friday feature at the pocket source

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have you become a member at the pocket source yet? seriously guys, this is your best resource for trends, inspiration and community for EVERYTHING related to pocket scrapbooking! membership is free and you’ll love what this place does for you.

i was counting down the days until the site went live and now it’s flourishing with people who love and adore this style of memory keeping.

including me! today i’m being featured on the blog! [insert freak out mode!]

so will you come by and visit? look around and see the other amazing artists and what they are contributing!

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and i do see another process video in the future…who’s excited!?!?

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project life update // weeks 41+42+43+44

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hey guys! welcome to another project life update!
all other crafty projects have been put aside lately because i am just having way too much fun with project life these days. i have a plethora of new supplies and have been able to continue printing a hefty supply of pictures so i’m not lacking in pages to work on. 🙂

last time, we ended on week 41 but i didn’t share the last and most important day of the week, marshall’s birthday party!

so this week, we will start here. sunday of week 41.

thanks for hanging out!

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there were tons of pictures so i used minimal supplies for this page.

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week 42 // monday
because monday was marshall’s actual birthday, he gets another 2 page spread!
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week 42 // the rest of the week
the 3×4 cards are all from studio calico and the stamps that make the checklist and triangle arrows are from kelliestamps.
the 4×6 cards all happen to be from different we r memory keepers pads.

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week 43 // full spread
another mix of we r memory keepers, rhonna farrer designs, simple stories stickers, a carta bella kit and my silhouette.

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week 43 // weekend
mostly everything used on this spread is from another we r memory keepers set i found at target. the blues, browns and golds are perfect for our train ride and pumpkin patch adventure. also some deena rutter and studio calico added to the mix.

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week 44 // closing out the month of october
we r memory keepers pads make this project so easy! that TOGETHER card on the middle is just that, a card. i didn’t add those embellishments to it, so cool right!?

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and just like that, october is done.

pictures from november and the end of december are set to arrive this week so this weekend will be full of creating new pages. i absolutely adore this style of scrapbooking and could not imagine going back to a traditional style. it just works for me. 🙂

what are you creating this week?

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2013 project life update // weeks 9+10+11+12

hey friends!

today i’m sharing some more project life spreads that i’ve finished lately. 2013 is really coming along nicely. using a variety of products, including becky higgins stuff, kits from scrapbook.com, clearance finds at target and collections from simple stories, i can make each page feel and look different without getting bored. and that’s the coolest!

are you ready to journey back to february and march? cool, let’s go!

week 9 // full spread
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and there it is! so happy to be moving right along with fun supplies!

so whatcha been workin’ on?

enjoy your weekend!

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2013 project life update // weeks 5+6+7+8

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hey peeps!

i got some serious scrapping done over the last few weekends and i’m excited to share them with you.

are you ready??? okay cool, let’s rock!

week 5 // full spread

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week 6 // full spread

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week 7a // full spread with extras

(i use a plain 12×12 page protector to keep cards and things from the week and place it between the spread)

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hope you’ve been catching up too! i have another post for weeks 9 – 12 coming soon!

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weekly wrap up 2013 // week 34

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around here…

 

tuesday // august 20

…there’s been 3 major fires surrounding us and it’s made the air super hazy.

crazy hazy sunrise #nofilter

 

wednesday // august 21

…work has been out of control. i hate leaving my desk like this at the end of the day because then this is what i see when i walk in the next day, but i’m in the middle of a hundred things that if i move something, it may get lost.

to quote the drunken david hasselhoff, #thisisamess. must. clean. now. #workinggirlproblems

 

…we ate an early birthday dinner for matt and then we finally splurged and picked up barstools for our kitchen counter, (plus a special purchase that wasn’t planned).

taking home some delicious goodies from IKEA!

 

thursday // august 22

…my super awesome hubby assembled the gorgeous new tv stand and the barstools before i got home!

super stoked about this gorgeous new tv stand from IKEA. isn't it purdy? and it was all assembled by my guy!

 

…we spent the evening at back to school night. shuffling around gibson’s school, class to class. perfect for a man who didn’t care much for school. 😉

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…this is my view. makes me thankful i am not in school anymore.

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friday // august 23

…i got a new phone!

