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!
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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!...
between brunch and a BBQ with friends on labor day, we took a quick little afternoon trip over to the national arboretum since we were in the neighborhood getting frosties at wendy’s. should i be embarrassed to say the main reason we ever end up doing anything is if it’s driven by food? i guess that’s just how it is in our family.
anyway, the national arboretum is great. we especially liked the national capitol columns. you can read about them here.
and here is a picture of the baby bump from the front. i think it looks so awkward from the front. but i still love it, even if it’s an awkward bump.
seriously how do you look so cute at the arboretum? I guess I might feel a little better about my sloppy dress if you start wearing jeans and tees once the baby comes. If not, can you provide a class for chic dressing on your blog? The dress and bump are stunning. xo
How do you do your hair with the braid on top? It's so pretty! Make a video tutorial!
@brooke, we're dressed up because we'd been at brunch with friends beforehand. i like wearing tshirts and jeans too….you can see me in them as proof in just the last post!
and @the hungry girl, thanks! the hair is easy to do (i probably don't do it correctly) but i just twist two pig tails over my head and pin them down with criss crossed bobby pin. takes maybe 3 seconds! which i love.
Oh so many things that I choose to do are motivated by the hope or promise of food!
You are looking so sweet with your baby bump!
You look absolutely stunning. Pregnancy agrees with you : )
if anyone can pull it off, i think its you naomi!
that dress is so sweet!
wow, you're definately one of those lucky people who look gorgeous even when preggers =] I'm loving the whole package- the hair, the necklace, the dress, the belt, the bracelet, the hand on stomach ;p i've been a faithful reader for so long but i've never commented for some reason. I just want to say that I am SO happy for you guys- I'm sure that the baby rockstar will inherit both of your dazzling good looks and cuteness =]]
'Looks awkward from the front'? Really Taza? You're a beautiful girl, pregnant or not. Fishing for compliments like that is lame and obvious. A little to 'TAMNers' here.
you are quite possibly the cutest soon-to-be-mama I've ever seen! Mr Kingley must be excited to be a big brother!!! Hope you feel well and your pregnancy is a breeze. Congrats!
@nawana, i'm really sorry you feel i am fishing for compliments. it wasn't my intention at all. i still think the bump looks awkward from the front, but like i said in the post, i don't care because i love it.
Congrats on the baby bump! What an exciting time for you and your family! Kingsley gets a new sibling!
I cannot WAIT for the rockstar baby! congrats! we love you guys!
ps- you look beautiful pregnant. :)
Ok, I'm a new viewer of your blog and I'm obsessed! I know you get a buttload of comments every day, but would it be possibly for you to tell me how you get your lipstick so PERFECT and how it stays on and keeps your lips looking moist and luscious?! Also, I love the Heidi braid. Is that hard to do? Plus you are a friggin hot preggo woman, is that hard to do? Haha. Everything is awesome.