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. πŸ˜‰

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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. πŸ™‚

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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.

we certainly aren't bored // #heyrhonna #rhonnadesigns_app

he’s so ready for this. and so are we. matt’s for sure ready for them to go back to school. πŸ™‚ 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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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. πŸ™‚
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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!
2day, less is most // #selfportraitchallenge #rhonnadesigns #heyrhonna #rhonnadesigns_app

 

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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sometimes…

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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friday // july 19

…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 Β 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. πŸ™‚

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weekly wrap up 2013 // week 28

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monday // july 8

a blurb in august’s issue of family circle confirms what i already knew: music is the cure-all.

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tuesday // july 9

did a little housecleaning on the blog this week. i cleaned up the header and simplified the social buttons. that felt good.

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as seen on facebook: tonight, i asked gibson to put my bowl in the sink. he asked what i had and i replied, “peaches”. his response was “millions of peaches? peaches for me?” he’s pretty much the coolest kid ever.

thursday // july 11

got this reminder, pssshh, as if i’d forget.

this reminder popped up last night. number one: that's freaking happening ❀ and number 2: did I really think I was gonna forget???

friday // july 12

my facebook friends may have been annoyed with me today. i participated in #12on12 and took a photo an hour for 12 hours and posted on instagram and facebook.

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mid-afternoon, i get this from matt. he’s the funniest person i know.

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our friday night consisted of setting up a music video of marshall playing just dance 4 to livin’ la vida loca. will be posting it here when it’s finished, fo sho.

making a music video in the living room. this is our friday. #livinlavidaloca #justdance4 #pictapgo_app

we had a very eventful weekend to apparently make up for snapping hardly anything during the week.

saturday // july 13

early morning shopping.

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shadow pic!

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a quick family pic to send to a friend of ours who we just got back in contact with.

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marshall “drove” while dad ran in.

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gibson was tired but thankfully let me snap a little gem. he sure is a handsome almost 12 year old.

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marshall wanted me to take funny face pics of him but ended up with something from a horror movie.

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our neighbors were selling lemonade so we walked down to support our little entrepreneurs.

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i am SOOOOOO ready for the show! going casual since we’re having dinner and drinks before the concert.

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huey bound. no kids. bumpin’ tupac. got my guy. life is good.

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in my hand. it’s getting real up in here.

in my hand! #pictapgo_app

the venue was perfect. outdoors. warm but in the shade. setting sun behind us.

it may look like we’re far away, but that’s the camera perspective. we were about 15 rows back and were still close enough to see everything.

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me and my mother-in-law!

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me and my rum+coke.

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huey was strong tonight! i was afraid that they might phone it in, but man oh man, he was belting and hollering and seriously hittin’ it hard on the harmonica. that’s my favorite, the harmonica. especially in their songs. and the horns. oh how i love a good horn section!

they played most of the hits: power of love, bad is bad, workin’ for a livin’, trouble in paradise, do you believe in love, honky tonk blues, i want a new drug, walkin’ on a thin line, the heart of rock and roll and heart and soul. i was mostly looking forward to hip to be square, my favorite HL&TN song EVER, but they didn’t play it or doin’ it all for my baby.

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don’t get me wrong, i enjoyed literally every.single.second. nothing could wipe the smile off my face while i sang out loud, pumped my fists and danced in front of my seat (with my MIL by my side!). i have crossed off an important band on my concert bucket list. and i will never forget the feeling of seeing the horn section sway side to side together or hearing the harmonies live with my own two ears or seeing the excitement in huey as he performed songs that bring back some of the happiest of my childhood memories.

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the finale included an extended version of workin’ for a livin’ while he introduced the band members. they ended the song with full on flashing lights, the band at full rock & roll power and a final statement that will stay with me for the rest of my days: “i’m huey lewis…….and you’ve just heard the news!”

yes, yes i have!

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and while i stepped back into my youth, my two youths spent time with their cousin.

jumpin’

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and again this morning…snackin’ and sun bathin’

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another fun week filled with memories and milestones.

how about you?

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weekly wrap up 2013 // week 27

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this week felt a bit uneventful. i had to refrain from taking as many pics as i normally do because my phone is so full (and old) that i can only store about 25-30 at a time (i need an upgrade like nobody’s business) and this is what i normally take in a 2 day span. so i was thinking that when i got to this post i wouldn’t have much to share. turns out, the moments i did capture are still the very little details that make this little life of mine shine.

so, here’s a glimpse into this little life of mine…

monday // july 1

… we sweated through a week-long heat wave.

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… i enjoyed pretty nails.

