Instagram Roundup

What you might have missed on my Instagram page this week….

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Happy #LovingDay to all of my cute family and friends. Hard to believe only 50 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled interracial marriage to be legal. #loveislove

Orange County – Come be the choir on our new album! We want your voices in the mix. We will be recording this Father’s Day, June 18th, at 6:30pm. This will be a unique and memorable experience as we sing through our “greatest hits” and capture it live. Bring your dads, bring your friends.

June 18th, 6:30pm

The Wayfarer

843 W. 19th St.

Costa Mesa, 92627

Tickets here

At open house I got to read Jafta’s persuasive argument against internet filters. He’s adorable. But nope.

#TBT to one of many visits to Kembe’s orphanage over the first three years of his life.

Instagram Roundup

A look back at all of the fun and excitement from another week on Instagram…

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I think this photo adequately captures India’s feelings about marching band. (She likes being in jazz band. But cannot do one without the other.)

Souvenir dresses from the market in Port-au-Prince, just like the Haitian women wear.* *no Haitians wear these

That time we sprang for unlimited carnival ride wristbands and they played with sticks all night.

This day tho. šŸ˜©

When a photographer captures you at your sweatiest state ever and it lands on the @wildgoosefest homepage. Who will we see there this year?? #beerandhymns

Just a little formalwear for this fine Monday afternoon. Thanks

There’s always money in the banana stand

Making homemade boba. @jaftahowerton

Rocking the half-up half-down man bun today

Instagram Roundup

Circling back for a recap of another exciting week…
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Haitian food crawl today. Griot (pork) and conch with creole sauce and chicken brioche and pumpkin soup. And plantains. So many plantains. šŸ˜

Beach bound. Strictly following Haitian seatbelt laws.

I guess he’s enjoying his native country alright.

Can’t stop won’t stop.

She’s a beauty.

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Cow with a view.

Drove up to the mountains to hike. Decided to send the boys on their own while we drink mojitos at a mountain lodge bar. šŸ‘Œ #liveauthentic @taralivesay@t_livesay

Mountain stroll

We’ve seen the mountains, the ocean, and the bustling city, but I’m pretty sure their favorite memories of Haiti will be of these friendships. @taralivesay @t_livesay@jaftahowerton

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We came, we saw, we ate. The food in Haiti exceeded expectations for #foodiejafta@jaftahowerton

In the US we have”slug bug.” In Haiti it’s “name the celebrity/sports star/religious icon painted on the tap-tap.”

Such a good weekend with my boys. 

1. The US Customs app is AMAZING. You enter your passport info, trip details, and declarations from the plane and submit when you land, and it generates a QR code that lets you breeze thru. 2. We look like serial killers in these photos I took on the plane and I’m surprised they let us in.

Intently watching brother’s soccer game

Lunch. It’s been that kind of a day. @cleezy

#TBT to last week with the Livesay clan. We are big fans of this family. @taralivesay @t_livesay

Instagram Roundup

The replay of the last 7 days on Instagram….

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How many adults does it take to get 4 beach cruisers in a minivan? #U2orbust

Please try not to be jealous of all of the amazing offers that fill my inbox as a mommy blogger.

On my way to Haiti with these two. I do a 10-year-old trip with each of my kids and this was Kembe’s chosen destination. (India’s was New York.) They also both decided to bring siblings along. These boys are such a joy to travel with. Total pros in the airport. (Although packing was a different story.)

Well. This isn’t going well.

Cuban food to Floridians is like Mexican food to Californians. It’s the cuisine I miss most after moving away. So with A 10 hour layover in Miami, yes, we did hoof it to Caribbean food at 1am last night. And yes, we are eating empanadas for breakfast.

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I was made an honorary midwife at the maternity center today on account of (accidentally) wearing the requisite midwife footwear.

Instagram Roundup

In case you missed it: a week’s worth of happenings from the Instagram page…

OH: “I’m alternatively sober.” #mom2summit

Rushing out to the Iris Awards. Not enough time to get ready. Running late. Forgot to pack hair spray. Feeling like crap. And then I tucked into a bathroom and saw @Dove‘s message on the mirror. Love their encouragement this week at #mom2summit. ā¤ļøā¤ļø #RealBeauty

Sweaty post-dance-floor selfie with this gem. @alphamom is one of the smartest, kindest, most loyal and generous people I know. Time with her is always a treat. And always a little sleep-deprived. But worth it. #mom2summit

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Mother’s Day spread by India.

Having a “kids pamper the moms” day. Masks, nails, and most importantly … mimosas.

Congrats to my friend @girlsgonechild. Her film Pan is the @kickstarter project of the day. She’s written a poignant coming-of-age retelling of Peter Pan, with a feminist twist. It’s a story about the shame that keeps many young women and girls from sharing their stories, and how sisterhood can surprise and empower. Check it out here@panfilm

Just keeping it real: my kids are well out of the diaper stage but I still use baby wipes on the regular. Sometimes not even for them, but for me. Like today. Monday back at work after a week of travel last week means I am trying to eat lunch and work at the same time. Which resulted in me spilling salad all over my laptop and my dress. Motherhood is messy, even when the kids aren’t around. Even when it means eating lunch over your laptop so that you can try to be done with your work before you pick them up from school. I’ve always appreciated the positive messaging from @dove, and their new #babydove line is no exception. Dove encourages parents to trust their intuition rather than trying to be the perfect parent. I’m trying hard to let go of anxiety and trust my own way today. And that little label on the bottom of my laptop that my daughter applied before my last trip as a surprise? I’m letting that motivate my work. #realmoms #ad

Hitting the reset button

Skating fools
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My mom found my 7th grade journal. Apparently I was keeping a list of all the boys I kissed. The “line” means tongue. I am dead. šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚

The boys had big plans to go to the skate park after school. But instead, I got some surprise intel that they cannot travel on their passports next week, since they expire within six months of travel. Who knew that that was a thing? Not me. Glad I figured it out so we didn’t get stuck in a holding cell in Haiti, but it created a total crisis today. I had to meet Mark at the notary office, then pick up the boys and take them to a passport facilitator, then to the post office, then to a photo place, then back to the facilitator. All told, four hours and a whole lot of hundreds of dollars in pursuit of new passports. But it’s handled. Now for some wine. 

Have entered the phase of parenting where every place we visit is considered in terms of whether or not it can be skated.

Always fun to see the affirmations my kids get from peers. ā¤ļø

My funny friend @shuggilippo gave me a nice visual for my post about considerations before wearing butt-baring shorts.