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 love Joanna so so so much. She got me through those awkward high school years and through the exciting college ones, too! Her new album is so so pretty. Love!
How lovely and calming…thank you for sharing and introducing me to Joanna!
I've been searching for Arp players!
Thanks for sharing
perfect for a case of the wednesdays! thank you.
beautiful song!! i love joanna!! certainly made my wednesday much more enjoyable!! :)
How did you know I needed this?! She has such an interesting voice, I love it and the harp is amazing! Thank you for introducing such a marvelous artist!
oh my, this song is perfect, she has a lovely voice!
i wanna know how to play the harp.
My friends were just telling me about her yesterday! This is crazy, must be the universe telling me to listen to her :)
Wow – this inspires me to take up the harp! Thanks for sharing! xoxo
You should check out "Family of the Year". I think my favorite song is "No Good at Nothing".
I love this song :)
It is on the cutest ad over here (I'm from Australia)… for Melbourne… the girl runs all over the city in a cute outfit with a giant ball of string :)
it's really sweet :)
Very pretty! Thanks for sharing her with us :)
I am absolutely enjoying reading your blog and your many adventures! The photos and insights are great, and of course, the music selection today is on the mark. Thanks for sharing!
this is EXACTLY what i needed for my wednesday. thank youuuu :)
Oh my, thank you SO MUCH! I absolutely adore this, it was the background music for an advertisement in Australia and I spent ages Shazam-ing when the advert was on – to no avail mind you. I am downloading from i-tunes today. Bless you, gorgeous lady :) xx
ohh joanna joanna. she mends the soul.
nice choice :)
i'm not sure how much i love her voice. but she's very talented on the harp! and that's really unique.
I find her voice quite strange and that's exactly what I like about it. The sound of the harp is so pretty.
this is exactly what I needed for this rainy morning! ^ thanks for sharing!
she is AMAZING- we saw her play at harvard last year and man, oh, man, my jaw was on the floor.
Thanks for sharing! I had never heard of Joanna…looks like I have some music downloading to do. :)
Happy day to you!
i love joanna! i think it's amazing that she's dating andy samberg!
i teach at a studio here in utah and i set a piece on my elite dancers (the big girls) to "the book of right-on" and i simply love her!
and i did my younger sister's solo to "en gallop". she did a lovely job!
she's so lovely!