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!...
gorgeous photos! i agree about the alllergies, so far so good this year. xo
How beautiful and exciting!!!
oh that first photo is gorgeous!!
such pretty pictures!!!
There's not a lot of nature in bloom in Arizona right now…I don't think cactus & palm trees count!
This weather is GORGEOUS! I pray my bosses let me out of work early. I've come down with a case of spring fever!
have the cherry blossoms made their appearance yet?!
Try eating locally made honey. It helps with allergies. Google it.
I have never been to DC but I want to…
Love your blog
and your new little rock star
Oh! Love the first photo—beautiful. Totally frame worthy.
spring is officially my favorite season this year after WAY to much snow this winter.
those pictures are gorgeous! looks like a lovely day!
Gorgeous photos. I'm so ready for Spring minus allergies and bugs. Will that ever get here?
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I'm hoping for a better allergy season too, last year was terrible I was so sick. I had never had problems in the past until last year boo.
I'm in Silver Spring & my allergies are alive and well! Beautiful photography. :)
Aww I love D.C. The pictures are beautiful and I hope you enjoy your first spring with baby!! :)
so beautiful, I'm still waiting impatiently for spring here in Denmark :-)
So jealous! It's dumping snow here in Alaska right now and apparently nowhere near close to Spring.
Gorgeous pictures ♥
Gorgeous to the max. We're having our first sunny/warm day up here in Massachusetts; spring is just so beautiful.
these photographs are beautiful! what i would give to live on the east coast where there are REAL seasons. southern california feels like spring/summer all year long. it's nice weather wise, but i could use a little variety!
Gorgeous photos lady!!!
So pretty- Spring is the best! x
Oh, spring! I love it. These photos are absolutely lovely and make me so jealous of your weather.
love the colors in that first photo! so gorgeous!
Beautiful pictures! I gasped — for real.
Beautiful! I'm so exciting to be there in April and (attempt) to take lovely photos like these!
Omg, so jealous! But happy for you of course! Can't wait to see all the adventurous walks you'll be taking around town.
so pretty but I get crazy allergies even though i force myself to enjoy all the new blooms despite that
season changes and springtime is definitely one thing i miss from living in california! your pictures are beautiful and i especially love that first one :)
So pretty. I pray those things too. I could do without sneezing and bug bitten skin. Can't wait to see your spring shots to come.
Capital Hill is gorgeous this time of year! Enjoy with the fam.
Ah Spring! Tis' a season of lovliness.
These are gorgeous photos.
I am moving there in a few weeks and these pictures are making me so excited to come!
oh gorgeous… i especially love the last picture of blossoms… sigh. i just wish it would be spring in rexburg.
I join you in those prayers =D
those pictures are sooo beautiful!
Love your photos! I live close to DC and it really is gorgeous in the Spring! Hopefully the nice weather sticks around :)
These photos are so pretty! I love all of the blooming flowers. It felt like Spring for me today too, can't wait to enjoy the warmer weather.
they are amazing photos. as is your blog :)
look forward to more reading xx
How absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I'm so envious of your scenery! Chicago is still cold and dreary.. Makes me wanna take a trip to Washington D.C!
i think it will be months until i see spring like this. sigh. the photos are just so so pretty.
That last photo is so stunning!
spring tried to show up in in nyc today although we don't have any of those pretty blooms yet. so soon!
Man, how I miss that. I really like the picture of the branch against that brick house. The red of the exposed brick goes nicely with the blossoms.
Hurray for Spring! I'm so tired of the cold!
Those pictures are simply lovely.
no waaay i'm so jealous! it gives me hope though.. can't be long! that last picture with the bee is amaaazing.
I can't wait to move back home. I miss the row houses…busy streets…and scenery.
those pictures are great. you guys need to list photogs on your list of many talents.
and mosquitos are never nice. i hate them with a passion.
this is so fabulous! i cannot wait to one day visit your beautiful little city :) lovely!
this is like fairytale spring! sooooo beautiful. i bet your loving every second of the spring time with your new little spring chicken :)
i recommend local honey for the allergies! (it's like eating the pollen and building up an immunity rather than breathing and sneezing!)
pretty, pretty springtime pictures.
wonderful photos!!! i love the one with the bee! just amazing.