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and the difference in quality and clarity between this one and my old 3gs is astounding!

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…one of my favorite features is the front facing camera. it’s about time i don’t have to guess what i’m getting in the frame.

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…the boys are in love with siri and they’re not afraid to tell her just how they feel.

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…a little birdie told me that homegoods had cuptakes iphone cases for sale….and that little birdie was correct! their cases are $13 in the store…so i got 2!

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…we like to run errands together.

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…sunsets are pretty.

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saturday // august 24

…michaelangelo prepares for our weekend guests to arrive.

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…scrapping, monopoly, dominoes, drinking, call of duty, chess, chick-fil-a and eclipse happened.

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…cheri and i swooned over edward and jacob.

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sunday // august 25

…we let someone else make breakfast for us.

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…we goof around at the table.

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…i got all 4 boys to stand still and smile.

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…friends stay friends for 25+ years.

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…this girl makes me smile!

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…this kid steals my heart on the daily.

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…i scored on clothes and accessories at the mall with cheri before they headed home.

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i hope your week was full and happy!

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weekly wrap up 2013 // week 32+33

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what pictures do you paint with your photos? do they tell the raw truth or do you cover up real life with filters and smiles?

this week, i’m taking you behind the lens and telling you what’s really going on. because life isn’t all sunshine and roses. but i know that it certainly doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

 

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monday // august 5

not wanting his picture taken, gibson ate his belated birthday ice cream quietly while marshall was enthusiastic about every single bite.

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after watching BOLT last weekend, marshall felt it necessary to stick his head out of the window while we drove home. (picture taken by gibson). i wanted him to have fun, and experience how the wind felt in his face, but i made him wait until we got into our neighborhood so i was going a bit slower. don’t worry, he had his seatbelt on.

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tuesday // august 6

schedule pickup day and as a seventh grader, gibson finally has some classes upstairs. he saw some girls chatting and playing with their phones in the hallway and walked a little taller when he saw them. he was very comfortable walking around this year but didn’t want me to take his picture. sometimes i just have to sneak a shot when i can get it.

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wednesday // august 7

my parents are in oregon so my daddy asked if i would buy him (and us) a lottery ticket. the jackpot was big, but this baby wasn’t a winner. i used to dream of what i would do if i won the lottery. who i would help and how many places i would shop. but at this time in my life, there’s not much time for this kind of fanciful dreaming. besides, we don’t play the lottery anyways.

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it felt great to sketch again. with so much project life happening lately, i’ve been missing this craft. but underneath this sketch, i’ve also been struggling with the idea of perfectionism, what the word means and how it affects certain aspects of my life. therefore, i will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection, as tough as it may be.

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thursday // august 8

waiting at a light and thought a selfie would be a good way to pass the time. i feel like crap but i liked my hair. can we still feel pretty while feeling terrible?

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friday // august 9

seriously, where the heck is john? one day he just came up missing from this set of magnets i keep on the filing cabinet at the office and i think yoko may have had something to do with it.

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it’s friday night and i’ve been feeling this cold coming on since yesterday. i feel awful but thankful to have preseason to watch.

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saturday // august 10

i NEED this top, desperately. and i will confess that i really like how blouses look on other people but am a bit afraid of them. when i see them on the rack, i honestly don’t know what to do with them. and if i don’t know how to wear it, i’ll just avoid it.

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this was my attempt at trying to be creative when i was trying to recover from that nasty cold. needless to say, none of these things happened but it was fun to feel motivated to craft again.
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sunday // august 11

we took a little trip to marshall’s school so he could see where he’s be playing and learning everyday.

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he’s still super afraid of the monkey bars.

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when i asked for a picture, this is the smile i got. i know it must be annoying for him to have had some kind of camera in his face all these years but he can be very gracious with me. i totally understand how that might feel so i am happy when he even looks my way without a funny face.

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i don’t normally wear leggings outside of the house but i was barely starting to feel better and we were just walking down the street to the school and park. i shouldn’t be so self conscience but i am.

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my view at the park while marshall plays and matt and gibson walk around the walkway.

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no make-up today and i haven’t washed my hair in 3 days. being sick sucks.

