It’s know secret that I loooove instagram! What’s not to love?

I’m showing off my week with instagram and linking up with life rearranged.

On Sunday, the kids and I were ready to finally do what we have been planning for months. Time to run for charity: water. 13.1 miles for me, 3.1 miles for Averie, Ashton, and Bridger. {more on that soon}

On Monday, this little guy was up super-early, just like every other day of his life. But he loves his momma and let her sleep in. When I got up {yes, sleeping in is 8 around here}, I caught him doing this:

All week long, I have been grilling and grilling. I have been deathly afraid of grills for a long time. I’ve seen them flare up and hair get singed and that is just not for me. Well, last year, we “gave” my husband a new grill for father’s day, only he was to pick it out himself and never did. So he FINALLY picked one out and voila! I love it and use it constantly while he is gone for weeks and weeks!

My daughter started pointe this week, which in my head is all pretty and glamorous. That is, until I started sewing on the damn ribbons and elastics to her new pointe shoes. Holy crap. SIX HOURS. And I am neither pretty nor glamorous with my sewing abilities. Many words were cussed and fingers stabbed. Brag: She was the ONLY one in her class to arrive with ready shoes.


I may bitch about North Dakota a lot, but our summer skies are unbeatable:

My Grandma died early yesterday morning. We were lucky enough to have the chance to drive to Dickinson on Wednesday afternoon, say our goodbyes, and tell her we love her.

Random shot of an awesome little pumping unit in my Dad’s office:

And last, but not least, Mr. Shart {as seen at Target today}:

I giggled uncontrollably when my daughter pointed this out to me. I was forever-changed when I witnessed a real-life shart in the very first mile of my 1/2 marathon in San Diego last year. She was wearing white sweatpants and it.was.not.pretty.

It’s been a roller coaster of a week for me. Wonder what next week will bring?


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  • Anonymous

    love your pictures, Lissa!! I wish I could figure Instagram out…I guess if I played with more than once I could probably figure it out but I haven’t yet!! lol

    • Lissa_ShrinkingJeans

      Yeah, you should definitely give it a chance.

  • Amanda Miller

    Man, I always wanted to be a ballerina, just for the shoes…but when I was little my mom said they didn’t make pointe shoes in my size.  Boo!  

    • Lissa_ShrinkingJeans

      I was scared they wouldn’t make them in my daughter’s size. 😉 Her feet are HUGE!

  • Nanci

    I, too, love instagram – it may be an obsession. =)

  • Jennifer

    Love your fun photos!  :)

  • Jeannett Gibson

    So that license plate reminds me of my husbands cousin. (I’m assuming it’s meant to say mrs. Hart) and he got one that said “I love unix”. Unix being some kind of geeky computer software language or code or something. And I said “you do realize that for every other normal and non-computer person in the universe that reads “I love dudes with no balls” right?”

    • Lissa_ShrinkingJeans

      That is hilarious, Jeannett!!!

  • Jess

    Way to go with the pointe shoes Lissa!  What a mom won’t do when the situation calls for it…  I have no sewing skills either, but darn it I try.  :)

    So sorry about your Grandma.

    • Lissa_ShrinkingJeans

      Thanks, Jess!

  • Nancy

    Sending my love and big hugs in the loss of your grandma.  Is instagram just for iphones or any android?  I’d love to try it, but I have an HTC Inspire.  Love your pictures.

    • Lissa_ShrinkingJeans

      Thank you, Nancy. I’m not sure, I’m assuming you have an app store just like iPhones do? Try a search for it in there!

  • Jamie

    OH MY!!!! that last picture and description!! that would not be pretty at all!! definitely had me laughing out loud!!! grilling makes everything taste better and it can be healthier :) & way to go on getting those pointe ballet shoes done :) they look awesome! 

  • Alex aka Whoa Mumma!

    You did a great job on the shoes – they look amazing! (Didn’t we all want to be ballerinas at some stage?)

  • Spiffytiffy3

    Awesome job on the sewing! You rock.

  • Katie

    I am  very sorry about your loss. : (  On another note, I love the sky pic. We used to visit relatives in North Dakota every summer. I remember those skies.