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James Van Der Beek #Husband, #father, #writer, professional make-believer, work in progress. | www.nytimes.com/2018/06/14/opinion/personalism-philosophy-collectivism-fragmentation.amp.html |

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33,951 Likes | 26 days ago | 1,793

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The craziest choices are always my favorite ones... #YesItsHappening @dancingabc

27,809 Likes | 27 days ago | 532

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This picture came with the frame.

8,128 Likes | 29 days ago | 92

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When you insist you’ll play better without a drink... but you’re secretly only 60/40 on that decision at best. @pyramidabc (via @allypintucci)

6,197 Likes | 30 days ago | 40

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@diplo, this is technically all your fault.

1,398 Likes | 32 days ago | 42

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#tbt 2 years ago today. I usually advise never listening to reviews (a critic in your head doesn’t help with the creative process)... but the critical response to this show I co-created, wrote, and show ran opened the door to a new world of opportunities. These things take a while to launch... but announcements for the next project coming soon. — #Repost — Reviews are in!!! Never predicted I'd write a show about which @rollingstone would say: "It's lit, fam..." But then again, I never predicted I'd play a DJ. #funfact: There's a guy in white pushing me out on stage on the right side of frame. That guy is @diplo. High fives to my writers room, @brandondermer @shrimptooth @hal_ozsan @kiiokee

12,906 Likes | 35 days ago | 206

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She’s ready for the #VarsityBlues reboot. 😎

21,834 Likes | 36 days ago | 254

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Free rides with a lifetime subscription ❤️

25,041 Likes | 40 days ago | 420

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This video won’t make the bad news go away... but it might make you smile. Worked for me. #oldtownroadremix

8,960 Likes | 41 days ago | 96

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#TheBluestEye wasn’t easy an easy read for a middle-class white high school kid from Connecticut. #Beloved was even less easy. So unflinching were those books... so powerful, and so determined to convey complicated truths without any regard for how I might feel about it. They made me uncomfortable. And for that, I’m eternally grateful to #ToniMorrison. Thank you for your bravery, honesty and genius... for clueing me in to just how much I didn’t know - and how much more deeply I needed to listen.

11,147 Likes | 42 days ago | 857

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Embarrassment can be a good thing... if it causes you to open your eyes. If it doesn’t? Well... (via @joshbrolin)

4,482 Likes | 43 days ago | 36

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On the football field, what @tonygonzalez88 gave put him in the #nflhalloffame. What he offered up on that stage yesterday as he was inducted... was even greater. “Success leaves clues...” as he so eloquently put it, and I encourage any athlete, artist, father, thinker, or conscious human to google his acceptance speech (link in my bio) and get inspired in whatever it is you do. I know it fired me up. Congratulations, my friend. Proud to know you.

29,362 Likes | 45 days ago | 272

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#fbf About 4 days after @vanderkimberly & I met. At this point, I pretty much knew were going to get married. I think she knew it, too... and she was not happy about it. * Yet. 😘

36,351 Likes | 46 days ago | 460

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Everyone who knows me knows that the coolest thing about me is my wife. Nine years ago today @vanderkimberly made me the happiest I’d ever been by becoming my bride. Took a little convincing, but I knew I’d win her over eventually 😘 Since then, we’ve learned how to raise kids, how to open up, how to fight, how to love, how to heal, how to trust our instincts and how to not be afraid to find our true selves - or at least never stop digging. Together. Couldn’t have asked for a better, sexier partner. I honor and treasure you, babe... I just fucking love you. Happy anniversary ❤️

26,916 Likes | 52 days ago | 374

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Why I was not a teen idol until I was out of my teens. - The moral of this story: Be you. And be patient. The people who are meant to catch up, will... and the ones who don’t? You were probably never going to impress them, anyway.

32,473 Likes | 53 days ago | 1,310

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My gym is cooler than your gym (wait for it...)

4,159 Likes | 53 days ago | 144

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#tbt 5 years ago when I co-wrote a super dark, R-rated bootleg #powerrangers fan film my friend @bootleguniverse produced to put on @youtube for free... just ‘cause. Nobody made any money, we did it for fun. It ended up being my first official writing credit, and the first time I got to really stunt train. Plus, my stunt double broke his wrist right before shooting so I got to do all my own sword fighting. 🤩 Unsolicited advice to any aspiring creatives out there: If it inspires you, do it. The money and recognition will come, but first you need to step into a creative flow, and that only really happens when you’re doing something that lights you up. And if some people think what you’re doing is crazy... that’s a bonus 😎

18,394 Likes | 57 days ago | 156

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This is how she asks for things: Hand open, as if what she wants is yearning to embrace her right back. We get so stuck in our stories... the things we “should” get, the things we “deserve”... What if we scrapped all those “lessons” we’ve learned along the way and instead went with the narrative that what we want... wants us back?

5,853 Likes | 58 days ago | 55

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Happy birthday @park24hrs!!! The family you make among the way. Michael (far left) @marckudisch & I met when I was 17 doing theater at @goodspeedmusicals. He took me under his wing, let me crash on the couch in his STUDIO apartment EVERY time I needed to stay in NYC - even on the first night he & his wife spent there as a married couple 😘- and taught me a ton about how to be a man, a father a husband, and an artist in this industry. He originated Larry in @dearevanhansen, he’s in season 3 of @strangerthingstv, and he’s been the big brother I never had for the last 25 years. Love you Parky!

19,681 Likes | 61 days ago | 308

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Grampa still got it 💪🏻

11,000 Likes | 62 days ago | 132

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Cheers to the #EMMY nominated @poseonfx! So proud to have gotten to be a part of this groundbreaking show. I’ve sometimes wondered why we even have award ceremonies... but in times like these, when a show about the most marginalized, most openly discriminated against, most murdered section of the population can get recognized in the same category as #GameOfThrones... then I get it. Congratulations to the amazing cast and crew and writers for having created something that celebrates, digs deep... and slays. #posefx

40,247 Likes | 71 days ago | 540

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Sat on a tarmac for three hours before getting bussed back to a terminal w/ no AC for another four hours, then our nonstop had to stop in Minneapolis at 3am for a total 11 hour delay. People kept asking how we were doing this with five kids... I kept secretly wondering how they were doing it without them. #fatherhood #mycrew

13,425 Likes | 77 days ago | 92

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Happy birthday to my Mom... a creative genius who preached the gospel of “There’s no such word as ‘can’t” and has never been afraid to embrace her best crazy... or to laugh at mine. ❤️

50,295 Likes | 77 days ago | 630

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6 out of 7 smiling? I’m calling that a win by decision. If I’d averaged that when I played baseball, there’d be a statue of me outside the stadium 🏆 Had a magical time with the family at @clubmedpuntacana. Thanks to everyone who took such good care of us and our kids ❤️#clubmed #clubmedpuntacana

24,012 Likes | 78 days ago | 314

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True paradise is connection with the ones you love. But a tropical island doesn’t hurt, either. #GoForBoth #clubmed #clubmedpuntacana #clubmedexclusivecollection

8,709 Likes | 79 days ago | 194

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We came to @clubmedpuntacana for the kids - the programs, the activities, the camps, the friggin’ TRAPEZE! For the kids. I mean, sure I tried it. It was there. I knew my kids would want to see me do it. So of course I had to. It was the right thing to do. Y’know... for my kids. #clubmed #clubmedpuntacana

