she’s a coat lady.

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it would make more sense for me to collect tiny jewelry trinkets or special postcards. even shoes –while a bit larger in scale than a necklace or postcard, appear to be a better option than what i’ve accidentally started collecting over the last several years. but alas, i am a coat lady. and i hold the title with pride....

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three boys in blue suits.

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so my older three kids are all ages where they like to pick out their clothing and dress themselves. if i’m being honest with you, most of the time i don’t love what they are wearing – i mean, bright yellow knee high tube socks all summer long, sweet samson boy?! okay fiiiiine… if that is your thing, i will bite my tongue and order a few more pairs so we can properly circulate them each day and not wear the same dirty pair each morning....

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apple picking outside the city!

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the kids have a few days off school this week and so for a while we tossed around the idea to leave town and do a bigger trip since we don’t really get another break in the calendar until the holidays. but we’re also in the midst of working on a big project (which i can’t wait to share more details on soon!...

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never leave home without…

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over the years as my family has grown in size, i’ve tried to find ways to minimize the amount of things i have to haul everywhere despite often having a lot of kids of different ages with me. i’m out for several hours on end at times running errands or hopping playgrounds with the kids, so while i like to be prepared, if i can get away with only bringing with me the absolute necessities, the day feels a whole lot more manageable as i can focus more on my babies and kiddos and less on all the stuff i also need to keep track of....

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favorite children’s books, for all ages!

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today i have compiled some of our favorite children’s books for all ages – from board books for babies to chapter books fitting for eleanor’s age group! these are some of the books that we have gravitated towards over and over again with each little one over the years and also the ones my kids want to read again and again....

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