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!...
we want to thank everybody that came out last friday to truckeroo to help us stuff the bus! we loved meeting some of you and getting the chance to chat in person over a good cause. the best part? stuff the bus raised over 11,500 pounds of food for dc central kitchen (the goal was 5,000 pounds, so thank you!)
thanks again to venga and dc central kitchen for hosting the bus for such a great cause.
Awesome! So glad it was such a great success!
what a great idea. Good for you for helping put it together. Love your blog!
Awesome idea! And I love that first picture!
What a great cause! Eleanor looks adorable with her little head popping out the window.
That's an amazing effort! Nice work :D
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Wow, look at all the people who were there! Big success! :)
Wow, I'm glad the event was so successful!
Oh and that first picture is too cute!
What a great idea! Using the power of your blog for something so positive :)
Wow, that is wild! What a great success!
How wonderful that you raised so much!!! I love your three heads poppin out of the bus!!
Great job and adorable pictures!
ah I missed truckaroo since i was out of town! but i am glad tons of others managed to make it out there and help out!
Aw your daughter looks just like you in that second picture, she's your mini-me :)
Congrats on surpassing your goal! What a great cause!
Looks like a great turn out. Congrats.
y'all are simply precious. and congratulations on exceeding your goal!
OH MY GOSH! YOU DID AN AMAZING JOB OF RAISING SO MUCH STOCK!
wow, looks like quite the event!
that's so amazing!
p.s. love that picture of Josh and Eleanor…adorable.
thats so fantastic! congratulations!
congrats! You guys are a great family!
This is LOVELY!
congratulations on the event being a total success.
Wow this looks so much fun! I love things for good causes! That picture of the 3 of you in the bus is HILAROUS!!! Totally adorable.
super success! we have had so much support here in Minot, ND after the flood here this summer. good to see others doing their part in other areas of the country.
what a great idea… and good job! gotta bring the bus to NYC!
wow, that's so incredible! it is so great that you were apart of that, because i am sure you helped raise the pounds with your appearance! you are great girl!
holy smokes, thats awesome! your such a celeb.
Love love love that first picture of you all in the bus windows! Eleanor seems like the happiest baby; how is she smiling in every picture?? You two certainly are lucky parents!
you all smashed the goal!! how great is that? :)
and your little eleanor looked adorable "driving" that bus with daddy :)
Wow! Looks like you guys had a blast! I wish I could have gone. I love the photos :)
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That is wonderful!! And Eleanor is soooo stinkin' cute!
Congratulations on the success! I wish I lived in DC and could have been there, it looked like a lot of fun :)
i love the first pic, the light is amazing.
your family is way too cute! you guys are amazing!
Heheheh i love seeing Eleanor's head peaking out of the bus. So precious.
Looks like fun! Your little baby is adorable, trying to drive :)
I think you should frame and hang on a wall the first photo! You are so cute!
Just got back from a trip to Paris (blogged about it today if you want to read) and missed reading your blog!
Great idea :)!!!
Looks fun! I can appreciate a good truck food because EVERYTHING on Oahu comes from a truck. It's a bit uncanny at first, but once you taste the goodness–you won't mind one bit! I think I would LOVE the food trucks on the east coast even more….!!
just lookin fly in my overalls!