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!...
Love the photos from your new fuji camera!
Kingsley is so handsome!
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i know! i feel the same way about mine. she was 6lbs when i got her and now she's over 40. they grow up so fast!
I like how my dog doesn't grow and always looks like a puppy. :)
Eeee! Kingsley has gotten SO BIG so fast!!! He was so tiny and wrinkley! So cute! I think your favorite people are good people to favor! Have a good weekend!
Never had a pet cat or dog before. Kingsley is so cute, I kinda want one.
Does he shed a lot?
Awww dogs are the best kind of people. Husbands are good too.
My hubby and I were watching the dog whisperer with our two dog-boys last night, and they were training a puppy Kingsley.. Husband almost fell in love ;) So cute!
Awww, they grow so fast. And luckily men mature very fast too after certain age… I got 3 favorites in my life; my hubby and our kitty children Miina and Moses. And OMG has Moses gotten big in 2 years… He's like a dog now. Size and behavior wise…
he IS getting big!! maybe you should do a kingsley recap post so we can all enjoy his adorable puppy face one last time!! :) cause god knows he was ONE CUTE PUP!!
Love this photo! Yes yes! I seconed the Kingsley recap… maybe from first sight to now… :)
i wanted to leave a suggestion for you for a bright lipstick. try Vegas Volt by MAC. its AMAZING. its great by itself, but layered on top of any red lipstick/lipliner and, voila! you have the most coveted lips in all the land.
I think the same way about my bf and little kitten. Kingsley is getting big, but still stays cute and funny!
Aw, I totally know what you mean! I feel the same way about my husband and our little furbaby <3
I forgot he was so tiny. if I had a dog it would be one of my favourite people too – possibly even beating my boyfriend… :)
so precious. and seriously, kingsley is huge! where did the time go?!
My pets are in "my favorite people" category too.
PS – your photos are great.
My bully was one of my favorite "people" I ever knew. So gentle and loving, yet so full of gas. My husband is allergic and I can't have another – so I am so glad you share here so I can get my fix.
That picture of Kingsley as a puppy made me gasp so loudly that my fiancee thought I just found out the US bombed North Korea…or something serious like that.
Nope, Kingsley is just seriously cute.
How old is Kingsley now? He is so cute. One of my dogs pretty much stopped growing when she was 6 months old so she's tiny now, I still think of her as a puppy! My other dog grew up so fast, it's crazy to think how small he was when we first got him. Ahh I love puppies and dogs!
oh my god, the christmas card with kingsley couldn't be ANY cuter!! i absolutely love the card. and kingsley.
Awww – they're good favorite people to have! I know what you mean – they do grow sooo fast! On a different scale, but still relatable, my Chloe was 1.5lbs when we brought her home. She's 6 1/2 now and just had surgery and on meds and now a whopping 5.1lbs (was 4.5 before). They grow way too fast! Now can you imagine how we'll feel when we actually have human babies?! Have a great weekend!
diamondsandtulle- i know exactly what you mean!
and donna vitan- unfortunately, kingsley sheds A LOT! at least he has as the weather has been getting warmer. hopefully it won't be like this forever.
ann and james- thanks for the lipstick tip!
and helen- kingsley will be 7 months at the end of may! crazy!!!!!
thanks for the nice words everyone! i sure do love these two.
i just to squeeze kingsley every time you post a shot of him!!!
gotta be honest, I wish Kingsley had stayed that small pile of wrinkles…I love puppies. That 7lb pile of wrinkles was pretty irresistible.
Awww, wow. Kingsley got soo truly big. I only just saw the photo when you guys got him at christmas. He was and still truly is a cute pile of wrinkles… that only makes me wish a I had a doggy . =D
Argh I wanna squeeze him! The dog, that is!
dogs are great. you think of them as people and sometimes they are even better.
They are pretty cute :)
Ohhh ! he's a big boy now!
Ohhh ! he's a big boy now!
hi naomi i love all the photos you take with your instax and was wondering if you could post a little bit about it maybe or comment me back about why you chose it, if you like it, what the bad features might be, etc. xo
I am so loving all your photos taken with this little Fiji camera!! I'm thinking about getting one for an upcoming trip to San Francisco!
he is adorable; and he has gotten bigger!
Two handsomes! Kingsley's getting big! I wish the puppy phase lasted longer…sniff.
I just clicked on that old post, and seriously . . . there might not be anything cuter than a baby bulldog. omg! He was the cutest little thing in the world! I can barely stand it.
cutest dog ever! love this photo.
did i tell you i think you're lovely today?
cause i do.
I have to say, for one, I've always loved your blog, but now it has special meaning to me. Ever since you moved to DC, and you moved right about when I left DC for LA. It makes me homesick, but in a good way as you discover the things I left behind. It helps though, I'm glad someone else gets to enjoy it now :) Thanks!
I just found your blog yesterday and am already hooked! I love it and have gone back and read a bunch of your older entries too. I love how I can relate to your posts as I am in the DC area, newly married, and with a fur baby too! :)
i just found your blog. kingsley is too cute.