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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. 🎢

We aren’t total unschoolers but I do like the girls to have afternoons to explore and do what they wish. Most of the time it involves a screen. Just keeping it real. But today they are making trinkets in their little shop and it makes my heart happy πŸ–€πŸ–€

Iris the shed hunter! Last winter we left some antlers in the backyard for the squirrels. Iris was pretty proud of her find πŸ™‚

Oh my heart ❀️❀️ #TBT 6 year old Harley wrenching away on our Jeep. I remember everything about this outfit. From the shoes to the sweatshirt to the Frozen dress. I remember thinking she was such a big kid. Now she is 9 and I realize she was still so itty bitty back then. It’s true what they say β€œthe days are long but the years are short.”

2018 means I should start posting again right πŸ˜‰ I’ve taken a little Instagram break for a few months. Sometimes life just gets the better of you πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ But we did have a great end to 2017. 1️⃣ New family photos from @genophotographystudio which I am just in love with. 2️⃣ Started our new school year with a new curriculum. I will link in my profile how it has been going πŸ™‚ 3️⃣ New family photos means new cousin photos!! The two little girls and two little boys I love most in the whole world in one picture ❀️ 4️⃣ We had 2 My Little Ponies for Halloween 5️⃣ We hosted our families Christmas this year which was such a fun time. My sister got this great picture πŸ˜‚ 6️⃣ And the biggest thing to happen in 2017 was we got a new puppy named Iris. She has been a handful but we can already tell she will be an awesome dog. And a beast. Here she is at 7 weeks . . . 7️⃣ And now at 12 weeks 😳 She is really smart and keeps us on our toes.
Just a quick pop-in to let you know I’m still here πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ‘‹πŸΌπŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»

Wedding day, 5 years, 10 years, and 15 years. High school sweethearts. Together 20 years, married 15, and 2 mini-me’s. I couldn’t ask for a better life. Dreams do come true ❀️❀️Happy anniversary to my sun and stars!!

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

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