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.
For those of you who have already purchased and read— if there was a takeaway or something that resonated with you as you read, would you consider sharing in the comments below for new potential readers to see?
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!...
1.upon a recommendation from josh to color code what’s hanging in my closet in order to help me stay more organized (i.e. not leave all my clothes on the floor in our closet/ bedroom like usual) i noticed the majority of my clothing is yellow. i like yellow. just hadn’t realized it’s kind of all i own and wear. 2. on our way out saturday morning, we stopped by peregrine and you know what? they really do have the best hot cocoa on the hill. and they make it all pretty. who doesn’t love pretty hot cocoa? 3.a big thanks to these friends for stopping over to play with and feed kingsley while we were gone all day saturday. considering that he always runs up to their front door when we take him out for a walk suggests he might love them more than us.4.that’s just my handsome man. and i love him.
hope you had a beautiful little weekend! happy monday…
we love a good weekend!have a great week as well.
I might have to stop reading until we've both had babies. Because you have the cutest baby bump in the world and I swear I've gained baby ALL OVER my body. Darling as always!
It's funny what color-coding your closet can do. When I coded mine last year, I realized that my wardrobe is very grey-heavy. I wish it was a happier color though, like you with yellow!!
Bought a Beirut CD last week because I LOVED their music in your video. I am SO excited to get it in the mail.
i LOVE Kingsley "mooning" the camera in the first photo :))
I am working on getting more yellow into my life. I love the color but don't own that much.
You've inspired me to dive into my closet now. Thanks girl!
Aww yellow does look very pretty on you!! Ooo I could go for one of those hot chocolates right now! Kingsley is so cute! =)
that is pretty hot chocolate. i love kinglsey's little teeth poking out.
ps.how do you get your hair wavy like that? its adorable!
sending love your way from utah county!
I always look at your pictures, daily updates, and little video clips and wonder what your daily life is actually like. Your life seems like such a fairytale. I wonder if you ever have bad days like I have bad days.
You really have clothes all piled on the floor?
Yum, Peregrine is so good! Whenever my husband and I are in DC, we make sure to stop there!
Yellow is such a cheerful color, I'm glad you embrace it. And it looks great on your skin tone!
What patience you have, color coding!!! I folded all my clothes and that was a big deal for me!!
i have tried color-coding because it just looks so nice but then i always get messy! blah. and i've never had the hot chocolate at peregrine but they have tasty baked goods!
and you're welcome for walking him, we definitely met a lot of interesting people! did robbie tell you about how kingsley flung himself on the ground when he was playing with other dogs? so funny.
yellow is a great color on you! and that hot cocoa looks delish…
I will never understand the talent of coffee art, but I surely do appreciate it. :)
You post the sweetest little pictures.
I love your blog to pieces. <3
I love yellow…and that is a pretty hot cocoa!
I think I saw a picture of you in my savvy shopper pamphlet that came in the mail this weekend. Now I'm going to feel pretty stupid if it wasn't you.
Love the photos. And, your hair is always perfect!
I love yellow too! And that dress (which you turned into a skirt and i've been meaning to try that since it makes it infinitely more wearable! That's such a pretty cup of hot cocoa and the most adorable pics of your two loves!
xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com
I'm realizing that I have more yellow than I thought I did, too! It's ridiculous but the color is so beautiful.
my husband suggested I organize my closet last night too! hopefully this thing lasts.
and I am going to go make some hot chocolate to try my hand at making pretty designs. how do they do that??
yeay yellow :) I need more yellow! You look lovely!
Ha! I follow your blog and Hannah's blog separately. Small world! We think they are delightful and I love your yellow dress!
I adore yellow! I can never find it when I want to though. I have always wanted to go to a place where they made the foam in warm drinks all pretty.
I love your posts!
Baby bump! I love it… Oh and Kingsleys teeth look funny but oh so adorable!
scenic world is my favorite beirut song!
p.s. your family is adorable.
@tiffany, i think that's my favorite photo of kingsley too. haha.
@ash att, i do it the fast way. twist my hair up in a loose bun before it's almost dry for about 5-10ish minutes. it's easy and it lasts better than curling irons or blow drying in curls and all that jazz. my arms are too weak for all that stuff anyway.
@anna, everyone has bad days. but i try hard to make my bad days happy ones and not focus on all that negative. it does me zero good to be pouty and sad. and yes, much to my husbands dismay, there are ALWAYS clothes all over our bedroom. organization isn't something that comes naturally to me.
@geri e., i wish i knew how, too. if you ever discover how, do let me know! xo
i absolutely LOVE yellow, a dark yellow mustard color! somehow i have accumulated much of it myself!
I think the fact that you have a lot of yellow says a lot about you. It is the color of happiness after all! :)
Props to Josh for having such a good idea! What a thoughtful guy.
Kingsley is seriously 1)huge now! and 2) so cute. that face!
i totally just color coded my closet too! you go girl!
@maddy, i know! i took him into the vet early this morning and he weighed a whopping 51 pounds! couldn't believe it either!
Ill play with Kingsley when I live in D.C. next fall – yep – I'm the creepy blog reader that loves your dog that much, haha.
i just did the same thing with my closet this weekend, and noticed that all i wear is gray. hah!
Those pictures are fantastic and I just love the love you both have and share for each other! I color code my closet and it really does help! :)
so i just recently discovered your blog and after sufficient stalking i've determined you are the cutest pregnant lady i've ever seen. :)
yellow is one of the best colours in the world. truly.
i love that your clothes are yellow! makes me want more yellow too. hehe. its such a magnificent color on you :)
the majority of my closet color is black. At least they are all different shades of black right??
Love that yellow dress. And love your blog! You guys are the cutest couple and Kingsley is indeed a king.
Thanks for making my day a little sunnier!
i noticed that you have a lot of yellow things to wear! it actually inspired me to find yellow stuffs too(because it looks so cute on you. cute on me is questionable though)
glad to know i'm not the only one who leaves clothes lying all over the closet/bedroom/bathroom floor(s)..
I would never get out of the house if my closet wasn't color coded…which doesn't mean there aren't clothes scattered around the room/apartment as well!
Love these pictures. Yellow is a fantastic color on you, it just works. Could Kingsley be any more cute?!
Sometimes when I'm feeling SUPER organized (so rarely) I color code my closet.
I LOVE the music of Beirut.
I'm new to your blog and LOVE the yellow dress you are wearing in picture #1. Can you tell me who makes it or where you got it? I'm going to be in a wedding in June and will be 8 months prego at that time. We're required to pick out any yellow dress we want and I want yours!!
@meghan, i got it at Target this past spring. i don't remember who makes it but it was a halter top dress out of parachute material and i made mine into a skirt instead.
good luck! congrats on the baby!
Ooooh! Thanks for the info – much appreciated! You are adorable!
you look beautiful! I'll definitely have to try peregrine's hot cocoa now – Thanks! :)