blogging. My family is loving my regular posts and seeing what we are up to in a normal week. And I LOVE meeting some of my local bloggers through instafriday! Thank you, my bloggy friend!
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    Way to go Jilly! Happy dance for you!!! Keep up the awesome work! Great stuff is in store for you!
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    My stepbrothers use the hashtag #mugshotmondays for their similar Monday morning instagrams. :)
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