November Insta-Update!

Monday, November 12, 2012

 Are you on Instagram yet?  I LOVE it!  

It's super easy to use and fun to add text/filters/patterns, etc.  Plus, one of my favorite things about Instagram is that even though it's now the most used form of social media out there,  it still feels small and it's a great way to connect with some of your most favorite influencers in the blogging world.  I have literally squealed out loud a number of times when some of my favorite bloggers have started to follow me.  I love, love the interactions that happen on Instagram AND now it's super easy to follow friends on Instagram because they just introduced web profiles.  Here's mine... I'd love to have you follow along!  

And because it's been a fun, busy couple of weeks around there, here's a little "Insta-Update" of what's been going on at Gallamore West {all pics were taken on my iphone, many of them with filters added on Instagram}.

November blew in like a bunch of wild turkeys!

I past 1,000 likes on my Facebook page last week!!  I was on Facebook when I hit the lucky number and was so excited that I took this screen shot.  Thank you, thank you to those of you who follow along with Gallamore West on Facebook!  If you're not yet, I'd love to have you there :)

We went ALL out here for our Election Night Dinner!  I'll have a separate post about that soon... the boys voted on dinner choices and I pulled out some of our patriotic decorations.  Patriotic Printables from Piggy Bank Parties tied it all together.   Here's the post from our original Election Night Dinner 4 years ago.  I shared it a bunch of times on Facebook and various link parties around blog land, so it was SO fun to see some of you have your own Election Night Dinner this year!  I especially loved seeing some of you sweet friends share your pictures with me that night.  It's such a fun thing to do with our kids!

As quickly as Luke's Clifford Party ended, it became time to start prepping for Sam's Harry Potter themed party!  He's invited a few friends from school to celebrate with him.  I've been sharing a few sneak peak pictures on Instagram {#samsharrypotterparty #harrypotter #hogwartsexpress}.  We're getting so excited around here for party day! 

One of the main activities for Sam's Harry Potter Party is a Quidditch Match!  Those hula hoops are now spray painted gold.  And the brooms are from our Burlap & Broomsticks Halloween porch.

My parents live way out of the city limits and have a lot of land.  And lately they've been turning their place into a little farm.  We went out there last weekend to check out their newest addition, Willy.

 "Go! Go!" was Luke's favorite thing to say that day.

 The boys love going out to visit Nani & Papa's Ranch, now Farm.  It's always a fun day full of fun memories and lots and lots of DIRT :)

 Ahhh, he was my baby yesterday and now Sam's almost eight!  I love what a sweet, caring boy he is.  He is the best biggest brother ever. 

And Jake cracks us up all day long.  He LOVES to run around and pick up the chickens.  The best part of the day was when he gently placed a chicken in its little bed/egg laying spot and said, "Okay little chicken, you lay an egg now."  I love his funny personality, and it seems that all the little girls in Kindergarten do too... back off, cuties.  Come back in about 15 years, okay? :)

I think I've lost count of how many batches of my favorite Pumpkin Cream Cheese muffins I've made so far this Fall!  We are so grateful to live in a neighborhood where we feel safe and loved, so this past week I packaged up muffins to deliver to some of our sweet neighbors.

This sweet boy turned 2 all of two weeks ago and wow, he's changed so much since then!  It was like he was storing up some "big boy" stuff and now it's all coming out.  He's definitely not advanced with his language skills, but he is trying so many new words and talking all of the time now.  A lot of it is in his own "Luke Language" still, but he's progressing a lot all of a sudden.  And he was SO proud of himself for getting his own food and water, including the paper plate and cup, AND climbed up on the stool for the 1st time the other day. 

 But just a little while later on that same day, he showed me that he is still quite a little guy... so sweet.

And not to leave out a little update on our sweet little babes, Bryce is constantly surrounded by love.  And toys... lots and lots of toys in his crib courtesy of his brother, Luke.  The two of them are officially sharing a room now every night.  I can't believe we have two boys in diapers, and both in cribs!  They're definitely our two most close in age, and it's a lot of work, but they are great little sleepers... hallelujah! :)

So, there's a quick little update on what we've been up to so far in November.  There are so many fun things going on here, and hopefully for you too.  I'm pretty sure I'll be up to my eyeballs in Harry Potter prep this week, so I'll try to pop back in here, but I'll be on Instagram posting sneaks peeks so come follow along there.  And leave me a comment so I can follow you back.  Hope you have a great week! xoxo

Unknown said...

Oh, that is so cute!! "Okay little chicken, you lay an egg now!" lol :):) How fun! I LOVE instagram but think I have all of 6 pictures on there right now! lol I better get crackin'! :) Looks like so much fun, I can't wait to hear all about Harry Potter! Our favorite!! Woot! Woot! Have a great rest of your week and hope you get some good rest between party planning! :)

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