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.
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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!...
on memorial day, josh put on a red,white and blue striped tie and we crossed over the bridge to IHOP in arlington for an all american eggs, pancake, hash brown, french toast and bacon breakfast. (yes, we couldn’t decide so we ordered it all). p.s. IHOP is making pancakes with bits of new york cheesecake inside and strawberries on top these days….i know it sounds sketchy to have cheesecake in your pancakes, but i was smitten by the picture and had to try them. and…yes yes yes, they are delicious! i’ll be back for more.
anyway, we planned on stopping by the arlington cemetery next, but after sitting in traffic on the freeway for over a half hour by the exit, we decided to check out the cemetery another day, when everyone wasn’t there.
we went home and walked kingsley around the neighborhood and then went to see the documentary babies. have you seen it? can we please have that baby from mongolia over to play? how much fun is that movie? then we walked around the world war I and world war II memorials which were less crowded as the evening went on and beautifully decorated with flowers and flags.
it was a good day. we feel blessed to live in such a great place and are very thankful for the honorable men and women (many of whom are part of our family) who have served and continue to serve our beautiful country.
Looks like a wonderful day! Great photo of Josh (rockstar shades for sure) and Kingsley – so cute!
Awe, love it. Looks like a wonderful day!
beautiful photos. D.C. is such a gorgeous place…especially the fountains at night!
Wow, D.C. would be such an amazing place to be on Memorial day! Glad you had a good time!
You are too cute!
i love your pictures. we are moving back to the DC area, yea!
i absolutely loved babies! that Mongolian baby was to die for, so entertaining and fun.
love your day! i convinced my husband to see babies the other weekend and for sure the mongolian baby (those cheeks, those cheeks) was edible. BTW – can you please let me know where you get your hair cut? I am contemplating a change . . . thanks!!
glad you had a patriotic day in dc. i think i have that same shirt. h&m;?
We spent Memorial Day watching Babies as well. I love how nerdy the San Fran parents seem when compared to the other couples :) Bayar was our favorite too, just because he was kickin' it alone in almost every scene, he seemed scrappy and able to hang. I loved how he was literally tied to a bedpost, eating toilet paper, or how he was naked on that pail in the middle of a goat herd. I think the San Fran couple would have died, haha.
Love your pictures and love DC! Looks like such a fun memorial day!
I love honoring the fallen soldiers and those that continue to serve our country! What a beautiful place to live with all of the memorials so near by! I love your skirt too!
I loved Babies! I know the Mongolian baby boy was the cutest :)
i loved babies too! i even mentioned it when i blogged about it that bayar from mongolia was my favorite!!!
What a beautiful holiday well spent!
I looooove days like these
You had me at bits of cheescake in my pancakes. Great. That image is going to stay in my brain until I have that sweetness! Sounds heavenly. Looks like we're eatin dinner at IHOP ;)
As always, great pics! I saw Babies and my husband and I wanted to keep the baby from Namibia. So cute and smart!
bobby at PR Partners salon at metro center cuts my hair. i love him.
and yay for the mongolian baby fan club! seriously. he's all i've been thinking about. also, goes to show you don't need overstimulating or fancy baby toys in life. pretty sure he was content with a roll of tipi or a bucket and found creative ways to play for hours with those things on his own. i loved that about him.
your pictures are so beautiful.
i've only been to dc twice, but they made me really miss it and wish i was there for memorial day, as well.
thanks for sharing!
Lovely pictures! It sounds like a super fun day, too all around. Those pancakes sounds insanely tasty. IHOP forever!
sounds like a fun memorial day! wonderful that you two get to live in dc :)
Looks like a wonderful day!!
those last pictures are great!!
have a nice day :)
We live right next to IHOP in Arlington! Glad you guys had a wonderful weekend – we should get together sometime.
so beautiful. Love all those pictures!
In. Love. With. Babies. And you're right, that Mongolian kid. Cah-ute! xox
you guys are the cutest! and now i'm craving pancakes. ;)
As a native Washingtonian, I love to see how you explore and discover my home town – you always present a fresh view. And thanks for that. Keep lovin' my hometown the way you (and I) do because it is a great way to share with all. Rockstar Diaries? Yeah, you rock. Cheers and love.
OMG! That little baby from Mongolia(and his naughty brother!) were SO funny! Definitely my favorite! So much personality! :)
I hear Babies is absolutely amazing and adorable and that the Mongolian baby IS the cutest! So glad you had such a lovely Memorial Day.
What a fabulous day!
Great pictures! I would love to visit DC on Memorial Day soon. So my husband can see the Iwo Jima statue and we can go to the concert and see all the memorials.
sounds like a perfect day to celebrate memorial day!
this was a beautiful tribute for memorial day. I swear.. you have the perfect family! That breakfast sounds AMAZING. holy geez.
my grandfather is buried in arlington. it's so beautiful there. i wish i didn't live so far away and could visit it every memorial day.
cheesecake pancakes? nom nom nom
Great pictures, as always!
& a blue drink! so patriotic. ;) sounds like a wonderful day!
these pictures are beautiful. love the way kingsleys ears are cocked so cute!
Beautiful photos! You guys are the cutest.
I love that you spent Memorial day in such a meaningful way :)
The last few pictures were cool. Glad you had a fun trip!
B from A plus B
Sounds like an absolutely lovely day :)
I must tell you, your blog makes me miss DC oh so much!!!! The husband and I spent three happy years in the district, and while we aren't too far away, we just can't find the time to get up there enough….
what a great way to spend the afternoon.
i love the red, white and blue tie. what a festive man you have, naomi!
the mongolian baby was my favorite too. Actually, his big brother was. When he was dragging the cat… HILARIOUS
Amazing photos, love the last shot :)
One day I want to be in DC for a holiday such as this; just to feel the vibe and wonderment of it all.
aww I saw Babies on Monday too! It was the cutest movie I've seen in awhile! But I was surprised the American baby they selected to follow b/c it just didn't seem how I was raised or anyone else I know but still so cute!
I want to see that moooooovie! I almost spent Memorial day in DC but went sailing instead.
i love how festive you are! dc is the perfect city to celebrate patriotic holidays.
Kingsley is getting so big! love him.
Question that has nothing to do with this post: Where did you get your fedora that I see pop up in photos here and there? I want one, but I can't find a cute one. :(
You inspired me to buy that shirt from H&M.; It totally completes an outfit!
I love your blog!! Beautiful photos :)
I got that fedora at UO last spring. I'm not sure if they still carry the same one, but I know they have others in the store.
Seems like you had a wonderful day :)
Have great weekend
oooh! that baby and his naughty big brother were adorable! i loved his little voice yelling 'mama!'. so sweet!
Cute! It's beautiful out there. What a nice place to be for memorial day.
it makes me laugh that you list the components of your "all-american" breakfast, nearly all of which can also be found in a full english…!!
Hi Naomi! I love your blog and all the fun pics. Have to ask…where is that presh floral skirt from?
You always have the coolest pictures! Could you please do a post with some photo tips? It would be very helpful and very appreciated :)
dolce, the skirt is from anthropologie a few years back.
and meghan, that is very sweet of you to say. i don't know much at all about photography so i feel that post would be quite silly coming from me. if you have a particular question you can always email me and i'll try my best to answer. though when it comes to photography, i probably won't be much help.