My Life In Pictures: July 1 – 15, 2016

Over the past six months or so, twice a month I share my Instagram pictures since I can’t seem to find time to write! I call it My Life In Pictures. You can see all of my previous posts here.

And this summer has been no exception – the kids seem to consider me an event planner and expect to have something going on every.single.day. No time to blog when the kids are so busy! They are going  back to school in three weeks, but until then, here’s what we’ve been up to…

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I started walking about 3-1/2 miles every day, and Lila and Ethan love to go with me! Mia….not so much. But I love the time I share with my little walking buddies. Their favorite part? They love checking how far we’ve gone and how many steps we’ve taken on my Fitbit!

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We celebrated the 4th of July, my niece’s birthday, and my Mom’s birthday with a big bbq, Kona Ice (the adults enjoyed the snow cones, too!), and watching fireworks with friends and family. All those kids in that picture? Not.even.all.the.kids.

This is Otis. Otis has been part of our family since he was a baby. He’s 39 years old now. He’s very cool! He calls all of us kids’ names, rings like the phone, calls our childhood cat (Callie Calico) and lots more. When we were kids, we used to come downstairs in our bathing suits to go out to the pool and he would cat call and whistle at us. And he still remembers it all!

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Ethan read The BFG, and immediately declared that Roald Dahl was his favorite author. Since then, he’s read 5 more of his books! We waited for months for The BFG movie to come out, and when it finally did, we had a mother/son movie date. Side note: the movie was fantastic, as was the book!

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The girls LOVE helping me in the kitchen! Not only are they learning to cook and bake, they are also learning to do kitchen chores like rinsing plates and loading and unloading the dishwasher. I tell them it’s all part of cooking, and they are more than willing to help! Here they are making a birthday cake for Gramma…the #1 searched recipe on my blog and one of Recipe Lion’s Top 100 Recipes of 2015, my Holy Cow Cake.

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Do you have a go-to cookbook? Sandra Lee’s Money Saving Meals is mine. I am very influenced by the semi-homemade approach, and love all of her recipes. Now that the girls are helping in the kitchen, they flip through the gorgeous pictures and choose a recipe to try!

Mia and Lila LOVE PlayDoh, so when we got a big package full it, the girls were SO excited!

This is my niece Presley. We all adore her! She’s 10 months old and doing all the cute things, like blowing kisses. Swoon!

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Our plumeria are blooming like crazy, and I can’t take enough pictures of them! We have these yellow ones, pink ones, and some rare red ones. And you should smell them….wow!

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Because we are crazy, some friends and I took all these kids to see The Secret Lives of Pets. It was a fun movie!

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