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We took a quick trip down to the farm this weekend


It was so hot! I have to say I am starting to long for boots and sweaters and soup and pumpkins and fires and all things Fall


But I do love Summer so I am not wishing away this time. Winter will be here before we know it and I it will be cold. Boo.


Austin’s girlfriend came with us. She is so stinking cute.


And Hud. This dog. The fave of the family by far. He has so much “swagger” according to the boys.


So as much as I have loved having all the kids around I am enjoying the back to school routine and having time to grow my businesses and not be on such a crazy time crunch all the time. I am doing more freelance photography and just trying to grow myself in a way I haven’t done in 18 years.

It’s a good thing.


Love him. ๐Ÿ™‚


Austin had an overnight in Ashland, Ohio this weekend so Andy and I got up early today to head out there.


We didn’t tell him we were coming.


The texts from the coach last night were so funny- be downstairs at 6 for movie, tape going on doors at 10. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have no idea what tape on doors means, the lacrosse team does not do that.


So I took some candids before he knew we were there

Austin is a kid who would never ask us to make an hour plus trek to his meet



Which makes showing up all that more fun



I felt sorry for these boys but they seemed to be doing ok


Austin’s team has been doing well. 1st in the state so far.


It’s hard having a Senior and knowing this is the last time for all this.

Soaking up every minute.

Around 470


Kindergarten wears her out. This was Monday after school


I have been checking out some new places to do some photo shoots around town

I love this park on a historic farm



And this little gem tucked away


This dog would stay outside 24 hours if we would let him. And if someone would stay out and play with him-


But it’s hot so no one is willing to play.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday Morning

The little kids were dragging a bit this morning after their first week of school. I think we all kinda were. Could have used one more day.

Today I am rounding up and printing some pics from 2011. It’s a random year but it’s one that I had done a lot with Project Life and I realized that I wanted to fill in the gaps and get that year knocked out.

Because my kids don’t look like this anymore


And because I want to remember.

Before I forget.

Happy Monday.

Week in the life

I decided to follow along with the week in the life with Ali Edwards (at the last minute). I’m glad I did. It was fun to get down random bits and pieces of our life over the course of the week. I knew I wouldn’t be able to blog everyday so I am doing it all in one post!

I used my iPhone mostly but I tried to pick up my big camera about midway through. I also started on Monday instead of Sunday.

Here we go.


A lot of my mornings start on the trail

Ok so I decided to jump in after seeing the fun @funnelcloudrach is having with this week in the life.  Plus this is a going to be a big week at 470.  So I'm joining @aliedwards for this challenge.  8/17/15  8:30am where I start most of my days.  Feel so

It’s my place to go and think and plan and de-stress. I am thankful it is so close to my house.

School had not started yet so this dude was still sleeping late. This was noonish bagel run in the Jeep, soaking up some sun and listening to some Foo Fighters

A bagel run since he just got up.  Soaking up the sun in the Jeep listening to some Foo Fighters.  8/17/15 12:30 #weekinthelife

I had some library books that I had reserved so I picked them up. I am doing a reading challenge on Good Reads. Are you on there? If so find me!

The books I reserved are in. :) I love the library! 8/17/15 1:30pm.  #weekinthelife

Cole and I sat on the porch and watched it pour rain

Next thing you know it's a monsoon outside.  Cleaners are here, Austins at practice, Blake has friends in basement and this guy is fighting with his sister.  Well she's fighting with everyone... #weekinthelife 8/17/15  3:30pm.

Eva was having a meds free day so I could get her to eat. It was up and down.

Today we skipped the ADHD meds so she would eat- as much as I love how the meds help her the downside is she won't eat.  Not gonna lie- when we skip the meds the days can be a bit challenging.  So we are sending @akennemer to Kindergarten orientation whil

Later when her body calmed down she came to me for snuggles. That’s the fave part of my day ๐Ÿ™‚

My fave time of day.  When her body settles and she comes to me to snuggle. #weekinthelife  8/17/15  8pm


Last day of sleeping in for the kiddos and I am enjoying a quiet house before I hit the gym.  Also enjoying a big mug of coffee while reading up on the books put together for @heidiswapp son.  It is both extremely sad and incredibly heartwarming at the sa

The last day before school started. I was up while the kids slept, reading blogs drinking coffee. Loved this post on Becky Higgins blog about doing these books for Heidi Swapps son. So heartbreaking and so heartwarming at the same time. Depression is real. A reminder of why we take pictures, why we get stories down. It’s so important.

