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!...
a friend i grew up dancing with shared this beautiful little animated dance film with me last week and i can’t tell you how many times i’ve watched it since. i love anything with dance (well, good dance) and the collaboration behind this project is just magical. plus, animation rocks my world. it makes me want to go improv in my living room right now… maybe once this pregnant belly stops getting in the way, i’ll do just that. ;)
and i loved taking a peek into the making of the animation…
wasn’t that so beautiful? i have chills. even after the 30th time watching it.
and side note, i have not forgotten to announce our 4 winners
Oh wow, that's beautiful. Even as someone who knows nothing about dance, I just want to watch it over and over again.
Beautiful! I too love watching dance, and just wish I started at it younger…love it!
This is so magical and left me with tears on my cheeks. So beautiful, thank you for sharing!
This is so beautiful. My husband has his same career – storyboard artist in 'hollywood', and this moved me as I thought about him & the merging of the arts. Animation can sure be beautiful!
I am an illustrator and I obviously follow a lot of other colleagues blogs and stuff and this animation is just everywhere in the art community! This past week I've seen it featured everywhere. (which makes me so happy because he did this for the Sundance Film Festival and they didn't choose it to be in and I totally think they should've. He deserved it.) Anyway, I am so glad to see it in this blog as well! Yours is one of the few blogs I follow that don't have anything to do with illustration, haha.
Take lots of care, Naomi. My regards to the family ;P
I can't wait to share that video with my best friend who's been a dancer for years, thanks for sharing!
Wow I just teared up before it was even halfway through! Thanks so much for sharing :) So, so beautiful.
that animated film is so beautiful!
WOW. that is the teacher from my high school. that is wild. and great.
I am not a dancer (wish I was) but I am deeply moved by watching dance. This was so beautiful, thanks for sharing it!
yup, my professor most definitely made that film. it's always an honor and so inspiring to take classes from ryan.
and, well, you already know how i feel about this film. ;)
such a beautiful and inspiring video! thank you for sharing :)
I improv in my living room on a daily basis :) My best friend is at Julliard right now. I was watching some of his videos from their show tonight; made me really sad to think of how far he's come in the 2 years I haven't been dancing 30+ hours a week. I miss it all so much. This made my teary haha. Lame, Nat. Lame.
i just watched this video the other day when the weepies posted a link from twitter! i love it!
so so so so so beautiful. you're right, it totally gives you chills. thanks for sharing!! the beauty of it all is so inspiring.
so beautiful! And really love the song!
LOVE the video!! hope you don't mind i just reposted it. :)
So beautiful! I danced for 12 years, and most of that time I spent tapping. But I always loved the lyrical dances and wished I could come out of my shell enough to dance with such emotion. Thanks for sharing that! I think I will watch it again now. And then maybe again.
that was absolutely beautiful! I love good animation. :) Thanks for sharing!
I don't think this could be any more beautiful! I absolutely love it and will definitely join you in watching it countless times! From one dancer to another, thank you so much for sharing!
That video was amazing!! I immediately sent it to my sister who works at Boston Ballet! Thank you so much for sharing that it was just beautiful!!
I am in love with that video. Thank you for sharing!
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Beautiful! I keep thinking that "the in the making" video looks like it was filmed at BYU?? But I can't tell…..
Oh my gosh! That was so pretty! I love how they combined their strengths to create something so beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)
This is so lovely I featured it on my blog too! I love following you for simple, pure little bits like this that you share. Thank you.
Thank you for sharing. It moved me in a way art hasn't in a long time. I passed it along too.
and I hope you are feeling well.
Oh Wow! Thanks for sharing those videos. I graduated from BYU in Dance Ed. and it was fun to see some familiar faces! After I graduated I actually took the high school teaching position that Kori left when she took a position at BYU. She is super woman. Seriously, just a few days postpartum and she is at rehearsal.
I say improv in your living room even with a pregnant belly!! I don't think I ever felt more alive while dancing than when I was pregnant. Now even though I am temporarily retired from teaching dance I still love to improv with my little one as my only audience member. His giggles and smiles are better than all the applause in the world!
So beautiful…it gave me chills and made me want to dance around my living room a little too :)
Taza, thank you for showing me such a beautiful film. I have chills everytime i watch it. It made me speechless. I love your blog, I read it everyday. Congrats for the baby. I think you guys are the most adorable family ever.
kisses from Portugal :)
this brings tears to my eyes each time I watch it…and I can't stop watching it, it's so lovely.
thanks, again, for sharing this. xoxo
just wait till you see that baby for the first time…..
you will want to dance more than you ever have in your life before.
it is a totally different kind of love than what you feel on your wedding day, not better or worse, just different…..amazing love!
you will see soon enough ;)
Beautiful! i'm going to have to share this one
Thanks for posting this video….. the lyrics could've come straight from my journal.
I love you for posting this.
this is beautiful. I just hope it doesn't get sucked into a marketing campaign like those awesome hand dancers did with McDonalds! Have you seen that?
This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
I really loved this piece… and I adore the Weepies
One of the female dancers that performed the choreography is my dance teacher!!!! Ashley Peterson, and she is incredible. Thanks for sharing this with everyone!
Ah girl, My beau is in the Animation department at BYU and he showed this video to me a while ago. Made these eyes tear up a bit… I am SO happy that you've seen this.
I am in LOVE with that video. Thank you for sharing!
That is beautiful, had me almost tearful. I loved the song too. How I wish I still danced!
Absolutely one of the most beautiful and touching things I have ever seen…
AH!! those are my friends dancing and my dance teacher! :)
haha what a fun surprise