9h etst
Normal Kelle Hampton
etst Pumpkins and all the holiday horses out of the barn. #sorrynotsorry new post. 9h
  •   _jadencoal_ Kindred spirits, yo. I just started reading your blog a couple months ago (from the beginning, of course), and it's nice knowing there's someone else waving their holiday freak flag just as vigorously as me. :P Love your words and pictures! 9h
  •   oliverannluke You had me at Anne with an E!! Loved this 9h
  •   kayla_grieco Kelle!!! I love this post! Seriously hilarious and so so so how I feel. Christmas, I am so excited for you!!!! 8h
  •   amflav Anne with an E thankyouverymuch. 8h
  •   pudgepot Loved the blog post - that corn silk halo 7h
  •   manringmemories Happy halloween eve 7h
  •   miranda.jayne Great blog post. No lies I've been super sad since my aunt passed and needed something to cheer me up. That cheer up lead to an hour streaming Christmas songs on songza. 6h
  •   chickievintagechic So cute .. 4h

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15h etst
Normal Kelle Hampton
etst Doe Bay-bee.
We're just dressing up in alternative costumes to run errands for the hell of it. Because Halloween is awesome and good to the last drop.
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18h etst
Normal Kelle Hampton
etst Totally normal. Nothing to see here. 18h

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1d etst
Normal Kelle Hampton
etst Self preservation dance party. 1d

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2d etst
Normal Kelle Hampton
etst Life imitates art. 2d

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etst No matter how hard I try, I can't get away from the POP! BAM! WOW! of color for our annual family holiday photo. Loving the rich warm colors and textures of @tea_collection current lines--perfect for holiday photos (can't believe it's that time!). Not too dressy, comfy and prints that coordinate well with other outfits. And I'm a sucker for fair isle. Love our @tea_collection partner and the way they perfectly marry mom's favorite things for kids to wear with kid's favorite picks for themselves. 2d

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2d etst
Normal Kelle Hampton
etst Couldn't make it through the story tonight which is fine. Every day doesn't need to come to a tidy ending. Sometimes making it to Intermission is a great story in itself. (@letsgomargaret ) 2d
  •   craftymumma @etst - I'd love to know what that darling book is called? The illustrations are gorgeous!! 2d
  •   gillersmurph Hi there, I agree this book looks beautiful, can you tell me the name of it? 2d
  •   jenwankel @gillersmurph @craftymumma it's an Audrey Hepburn children's book - we have it but I can't remember the exact title. It is a very pretty book and tells the story of her childhood and life :) 2d
  •   catastrophe84 I love that your dog is cuddled up next to her! We have two cats and one in particular who NEVER misses the bedtime story. 2d
  •   fourschneiders Do you have UNI the UNICORN? My girls 7 & 3 love it. Same great author as Little Hoot & Little Pea. 2d
  •   etst @gillersmurph @craftymumma @emilyruthgulka the book is Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo @letsgomargaret local author and friend 2d
  •   findingjoyandsharingbeauty Amen to that. 2d
  •   ainmag Thank you @etst for where to find the cute elephant!!! I went looking, but sadly no luck:( 1d

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etst Comment moderation, troll bans and the dirty, dirty secrets I don't want you to know about my Size 9 feet. New post. 3d
  •   farmgirlpaints Brilliant idea girl. You just figured out how to magic wand all that unnecessary bull. #onesmartcookie 2d
  •   etst @cocoberrybeauty I read all the published ones after they've been moderated. 2d
  •   whoflure I really honestly admire this post and you for writing it. I never comment here but always check out your feed, I neither love you nor hate you, I just like your stuff :) this post was great! 2d
  •   partothead Loved this article and loving your hair recently - not in the "I didn't like it before" way - but an "I like your hair" kind of way. 2d
  •   chachismemories Me too! I didn't mind the bangs but you look amazing lately! 2d
  •   angimartin I just saw this. And honestly I'm so happy to read your post on it. I've been a follower for a long time and I've seen some ugly shit go down here in your space. Women just being so goddamn MEAN. And it would totally detract from whatever sweet photo you'd posted, whatever heartfelt words you'd written. It also made me nervous as my own account started to grow. The truth is, most of us are drawn to positivity and beautiful things and inspirational messages. And others just want to trash your palace. I've been so fortunate still to have my online space filled so beautifully with good things and people but man. I always felt for you during some of those posts and I think it's awesome you dump the bad stuff. No reason to let someone else's poison sink into your soul♡ 1d
  •   cocoberrybeauty :) 1d
  •   gillianwaldo @h_jones83 Follow her....and read this blog post 14h

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etst When Dash was born, the hospital audiologist came to do his hearing test in a room filled with visitors. We promised to be super quiet so she proceeded, but our interpretation of "super quiet" wasn't exactly within hearing test guidelines. The test was a wash. Feeling guilty that she had to start over again, I apologized for not keeping Lainey and Nella quieter. "Oh they didn't mess up the test at all," she explained, pointing out on the results that his reaction spikes were when other people in the room were talking--friends and grandparents whose voices he didn't recognize as much. "When the girls were talking," she explained, "he didn't react, and that's common. Their voices are so familiar to him. No big deal." I've thought about that little nugget several times since. I hope the sound of a sibling's voice is always that for my kids--never an unfamiliar spike but a constant, comforting presence--so familiar and uplifting, their reaction to it is peace--the smooth and grounding kind whose blip goes undetected and whose hug seeps into every nook and cranny of their everyday life. 3d

