Lauren

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Thankful for everything that makes us smile, brings us peace, and the times when this one is asleep 😜 Happy Thanksgiving!! ❀️❀️❀️ #HappyThanksgiving #Thankful #✌️

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Some parents have a kid that wants to be a princess... then there's my kid who wants to be a princess but also loves Walking Dead and wants to be a walker. So, here's my little walker princess featuring Gail as her snack!! Happy Halloween, once again, everyone!! #HappyHalloween #WalkerPrincess #ZombiePrincess

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Guess we should start saving now for a pumpkin Miranda can fit into next year... HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! (2014 vs 2015 vs 2016 vs 2017 + 1 because hey, the gangs all there!) #Halloween #BabyInPumpkin #ToddlerInPumpkin #ThroughTheYears #YorkiesOfInstagram

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How do I become a professional opossum cuddler? Or start a possum rescue? I am so obsessed with this cutie at Irvine- and really any possum ever- I just feel myself go into an Elmira from Tiny Toons mode whenever I see them. Plus, they'll eat ticks and that's amazing. #Opossum #Possum #IrvineNatureCenter

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Being in the middle of tour time is making me nostalgic af. So I went through my pics from this year's Hop Jam and found a few gems but this is my absolute fave. The joy on all the guys' faces while playing to any crowd intensifies the joy on ours- and this pic of Zac just radiates that. Nashville was an amazing show and I have 3 more shows in the next week. So, if you see me and I look like a smiling buffoon- this is why. #TBT #Hanson #ZacHanson #HopJam #HopJam2017 #Tulsa #ConcertPhotography

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As I sit at BWI waiting to board my flight for Nashville, I'm gonna TBT to the last time I flew- this past Saturday!! Did I like it? I honestly have no idea. Will I do it again? Hell yeah. Thanks to Hoffie for having a birthday and suggesting we all do this, Wes who made sure I didn't die in there, and to Hanson for having their #IWasBornChallenge which gave me the courage to just do it!! @iflyus @iflybaltimore @hanson #IndoorSkydiving #IWasBorn #DoGoBe

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Well. This happened today...
It was weird leaving her with a bunch of strangers for the first time ever. She's going somewhere she already feels comfortable, so that was helpful. Nonetheless, we've been lucky enough that Miranda has always been with someone she's related to, and trusting others to take care of her is just weird. She walked right into her classroom and made herself at home- she played inside, played outside, did some arts and crafts, had a snack, and the first day was over.
The only hopes I have for her are that she is kept safe, has fun, and continues to be the caring person that is against bullying. Like most parents, I never want to see my kid on either side of bullying and fingers crossed the other kids she'll encounter in her schooling will have parents teaching them the same.
Oh, and if you didn't think I was the type of parent to do one of these signs, you thought wrong. Thanks to Rob for making it for her!! #FirstDayOfSchool #Preschooler #StandAgainstBullying

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Today I left no leaf unturned. And I learned that some leaves need do not disturb signs.... Nature, man. #Ladybug #Aphids #FridayImInLove

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Had so much fun last week at Pier 6 enjoying Switchfoot and Lifehouse while working for JACK-FM! And I'm kind of obsessed at how this shot I took of Jon from Switchfoot came out 😁 Ready to be there again tonight for Goo Goo Dolls!! #Switchfoot #JonForeman #LookingForSummerTour #iHeartMyJob #ConcertPhotography

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We've put up with each other for 13 years and all we got was this upside down child. 😜Happy 13 years together, Rob!

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Oh dear *higher power* we have an official threenager and I don't think we are prepared. I never fully understood when people would say "she's 3 going on 16" but yeah, not even a full day in and I get it. Miranda has started to show her spunky, smart, and inquisitive sides more while she continues to be sweet, happy, and kind... but she's definitely also turned into a bit of a hell raiser, so I know things are going to get crazy- I don't think I'd want it any other way though!! Happy birthday, Miranda Alexis- love you, no matter what!! #3YearsOld #ToddlerLife

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Yesterday was everything. (Except dry and well rested- but ABSOLUTELY worth it) Miranda finally got to meet some of my besties and got to see Hanson for the first time. Note her transfixed face as she watched them on stage. (I even got to yell "alternative fact" when one of the Fox & Friends reporters got a fact about Zac wrong, and you could kind of hear it on air πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ and that made me feel much better about being at a Fox show) #FoxConcert #Hanson #Friends #Fun

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#Happy4thOfJuly from us- but mostly from this happy girl!! May you all have a holiday as cheerful as she is!! #America #IndependenceDay #πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