19,229 Likes | 83 days ago | 114

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I think I need a waterfall. Like if you think I should have a #waterfall. #GratuitousNatureShot

12,987 Likes | 84 days ago | 215

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Hi. My name is James, and I’d like to be considered for the position of medium-to-high-end catalogue model. I’m comfortable in many different looks, from formal, to casual, high fashion and sporty. If the opportunity is long-term, I would consider cutting my hair, but I’d prefer to not dye it. Special skills include gymnastics, accents, waterskiing, yoga, fighting, baby making and baseball. While I won’t pose nude, I would consider foot or hand modeling - just need some notice to get a pedicure. I have acted off-Broadway and on a soap opera before and have had speaking roles in a few feature films *(see resume attached), so when it comes to getting the right emotion; brooding, happy, cool, bored, intelligent, aloof - it’s all no problem! I am a people person & fun to work with, and even though my legs are probably too big for most runway sizes, I am game to try on anything! Oh, and I can dance in many different styles - ballroom, hip-hop, tap and jazz - so if there is a fun digital component to go along with the catalogue where you need to see me move in the clothes, I can add value there, as well. Thank you for you consideration. Eco-friendly brands preferred. xoxo

7,136 Likes | 86 days ago | 110

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#CountryRoadPorn

10,034 Likes | 86 days ago | 113

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Bet you my vacation was crunchier 🏆

4,868 Likes | 87 days ago | 75

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I’m reminded that it’s not just good to be in nature... it’s crucial. For those of us who live and work in cities, it’s so easy to get caught up in man-made rhythms, regardless of whether or not they serve us. But to be immersed in a flawlessly interconnected ecosystem... one which doesn’t fucking care if we earned that number, or made that call, but demands only that we BE? That’s some savior-level recalibration right there. #JustBe #NeverMindTheMosquitos

7,524 Likes | 90 days ago | 69

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Mud ✔️ stick ✔️dirty shoes ✔️ sense of wonder & adventure ✔️

4,533 Likes | 91 days ago | 38

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Found a happy place 💚

10,437 Likes | 92 days ago | 71

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#HappyFathersDay to my opening day starter. Forever grateful for your work ethic, and your kindness. And that right arm 💪🏻

82,202 Likes | 92 days ago | 1,023

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For me, being a father means having that quiet little voice inside of you that says “Be a better man,” get louder and more consistent... to the point where you can’t really remember where that voice ends and where you begin. It means being tired beyond what is probably healthy, and patient beyond what you previously thought possible. And even though you know you’re far from perfect... being a father also comes with an unshakable awareness that all your actions have consequences - context that reaches far beyond your own self-interest. It’s scary to feel that interconnected with the rest of the world - especially with your heart now walking around outside your body - because it demands more personal responsibility... but it will make you a better man. Of at least that I’m sure. #HappyFathersDay to all the imperfect dads out there, trying their best and learning on the job.👊#fatherhood

31,338 Likes | 93 days ago | 365

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Just when I thought my heart was full... Parents who might be considering adding to your brood, never underestimate your heart’s capacity to expand. Or how much you can accomplish on so little sleep. 😍 Happy 1st birthday Gwendolyn. Indescribably grateful you’ve blessed us with your light. 🌈 #parenthood

17,095 Likes | 97 days ago | 261

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#EmmyMagazine for @poseonfx So proud to have been a part of this show season one, and of my barrier-breaking cast. They keep it rolling season two starting TONIGHT ON @fxnetworks #pride 🌈

13,890 Likes | 104 days ago | 460

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When I was asked to be on #TigNotaro’s new talk show, I immediately said yes. Because I’m a huge Tig fan. Then I was told, “It’s because she doesn’t know who you are. That’s the whole point of the show.” What happened next was amazing. Link in my bio... @funnyordie

10,154 Likes | 106 days ago | 84

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When you have four sisters & know how to navigate a @lolsurprise princess birthday party no problem 👍

20,683 Likes | 108 days ago | 443

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What they cost you in sleep... they more than make up for in entertainment value. #kids

9,264 Likes | 108 days ago | 94

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I came, I pitched... I conquered. There’s a chance I might have LOOKED this chill had we not triggered multiple offers this first round... but I would not have felt that way on the inside.

16,057 Likes | 112 days ago | 107

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Pastoral images (and every image I’ve ever posted) courtesy of the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Eternally grateful to them and to their families 🇺🇸 #memorialday

28,591 Likes | 113 days ago | 510

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Kids walk when they’re ready to walk. But a little EDM never hurts. 🎧

66,712 Likes | 115 days ago | 3,749

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Some abortion opponents sincerely believe life begins at conception. They believe abortion is murder. And no one can say with absolute certainty whether that belief is right or wrong.... Which is why we can’t legislate religious beliefs. The ethical argument here is complex, and the only thing I know for sure is that I have no right to tell anyone how to think or what to choose. For all the women out there fighting for sovereignty over your own body... I support you.

12,545 Likes | 119 days ago | 187

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One uncropped photo, so many questions: 1) Did I spontaneously increase in size so quickly that @vanderkimberly couldn’t get my head in frame? 2) Or... did everyone else at the farmer’s market - including @vanderkimberly and this lovely woman behind us - suddenly shrink? 3) If so... did my kids feel like giants? 4) Did they freak out and get crazy with power? 5) How did I not notice? 6) Did somebody then wave that #MenInBlack wand to erase my memory but forget about possible photographic evidence of this phenomenon? 7) If so... are the super-secret agents who guard our belief in such fragile constructs as physics and linear time getting sloppy? 8) Or are those super-secret agents just getting lazy? 9) If so... how would it be possible to enforce quality control over a secret process we’re all supposed to just trust in, but have no oversight over, and where there’s no path to recourse in the event of negligence or just plain error? 10) Why is my brain like this? 11) Why did we go to the farmers market in the rain with four children? So, so many questions...

12,902 Likes | 120 days ago | 293

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When the queen smiles upon you... shut up and be grateful. 👸

23,090 Likes | 120 days ago | 172

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If I got pulled around the #farmersmarket in a wagon... I’d be happy about it. All I’m sayin’. #parenthood ❤️

3,340 Likes | 122 days ago | 66

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#FightTraining Fridays... Almost lost my footing on that last #spinninghookkick 😳... but as my grandfather used to say, “The mark of a good craftsman is how well they cover their mistakes.” Might’ve just been something he pulled out of his ass right after fucking something up... but I’ll take it to the bank. Getting better every session. Project updates coming soon 👊#muythai #thaiboxing @therealjohnnyhunt

13,602 Likes | 124 days ago | 186

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Who wore it better? @vanderkimberly #marriage 🥳

16,537 Likes | 125 days ago | 435

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I have no idea where she gets it. 🙀

8,677 Likes | 126 days ago | 76

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They both dress themselves. #siblings

41,384 Likes | 127 days ago | 413

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There’s so much social media pressure these days on mothers (and women in general) to be perfect. And it’s nonsense. No human is perfect, let alone one with a job as tricky and fluid as motherhood. I’d like to honor and appreciate @vanderkimberly for being something better than perfect: For being real. There are few things more panic-inducing than the idea you may have done something wrong as a parent, but she remains blisteringly honest and determinedly authentic, even when it’s inconvenient or downright complicated. Her willingness to embrace the truth - and dare give voice to how she understands it at the time - is what makes her my my hero. That, and the fact that she grew my five favorite people inside of her, birthed them, fed them, and continues to raise and love and nurture them EVERY DAY - including the one who woke up vomiting this morning 😍 #HappyMothersDay baby. And to all the other moms out there doing their best... let’s toast to recognizing this perfection game for the scam that it is. 🥂

17,600 Likes | 127 days ago | 145

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I’ll never truly appreciate the myriad things my Mom did for me that dominated her day-to-day: All the sleepless nights, the lunches, the planning, the rides, the laundry, the dirty dishes, the dinners. But what I do deeply appreciate - to this day - is that when I told her (at fifteen years old) I wanted try acting professionally in New York... she saw me. She saw me for who I was, and what I had to offer. And despite knowing how insanely minuscule the odds of success can be in this business... She saw past that and saw ME. And she believed in me. Cheers to all those Moms who endeavor to see their kids for what they truly are... and choose to support them - logic and odds be damned. #HappyMothersDay Mom. I love you.

