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 lack energy these days and my back is really sore and last night i had the worst dreams ever. and then kingsley has been kind of naughty the past few days always wanting to play tug of war with whatever skirt i am wearing and he usually always wins because he has a really strong bite and i fear for my skirts life now whenever i wear one. but it is friday and i don’t have any work today and we have company coming into town tonight and the house smells wonderful and kingsley is currently sleeping so i can sneak out to go grocery shopping without having him bother my skirt. bless you, snoring puppy in the living room.
so, i hope you have a happy weekend! and that it is filled with people you love and sweet treats!
*photos via the phone from one of our little walks the other night. i hope this cooler weather is here to stay.
Not the skirts!
ohh i want a puppy! you look lovely x
bad puppy, awhh he is a cutie though! You can have the UK weather if you want I'm fed up with it lol! xx
Your phone took those? I love it! How did you add the effect?
Aww i hope you feel better soon! How do you style your hair?? YOur bangs always look perfect!
I hate having bad dreams! That put me in a weird mood! Have a good weekend too!
ohhh naughty puppy:)
love this app., it's one of my favorites! Cute bangs too.;)
Have a great weekend!
hihi, kingsley is so cute :)
ooo how'd you get the finish on your photos!? Its gorgeous!
Have a great weekend! I love your updates- always honest, yet upbeat!
Kingsley is lucky he's cute, or he'd be in trouble! Happy Friday, love.
Maybe you should do run-on sentences more often! That one was cute!
no better feeling than the friday before a great weekend- especially with safe skirts and sleeping puppies!
@sara szatmary, @alison, i used the Hipstamatic App for the iPhone to take these pics. it's a fun little app.
@mich, YOU are super kind. my bangs actually never look perfect and i'm trying to grow them out which makes them look extra scary. i don't ever use any products besides some hairspray to hold them in place.
You sound like me sneaking in laundry when my baby sleeps. Puppies can be babies too though. These pictures are lovely. You're beautiful, don't ever wear makeup. ever.
Have a nice weekend!!
this is Katja from munich, germany. I just saw a photo of you in a german magazine and I wanted to send you the photo I've made from it. I can't find a eMailaddress where to send it. You can find mine in my google-account if you want me to send the photos. Greetings from Katja!
Knightley went through a phase where he did that to my skirts, dresses and long coats. It took awhile to get him out of that phase, but once he did, my wardrobe was very pleased. For awhile I thought that I was doomed never to wear a skirt or dress with an intact hem again.
We miss you guys alot! I can tell that Knightley really misses the chance to see his buddy Kingsley.
Oh the hair. Your hair always looks marvelous.
And a happy weekend to you too!
Sorry about the lack of energy…that's one of my least favorite feelings!
My little dachshund use to always tug on my pant leg when I was trying to put it them on. Now that she's older she's stopped but I kind of miss our old games of tug-o-war.
Just wanted to say that I found the Elephantine jewelry from your blog and I LOVE some of the necklaces!
Thanks so much!
get better, get better, get better!
go away sore back and take all the rubbish dreams with you!
have a great weekend!
Yes – hope you feel better!
Also, Kingsley is as cute as ever!! I think he and my engligh bully puppies would get along great :)
the coloring of these photos give off a bit of a 70s vibe (especially the last one) and i LOVE IT. have a wonderful weekend… i pray for your skirts. ;)
Kelly ann, I was thinking the same thing! From your hair to the coloring of the photo…total
70's! love it!
your symptoms sound like pregnancy!
i was gonna say, like K…!
are you pregnant????!
What a lovely photos. I agree with everyone, your hair looks amazing. You've inspired me to cut bangs, just need the courage to do it. So afraid to do anything new to my hair… Lovely weekend to you!
All three of you are absolute beauties. I hope you start feeling better soon!
Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful
yes please tell us what app you used on your photos!!
Hey! Are you going to be going to the IFB Conference in NYC in Sept.? It would be cool for a bunch of us bloggers to meet up! Let me know! I posted more details about it on my blog! Hope to see you there and let me know if you are going. :)
just discovered your blog.. it's wonderous :)
I was wondering if yall were going to get an All You Can Jet pass from JetBlue!! We did and we'll be blogging the entire thing. First time DC visitors!
aaw, happy weekend to you, too :)
with cupcakes, walks in not too hot weather and everything beautiful you like :)
your posts always make me smile…this one did today especially because my weekend was filled with all you wrote because yesterday was my birthday… sweet treats, ones i love & iphone picts. have a great weekend to you all as well ♥
Hi! I tagged you in a favorite things post!
Here's the link
Happy weekend, love your photos!
Great pics! And i can relate to the tugawar thing, I grew up with a Great Dane and he used to think my long blonde braided hair was his tugawar rope… that never ended well for me! But you have to love the doggies anyways.
That dog is the cutest thing ever!
@greg and vanessa, i answered the photo app q a few comments up!
and @leslie, kingsley missed knightley so bad! and we miss you!!!!! when are you back in d.c. for a visit? i need to email you…
oh naomi! i've had a week like yours. the mundane things of everyday some how found there way to be horrid things. how does this happen. i drive in the worst traffic in houston that leads to a shutdown highway and when i get to my photoshoot i come to find that the locatino has also been shut down. i'm low on gas…3 miles till empty…and my debit card won't work because someone on the other side of the world is on a shopping spree with my credit (thanks CHASE). these are how my days have been going.
the week caught up with me when my body just said "go to sleep…you can't stay awake anylonger" and that resulted in at 9 pm bedtime. that of which i've not done in years.
i love your pictures. it lifts me.
Yours is one of the blogs I read all the time but am usually too lazy to comment so I thought I would jump in and just say these photos are super cute, and so are you, Josh & Kingsley! Thanks for making the internet a lovely, friendly place xx
ps. Swap you the cold weather for some warm? I'm in Australia and sick of the winter!
I thought of you and little Kingsley when I saw this video… it's too funny! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8rxXamfh5c
Hey Naomi! This is Erin, the owner and writer of http://www.alldogblog.com and I've followed your blog for awhile (pre-kingsley acually!) and I just wanted to let you know that there is a photo of Kingsley in the new Modern Dog Magazine! I was flipping through the pages at the vet, saw it (I think it's him and your sis), and did a double take! I thought I'd let you know if you didn't know already! We LOVE Kingsley! We'll probably be doing another post about him 'a check in' soon on our blog! He's so handsome and your blog is awesome!
<3, Erin & Bubbs
haha i hope you are doing better & good luck with your skirts. you look soooooo pretty in these pictures :)
@erin, thanks for the heads up! we will need to look into that magazine and see if kingsley is really in it!
I just love the edit to these pictures and was wondering how you did it. let me know.
omgosh LOVE this set of photos.
omgosh, love this set of photos!
Skirts to tend to be fun toys for pups…