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!...
I really want to get one of these cameras! They are great!
oh, I love the fact that its august already ;) one step closer to autumn :) the season ever ever ever :):)
have yourself the best of weekends and lots of cupcakes with glitter on top :)
oh, these are so magical! I love them.
this instant is saweet. love your photos. paris is lovely.
those pics are very sweet. ^^
and i`m really trying to ignore the fact that it`s already august! :D the summer`s passing tooo fast!
beautiful pictures! You make me want to explore the inner workings of my camera and learn how to take a decent picture.
This weekend I'm going to stay in bed and snuggle my babies all weekend! Have a good one!
august totally snuck up on me! i love the photos :)
"oh well. next time…" Like it's no big deal because you go to Paris all the time!?
Oh my.. if only I could go once! You lucky duck.. at least you have lovely photos of this time!
i think this is the way paris is supposed to be captured <3
i agree with the above comment! so romantic. i love your blog, your style and your sweet honesty.
Why must summer last only for three months? ):
The pictures are gorgeous though! I think I need an Instax in my life…
@karlee, no no! i didn't mean it like that. josh and i just hope to go back together soon. we don't travel over there often, it was my first time in paris. but a girl can dream! right? ;)
and thank you for the nice comments everyone. the instax really is a fun camera.
I carried that thing around everywhere in New York and at the end of each day I realized I hadn't taken one photo with it… and finally, when we did use it, the sun was setting and they turned out pretty dark. :( But, like you say… next time…
if we're dreaming can i bring my tall, dark, and handsome boyfriend and it would be like a double-date trip to paris with you and josh?!
that'd be fun. sigh.
Swear I just saw you at Nordstrom Rack in Towson, or was I just dreaming?
love these little polaroids– you are a great photographer!
Cool photos. Paris is truly beautiful.
We're planning our summer vacation this weekend (yep, still haven't taken it or even booked it…) and I'm planning on getting our garden together now that it isn't so hot in here anymore. Garden has been neglected for the longest time…
wonderful pictures. i want to go so bad. this weekend is about re-laxing. i hope you have a good one!
Very awesome pictures. I'm in Arizona and can't wait till summer is over. I'm ready for weather that's not over 100 degrees. If the weather was nice I would go to first friday with my husband but since that is not the case I want to go check out this new place down the street from us, http://www.pooltogether.com/
I'd love to go clothes shopping too but not sure where to go. Where are some store you like to shop at?
Hope you have a great weekend!
lovely pics! i went to paris last summer and took a series of polaroids at the Eiffel Tower at different times of the day. They're some of the best polaroids i've taken.
the mini takes such pretty pictures!!! I'm really looking forward having one of those!!
pretty images of paris :)
these pics are my fav!
These are beautiful :)
Oh I want to go to Paris!
Love love love these pictures! Yes i know! Its august!!! I start school on the 18th :(
Thanks for sharing these! I'm going to be there at the end of August/beginning of September and pictures like these increase my anticipation.
@magdalena, no sorry, that wasn't me at nordstrom rack. though i do wish we had one of those around here.
@meg! yes! bring the "boy!"
and @christina, i'm so sorry it's so hot in arizona right now. i can't imagine. it's hot here too and i die every day.
love these little shots! next on my wishlist: instax mini! :) love your blog – you have loads of taste!
instax cameras are awesome, i have my mini fuji instax and i take it out with me just incase and usually end up not using it and it isnt exactly light but i want it there in case!
I love the way you see Paris *^_^*
im so in love with these <3
Hi Naomi! It’s been a while… I was so glad to find out that you’re expecting a baby. It is going to be a gorgeous baby! For sure! I'm heading off to Paris this Wednesday and I just remembered that you have been there this year and that you might have some wonderful suggestions for me. I’ve been there last year and I’m looking for some new places to discover and to eat …off course! Best wishes for you lovely family.