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britneemichele (@britneemichele)

Blue-eyed baby!! I'm leaving on a weekend mini vacation to Dallas with my sister! First time being away from this beauty overnight since she was born! ๐Ÿ˜จ I'll miss them, but a relaxing weekend away is overdue!! CANNOT WAIT!! #lucymichele #blueeyes #babygirl #babyootd

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I know a little boy who is pretty excited this morning! His aunt @jess.l.rains and uncle @codyrains are whisking him away for a morning admiring some great big bones at the @museumofosteology! And I'm looking forward to some time with little Lucy (and three baskets of clean laundry ๐Ÿ˜). High five for fabulous family! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป if you have a kiddo like mine who wants to match mommy (or someone else) with a BFF bracelet, check out the new inventory @wildsunshine.threads ๐Ÿ’• #samuelscott #bff #bigbrother #toddlerfashion #hipandbrave

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Well, these two may have kept me up all night last night with their shenanigans, but it's pretty hard to stay mad at them. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’• #samandlulu

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This baby is quite the photogenic little ham. ๐Ÿ˜‚ She literally walks into little spaces like this, turns around, backs herself up, looks at me, and says "cheeeeeeeeese!" ๐Ÿ’• I seriously can't hardly handle it. I've always had to coax Sam to take a photo, but Lucy has never met a camera she didn't like. ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿคฃ {{PS this outfit from @littleluccalove though ๐Ÿ™Š use code LLLFRIENDS and mention Lucy at checkout to earn yourself a discount on this set, and all the other cute handmade outfits in her shop!}} #littleluccalove #charlotteswebtique #lucymichele #babylife #babygirl #babyootd #toddlerootd #toddlerlife #toddlerfashion #ornery

britneemichele (@britneemichele)

Kids are with the grandparents, so mommy and daddy are having a day date (splurge) at @tuckersonionburgersok. ๐Ÿ‘… At least we shared... ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ After lunch, we are off to shop for our boy's third birthday party. ๐Ÿ˜ญโค๏ธ #dateyourspouse

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Ready for church this morning!! {{more like ready to give the nursery staff a run for their money ๐Ÿ˜}}. #samandlulu

britneemichele (@britneemichele)

Waiting for daddy and brother to have some lunch @mcalistersdeli this afternoon! ๐Ÿฅ—๐ŸŒฏ๐Ÿฅ™๐Ÿ‘… #lucymichele #babygirl #dotdotsmile #donuts #babystyle #babyootd

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We spent a fun evening in the sunshine splashing at @lmparry's neighborhood pool (which is ๐Ÿ’ฏ), and enjoying some delicious grilled pork and vegetables. Lucy floated around and ate pink popsicles. Sam jumped in the pool and went all the way under for the first time, and finished three corn cobs (or "roastin' ears" in his great granddad's vernacular) with his dinner. I'd say, this was one for the books. ๐ŸŒฝ ๐ŸŠ โ˜€๏ธ โค๏ธ #samandlulu #simplysummer #momlife #toddlerlife #poolside #seeksimplicity

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A snow cone break is mandatory when it's 95 degrees on a playground date. Even if it does require a complete wardrobe change and an entire pack of wet wipes afterward. โค๏ธ #samuelscott #bigbrother #toddlerlife

britneemichele (@britneemichele)

Dropping my tiniest love off for a play date with @melisajhildebrand this morning so I can spend some solo time at the playground with my big boy! So so so eternally grateful to have such wonderful family so nearby! โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Now, here's hoping Samuel and I don't burn up with this heat. ๐Ÿ˜“๐Ÿ”ฅ #lucymichele #hellocedarco #hellocedar #babygirl #babystyle #babylife #babyootd #toddlerstyle #toddlerfashion

britneemichele (@britneemichele)

So, I somehow missed the memo that my man Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the music for Moana... little late to the party, much? But, that definitely explains my certifiable obsession with the soundtrack. It especially moves me now that I have a sweet but headstrong little girl of my own. I've been singing her one of my favorite snippets over and over (usually through tears because I'm an #emotionalgirl). ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’• You are your father's daughter. Stubbornness and pride. Mind what he says, but remember, you may hear a voice inside. And if that voice starts to whisper to follow the farthest star - Lucy, that voice inside is who you are.
#lucymichele #moana #whereyouare #babygirl

britneemichele (@britneemichele)

Cow masks. ๐Ÿฎ One of those ideas that seems like it's going to be really fun and simple and cute, and then an hour and a half and 14 hot glue gun burns in, you're cursing yourself. But, at least this one will get us some free chicken!! Happy cow appreciation day at @chickfila!! โค๏ธ #samandlulu #chickfila #cowappreciationday

