I heard Instagram referred to as micro-blogging.

And I think that’s totally true.

But I love doing a round up for my actual blog too…and I always smile looking back at the week through this funky filtered lens.

I’m always amazed at how great of a week we had…even if I didn’t realize it before.

A day of great mourning has arrived.

While I could get my five year old to nap 2+ hours like a champ…my three year old girls were making it very clear that they were outgrowing theirs.

I cannot tell you how many weeks Henry, the Kindergartner, was sound asleep…and the girls were playing/whining/crying/playing in their rooms.

That is, until I drive the 3.2 miles for school pick up.

Then Lucy passes out in two seconds flat.  After fighting me for the last 2 hours.


Tuesdays it’s just me and Lu.

(And O.)

I’m really not a get-down-on-the-floor-and-play-with-you Mom…but I need to try.

Especially on my Lucy Days.

I think she could use some intentional Mama Time.

This week we played Restaurant.  She took my order.  Prepped it.  Served it.

All with a smile.

For both of us.

We grabbed lunch after Owen’s dedication.

And he got to hang with his great grandma.

MY grandma.

Oh, how I adore the photos of my most favoritest lady in the whole wide world loving on my babies.

Did I mention she is my favorite?

Ever?  Of all time?

I hope my kids think she’s as awesome as I do.

The other side of grandmas was also in town for the dedication.

Who happily read the girls Bible stories.

Complete with cute voices.

The cuddle sesh going on here is priceless.

Okay, I know.  Those of you in the Midwest and the South are going to hate me right now.

I live in California…but where I live, we get cool coastal breezes year round.  It is RARELY over 75 degrees.  It feels like a heat wave when that temp approaches 80.  Seriously.

But here’s the rub: since it so rarely gets hot here, no one has air conditioning.  Or pools.  In fact, I only have one fan.  Because for 350 days of the year, they wouldn’t be used.

But those 6 days…when it’s almost 100 and there is no reprieve?  And my kids aren’t used to heat?

We practically melt.

Hot babies are fussy.  For the record.

Everyone was so miserable at one point that we headed to the mall.  Where it is air conditioned.

And I got really dirty looks from the girl who works at Claire’s.  Four littles in that store was probably not my smartest choice.

My water bill is likely to be atrocious this month.

The kids played in the sprinklers and plastic baby pool a lot.

In some cases fully clothed.  I just didn’t even care anymore.

I ran inside to grab some towels to find this sassy girl hanging with her dog.

Not staged.

My dogs are so ridiculously awesome with my kids.

Many tears will be shed when they die.

But I’ll vacuum less.  So that’s a perk.

(btw, the dog isn’t growling…Jilly is pulling up on her lip.  and the dog doesn’t care.)

I’m realizing more and more that I show my family love by cooking.

Monday morning French toast?

Served with powdered sugar.

Love, Mama.

You ever buy something that you thought was cute by the picture online (obviously or you wouldn’t have bought it in the first place), but when you get it in the mail and open the package, you literally squeal because it’s 100 times cuter in real life than in the  photograph?


I can’t wait to hang it in the kids’ bathroom.

(It’s from here.  On clearance because it’s being retired.  No affiliation.  Just sharing my happy find.)

I have had no energy this week.

Motivation took a trip to Tahiti.

And so marks the third time this load of laundry was re-washed.

Beach towels and jammies.

Pretty much sums up our week.

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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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    your lil ones are so cute!! you are such a great mom! and don’t worry – it’s still super hot here in north carolina! happy friday, jeannett!
    molly @ still being molly´s last blog post ..Kenya in Instagrams

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    Thank you so much for hosting! I truly enjoy this link up!

    My daughter’s name is Lucy too! :)

    And hen you said “I’m always amazed at how great of a week we had…even if I didn’t realize it before.” I TOTALLY relate! :)
    Jessica´s last blog post ..InstaFriday: Life lately according to my iPad.

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    I am with you on the California heat! It was 102 in my neck of the woods this week! Kinda takes the fun out of one of my favorite fall things… a cup of hot apple cider.

    I love that your dogs are so patient with your littles. Great dogs are such a blessing.

    Btw, the child dedication for Owen…priceless! ;D
    Stephanie´s last blog post ..instafriday…

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    omg! that picture of the dog getting their lip pulled on looks so much like my nephew hanging all over our pup. i am due with our son in about 5 weeks and i know he will make many fond memories with our furry children.

    and yes! that print is adorable. im actually headed over to that website right now to purchase it for the wall collage im putting together for Mister’s nursery. thanks for sharing!!!

    happy friday!!!
    elizabeth´s last blog post ..high 5 for insta-friday

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    jilly and the pup is the big winner.
    seriously. i am dying over the sassiness and the patience.

    i think your dog knows how good he really has it….even being leaned and tugged on. affection is affection. ;) right?
    kim´s last blog post ..So Long September!

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    I love the picture of Jilly with the dog. And her hand in his mouth, pulling at his lip. With her legs crossed so casual and carefree. Aren’t dogs like that just the best? Our dog puts up with so much from our kids. I am so with you on the vacuuming. I’ll be sad, but in the back of my mind I’ll think of my floors and that will get me through the grieving. // have a great week!
    Anne´s last blog post ..<< my week in review: 9/28-10/4

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    Girl I getcha about the heat thing. We’re in Santa Barbara, and seriously CANT. HANDLE. THE HEAT. We get it so rarely that it’s not something we could ever get used to! We don’t have kiddos though, so I feel like you guys have it worse–fussy kids don’t sound fun ;)
    Brittany´s last blog post ..Friday Favorites

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    Thank you for hosting! :) this is my first week joining your link-up and I hope to join in again next week.

    That 6th photo is my favorite! So cute!

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    You kids are adorable! Please send some of that heat my way. It is freezing here!
    Barbara´s last blog post ..Friday

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    I’m sorry, but where is this magical place that does not require air conditioning?!? And how do I not live there. Hot weather is the bane of my existence. And I live in Kansas. :( I shouldn’t be complaining today, though…it is only 51 here.

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    I totally get the mourning over no naps! My 4 year old is in the in between stage where some days he will and some days he won’t… though he really does still need at least an hour nap daily.

    This is my first week linking up and I wanted to thank you for hosting this!! It’s a lot of fun and I look forward to being back next week!
    Michaela´s last blog post ..My First Insta-Friday

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    I l.o.v.e. the picture of your daughter and dog!! Laid back dogs are really the best! We have one, too. Your laundry story sounds much like mine….. :)
    Daisy Girl´s last blog post ..No Tears in Heaven…a re-share

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    There is nothing like a wonderful grandma and great grandma to love your babies like they loved you! It’s priceless! Those pictures you posted were so touching!
    I’m with you with this heat! We’re melting and it is sucking the energy right out of me too!
    Thanks so much for this fun link up and for sharing your cute pictures with all of us!
    Penelope Lane´s last blog post ..Insta friday

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    oh my goodness I am with ya on this heat! it is too much! we are used to it here but it’s getting a little much, I am sure you guys are not loving this up the coast!!! happy Friday!
    melodee´s last blog post ..instafriday happy October

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    What a sweet dog! I’m so glad it’s FINALLY cooling down this week! I’m over this heat too!
    Amanda @ The Little Giggler´s last blog post ..Insta-Friday & A Giveaway Winner!

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    I LOVE that print! It reminds me of the sweet song by the imagination movers “Good Morning Sunshine” If you have not heard it I TOTALLY recommend it. I sing it to my son some times when he wakes up. It is SO Sweet.

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