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… i saw a half nekked kid trying to climb his tree.

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… i decided that a braid was what this dress needed.

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… i went on three mid-morning walks with my bestie and office patna before temps reached 100.

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… we listened to an updated but old school playlist.

#fmsphotoaday // july1: happiness is an old school playlist on a monday morning. #happiness #pictapgo_app #spotify

… marsh danced to a classic eighties jam.

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tuesday // july 2

… a new record was met. my hair was worn down all day. no ponytails here.

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… we stayed air conditioned.

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… an open sunroof was too good to pass up.

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… a major craving for mashed potatoes was indulged and made healthy with greek yogurt and avocados instead of milk and butter.

had a super craving for potatoes since they're not an everyday food for us anymore. they were so darn good I ate them before I could take a pic. I used red potatoes, Greek yogurt, garlic, green onions and avocado. sooooo delicious! #pictapgo_app

… watched a bee buzz around my yard.

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… his shoes grew overnight.

#fmsphotoaday // july2: shoes // the shoes of a kid who rides his bike to target, washes my car and plays outside with his brother. the bigger these shoes get, the more mature he gets and that is what I love about raising these boys. #sappymommymoment

wednesday // july 3

… a pretty sunrise was captured.

my beautiful morning sky // plus the new #rhonnadesigns app is now in the app store. i am having a blast in there! #heyrhonna #rhonnadesigns_app

…kept the water flowin’ while running errands.

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…gave in to the desires of the boys.

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…gave in to my own temptations.

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thursday // july 4

…had fun with some fun & festive nail art.

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…made a delicious shrimp salad.

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… forts were built.

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…ready for a hot day full of family and fun.

having fun with the new #rhonnadesigns_app and am amazed that there's so much to work with. they may have thought of everything! #rhonnadesigns #heyrhonna

…consumed a couple rum runners in a red solo cup.

#redsolocup #rumrunners #pictapgo_app

…let this kid eat 2 cookies before dinner.

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… and a lollipop

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…enjoyed time with cousins.

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…got a bit creative with the slip ‘ slide and the pool.

#redneckpoolslide #theyarelovingthis

…had fun with sparklers.

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friday // july 5

…played around with the new rhonna farrer app.

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…learned a new game with marshall.

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…saw this kid concentrate and school me.

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saturday // july 6

… enjoyed a fancier version of my daily egg breakfast.

on weekends, my eggs get a little fancier. added green onions and tomatoes to my normal eggs, spinach and turkey sausage. happy saturday! #pictapgo_app

…finally installed the cabinet knobs.

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…was proud of my work.

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…watched matt give gibson a lesson in grilling.

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… made this kid a jetpack.

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sunday // july 7

… headed to the lake for some fun.

chores are done, it's time for fun! we're lake bound. #pictapgo_app

… met my MIL and little nephew there. we played and snacked.

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#fmsphotoaday // july7: where I was // enjoying the lake

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his favorite part // jumping the waves #folsomlake #sundayfunday #summerfun #godobe

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weekly wrap up 2013 // week 26

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monday // june 24:

another 18 hour workday ended with THE BEST chipotle tawnya and i have ever had. since we are so particular about our food there, we were skeptical about stopping at a location on our way home. but the ratios of everything were perfect, the beans were piping hot and the chips were a perfect crunch and saltiness. i mean, PER-FECT. we could have eaten everything but we made good decisions to stop when we were full. πŸ™‚

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wednesday // june 26:

the boys had an afternoon at the park. gibson was clearly not thrilled about the photo op.

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thursday // june 27:

a protein packed dinner after an intense workout. this kind of meal is a staple in our house. we always have grilled chicken for the week so proteins are easy to grab to make lunches and dinners. this one is evoo and minced garlic with chicken, zuke, red cabbage and asparagus, with lemon juice and pepper. it all goes in one skillet until the veggies are tender. makes a delicious meal that satisfies.

post-shred dinner. all protein and veggies. no carbs.

friday // june 28:

this will be the coolest day of the next 7 days. oy vey.

this is my that's-a-big-number-and-i-am-not-thrilled face. #thisisjustthebeginning #ijustmightmelt #summer #instaweather

 

tawnya and i decided to head out for a morning walk before it got too hot. it was 11:30 and 92 degrees but we found shade to walk in and did almost a mile.

not too warm for a stroll around the buildings with @tastone. it was actually more like a brisk walk aaaaand it was kinda hot. felt great tho!

