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Things I want to remember (daily life round-up)

Happy Friday friends!  Slow blogging week I know!  I have been making major decorating/organizing progress around here that hasn’t left me with much computer time.  Hopefully next week I’ll have time to share more.  I’ve been checking things off my list!  You all know how much I love that feeling.  :)

It’s been a while since I’ve done a quick round-up of some of my every day pics from my iPhone so I thought I’d share a few today.  If you follow me on Instagram (erin_sunnysideup) you’ve seen a few of these already.  These day to day snapshots are always my favorite because when I’m old and gray it’s the little every day things I want to remember.
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Every morning I wake up and stumble into the kitchen and sunlight is pouring through these windows in my nook.  It always makes me smile and I tell myself that “today is going to be a great day.”  My little morning pep talk to myself before I wake the kids up and the crazy begins!

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My girls with their favorite mascot after “walk to school” day.
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In the Fall when everyone is cooling off and warming up by the fire I’m always a little bummed about our warm weather, but when February rolls around, San Diego is a pretty great place to be.
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Hanging with my dad in our yard.  He helps me access our trees/plants since I pretend to know what I’m doing but really have no clue.  Not my favorite picture of me, but I love it because of who I’m standing with.
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Recent fun finds for my office from Home Goods!  I’m a sucker for any decor/furniture with a wood/metal combo and if it helps me stay organized too?  That much sweeter.  :)
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Family outing – typical on our weekends.  Notice my red face.  We used to be able to jog at a nice pace to keep up with the girls on their bikes, but they are getting older and stronger so our lovely low key jog has turned into a crazy fast sprint.  If they get any faster I’m out.  Dad will have to run while Kole and I take it down a notch!
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I brought in this load from Costco the other day and had to snap a picture before I put everything away.  It made me smile.  How did we all the sudden start needing BULK in everything!?  Seems like yesterday I was buying a carton of milk for just me and my husband and half the time it would go bad because we didn’t use it all.  Now I can’t keep our house stocked fast enough.  Life with three kids.  Notice the large red jar of extra strength tylenol on the top of the pile.  Like I said – life with three kids.  :)
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Kole in the hot tub with the ladies.  Such a stud.
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Somewhere in the mist of our January play madness my oldest turned 11!  Can’t believe it.
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This girl is all heart and is growing up to be such a beautiful, loving, talented girl.  This pic was taken right after she sang a solo in her 5th grade music program which is why her mom is wearing sunglasses to cover the red eyes.  We just couldn’t be more proud of all she is becoming.  She has told me before that she’s special because she made me a mom.  El – you are special to me for more reasons than I could ever count.  I thank God everyday for giving me the privilege of being your mom.  It means more to me than you’ll ever know.  Plus you make “pre-teen” look pretty good.  Let’s continue this amazingness into the teen years just like you promised.  :)  
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Of course a few days after Ellie’s birthday we just HAD to celebrate her favorite Panda’s birthday.  “Softie” is a beloved member of this family as well so it seemed only fitting.  Brownies for everyone.
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My husband travels for work from time to time and on his last trip he sent me a text at night saying he missed me and sorry I was home alone.  I sent him the pic above and told him “oh I’m not alone…”  :)  Yes – sad to admit that Edward and Jacob still keep me company from time to time.  I rotate between the Twilight series and Fixer Upper when Kenny’s out of town.  Not proud to admit that, but I believe in honesty and full disclosure.   And apparently in vampires as well.
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Last weekend was one of the rare times I got to travel with my husband!  His firm’s annual partner retreat was a perfect excuse to sneak in some much needed couple time.  We were only 45 minutes away but with no kids in a gorgeous hotel and our own agenda it felt like we were on the other side of the world.  I slept in until 9:45 the first morning!  I about died when I looked at the clock.  I haven’t slept past 6:30 a.m. for 11 years!  It was a blissful three days that ended much too soon.  Apparently the kids felt the same way.  They weren’t all that excited to see us come home after non stop partying with their grandparents.  :)
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Snapped this just the other day.  Kindergarten prep.  :)  Nothing beats catching moments like this one.
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Out my window on Monday afternoon.  We finally got some much needed rain and I had such a cozy day.  Cleaned my house with music on and a candle burning.  All shutters were open so I could watch the rain fall into our pool.  Not much on our agenda.  Love days like this one.  Life is good.  :)

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

xoxo, Erin
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25 thoughts on “Things I want to remember (daily life round-up)

  1. My oldest daughter turned 11 in January too! (On the 14th) It’s amazing how time flies.
    You have a beautiful family and a lovely home. :)
    Mary Beth

    1. They are getting too big too fast! Time is flying by and some days I want to just freeze my kids right where they are. Thank you Mary Beth! Enjoy your weekend! xo

  2. Erin,
    I love the rug in your kitchen nook! And I want you to know that you are NOT alone on the twilight series!
    There have been many trips that my husband took that I watched the whole series over again ~ or read the books again. SO thanks for saying it! LOVE it!

