etst Magnolia take-homes for the babes. 9h

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etst Concrete jungle high 12h
  •   lavidamia12 Are you writing another book ?? 10h
  •   mellyme Ok what is that green circle to the left? Orb? Reflection, sunlight, window flash mishap? Anyone else spot it? Or wondering? 10h
  •   shannoncho @mellyme I find when I shoot directly into the sun with an iPhone, there is always one of those. 10h
  •   mellyme Ah ok! Thanks @shannoncho 9h
  •   kmwm17 Welcome welcome! Hope you get to enjoy the beauty of Chicago! 7h
  •   kaypacker I wish I was there! Looks so peaceful and comfy! 7h
  •   gillianwaldo 🏻🏻🏻🏻🏻🏻🏻🏻🏻 5h

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etst Spending the weekend with some amazing women using their talents and voices to fight for more media/advertising representation of the largest minority group in the world--people with disabilities. #changingthefaceofbeauty 1d

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etst Breakfast with a view. 1d

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etst Randoms! Because it's Friday!
1. Note the natural sky ombré (for reals!) And the Starbucks drink I just bought because of the cool picture in the advertisement with the selling adjective of "roasty." Made-up words are the best.
2. Was talking to my sister this week in preschool carline when @heidiwish called in and I pulled my phone to check but then chose to keep talking to my sister. Got a text two seconds later from @heidiwish who was apparently one car behind me: "Nice. Just saw you ignore my call, bitch." Getting caught is the worst.
3. I made dentist appointments for my kids this week, at the exact 6-month mark for next suggested cleaning. And now I will pause for applause. When the big things get harder, we celebrate the small things extra enthusiastically.
4. Coldplay's Hymn for the Weekend. Realizing I can archive the history of feely memories in my adult life by Coldplay hits, however cliche' that may be.
5. Finishing "The Art of Asking" this week, and it's so good. Here, a taster: "There’s no “correct path” to becoming a real artist. You might think you’ll gain legitimacy by going to art school, getting published, getting signed to a record label. But it’s all bullshit, and it’s all in your head. You’re an artist when you say you are. And you’re a good artist when you make somebody else experience or feel something deep or unexpected." Have a "roasty" weekend, you beautiful artists, you!
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etst Taking Harold for a walk. Dino party in the works. Who are these kids and why do they keep having birthdays?! 3d

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etst "This is what I want for you. Not a free pass from pain or a packaged image of a perfect life we can slip inside our Christmas cards each year. When I say I want you to be happy, it's this." Link in profile and a giveaway from @happyfamily#thisishappy #ad 3d

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etst They were getting ready to perform a ballet dance but little miss Mary Lou Retton there looks like she's about ready to kick some ass on the high beam. 3d

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etst Me: (passes phone to Lainey) "I love this photo, but my brain is fried. Can you think of a caption for it?"
Lainey: (stares at photo quietly for several seconds, then smiles) "The Friendship Hill."
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  •   kb6875 Reading your book! What a beautiful life you are leading @etst !! :-) 4d
  •   meganlando So beautiful. And this picture makes me sooo happy we booked our spring break trip!!! 4d
  •   marthatilton This reminds me of Robert McCloskey's "A Time of Wonder" -- so you beautiful -- I think your family would love reading it. @etst 4d
  •   kelseyildiko 🏻 4d
  •   kuliokugs Lainey <3 4d
  •   darlene659 Perfect!!!!!4d
  •   heme2412 This is awesome!!! 4d
  •   karisjoy Hey! I know where this is- have a ton of pictures from our walk out to the lighthouse last year! Can't wait for our yearly trip in July!! 🏼🏼 4d

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etst A salty after school snack. @manringmemories 4d

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etst After 8 years of trying to find the perfect organization system (all of which begin with "I'll just buy a new laundry basket/shelf/label maker/bin, and the rest is magic", right?), I MAY have found what works for us for two of our biggest organization beasts: girls' accessories and Barbie stuff. Putting things in place now. Report back in 2 weeks. 4d
  •   sonnysidesup You can always take pics of what is in the basket and put the pic on the shelf so they know where to put it back. 4d
  •   peachycolleen For all of our Barbie accessories, we used the plastic compartmentalized boxes. They worked great! 4d
  •   lonzoleech I'm pretty sure I have one of each of those things pictured in a random bucket in my kitchen. I'm always doing someone's hair...and they usually need something to keep them busy so I call it "organization?!?!" 4d
  •   janecross4 I use a drawer in my kitchen island. Like a hair "junk" drawer. With two girls who have long really knotty hair and a little boy with an Afro, we do ALOT of hair. The drawer is a nasty mess but, they know where to find what they need and can get it themselves and the littlest (3) kinda just blindly shuffles around with her hand till she finds what she needs. I keep thinking of changing it but then I think "if it ain't broke." All that to say, the kitchen "hair drawer" is where it's at. Also, that's where they go to Get stuff for barbies and doll hair too 4d
  •   desrochesae Can't wait to see how it goes. Those hair accessories are tough! 4d
  •   mjklowe TELL ME EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!! 4d
  •   5auroras You've been reading my mind again Kelle! 👭 I just put a sticky note on my monitor to remind me to look those things up on Pinterest! And also Eos storage ideas because we have like a hundred of them LOL! 4d
  •   erinpcole Just wait until Dash is into Legos! 2d

