kellyportnoy I've been asked by lots of ppl what I'm doing to celebrate the big 4-0 next week. A big blow out party? Nope! Not interested. I asked Ryan six months ago if we could invite another couple we both love (can I get an Amen for finding couples you both enjoy) and go away somewhere quiet. I'm a lake girl all the way! Give me a hot tub, wine, camp fires, boating, board games, mountains, great food, antiquing and convo that vacillates from laughing at everything to praying over one another. Oh and no kids for a couple days!
We've never gone away with another couple. It feels super adult.
In three days we head to this little cutie on Lake Douglas in Tennessee with one of our most favorite couples on the planet, whom we haven't seen in eight years, @htorrie @alex.torrie Bring on the Canadians!!
I would LOVE suggestions for restaurants, cute towns to explore, affordable things to do near Gaitlinburg/Pigeon Forge besides Dollywood and Dixie Stampede.
Bring on 40!!! #TornoyVacay #nokidsallowed #kellyturnsfouroh
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  •   bonniesramsey It's been a while, but one of the best parts of a weekend visiting Todd was the fast food joint Pals. I still crave a Frenchie Fry and a Peachie tea! Happy, happy, happy and enjoy your time in TN! 12h
  •   mom_to_jthegreat If you want a good laugh the Hatfield and McCoy dinner show is good!!! 6h
  •   klongo58 We just stayed at a b & b on Lake Douglas. Really pretty. If you're in Gatlinburg, there's a GREAT Mexican restaurant called Loco Burro. Check it out! And happy 40th! 3h
  •   momma4_rn Oh so fun!!! Tell Hollie hello! We graduated HS together. Hope the trip is fabulous and relaxing all in one @kellyportnoy 3h

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kellyportnoy All the crazy rain this month delayed my peonies from opening until this week. A happy dining room now 🤗 #homesweetsomerset 2d

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kellyportnoy It's a two cup of ️, get out of pjs at 1:00pm, play board games, kinda cold wet Monday with my little buddy. This agrees greatly with my spirit. We are #motivationmonday poster children #catanjr 3d

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kellyportnoy 🏻🏻Smiling is his favorite.
Gingham game strong 🏼
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kellyportnoy Mirror dancing together since 2004. You can't stop this much rhythm, you just can't. Snapped by the great @joelcoleman 3d

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kellyportnoy Last one...for now. I love how bets were made whether @davidpultz would cry or not at the "first look". Super glad he lost. I love a tender hearted man! These two fiercely love each other and we love them. #kellanstudios #firstlook 4d

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kellyportnoy Sometimes it's hard to keep photographing when you are tearing up yourself watching mother/daughter moments. My beautiful sister in law, @paula_hemeon getting her daughter ready one last time before she begins her new family journey. #kellanstudios 4d

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kellyportnoy Eleven years ago she was a jr. bridesmaid in our wedding and yesterday we had the great honor of photographing our gorgeous nieces wedding. We love you @nataliavanderpol So proud of the woman you have become. #kellanstudios 4d

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kellyportnoy These two today!! Although an hour later they were both topless riding around the yard. It spiraled into A Myrtle Beach spring break pretty fast. 5d

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kellyportnoy Is this what the saying "all boy" means? This kid is infinitely happy when he exerts large amounts of energy. He hopped up onto that skinny black post like nothing, balanced and kept launching himself off in various jumps for my amusement. I'm all Gladiator style giving him 🏼🏼#areyouentertained #favoritemovie 6d

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kellyportnoy I don't mind anyone ushering in my birthday a few weeks early when it means my mailbox has a gorgeous, Ugandan made necklace from @31bits
Thank you @dikolabragg for brightening up my birthday month and my wardrobe!! I absolutely LOVE it and even more what this purchase means for a woman in Uganda. Double win! #ethicalgoods #31bits #fashionforgood
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kellyportnoy Saturday morning vibes on a Wednesday. Skipping school to drink in all the time we can with our Costa Rica livin cousins. #cartoontrance 1w
  •   paula_hemeon Oh awesome! Two things that they cannot do in Costa Rica be with their cousins and snuggle 1w

