the1stdaughter Have I mentioned how excited I am that @wolvertonhill's newest book, THE VANISHING ISLAND, comes out next week? One of my favorite authors, yet again knocking it out of the park! #thevanishingisland #mglit 3d
  •   mandyboles That is beautiful! I'm going to order it to read with B. 3d
  •   the1stdaughter Yay @mandyboles! You guys will have a blast reading it! Turkeybird and I read it together and he loved the adventure! 3d

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the1stdaughter Love this and today it reminds me especially of @heathermarieya who aimed high and reached her goal of $1500 to help support #TWLOHA, an organization we both believe in. Amazing work lady! So so proud of you!!! 5d

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the1stdaughter ️I LOVE YOU ALREADY by @JoryJohn and @Benji_Davies is already a HUGE hit in our home! @harperchildrens #pb #kidlit #picturebook 6d

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the1stdaughter And...we survived! Wahoo! Turkeybird was basically the most excited kid ever and has already taken command of the playground. Littlebug on the other hand, held on for dear life until they basically kicked us out of the classroom. Yes, they kicked us out...tears and all, but her teacher took her by her side and helped her feel safe. It's gonna be a great day! #love #firstday #school 1w

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the1stdaughter Everything is better with a pre-first day of school mani-pedi. Littlebug had to have a "spa day" and is now so excited to go to school with sparkly nails. #adorable #notsureaboutthisphoto #Littlebug #manipedi #spaday #firstday #school 2w

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the1stdaughter As many of you know, Turkeybird is a HUGE reader. Most of the time though with novels he and I read parts together. This book he read completely on his own. A 509 page middle grade novel in just about a week. This kiddo blows me away. Watch out world!!! #reader #mglit @harperchildrens @sfaywolfe #turkeybird #minecraft #elementiachronicles 2w

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the1stdaughter One of my favorite quotes. Thanks to @alanafromoz for the post! 2w

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the1stdaughter I blame Adam Rex for this. My kids want to listen to this sound track over and over while reading THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEK DAY. 2w

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the1stdaughter End of the summer #mohawk for Turkeybird. Love this kid SO much! So much personality and energy, love seeing him grow up and express himself. 2w

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the1stdaughter A day at the beach with three of my most favorite people in the world. Perfect weather and the sand will be with us forever to remember the day. 2w

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the1stdaughter It's summer...that means pjs after noon, The Sandlot on repeat and Turkeybird teaching Littlebug how to play chess. 3w

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the1stdaughter So this very surreal experience may have happened this evening. Our first family reading of SNAPPSY THE ALLIGTOR (DID NOT ASK TO BE IN THIS BOOK) by Julie Falatko and @tm_illustration! The kids demanded they read it together with another favorite I WANT MY HAT BACK by @jonklassen. It doesn't get much better than this. I'm one happy agent today. ️ Also, Turkeybird decided he didn't "ask to be in this picture" either. #kidlit #firstpb #agenting #snappsythealligator #snappsy 3w

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the1stdaughter This never gets old. Catching up on work and watching the best show ever. Ever. #Sherlock #bestshowever #bbcamerica #sherlockandmoriarty #moriarty #sorrynotsorry 3w

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the1stdaughter THAT WAY to the water Mom! (Also, check out the purple hair!) #Littlebug #purple #purplehair #lopezlake #familytime 3w
  •   jill_lora There's still water in the lake?! 3w
  •   the1stdaughter Barely @jill_lora! It's so sad! 3w
  •   jill_lora 😕Every time I see a lake or reservoir in CA lately I want to cry. 3w
  •   the1stdaughter Me too @jill_lora! Where we stood today would have been buried under at least twenty feet of water under normal circumstances. It's just heartbreaking. 3w
  •   cathidc415 I love the 3w

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the1stdaughter The many variations of Littlebug's photobombing today at Lopez Lake. This girl is a ham for sure! #lopezlake #Littlebug #sundayafternoon #family #familytime 3w

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the1stdaughter No idea what's going on here. #tgif #Littlebug #crazykiddos 3w

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the1stdaughter Perfection in a pastry tart. Graham cracker and chocolate with fired marshmallows; S'mores. Perfect way to end the first date Alan and I have been on in a long time. A much needed get away. ️ Sorry, not sorry, it was partially eaten when I thought to photograph this beauty. #ComfortMarket #ArroyoGrande #datenight #smores 3w

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the1stdaughter "Hope is real. Help is real. Your story IS important." #TWLOHA - Almost a year since losing someone very dear to our family and it doesn't ever seem to get much easier. My sister (@cheekybulldog) shared this with me today as she remembers a coworker who lost her battle this week. We all need to know how important we each are. And I'm grateful to have Gill and my other family members in my life to remind me & each other of this. Sending love and hope to all those in need today and everyday. 3w

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the1stdaughter Hemingway 4w
  •   robynski People criticize me all the time for being honest. Maybe it's my delivery. 4w
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the1stdaughter Best part of being away for a few days...coming back to two of my favorite kiddos on the entire planet. Love these kiddos to the moon and back. 4w
  •   robynski They're favorites of mines too! 4w

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