Hit the gym after that and then picked up Blake at Drivers Ed. I was 30 minutes late. Oops.

Next up grocery store for lunches. Cole tagged along to make sure I bought good (bad) stuff.

He doesn't trust what I will buy for school lunches so he is supervising  #weekinthelife 8/18/15  12:27pm

This dog…

He has been in time out 3 times today #weekinthelife

The girly was nervous about her first day of school. A long bath and snuggles from Dad helped

And that my friends is the end of the line.  Tomorrow is the first time in 18 years I will be kid free for more than 3 hours.  #weekinthelife


First day of school!


These two were the first out the door- the older boys had a late start. Kindergarten and 6th grade.


Next up older boys- Senior and Sophmore


They are such goofballs. Hudson tried to follow them to school.

But then came in and crashed while I worked.

It's exhausting being a naughty dog #Hudson

Austin has a break in the middle of the day when he will be taking some classes at Ohio State but since they have not started yet he came home and read on the porch.

Somehow I have only one kid in school right now.  @austin.kennemer doesn't have many morning classes and claimed the fave reading spot on the back porch.  Eva has staggered start so no school for her today and Blake has a dentist appointment ... So much f

When I looked in Austin room and saw it was a huge mess I was frustrated but then I realized that this time next year he won’t be in it ๐Ÿ™


I’m not going to miss the stinky running shoes and clothes that are ALWAYS on his bathroom floor.

We snuggled up that night and talked about her day. She had a great time

Seriously didn't think I would make it this far in the #weekinthelife group but here we are mid week... This girl rocked her first day of Kindergarten and to say I am relieved would be a huge understatement.  Let's just hope it continues!  8/19/15


Eva did not have school (they did a staggered start) so we went to the zoo.

When @austin.kennemer was little he would pitch a HUGE fit if he didn't get the ONE horse on the carousel that had a fancy gold shield. ???? He claims he doesn't remember this....I do.  #weekinthelife 8/20/15. Thank god she's not picky.

When Austin was little he always had to ride one particular horse and if he didn’t get it he would pitch a HUGE fit. Thankfully she is not so picky!

It freaking kills me to spend $15 for this but she begged and she is the only one out of 4 that would actually allow her face to be painted, and this was prob our last trip to the zoo (except for winter zoo lights) so I caved. #weekinthelife

Cole and friends played lacrosse with the dogs in the backyard- this was a win-win.


Tired dog. Messy kitchen


She was hungry


Austin doesn’t like to wear shirts. And more messy kitchen


Snapchatting Blake’s friends. I don’t get it.

This dog is so bad.  Cute, but bad.  @blake.kennemer tried to teach me about snapchat tonight.  Still don't get it....#weekinthelife


Back on the trail

And we're off #weekinthelife

Came home to this

I guess he got hungry while I was gone #weekinthelife #Hudson

I lectured him about being a bad dog. His response

His response to yet another "why can't you be a good dog" lecture  #Hudson

Eva and I worked on Project Life

My #projectlife helper.  #weekinthelife



Didn’t take many pics on Friday during the day- we busy running errands. After school Cole had a swim party but played with Hudson for a while first


I love this pic


That night we went to a double birthday party for some friends but stopped in to see these little babies. 11 little Golden pups.

That Face!!! #golden

SATURDAYNot many pics on this day either. It was a lazy day for me reading on the porch while Andy did yard work.

At one point I looked out and Hudson was on the trampoline. Not sure why.

Why are you on the trampoline??? And thanks for ripping the net loser. #Hudson

He ripped the net ๐Ÿ™

I am going to add Sunday in here as well. Cole had a paintball birthday party to go to and Andy and I did yard work. Eva started her first day of gymnastics.

1st day of gymnastics โค๏ธ

That evening we had the back to school bash at school


And then walked back home to get ready to start another week


Elizabeths - This was really enjoyable. I love reading your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

Jen B - I’ve never done Week in the Life myself but I always enjoy seeing everyone else’s ๐Ÿ™‚ You got lots of great pics ~ Eva’s smile with the face painting is adorable and contagious!

Hannah - Love the back to school pictures and really love that Eva is doing great with school!

I cracked up at Hudson on the trampoline…I’m glad his behavior classes worked so well for him ๐Ÿ˜‰ Buddy is awful most of the time too. He only listens to Greg most of the time.

Susan/Gramma - Especially fun to see since we are so far away.

Amy Jo - Eva is so beautiful in her new glasses! Thanks for sharing your week