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!...
coming this close to buying a house we loved here in d.c. on saturday, but not having it work out.
after realizing we aren’t getting the house, driving all the way to ihop in virginia for pancakes to cheer us up only to find a long line wrapped around ihop of others who want pancakes, too. feeling defeated, we drive back home without pancakes.
trying to have a dinner date at dc 3 saturday night. baby girl decides to test out her lungs on the car ride over, meaning we’re afraid to even go in. so we eat dinner in the car with a screaming baby.
lesson learned that i should carry back up clothing not only for baby girl, but me, too. i’m not brave enough to walk around in a silk blouse that’s leaking you know what.
things that made the weekend so great:
scheduled snowstorm for sunday turned into 50 degree sunny weather by noon.
running into our friends at harris teeter at ten in the evening and shopping together.
taking eleanor to the studio where i teach to meet all the girls and watch a bit of rehearsal. (oh how i miss them.)
church on sunday. and a beautiful baptism afterwards.
sunday dinner with friends who really know how to cook. and eating one too many bowls of deliciousness.
it really was a great weekend for the most part. here’s to an even better week ahead. happy monday!
Mama, you made it through the weekend!
Any one of those things is enough to make a grown woman pout.
Way to find the positive!
Rachael at Letters to Ames
lovely pictures as usual. Sounds like and eventful weekend if anything. Sorry to hear about the house. I kinda know the feeling.
you are gorgeous naomi!! love those glasses!:)
Well it's good that enough nice things happened to balance out the not so good! I feel like a geek asking this as I already commented on your photo on instagram but what lipstick are you wearing in the top left photo? I'm a little obsessed with lipstick and love finding out about new ones!
way to look on the bright side :)
Those glasses are crazy cute! Sorry about the house-hunting disappointment…just remember, everything happens for a reason. So there's an even more amazing house out there with your name on it!
Cute photos! I'm sure an amazing house will work out for you guys! Stay positive!
Sorry to hear about the house—but I am glad you have found so many good things to smile about, too. Also—absolutely thrilled to find out you are nursing. I realise it's a little personal for me to comment on but I am always disappointed by the amount of women that don't these days so it is refreshing when I hear of ladies who are! :)
Great pics! It really is the little things in life that make everything all better isn't it?
Great pics! It really is the little things in life that make everything all better isn't it?
Man your weekend was full of ups and downs! Glad you enjoyed it for the most part!!
Taking in the good with the bad is what life's all about! Sounds like you guys were able to make the best of things regardless.
Another plus: maybe E is going to be a fantastic singer when she gets older! My mom always told me she wasn't surprised I could sing because of all the exercise I gave my lungs as a baby :)
what a beautiful weekend, despite the setbacks. it's so refreshing to see you accept the light and the dark of a weekend. you are too gorgeous, inside and out :)
Happy Monday, hope you can make up for the IHOP situation this week. Good luck house hunting hope you find a place you absolutely love soon.
It's funny how things don't always work out the way we plan them with newborns, but ya learn to go with the flow! (no pun intended:)
amy day to day
Leaking boob = complete suckiness. That's why I tell my babe everyday he owes me a cruise someday.
Sorry about the house. Something like that can be so depressing.
you're so purdy! you make motherhood look like fun!
Sorry to hear about the house. I bet you will find an even better one soon. I like to think that houses find us too, yours is still looking for you as much as you are looking for it.
As far as the leaking situation. I went through the same thing. I keep a t-shirt and cardigan in my son's baby bag which helped in those emergencies. It got better after a few months too, so don't worry. The plus side is, if you are leaking it means you are providing more than enough for little E which will come in handy for her growth spurts.
You guys are amazing parents and it is great to hear your family stories. Have a great week.
Ack, sounds like my entire month of March. But, inbetween our bank account information being stolen (and used, ugh) and our renter NOT paying rent (still to this day, it was due the 1st…), we found time for Sea World, Aquatica, ice cream, strolls around town, and new recipes!
I hope April is better, anyway… but somehow, all of this isn't as stressful when I get to come home to a smiling, innocent, sweet little face.
Love this post; good idea :) I adore the photo of you and bitty baby E together– too cute!
:) welcome to the silly adventures of being a mom
It is completely amazing how much laundry a babe makes! I always thought it would just be his stuff, and never expected so much of mine….. Enjoy the good times and know that the bad moments are only just that, moments!
Look how big she is getting! My gracious…
You'll find another house you love…guarantee!
Were you trying to buy on Capitol Hill? The housing market's so crazy here. Last summer we found what we thought was our dream home, but we were outbid by four other people. It ended up being for the best because we found one that was even better, only five months later. Just be patient!