 

found this in my purse and felt bad that there are so many stars left unpunched. trying to convince matt that they need to get some love too, but it didn’t work. πŸ™‚

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my SIL and nephew took the boys for the afternoon. they slid and bounced and swam for hours and hours!

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cousins! they are a good bunch of kids. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

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saturday // june 29:

we managed to stay indoors most of the day beings that it got to 108*. but we had to venture out for dinner with the parents. we had the most delicious grilled teriyaki chicken and pineapple with sweet conversations with my MIL and her mom. the little boys played together while the big guys played poker. we had a truly great evening!

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i saw this on pinterest last week and thought it was perfect for today. i did have some coke with my rum, but didn’t start drinking until after 6. so i’m neither pirate nor alcoholic, i just like a good rum and coke sometimes. πŸ™‚

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sunday // june 30:

matt and i were able to walk a mile at the park this morning. so nice to get out just the two of us.

we can judge us because we HAVE walked a mile in our shoes. #sundaymorningwalks

 

trying to give myself some more desk space and found some great ways to get supplies up off the desk surface. oh, and with stuff i already had, didn’t cost a penny to make the changes! more details on the blog this week.

i've been in this house for only 2 months and i've already found ways to improve my craft space. most excitingly, my washi tape has a fun new home!

hope you’ve been happy and productive this week too. see you next week!

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weekly wrap up 2013 // week 24

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oh boy, what a week. a week without our boys. a week with a ton of work but just my guy when i arrived home. here’s a look at how we spent our free time.

monday // june 10

it’s day one and i’m sappy. i always get like this. i don’t know what to do with myself. so i sulked a little.

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but it’s texted pictures like this from my mom that make it better. check out this fish gibson caught. 20 inches long and he cleaned and gutted it and ate it for dinner.

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tuesday // june 11

some new stamps i ordered arrived and i’m jazzed! the letters are kelly purkey and are divine. they are perfect for small words that i would normally use my lilybee stickers for, but i’ve pretty much run out of the letter e entirely. stamps are the perfect way to be able to use the same letters over and over again without running out!

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also, next time i get my hair cut and colored, i want it this shade of red. this is saved on my phone so i can show my girl when i get there.

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we went out to eat tonight but didn’t snap any photos. food was delish, as always.
i did however, snap pics of our dessert. at cold stone, i made my own creation of cheesecake ice cream + strawberry ice cream + graham cracker crust + whipped cream + caramel. holy cheesecake ice cream batman!

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wednesday // june 12

came home thinking we would have a sensible meal together and hit the sheets early because i have to be up at 3:45 to drive to a client meeting and be there all day. but he can always twist my mind with mexican food.

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my guy, chips, salsa. what more do i need?

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oh, of course…alcohol. this raspberry margarita was amazing!

his and hers. #kidfreeweek #alittlemexicanneverhurtnobody #pictapgo_app

and i finally got to wear my new houndstooth soda shoes from tilly’s.

seriously in love with my new houndstooth #soda shoes. got 'em at #tillys for $12 on clearance. #pictapgo_app

thursday // june 13

the boss man picked me up at 5am and we swooped up my best girl before hitting up starbucks for some much needed fuel. we were looking at an hour and a half drive ahead of us.

thankfully the sunrise was pretty.

@tastone and i watched the sun come up on our drive this morning. and we will be watching the sun set on our drive home.

we arrived on time and no one fell asleep. tawnya snapped this pic and made up the funny saying. she cracks me up! butte, pronounced with a long u sound, is the county, that’s the joke. get it, like short for beauty. okay, good. πŸ™‚

#whereweare #buttecounty with @tastone

i figured that if i was going to be doing enrollments for 12 hours, and i wore a cute outfit that i’d better document it the only way i could. yep, the bathroom mirror.

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and i had cute nails too. got some new jamberry nails and these are budding love.

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oh my. that was a looooong day. the end was killer because we hardly saw anyone. thankful for pinterest during the down times. oh hey, do we follow each other on pinterest? if not, follow my boards here.

instead of working 9-5, we literally worked 5-9. yep. that’s 5am to 9pm. yikes! bad news is, my boss and co-worker had to go back this week while i was on vacay and then my first day back after vacation will be tawnya and i going BACK up there. oy.

friday // june 14

today is gonna be rough. being “on” for so long yesterday took a toll on us both. but it was all over when this notification came up on my phone. i could not stop laughing. we were in tears!

the day passed quickly as i prepared for vacation. i so need this time off.

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matt and i took a walk this evening and when we got to the school blacktop it was covered from end to end with chalk art. and this was my favorite of them all.

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and of course, when i ask for a pic, this is what i get. silly babe.