16,975 Likes | 128 days ago | 84

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A little Dad date with my dude before #mothersday 💙

7,461 Likes | 128 days ago | 84

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This is how I walk when I’m feeling my shoe game 🏆

13,930 Likes | 131 days ago | 350

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Was thinking a lot about how often we subjugate ourselves without even being aware. Whose #approval are we trying to win? Had the revelation that when we desire approval from somebody, we start playing by their rules... we give priority to their values... and we accept their ceiling as our own limitation. Finding your voice means relaxing into your own #power, not giving a sh*t about who’s impressed and who’s not, and daring to live the truth that resonates with you. It’s a lifelong process, to be sure... And while it’s always important to learn from one another, and to afford others their human dignity... the more we make false #idols out of others - our parents, teachers, our boss, our loved ones, our followers, society - the less likely we are to realize that specific piece of the human puzzle that is ours to reveal.

21,771 Likes | 133 days ago | 340

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Kids have your back. Don’t get me wrong - they challenge and exhaust you in ways that seem tailor-made to press your most carefully concealed buttons with surgical precision... but they’re also rooting for you. And supporting you in ways I’m convinced we’ll never be able to quantify. A friend of mine’s father once told him: “Babies come with a bundle of bread under each arm” (meaning they bring their own prosperity), and I can attest to that... but I feel like it goes even deeper. For all the care, love, protection and hard work you put into their well-being, it’s like they’re secretly working on you in some mystical fashion, injecting emotional and spiritual energy where you need it most. Maybe it’s all in their own self-interest, since they’re helplessly dependent on you for a number of years... but I’ll take it. In fact, I think we need it. #MondayMusings

99,754 Likes | 136 days ago | 2,607

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So... here’s my working theory: Dads, date your daughters. Drive responsibly, put down your phone, invest in everything they have to say and treat them like they’re the most valuable human in the room, if not the world. And then (theoretically), once they start dating for real, they’ll have a bar... and anyone who doesn’t meet that bar, you won’t have to tell them - they’ll make that call for themselves. #DateNight #SetTheBarHigh * (I’ll let you know in about ten or fifteen years if this actually works 👍🤞)

6,852 Likes | 136 days ago | 47

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Home Office invasion ❤️

10,051 Likes | 137 days ago | 96

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The most star-struck moment I’ve ever had came courtesy of #petermayhew when I was at my most cynical. I was in my early 20’s, burnt out and over-worked, accepting some award (kids choice? I can’t remember), and OVER IT - over fame, attention, success, responsibility - all of it. As I snuck in through the back entrance (avoiding the red carpet like an ungrateful brat) who should walk past me, but #CHEWBACCA... I froze. Suddenly, I was six years old again. I felt that tingling in my gut, somewhere between excited and afraid, and prayed he wouldn’t look at me because I knew I wouldn’t know what to do, let alone say... And it snapped me right out of my stupid funk. In that one instant, I remembered what it was to be a fan, to believe in a character with all my heart, and how important that relationship can feel. Such was the magic of what Peter Mahew created. It likely wasn’t even him beneath all that yak fur that day... and yet it was. RIP Chewie. Thanks for making this little boy happy.

7,057 Likes | 137 days ago | 57

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#tbt Exactly one year ago today, after a brutal day on @poseonfx w/ @evanpeters. I left set emotionally and physically exhausted. And glad it was over. AND giddy and proud and reminded of how much I love doing this. Not sure what that says about me... but clearly, acting is not an occupation for the sane. #ActingIsNotForTheSane #BeYourBestCrazy

31,086 Likes | 139 days ago | 595

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Just giving up? Or just not giving a f*ck? #Dadwear #IHaveDaughters

24,728 Likes | 139 days ago | 280

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Just dropped this one off at school today for the first time... last week she was asking me for a date every single morning. This week, she’s unavailable. It’s insane how much life just moves past you while you’re busy trying to figure other, “important” things...

28,902 Likes | 141 days ago | 296

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When your #brunch squad still requires a group trip to the potty every time one of them has to go... pick a fancy spot with a super fancy restroom. 👍#parentingstrategies #protip

16,069 Likes | 142 days ago | 139

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“Daddy, I’m SO boring...” Means it’s time for an activity. And a grammar lesson. #saturdays #parenthood

11,200 Likes | 143 days ago | 77

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Organizing... #HappyFriday

6,635 Likes | 144 days ago | 63

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#tbt Them: “James, take a pic w/ team USA’s Olympic medal-winning rowers?” Me: Of course! (then, quietly) Am I going to look like somebody put me in the dryer and shrunk me? Them: “No...... great suit, btw..” Me: Why, thank you! #TallIsBeautiful #NothingWrongWithThat #NothingWrongWithBeingShortEither

35,165 Likes | 147 days ago | 359

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Rolling with this many kids means never having to worry about getting blamed if you happen to break a little wind. #MondayMusings

18,282 Likes | 148 days ago | 139

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Wishing you and your family a very happy #Easter ☮️ 🐣

59,538 Likes | 150 days ago | 1,188

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Sometimes we fight. We bicker. We go to bed angry, usually over stupid stuff that doesn’t really matter but somehow does in the moment. We don’t post all that on IG because, well... we like being married 😘 But the one thing that seems pretty clear so far is that relationships are not so much about who you are - or who you were when you met - but how you evolve. And, as @vanderkimberly so astutely pointed out to me yesterday, it’s important to afford your partner room to change. To not define them by their past actions, or tendencies, or even current limitations, because that puts them in a box which may not allow space for a better, more fully realized version of themselves to take root. It’s tricky, of course, because as humans we learn by grouping and categorizing - that’s just brain science. But pairing up with another flawed human (myself excluded, obviously- I’m perfect 🤫) means, in no small way, to transcend science. To love, care, and evolve beyond logic. And to allow your partner to do the same. And to always put the toilet seat down - dudes, you don’t want to forget that one. 👍#ItsaJourneyNotaDestination #GoodFriday everybody.

