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clairebidwell Friday afternoon. Townes is in our car. I repeat. Townes is in our CAR. #veraandtownes 7h

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clairebidwell It's such a privilege to spend my days with these two. Jules and I hung out together while Vera was in school all day. Random friends dropped in, we went to Trader Joe's for the thousandth time this week, walked to pick up Vera at school. Then we all came home and made chocolate chip banana bread and I literally fell asleep for a minute in a pile of laundry on my bed while the girls played in their room and the aroma of brown sugar wafted through the house. Sometimes these kinds of days drag on in an endless stream, but I know that I'll forever look back on them as some of the sweetest of my life. 1d

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clairebidwell Thursday afternoon. #californiakids 1d

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clairebidwell Thursday. Gotta love some random wall art that makes your princess look like even more of one. 1d

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clairebidwell Tuesday morning. 4d
  •   strollerinthecity This is awesome! 4d
  •   rcedar I bet that couch has some stories! 3d
  •   babble Love this! 3d
  •   sarahjio 3d
  •   patti_m_hall This shot is fantastic. They find joy everywhere. Without that, I wonder how we would keep writing about grief. 3d

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clairebidwell Love this capture from @maraholly of me and @jonaselrod2112 holding our babies. 4d

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clairebidwell Monday evening. Dinner with @maraholly & @jonaselrod2112. 4d
  •   dawnimz Lovely Monday evening 4d
  •   4jcallahan How I wish for photos like this of me with my sisters and brothers. I have fond memories but few photos of special moments. You have a gift for capturing the moments, Claire. 4d
  •   bestkeptself Omg 4d
  •   bridgetmerlot OMG 4d

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clairebidwell Monday dream world. 4d

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clairebidwell Monday morning. Double trouble. 4d
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  •   jbanash Where did you get the super girl shirt? So cute! 4d

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clairebidwell End of August, last jazz picnic of the summer. We gathered with friends, shared all our food and wine, chocolate-vanilla twist cones from the ice cream truck, bare legs covered in bits of grass, and Vera made me dance three songs with her even though we both get bashful dancing, and the sky was shot through with clouds, and an impending sense that everything isn't just okay, but better than that, that it's more than you ever hoped it would be. On the way home we played Taylor Swift and Vera insisted we drive by Townes' house and honk, but when we got there he was home, so we waved and honked anyway, and giggled all the way back to our house. Tomorrow begins September, and the last portion of a strange and magical year. 5d

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clairebidwell Last night of jazz in the park. Summer's almost over... 5d
  •   dawntlovesspain Leaves are beginning to change here in western NY state. 5d
  •   curlykale17 Summer's still going strong on Long Island. All the way to September 22😎🌞🏽🚴 5d

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clairebidwell Sunday morning walk to yoga. Lately I've been feeling hopelessly in love, all over again, with California. 6d
  •   evancooperyoga @clairebidwell I'm finally here in SM. Would love to get together 6d
  •   ahain0013 I feel that way too...in GA. Funny how you can go in and out of love with places you see all the time. Namaste 6d
  •   tammisalas That color! Great composition on this photo. 6d
  •   mom2mfb Yup. Ditto! 6d
  •   seewendycraft Beautiful. Have a restful Sunday! 5d
  •   esinclair85 What part of the state? I'm in Orange County! So hot today...:) 5d
  •   jilliapolis Ugh, I wanna live there. 5d

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clairebidwell Last night I let Vera stay up til 10pm with me. Jules conked out at 8 but I could tell Vera wasn't tired yet, so I let her into my secret grownup nighttime world. We ate cheese and crackers in bed, drank sparkling water, and read People magazine. "Mom, is this a dream?" she asked me after a couple hours. "It's so cool it doesn't even feel real." This is one of my utmost favorite things about having children: they show you the world anew. My normally boring, quiet and lonely Friday nights become pure magic through her eyes. Also, she slept til 9 this morning. :) 6d
  •   fraudartist The number of photos my mom took of me sleeping when I was little. This is too precious. 6d
  •   westthirdbrand Thank you for sharing. You all are so much fun! Fond memories. Big hug. 6d
  •   _lotro_ Hank and I were having a day like that recently and he kept asking the same thing "mama is this a dream?" So sweet how magical the mundane can seem through their eyes. I love it so. 6d
  •   kksweda Love it! 6d
  •   hbauerallen8 The best! 6d

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clairebidwell Friday afternoon. 1w

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clairebidwell @etst I are giving away a spot at our Spark Retreat in Ojai, California, November 5-8. The weekend is dedicated to self nourishment through writing, good food, connection, yoga and empowerment exercises and takes place in a beautiful setting. While we believe the retreat price is a fair value for the weekend experience and accommodations, we understand not everyone can afford this. And we want you to be there if this sounds like something you need! We’re giving away one space, travel not included. To apply, please send a ~300-word explanation of why you want to attend this retreat to sparkretreats@gmail.com with the subject line “I NEED THIS SPARK." Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, September 8 and recipient will be announced through e-mail on Thursday, September 10 to all those who applied. We're excited to connect through story-telling once again! 1w

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clairebidwell Back-to-school haircuts. Vera begged for bangs and I begrudgingly gave in. 1w
  •   mummyof_four She looks so cute with a fringe. All my kids have a fringe, it looks better than a bare forehead & the boys need one. 1w
  •   khattaway Cute!! My daughter wants bangs but I keep saying no. Some day she'll probably just cut it herself! 1w
  •   mjklowe Holy CUTENESS!!!! Beautiful creatures you've made @clairebidwell 1w
  •   jewelsntreasures Oh my gosh, so cute!!! 1w
  •   thirtysomethingmama Love the cuts, girls!!! 1w
  •   ashleysangha Those bangs are fabulous! 1w
  •   jolie1979 Omg, the bands are adorable on her!!! 1w
  •   brettne They are too cute! We want a cross-country play date! 4d

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clairebidwell Thursday. It's 90 degrees in Los Angeles. 1w

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clairebidwell Vera's first grade class made these t-shirts depicting what they did on summer vacation. I'm digging her minimalist design approach. "That's us on book tour, mom!" 2w

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clairebidwell Tuesday morning || Double trouble 2w

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