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watching them chat and walk made me smile. gibson’s growing up and i like the relationship he has with us.

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time for an otter pop. did you know that a box of 500 otter pops can last over 3 years? #cantgetridofthem

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my boys love the 3d glasses from the movies. they pop the lenses out and act like little nerds. 🙂

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monday // august 12

the first day of school pictures didn’t go as well as i imagined. not sure why i expect little angels to stand straight with their little hands clasped in front of them. i have real kids. real boys who make faces at the camera and who mess around with each other while i try to get the perfect shot of them both looking at me. but no matter how many times i ask them to stand up straight! look at me! stop tugging on your brother! i always end up with a shot or two like this that remind me of the nature of their relationship and that when i let go and let them be themselves, i get shots that really show them off.

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stats: gibson // age 12 // grade 7 #hessocool

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well, i really just wanted a picture of me and the boys before school and apparently, that’s what i got. ended up going with the flow of marshall trying to avoid the camera and got one of my favorite shots.

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he’s so ready for this. and so are we. matt’s for sure ready for them to go back to school. 🙂 we’ve been working on his sight words for a few weeks, trying to get him back into the school groove because i will confess that this summer we allowed a lot more video game time than we normally would. but with that, comes some transitioning away from games. he’s a good kid, but once video game are introduced, nothing quite compares to that kind of excitement. so trying to make coloring and trains and toys more exciting is a bit challenging.

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to celebrate the first day of school, we took the boys to red robin for burgers, onion rings and shakes. confession: fried food just doesn’t taste the same anymore. no matter how much my brain tells me i want it, my taste buds have changed since eating so well lately. but when there’s an oreo cookie milkshake in front of me, i will drink it.

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tuesday // august 13

a new jamberry design that my mom chose called candy scallop.

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matt is teaching marshall how to play chess and the little smarty pants is picking it up like a champ. he definitely excels in games with certain rules and strategies.

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wednesday // august 14

i have been trying to accomplish this feat since 2010. that’s when i took and failed this test for the first time. being new-ish to this side of insurance, i didn’t grasp some of the concepts and i didn’t do well studying by myself.

but with all the new healthcare reform crap, being licensed is a must. so tawnya and i strapped on our thinking hats and dug down during work hours to wrap our brains around all these crazy regulations.

and when we both passed, our boss told us to go celebrate! and we did!

a celebratory drink (or two) with my best girl. #wepassed #margaritasareagirlsbestfriend @tastone

thursday // august 15

i just love his face. that is all. also, he messes around with his tongue when he watches tv.

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friday // august 16

i actually pulled over to get this shot while i was driving to meet my girls for some karaoke. i may have gotten a weird look from a car that passed by me with my camera out the window. but i don’t care, i love it.

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i got new pretties today and am so excited to wear them out tonight. i found these earrings and necklace at target, both on clearance and less than $15 for both. SCORE!

got my pretties on and I'm ready for some drinks and girl time and singin'!  #pictapgo_app

these are some seriously amazing ladies! when we learned that the karaoke machine wasn’t going to work tonight, we jumped on yelp and found the next closest karaoke bar. it turned out to be a dive, and not in a good way, filled with all the riff-raff you can imagine but we were together and we danced to hip-hop music and then spent over 3 hours chatting at denny’s over milkshakes and fries.

even though our night didn't go as planned and we didn't get to belt out any tunes, I had an amazing time with these ladies!

i adore every. single. one of these ladies. it’s a special find when you just “get” each other.

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saturday // august 17

we did most of gibson’s school clothes shopping this weekend and one of his finds is this super rad graphic tee.

reason number 574 that gibson is the coolest kid // we found this tee at #target and he's totally diggin' it! #itsallgoodinthehood #mrrogers #pictapgo_app

confession: i rarely listen to pop music. it’s so rare in fact, that i have only one playlist of current-ish pop music on spotify and i actually titled it “pop songs i’m embarrassed to admit i like“. so naturally i don’t have pop stations programmed in the vehicles and only heard this song a few weeks ago when we went dancing.

but now i can’t stop. this song makes every part of me want to move. it’s just one of those songs that gets into my veins and can completely change my mood. and once it’s over, i feel like nothing can top it. it’s THAT good. so i asked my instagram friends if they were over it or still bumpin’ it. what say you?

seriously cannot get enough of this song. it makes every part of my body want to move. are you over this song already or still bumpin' it?

sunday // august 18

happy sunday y’all! the husband got all crazy and picked up donuts early this morning. i cursed him while i shoved these in my face.

