InstaFriday where we tell the stories behind the filtered photos.

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In no particular order:

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Our dogs are getting old.

So old and creaky that Abbie could hardly jump her old bones up into Jill’s bed.  But she did.

And was rewarded handsomely for it.

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When the homeschooling is done, it isn’t uncommon for him to “disappear” for a couple of hours.

Often times, he has found a creature of some kind and is sitting quietly with it.

He is squirrely and active and has a hard time focusing, but when he’s in the great outdoors, he finds his peace.

He looks up, smiles and says “Oh, hi mom.  I caught a lizard.  And now I’m just hanging out with him.  I like to just be really quiet and watch what he does.”

And I love that about him.
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Not a quiet activity: my husband and his favorite scenes in movies.

He insists on surround sound (even when we were in bitty apartments), and he loves to treat the kids to surprise movie moments.

The volume goes on loud.  LOUD.  As in, picture frames rattle on my walls.

And the kids FREAKING LOVE IT.

He’s a fun dad.

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My to do list is about 78 miles long.

Naturally, I choose to spend an afternoon painting a wall.


I love the tone of this yellow, but it’s a wee bit darker than I had wanted.  I’m betting in a few months I’ll re-do it.  Not too different, just a little lighter.  (Maybe the same color at 70%?  Btw, it’s called Yellow Gold by Behr)
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This girl is all the way in New York.

She misses us.  We miss her.

I regrammed her pic.

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I typically stick to the curriculum, followed by lots of outside play on our homeschool days.  But I couldn’t pass up the chance to do a little movie vs. book routine.

And it kinda shocked me that so many people didn’t know it was a book.  Or that it had been made into a movie.

The movie very loosely follows the book (per usual), but they’re both cute in their own way.
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If you ever come over, you’ll now know why there are fingerprints all over my front windows:

Early Morning Bunny Sightings.
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There are few things more delightful than a well timed That’s What She Said, amiright?

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He stopped by the grocery store on his way home from the office.

And he brought home a cake.

Because cake.

Because Fun Dad.

Because Family.

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Holy smokes, you guys.

This book.

I can literally only read a few pages at a time because it is just so CHOCK FULL of goodness.  If I started highlighting it, I would end up just highlighting every single work.  Even the page numbers.

Whatever you are doing: get it.  Now.  Read a little at a time.  Soak it in.  SO GOOD.
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Porkchop kisses.

We have two mornings a week when it’s just us.

And they might be my favorite mornings of my entire life.

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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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    Janet @ ordinary mom says:

    I love you yellow wall. Yellow is definitely a hard colur to pick because it intensifies more than any other in the light. We have this gorgeous yellow in our kitchen that actually appears tan on the paint swatch. It’s compatible cream by sherwin Williams.

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    lindsey - the pleated poppy says:

    why do dads get to be so fun?! and how fun that you have 1 on 1 time with obo! you never really had that before, did you? so nice!

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    I love that book, it’s all kind of goodness.

    yellow wall = haopy dance.


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    Mindy Curtis says:
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    Our dog is getting old{er} too. Sometimes we forget and he gives us a gentle reminder by getting up and turning his back to us.

    That yellow wall is beautiful!

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    You’re the best. God is good.