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!...
haha no it was not just you :P
And it sure does look pretty cool and she just looks so cute and precious!!
:) I love the matching stripes! Adorable.
girl, before i ever clicked that link i was hoping it was the miley skit.
my daughter and i totally have "complimentary" ensembles as I like to call them. and hair accessories too. go for it now as they'll quickly realize that dressing like their mother may or may not be something they want to be part of. Matching marinieres are particularly cute.
I did that too, ALL the time! I had this one top my friend had too, so sometimes we would both wear it to school.
Btw, I think Eleanor is so lucky to have all these pictures of her as a kid. I love looking back at old pictures, because my mom was kinda a camera freak, and it's nice to see what I've looked like trough the years. I know she'll appreciate it in a few years. Plus, she's ones of the cutes babies I've ever seen!
I "accidentally" match my daughter all the time. It's fun when they are this young!
You and Eleanor are too cute!
i found a vintage mother/daughter dress set at an antique store once. i almost, ALMOST bought it.
until i realized i was 19 and had no daughter.
…but even then, i almost bought it.
Ha, that was definitely not just you! And my desire to match my best friend continued all the way through high school… what can I say, we thought we were really cool.
How cute to match your little girl; love it! Have a wonderful weekend!
That's one of my favorite SNL skits of. all. time.
Also, the two of you are adorable :)
I love the Sunday's when my husbands tie is all matchy-matchy with me and my daughter.
This is adorable.
No you're not alone. We are all in this together! Little E is growing so fast, she's so cute! x
I love it. I do it on accident w/my son. Someone else is always pointing out how we are both in navy and white stripes. I guess I just can't help myself. Your darling is perfect. Congrats on the move. Your blog makes me happy!
matchy matchy is where it's at at age 8.
oh, and the miley skit is hilarious! thanks for the reminder.
look at her face! she is so pretty! and if i had a daughter i would probably do the same.
Not just you! Sometimes, my best friend and I still do that. Haha! So cute :)
my husband, boys, and i always match on sundays at church. at first we started it out as a joke because my mom always matched colors with my dad, but then it just stuck.
Love the photos!
Kisses from Hong Kong,
That was totally me too! Even sometimes in college…
Having a daughter is the BEST! p.s. love that skit, so funny :)
Lol oh yes, I remember those days!
Oh you're definitely not alone in this department! me and my tot, we be matchy matchy too! :)
She is too cute, I love the face! haha
I too loved being matchy-matchy as a child. And I still love it, in fact.
I don't have a child but I have a husband and I make him be matchy-matchy with me. And when I have a child, we will all be matchy-matchy.
And I totally was that child, too. Always planning out my outfits with my friends because then we'd pretend we were twins.
I definitely did the matchy thing on purpose in elementary school, not on purpose in college with roommates (we'd end up wearing similar things without having seen the other person), and now again, on purpose with my daughter. :)
Agreed! I used to coordinate with my friends too:) and good heavens your baby is cute!!!
I like matchiness too! You have an adorable little girl! Just came across your blog, and love it!
Hee hee. That's cute and silly. Maybe Baby G and I will try matching outfits today!
what kind of chair is your bb sitting in??
I've only gone as far as to match one our bathing suits… I dig periodically matching it up!
i LOVE that you posted a miley skit from snl. LOVE it. i also love that you match your daughter, it's way cute. c:
aww so cute!! :)
I don't think there is anything better then matching…. with stripes involved. So cute.
AWww! That's adorable!
I do this with my 8 month old girl, we even have bathing suits that compliment each other which I swear was not intentional (but maybe in the back of my head…)! Might as well enjoy the sweetness of it now! :)
My best friend and I would coordinate what we would wear on the phone every night for the next day at school. it usually worked well because we both basically only wore Gap clothes so it usually went: "ok lets wear the pink flowery leggings tomorrow and the purple flowery ones the day after". so much fun. I have a feeling when I have a little one I will also get way too into matching clothes! xo
Your baby is getting prettier every day!! She's seriously rising to the top of my "Cutest Baby-Ooogle-Oooglge-Ohmygoodnessssss-look-how-ceeeeooooootttee!" List!
Awww, I do that too! Yesterday, all 3 of us (4 yr old and 3 month old) wore coordinating stripes! Sometimes unintentional. Like I accidentally put my daughter in her "big sister" shirt and my baby in her "little sister" onsie the other day.
love the matching!! i totally used to do that :)
ohhh… I (and every other commenter, i'm sure) will confirm that this matching trend is sooo cool;)
You and little Eleanor are the cutest.