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a preseason match up between matt’s team and my team. and my packers wrapped up the rams in butcher paper and grilled ’em good. haha!

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hope your end-of-summer weeks have been full of real good life. don’t forget to document it, even when it’s less than perfect.

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back to school

my kiddos went back to school today!

kindergarten for the marsh-man and seventh grade for the gibber.

here’s how the obligatory photo shoot went this morning.

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and now, my very favorite school song…enjoy.

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weekly wrap up 2013 // week 31

 

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monday // july 29

the green bay schedule. that is all.
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tuesday // july 30

found this iphone wallpaper on facebook, isn’t it cute?
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wednesday // july 31

again, another wallpaper that just spoke to me. it’s my current lock screen.
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thursday // august 1

he’s such a crazy kid. all the pics before this were funny smiles but this one he said he wanted to look mean. well done, son.
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friday // august 2

friday night movie with gibson, and we watched 42. such an amazingly inspirational and heart wrenching film. but the wardrobes and music were just as great! i have already made a playlist on spotify with the soundtrack and the score. 🙂
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saturday // august 3

a beautiful mess has a #selfportraitchallenge on instagram right now. this one made the cut for just being simple. still having so much fun with the #rhonnafarrer_app!
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we celebrated our 5yo nephew’s birthday today. and this little sneak (not the birthday boy) took a swig of my rum & coke when i was chatting with cousins. as you can tell, he liked it.

Somebody took a swig of my rum & coke when I wasn't looking. Is it guilty in here?

 

a huge leap for marshall today, he swam in the pool by himself (and the help of his lifejacket). gibson was there to keep an eye on him but once he let go of the side, he kicked and paddled his little heart out. so super proud of him!

today is the day // marshall finally trusted the life jacket and moved off the steps // thumbs up for mr. marsh-man! #rhonnadesigns #heyrhonna #rhonnadesigns_app

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sunday // august 4

happy birthday to the gibber!
happy twelfth birthday to gibson // the funniest, silliest,  and sweetest dude // love you, love your show @xxpringlesxx #happybirthday #rhonnadesigns_app #photoshakeapp

 

he got itunes money and junk food to keep him alive while he played all day.

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and donuts for breakfast.

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football is on and there’s food on the grill. my heart is super happy.

football is on and there's food on the grill. my ❤ is super happy. #pictapgo_app

 

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weekly wrap up 2013 // weeks 29+30

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monday // july 15

…i am greeted by a gorgeous sunrise.

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…i get crazy with my nails.

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…he gives fluffy dog piggyback rides.

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tuesday // july 16

…this special girl has a birthday and i treat her to our special place…panera.

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…this kid gets to come to work with me and eat donuts for breakfast.

someone is excited about hanging with mom at work. or maybe it's the donuts.

…he thinks he’s handy smurf.

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…i get an order for 12 custom tote bags.

ahhhh, just finished up 12 custom monogram totes for a girl who will be giving them as gifts at a bachelorette party. each attending girl got her initial in a different color. so fun! i sell these on etsy if you're curious. #retrohipmama #monogramtotes #e

…i laugh at myself when i see cartoons like this.

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saturday // july 20

…greens are beautiful and striking and i want a closet full of it.

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…paralysis sets in when i get project life stuff in the mail.

i can't rip these open fast enough!!!!!! @tastone they're heeerrrreeee!!!!

…us girls get a super fun night out.

drinks and girls!

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 these are a few of my favorite things. #ladiesnight #friendstiltheend

another hottie i am blessed to call a friend. this chick rocks. #rhonnadesigns_app

sunday // july 21

…i can’t get enough of this kid.

I can't get enough of this kid!

…they play quietly together. no bickering. no shoving. no arguements.

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…he makes new friends.