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kellyportnoy Like the famous old Chinese saying goes, "He who holds the iPhone Snapchat filters has the companionship of many." #cousinsleepover #theyareoffthewall #uncleryanisthebest 1w

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kellyportnoy An end of a sweet era in motherhood is drawing nigh.
In 2.5 weeks the volume level will audibly and visually be pegging the needle in our house. Summer break will bring both the exhaled relief of no agenda, lazy mornings, pool days and seeing lots of friends. In tense contrast is the inhale of me fighting back my stress level breaking up fights, trying to run errands with everyone in tow and the sheer speed in which three kids can tear apart a house.
For two and a half years Rhett and I have had our owns little world together. We go together like rammmalamalama ringgadingadong (anyone? grease?) Anyway....I've loved getting to know him so well one on one. He genuinely makes me belly laugh every day and I am so lost in his gigantic eyeballs when he tells a story. I find myself staring at him incessantly lately memorizing his sweet profile and little unprovoked noises. Life is so sweet. Motherhood is such a crazy ride. I can't believe August closes out a decade home with kids. Buckling up...big changes ahead!!
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  •   danportnoy Chang Chang, changitty chang shoo-bop! 1w
  •   brierleigh I'm in the same boat come August with my little man, and it's got me feeling allllllll the feels!!!!! 😮🏼🏼 1w

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kellyportnoy The show must go on! Even after a wardrobe malfunction five seconds into her routine with her feather headpieces flopping off to the side over and over. My mama heart growing anxious for her recovery. She kept her composer, leaned her head out of site into the curtain, and reattached it like a champ and continued on. So proud of her and marvel at her natural elegance while dancing. She's found "her thing" which we hoped and prayed she would! #chloegrace #balletaresko #aliceinwonderland #flamingo #ballet 2w
  •   meaganhudak Beautiful girl! What a little performer! 2w
  •   flightandshadow She is a queen! I cannot wait to see her continue growing as a dancer! 🏻 2w
  •   britt.coop.port So wonderful! And so beautiful! 1w
  •   laurynegalloway What a beauty! Grace under fire, well done Chloe! 1w

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kellyportnoy I'll take a thousand more Saturday's like this God! 🏽🌤 Everyone is happy and lovey dovey towards each other today. Knocking out the "to-do" list like champs.
The boys have been riding on this skateboard over an hour together on the porch giggling their faces off. #porchesaretherapy #homesweetsomerset
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kellyportnoy Happy 41st bday and #tbt to my only choice for a playmate growing up @jamiehemeon One of the best storytellers and open mouth laughers I know.
I still look at him this way with love and admiration and ALWAYS a laugh. Fortunately, we've gotten better at hugs and he finally stopped telling people our mom was Spanish (🙄why? Don't know! He's always had a thing for Latin America even when he was pulling someone's leg) "Proud of the man he's become" doesn't begin to describe it. I marvel actually! It's Gods grace poured out over his broken life and the story of redemption that fuels his passion to love others, especially those on the margins. The outcast, the lonely, the unwanted, the broken, the forgotten..all have a place at his table. Sending all my sisterly love to Costa Rica this morning for my big brother Jay! I love you! #bowlcutsrule #matching
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kellyportnoy #itwasme Hahahahaha. Best response ever. 2w

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kellyportnoy "You stand with the least likely to succeed until success is succeeded by something more valuable: kinship. You stand with the belligerent, the surly and the badly behaved until bad behavior is recognized for the language it is: the vocabulary of the deeply wounded and of those whose burdens are more than they can bear." -Father Gregory Boyle from Tattoos on the Heart book.
What a stretching and full season as we prepare to begin fundraising for @the_good_story When we ask God to show us the world as He sees it, the hard and the beautiful. The needs and the stories to be told...it's like splurging on supreme gas for our tanks. It's no time to fear but to walk in assurance. So grateful for this ministry.
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kellyportnoy Sweetest farm wedding ever last night at one of my favorite families farm. They built a chapel on their property bc they are so intentional with their space! My precious Fi walked down the aisle to bagpipes and her Scottish father all decked out in his traditional garb. A perfect 75 degree, partly cloudy and slightly breezy evening. Best part...we didn't photograph it, just got to attend with our whole family!! Love is grand. 2w

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