We moved over the weekend and WOW. Moving is a lot of work. And I am not good at work. I am really really good at watching reality television.

Thankfully the kids are doing great with all the transitions, and they’re already used to living in wall-to-wall clutter and chaos.

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2016

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David / My parents brought all our old Encyclopedia Britannica and Childcraft books from my childhood to help fill up the new giant built-ins in our living room. Even though I knew the kids would enjoy flipping through them, I underestimated how much time David would spend looking at the pictures. (Or how much I would enjoy the 80s-quality publishing.)

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Mary Virginia / Learning about the windows in the playroom. Rule #1: don’t lean on the screens. Rule #2: don’t mention how beautiful Mary Virginia’s curls are.

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Thomas / Thomas loves the new house. Ever since we got here he HAS NOT STOPPED crawl/running around the house. He’s determined to bonk his head on the mantle, fall off the deck, and throw himself in the pool. OH! Did I mention? We have a mantle! A deck! A POOL!

(Thomas is wearing a special birthday shirt made by my friend Tori. And she just started selling them! Visit her Etsy shop here)



  1. Elizabeth June 1, 2016

    You have a POOL?!?!?!

    • amandakrieger June 1, 2016

      yesssss and it is AMAZING! it was one of the selling points for this house!

  2. Meredith June 1, 2016

    A pool?!? Aghhhh!!!!

    • amandakrieger June 1, 2016

      YES! amazing.
      that’s why i was asking how you managed it. i’m worried bc if something happens and i need to jump in, what do i do with thomas? he’s determined to swan dive right in….

  3. Tori June 1, 2016

    You have throw pillows on the couch. You look totally settled in to me 🙂 I’m working through Sunday and then off for two weeks if you want me to take the big kids for a day or two!

    Glad to see Thomas smiling in his shirt this time. He looks adorable!

    • amandakrieger June 1, 2016

      ha! right? he totally rallied for a smile 🙂
      (THANK YOU!!!)

  4. Weslie June 1, 2016

    I WANT TO SEE PICTURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Clearwing June 2, 2016

    Beautiful photos and children. I love the rules for the windows incl. the one about the curls. The portrait once a week idea is really great. Cheers!

  6. A pool?! Awesome!!! The whole house sounds awesome and your kids are absolutely precious


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