19,652 Likes | 152 days ago | 231

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Family size body dryer = instant party @legolandcalifornia #springbreak (PS - Got a lot of inquiries about the girl’s swimsuits. They’re @crewandlu. Mine’s @onia, if anyone cares 🤗)

12,164 Likes | 154 days ago | 79

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Happy birthday to my little sister! From the moment she was born, a bright, shining beacon of sweetness, optimism and joy. The kindest person I’ve ever known. Seriously... she’s so genuinely nice that she makes me look like a**hole ❤️

22,189 Likes | 157 days ago | 205

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When the answer is “yes” before you hear the question 💜

11,818 Likes | 158 days ago | 371

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#tbt My now 8 year-old in the set of one of my shows... can’t remember which one 🤔 Truth is, I’ve had as many cancelled shows as I have kids. And that’s not even counting the failed pilots before that. Felt like a roller coaster at the time, but now I’ve now come to recognize it as the universe having given me a master class in writing and show running. If any of those shows had run as long as they should/could have, I wouldn’t be nearly as prepared for what I’m doing right now. So, in honor of #donttrustthebitchinapt23, let’s raise an afternoon martini to the roads best not taken (even if you were helplessly riding shotgun and totally second-guessing the route at the time).😌

30,943 Likes | 159 days ago | 174

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Not going to lie, two nights of uninterrupted sleep was nice. Realllllly nice. But this is better ❤️ #parenthood

20,210 Likes | 159 days ago | 243

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Nothing awkward about this photo - just so you know. This is a very natural sitting position for young human children indigenous to the suburbs of the northeastern region of the United States. They all sit, facing the same direction, in complimentary apparel, legs around each other as if riding an imaginary horse, as protection against the cold winters when the baseboard heater isn’t cutting it. #nationalsiblingday #nationalsiblingsday

2,793 Likes | 160 days ago | 49

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Highlights from my #backstage tour in my stories... @bemorechillmusical #Broadway #BeMoreChill #Theater

15,903 Likes | 161 days ago | 186

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Six hour flight? Or six-hour work vacation? Depends on what airline. And what you do. And how many kids you have.

13,162 Likes | 161 days ago | 121

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You can be on #springbreak... or you can BE spring break 😍 #SpiritAnimal

5,357 Likes | 164 days ago | 147

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So... here’s a little peek at what I’ve been up to in secret: training for a project I’m creating and haven’t even formally pitched, yet. But I’ve always believed - scratch that - known... that putting energy into what you want generates more energy in that direction. Not that I’ll be busting out any 360 roundhouse kicks in my pitch meetings (that’d be a weird move for a writer/show runner 🤓)... but I’ll know, deep down... that I could. Kicks via @therealjohnnyhunt Camera work (& “wow”) via @jamar_neighbors who paused his gladiator workout to indulge my vanity. #muythai #360roundhousekick

10,854 Likes | 166 days ago | 82

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Don’t fear change.

25,087 Likes | 168 days ago | 312

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I woke up exhausted today (and multiple times throughout the night - as per usual😍)... I thought saying “yes” to my daughters request for a date would energize me. It didn’t. Was fun... warmed my heart, but I’m still beat. I’ve said no to all the easy paths offered this year, which means creating, writing, pitching, strategizing, training for multiple projects. Plus five kids and an amazing wife. And I love it. I’m insanely lucky, and you can understand why I want to be all things to all people... But I’m coming to grips with the reality that you can’t. Nobody can. So I’m going to try to give myself permission to just show up. To offer the best of what I’m able to muster to whoever is in front of me, and trust that it will be enough. And that the rest of the world will keep spinning without my worrying about it. #MondayMusings

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For the record, I am totally down with #dandelions in my yard. Mowing lawns for money as a kid in Connecticut, it was all about preventing those little yellow flowers from blaspheming that perfectly homogeneous green carpet out front. Now... f*ck it. Bring ‘em on. Why hate on a few pops of color? It’s funny the assumptions you adopt without examination... and the odd little rush you get when you throw out something you’d simply taken for granted as true for most of your life. What have you come to see differently as you settled into #adulthood?

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My spirit animal 🦄 #TheGreatestShowman

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Who knew that one afternoon 18 years ago spent goofing off with @biggsjason and @thatkevinsmith would have lead to another afternoon spent laughing and riffing and playing our idiot selves to the hilt? Proof once again that nobody really knows anything in this business (least of all me)... which is why it’s still populated by fun, crazy people. #jayandsilentbobreboot

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#tbt Came across this pic today. If I’m being completely honest... I have no idea which kid this is. But reasonably sure it’s mine 👍😎

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Pitch for my next project dialed in and mapped out neatly on the whiteboard... Maybe now I can find time to get a haircut.

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#truth 🔈

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Happy birthday to the queen. Funny... when she was born, it felt like she was the least in her body of any of our kids. A week later, she was the most present person I know. Now, she presides over our home with razor-sharp intelligence, sparkle, and an authority matched only by her deep sensitivity. She heals and delights and leaves me in awe every single day. Can’t believe I get to know you, and as much as I want to bottle up every second I spend with you, I can’t wait to see what’s next. Long live the queen!

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I knew I was in love pretty much immediately - at least to the extent I was capable of knowing. I was certain I wanted to have kids with her. But what I couldn’t have seen back then (but wish I could give myself credit for having forecasted), was how much she’d grow. How much she’d challenge herself, and deepen, and evolve. How much she would discover about herself, her gifts, her hang-ups, her passions, and just how much more in love with her I’d become with each new revelation. Happy birthday @vanderkimberly... you inspire me and everyone you know. Thanks for never settling for anything less than your (or my) best. ❤️

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We get to choose how we react to the world. We get to choose how we respond to what life throws at us. And it’s not about faith, or choosing the “right” path, or being moral, or even good. Those are all nice ideas that can help light the way, but ultimately... what truly serves us? What nourishes our soul? Aligns with our heart’s desire? What affords us true clarity and creates space for lasting happiness? There are so many easy ways to spark outrage, self-righteousness and fear, and all that has its place, I suppose... but we all have the power to make our own choice. #MondayMusings Sending love to New Zealand and everyone around the world trying to find the light today 💜

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Even losing a decathlon to a high school kid is a good time when you’re with @kevinhart4real. @whatthefit on the @LOLNetwork channel on @YouTube. #whatthefit link in bio

35,339 Likes | 187 days ago | 398

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❤️ Seven years ago today, this little guy jumped out - feet first - and cracked me wide open. I’d never felt such peace, such love for my fellow human. I was convinced if they could bottle up that feeling... there’d be no more war - it just couldn’t exist in that energy field. Since then, it’s been a joy to witness the reveal of this strong, empathetic, deep little thinker. His determination, sensitivity, and wild sense of humor make me a better human on the daily. I’d like to say I’m raising him, but really... I feel like he’s raising me.

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Every once in a while, Twitter is still fun.

16,599 Likes | 189 days ago | 161

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It’s #Monday. Get yours 😎

2,565 Likes | 192 days ago | 77

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Couldn’t have said it better as myself... #Repost @brandondermer ・・・ without women, none of us would be here ✊ 👩 #internationalwomensday

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42 years old today. Woke up at 4am to our son throwing up... in our bed. Not quite over the flu, yet, myself. Doubling down on myself as a writer & creator, which is both thrilling and terrifying, and I don’t remember the last time I slept through the night. 21 years ago today, The WB TV network got me a limo for the night in #NYC as a present... My college friends all came out and we went to all the “cool” clubs. It was the first time they saw me get recognized, and we partied past 4am. I woke up happier today 😍.

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Last week I felt paralyzed by the desire to do everything perfectly. This week I’m paralyzed by the #flu. At least my obsession with perfection isn’t contagious... * or is it? 🤔 #FeverThoughts

15,347 Likes | 199 days ago | 136

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Stole my hat, and 97.5% likely to get away with it 🥰

17,402 Likes | 200 days ago | 196

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#tbt One of my first headshots. Somebody saw this on a proof sheet and said: “Yes! Found it! Let’s blow up THAT one.” And I must’ve agreed 😬 I don’t believe this one yielded a single job...