  3. Thanks for sharing, Erin! These photos make me seriously consider moving someplace warmer- so jealous of your beautiful weather! They also make me seriously consider having a 3rd baby! ;0) I’m 50/50 right now… We’ll see!

    1. Ohh.. that’s a touch decision! I will say that three definitely makes it a party. A bit more of a chaotic party, but a party nonetheless. ;) xo

  4. I stumbled upon your blog when looking up decor tips with bowls. I can’t believe you like Twilight & Fixer Upper! I love them both too!! I even recently traveled to Magnolia Market in Waco. Love your designs & style.

    1. Thank you Debi! So glad you found me. :) I bet that trip to Magnolia Market was too fun. Would love to do that someday! Thank you! xo

  5. Thank you for sharing a bit of your every day life. You are blessed with a beautiful family. Your love for them shines brightly. I know you are, but have to say, keep enjoying all the little things! Have a lovely weekend!

  6. Love all of the pictures! Family life is soooo good. Great picture of you and your Dad-you can see a lot of love in that picture. I’d probably frame that one. Too funny about the kids being faster on the bikes. How sweet of your husband to text that to you; I always love the little things that a husband does to show he cares. As for Costco, it’s amazing all of the things we can buy in bulk. I remember reading an article on luxury homes years ago and they said one of the must have items for was the “Costco Room” as it was called, for all of the bulk purchases! Love the light in your breakfast room. I feel the same way when I walk into my kitchen. Even though there isn’t a window in there, it makes me happy every time I walk in there. When I moved in, they had this dreary dark taupe paint color that was soooo depressing. I changed the color right away and had everything painted that color and it’s so cheery now. It’s funny how the little things set the tone for our days. Congrats on the 11th birthday! Time flies!

  7. I love those grey skies – my favourites are rainy days when I get to potter inside the house. Today wasn’t rainy but it was a teensy bit chilly (South Africa has just entered autumn) and I organised pantry cupboards, laundry area and decluttered 7 pairs of shoes!!!)

  8. Great update and fun to see the real life pictures! Looks so beautiful there! Warmup in Nebraska this week so hoping to see some grass turn green on of these days!

  9. Hahahaha- my husband is a firefighter so he’s gone every 3rd day and I JUST watched Twilight the other day (Breaking Dawn last week!) …maybe The Notebook is also in the rotation ;) Hilarious :)

  10. I recently found your blog, and I have to say that I love reading your updates. I admit I have a little bit of jealousy – your house in San Diego is so perfect. I know no one has a perfect life, but yours is pretty close to what I am striving for. You are soo lucky to live in San Diego. I live in Canada and our goal is to move somewhere warm… it isn’t as easy as packing up and moving, unfortunately. Keep the posts coming, I really like your photos especially :)

    1. Thank you Meadow! So sweet of you to say. Very grateful for all I have for sure, but like you said – no one has a perfect life. Definitely know that mine isn’t perfect! Thanks for your sweet comment! So glad you are enjoying my blog. xo

  11. Glad I’m not the only one who still loves Twilight! I was just thinking I haven’t watched it in awhile. Guess I know what I’m doing next time Ryan has to be gone! I just can’t believe fast the kids are growing. I’m sad that El is 11 and Pierce is going to turn 12 this summer! Ah! Not ready! I think about when we went to Disneyland together and how cute and little they were, Pierce with his missing front tooth on that trip. I miss that.

    1. Ha! I thought of you when I posted that Twilight picture! :) I know. So crazy how big they are getting! I miss how little they were too. That trip with you guys here was so much fun. We’ll never forget it!

  12. Great pictures! Your morning view is gorgeous. San Diego sounds like a beautiful place to live!
    I did laugh at your Costco haul and the Tylenol. Yep. 4 kids. Same haul!
    Enjoy the rest of your week!

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