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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. 🎢

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These girls never hold hands. I mean NEVER! Their hands physically repeal from each other if I try to bring them together. But when your little sister breaks her Minnie Mouse cup that was a present for her birthday, you hold her hand to try and make her feel better. My girls aren't super affection towards one another but they always have each other's backs. You mess with one, you face the wrath of the other. I hope that never changes. Double tap for sisterhood!! β€οΈπŸ‘―β€β™‚οΈβ€οΈ

The Ersatz Elevator is book number six about the Baudelaire orphans. I am so glad that Tim Curry narrates most of the "Series of Unfortunate Events" books by Lemony Snicket. I love these books as much as my kids. In this book, the children are sent to live with the wealthy EsmΓ© and Jerome Squalor. They know Count Olaf is lurking around somewhere but will they find him before it is too late for their friends the Quagmires? What is your favorite book to read with your kids? πŸ“šπŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§πŸ“–

Have you ever just stopped and enjoyed a moment with your kids? Being totally present in the moment with no distractions. Finding the time to embrace joy in the margins of our lives. I have one child who is really zen, while the other is definitely not! Check out the latest blog post for how we used the zen-ness of our youngest daughter to help her with her household chores. The link in is my profile!

Being financial free is so much more than just money and numbers. It's about having control of your life and your situations. Surprises happy in life and having a plan in place makes life less stressful and worrisome. Having emergency funds, life insurance, and retirement accounts allow you to account for the what-ifs in life. Double tap for financial freedom! πŸ¦πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ’΅

My girls had an amazing time at Midwest Fire fest this weekend. They each got to make their own s-hook and we have 2 budding blacksmiths on our hands. As well as a baker, lifeguard, nanny, and chef. I always laugh when I ask about being a mom because they say "no, that's too much work" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ My only hope is that whatever they decide to do as an occupation, is that I makes them happy. What do your kids want to be when they grow up? Drop a comment below πŸ‘‡πŸ»πŸ‘§πŸ»πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³

My name is Katie and I'm OBSESSED with British tv at the moment πŸ™ˆ I'm all caught up on Broadchurch which took like a week. I'm almost done with Hinterland and starting The Crown. Someone needs to stop before I get no reading done this summer. What Bristish tv shows are your faves? Drop a comment below! πŸ‘‡πŸ»πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ“Ί

Our family is finally starting to come out of a 4 day sickness haze. Harley's low grade fever finally broke yesterday. What a crummy time of year to be sick!! We have been very blessed that in the 8+ years of parenthood we have only had to take the kids into the doctor twice when they were really sick. I know so many families are not so lucky. I constantly count my blessings that we have healthy kids, clean water to drink, and plenty of food to eat. I am grateful for so many things in my life. Comment below on what you are most grateful for!

Having tattoos sparks a lot of conversations. Even with your kids. This weekend they were asking about our Japanese symbol tattoos and my ambigram tattoo from the book "Angels and Demons." This lead to a couple hour conversation about song lyrics, artists, the vetruvian man, and Leonardo Di Vinci. Good thing we had a few art books for them to explore!!

After forty years in the same house, my parents are starting the process of packing up and moving away. It's a strange feeling knowing your childhood home isn't going to be "home" anymore. I'm excited for my parents to move on to the next stage of their retirement but I'm also sad. So many memories in that house: Christmases, birthdays, and times with my girls and their grandparents. But as Thomas Wolfe once said, "You can't go home again" so it's time for new memories and new adventures. Double tap for all those awesome childhood memories πŸ‘§πŸ»πŸŽ„πŸ€ And also, MY BABIES!! Where does the time go πŸ˜‰

Oh my. Fireworks at Disney are one of my favorite things on earth! Nobody does it quite like Disney. The highlight of our family road trip last February was Disney World, by far! But traveling from Wisconsin to Florida didn't come without its challenges. Click on the link in my profile to learn about our travel challenges! πŸŽ†πŸ°πŸ˜

This is Maryann! She is affectionately known as Harley by her parents. She is almost 9 years old and every bit an eldest child. She is responsible, takes charge, and is always taken aback when her younger sister doesn't do exactly as she says πŸ˜‰ As we enter the adolescent years with our oldest, I worry about staying sane in the years ahead. Instead, I know I should focus on all the good qualities of having a head-strong, stubborn, and schedule driven little girl. She may balk at certain tasks but she works hard, plays hard, and never has a mean word to say about anyone. Where are my fellow girl moms?! πŸ™‹πŸ»πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§

Can you tell someone got braces in June?? Although our family doesn't use credit cards, we did use a line of credit to pay for our daughter's braces. My husband and I discussed the decision a lot and we felt Care Credit was our best choice for her treatment that isn't covered by insurance. We opted for preventative treatment now, rather than crooked teeth down the road. Rather than get upset at this bump in the road, we simply adjust our budget and our snowball amount to cover all our debts. I keep telling myself: "Lilly's teeth are fine. We only need one set of braces πŸ™ˆ" It's the little things that keep you sane πŸ˜‰

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