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Concluded #pot was not a performance-enhancing drug in ‘09 #TheMoreYouKnow 💫🙄🥴👍 - #Repost @theonewiththevows ・・・ The Evolution of: James Van Der Beek #JamesVanDerBeek

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One of the most cringeworthy phrases I hear, little dude... is, “Be a man.” Especially when it’s said to young boys, because the message is often: “Be tough. Don’t cry. Suck it up. Act like nothing effects you.” To me... that’s just empty posturing. Being a real man means being strong enough to be empathetic. To be sensitive. To be caring, kind, and confident enough to appreciate and nurture your feminine side. If you start with that as a base, all that other stereotypically “manly” behavior (none of which is exclusive to males, btw) might just accomplish some good. But in the meantime... it’s okay to be a boy. ❤️

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Thank you @americanair for the huge travel assist. #WhenInDoubtBringTheWagon

47,323 Likes | 205 days ago | 660

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So... turns out we’re cruise people. Want to thank everybody on board the @carnival Horizon for leaving us with a treasure trove of “wow” moments. From the food to the service, to the waterslides, to the food, to the entertainment... to the food. We needed this more than we realized. This was our first cruise... it will not be our last. #ChooseFun #carnival #carnivalpartner

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If you’ve ever flirted with the idea of going on a cruise, I have one word of advice: Do it. Okay, that’s technically two words, but you should totally go. Aha! I could have just said: “Go.” That would have been one word. But seriously... go for it. It’s fun. And delicious. #choosefun @carnival #carnivalpartner #Carnival (adventures in my stories)

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Dad’s still got it 👍

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They share a birthday ❤️ It’s amazing how #grandparents can have completely different relationships with your kids than they did with you. Even if they were really good parents... there’s something they’ve figured out the second time around that you just can’t fake. Maybe it’s the part-time nature of the gig, maybe it’s experience, maybe it’s the wisdom that comes with age. Whatever it is... I’m grateful for it.

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My funny #Valentines ❤️ #HappyValentinesDay everybody 🥰

11,196 Likes | 217 days ago | 109

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What if all the constructs and narratives we’ve come to accept as important - where we live, what we do, what we make, to whom we belong, what we win, who we are - what if the only reason all of that existed... was to serve as the architecture within which we get to try our hand at the much more important (and much more rewarding) task of establishing moments of meaningful connection with one other? What if that was actually all that mattered? #MondayMusings

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Caught a sneak peek of #HTTYDragon 3... Scored a collective 12 👍 from this crew. #BeAKingFindYourQueen (And no, I didn’t count incorrectly - bonus points for finding the hidden child in this pic.) #HowToTrainYourDragon

22,097 Likes | 220 days ago | 178

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Start your weekend right ❤️

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#tbt First magazine photo shoot. I’d used all my season one #DawsonsCreek money to pay off my first two years of college loans and was sleeping on Kevin Williamson’s couch at the time, so my publicist offered his own house for this @people shoot. You ever feel good vibes in a place? 13 years (and a lot of life) later, I rented a house mostly because it reminded me of that one, only smaller. A month after I’d moved in, I came to find out it was the EXACT SAME house... I’d just thought it was smaller because, back when I’d done the photo shoot, my previous residence had been a shared dorm room - so I’d remembered it as huge. I met my wife while I lived there... brought home a baby there... then when we were pregnant with #2 and had to move to a bigger place, I told a friend about it, and she moved in. I’ve since met three other people who’ve lived there, and they all found love, success, babies, or all the above there. Some spots are just kind of magical... and I’m telling you - there’s at least one such place in #LosAngeles

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Last-second flight to see somebody I love because... well, her prognosis wasn’t good. Isn’t hopeful. At least according to the doctors. But I guess “good” is really what we choose to make of it all, though, right? Otherwise, we’re just victims of circumstance, dependent on a diagnosis, or some other external “reality” for peace of mind, whereas the truth -the real truth- is that peace of mind is a state of mind... and can come at any time. It’s ultimately our choice, isn’t it? And then, of course... there’s the emotional roller coaster... which is also valid and real, and sometimes we just have to let that movie play out, and acknowledge those feelings so that our body doesn’t have to hold onto them. And somewhere, in the middle of all that, looking for the balance... is us. Life is a crazy thing to get to experience... thank god we weren’t designed to go through it alone.

22,238 Likes | 227 days ago | 146

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#Writing is equal parts being the one on the right... and feeling like the one on the left.

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Almost exactly twelve years ago, in the post-Super Bowl episode of @crimmindscbs, I killed @jaimeraynewman4real. Now, she’s nominated for an Oscar for producing a short film her husband wrote & directed! The moral of this story: It pays to know me (no matter what I pretend to do to you on screen 🤗) Psyched for you guys! And well-deserved... #Repost @guy_nattiv ・・・ SKIN. For your consideration.

36,845 Likes | 231 days ago | 372

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When a toddler wants something unreasonable and throws a tantrum... sometimes the key is to make sure they feel heard. Once they calm down, you can talk about better ways to go about getting what they want. Maybe even strike a compromise. What’s not productive... is mocking them for “caving.” #MondayMusings

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Wishing you all such a great weekend you don’t even realize how far down your shirt has come unbuttoned #AndYouDontCare 😎 #BirthdayGirl

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5 years old today... my wild card who warms my heart just by existing. Always surprising, always mysterious, always magical. I don’t have favorites... but let’s just say all this one has ever had to say to get me to drop everything for her is “Daddy... I’m here.”

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#tbt Five years ago today... when my oldest daughter (then 3) said, “Mommy, you’re going to have the baby tomorrow.”.........

20,476 Likes | 236 days ago | 136

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Delayed gratification may be a sign of maturity... but it might classify as torture for a 2 and a 4 year-old 💔#NotMyFault #TheyllBringOurFoodAsSoonAsItsReady

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Some of the best lessons of my young life I learned playing football. The rest I learned doing theatre. Yeah... I was that kid. #StillAm #nflplayoffs

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How my L.A. kids see #rain is how I want to see life...

16,943 Likes | 244 days ago | 601

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Q: What are you supposed to get somebody for your #20thAnniversary? #Repost @espn ・・・ On This Date: In 1999's "Varsity Blues," Jonathon "Mox" Moxon and West Canaan High football won their final game of the season after coach Bud Kilmer lost control of the team.

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#10yearchallenge

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You can navigate life with your head or your heart. One of them can plan, calculate, and see several steps ahead. The other tends to be nearsighted... but might just make you happy wherever you’re at. Happy navigation everybody...😘 #MondayMusings

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#tbt My head is very much back in the game... but my heart is still relishing last week.

23,033 Likes | 252 days ago | 177

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An actor prepares... 😜#latergram #goldenglobes2018

34,851 Likes | 252 days ago | 204

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Felt like a winner last night... Eventually.

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A little brown velvet, if you please... Thanks @isaia for the kick-ass custom tux. I’m never taking it off. #Repost @ilariaurbinati ・・・ @vanderjames in custom @isaia + @davidyurman + @iwcwatches + @montblanc + @louboutinworld - styled by yours truly

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Sunday, Sunday, Sunday...

