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!...
^^^^^ they show old black and white movies in the dining room!
this record breaking heat in d.c. has been killing my soul just a little.
just kidding. it’s not that dramatic.
but it has caused me to lose my appetite.
so last night we took a break from all the car and house hunting so we wouldn’t kill each other and grabbed some much needed food at the newly opened ted’s bulletin on capitol hill. because of the heat, we just ordered a bunch of dinner sides + dessert + a milkshake.
this place is awesome! not only is the decor absolutely wonderful, but you can watch the pastry chef in the front make homemade pop tarts and watch old black and white movies while eating! we also really liked the food too! (don’t think i’ve had better vegetable minestrone.) we’ll be back!
That milkshake looks amazingly delicious.
Why must you show me such tasty things so close to me?It's official – you're dangerous.
ps. This heat has been awful. AWFUL!
Glad you took some time out to relax. And that milkshake looks awesome!
christiana! you have to go! and take me with you! i want to try their homemade poptarts next trip!
mmmm looks so delish! jealous!
This place looks AMAZING!
Now I want a milkshake and it's all your fault. And heck yes! I'm a rockstar, like duh :)
wow! If I ever come to DC I am totally stopping in to this place. I love the old black and white movies and the food looks so YUMMY!
I was just looking for a place to stop for brunch tomorrow in the city, and their menu looks delicious! I'm happy you posted this!
Black and white movies? I will drive there all night just to drink a milkshake and watch.
Awesome! You should go back to celebrate after you get your car and housing situation sorted out. :)
Sounds like you found a great new spot! I may have to visit there my next trip to dc :)
You got a new camera for your birthday, right? I'm dying to know what kind it is! xox
yum! that looks amazing! good luck with the house/car shopping!
I am making a trip to D.C. next week. I must check this place out! thanks
i agree, your photos are looking great. what kind of camera did you get?
They show black and white movies?!! This place looks right up my alley. Amazing.
Naomi, could you please tell us which camera you got? We're all dying to know! Don't keep us in suspense! HAHA.
Sorry, I had answered the camera question in another comment box. It's the new canon rebel XSI I believe. And I'm in love with it.
That place looks awesome! The heat is horrible here (KY) as well! Hope you have a nice weekend :)
next time i visit–can we go there?!
you are beautiful! i love your natural face. &that; place looks so perfect. they don't have places like that in alabama…
i want that milkshake!!
I live in MD and love seeing your DC outings. Do you think you could round up your DC restaurant reviews in one spot on your site? I'd love to refer to them later, when I go into the city. Much appreciated!
We're coming to visit DC for the first time in a couple of weeks, so I will definitely add this place to the list! Thank you!
yum YUM. desserts are my weakness. good choices!!
I have such a sweet tooth! That milkshake looks soo good!
Your husband needs to come out of the closet. He has a serious gay face!!
How DO you both stay so thin and adorable?
what an adorable little place. love it!
this looks awesome! & that milkshake looks delicious… the heat has been atrocious where I live (Florida) as well. I hope your car/apartment hunt goes well despite all the little bumps along the way, I bet you guys will find a perfect place to live and a perfect car to get you there! ;D
looks super yummerz!
oh my goodness, this place is darling!! i'm in love! we need a place like it in the west!
All those desserts look delicious! Don't stress too much about the car and house hunting, it'll all work out!
oooh this place looks so cool! i wanna go! if only for the homemade pop tarts :-)
you look darling in that pic of you!!
this place looks amazing! and mmmm, that dessert looks so delicious.
What a fun looking place! I want to go…
i was in d.c. last week with my best friend, and every time we were about to kill each other in the heat, we knew it was about time to eat. so i hear ya.
that milkshake looks so scrumptious! i've been craving a good thick mouth wateringly divine chocolate milkshake for a few weeks now, but just can't seem to find one! ted's bulletin looks like a great little diner!
oh goodness i am headed to the kensington area of dc in august to visit my brother.
i will definitely put this on my list of hope-to-do's while there!
ack!!! youre adorable with your freckles and al :))
Naomi this place looks so nice!!! hope the house & car hunting turns out ok :)
WOw that place looks incredible awesome. Any restaurant (or building for that matter) that is playing old black and white films- wins.
sorry you are sweltering in heat. Its starting to get very cold in aus.
this place looks awesome!
you also definitely inspire me to find more restaurants around in chicago to visit with my boyfriend :)
I walked by this place the other day and it looked awesome! So glad to hear it got your stamp of approval!
What a cool place! I think it had me from chocolate milkshakes and mac and cheese….yum.
hi! you have such a lovely blog :)
and yes this heat is ridiculous.
yum! that dessert looks tasty. appetizers and dessert and a milkshake are the way to go.
we never venture that far south but my oh my does that look delicious.
how fun!! i love a good minestrone!
Your blog makes me so excited to move back to the east coast. Gossssh.
oh mi god. the milkshake looks so delicious. I just might run to kitchen and make one now. :D
hope you have a great weekend!
mmmm! i can't wait to try the one out in palm springs on my next trip :)
That place looks amazing!
and very pretty.
yum! I love milkshakes; looks like a really fun place! I like the idea of black and white movies! :D
That places looks awesome! And homeade pop tarts?! Seriously need to remember this place when I visit DC.
Gosh, you're lovely!
I've been stalking your blog for so long and I thought I'd just let you know! You're just so lovely and so pretty! I love you and I love Kingsly and I love how happy you are with your man! I'm so sorry about your beetle, and the heat too! Keep eating yummy things and everything else will fall into place!
emilia, i didn't know they had one in palm springs!! hope you enjoy it!
and mayapamela525, that is a great idea about grouping the DC outings/ review posts in a same group for your reference. i think i'll need to narrow them down since it's all labeled under D.C. and there are a lot of posts there that aren't related to food or sightings specifically. will get working on it! thanks!!
These pics look real good, I recently bought a new Canon and I'm in love with it too!
Thanks for sharing this amazing place, I wanna go to DC now too, loveloveLOVE desserts!
Naomi! This place looks amazing, and you are beautiful. I hope your car/house hunting goes smoothly – at least job hunting isn't a part of the equation.. Worst. Thing. Ever.
wow – love the interiors of this place!
I love the newspaper theme so much!
@Stacy- Well, since you dished out advice as to what people need to do, I feel I can say that you need to find better uses of your time than to hurl homophobic insults at strangers on the internet.
this sounds divine!
yum yum yum
i just visited home in ohio and i've never noticed the humidity as much as i did this trip. BLECH, there were heat advisories
You look like Hannah in this picture! Pretty!
that place is like stepping into a time machine!
are you still using your cannon camera? these pics look so crisp and clear.
the heat has been yucky! it feels so great at times but other times adam and i are sweating like thieves! yesterday we went for a walk around the portrait gallery and the china town area and we had to make several ice water, ice cream, and smoothie stops! sheesh!