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What I Wore Wednesday (and one piece, many ways)


I've been linking up to The Pleated Poppy's WIWW posts for three years now... it's a wee bit addicting.
Today I'm also linking up to Putting Me Together for "One piece many ways" - because after three years I have a few outfit pictures in the archives to pick from! 

No. 1
Target cardigan, Calvin Klein jeans, Ross sandals
(I just bought this cardigan so I don't have any other pics of it but trust me, THERE WILL BE MORE)

No. 2 
Shade clothing tee, DIY t-shirt scarf, thrifted Gap skirt, Madden Girl sandals

other ways I've worn this skirt:

No. 3
Maurice's dress, Target sandals
(I haven't really worn this dress any other way, besides throwing a cropped cardigan over it - it's pretty much a one man show when you put it on!)

No. 4
Target dress & sandals, Maurice's belt

other ways I've worn this dress:

 No. 5
Target cardigan, TJ Maxx top, Banana Republic jeans, Payless sandals

other ways I've worn this cardigan:

So that was fun to put together! Happy Wednesday and thanks so much for stopping by!

pleated poppy

10 on Tuesday


1. I just realized that I passed my blog anniversary... 12 days ago. It's been three years now, how crazy. I don't really have any profound thoughts about it, just that I like to blog and that's why I keep on doing it!

2. Blake threw up yesterday - without warning - in the backseat of the car. In times like these I like to call Russ at work and tell him how lucky he is to NOT be home cleaning puke out of a seat belt, booster seat, floor and door, which helps make up for all the times he comes home to find me in the middle of an afternoon nap.

3. Kendall and I are in the middle of her bedroom makeover that I have been somewhat attempting to photograph along the way so I can do a fun before/after post when it's all finished. I say "somewhat" because I keep forgetting to take before pictures. Including pictures of her room before we took everything out to paint, pictures of her old wall color, and today, pictures of her dresser before we took the hardware off to refinish it. I did remember once we had the dresser outside ready to sand, and asked Kendall to go grab my camera for me. She took a couple of shots but I decided *I* needed to do it and asked her to move the mirror she had leaned in front of the dresser to the side.

And then this happened.
and Kendall burst into her ugly cry.

4. I don't think I was cut out to be a DIY project blogger.

5. my cousin Dylan is being deployed to Bahrain next month as part of the Marine Reserves and we had a big family BBQ send-off for him this past weekend. Go Marines! (You better believe I immediately googled everything there is to know about Bahrain the second we came back home, including studying a picture map of the naval base he'll be stationed on. I can now tell you all SORTS of useful information about the island nation. Like, it's hot there!)

6. Cooper had decided he MUST run a lemonade stand before summer is over and will not let the idea go. I've been dragging my feet like crazy because we live out in the sticks so we have to find somewhere to do it and then I have to supervise, and frankly it all just sounds like effort to me, but I can't say no because who doesn't love an entrepreneur? The big day is happening this week. I'm still working on my attitude.

7. Lemonade stands aside, I'm one of those obnoxious people that thinks almost everything even slightly entertaining is REALLY FUN and then almost gets offended if other people don't think the same thing is as fun as I do. ("What?! You didn't love that movie/place/activity/game/book/trip/grocery shopping adventure... what's wrong with you?!!")

Recently I've discovered Kendall is the same way and I love that we have this in common! Yes darling, please tell me every single minute detail of your awesome church kids camp that you loved every second of and thought was the MOST FUN EVER. It took her an hour. I ate it all up. (And then Russ thanked me afterwards because Kendall lost him seven minutes in.)

8. My candy crush addiction continues. You know it's bad when your children ask what level you're now on and then roll their eyes at you because you've reached level 200. Shoot, even I'm rolling my eyes at myself.

9. As I type this post (possibly in the wee hours of the night) deer are crunching apples from our fruit trees QUITE loudly right outside our open bedroom window. Kinda cool, mostly freaky sounding. I'm definitely going to close the window now.

10. Good night! (Actually, good morning :)

Sunriver (Yes I'm still talking about it)


Hey did I mention last week that we went on a vacation to Sunriver? ;) I mean before I dropped off the face of the earth? 

(Blogcation. It's a thing.)

Well I'm back with pictures. OH YES. A LOT. 

^^Is Emily not the cutest?!!^^
^^Sure, we may look relaxed. In truth we just biked a mile and a half uphill to Fort Rock Park and we can't walk^^
(Please excuse Blake's sad "I don't want to go home" face... it's what I was doing on the inside...)

And thus concludes another year of vacationing with our favorite friends in Central Oregon!
Until next year, Sunriver!

What I Wore Wednesday - vacation edition


We just got back from our vacation in Sunriver last night, where we stayed for the past five days. Five glorious days! Long live vacations!!

(I totally had the going home blues ALL DAY LONG yesterday. Why do vacations have to end?)

Anyway, here's what I wore... with my helpful finger count in case you missed the bold large print caption ;)

Day One
Old Navy top, thrifted shorts & bracelet, Target sandals

Day Two
Target tee, Dress Barn skirt, Ross sandals, The Sak purse

Day Three
Clothes swap Maurice's tee, old jeans made into shorts, Target flip flops, The Sak purse 

Day Four
Target cover up, Vogue sunglasses

Kmart swimsuit

Day Five
Old Navy tee, clothes swap Banana Republic skirt, Ross sandals, gifted bracelet

Thanks for visiting!
pleated poppy

Checking In...


It's been rough, but we are surviving Sunriver ;)

Be back soon...ish.



Late night blogging from Sunriver (land of most excellent vacations) so I'm gonna keep this short!

Rockin' my third day hair while driving kids (and dogs) around. I'm the queen of the summer messy bun!

Summer nights are the best for meeting friends at the track to walk/run/ok mostly walk.
Currently at 28 miles this month.

I'm a sucker for anything with the words BBQ and PULLED and these little sliders from C'est La Vie were as delicious as they look. 

Family game night! Made even better by peanut butter and chocolate chip crescent rolls warm from the oven.

New braces! Looking happy because the pain hasn't hit yet!

My Mom's Notes girls! Shay, Joni, Tricia, Amy, Cassi, and Kourtney. Missing Jana & Cristy (and myself).
Between the 9 of us we have 26 kids, and one on the way! We meet once a month and it's my favorite.

Vacation hoy! We hit the road today with these three cuties in the back seat.

Russell and I pounded coffee in solidarity before taking off... four hours in a car with three kids? We can do this!

And we made it just fine :) Happy weekend!