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saturday // june 15

i have a surprise up my sleeve for the boys! they come home tomorrow and i’ve been dying to make them trees swings since we didn’t bring the old swingset with us to the new house.

a few tools and supplies from lowes and i’m ready to make some swings!

just making some tree swings for the boys. #awesomehappenshere

took me about $45 and 90 minutes total (including the shopping). cannot wait to show them tomorrow!

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the afternoon was hot so i stayed inside to work on project life some more. and the best thing to join me is napoleon. i double heart this movie.

a little scrappin' and a little napoleon. perfect little saturday.

all dressed up to see one of my best girls in a play tonight. unfortunately the theater was just way too small for my bubble and i started to get claustrophobic. it sucked to have to leave but she understood. and she was wonderful in her part, as always.

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since it was after 9 and we still had no kids, and food is what matt and i love…we decided that a late night breakfast at mel’s diner was the perfect way to end our kidless week. then we had apple pie and i was in heaven.

have you ever been to a mel’s diner? it’s the diner that was in american graffiti. my favorite part is the little jukebox at each table. a quarter per song and it plays thru the whole place! tonight matt chose summer wind by frank and i chose come together by the beatles. it was a magical night.

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sunday // june 16

just wanted to wish my papi a happy father’s day. πŸ™‚

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the boys are home! the boys are home!

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these are some serious camping feet.

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and this is some serious after camping sleep. he conked out before 4pm.

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life is good. the boys are home. days are back to normal. some re-configuring is happening after a week with grandparents but overall, they are perfect and are happy to be home.

happy week y’all.

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weekly wrap up 2013 // week 23

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monday // june 3

i ordered some new project life goodies and today the first of 3 packages arrived.

new scrap supplies // delivery # 1 of 3 // 3x4 cards from #simplestories + stamps from #pinkpaislee #isittheweekendyet?

but i have to put the joy aside because we have a sick kid. this is my view right now as marshall lays on me. his breathing is terrible and he’s struggling. i see the er in our future.

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and after a bit more observation, to the er we went. he was great with the breathing treatment and his chest xray showed mild bronchitis. thankfully we noticed the signs and didn’t wait until 3am to take him. afterwards, he was tweaking from the steroids they gave him, but when he finally went down he slept great!

marsh-man was such a trooper at the ER yesterday. he developed a cough that turned into labored breathing and chest pain. he was miserable, but the breathing tx was so helpful.

#fmsphotoaday // on my table // crayons. flowers in desperate need of a water change. a receipt for something i need to return. gibson’s bowl of cereal and lemonade. keys. cough drops. an inhaler and marshall’s new rx.

#fmsphotoaday // june 3: on my table // keys, a bowl of cereal, an inhaler and a new prescription for Marshall's bronchitis, crayons, wipes, and flowers that are in need of a change of water. #keepingitreal #everythingisoutofplace

tuesday // june 4

the best part of my new stuff arrived today! i bought 6 new kits from scrapbook.com and have taken my time going through each one. later on while watching the voice, i sliced and diced the 4×6 and 3×4 inserts into piles. the happiness was difficult to contain.

i cannot even process the happiness going on right now. new kits from #echopark + #simplestories arrived today! friday night and saturday cannot get here fast enough! #pictapgo_app #itslikechristmasupinhere

a little shredding with jillian michaels left me with the best sore feeling. it’s been entirely too long and i deserved the pain.

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wednesday // june 5

pictures are here, pictures are here! tonight when the kids go to bed, i will organize them into their proper weeks. to see how i do this, check outΒ this post.

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time to catch up on dance.

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the weather this weekend is gonna be disgusting. thankfully my only plans are to scrapbook all day long.

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thursday // june 6

ran into this cute appetizer in my latest issue of family circle. i want to make this NOW! but i think i will use blackberries instead of blueberries. πŸ™‚

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friday // june 7

only because it’s national donut day.

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the boys had fun playing a game together.

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saturday // june 8

it’s 7:38am and it’s already 76*. thankful for a cool day indoors.

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making brownies to send with the boys. i added caramel and crushed pretzels. oh yum!

just topped my walnut brownies with crushed pretzels and caramel. the smell is absolute torture. #pictapgo_app

stepped outside to check the weather. yep. it’s hot.

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the boys are almost packed. we leave in the morning.

getting the boys packed for a week of camping with my parents. they'll be having fun and we'll have a quiet house! #hatetoseethemgobutlovewhentheyreaway #itsonlyaweek #pictapgo_app

sunday // june 9

no service where my parents camp is okay with me.

