These two are obsessed with “Fancy Like” and mostly obsessed with watching @walkerhayes dance to Fancy Like with his family 😎😎 It’s currently their top pick for the bedtime song🎶 and here’s a snippet of what went down last night! #fancylike...
“Mama— take a picture of this face…” he says. And I’m grabbing my camera and trying to contain my laughter as I think to myself, “I’m just the absolute luckiest to know this kid.” 💛 Everyone needs a mister Conrad in their life....
Sometimes I raise my voice. Sometimes I beg. Sometimes I make ultimatums. Sometimes I hate bedtime to the freaking goodnight moon and back.
But then they’ll grab my chin and cheeks and lean in close to tell me they love me. And they’ll thank Heavenly Father for “no witches and no robbers” during their bedtime prayers. And insist on giving each other 17 silly hugs before the lights go out because “I’m gonna miss her so much when I sleep.”
I’ll take the 48 minutes of squatting between their beds for back scratches and the unexpected trip to the potty 12 minutes after the last potty trip if it means they keep this bond forever. Witnessing their complete love and sisterhood changes me. Even when I say I hate bedtime with my three-year-olds, I’m such a sucker for this stage of life with them....
A few photos from life lately over here - enjoying family time and life in Arizona. Thanks for being here while I’ve kind of been away for a little while… haven’t been doing well physically (some health issues) but that doesn’t mean I haven’t stopped taking one too many photos☺️...
The game of “Who Can Stand on Mama’s Back and Wiggle Their Feet Around Without Falling Off!” …which is really just code for “mama would like a back massage” but they think it’s crazy fun and my back knots are screaming happy so everyone wins. #momhacks...
Just over here holding all my (not-so-little) babies close and stepping away from pretty much everything else. Trying to cuss less and write more. Often feel on the cusp of big breakthroughs I want from my life (yay!) while simultaneously giving too much power to my anxiety (ugh). Clinging to my evening prayers and favorite yoga class and busting out the Christmas music a season early. My footing might be terribly wobbly at the moment and who wants to hear the girl on the verge of nervous tears dish out any kind of life advice, but for anyone else in a similar rut (I’m so sorry) – might I suggest the biggest serving of strawberry shortcake as a remedy. Plus standing outside during a warm rain (Arizona, you healer with a perfectly timed monsoon season, how’d you know?)… and maybe put the phone down more. Or whatever version of these three things might float your boat. I’m sure chocolate soufflé with a dose of sunshine instead of shortcake and rain could also do the trick. The phone one I’m sticking by though. Sending you lots of love....
Bringing our summer along with us forever by way of new freckles scattered across most of our faces! ✨ …you can see B’s first sprinkle of itty bitty dots across her little nose and cheeks in the 2nd pic and even with all the lathering of sunscreen and my blessed daily nagging about sun hats, I’m nothing but proud in this moment!🥳 #summer #motherhood #magic...
We are slowly making our way back to Arizona this week (my kids school year begins August 2nd😱) and we’ve never been more out of routine (definitely missing black out curtains right about now) BUT we’ve clocked in so many striking sunsets and got to hold and hug so many loved ones, it’s been everything.
I meant to share earlier this week that Amazon is running a promo on my book right now through the end of the month (until 7/31)— use the code 3YELLOW for $3 off your book purchase!
If you’ve been considering purchasing, it’d mean so much to have you do so! Thank you for supporting me and my book and I hope you find it worth your while and time.
For those of you who have already purchased and read— if there was a takeaway or something that resonated with you as you read, would you consider sharing in the comments below for new potential readers to see?
Thank you again for your support! This has been such a vulnerable and thrilling and challenging and exciting and scary endeavor and I’ve really appreciated the support. 💛...
Our summer adventures are getting a little jumbled when it comes to me sharing anything in chronological order (a part of my brain is freaking out right now but another part of my brain is feeling a little bit more free.) Sparklers are our family’s happy place so we continued our 4th of July celebrating tonight with a few on the deck. Of all the summer activities so far, a box of sparklers a few days post holiday was Samson’s favorite. He hugged me so tightly at bedtime as he told me for maybe the 18th time how much fun he had tonight. Somehow I forget anything else I loved this summer… his enthusiasm for an evening of sparklers brought sparklers to the top of my favorite summer activities list, too. 🧨...
The BEST time learning all about bees 🐝 with the bee expert herself @mckayjo in Salt Lake City. We haven’t stopped talking about all the impressive things those hard working bees do each day and somehow honey has made its way into more of our meals this week 😋 Thank you for having us, @mckayjo!...