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~A life is a life, no matter how small~ On my way home from work today, the truck in front of me hit this little guy. I immediately stopped and scooped him (her?) up and drove off with him in my hand. My plan was to take him to a wildlife rescue to get checked out after I picked Miranda up. But, luckily, when I stopped to get Miranda, the little bird was more alert and flitted its wings to get down. After about 10 minutes with us just relaxing and staring at each other- he flew away into a tree!! When I stopped, the bird was barely moving, I assume because of shock and the impact, but with just a little help out of the road and some rest- he survived. I will ALWAYS stop to help an animal in need. Some may have presumed the bird dead and kept going, but clearly that wasn't the case- so I urge you all to stop and check when you see one in need too!! #ToLife #Catbird #IBrakeForAnimals

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Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there- the great dads, the dads that are trying the best they can, the soon to be dads, the brand new dads, the granddads, and the dads we remember in our hearts!! Thank you to all the amazing dads I know personally, for being terrific role models for your children!! Miranda is super lucky to have Rob as her dad because he will literally climb mountains for her and joins us on many of our adventures even when he is exhausted from working all week to make our lives better ❀️ And the other dads pictured just happen to be a few of the wonderful ones that are part of our lives- love you all!! #HappyFathersDay

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If anyone was wondering what my "OH MY GOODNESS I'M HOLDING A BABY GOAT" face looks like.... This is it. Thanks to Matt and Kat for having their kids' party today and making this possible. #ClarksElioakFarm #BabyGoat #Goat #KidsBirthdayParty #IHadTheMostFun

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Shooting for success at work today!! #WPOC #Staff #πŸ”«

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#DreamsDoComeTrue: I can't believe it's been a week since The Hop Jam!! When I was 11, I fell in love with Hanson. My love for their music propelled me further into a love of radio, concerts, and many years of working in radio promotions. Yet, my work has never felt as fulfilling as last Sunday did. Sure, I was doing what I usually do for set up/tear down at an event but it was on a much larger scale so it was way more work (on MUCH less sleep than normal)... But working with Hanson- and yes, they helped with the physical labor too- was a dream of mine and it happened. So, here's a really attractive pic of me, trying to to be tough, sweating, and carrying a cinder block up Main Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma ...and completely loving it. Zac, Taylor, Isaac, and the rest of the Hanson Team: thanks for letting me join this year- can't wait for next!! #Hanson #Hanson25 #TheHopJam #Tulsa

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1 week ago, I left for my now yearly pilgrimage to Tulsa. Before I even got there, I was with people I love on the plane in STL: Nicole, Lisa, Sara, and Kelly- I couldn't ask for better flying partners to get the party started, to continue the party through the week, and to finish up the party on our way home because "hey, I still have free drink tickets." In Tulsa, I reunited with my 🐝utiful hive: Erica, Kelly, Xave, Ashlee, Alex, Ashley, Mary, Mindy, and Larry- without y'all, there'd be no Tulsa trips (ok, maaaaybe someone else could convince me to go- but would they even booms??). You guys keep me crazy, happy, and full of love- in Tulsa and throughout the year- thank you for beeing all that you are. I also got to join the incredible group of street team leaders this year. We worked hard, played hard, and we all have the bruises and exhaustion to prove it. I am so excited to be a part of your group now, thank you for taking us newbies in and showing us the craziness that is working during Hanson Day and Hop Jam. Hanson (y'all are where's waldoing in that leader pic)- Thank you for inspiring us all. For saving us all. For working so hard, while doing something you love, just so we can be happy fans of the best band in the world. And last but not least, Mark- it was great working with you this year. Thank you for appreciating someone with big hair that sweats tequila, and hangs out on street curbs at 3:30am instead of sleeping when there's a 6am call time. Hope to work with you again next year! To everyone else I hung out with- next year I'll be better at doing the picture thangs, I put my phone down a lot this year while trying to be more present so I could take it all in, I apologize that it meant not getting all of the pics!! To all 1200 some that were at Hanson Day 2017 and however many thousands were at Hop Jam- you are amazing. Whether we know each other or not, we have experienced something magical together and I hope to see you again next year!! Tulsa, can't wait to get weird again in 2018 πŸ’‹ #Hanson #Hanson25 #HansonDay #HansonDay2017 #HopJam #Tulsa #Friends #Music