First these pictures are adorable and so precious! and second it looks like all of the good stuff this weekend def made up for all of the mishaps you had..:)xox
hah. so i have to share my story of leaking after my first child was born. he was about six weeks old and i had fed him right before we walked out of the door to go get breakfast. five minutes after we had sat down i hear another baby in the restaurant cry, look down, and see half dollar sized wet spots on my shirt. :) i sat with my arms crossed over my chest for the remainder of the meal.
Sorry about the house, but I'm a big believer in everything happens for a reason!
Glad that the good outweighed the bad! I hope you find the perfect house soon!
What a trooper:) that pic of u and ur baby is adorable…
Haha oh no! I'm sorry about the tougher side of the weekend. Maybe all the good stuff cancels it out to make it a pleasant weekend all around. I totally feel ya about almost buying a house. Rips your heart out. Thank for sharing =)
I hear you about the house hunting. We fell in love…hard…with at least three houses and were crushed…even harder…when we didn't get them. Then one day the perfect house appeared and we bought it below asking price, but not before I had at least 300 nervous breakdowns about finding a house. Patience is not a virtue of mine.
eleanor is so adorable! glad you made it through the weekend :) happy monday!
It's so true that although you feel crushed about the house not working out, you will find YOUR dreamhouse soon! We felt that way after house hunting for a year or so in Edmonton and being outbid by two other people. We were so discouraged we stopped looking for three months and then BAM! the perfect house came along and I'm so happy we didn't buy the first one! It'll work out. Hang in there. You're a beauty.
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Eleanor is getting cuter and cuter!!! Wow!! And doesn't iHop know they get a rush on the weekend and should be prepared!! Happy Monday and cheers to a good week! You don't need it but check out my Move It Monday exercise for swim suit season….eeek!!!
I miss Harris Teeter and wish we had them in Illinois! I'm sure a better home will come your way. Hope your week goes better!
so sorry to hear about the house :( perhaps you still haven't found the 'one' yet… you'll find the perfect one eventually, I know it.
p.s. love your glasses!
I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. You'll find your dream house soon!
Sorry you had so many downs in your weekend. Hope you have a much better week!
sorry to hear about your bad weekend, but happy to hear about the good. i was visiting my boyfriend in dc this weekend and i just thought i'd share a little tidbit with you . . .
after telling him about your "hunt for the perfect burger" he thought i should tell you about our favorite restaraunt: the tombs in georgetown. while i'm not the burger fan, he definitely is and he said the tombs has the best burger he's ever had. he said i had to tell you guys to go there to complete the search. oh and if your not feeling burgers, the french toast for brunch is the bombdiggity. :)
next time you want to venture to VA for breakfast, go to the Original Pancake House! SOOO much better than IHOP – their chocolate pancakes are ridiculous!!! Its right on 29 in Falls Church.
i am glad that the great things are more abundant than the not great things! ;)
sorry to hear about the house….I fell in love with a house once and ended up getting a bad home inspection on it so I had to start the whole thing over again. It was a blessing though because I found an even more perfect one after, you just never know.
Kellie May from classic bobbins
sorry about the house… you will find something amazing… in Georgetown? :)
reward yourself with one of my pieces of jewelry. let me know which one you love!
Yikes, that whole weekend bad parts sounded not so good!! I hate it when I have a screaming child while I am starving, doesn't make a good combo!!
I hope you find a house!!
I love your blog so much! I've been following it for a couple years now and it never lets me down!
You are a great example to me of a strong, fun, smart LDS woman.
the house thing is so disappointing! the same happened to us in january. i know my dream house will come along eventually though.
Don't worry. A year ago we had an offer on a house fall through. And I was heartbroken. But the very next day we stumbled upon my perfect little dream house and 24 hours later, it was ours! God has the perfect place picked out for you too! You'll find it!
you are such an adorable mother – ah.
love the little photo of you two girls.
would love to visit dc. on the list.
have a wonderful week.
Oh gosh, I know how you feel about buying houses and it not happening. We're looking in Arlington and have had many great disappointments as well. It's not fun to house-hunt around here! :(
I keep telling myself it'll be worth it because an even more perfect place will be the one that is "IT" and it will be the one that works out! :)
What an eventful weekend!!!
I love your glasses!
Bah… isn't that the story of life sometimes?! So impressed with how you were able to focus on the positive though.
I've been a closet reader for some time now so thought I'd finally leave a message!
your blog is famous – and i love it. you are SO cute. and so is that baby!
I love those pictures! How do you get the cool edges?
Love your blog…the photos are great ! Sorry to hear the house did not work out !
lansinoh disposable nursing pads rescued me from dicey situations numerous times. :)
Love your blog. I came across it this weekend and your photos make me want to visit the U.S again, I do miss it…
It's the ups and downs that make life beautiful!