-L (long time reader, first time commenter.)
I love that picture of her!!
and yes matching was and still is cool. Remember friendship bracelets and necklaces? I am sure there are matching mommy and daughter charms out there! That would be sooo cute!!!
Before having my baby girl, I always thought it was so strange when some of my friends were matchy with their little girls. And now I do it and do not care what anyone thinks! Why is it so fun? Love it.
matching is all the rage, lol. LOVE!
I have three girls, and sometimes I'll start packing us all into the car and realize that I matched us without even noticing it! And I'm always delighted. :D
Suuuuper duper cuteness!
i still make plans to match my best friend.
My Mom and I used to match all the time, and I look back at those pictures, and I don't like to admit it, but I totally think it was so cute! :)
I personally think rocking the matchy-matchy look is absolutely adorable. Might as well keep it up while she's too young to notice!
I saw this on Instagram! Love the stripes on you girls!
I have three kids and I LOVE matching them on Sundays! I feel a little dorky sometimes, but I think it's adorable. You can only do it for so long!
LOVE that miley cyrus sketch!!!! hahahaha love that you linked it!!!
I'm all about matchy matchy, or at LEAST no clashy clashy =)
You two are adorable!!
hahhah i did that when i was little :) you both look cute mama & baby maching is great!
So cute! <3
I WISH I had a little girl to match with!! I like coordinate with my son, but it's not the same :)
Really cute! My best friend and I used to dress as "opposite twins." It was very clever. We would even trade one of our shoes so we would each have a black shoe and a white shoe. I don't know if that would go off as well with you and the baby though.
never seen a more beautiful blog with heart than here. o gosh, i love you.
I did the same thing with my bestfriend! And I match both my children sometimes. It is always on accident, but still. I also know a family in my Ward who matches ALL of their children to eachother. They have 6 almost 7 kids and ALL the girls wear the same dress to match ALL the boys who wear the same sweater vest outfits. I'm pretty sure the older kids do not like dressing like their younger siblings anymore. Though they are all 12 years and younger:)
I know you get ten thousand comments a day. You probably won't even read this.
But I would just like to say,
I am seventeen years old,
I go to American Fork High School
and I know of so many girls my age, who truly look up to you.
You find beauty in the little things in life.
You teach that it is okay to be home, it is okay to be a Mom.
It is something wonderful, not something that ties you down.
Thank you. You are making a difference.
sometimes I will find that my boys and I will be matchy-matchy. accidental but super cute :)
Haha that is super cute!!!
*laughs* That is SO cute! For what it's worth, I'm 33 and proudly suffer from Matchy Matchy Disorder. At this stage, it's contained to my own clothing/accessory choices, but I dare say that if I am ever fortunate enough to have a beautiful lil girl like Eleanor, I'll be coordinating with her too ;)
i cant wait until my daughter can walk..then were going to walk around dressing alike!!
Love it and I guess I am going to have to make you a pair of those pants, Naomi;)
YES! I was all matchy-matchy with my best friend Cindra. We had coordinating outfits with Umbro shorts and logo tees. Like this:
You and your girl are precious.
love matchy-matchy outfites!
If I had a daughter, I would totally do the same! So cute.
i'm pretty sure you're top is from anthropologie, and i'm pretty sure i have the same one!! yay! we can match too!
*raising my hand guilty, i always unconsciously match my clothes with my baby sali. and consciously buying mini version of my shoes. ;D
haha! i still do that with my kids without thinking- and they're in middle school-oy!
This is so cute!
Emma @ FASHION WONDERLAND X
did we coordinate outfits? I hope so, I want to think we did. I do distinctly remember you having some super sweet shoes from payless that I lusted after. :) At any rate, we must have been best friends because I just found a picture booth of us the other day while moving that says "best friends" at the top. And it's on my list to send it to you. It was going to be a surprise…but I guess I just sorta ruined that…:) xxxooo
p.s. the house and baby daughter (and mama) are absolutely lovely. I just about melt at every picture of that tiny sweet pea. How do you stand it?! :)
baby eleanor is truly so darling! she already has charisma even so young!
I totally did that too! And how fun to know be able to do it with your daughter. :) Enjoy it now – she'll never let you when she's older!!
We also have matching dresses, and it is very cute.
My Elizabeth is about 5 months older than E. Would be great to meet her and you some day.
Personally I find matching clothes to be quite fun and cool still. :p And to do it with a kid is like "Mommy & Me", which is totally adorable! :)