10,294 Likes | 256 days ago | 162

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❤️ rolling with this crew. #MaryPoppinsReturns

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What really matters? I’ve come to realize I don’t have the time or bandwidth for stuff that doesn’t. So I’m starting simple. Let’s be a little crazy... and let’s be authentic. And let’s let the rest take care of itself. #Happy2019 people ❤️

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2018 was a crazy year... saw my first ever #GoldenGlobe nom for a show I was in (#posefx), started creating 3 shows (which doesn’t translate so well to the Gram - you’ll see more when I can announce), and got to meet the magical little Gwendolyn ❤️ Ending the year grateful and excited 🙏🏻 #TopNine. #HappyNewYear everybody. Blessings and abundance to you all!

11,879 Likes | 259 days ago | 77

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Happy trails, 2018... (And also to our elf June who got special permission from Santa to stay with us until the New Year.)

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If you sneak away for some alone time and you don’t take an obligatory selfie... did it really happen?

9,672 Likes | 260 days ago | 37

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Jumping into 2019 like...

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Sometimes all it takes to make a kid happy is attention. Sometimes it’s a lot trickier, so I’m grateful for today 🙌

16,681 Likes | 263 days ago | 156

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Count ‘em...

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My catalogue shot if I was selling #RV’s. Or coffee mugs. Or #parenthood.

8,932 Likes | 264 days ago | 97

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You cannot stop the #christmascheer at the #RV rental facility, you can only hope to contain it.

8,424 Likes | 265 days ago | 52

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... And to all a good night ❤️ *(and if you’ve ever denied a child the use of a bathroom... all I’ll say is I hope Santa was looking the other way. There’s always 2019 🤫🤗🎅)

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Sound ⬆️🔊... No nap. Candy canes and hot chocolate at dinner. Late bedtime. What could go wrong? #TisTheSeason #HappyHolidays 🎅 #Parenthood #parentlife

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If you played my mom on TV for six years... you can bring my kids cookies before lunch and get away with it. #AsLongAsYouHideSomeForMe #DawsonsCreek

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I’ve tried to ban glitter from my house. But I’m powerless. Can’t hold back the tide. Time to go national. Anybody with me? #BanGlitter #GlitterBan #NotEvenKidding

4,900 Likes | 273 days ago | 34

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It’s official... running into @jamar_neighbors confirms that I train at the coolest fight gym in town. Which is super duper important. 🤩

46,291 Likes | 274 days ago | 1,025

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Sniffed out my secret junk food stash like a truffle pig. Balanced on the handle of the step stool like a cat. And when caught in the act, said: “Daddy... no see me,” like a Jedi. Some kids you #parent... some just figure it the f*ck out while you’re not looking.

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We’re going to need a bigger wagon. 🎄

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I just work here. ❤️

12,866 Likes | 279 days ago | 90

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Hey, here’s a #Firstworld #ParentingHack for you: Turn your dining room into an art/meditation room! First step: Have a dining room. Second step: Eat your meals in your kitchen. Third step: Be really good friends w/ design genius @erinfetherston - like a really good friends - and do nice stuff for her to the point where she decides to transform the messiest disaster of a room in your house as a present, on a budget ❤️. Maybe she does it out of the goodness of her heart, maybe she does it because the room offends her sensibilities and she’s sick of dealing with the aesthetic when she visits. Doesn’t matter - point is, you have a room your kids love that makes your wife happy 😊 (Dreamcatcher by @vanderkimberly, Floating shelf built by me - “#DIY Saga” chronicled in my saved stories - if you check the tags, the rest of it is actually not too stupid expensive). Pics by @mollyktadams #interiors #homedecor

9,238 Likes | 282 days ago | 87

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Championship-level #soccer parenting 😎. This is why we practice all season long🏆 #IHaveToGoToTheBathroomAgain

83,609 Likes | 283 days ago | 1,172

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Only one kid tried to defect while we attempted this pic... Not bad. Swipe ⬅️ through carousel for the process. 🏃‍♀️ #christmastree #familypic

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The category is: Award Season! Huge congrats to @theebillyporter and the entire @poseonfx cast on the #HFPA #goldenglobes2018 nominations for Best Actor and Best Drama Series. 💃🏾 Billy’s embodiment of Pray Tell is both soaring and grounded, and sincere and f*cking fabulous. I actually told a reporter that if Billy didn’t get nominated, I quit. So... doubly grateful this morning 🥴 #Repost @poseonfx ・・・ Children, it's time to celebrate. Sending congrats to @theebillyporter and the entire cast and crew of #PoseFX for their #GoldenGlobes nominations. 🙌 💜 Can't wait for season two.

10,460 Likes | 286 days ago | 349

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I’ve heard people ask: “How the hell am I supposed to explain #transgender to my kid?” Maybe it helps to let them stay up past their bedtime. Maybe it helps to have your secret junk food box on the counter. Or maybe kids are just smarter than we think. This is what happened when we had “the talk” about my #posefx cast with our just-turned eight year-old. 😯#WhileTheyRifledThroughMySecretJunkFoodBoxIUsuallyKeepHidden

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Suicide prevention hotline. Community. Education and advocacy. These are what @trevorproject offer young #LGBTQ youth, and it was my honor to get to join @mrrpmurphy and my @poseonfx cast in all their fabulousness to accept an honor at their gala tonight. To any kids struggling with their identity or self-worth in a toxic environment, know that there are people out there who care about you, who want you to find your authentic self, and who will celebrate what makes you different. Be you. You’re worthy of love and compassion no matter how many expectations you defy. 🌈 #trevorproject #posefx

22,320 Likes | 290 days ago | 141

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If nothing else, I’m an entirely adequate mode of transportation.

24,383 Likes | 293 days ago | 142

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I don’t think I’ll ever wind up thinking, “You know, I wish I’d taken fewer afternoons off to have a date with my kid.” I might, however, wind up wondering why I went so long between haircuts, though... ALSO - today is #GivingTuesday - a chance to give back to all the service members (and their families) who sacrifice every day of the year to make moments like this possible. Check out @theuso for more info.

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Going to use this as our Christmas picture too, so do me a favor and forget I posted it by next month. Cool?👌Hope you all had a #HappyThanksgiving 🦃

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Quick #Thanksgiving PSA: If you have an actor in the family, and they show up to your gathering with a new look, and you say: “So, is this for a role?” You may not mean it as shade... but it’s never a compliment. #TheMoreYouKnow 👍#HappyThanksgiving everybody!

15,435 Likes | 299 days ago | 110

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Good light on the @metrolosangeles platform. And no traffic. And no tailpipe exhaust. But really good light 👍

18,451 Likes | 300 days ago | 213

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You can’t please all the people all the time...