Hey! I've loved your blog for a while– I was just wondering what lens you use? :)
Oooh I want it to be spring in Utah so badly.
such lovely pictures.
i love washington dc.
especially springtime dc.
so glad i found your blog – love following you. beautiful photos.
These are gorgeous pictures!
It seem spring has sprung everywhere! I live in Chicago, so we're all pretty weather-obsessed!
Oh lucky you!!! we still struggle with snow and ice here in Norway, but spring is here too now :) Finally!
love the pix of your little daughter. she is so cute :)
So beautiful! Unfortunately flowers are rare sight here in Jerusalem : (
Capitol Hill looks like an amazing place to live <3
one of my favorite things when visiting DC was the blooming flowers. I am glad you could capture a piece of this.
very pretty flowers… and awesome photos!
DC in the spring is the jam. Annapolis isn't too shabby either if you like little towns on the water – only a 40 minute drive from Capitol Hill. :-)
Beautiful. We just moved to the Hill, and I'm hoping to get out with my camera this weekend.
I plan to visit Capitol Hill this spring with the huband. These pictures just make it that much more exciting!
a) a friend of mine recommended your blog a few weeks ago, just getting to it now…
b) I love it.
c) my mom took me to D.C. last year over spring break – she had a work meeting, I just adventured around by myself.
d) i miss d.c. so much. your blog makes me happy.
Spring is definitely my favorite season. Loving all of these pics!
spring is so awesome! i love it so much – can't wait to see more of pictures of eleanor and kingsley on the lovely family walks and picnics ♥
Beautiful photos. DC looks so lovely.
These pictures are so pretty! I'm already getting attacked by allergies! I can't wait for the cherry blossoms to bloom!
These photos are beautiful.x
Yay!! This has been the first time I've RELALY been excited for Spring! I've had a big winter!!
i love these photos. they're beautiful! can't wait for spring in chicago – one of the best times in this city!
love these photos!! the pink flowers and the buildings are so pretty!
Such sharp, clear photos. Beautiful and springy. We're going into autumn/winter here in the Southern Hemisphere so take care of spring for us!
I can't wait to get there! We move to the area in less that 2 weeks!!!
beautiful photos, welcome spring!
Those are some beautiful pictures!!! I love spring, and going for walks during this time of the year is the best!
beautiful! I love the colors. Makes me want to move out of AZ even more than I already do!
i saw you and hubs in The Nest! how awesome :)
very very pretty! what do you use to edit… picnik? well they look very good. please follow me it would mean the world too me!
these photos are so beautiful!
and as you are a lover of all things bulldog, here is the cutest video ever!
That is such good news! My husband served his mission in D.C. and after 3 yrs of marriage/dreaming about making a trip out there we are finally going next week! We were worried that the flowers wouldn't have bloomed by the time we got there, but this post has just made us even more excited about our long awaited trip! Thanks so much!
it looks beautiful!
Beautiful! I live in Oregon, where the rain doesn't stop until after July 4. I'm totally jealous of your spring!
I love cheery blossoms and daffodils! The trees are holding back in Vancouver…but the crocuses are beginning. a rebirth. ahhhh.
Beautiful photos! Wish the allergies will really stay away! :)
Hello Naomi! This is kind of a long shot – but I was wondering if there's any chance you'd be willing to feature a fellow rocker from Utah out? My husband's band, Fictionist, is involved in a big-time competition with rolling stone magazine (http://www.rollingstone.com/choosethecover) and we really want to win. There are more details on my blog (hueandhum.com) and I'd love to chat with you about it! Feel free to email me – we'd be happy to do some shnazzy give-aways or something.
thanks a bunch.
glorious new life.
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What gorgeous shots of spring on capitol hill. I thought that autumn was glorious with all the gentle amber leaves but this is just magical.
Makes me want to live there. Almost. But I don't think I could bring myself to leave this lovely beach town, wonderful surf & year-round tan ;) Although I would kill for an old colonial house.