The house thing is a bummer, we had to jump through a lot of hoops but we have our dream house now. I was looking at your lovely pictures and I got one more positive weekend thing: Having the sweetest, most photogenic family in the universe..:)..its totally true..I don't think any of you can take a bad pic! Have a great week. Hearts, Janna Lynn
I don't comment very often but you reminded me of when I learned to carry extra mommy clothing. It was when I ended up with baby poop all down my shirt and skirt at church. I was so embarrassed! It cleaned up rather well but I could still smell it and people at my church like to give hugs. Luckily church was nearly over so I grabbed my husband and made a bee line to the mall. Lesson learned.
aawwww…well atleast it was a weekend with your little family – sounds like a good one to me
That picture of you with baby girl is so lovely. It looks like you've choreographed a dance and she is your prop….. Except she is keenly aware that she is a member of this awesomely choreographed dance. Ahhhh! I love it.
i love your new glasses!
Being from DC have you been to DC Cupcakes???
I want to know how you stay so beautiful with a baby? I have a 3 year old and a 4 month old and it's hard to even get dressed sometimes let alone look good!
1) Man, those glasses are awesome, I can't wait till my next optometrist appointment.
2) We saw the most beautiful DC condo this weekend (condo is not even the right word…I feel "flat" is more befitting its chandaliered self) only to find out they don't allow dogs in the building.
3) while I love blogs to escape to, sometimes it's nice to know that everyone has those moments. so THANK YOU
You look amazing, like AMAZING in those glasses. They were meant for you!
Maybe you should try date night with a babysitter next time?? : ) I know it's hard to find someone you trust, but maybe a friend would lend a hand. It's worth it!
love the photos, esp. the top left! and i'm sure she was the hit of the dance studio. :)
i'm sorry about the house and the pancakes and your blouse:( I can offer one little tip that helped me and I have many lovely tops that were saved from ruin…lansinoh pads. I felt silly putting them in but they were amazing. they were the best ones for me (and I tried them ALL). I used them for many months (I nursed the baby until she was about 8 months).
As a new homeowner, I completely understand the emotional roller coaster of buying a home! Congratulations on your new beautiful girl. I am a new follower and loving your blog!
So sorry you didn't get the house you wanted :-( my hubs and I went through 8 months of that. Glad you did have some awesome parts of your weekend!!!
You have great perspective! I have to ask – what did you used to teach?
don't worry, the real estate deal of a lifetime comes around once a week, another house is on the way.
in my own diaper bag, after a few lessons learned the hard way: a sleep'n'play (footed onesie- so that you don't have to mess around with socks etc), onesie (this makes two outfits in a pinch), a legit bag of baby wipes, extra white t shirt in my size and two ziploc bags (one in case you have to dispose of your own evidence and one for clothes) in addition to all the usual suspects (extra diapers, pacifier, etc) and always extra bottle of (pumped) milk just in case, especially if the outing involves a car or eating in a public place, you just never know.
for the leakage, medela's nursing pads keep everything in check.
lovely photos. i know all too well how you feel about the house. i've fallen in love with so many houses… i've lost count. still waiting to find the right one. i've got my eye on a little farmhouse with some land. or maybe a big victorian in town…
you will find yours too. and it will be perfect.
Eleanor looks so big already!!!
I love the way you can put a positive spin on things without pretending that nothing bad ever happens — I am trying to grow & become more like this!
Welcome to motherhood :) My hubby and I went to Red Robbin when our baby was about 3 months, and she tested our her lungs. We were too embarassed to LEAVE! We took turns eating dinner, I told hubby to go first and then I ate a cold dinner :( It's OK though because now she's so darn cute…just like your little one :)
Isn't amazing how so many things can go wrong and yet, you still have an amazing weekend? Babies are little miracles :)
you and baby are so stunning.
you and baby are so stunning.
I've been loving your iphone pics lately! You should seriously be an ad for instagram/iphone :) xoxo Marissa
I would love for your friends to shop for me! Love your life + blog!
xo from North Vancouver, BC CANADA
You ventured out to Ihop? Poor thing! I can never understand why there is always a line!
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House hunting is exhausting. And more exhausting when you don't get what you hoped for. Hang in there. Everything happens for a reason. I would have just gone home & made pancakes :P On a lighter note, yay for spring! And sunday dinners!
Don't despair, there is an ihop in columbia heights too!
Oh man! Well I just had to say don't worry about the silk top troubles! It takes a few months…that feel like forever…but any and all leaking WILL I promise you come to an end! Oh- and today I passed by naomi's tv in arlington and thought it would be a fun picture spot. Then again I'm weird that way and shabby buildings in the ghetto appeal to me;)
Pride and comfort savers, don't try anything else, these are the best.
Okay I am slightly—scratch that–totally and completely obsessed with the yellow skirt in your blog header. Any chance you will divulge where it is from? And congrats on the little one, she is an absolute beauty! Such a gift from above :)
Naomi – Lansinoh Breast Feeding pads are the best! Especially at first.
@courtney, it's from target! got it last spring! :)