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…they bond over a rick astley dance.

marshall + joseph rocked the house with their sweet dance moves. #justdance4 #rhonnadesigns #heyrhonna #rhonnadesigns_app @janamelinda

monday // july 22

…a good hair/makeup/outfit day just needs to be documented.

today was a good hair/makeup/outfit day.

tuesday // july 23

…marshall expresses himself through art.

just a little something marshall drew for gibson // with explanation #definitelynotalovenote #heyrhonna #rhonnadesigns_app

wednesday // july 24

…he wants to dress the part before he boxes on the wii fit.

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…it’s just a jump, jive and wail kind of day.

it's been a #rockabilly kind of week. (my second favorite genre.) what are you listening to? #pictapgo_app #spotify

…i have on the right dress to get a shot i’ve been wanting to get since i brought this beauty into my life. gram would have loved this.

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thursday // july 25

…he will actually eat his cereal with milk and a spoon.

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friday // july 26

…i  get sad when my girl is still on vacation.

it's been a long week without my @tastone but I know she's enjoyed her vacation.  #rhonnadesigns #heyrhonna #rhonnadesigns_app

saturday // july 27

…gibson let’s marshall play minecraft in his room.

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…these two get to see a movie together.

Marshall's first movie with his best bud. #lordpleasemakehimsitstill #turbo #pictapgo_app

sunday // july 28

…i don’t take any pictures all day and just scrap my heart away.

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sometimes there are more ups than downs. sometimes there are more yells than smiles. sometimes there are more hugs than tantrums. sometimes we don’t know what the heck we’re doing but we’re laughing anyways.

may your weeks be filled with some times that will last forever. now go capture them. 🙂

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drea lately

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lately, i’ve been coming back to this quote. it’s quite profound and needs little explanation. feeling blessed to be me in this life God has blessed me with.

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now….on to the fun stuff!

listening to: i just updated my feel good playlist on spotify, it makes me feel good. old school r&b like the commodores and the delfonics. you can find that playlist here. the great gatsby soundtrack. omg, i cannot get enough of this whole album. song i can’t get enough of are: down the road by c2c, pusher love girl by jt, i love it by icona pop, ways to go by grouplove, and let’s go by matt & kim

watching: summer tv is the best. don’t get me wrong, i miss my fall shows, but the summer brings fun and mindless shows for me to indulge in. falling skies. big brother. a new show called under the dome. sytycd. masterchef.

playing: wheel of fortune on the iPad. as a kid, i would watch wheel of fortune on tv every night and loved solving the puzzles before the contestants. now marshall and i play and he loves spinning the wheel and tries so hard to figure out the words. what i love most is that he’s seeing words come together and it’s also teaching him math when we get multiple letters.

looking forward to: seeing huey lewis in concert next weekend. taking a trip to a beach somewhere before the summer ends. having friends over for summer bbqs. that marshall finally wants to see a movie in the theater. he wants to see turbo and it will be our very first family movie together. seeing the new wolverine movie.

eating: lots of proteins. lots of veggies. tons of fresh fruit. peaches, kiwi, strawberries. anything to keep away the junk food cravings. yesterday i made a delicious shrimp and avocado salad. i might throw the recipe up here next week. Untitled

drinking: cucumber ice water and plain ol’ ice water. nothing better in the summertime. other than a rum & coke.

wearing: summer dresses. ponytails. skirts. shorts and tanks. keeping it cool when it’s blazing hot out.

working on: some pinterest projects. working out regularly. laundry. a new wooden sign for the bedroom.

noticing: marshall is making a lot of forts. he’s phasing out of trains. gibson is getting calls from girls and he’s totally confused my the tween girl line of questioning.

app-loving: the new rhonnadesigns app is AMAZING!!! it’s $2 and i can’t even see how it will ever get old. there is so much stuff that i run into new things each time.

i made this little nugget using her app and am using it for my lock screen. if you like it, feel free to save it for yourself. Untitled

also, momento just happened into my life a couple weeks ago and you can see my review here.

reading: blogs on bloglovin’. really loving having my magazines on my iPad too but i would really love a new book to read. any suggestions? i prefer time period reads versus stories that are set in modern times.

loving: how much i dig our new house. it’s clean and subtle walls and open spaces make me happy. loving that i still love it.

and that’s it folks…that’s me lately. what have you been ______ lately?

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