Last time I’d been on this train I was their age! Reporting back that as a grown up, it’s still just as fun! Swipe for photos. Also— Utah is showing off. Such beautiful views out both sides of the train car. Swipe for more photos!...
Happy weekend lady! Enjoy your nice weather!
Now it's snowing hardcore in Utah. Meh. Not that great of a weekend for me!
Happy Friday! I hope you have a lovely weekend Taza – can't wait to checkout the shop! – Shannon O | Confessions of a Loving Wife
Enjoy the gorgeous DC weather! We'll have some warmer times in Boston as well! And I so heart the Williams Sonoma Paella recipe! Delish!
Gee thanks for rubbing in the good weather you're having. It's snowing like crazy here in good old Utah. No bueno. We were just experiencing 50 degree weather just a few days ago. Utah can never make up it's weather mind. Enjoy your good weather! I'm jealous.
Happy Friday! I've been eying that paella recipe for months.
ah joni! i wasn't trying to rub it in! haha, sorry. with all the terrible snow, rain and wind storms we've been experiencing in DC i just can't help but be a little giddy about finally seeing some sunshine!!!
warmer weather is just around the corner for utah too! at least i hope!
lucky for you. good weather.
currently, provo is undergoing an intense snowstorm. i miss my good weather…
love that picture. hope your weekend is stupendous!
Gah! I can't believe I won! Thank you so much! Yippeeeeee!
(I sent you an email. Hope the address was right.)
that picture is the CUTEST THING EVER! hope you have fun with your mom and brother. :)
it rained on a friday!– yes, i got the email! thanks! i responded.
Has Kingsley been kidnapped, are you still mad about the designer chew toy? Where is our bully boy?
Have a great weekend Naomi.
bumpkin on a swing– kingsley is doing great! i just blogged about him yesterday. what designer chew toy are you talking about?
have fun dancing the night away!
Sounds like an awesome weekend! Enjoy! PS bell peppers are also good in paella. Slice them into about 4 inch by 1/2 inch strips and toss them in with the onions.
wow sounds like a super fun weekend!!!! family and weddings and lovely weather equals great times!!
Cleaning up is worth it if you also get to have fun visitors. I will be checking out your dance moves at the reception.
how fun that will be!
I hope your weekend is full of love and sunshine!
have a great weekend in the sun!! weddings are so fun!!
yes! im so excited that the headbands are restocked..I just may get one for myself as an early bday present haha Have lots of fun with your mom and isaac!
Have a great weekend!!, I an sure you are going to have a lot of fun!!.
The paella recipe that you post seems really good, but you need to come to Spain and try the real one,I love to cook paella, so, if you ever come to Madrid you , your husband and, of course, Kingsley too :), are totally invited. I am sure you´ll love Spain!!.
Enjoy your weekend, and thanks a lot for having such a great blog.
Have a lovely time with your family this weekend, so fun! Too bad I wasn't a winner but maybe you can be one on my blog…head on over to my hand cozie giveaway. Nice and cozy.
my father makes the best paella in the world, some day i'll put a photo of it…
kiss from brazil
Hey, I saw this on my friend's blog and immediately thought of you. I don't know if you have any love for Glee, but still thought you'd appreciate this. I can imagine you and a group of your dancer friends pulling something like this off where people in the "crowd" gradually add themselves to one dancing mass in the middle of a train station. How fun and uplifting. Except I really wanted the green star sweater girl to be alone again at the end, maybe "finding her somebody to love". Oh well, still cool.
seems like everyone is in spring-y good times atm. Here, in the UK, on THE SIXTH OF MARCH, I am wearing a shirt WITH THE SLEEVES ROLLED UP!! that's right. it's WARM.
this blog has gone so downhill. the happy lists are a cop out. i can live with the dog posts, but even those are getting old.
Williams-Sonoma has the most sophisticated & tasty recipes. I have their Bride & Groom cookbook, but sometimes it intimidates me just to open it ;D
Have fun this weekend!
I just awarded you with the Sunshine Award, please pick it up on my blog!
i <3 your blog =)
amy alisa- great video! i haven't ever seen glee but this was awesome!! thanks for sharing.
theomarchus– i'm really sorry you feel that way. the happy lists and frequent dog posts will continue to stay around though.
breakingOutOftheShell&It3-; thank you so much for the award! so sweet of you! hooray for sunshine!
fair enough, and i'll continue to read your blog. what can i say? i'm hooked.
Hope you had a lovely weekend! The weather was gorgeous here as well, I soaked up every second of it!