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!...
it's like they're dancing with their hands, no? perhaps that's something we can handle!
oh my yes!
WOW. That takes some skill. I wonder how many outtakes they did? I love that song, it reminds me of Jude Law in The Talented Mr Ripley.
that's really great!
it makes me want to dance too :)
I wonder what their feet are doing?
that is so awesome! thanks for sharing.
I have never seen that done before!
I saw this the other day- it's the coolest thing! I'm so impressed that they can keep straight faces!
I saw this the other day- it's the coolest thing! I'm so impressed that they can keep straight faces!
Yes, I did see this, but it actually made me think of you. (Pretty, clever, and a bit quirky seems to be your thing.) I wonder how they kept their straight faces?
amazing! i am seriously impressed!
so amazing! thanks for sharing!
I hadn't seen that yet! It's incredible that they are able to memorize all those movements and translate them into hand movements!
I hadn't seen that yet, but I love that song :) For anyone wondering who it is, it's by Yolanda Be Cool.
oohhh man. I love this!
I love this! Thanks for making this yucky rainy DC day a bit brighter.
My husband and I watched this together and we loved it! :)
cooooolest. is it weird that i wondered how sore their hands were after all that practice?
that is the coolest thing ever!! I love it!
woah!! LOVE IT!
I love this! Made me smile on a rainy, dreary day :)
omg..thanks for sharing this!! My daughter is 11 and has been taking irish step since she was 3( and traveling to Ireland in Feb to compete for the first time☺)..she will go nuts for this
I love this! It really did remind me of marking in rehearsals, but on a whole different level. Thanks for sharing! I had to share it on my blog also – credited you, of course. ;)
I love this! It made me want to tap dance too when I saw it on my brothers facebook a few weeks ago.
my office mate showed this to me the other day – we couldn't stop laughing and clapping along the whole time :) it's fantastic and brings a smile to my face!
that's seriously cool.
gosh some people have talent.
i couldn't do that if you paid me.
thanks for posting this!
love the song too :)
I loved it! Dancing, in any form, is always so mesmerizing, thrilling, and this one was ultra-enjoyable too! Thanks for sharing.
i can't believe how in sync they are, it's amazing! love love love this!
This was strangely amusing!
My friend found this and posted it on her Facebook last week.I absolute love it! It's like you can't stop watching them…
that is so awesome! feet tap dancing didn't work out so well for me… perhaps hand tap dancing will! ;)
That's funny how you say you love it when dancers mark with their hands because I remember loving it when my teachers did it and then it came habbit for me when the girls and I had to make our own [I danced for eight years and wish I never stopped].
This really is very cool! I loved watching their faces too!
HA!! i don't "get" it, but i love it!! their expressionless faces make it so comical.
That was so awesome, and I really needed a smile this morning. Thank you for posting!
Whoa, coolest thing ever. Seriously!
I wish I had rhythm like that!
wow…amazing! makes me want to put my dancing shoes on too!
this is super cute!
Oh my gosh, I loved that!!!
wow that was amazing! thanks for posting! :)
Wow. This made me ache and happy all at the same time. Ache because I miss it so much and happy to see what I used to do. I used to get in trouble in school for practicing the steps under my desk (too loud) so I started practicing them with my hands, just like this. My teachers probably thought I had anxiety or something. Haha. oooohhh I need to get back into it!
this is soooo neat.
Also, did you watch the one where she irish dancers to poker face? A little silly, but crazy!
I love that video!!!!
That song is amazing, it comes from an old school italian movie my grandma loves! "Un americano a Roma".
ahhh i used to irish dance and i'd always dance with my hands in class on my desk like that!!
Oh. My. Gatos. This is amazing!
oh my gosh is that song popular in the US?? it's so popular here (in europe)…i love it!
i have watched this video SO many times in the last few weeks, and i'm still in awe! amazing. i used to practice/mark choreography with my hands when i was a dancer, but this is just UNREAL. love it!
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oh my! i can't stop watching this! it's really amazing. . . it makes me want to make up a dance with my hands too
I used to Irish Dance and we totally did this! Too funny.
i saw this, i loved it too!
oh my goodness i have been obsessed with this video forever! glad someone else has discovered this too :)
what do you do to get that soft curl in your hair from your ladies brunch? super cute!
F.Y.I. Its kinda a insult to irish dancers when people say hey I think i'll use my tap shoes to do that! Tap shoes and COMPLETELY differnt then Irish Hard shoes…
Still think your adorable and lovely! Love your little fam and your blog AND YOUR ADORABLE BABY BUMP
That was so cool!! I just had to steal your post onto my blog, with a note telling where I stole it from off course ;)
wow… that actually made me tear up.. How AWESOME!!! ART… and creativity…. OH my gosh makes me so happy I can 1. hear 2. see.
Thank you for sharing… I'd love to repost if possible… We gotta get this out there!!!!
i love watching dancers mark with their hands too. i auditioning for a piece similar to this once. left with bruises on my chest, thighs and hands. fun though!
That was a joy to watch. Thanks for sharing!
That is amazing! I love how blasé their faces are while they do such intricate hand moves – brilliant!
I love this video! As a former Irish Step Dancer myself, it makes me nostalgic! My teachers would always have us practice with our hands…during class when we were waiting our turn, and then we were encouraged to continue the "hand practice" when we were at home or at school with some free time. Love it!
we liked it so much my little boys made one of there own! it's too cute. we just posted it on our blog via you tube!
that is so incredible! i love it!
this. is. ridiculous.
didn't even know people could DO this!
this completely made my day.
woah, this is WAY harder than doing it with your feet!