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Posted: Oct 22, 2017 6:11 PM
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Florida folks, free this Thursday night? Come stop by @jcrew at Coconut Point in Estero where they're hosting a fun shopping event for Down Syndrome Awareness Month. A portion of all sales will go to @rubysrainbow. I'll be there from 5-9. There will be treats and drinks, new looks for Fall--bring girlfriends, bring kids (totally kid-friendly)--come, come! (Pssst...I'll help you plan all the outfits for your Christmas card photos because it's my favorite.)
Posted: Oct 21, 2017 9:02 PM
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Found some woodland friends in Hampton Hollow. Skinniest gnome I ever did see (he had no interest in being "fattened" with stuffing). 😂 Our official 2017 Halloween card photo.
Posted: Oct 21, 2017 1:28 AM
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Twinkle lights and a new plushie that is comforting her far more than I expected. ❤️ So happy it's Friday. Happy weekending, friends.
Posted: Oct 20, 2017 2:36 PM
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Last night's goodbye and celebration of Sophie ceremony. In a way, Sophie has given my children one of the most cherished gifts they’ll have for life; for this delicate, beautiful, deeply important subject of loss and grief that will be part of their future began with her. Her loss will be the foundation, the first lesson that paves the way for the rest, and because of how we loved her and how she loved us, that lesson is so beautiful. More on the blog today about losing our dog and talking about loss with our kids. ❤️
Posted: Oct 19, 2017 11:04 AM
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Stayed up last night collecting photos, searching the Internet for the perfect looks-like-Sophie stuffed animals and planning her little celebration of life ceremony as Lainey requested. Back to the Earth she goes. It's amazing how someone who took up such little room in the background can suddenly leave such a gaping hole. I won't keep our dog grief on social media for long, but this one's for me. ❤️ (press ▶️, song by Kevin Kline from Beauty and the Beast)
Posted: Oct 19, 2017 1:51 AM
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We lost our girl tonight, and we are heartbroken. She was the best of the best. A loyal friend, a lover to all. She greeted all my babies in their car seats when we brought them home from the hospital and took turns sleeping in their rooms throughout the years. Lainey was who she clung to most these last weeks, and my girl's taking it hard. Forever in our hearts, our Sophie girl. ❤️
Posted: Oct 18, 2017 11:18 AM
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Rather than needing a party or company as an excuse to make things special, I've been having fun lately pulling out the festive touches for my own family. We don't need "a good reason" to use the pretty dishes or make a festive tablescape. On the blog today: an easy, inexpensive Halloween tablescape with "wow" factor ($20, and it can all be tucked away to reuse next year).
Posted: Oct 17, 2017 11:36 PM
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Potions lab today (and a super fun inexpensive Halloween tablescape coming to the blog tomorrow 🕷)
Posted: Oct 16, 2017 9:00 PM
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His obsession with flames and candles and matches makes me so nervous 😬. I have to turn my back when I light a match because he studies me too closely. In other news, I cleaned my room this past weekend, and now it feels so cozy. Why can't I keep it like this all the time? 😩
Posted: Oct 16, 2017 11:21 AM
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"Learn their language, know their loves, plot the latitude of their life. I’ve got Toca Boca on my iPhone and Shawn the Sheep on my Firestick, but I also know what Coachella is and can decipher the cryptic captions on my cool teen granddaughter’s Instagram feed...Tell them stories where they are the champions, the winners, the greatest around. Let them know of your life—your strengths AND your struggles, your big moments AND your bumbled mistakes...Keep their things in your home like you’re hoping they’ll come, and when they do, they’ll see—you’ve been expecting their visit, there’s room for them here. Buy a step stool to help them work beside you in the kitchen, reach the Oreos in your pantry, brush their teeth by themselves. Take their messes in stride, their fears as quite normal, and an occasional tantrum as a compliment—you’re family, you’re home..." Poppa's on the blog today, sharing his love of grandparenting and tips for maintaining close relationships. More, link in profile.
Posted: Oct 15, 2017 9:26 PM
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We lost Nella in Target today. She went running as soon as we walked in (she never does that). We couldn't figure out where she ran and enlisted the help of an employee who saw her running ("was your little girl holding a ribbon stick?" 😂) Nella ended up finding us 5 minutes later. She was running to our cart, smiling so huge and carrying what appeared to be a 5 gallon vat of Nutella.
