The Happyish Homestead

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Some Parts of Summer Are Awesome:

Like tomatoes

and sun

and outdoor eating

and long days

and the 4th of July

and popsicles

and garage sales.

And other parts, like the next fifteen days being forecasted for 100+ degrees

with six beautiful children at home, four of which don’t nap,

with no air conditioning

and no pool are pretty awful.

Oh, and the house being in a constant, I mean constant, state of dishevelment.

And I don’t mean dishevelment said with a charming British accent talking about a cute boys’ hair style way.

I mean dishevelment in a haggard, tired, pool of sweat talking about damage after a tornado type of way.




Libby outside while I hang the laundry.






Oh, this is our neighbor’s INDOOR pool.

Seriously, right now it’s the best thing about our house.

And it’s not even our house.

It’s just BY our house.

And there is no sunblock application involved.

Anyone else out there so tired of applying sunblock?  Not that I love the idea of skin cancer caused by parental neglect...but…you know….putting sunblock on a handful of children before any outing ever gets a little tiresome…








Oh, and we have screech owls.  I think about four or five.

They’re kind of impressive.

And loud.

But they eat rats…

so there’s that.








And my outside 4th of July d├ęcor.


Which as I’m looking at these pictures seems kinda pitiful, but I was pretty proud of myself at the time.






Hope summer is treating you great.

Stand in front of the fan for me!


Monday, June 22, 2015

My Actual Kids, My Actual House, My Actual Stuff…

Photographed with a really nice camera used by a really nice, competent girl.

Thanks Krystal!

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Some Days,

I can’t get my junk together.

And it totally feels like I have six kids.

On days like that,

Adeline wants to make pancakes for breakfast, from scratch,
it’s crazy hair day and the talent show – which of course all three girls are participating in
and I receive two phone calls from Elizabeth at school listing six different things she has forgotten at home and could I please drop them off?

as soon as Libby goes down for a nap, Bennett wakes up,

Spencer’s volume control is especially lacking,

Meg’s bus is ten minutes late

and I’m fifteen minutes late for the doctor’s appointment because of course Bennett has pink eye.

Other days, I’m rocking my life and can get six loads of laundry done, dinner made and a nap in for myself.

Which totally happened one day last week.

And we celebrated National Hamburger Day with grilled patties and homemade onion rings.

I realize the chances of getting everyone to look at the camera at the same time have decreased exponentially with each addition to the family.

As is evidence in these pictures where has everyone looking at me.

{Lest you think we forgot about Libby, she’s on the grass next to Bryce, but fortunately, I may have managed to take enough pictures to document her early days in the family.}

By the end of the pictures I was like: for the love of all that is holy just look at me!  And then said some swear words inside my head.

These pictures are best appreciated if scrolled through quickly, like a homemade flip book...

The irony of this picture is Spencer is yelling at Elizabeth to look at the camera…


And Libby on her blessing day.

She’s one of my earliest ‘smilers’, tender mercy.

And a Bennett in a bucket.

Happy June!


P.S. My friend came over to take pictures of Libby.

She’s working on editing the other ones and I’m excited to see how they came out.

I’m taking some credit because the subject and props are all mine…that’s 90% of the work anyway, right?