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!
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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!...
late last night, josh helped me make what felt like a gazillion pinwheels for one of the dance classes i teach. i am particularly grateful because i know he very well could have just watched that movie he wanted to watch, or have gone to the gym like he usually does, or read his book on the bed beside me as i made the pinwheels. but no, he stepped in on his own to help, sawing and cutting and glueing and pinning for many hours. it was something so simple (and to be honest, not out of character for him at all) but still, it meant a lot and i am thankful.
next time he wants to drive with the convertible top down on the highway, or asks me to go with him to an alumni bbq, or needs a shirt ironed with extra extra starch, i am his girl.
love this. i've been feeling this with ben a lot lately too. he spoils me. glad josh spoils you too :)
aww I remember when I used to dance. Pinwheels are awesome. How nice of your husband to help u!! I hope the dance class loves them! =)
…and that's what love is!
so good to have a partner!
So cute! I adore sweet little moments like that.
The pinwheels are beautiful, too!
what a good wife :)
what a good husband :)
Very sweet…what a great hubs!
You two are so sweet!
adorable!! that what you two are!
you are so creative and crafty–cute pinwheel! your husband is so kind and he loves you so much!
I didn't know you taught dance! You should write more posts about that :)
Awww, that is so sweet!
The pinwheels came out beautifully, btw. ; )
Isn't it funny that the smallest things mean the most? Thank you for the reminder :)
aww i love it when my boyfriend does little things like that for me too :) it really is the little things that count
no surprise about husband…he seems to be so sweet to you!!
i LOVE the pinwheels!!! Did you use a stencil for the outlines? how did you do those?
you two are precious.
the "i'm his girl" part? so dang cute!
the pinwheels are so cute :] and that's so sweet of Josh.
You two are so sweet x
I agree with a previous poster- I didn't know you taught classes, glad to see you can keep up the dance life even being done with school :)
Nice job! What a sweet guy!
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how precious! your pinwheels turned out adorable! :)
That pinwheel is beautiful!
What a sweetheart, it's wonderful to have a guy in your life like that.
You know how to starch a shirt?!? We must discuss this sometime. Ha ha.
pinwheels! i love pinwheels! ;D
They turned out great! So cute!
you both are so sweet!
Cute. I'm making pin wheels my favor at my wedding which means that we need about 300 of them. My Fiance's mom has stepped in and made them all. It's so lovely what people are willing to do for us.
He always seemed sweet, but now he gets sweetheart of the year award. What a beautiful thing you two got going on. Lucky people.
awww! how sweet of him!
this here, naomi, this is why people love your blog so much. the simple things. so beautifully described. love to you both.
it's always the little things that people do that always make people feel special & this is sweet =)
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This is sweet, Naomi. Love this post. I felt similar when my hubby skipped dessert for me last night.
Josh sounds lovely. You both are very blessed!
I'm blessed too with a kind husband.
i didn't see where i could email you directly, but i stumbled across this necklace – http://www.etsy.com/listing/27533208/french-bulldog-necklace-rose-gold – and well, i just thought you needed to know about it. love your blog!
How do you make a pinwheel? I want to make some for my garden …
I love a good man and yours seems like he's the best! the pinwheels look smashing!
carolann- i followed this tutorial from once wed: http://www.oncewed.com/8233/wedding-blog/diy-wedding/diy-pinwheels-and-ribbon-wands/
and mia- thank you for the link to the french bully necklace! how cute!
Wonderful pinwheels… wonderful hubby. What a great day!
Aaahh lovely husband, that are the moments you remember how special he is to you!
And wauw, I like these pinwheels!
I love pin wheels. We like to keep one with our daughter at the cemetery.
Awwww Josh he’s such a sweetheart you 2 deserve each other♥….have a wonderful weekend hun……..♥
What a sweet post. Hope your class went well.
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awwww, he's so sweet! and that pinwheel is so cute, love the stripes. :)
Love your blog! Just found it. Also love how you always thank your husband! Good stuff.
LOVE your blog!! my cousin told me about it. she told me i would love it and she is right!! i love those pinwheels and i may be featuring you on my blog in the near future!!
ps. i also share your beliefs:)
That is so sweet!
LOVE your blog!
As my momma says~nothing like the blessing of a good husband:) Love your blog!
so sweet! ♥
What a nice guy! Love the pinwheel… and your floors!
Pinwheels are adorable!
(It sounds like your husband is too)
This post is incredibly heart warming. It's the little things that really say "I love you." Anyway, just found your blog– absolutely love it. I'm a follower now!
That is so sweet :)
I LOVE your floors!
what a good husband!
these are so pretty! I would never have the patience. As my momma says "patience is a virtue… of which Anna has none."