Oakley + Welles + Family Celebrating "Up syndrome" since 2013! http://mylynx.io/nothingdownaboutit
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Those eyes, that hair, this boy.... 😍 having a blast in louisiana with @upsidedownsla. just finished speaking to some amazing new friends. the down syndrome community is amazing no matter where you are. the magic of the extra chromosome! 🙌🏼✨ missing this boy and his brother and sister. maybe we’ll have to grab a scoop when we’re reunited at @howdyslc (love you guys!). #united #community #nothingdownaboutit

comment 36 star 3,780 Yesterday

Kissed these babies goodbye, sent them off with family/sitters and already missing picnicking with them! it’s funny how bad we needs breaks and then when we get them, we stare at pictures of our rascals. 😂 guys, i’m a work-in-progress mom but one thing that i’m always trying to be mindful of... getting the right foods into my kids. i give them lots of the wrong foods too (don’t get me wrong!), but i try to fill their bodies with the right stuff to give them the nutrients an fuel that they need. i’m especially conscious of the meats they eat and what is in those meats. @vtsmoke is made with 100% grass-fed beef... no yucky additives, no growth injections and no hormones. 🙌🏼 did i mention that they are delicious?? not exaggerating. they are super tasty and my kids love them. my favorite flavor is the jalapeño lime. 😋 my kids love the maple teriyaki. perfect for on the go snack. #bettermeatforall #healthy #yummy #kidapproved #ad have you tried these? what’s your flavor? use code nothingdownaboutit15 for 15% off your order. 👍🏼

comment 15 star 2,099 2 days ago

This tbt... ♥️ i miss that little army crawl! he’s much harder to catch now. 😆 #welles #littlelove #throwback #nothingdownaboutit

comment 74 star 4,022 3 days ago

Today some exciting things were happening at the house (see stories) so we took the day to explore other places. ♥️ i love watching my kids discover new things and be curious. ames was mesmerized by all of the sea animals... welles was a bit unsure and scarlett just loved the creepiest creatures, naturally. 😂🤷🏼‍♀️ i cannot wait for tomorrow. cannot! if you saw our stories, you know what i’m talking about. i’m not even sneaking the tiniest peek until tomorrow. promise @vivintgivesback 🙌🏼 #nothingdownaboutit

comment 17 star 2,165 3 days ago

Some girlfriends and i were talking about scary things happening in schools right now... one of which has teenagers (super scary). there is so much garbage out there that our kids can’t avoid and while i want to be ready and understand it all, it’s a pretty terrifying and draining topic. i came home thinking of the battles ahead and how i can protect and prepare my little ones... it was s*****g all of the energy right out of me. so... i was getting ready for bed when i heard welles’ little voice talking from his crib and knew exactly what i needed for a recharge. i climbed into his crib and he giggled with delight to have company after hours. his stubby little hands kept stroking my face and then cupping my chin and pulling me in for little slobbery kisses. my heart exploded over and over again. his eyes were smiling as big as his mouth as he would dive into my arm for extra tight snuggles. that boy is as pure as they come... full of joy and goodness. i’m so glad that he can remind me of all that’s good in the world with just a quick late night snuggle. he just gives my heart so much hope... if i can send a kid like him off to school to influence his peers the way he influences me, we can create some change... even if it’s just in little ways. ♥️ i swear... he always knows exactly what i need. ✨ #magic #thisboy #nothingdownabouthim

comment 68 star 3,865 5 days ago

Raise your hand if you dropped, shattered and had to replace three phone screens last year?? 🙋🏼‍♀️ it’s a real problem for me. and i wonder why.... maybe it’s because these monkeys have thrown my phone at concrete steps. or maybe it’s because while trying to hold them through a parking lot in both arms, i dropped it on the crosswalk. and just maybe the third time was my own fault for texting, walking and tripping all at the same time. clearly, i have horrible phone luck. 🤷🏼‍♀️ since i got this @loopycases cover last fall, i haven’t even come close to breaking another screen. the loop on the back makes it so easy to hold and not drop. it’s hands down the best case that i’ve ever had. 🙌🏼 anyways, you’re welcome for that little public service announce. take your selfies safely, people.😉😂 (use code: oakley10 for 10% off) #momproblems #clumsyproblems #ad

comment 30 star 1,618 6 days ago

Just another manic monday! 🎵 what kind of “chores” do your kids do? scar is only six but i’m realizing how capable she is of more than just picking up toys. she feels pride helping out and it’s a great way for her work towards things that she wants (poor december birthday... all the goods come at once! 😂). what kinds of chore systems do you have in place? after i compile some of your ideas and try them out, maybe i’ll do a blogpost about what worked best around here. for now, ames and welles are becoming pros at putting toys back in the toy basket. 👌🏼 #littlehelpers #teachemyoung #nothingdownaboutit

comment 33 star 2,680 6 days ago

I wish mothering today was as beautiful and clean as this picture... but not quite. that pretty girl and i had a couple rounds of duking it out this weekend... and tonight, after the final round, i looked at her brushing her teeth while scowling at me because i’m such a “mean mom” (didn’t let her have a second bedtime snack) and my heart softened... i had to stop and remember that she’s still too young to process how hurtful her words can be (“mean mom” was only one of many phrases directed at me today). i needed to get down on her level and remind her how much we love each other even when we feel angry. then we read some scripture verses and she snuggled me like i was the best thing in her entire world. ♥️ and now, all is well... until tomorrow morning, but i’ll soak it up. 😉 this girl has a million emotions and most of them are so so positive. she amazes me even when she’s draining me. 👱🏼‍♀️ #mygirl #worthitall #littlemissamazing #nothingdownaboutit

comment 61 star 4,225 6 days ago

Most popular fella in town. ♥️ papa rock steals the show again. i could hardly get these boys to even look at me this whole weekend. i get it though, he’s the best. we all love him to the “sun, moon and stars... forever and ever!” ☺️ #hisphrase #daddio #paparock #familyiseverything #nothingdownaboutit

comment 13 star 3,127 1 weeks ago

Ran for our angel boy in heaven today. 👼🏼 i can’t believe it’s almost been a year. love you ares... so so much. #nephew #angelbaby #runwithangels ♥️ (ames got a little tuckered out after that first big mile😅)

comment 44 star 4,032 2 weeks ago

“come at me friday!” 🌊 wishing we were at the beach. instead the boys played in a muddy plastic pool. 🤷🏼‍♀️ improv at its finest. happy friday, people!! 😘 #tgif #nothingdownaboutit (thanks for snapping this @meeshellsullivan ♥️)

comment 47 star 4,498 2 weeks ago

I can’t believe that i get to take credit for making these little people. 🙋🏼‍♀️ they sure bring me a lot of sunshine and happiness. ☀️ speaking of sunshine... what are your favorite outdoor activities with littles around this age? it’s finally that time of year (i swear... if we get another random late-spring snow storm 🤯!!). let’s get creative! #mylittlepeople #nothingdownaboutit

comment 32 star 3,174 2 weeks ago