oh so random. but look at my child with her finger up her nose!

eleanor and her nosemy dad is in town for a work thing so he flew in a few days early to spend the weekend with us! we ate a lot of pizza while he was here and laughed a lot at his stories. we have started potty training eleanor, and samson just learned how to drink from a straw so the adventures continue! i tweaked my back trying to carry our stroller up the subway stairs and it still hurts when i breath.  i ordered a massive amount of buttered-popcorn-flavored jelly belly’s because they are my favorite and it’s way cheaper to buy in bulk online than at the candy store down the street. i think it freaked my husband out a little bit when he saw all the popcorn-flavored jelly belly’s. but someone in this world has to eat them!

josh and i have been discussing ways we can refocus those few precious moments we have together at the end of the day, or those few moments throughout the day that we have alone.  often times we are so plugged into our phones in these moments– checking our email, instagram, twitter, and everything else that comes with phones these days. it’s a little bit strange how in this day and age we are always connected. while i am thankful for all this modern technology, sometimes i think it’s terribly frightening.  it’s a small step, but we have decided to put the phones away on sundays for a while (meaning not checking in with twitter or instagram or email) and focus on our family without the distraction of our devices.  we’re starting this sunday if you’d like to join us.  i am looking forward to it.  it’s a good step in the right direction.

oh yeah, and eleanor found her nose the other day. meaning, her finger is always in it. yay.

happy wednesday-almost-thursday! woo!

  1. Peter Schmalz

    I’m sorry but that picture made my day. She is so cute and Samson too

  2. Chelsea

    I love the idea of no technology Sundays. We have the conversation frequently about being present for our son and for each other – it can be a hard task with everything at our fingertips. And speaking of fingertips, Eleanor is simply precious – even with her finger up her nose.

  3. Cathy

    In the first picture he reminds me of my little sister she used to do that all the time when she was little :) what a great picture it brought some memories back to me

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  4. Cheryl

    Ah, unplugging…..why are we always so reluctant to do it [myself included!]?

    I giggled out loud when I read that you’re going to try to unplug on Sundays. Just a few weeks ago my husband suggested that we impose ‘tech free Sundays’.

    Our daughter, Ryan and I scoffed at him……but now I’m wondering if a day off from checking Facebook, Twitter + Instagram wouldn’t be nice.

    Live in the moment. And simply enjoy it.

    Tech free Sunday, we might be seeing you soon.

    Great post!

  5. Even with her finger up her nose, she’s still precious! Good luck with no-tech-Sundays, it sounds like a step in a positive direction.

  6. woah can’t believe you’re starting potty training! i should probably get on that too with my toddler…

    and i love that idea about a tech-free day. it’s so unhealthy how “plugged in” we always are. i’m sure it would be hard at first but once you get used to it it’s so much better for the family and marriage!

  7. juliet

    i remember when my nephew found his nose. of course, the minute we all freaked out about how gross it was he made a point to do it even more.

  8. Rachel

    I love this whole post. :)

  9. Jen

    I think that is fantastic! There is something to be said for good old fashioned time together and not being connected to everything all the time! we’re working on setting tech free times in our home as well :)

  10. Morganne

    E. is cute but…huuuuuuummmmm….the pizza!!!

  11. That pizza…. oh my daaaaays.

    Lucy xo

  12. Abigail

    Love the tech free time on Sundays; great way to take a sabbath! I might incorporate that goal into my life too… Good luck on the potty training! Fun times!

  13. kirsten

    adorable leggings on eleanor!

  14. HA! it’s pretty far up there! AND HOLY PIZZA HANGING OFF THE COUNTER!! haha hope your back feels better : ( REST as much as you can. I did that once lifting my huge bag of camera stuff, REST and lots of massages from JOSH : )

  15. ah, social meda and the phone. such a double edged sword. and hooray for fun new things with your sweet baby!

  16. Melanie

    That’s really exciting that y’all are doing the no-tech thing once a week. Totally commend you guys! I love that family and staying connected to each other is always your top priority : )

  17. Ha, love it! Where did you get E’s pants?! Too cute!

    • TAZA

      thanks! i bought them last week from Hello Apparel!

  18. lauren

    where are E’s pants from…. love them!

  19. Dawn

    I so agree that being connected is great and also terrifying… so easy to disconnect with the person standing right beside us. Hands Free Mama writes an amazing blog on how she’s committed to being hands free while her littles are around… so very inspirational – maybe you’ll love it too: http://www.handsfreemama.com/. Happy nose-picking days!