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4d etst
Normal Kelle Hampton
etst Woke up to weird anxious funk this morning, overwhelmed by scarcity crap. Head to best friend's house for leftover pumpkin cake, glow-in-the-dark birthday decorations, coffee and music. Five minutes in and I know that there is more than enough love and coffee and color and ideas and songs and family and inspiration for everyone from now until the end of time. Plus @heidiwish threw some toy miniature horses at me. "Here," she said. "You love tiny shit. Plus, Christmas is coming. Feel better." ...at the end of the day, Lord I pray, I have a life that's good." 4d
  •   cohoonke @etst Thank you for taking the time to reply with a thoughtful comment. I was a little worried I was going to get deleted so I appreciate your response. 2d
  •   laura_twenty5seven @etst as you were speaking of Rwanda, are there any more posts to come? My cousin is a tv producer in Kampala, Uganda and I know not every African country is the same place but Kampala is just over the border of Rwanda. I often wonder just how a ginger-haired upper-middle-class white boy from a posh UK university is perceived in Uganda, lol. I enjoyed the posts from your point of view, as I can obviously relate with a white, western woman but I was also looking forward to the stories of the Rwandan women. Rwanda has the worlds highest rate of bride kidnaps and is still healing from the genocide of the 90s and seems like a world away to us, but what is it like to the Rwandan women who call it home? And I totally agree with not comparing anyone's suffering. The thing is, whatever is the hardest thing we've had to face- it's the hardest thing! It's the limit we've been pushed to- it doesn't matter if other people have been farther. The distress and discomfort of facing your hardest thing is still the same. Because whatever your hardest thing is, you haven't yet developed the tools and skills to deal with that particular situation. It's easy once you're on the other side, once your tools have been forged, to look back and think "well that isn't such a hard thing" but that's because you have the tools now. 2d
  •   owlhousebatik You have good friends! 2d
  •   jentrussell1980 @ETST: thank you so much for taking the time to reply. It's nice to see thoughtful discourse encouraged! 2d
  •   chasing_hazel 2 arms around me, heaven to ground me and a family that always calls me home OBSESSED!!! Almost to the point to tears every time. Wishing this For my girls @etst I CAN'T EVEN. 2d
  •   crystaltverdy I love the comment Heidi made "you love tiny shit." Glad you have each other! 1d
  •   robynmed @addielou you are one of the best. Ever. 1d
  •   digthischick @etst @heidiwish I want in on the tiny shit tossing. 1d

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etst "Spooky" bedtime stories with sound effects. So funny to hear her interpretation of spooky. 4d
  •   poe_riley @etst I just thought I'd let you know that I found your blog a couple years ago and fell in love with your photography. Then I found out you had an Instagram, and I'm so happy to get to enjoy the wonderful composition of your pictures on the go! Not to mention your precious kiddos. Keep up the good work! 4d
  •   kylermartyn I want a spooky example! 4d
  •   sarawuchko My six year old loooooves to do this with us at bedtime as well. It takes everything not to burst out in giggles by her "spooky" stories. Kids are the best. 4d
  •   suburban_stephanie @etst reminds me of Coolio #gangsterparadise 4d
  •   vermonter34 What a fun idea 4d

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5d etst
Normal Kelle Hampton
etst Brett's carnie hat makes a comeback one year later. 5d

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etst Six kids piled on one bed on a Friday night is my love language. 👬👭 5d
  •   intentionalhome This is precious 5d
  •   grabmarj I love this picture. Such warmth and love @etst 5d
  •   daisy.emporium Lainey looks thrilled 5d
  •   lemoncake_moccs So sweet. Looks homey. I love that room! 4d
  •   multipleblessingsphotography I see my cousins in there so cute. .. 4d
  •   rubysrainbow That is totally out house! Love it :) 4d
  •   rubysrainbow *our* house...not out house..ha!! We love a crowd too :) 4d
  •   cuppajoy68 I am new to your blog and to IG. It's awesome to see all the kids playing in the oldest siblings room! When we get together with cousins, the younger one always want to go to the big kids room!! Adorable! 3d

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5d etst
Normal Kelle Hampton
etst I King Solomon'd their fight over who gets to hold him. 5d

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etst So happy our Buddy Walk lined up with @5boysand1girlmake6 vacation. 6d

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6d etst
Normal Kelle Hampton
etst Hit the church parking lot for their noteworthy attempts to bring us a pumpkin patch. I guess that makes me a churchgoer. 6d

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etst "The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it." ~Peter Pan (our Halloween card tradition I started when Lainey was a baby and can't let die because two words: Mrs. Muddle) Also, I love this quote so much. How many times I've doubted my flight skills and weighted down all my feathers in the process. 6d
  •   andreamadai Awww Kelly... 5d
  •   lbluemel Oh so darling....as always!!! 5d
  •   jackalopeanne @cateyjean Tinkerbell!! 5d
  •   zoeathomson @etst my 3-year-old is obsessed with this picture - she's shared it with the whole family - thanks for sharing, with love from Australia 5d
  •   kerrinlambiase So cute 5d
  •   digthischick I keep hanging our card on our magnet board and the girls keep stealing it for their bedroom! 5d
  •   farmgirlpaints Holy crap this is cute! 3d
  •   cuppajoy68 In our area, the pre k children get to go to the "big kids classes" to trick or treat. I know your pre k sweetie will be happy to spread her pixie dust!! 3d

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7d etst
Normal Kelle Hampton
etst By the look on their faces, pretty sure he just shared classified information on how to unlock, open or climb out of something. Houdini's assistant. 7d

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1w etst
Normal Kelle Hampton
etst I needed ice cream for a photo prop today and didn't have any. Yarn will suffice. 1w

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1w etst
Normal Kelle Hampton
etst Meow. 1w

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