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.
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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!...
i have always wanted to see and tour versailles. i was so glad we (candice,nicole and their husbands) made the trip out there before the retreat to check it out. regardless of visiting on probably the hottest day of the year (and having not slept in 24 hours because of my red eye flight + jet lag) it was still breathtakingly beautiful and worth it. if you ever get the chance, GO!
*i think candice took that picture of me. but it might have been nicole. i can’t remember. and the photo of the three of us is by candice’s husband, mark, but with nicole’s camera. :)
these just might be my favorite photos from your trip.
this place is so jaw dropping!
I love Versailles! My sister and I got lost on our way there some time haha.
Wow everything looks so beautiful, as our your pictures! I love your style.
It's so beautiful. I'm going this November, and I can't wait!
You girls look very cute. Glad you had a good time!
beautiful photos! i want to go there now.
i wonder, what camera did you use to take these?
This place looks beautiful! Love the pictures :)
I loved Versailles! We only got to spend one afternoon there, but it was so fantastic! I couldn't stop thinking of A Tale of Two Cities the whole time.
@jaycelle, thanks! the photos i took were with my canon rebel xs. i think it's a great camera.
what beautiful photos! i have always wanted to see the gardens.
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Isn't it magical? Your pictures are dreamy.Is was by far, my favorite part of visiting France for the first time two years ago. I actually got to stay for the fireworks show they do at night with music, ad it was unreal. If you go back, it is a MUST.
gorgeous pictures, gorgeous ladies! so much fun!
you guys look beautiful :)
i went to versailles my senior year of high school, and even though it's only been 5 years i already don't remember it very well. i think it was because my day there went by in a BLUR it was so awesome! i definitely need to go back someday.
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omg so jealous.
i am in love with versailles!
So beautiful… I would like to go there too! Nice pics!
So beautiful… I would like to go there too! Nice pics!
I LOVED versailles when we went! So beautiful! I really want to go again, I hardly remember since I went when I was like 9 I think. I know, spoiled right?
Your trip has bumped France back up onto my list, because even though I have been there, I don't think I really saw it, y'know what I mean?
Great photos, as always! Versailles is one of the greatest places I've ever visited. If you ever get the opportunity, you should visit the Windsor Castle just outside of England. That place is PACKED with history!
Your photos are beautiful– it certainly looks like you saw some fabulous things, and took some fantastic photos!
Lovely photos! Hopefully I will get to visit there someday!
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It is absolutely stunning there! I have been there once before, but I don't think I really appreciated the experience enough. I would love to go back and share it with my hubby. Beautiful photos!!
Eating ice cream at Versailles is one of my favorite memories. I hope you had some too!
Ooh..that place is beautiful! Nice photos!
pretty pictures! and i love your skirt! :)
the last picture is my favourite. :)
and yes, versailles is very beautiful. :)
O didn't you just LOVE Versailles?!
I think the gardens were my favorite, I love that locals just hang out there!
One of these wonderful days….
Love the skirt and top!
I'm so jealous. I really want to go there! You always do the coolest things!
Oh, it looks beautiful!! I love palaces (it is/was a palace right?) :)
Versailles is definitely a place to visit before you die, and its HUGE – the grounds are a smilar size to the whole town of versailles which itself isnt that small.
my husband and i went around the same time you guys did! we spent almost a full day in versailles and decided to go back and walk around the gardens our last morning in paris. SO beautiful!
So beautiful, Naomi!
It's strange that versailles is so empty of people. Because last summer when I visited it was awfully crowded!
Looking forward to see more Parisian photos! xo
Versailles looks absolutely amazing. I've always wanted to tour it as well!
Love the last pic of you and I need that skirt! So cute! Versailles looks as regal as I would imagine it hundreds of years ago!
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ah! i love versailles. isn't it amazing? your pictures are beautiful!
wow … such beautiful photos … you sure look cute for being so jet lagged and tired … cute outfit … cute little "do".
i am forever impressed by your ability to look so lovely + fresh in every picture you take. especially when traveling! you're such a beautiful girl!
Just picked that skirt up at Anthro.
Great choice :)
I love all of your pictures from France! They're absolutely gorgeous.
Also, you have wonderful style. I wish this were more of a fashion blog! With lots of Kingsley, of course. He can wear his dad's bow ties.
i loved it when I went to Versailles!
your outfit is so perfect! I love that skirt.
Versailles is one of my favorite places ever. it's a little bit magic.
I went to Versailles 3 years ago, it's so pretty! LOve your pictures
absolutely loved Versailles – glad you are having/had a great trip!
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Theses are your best photos from your trip thus far. I remember my trip to Versailles and you definitely captured it's beauty. Thanks for sharing your photos.
you are so beautiful! you live such an enchanting life. how do you do it?
Lovely photos, looks like a great trip you had :)
just to let you know i have posted a link of your blog on my sunday feature of blogs i've been loving this week :)
How do you look so beautiful in every single photo? I would love having you as a real-life travel buddy.
The shots are completely frame-worthy.
Beautiful Photos! Looks like all of you are having a nice time!
I want your skirt. Love Versailles! I'm so happy you got to see this grand palace!