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Just a girl waiting for a table at @bwwings before church tonight. ๐Ÿ˜ Make sure you make it to a @life.church campus before this At the Movies series is over! It's a huge hit with the kiddos! #lucymichele #babylife #babyootd

britneemichele (@britneemichele)

This weekend is one of those weekends where we sleep in a little later. We make ourselves two cups of coffee. We load up the little family for some good old grocery shopping, followed by lunch out together at our favorite deli. We take longer naps. We look at each other in the eyes when we speak, and we really listen, and laugh, and hug, even cry, especially if youโ€™re under the age of three. We put on our Sunday best and go to church together. We catch up on laundry. We make messes. We listen to music on the record player, and we finally hang those frames up on the wall. Call me a homebody or a hermit, but these are the moments that fulfill me most.ย 
There is a dormant, but present, vacancy in my heart that always gets refilled when we share these simple family days in one anotherโ€™s presence. And over the course of time, I have decided to fight for more of them. Early this year, I noticed how frequently I was using the phrase, โ€œWhen everything slows down a little bit, maybe we canย xyzโ€ฆ.โ€ You fill in the blank. Deep clean the refrigerator. Teach Sam to write his name. Book a weekend getaway. Read all those books. Try that marriage devotional we talked aboutโ€ฆ. But I came to realize that, at least for the foreseeable future, things were not about to โ€œslow down a little bitโ€. At least not without some blatant intentionality on my part.ย 
So, it has become a passion for me to pursue margin and quality time with these people who live with me. If that means declining a few fun social events, so be it. If it means opting out of a volunteer opportunity for the time being, okay. If it means saying no, even when the only excuse I have is, โ€œwell, I really feel like organizing the bookshelf in my bedroom and finally trying out that country potato soup recipe that I have been hankering for,โ€ then I will do it. And I will do it unapologetically, and without self-inflicted guilt or shame. Because this fleeting phase with my young family is going to pass too quickly no matter how we choose to spend it, why not force in some slow, simple, lazy days while we are all still under the same roof. So, who wants to join me on this quest for the mundane? ;)

britneemichele (@britneemichele)

400 loads of laundry to finish this weekend got me liiikeeeeeee....

britneemichele (@britneemichele)

Now sweet baby you fly; go and light up the sky, for from this darkness you will shine bright.
Remembering Sloan Valor DeRosier
12/4/16-7/3/17
Forever our little warrior ๐Ÿ’ž
#letyourlightshineSVD

britneemichele (@britneemichele)

It was the first time we ever let this little guy stay up long enough to watch the big fireworks this year. While we were lying on a quilt in the back of my granddad's flatbed pickup, dark skies, lightning bugs flitting around, waiting for the show to begin, we would occasionally hear someone else pop off a random firework. Sam would jump up and ask, "Are they starting the fireworks now?!?" When we told him no, not yet, he would exasperatedly say, "Awww dang it!!! COMMEE ONNNNN!" ๐Ÿ˜‚ He repeated that several times, and had everyone laughing. It's so magical to experience these things through the eyes of your children. Truly. {{Oh, and Lucy stayed up for the fireworks too, beacuuuuuuse #secondkid}} ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’ฅ #samuelscott #hipandbrave #wildsunshinethreads #toddlerfashion #fourthofjuly #america #usa

britneemichele (@britneemichele)

Well, that's as good as it got for our little brood this Fourth of July. We were too busy eating ice cream, failing at foot races, spinning on merry go rounds, and watching fireworks with sleepy eyes to pose for pictures. We didn't make it home with a blue ribbon, but we did get a red one. Our hard-sought turtle named (by Samuel) "Acorn" won second place in the turtle race tournament. There were 55 turtles at this small town shindig, so that became quite a highlight for us! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday, and laid down for bed just as happily exhausted as we will.... when we finally get home. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโค๏ธ #fourthofjuly #happyfourth #samandlulu #oldnavy #usa #america #merica #murica

britneemichele (@britneemichele)

On our way through a small town, heading to Sam's great grandma and grandpa's house, we stopped at a little fireworks stand to see if we could find anything of interest. The Lord must have been shining down on us with His immense favor when I asked, "Do you have any kind of a truck?" and the cute little high school girl behind the stand turned around, grabbed this work of art, and said, "Well, we have a big rig." ๐Ÿ˜ฆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป YESSSS!! Never has a more perfect firework for my little road hog ever been manufactured. You better believe we raced out before the thunderstorm and fired this bad boy off immediately! (....and you also better believe that it scared the daylights out of both babies). ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโค๏ธ #samuelscott #fourthofjuly #independenceday #america #usa #merica #murica #bigbrother
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