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the boys add to a cool teepee made out of branches and rocks.

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my little nephew found a huge branch to contribute.

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the boys always have fun with the walkie talkies.

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me and my madre.

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mi papi is always telling stories.

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just loved looking out and seeing our gmc trucks and the flag.

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ma and pa eating ice cream.

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this kid always tries to get away from the camera, but sometimes i get shots like this by accident. πŸ™‚

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this is THE best ice cream on the planet.

the ice cream is my favorite part. this is a kids cup and its ginormous! #weallscreamforicecream

the boys: jt, gibby and yoshi

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we are leaving them here for a week. yikes!!!

it's official. the boys are camping and we won't see them until next sunday. i already miss them terribly.

a beautiful sky on the drive home. alone.

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enjoy your week!

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weekly wrap up 2013 // week 22

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a little peek into my life, through my lens.

 

monday | may 27:

marshall helped me finish a diy sign, which will be on the blog soon!

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a gloomy memorial day bbq still called for red pants and flip-flops.

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my #ootd: a little patriotic today

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me and muh boys.
#fmsphotoaday // may 27: can't live without // these guys. our freedoms. those who sacrificed and those who serve. #memorialday

 

thankful for today and all who served and are serving. i pray we can keep the freedoms they fought so hard for.

 

 

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tuesday | may 28:

this boy was in desperate need of a cut.

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and i was in desperate need of chick-fil-a. it was family night so face painting and balloon making were in full swing.

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the amazing ladies painted that train and made this mario. uh.mazing.

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even gibson and the cow made friends.

chick-fil-a rocked tonight!

 

wednesday | may 29:

love when new jamberry nails come in the mail. i used navy quarterfoil, emerald+mint plaid and swiss dot in green and navy. love this color combo!

#nailart #jamberrynails // mint and emerald plaid, navy quarterfoil & swiss dot emerald and blue // loving this combo, would you brave it too?

 

thursday | may 30:

eeeeeek, it’s the last day of school! the boys are thrilled and they were nice enough to pose for some pics before we took the final walk of the year.

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last day of school = happy kids

hello ladies! #macaroni #imnotreadyforthis

 

 

and there he goes, running ahead. he’s playing sonic while i’m playing red light, green light.

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i stayed to hang out and help with activities for play day (the last day of school fun). me and some awesome mommies painted rainbows, ninjas and ladybugs on the faces, hands and arms of dozens of little people.

but marsh was happy playing with bubbles.

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a visit from music mike got them running and dancing and skipping. he’s a ton of fun!

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this woman is amazing. she was gibson’s 3rd grade teacher also and i would say has been his BEST teacher. we were over the moon when we learned she’d be teaching jr. k and that marshall was blessed enough to get her too. what’s even better is that we know her personally outside of school and have watched her kids grow up on the football field. i love her. and i love this town.

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friday | may 31:

the invites are out. the draft is scheduled. 88 days left. are you ready for some fantasy football?!?!

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saturday | june 1:

marshall went to a fair with his aunt and uncle and cousin and i picked him up saturday morning. he was up late, of course, because you have to see the fair lights at night. but gibson didn’t go, he had plans with friends. either way, the 30 minute care ride put them both to sleep. as it always does.

car rides // knocking my kids out in a matter of minutes. #latergram

getting a little project life into my day while marsh naps and before we head to a birthday party for marshall’s best bud.

 

it's june 1st in real life, but in scrapbooking time it's finally october. I will be stalking the mailbox all week for my october photos and new supplies for project life. next weekend will be all scrappin' folks. this girl needs to catch up.

marshall, greyson (the birthday boy) and hank! boys who are ready for some pinata smashin’!

#fmsphotoaday // june 1: b is for BOYS! specifically boys who were ready to beat the tar out of a piΓ±ata. @tastone @lesterc99

 

cannot be happier i snapped this shot of marsh and i. he’s amazing and was such a doll when i asked his for a picture together.

#fmsphotoaday // june 2: #moment // it's rare moments like this that he will smile, is still and sweet enough to take a picture with me (all at the same time) #rhonnainstaquotes

sunday | june 2:

back at it on a warm sunday morning. having fun with the rhonna farrer goals font. πŸ™‚

are you on instagram? yeah? follow me there @retrohipmama. i’ll totally follow you back, i love being inspired too!

it was warm and my app paused for 20 minutes of my run but the music was great and it felt good to move. #atitagain #ilovewhenawalkturnsintoarun (#rhonnadesigns_instagoals #pictapgo_app #photoshake)

 

 

hope you had an amazing week!

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