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Happy Mother's Day everyone!! (She types while hiding out on the floor of the locked bathroom because as a mom you really don't get any time to yourself unless you do this kind of thing every so often... Or like, runaway to Tulsa for 5 days out of the year #IsItThursdayYet?) I hope everyone has had a great day- we went with Rob, my mom, and my mother in law to R. House for a delicious lunch and then went to the science center... And now I'm in hiding. Thankful and blessed though!! #HappyMothersDay #MarylandScienceCenter #MomminAintEasy #WorthItThough

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20 years... What have you loved for that long? What has been a constant in your life for that long? What has gotten you through the last 20 years? For me, it's been this CD- Hanson's first major release, Middle of Nowhere. This little orange CD and its creators have gotten me through the ups and downs of life since I was 11 years old. I can't thank Hanson enough for this CD, all their other records and music they've put out, all the amazing times I've had because of them, and, most importantly, all the incredible friends I've made because of our mutual love and understanding of this band. And getting to pass this music on to Miranda means the world to me... You should hear her sing MMMBop (and their newest single, I Was Born)!! Isaac, Taylor and Zac- thank you for everything, happy 25th anniversary as a band, 20th anniversary of MON, and Hanson Day!! 🍻 Cheers to many, many more!! See ya in Tulsa in 12 days!! πŸ’šπŸŽΆβ€οΈπŸŽΆπŸ’™πŸŽΆ #MiddleOfNowhere #Hanson #HansonDay #Hanson25 #PowerOfMusic

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5 years of marriage and we still won't even give in to the flavor of cupcake the other wants. πŸ˜‚ Comprise by getting both is fair, mature, and a major πŸ”‘ to marriage. Happy anniversary, Rob, I love you!! And thanks for having a cupcake atm, @sprinklescupcakes, love you as well 😘 #5YearAnniversary #NYC @vdblights ❀️

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We had a roaring good time today at the #MarchForScience!! So glad to march again for something important that our government seems to not care about anymore!! SO MANY people were out in #DC in the rain BECAUSE SCIENCE- and Earth, because our Earth is all we have!! As one sign we saw today said "the dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming- what's our excuse?" We need to stay informed and conscious of what's going on with our world because we can't afford to lose it!! ✌️❀️🌎 #EarthDay #DC #Resist ✊✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

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Have a #magical day!! Last night, when I went to pick up @themirandaalexis after work, I was greeted with a #MagicTrick! So move over @crissangel - there's a new #MindFreak in town. #TaDa #Magic #ToddlerMagic

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Because a birthday post for Rob wouldn't be as cute without Miranda. Happy birthday to my great husband, puppy/ turtle wrangler and Miranda's awesome daddy!! Thank you for keeping your eyes open so you'd look awake in this pic 😳 Love you 😘

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Bubby, my grandma- my father's mom, was 92. We didn't have the best relationship, I believe she tried but sometimes people just clash and most of my memories of her as I grew up aren't the amazing loving ones most people have of their grandparents. But she was my last one alive, and so in November 2014 and April 2016 when we went to California to surprise/see her, the love she showed to Miranda, Rob, and I meant the world to me. I am so glad that I have these happy last memories with her. Her long, interesting life ended last night and she will for sure be missed. Thank you so much to Aunt Ronnee and Uncle Evan for taking care of her and being there for her. Love you Bub, I'm glad you are at peace now and reunited with Zadie.

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#HappyBirthday, Penny!! So thankful that my furst born isn't very religious- I'm not ready to pay for a Bat Mitzvah of any kind- but Penny Lane is now 13, so this would be a night of partying if she'd studied!! #Birthday #Yorkie #YorkiesOfInstagram

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So proud of this little one- we go on nature walks usually once a week, but on nice easy paths without a lot of obstacles. But today? We had a picnic at Lake Roland and I decided we should try to get to the rocky overlook- on the opposite side of the lake from where we were eating. We used tree roots as steps, walked over streams on little wood bridges, slid down and up hills, and had to hold hands when the path got too close to the water for my comfort. And she did it all. Without one complaint. And never missing an opportunity to ask passing hikers if she could pet their dogs. I love that she loves nature and has restored my love in getting down and dirty outside. #LakeRoland #RobertELeePark #NatureLovers

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Of course a #HappyValentinesDay from Whistle Lips. (This is a new nickname for Miranda and after her having said nickname for 5 minutes we're all hoping those whistle lips end up lost under the couch or something.) May we all love each other as purely as she does!!

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For her 7th #birthday (and your #ValentinesDay) Lucy is waiting patiently to lick your face!! #HappyBirthday, Little Lucy!! #Yorkie #YorkiesOfInstagram

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