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etst "Let the moms raising kids with any needs—from fingernails that need to be clipped to the most demanding and heart-wrenching—know that their child’s journey and feelings are sacred, but so are their own." My response to "Whenever you discuss Nella and her diagnosis, it's always about how YOU feel about the challenges, not her." Damn straight. Link in profile. 5d
  •   kylermartyn @etst I know how sometimes one hurtful comment can outweigh 1000 nice ones...I hope that is not the case today, but if it is, I will be one of the 1001 nice ones that I hope can rise up and triumph over the hurtful ones! I love you and your family and your platform and your girls! You are an incredible mama and so brave and so great at dealing with the haters. 5d
  •   sealbark That post was the best response to a troll comment! #micdropped 5d
  •   mellyme Yes! One more thing....for the record this IG feed is one of my top favorite to check for inspiration, food for thought, love, happiness, and all the good feels! 4d
  •   queerfatfemme Thank you for writing this! And for continuing to share your art with us even in spite of angry comments by folks who don't understand memoir and writing. And how sacred and vulnerable those sharings are. 4d
  •   trishat11 You are something fierce darling and I can only hope to be as wonderful of a mother as you are one day....Thank you for your honest and beautiful words @etst 4d
  •   mandyboles I just read the post @etst. The whole time I read it I kept thinking about my mom raising my brother (he has autism) in the 80s. She stayed at home with my brother and me because she had no choice. She was lonely and I know she felt a huge disconnect with my friends' parents because their experiences as mothers were so different from hers. I feel like social media feeds like yours would have been a ray of light for my mom. It's so important that people from all walks of life, especially those walking an unexpected/unique path to have people they can look to and think, "yes, I'm not alone." Anyway, all of this is to say: You're doing something good here. You're giving women who might think they're alone love and light. Keep it up sister, and forgive my surely run on sentences. (I'm on my back porch recovering from dinner time and bath time.) 4d
  •   enchantedmakes Of course it's about how you feel. It would be unfair of a parent to write on the internet presuming how their child feels! Good for you Kelle, you are one of my heroes. x 4d
  •   liz.perryman I just read this blog post this morning - I always love reading them. You're incredible Kelle, & thank you for sharing so much of yourself. 11h

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etst I won't ruin it by telling her these were cool when I was her age but DUDE! Plastic chain charm necklaces are baaaaaack!! The way I feel about this can best be expressed by the great 20th century philosophers, The Pointer Sisters: "I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it." (that baby bottle though! ) 6d

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etst Counting and packing up our 100 Days of School pretzels. She's nowhere near counting as far as 100, but with our patience and complete confidence in her, she counts a little further with time. With kindergarten and the public school system fast approaching for her, I'd be lying if I said I didn't have some worries and long-buried fears creeping up in regards to public inclusive education and how a bigger, less-controlled-by-her-mama world treats her. But I'm also ready for new challenges. We go into this Joan of Arc style. We are not afraid...we were born to do this. 6d
  •   psalm127.5 Her articulation is amazing 🏻 5d
  •   tlsaunders10 Coming from an SLP, she does have wonderful articulation!! Great job! 4d
  •   feedthatbaby My girl is way behind a lot of her peers...who knows if it was lack of oxygen at birth or just random...but it's tough trying to "fit in the box" she'll get there in her own time just like your little cutie pie.... 4d
  •   joylynphoto I was holding my breath the whole video....well done, sweet girl!!! 4d
  •   giantcracker Awesome! 3d
  •   alexmcfaddenn This is the best thing I've ever seen 2d
  •   mariareifer Bravo Nella! 2d
  •   shewillshine Awesome. AWESOME. 13h

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etst Here's a good question: what's the weirdest lunch you ever sent with your kid to school because you needed to go grocery shopping? Because I poured tomato sauce on a bagel with a piece of cheese. Brett: "What IS that?" Me: "Shut up, it's a pizza." Starting off our Monday with a bang and lots of enjoying the small things on the blog. 6d
  •   erickanaklicki I was packing the kids lunches today and I found a sippy cup with rancid milk that leaked in my sons backpack from Friday. I gagged while cleaning it up 6d
  •   vfylioja that is sooooo funny kellie! 6d
  •   laura_twenty5seven I've never sent anything weird because if I run out of food/time I send them to school and either order lunch from the school canteen for them or go to the shops and make lunch and drop it into their bags while they're in class. BUT what I used to organize for myself for lunch when I was in high school was a bread roll with tomato sauce and pepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds). It sounds like a weird sandwich but I loved it, I was obsessed with them! 6d
  •   bryansgyrl Leftovers I love the "pizza" idea though 6d
  •   kaylamariexo She had scrambled eggs and ramen yesterday 😟 5d
  •   tonesewandso Did they eat it? 5d

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etst crescent moon eyes, full moon smile. 🌘 1w

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etst Another Florida tourist. 1w

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etst Pajama donut picnic, post sleepover. 1w

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etst You know, just headed to work on her Vespa. 1w

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etst I asked him for a cracker and he said "Nope." 1w

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