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Guys... I gotta’ to come clean. I’ve been on a cleanse. #DadJoke I hate cleanses... but this one has been okay. 9 days. Eat till you’re full, the menu just narrows to stuff your liver can process easily. Mustache optional, but highly recommended (by me). Last day is just juice. And I’m glad I did it. If nothing else, it got me recognizing how much I overlook in life in anticipation of the food I’m craving. Plus, I figure, my liver does so much for me... why not do a little something for it? Not gonna lie, really looking forward to a burger which is not on the recommended menu. (Grass-fed of course... but on a bun loaded with gluten because life’s too short for gluten-free hamburger buns 🥳). If you’re curious, you can follow @medicalmedium on the gram & see if what he’s sharing resonates with you. (Btw, not getting paid for this, just sharing 😘)

8,208 Likes | 303 days ago | 62

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#WilliamGoldman passed away yesterday... the man who wrote #ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid, #ThePrincessBride, and #AllThePresidentsMen among many many others. He also wrote a great book on screenwriting I would recommend to any writer. I’m not big on books about writing... but his is aptly titled: “Adventures in the Screen Trade” and it reads like that - it’s a personal account (and at times blisteringly honest self-assessment) full of insight and perspective from a man who wrote more than a few masterpieces. Thanks for the work and the inspiration, Mr. Goldman 🙏🏻

24,488 Likes | 305 days ago | 566

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Some days you wonder if you’re failing as a parent... and some days you realize that whatever your shortcomings, your kids might just come out okay anyway. 🥰 #Repost @vanderkimberly ・・・ Good morning 🌞

30,067 Likes | 307 days ago | 1,051

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A fan will bring out the @beyonce in anybody...

5,867 Likes | 308 days ago | 47

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You can’t be an artist without soldiers to protect you... so want to say thank you to all the veterans and their families for the sacrifices that have created space for us storytellers and freaks and... well, for all of us. Starting with my grandfather. Thank you! #veteransday And when we say #neverforget, let’s hold up our end of the bargain and not forget - not forget about care for our veterans when they get home - physical, mental, spiritual. After they’ve served so bravely, it’s our duty to give these men and women everything they need to get healthy, and get whole.

13,330 Likes | 309 days ago | 144

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@vanderkimberly is pairing those in need with those who want to help. Reach out if you’re one of the two. Also, Q: If your wife is a really good person... do you get credit for it? #Repost @vanderkimberly ・・・ ATTN LA: if you know of anybody displaced by the fire and have immediate needs that need to be met, please contact me so that I can connect them to a family ready and able to help! Spread this message far and wide to get those the help they need! 🙏

31,736 Likes | 309 days ago | 141

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Feeling profoundly grateful for a quiet evening at home tonight, and for all the #firefighters and first responders putting their lives on the line just a few miles away. Thank you to you and your families for keeping us safe.

10,620 Likes | 310 days ago | 79

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Happy Birthday to my spirit animal and musical stuntman @diplo. It’s rare when geniuses have a sense of humor about themselves... I admire your work ethic and drive and how you’re always looking out for the next thing. And your craziness. Thanks for making me proud every time my kids call me “Fake Diplo Daddy.” ✌️Have an amazing birthday, Wes.

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Anybody you’ve ever been angry with was once this size... Never hurts to remember that ☮️

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Our democracy ain’t perfect... but neither are we. So it works. #vote

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Here’s some good news: There are 24+ anti-corruption measures on ballots in 11 states today. @Representus members don’t endorse parties or candidates, they just work across party lines to put anti-corruption initiatives on the ballot. #Vote to #UnrigTheSystem. Link in my bio. If you live in #Arizona #Colorado #Maryland #Massachusetts #Michigan #Missouri #Nevada #NewMexico #Utah #NorthDakota #SouthDakota #NewYork

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Writing my next project while at a car wash and just realized I look like the Unabomber; Hollywood edition. I think this election is getting to all of us... Rock your #vote tomorrow, y’all!

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“Daddy, if you don’t say it I will do it... but if you say it, I will never do it. Okay?” #4yearsold ❤️🦄

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As long as I keep having kids... I can keep dressing up on #Halloween, right?

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Baby dinosaur for #Halloween? As you wish...

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Day after Halloween feeling like...

7,693 Likes | 321 days ago | 305

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The president has said he will bring back family separation. He thinks it’s a winning issue for his party. Whether or not he’s right... is up to you. #vote #SilencedVoices @supportkind

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Most people are good. I’m going to come out and say it. I woke up this morning depressed over some of the awful, inexcusable, horribly dark actions of a few people - on line, at microphones, in communities... and it made me scared. And anxious. And it weighed on me. It wasn’t until I forced myself to do a little Qi Gong & meditation (I’m learning for a new project - more on all that later)... that I suddenly remembered that I’d walked through an insanely dense halftime crowd amongst way too many drunk football fans on Sunday with a living extension of my heart on my shoulders - while wearing the visiting team’s hat... and everyone was cool. They were nice. It was a tough grind just to move a few feet, but everybody kept their calm, and even helped. I share this little bit of goodness because it’s easy to let the bad drown out everything else these days... and while it’s human nature to report on the bad and try to fix it, I feel like maybe recognizing what’s right can put us on a little better footing to address what’s not.

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Love is a loop ❤️ Sometimes it comes easy... sometimes you’ve got to fight through the noise for it. But it’s never not worth it.

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Couldn’t have said this better so I’ll amplify. #Repost @joshbrolin ・・・ Something happens when you say the names and ages aloud. Albeit, it is Sunday, and we mostly sit in our homes feeling relatively safe, but with a new creeping pang in our realities that someone may be coming just around the corner to end our lives or our the lives of the ones most dear to us. That reality is increasing, not decreasing. The level of violence isn’t a conspiracy and, its fact of increase doesn’t randomly exist. We know something is foundationally wrong. We are so self-absorbed, so self righteous that we have started to forget what it means to be of service to others, and how much that feeds our sense of self. We don’t need to take our kids to see the most desperate situations to wake them up. All we need is to demand of ourselves to be of service to someone for something every single day just for the sheer pleasure of anything positive it might bring them. #rip #thepowerofexample

13,274 Likes | 323 days ago | 156

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The right company can turn even a heartbreaker of a defeat into a heartwarming day #Rams #Packers

15,640 Likes | 324 days ago | 96

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Daddy-daughter #DateNight 👻#NightmareBeforeChristmas 🖤

4,063 Likes | 324 days ago | 64

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Yesterday marked the birthday of one of my favorite souls... he’s got an agile mind, a huge heart, and - more recently - washboard abs and he’s not afraid to share all of those things on The Gram. And he’s always lit like this - even in a writer’s room. Don’t know how he does it... Happy birthday @hal_ozsan. Give him a follow, people 😎 #Repost @hal_ozsan ・・・ Woke up feeling glorious after a birthday I’d been dreading. Life’s good. Thank you everyone for the birthday love. 📸 @iamjodes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #photooftheday #photography #photoshoot #portraitphotography #portraiture #portrait_photography #editorial #malemodeling #actor #writersofinstagram #bedroom

14,151 Likes | 324 days ago | 190

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I’d like to propose a constitutional amendment banning soccer play before 10Am... #ItsAConspiracy

7,764 Likes | 324 days ago | 29

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100% totally not just caught hiding in the corner of the arcade eating candy🤥 🍭

15,259 Likes | 326 days ago | 208

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Asked me: “Daddy... was Michael Jackson alive before Jesus?” His follow-up: “Did Jesus invent the Moonwalk?” #parenthood #kidquestions

13,798 Likes | 329 days ago | 414

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Here’s an anti-bullying proposition: Give people in this country the freedom to define themselves as what they are... to identify as what they know deep in their hearts to be. The president’s efforts to take away #transgender as a definition is a wedge issue deliberately brought out to drive people who don’t understand it to the polls to vote for his party. It’s calculated fear tactics... and the victims are a group of human beings who are already more likely to be murdered than any other demographic. Think about that. Think about that really hard if your reaction is: “It’s not that big a deal,” or if you’ve been told this is simply making sense of an overly PC culture. You may not get trans... you might think it’s strange if you haven’t been exposed to it... but you cannot deny that it IS. I happen to have just worked with a number of trans people who were strong, thoughtful, empathetic, talented and certainly worthy of kindness, consideration and human dignity... but for those who may not have had the benefit of my experience, ask yourself this: Do we want to live in a country that is free? Or one in which we let the government place limits on what we’re allowed to say we are? Vote however you need to... I just don’t like bullies, and when I woke up to see friends of mine marginalized and further endangered because the calculation was made that doing so would benefit one party in a mid-term... I had to offer up a little perspective. 🌈

12,066 Likes | 330 days ago | 56

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It isn’t whether you win or lose... it’s who came to watch your game. ☯️💜

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Immensely displeased a lady of her nobility was seated last row at #Wimbledon? Or 9am #soccer game?

