My Life In Pictures: June 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.

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I always know summer is on its way when the kids start asking to have dinner on the lawn. Their friends from down the street come down too, and there’s usually popsicles after. If you don’t already have a water resistant picnic blanket, I suggest you get one. I use ours almost every day!

Summer!!!

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Nothing says summer like hanging out at the pool with your friends!

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Obligatory first and last day of first grade for the girls and third grade for Ethan. Look how much they’ve grown!

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This is what Mia’s NOT TIRED looks like after spending hours at the pool with friends.

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The girls picked up a new hobby…making knot bracelets! Lila is a pro at it now while Mia is more like me and doesn’t have the patience for it.

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My brother is a real funny guy. He calls my sisters and I and his girlfriend the Real Housewives of Corona since he thinks all we do is shop and lounge around the pool all day. He forgets that between the four of us we have 12 kids (and one on the way). That’s a lot of kids to take grocery shopping, to run errands with, and to keep track of at the pool…not to mention that we all work too.

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Summer always leans lots of family get togethers! Here are my sisters and I with all of our girls (minus one!)

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Between my four siblings and I, my mom has 14 grandkids and one on the way. This is most of them, in order from blondest to brunette-est.

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This is what quality family time in our house looks like. Damn electronic devices.

Lots of us moms took our kids to a free family movie night in our neighborhood. We asked to take one picture. Just one. It was like herding cats. No idea why they’re all chanting “father.”

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And of course nothing says summer like a good old fashioned neighborhood water balloon fight! The kids were out for over four hours filling up balloons and fighting. It took them much longer to fill up the water balloons then it took them to actually have the water balloon fight, but it kept them busy and getting along for hours!

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