etst Rain, music and cleaning today. 7h
  •   rebeccab39 @etst @sixfooters oh my goodness! I always assumed it was because of alligators! Haha! Another Cali girl:) 2h
  •   suzystark I love this 1h
  •   westcoastkoop I'm Canadian and soooo thought it was b/c of the Gators! this is dreamy and my idea of paradise on a weeknight 54min
  •   julier322 @etst So I see you have a "birdcage" on the house with the pool....I was just in FL and I have to ask, do you get sun in the pool i.e.: for laying out? We were trying to figure that out! It doesn't seem like you would! 44min

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etst #tbt or Wednesday or whatever today is...got lost in the archive folders this morning...like falling asleep back into a magical dream. (: @kaitybrawley) 11h
  •   emiliekarun Your hair here is amazeballs 5h
  •   shannonblaeske You have no idea what these beautiful photos did for me when I was pregnant with Fi. Your images of life with Nella turned something I once thought scary into something dreamy... yes, there is so much more to having a child with Down syndrome then your pictures often show, but they also show a side I once had a hard time imagining was possible. So thank you :) 3h
  •   beppa_1 @nikkijamesphotography I'm dying to know what Christina song 1h
  •   nikkijamesphotography @beppa_1 I think it's called "I Am"??? 54min

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etst #squadgoals
Lots of enjoying pics on the blog today along with a story about, I'm sorry to say, dropping dirty underwear at the mall. “Own it proud,” I told myself. "Retrieve those damn underwear like you dropped a hundred dollar bill." (Link in profile)
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  •   chelseaeyler This is my favorite capture!!! 23h
  •   bravocaptain Just wantwd to knoq where you reside at 21h
  •   gkristi I love this photo! 21h
  •   thewildercoast A pair of panties fell out of my corduroys (ankle/static cling)in the middle of 8th grade American studies class. I'm still recovering. 12h

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etst Started this morning with calls preparing for Nella's IEP for kindergarten--high energy, high emotions--good stuff but big stuff. Monday kind of stuff...
...and then I picked up Nella a little early from preschool later, and as we were walking out the door, a little girl in her class jumped off the carpet and walked over to Nella and hugged her--no words--just stood there, hugging her, patting her back, letting go only to remind her not to forget her balloon. ...and tonight, an email from an online friend, with the first picture of the little girl with Down syndrome they are in the process of adopting.
And now I'm sitting here, winding down, and the YoYo Ma station on Pandora is playing--shit you not--Nella Fantasia. And I'm thinking life is crazy and hard and unpredictable, but the universe is one big mosh pit. Stop resisting, lean back and fall...someone will catch you.
(...and if no one's there to catch, read what @happymallaree wrote in the comments below: you discover you have hidden wings. And you can FLY all by yourself...fancy that.)
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  •   christineecker @happymallaree .....wow! Yes. Yes. Yes. My lesson as well only I could never articulate it so beautifully (& poetic, yes simple). Thanks for all the motivation and good thoughts..... @etst 1d
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  •   thewildercoast Oh the light. 12h
  •   beppa_1 Great big" takes your breath away" kind of stuff because it is still amazing how some days just fit together like a beautiful puzzle. I love those kind of days 55min

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etst She's helping me clean the jewelry drawer in search of dress-up treasures to pass on to the girls. 2d
  •   mcjrnaa I remember doing that with my grandmother. I still treasure the little trinkets she gave me. 2d
  •   jaymie_charles So precious did this with my grandma 2d
  •   moniquegpearce Seriously!!! You capture the most precious photos of your gorgeous Nella!!! 2d
  •   thewildercoast No picnics. That gets me every time. 12h

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etst Okay, I admit I have a problem. #buttheyareallsodifferent 3d

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etst Naples City Dock. Loose barrier ropes + my wild one makes me , but he's all "Mom, I got this." Also, suddenly it's a billion degrees here. Sweaty thighs for the next 6 months. 3d
  •   lk2215 Love it there! And yes, the heat is getting intense! ( Live not far in Cape Coral. I'm melting! 3d
  •   etst @our_wildlife thank you! Totally checking it out. (Xo and love following your little family) 3d
  •   shabbymama he looks so handsome. 2d
  •   our_wildlife slowly coming out of the music desert (aka baby cave). more where this comes from. i am a sucker for a good beat. xo to you and yours! love following along. 1d

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etst Olsen twins forever. 3d

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etst All the weekend things. We watched The Martian last night, and I was surprised how much I loved it--kind of like a space version of Castaway but way better. And instead of Wilson the volleyball, there's a potato garden . My favorite quote at the end (life goal=collect all the movie quotes): "At some point everything's going to go south on you, and you're going to say, 'This is it. This is how I end.' Now you can either accept that or you can get to work...that's all it is....you just...begin. You do the math. You solve one problem, and then the next. And if you solve enough problems, you get to come home." 4d
  •   dwgood so true 3d
  •   beandkeepbeing I loved that movie. I didn't expect it to speak so deeply to my heart. So many wonderful metaphors to life! 3d
  •   lifeasapepin The book is AWESOME. Witty. Good humor. A must read! 3d
  •   finishstrongmom We watched that movie last night too! (Except I didn't care for it much) 3d

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etst Deep-cleaning the house with a brownie crumb trail behind this one this afternoon. 4d