  20. Shardae

    I’ve been saying similar things about technology to my husband. I’ve suggested that we put them away every night while we watch a movie, etc. just a little time together without technology. We’re not very good at it; we need to work on it! And I need to be better about it around my sweet little boy.

  21. I think it’s really admirable that you are coming out and addressing the abundance of technology in our every day life. I think that technology allows us all to be storytellers but this can really ruin those intimate moments! I am happy that you and your family have made this decision, and that you are inviting others to join you. Our digital lives are exciting but there is also life happening when we are on our phones! I wish you luck. Take Care :)

  22. Tess

    Hi Taza and Josh,

    I am a huge fan of your blog and the beautiful pictures you take and things you write about your gorgeous family! I have never commented on the blog however am a longtime reader :)

    The reason for my comment is that I live in Australia and was watching TV tonight when an advertisement for an Australian website came on. It was advertising personalised valentines day cards and other gifts and I noticed one of the cards they were showing as a template used a picture of the two of you..

    I just thought I should let you know because I didn’t think it was a situation where you would have given written consent, like your copyright notice says, particularly as it is being used for commercial means!! The website/company is http://www.moonpig.com.au for you to take a look at if this bothers you.

    Big hugs and lots of love being sent from the other side of the world. You and josh are incredible parents to such enchanting kids :)

    Xx Tess

    • TAZA

      Thanks for making us aware! A few readers have also let us know. The photo is from a stock photography shoot we helped a friend out with many years ago so those photos can be purchased through that stock site. It’s been fun seeing where the photos end up. Totally crazy sometimes the places they go…

  23. Kelly

    That is such a great idea, you will have to make sure to tell us how the no phone Sunday goes – I do the no phone dinner when out with my friends and it definitely improves the quality of our conversation and the time we have to spend together.

    Sparkles and Shoes

  24. where did you get Eleanor’s right and left leggings? they are adorable!

    • TAZA

      thanks! i bought them from Hello Apparel.

  25. christina

    i love the initiative you and josh are taking. it is almost heartbreaking to think about how attached (myself: guilty) we are to our phones. the realness of life can get lost while we’re trying to capture it for our twitter/instagram/facebook.

    that pizza looks like perfection and your baby girl is amazing.


  26. Emily

    It makes me so happy to know that you’re taking a day for the family. I’m a bit ashamed at how long it took me to realize how much work goes on behind the scenes in the blogging world. I don’t think people realize that your IG and Twitter are extensions of your blog, and therefore when you use them it’s like you’re working. So if you use them over the weekend you’re essentially not taking a day off. And especially for you, logging into IG isn’t *just* posting a picture, you also have to worry about the unanswered comments in your previous pictures. I have horrible insomnia and scroll through your comments on occasion, I’m always in awe at the repeat comments, or the people that get upset that you don’t answer. But I’m most in awe with you, you handle the comments with such grace and you’re very good at responding to the 700 questions about your nail polish.

    Anyway. I hope you and your family enjoy your technology free day and I think it’s amazing that you guys are focusing on what’s important.

  27. liz

    I just wrote a similar post about “cleansing the soul.” I’ve decided to slow it down when it comes to social media. Yes, for my relationship and those few moments I have with my hubbie, but also for my children. I refuse to be “that” mom at the park who plays with her kids bu talso has her phone with her at all times. I see that happen so often and it makes me kinda sad. Some moments are meant for children and parents only. Children deserve 100% attention. Nothing less.

    enjoy those sundays!

  28. christine

    no cell phone sunday was a success at our household! thanks for the awesome idea!

  29. Anila

    This pizza looks so delicious! What is the name of the restaurant? I’m always on the hunt while in NYC for good pizza! This is a hilarious picture of E!

  30. traceyp.

    We started this a year ago and my (now) 11 year old son still complains and finds ways to try to get past it….. ” oh, i didn’t think you meant i couldn’t watch t.v. while i ate”. nice try. better your starting now than later!

  31. Too funny…I love the honesty of parenting. Fingers up noses and all, so glamorous!

    Love your idea of no technology Sunday. I wouldn’t say I’m so plugged in during the week (here I am just catching up on blogs that I like – I’m always so behind), but Instagram is an addiction I’ve had to learn to cut back on. Sundays, to me are the perfect days for baking and laughing and being present as a family together.