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KATIE FREY  Family & homeschool blogger πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’» Wisconsin proud πŸ§€ Venerate the housewife πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§ Oxford comma user πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ« Fueled by 70s rock & grunge music. 🎢


Today is beautiful fall day without a cloud in the sky. Eerily much like that fateful day 16 years ago. It makes me uneasy as well as reminds me to cherish every day. #NeverForget πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

This is how Lilly and I help paint. πŸ˜‰ Our family had a fun and productive weekend at home. We painted Harley's room, did some yard work, and changed the oil. I love it when our whole family is together. We seem to fire on all cylinders and be in a really good place. It's motivates me to work harder so my husband can stay home full time! Back to the grind tomorrow πŸ’ͺ🏼

Our cat who thinks he is a dog has fleas πŸ™„ so I am washing all the bedding in the house. I was a bit annoyed at my 6 am Walmart run to get frontline, gathering all laundry that needed to be washed, and my horribly itchy eyes due to the high pollen count. This little guy on my laundry line made me pause. This annoyance may seem like a big deal but it's just a small problem in a giant world. As I vacuumed every room, I was thankful that I had a home to care for. As I washed all the bedding, I was thankful we have many blankets to keep us warm. And I am thankful for the family that makes our house a home. We have much, much more than many in the world. As Roseanne Conner once said,"And for them I am truly thankful. But I trade any one of them for a dishwasher." πŸ˜‰β€οΈπŸ™‚

Today my oldest baby turned 9 years old. NINE!! We have had her for nine whole years and in nine more we have to push her out of the nest. She is growing into such an awesome and responsible young lady and I look forward to the years to come!! I'm sure I will regret saying that at some point πŸ˜‰

I'm a housewife. I spend my days cooking and yelling at children πŸ˜‰It always seems like there is laundry to do and library books to return. Over the years I have come to venerate the housewife. Click the link in my profile to read more!!

It's almost time to start school, and I'm starting to freak out a little πŸ™ˆ Even though we have a curriculum picked out that lays everything out for me. Even though I know my kids are MORE than ready to start again. When I start to feel that doubt creep in, I take a deep breath and remind myself to take things one day at a time. The girls don't need to learn everything in one day, slow and steady wins the race. 🐒Who else is ready/not ready for the school year to begin πŸ™‹πŸ»

A throwback to our first "family" photo πŸ™‚After buying our first home, we filled our house with dogs. It wasn't for lack of trying for children either πŸ˜‰ I have always loved dogs but we didn't have any growing up so naturally I got one as soon as I could when I moved out. First Maggie, then Tank, and then Butcher. Tank was the last dog to leave us almost 2 years ago. It took awhile, but we are starting to get the dog itch again. Then we remember fleas and snap out of it. Double tap if you think dogs make the best pets!! πŸ‘†πŸΌπŸ‘…πŸΆ

Saturday makes 13 years since my father-in-law died. I have learned a lot about life and death in that time. I've learned that life can change in an instant, time heals shit, and your children are your legacy. My husband learned so much from his dad, and he is passing that down to our kids. So in a way, his dad is always with us. My father-in-law lived a life let me tell you. He may not be here with us but we see him all the time in our tinkerer and our artist. β€οΈπŸ–€β€οΈ

As a homeschooler, I could lie to you and say the only tv my kids watch are documentaries about bumblebees and sunflowers but I won't πŸ˜‰ My kids go through tv stages. One week it's princess movies. The next week it's dragons. Then the following week is some awful show that no one should ever watch πŸ™„ I do my best to not control what they watch but I do customize their tv watch lists. Mostly because they are old enough to watch some movies and shows in regular selection on Netflix, but they aren't old enough to watch others. What's your kids favorite tv show? What show do you just hate? Drop me a comment below! πŸ‘‡πŸ»πŸ“ΊπŸ‘§πŸ»

Sometimes a weekend away is exactly what you need. I have been super stressed out the past week trying to figure out how I am going to balance the upcoming school year, blogging, household chores, and just being a mom. I stressed myself out so much, I had a stiff neck and I was barely able to function for a couple of days last week. So the next time you think anyone has everything all together, they mostly likely don't. Everyone has their own stressors they are battling from day-to-day. But spending the weekend away with my best friends in the whole world, just enjoying their company and the great outdoors, it was the best therapy I could ask for!

Throwback time! 5 years ago, almost to the day, our little "brother" Jesse got married. My husband Jason was his best man, and Harley got to be a flower girl πŸ™‚ He isn't our brother by blood, but family often isn't. My husband has known Jesse since he was around 6 years old old. Jesse's parents were my husbands karate instructors when he was a teenager. When I was in college, we reconnected with them and we have been close friends ever since. We even lived with them for awhile which were some really fun times! I didn't really make friends in college, but that's ok because I gained another family β€οΈπŸ–€β€οΈ

πŸ“šOne of my goals this year was to read a book I previously started but didn't finish. Damned by Chuck Palahniuk tells the story of 13 year-old Madison Spencer who finds herself in Hell after an overdose of marijuana. But is that really the reason? The author described the novel as "if The Shawshank Redemption had a baby by The Lovely Bones and it was raised by Judy Blume." And "it's kind of like The Breakfast Club set in Hell." This second time reading it, I haven't been able to put it down. Palahnuik's version of Hell is disgusting, hilarious, and shocking all at the same time. What have you been reading? Let me know in the comments! πŸ‘‡πŸ»πŸ“–πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ«

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