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etst Baby girl learned how to whistle. 5d
  •   rubysrainbow Omg. Can't .stop. watching 4d
  •   ejkaye That was amazing! She is SO CUTE! 4d
  •   lilyruby99 Can I love her more?!! How cool is that!!! 3d
  •   amcguire87 Ohhhh she is just too precious! 2d

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etst Currently loving: Shy Beam matte highlighter--makes my eyes and cheekbones pop without a bunch of shimmer. Rounded up some faves I've been stashing for a big Friday Faves post, including a mother/daughter journal that's creating fun and intimate writing conversations for me and Lainey. ️ Link in profile. 5d
  •   etst @shargirl72 thank you! 4d
  •   etst @treesroseandraimbows far from flawless--good light does magic. I alternate between MAC BB cream and Dermablend. And I try not to use powder but when I have to, a little translucent dusting. 4d
  •   treesrosesandrainbows Thanks. And I bought three of those journals to give to my daughters for Mother's Day. Thought it would be cool to give them each a surprise, with little notes, since I wouldn't be a mom if it wasn't for them. ️Hope you have a great weekend celebrating with your family and thank you for the great ideas you pass along. You inspire me to be a more deliberate mom! @etst 1d

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etst It happens Thursday, almost every week. 'Bout 4:00. The tension of the week--the coming and going, the 5-minutes-late, the lost shoes, the fit over who gets the mother effing Good Dinosaur cup, the clothes dangling out of the open drawers that never stay shut, the broken bathtub handle that makes the water too hot, the "please, dear God, stop climbing over the seats and get in your car seat, just get in the seat and buckle up!", the writing I wish I could be doing, the whisper of "this is isn't your best life" that hums its dangerous stealthy lie if I'm tired enough to listen. It's my rubber band, stretched into thinned out bitchy strands that threaten to snap. Nothing snaps without my permission though, and it's a really powerful thing to know I have control.
Easy there, rubber band.
Relax.
Light a candle.
Kick your shoes off.
Play some music.
Look at this mess--this beautiful mess is MINE. All mine. This house, these mornings, the freaking bathtub handle, these precious spirited babies whose future selves are forming right here under my watch, one glorious fit at a time. They don't always listen--and isn't that a wonderful thing? To shut the voices of the world around them out to step foot into an experience they know they want to try? Who taught them that? Me? I hope so.

This IS my best life. These crazy Thursdays where I show up and finish the week with whatever I have to give...mine, all mine. I like a good challenge.
Tonight, the Good Dinosaur cup belongs to me.

Happy Thursday. XO
#nellaanddash
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etst You can't eat it, but you can get a smoother leg shave with it. Super easy summer soapsicles on the blog. Wrap some up for teacher appreciation week, hand some out for party favors, give one to your kid on a hot day and see what she does. Okay scratch that last one . Link in profile. 6d
  •   shargirl72 Reminds me of your lovely post this morning @julor_basics 6d
  •   i.kara.bout.ewe This reminds me of cakes in the form of fast foods.... Cute idea but my brain doesn't process. 6d
  •   etst @eschmo1 we're doin' it. After the 3-legged race, of course. 6d
  •   kariholvik Såååå kult!!! 5d

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etst Mid-yawn, hair disheveled, post 3-hour nap. He's livin' my dream life. 1w

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etst My favorite flowers are ranunculus. Wait no, peonies. I changed my mind--lilies. Wait, final answer: daisies. I can't decide! A Mother's Day flower story on the blog today with @thebouqs AD (Do you remember the first time you got them? I cried...because I was embarrassed. ) 1w
  •   lckupfer Crazy! I just found out about @thebouqs yesterday, and ordered these same ranunculus for my mama! 1w
  •   manringmemories Ranunculus and peonies were my wedding bouquet and will always be my fav 1w
  •   amber_ps139 Ranunculus are my favorites 1w
  •   m__a__s___ Ranunculus all the way!!!!'n 1w

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etst A first tonight: I Skyped with a group of adults with Down syndrome who read Bloom. "What's the most powerful thing in your lives that's made you successful?" I asked them. You know what every single one of them said? "Parents who love me and believe I can do anything."
(Thank you @heather__rodriguez for the )
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etst When you visit your cool kid nieces, you come home with cool kid tunes. Petit Biscuit's Sunset Lover. Obsessed. Go get fluid in your kitchen and dance. (Thanks @sydneysodeman) 1w
  •   hellokatiejo She's my spirit animal 🏻 3d
  •   yettyboots So beautiful are these moments 🌳 2d
  •   yettyboots And I love the framed pic .... Be you, not them 🌳 X 2d
  •   jennporvida Oh my goodness. Pure gold. Absolutely love watching Nella grow. 8h

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etst Oh hey #neckbow, welcome back. 1w

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etst Matchy Matchy.
New enjoying post--and getting out of "the cave," the place where I retreat with gray-colored-glasses...link in profile.
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  •   kaishb New post is on point 🏾 I am a clin psych and even with all the tools I have I was still carried away by unhelpful thoughts today (You'll never get this finished, you're not good enough blah blah)...your post normalised and validated my experience and I just wanted to say thank you x 1w
  •   paigeme23 Yes! I call it the "dark pool"; some days I dip a toe and other days I'm floundering in the deep end. Great to have friends who know us well enough to send a floatie when we need it!! 1w
  •   randekka Texted your post to everyone of my girlfriends and sisters. It was everything. We got ourselves a cave emoji now. 1w
  •   jennyeliz79 Why did I think I was the only one who did this? Maybe being in the cave helps us appreciate the sun that much more! Loved this post. 1w

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