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Hannah Carpenter  Takes pictures and puts them on Instagram. Also makes these 👉🏻@little_biscuits_notepads

Never enough weekend.

When I had Silas, twelve years ago today, I was single, living with my parents, and completely terrified. Even with unyielding support from friends and family and a college degree, I had no idea what I was doing or what our future would look like. There were some difficult days, weeks, months, years, some heartache, uncertainty, and sadness. But that little face, I would have done anything for him. And I will do anything for them—this beautiful present I could never have imagined being his future.❤️ Happy Birthday to my sweet boy, and good friend, Silas.

From 8-3 it’s now just Tom and me. So far it’s kind of like when Heath and I go to dinner without the kids: The first 30 minutes or so are spent twiddling our thumbs, trying to recall how to normally interact one-on-one. And even though we like each other, a couple hours in, the mood is pretty much this. 😜

The public school got two new (and extra special) students this week. I’ve always homeschooled Silas and Enid, simply because I wanted to spend more time with them than traditional school would allow. We’ve spent so much time together over the years, I know their little personalities inside and out (for better or worse). But this semester we were needing something new, all of us. They were eager to experience school, and I was eager to experience less school (it’s just not my favorite), but let me tell ya, I sure do miss their little personalities throughout the day, and I’m both mourning and rejoicing. Yesterday I was so happy to not think about fractions I could have cried. Today I’m so sad to not think about fractions I actually cried. But I’m good. And they’re good. And it’ll be 3pm in 46 minutes.

That thing I thought would surely never really happen cause it seemed forever away is sure enough happening. They’re growing up.
I just hope that other thing I thought would surely never really happen (them hating me) doesn’t also sure enough happen.🤞🏻

#PopsiclePartner He’s perfected his form so as not to miss a single drip.🙌🏻 We’ve gone through box after box of new @Popsicle Real Fruit Pops this summer, so he’s had his fair share of practice. Made with just 5 simple ingredients and real fruit -- I can't say I blame him. #RealSummerFun #PopsicleTime

Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house they go on Tuesdays. 🎉 As I’ve mentioned a few times along the way, I have a love/hate relationship with homeschooling. It’s far from perfect and, just like every other form of education, has its pitfalls, one of them being (in my opinion) the need for and lack of time away from each other. It’s necessary my kids get out of the house for a change of scenery. And it’s good for them to get away from ME, cause I’m not always a peach. The minute the grandmothers and grandfathers in our lives tire of helping us throughout the week is the very minute I throw in the homeschool towel. Grandparents, you are WONDERFUL! 🙌🏻 Also, a big shout-out to all the teachers out there who are teaching and loving kids that aren’t their own for 7+ hours a day. I don’t know how you do it, and you certainly don’t get enough credit or pay for what you do! Like nowhere near enough. You are also WONDERFUL! 🙌🏻

Reminding myself this Monday morning with all the laundry washing and folding, food buying and fixing, house cleaning and recleaning, sibling relationship refereeing, marriage relationship maintaining, work deadlines accumulating, bank account overdrawing—that these years of my kids being under one roof, fighting and crying and challenging me and laughing and loving and forgiving me—this is the good stuff. And I’ll be sad when it’s over.❤️ (But it is hard as HE🏒🏒)

Over the next month or so this room is going to undergo major transformation, this lovely @interiordefine sectional being the inspiration. It’s the only thing that will remain in the space, and the mastermind behind it all is the marvelous @metacoleman_ ! I have long admired Meta’s taste and interior sensibilities and am beside myself to have her involved!! Can’t wait to share the process and progress along the way! Color. There will be lots of color 🙌🏻

#PopsiclePartner It ain’t over til it’s over! Enjoying every last second of summer with new @Popsicle Fruit Pops. (Gotta love these treats with real fruit and just 5 simple ingredients.) #REALSummerFun #PopsicleTime

A coming-of-age story of a brother (11) and sister (9), who will only stand this close to one another to appease their loving (threatening) mother.

Today on our lunch date: Tom insisted on wearing a single sock to protect a cut on his toe. Silas, who usually eats like a bird, devoured a double bacon cheeseburger the size of his face. And onion rings. And a peanut butter cookie. Enid, who usually eats like a man, ordered a salad because she has decided to eat healthy for two weeks and then have one day when she splurges and eats whatever she wants. And Tristin was walking and sitting without bending her legs because she didn’t want to stretch out the knees of her jeans because she thinks baggy jean knees are uncomfortable.
These people. Each doing their own thing, all the time.

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