53,633 Likes | 333 days ago | 342

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#tbt First baby... 8 years ago. Is it bad that if I didn’t recognize where we lived at the time I wouldn’t be able to tell which baby? 😬 Also worth noting... The Instagram algorithm apparently disapproved of my social media hiatus... If you enjoy my posts, you may want to turn in notifications. If you don’t enjoy them, then perhaps you should ask yourself why you’ve read this far into my caption? 🤔😽

23,535 Likes | 335 days ago | 460

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Hey, real quick - do this hat and this chicken make me cool?

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It’s important to align oneself with nature. *(and by “nature”... I’m totally counting a petting zoo at a pop-up Halloween fair in the middle of Los Angeles 👍) #TakeYourVictoriesWhereYouCanGetEm #mrbonespumpkinpatch

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Take your victories where you can get ‘em. #parenthood

14,108 Likes | 337 days ago | 72

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Witnessing the launch of a grand seafaring vessel? Or watching 6 year-olds playing #soccer?

21,084 Likes | 339 days ago | 204

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@vanderkimberly IG LIVE at 2pm PST on her feed... Discussed all things baby sleep-related w/ baby sleep expert @sleepsweetsleepdeep Tag a friend who needs this & go to wifey’s page to ask questions. Baby sleep is something we could have gotten a lot better at a lot sooner than we did. Save yourselves!! 😵 ❤️

9,125 Likes | 339 days ago | 63

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Been writing. Laser-focused and loving it. Channeling some really crazy stuff, and feeling like energy might be a zero-sum game... which means more writing and fewer moody selfies of me writing. #5secondtimer

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Fight for what you feel is right... but don’t forget to focus your lens on what makes you happy.

11,309 Likes | 355 days ago | 140

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Taking a break from social media for a bit... Sometimes finding your balance requires losing it, and as a kid who grew up with a rotary phone, I’d like to pick the direction in which I lose it first. Look forward to reconnecting with you all after I explore the validity of #DunbarsNumber

15,587 Likes | 355 days ago | 69

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Horse ranch chic 🎂

36,515 Likes | 356 days ago | 413

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Eight years old today... she climbs trees, picks out her own clothes, catches lizards, frogs & snails, makes intricate fairy houses, doesn’t take no for an answer (even when you tell her no is your final answer), nurtures and loves her siblings, knows jui jitsu, sings, dances, and has legit beaten me at chess. If I wasn’t her father, I’d want to be her best friend. Happy birthday, kid. Couldn’t be happier to know you ❤️

18,215 Likes | 359 days ago | 130

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Snack Day isn’t for amateurs. #SoccerDad

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#tbt So long ago I can’t remember whether this was the #Emmys or my #Prom 🤔

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This is a man who was once made fun of for the way he talked, for being too “gay”, too weird. He could have gotten bitter. Instead he got better and better, built an empire, and now he uses his power to give people who have been marginalized a voice, an opportunity, a job - HALF of the people he hires are women, minorities, or people of color. That’s been his policy. And when I informed him that I had a baby due in the last month of shooting, which would require him to reconfigure a monstrous production, blow up the best-laid plans of hundreds of professionals, even possibly reconceive his creative... he didn’t hesitate. “We’ll shoot you out,” he said. And he did. He created space for me to be home with my wife leading up to the birth, and for it to happen naturally - with me there. A lot of inexcusable behavior in our business has been rightfully called out this last year... I just wanted to call out some of the good I happened to witness. Congrats @mrrpmurphy

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Anybody who watched #DawsonsCreek will recognize this location. It’s now underwater, as is much of the state. These are resilient communities who come together in times of disaster (I rode out several hurricanes myself in that red brick building, after boarding up those two windows facing camera), but #Wilmington is currently inaccessible by highway, and many parts of the region will be facing an epic journey to recovery after unprecedented rains and historic flooding. American Red Cross and Donors Choose are always good bets to donate. Link in my bio on choosing a way to give and what to watch out for. I learned a lot in the South... my heart is with you, Carolinas 💙#hurricaneflorence #Repost @ki_aneri ・・・ #hurricane #florence #downtown #wilmingtonnc #🙏🏻

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Dessert is a sure-fire attentiveness enhancer.

31,063 Likes | 366 days ago | 204

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Everybody was equally thrilled about the 8AM soccer game...

15,865 Likes | 367 days ago | 168

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“98% certain I remembered to turn off the oven...” Photo by @robbieaugspurger #Repost @robbieaugspurger ・・・ Very excited to share some classy photos I took recently. SMOKE & MIRRORS featuring @vanderjames wearing @giorgioarmani for @crmensbook. Kewl styling by @juliaehrlich

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Your heart expands beyond logic to make room for each new child. Your bed, however... does you no such favors.

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#tbt That road trip a few years back when we took the #minivan off the beaten path, had a spat over something so stupid I don’t even remember what it was, got lost, and found one of my favorite spots in earth. #MinivanMountainMan 💪🏻

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“The days were long, the years were short.” That’s what parents of older children have said to me about raising kids. And it feels true already. It’s SO easy to get consumed by the stresses, the daily grind, the little dramas that won’t even register in your memory a year later. Seven years into #parenthood, I’m realizing more and more that all that really matters... are the moments of connection. So when they happen, give yourself permission to wipe everything off the table and be 100% fully present for them. They’ll make the days happier, and the years worthwhile. ❤️ #ThatsMyPlanAndImStickingToIt #OrAtLeastTrying

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I’ve gotten super-nerdy about #pancakes... adding ingredients, experimenting, making them healthy, gluten-free, blah blah blah. I’d like to tell myself these smiles wouldn’t be as big if I just squeezed some batter out of a plastic bottle... so that’s exactly what I’m going to tell myself 🤫

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Wanted to say a thing or two about miscarriages... of which we’ve had three over the years (including right before this little beauty). First off - we need a new word for it. “Mis-carriage”, in an insidious way, suggests fault for the mother - as if she dropped something, or failed to “carry.” From what I’ve learned, in all but the most obvious, extreme cases, it has nothing to do with anything the mother did or didn’t do. So let’s wipe all blame off the table before we even start. Second... it will tear you open like nothing else. It’s painful and it’s heartbreaking on levels deeper than you may have ever experienced. So don’t judge your grief, or try to rationalize your way around it. Let it flow in the waves in which it comes, and allow it it’s rightful space. And then... once you’re able... try to recognize the beauty in how you put yourself back together differently than you were before. Some changes we make proactively, some we make because the universe has smashed us, but either way, those changes can be gifts.