Posted: Oct 15, 2017 7:04 PM
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Poppa's pups are back from Michigan. ❤️
Posted: Oct 14, 2017 6:37 PM
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Linus: "Are you here to sing pumpkin carols?" I just want to throw it out there that I'd be 💯% on board with this tradition. Don't be surprised if Ima knockin' on your door, passing out wassail and singing "Fall to the World," Naples friends.
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Who needs iambic pentameter. Her smile is a sonnet. ❤️
Posted: Oct 12, 2017 11:40 PM
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For the record, I had nothing to do with these--they just arrived at the front door. I took one look at them and then one look at Brett: "Dear God, these have your name all over them."
Brett: 🙈
She's been running around outside smiling since she put them on. (I put the link in stories along with some background music I didn't realize was so inappropriate 🙊)
Posted: Oct 12, 2017 8:55 PM
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Chili in the crockpot, Halloween picture painting and almost Friday. ❤️ (and after searching Craigslist every single day for a month to find a credenza to hold my table linens, I walked in Goodwill this morning, and there she was. Crammed her in the minivan and drove 6 miles with a stack of drawers pinning me against the window, but that's how we get 'er done.)
Posted: Oct 11, 2017 1:23 AM
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THRILLED to announce I hired my first intern! I've been blogging for over ten years now and am thankful for the ways our work world has stretched to include so many new creative opportunities for people to support their families and make a living doing things they love. From blog writing and sharing on social media to writing a book and working on fun partnerships with brands I love, I've learned so much, love heading to my office to work and continue to look forward to new experiences ahead. In advocating for Nella, I think about her opportunities in the future a lot and hope she too finds fulfillment in a world that creatively stretches and offers more ways to contribute and offer her heart and talents. I applaud companies and individuals running businesses who look for ways they can employ people with special needs and realized I can be one of those people right now. I'll be assigning @kirstagraf some writing assignments with accompanying photography and will be working with her internship director and student mentor at @bethelumn to help her learn more about writing, photography, social media and sharing her story in an engaging way. And I will be paying her for her valuable contribution to the blog. I know you will love hearing her perspective about attending college (with a @rubysrainbow scholarship 👊🏻), living with special needs and the road toward independence. Stay tuned for more from this beautiful woman I'm proud to call my intern.
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Earlier this fall, when we got to be a part of @kirstagraf college send-off, one of my favorite things she packed for her dorm was, of course, her shoe pile--a small mountain of shoes her sisters helped her select with everything from comfy flats to some Wowza! leopard print booties. I couldn’t help but smile, completely relating to the fact that for all the uncomfortable firsts in life--the exciting new adventures, the hard days, the big challenges–the thrill of heading to a pile of shoes and choosing the most fabulous ones to face those days somehow makes them better. Thrilled to have @bornfootwear helping us celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month by encouraging friends to donate to @rubysrainbow (any amount helps!) and giving away an entire fall shoe wardrobe to one lucky winner. Head to the blog to enter. ❤️ (and thank you @bornfootwear for once again using your sponsored post to support a cause near and dear to us)
Posted: Oct 9, 2017 11:35 PM
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Dancing at home before class to warm up. Ballet is a hard start this year--she's excited to go but then doesn't want to participate or make eye contact with anyone once she gets there. Which I totally get because I signed up for adult ballet once just so I could wear a leotard and ballet shoes and those cool slouchy tee shirts but then got to the studio and realized ballet is HARD, and my mirror reflection doesn't look near as cool as I imagine I look. The reality of this all is a bit of a shut down, so I get it. I lasted two classes. But we're here, three classes in, and I'm trying to figure out how to support her, push her, provide her socialization opportunities and inclusive learning experiences while recognizing her needs and respecting the dynamics of the class and studio. With a studio kind and open to accommodation suggestions and a conversation with a mentor mama who gave me wonderful ideas for a new bag of tricks next week, we're creatively moving ahead. In the meantime, dining room ballet is going splendidly. ❤️ (and a huge thank you to @aliciagraf90 😘)
Posted: Oct 9, 2017 11:09 AM
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I loved this night so much. Our Potter party family night on the blog.