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.
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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!...
over the weekend, we started talking about possibly taking a trip out to california before the summer ends and then last night we found ourselves actually booking flights for thursday!*
so we’re heading out to LA and San Francisco for a bit and we couldn’t be more excited. i’ve never been!
eleanor obviously has no idea what is going on exactly, but papa ordered her this cute little backpack the other day and she has been carrying it around so proudly. maybe we’ll put her in charge of carrying her own diapers through the airport or something. after all, those things are so very heavy. ;)
see you soon, california!
*we also spent maybe an hour trying to decide if it’s easier to fly with two babies on a direct flight, break the trip up with a connecting flight, or do a red eye. maybe i’ll regret this later, but a red eye with two littles is the best idea ever, right? if they’re good night sleepers already, won’t they just snooze the entire flight? even though it’s exhausting on our bodies, it sounds kind of dreamy verses chasing eleanor up and down the plane aisle for 8 hours straight…am i right or am i right? (or entirely wrong? yikes. what has worked for you with multiple babies and planes?)
Isn't it crazy how far Cali is from DC?? I guess it isn't, haha but I just never realized the distance until I looked at tickets!
She is so cute, I love that color! And yay, PANDA! You're going to LOVE San Fran! I can totally see myself living there someday.
E looks great! Happy travels!
good luck on your trip! i hope traveling with the kiddos goes well, yikes :) i miss southern california with all my heart, as i recently moved away, and i'm sure you'll love it like i do :)
Red flight works for me (more for me really) and my 18 month old daughter. We live in California and we've traveled quite a bit since she was born – Boston, Hawaii, Paris, London, Cambodia, Malaysia… Before a big trip I take her to the playground, or Gymboree or the park and I let her get all that energy out. Always works! She sleeps like the angel she is throughout. Hope this helps!
Sweeeeeeeet backpack! All the coolest kids here in Sweden have Fjällräven :)
luckily you are still nursing….that puts any little one to sleep!!
Good luck with the flight and have an awesome time in California! :)
Adorable! I love Eleanor's little backpack. Good luck with the little ones and the flights.
Nice lovely photos
Red eye flight, good choice! As a mom and one time nanny that traveled with kids, this was always the flight we chose!
I live in the bay area…bring warm clothes…it hasn't been very warm and the nights and mornings are a bit cloudy/foggy!
Go to Tartine bakery in the Mission! You'll love it. You'll love the shops on Valencia (also in the Mission). One of my favorite stores in that neighborhood is Gravel & Gold. Check 'em out!
I actually talked about travel with kiddos on my blog a couple of weeks ago as we prepared for our trip to Spain with a 3 and almost-one year old.
So exciting!!! When visiting San Francisco, you have to stop at Mama's. They have the best breakfast food ever and my favorite is the Monte Cristo! Just be sure to get there very early because we waited in an hour-long-line. It was worth it but that would be very difficult with two little children! Have fun!!!
E is such a sweetheart! :)
good luck with trip.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and am just so excited to hear that you and your family will be venturing out here. There is plenty to do… and hopefully the weather works out for you guys while in the city.
You should try and head to Oakland (it isn't a far trip if you're renting a car…or taking public transportation). The Oakland Temple is simply beautiful!
Hope your family enjoys the trip =)
You're brave. I am sure it depends on the child, but when I traveled with my son when he was 8/9 months he had his moments! Luckily most of the other passengers were kind and took pitty on me! :0)
In LA, get the cobb salad at Milk and some french macaron ice cream sandwiches…Buns at Papa Rich in Pasadena as well as more french macarons at Europan in Pasadena…a sandwich at Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica…there is so much more. Good luck with that flight. Shorter has always worked better for our tinytiny.
awee coming over to LA!! maybe we'll spot you guys around here somewhere! would love to meet your little E! have tons and tons of fun!
SF mom of three weighing in with some suggestions:
Do the Chrissy Field walk — beautiful beachfront perfect for the "family in front of the GG bridge shot!" You can also rent bikes with Birleys to ride it with the kids
Go see the Jean Paul Gaultier retrospective at the de Young Museum in GG Park. Take Eleanor across the music plaza to the Cal Academy of Sciences to see the underwater reef and fish exhibits
There's a wonderful farmers market on Saturdays at the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero. Lots of street performers and beautiful food. The Ferry Building is fun any day — artisanal purveyors of all types of food and drink.
If the kids can tolerate it — go to a Giants game. The stadium is beautiful and oh the garlic fries!!
Lots of great playgrounds for kids Eleanor's age: Moscone park in the Marina, Julius Kahn Park in the Presidio, the new playground in Dolores Park (close to Bi-Rite Ice Cream as others have mentioned)
Feel free to email me off line if you need more suggestions. Have a wonderful time and bring warm clothes — it's been in the high 50s-mid 60s in the City.
Cute little backpack! Love my Kanken too!
Your babies are too cute =) I'm a first time follower of any blog, etc., but I've came across your blog from your instagram pictures, and I have to say I love your blog! I have 2 babies 18 months apart in the Bay Area, Ca., and from experience, this is what I've found: road-trips by car is definitely best at night. During the day, don't even try it, especially in traffic (when you get to LA, there's always traffic btw). But if you're traveling by plane, it's going to be hit or miss. For 8 hours, I think red-eye is still going to be your best bet. However, as a heads up, mine woke up while getting off the plane, went back to sleep while we got our bags, woke up again when we got our rental car (putting her in the car), fell asleep on the way to the hotel, then woke up again at the hotel… and by that time, they were very unhappy to say the least. yikes right? Oh, another tip, on the take off as well as landing, have your kids chew on something/drink something/nurse. The swallowing should help with their ears popping. =) Hope this helps!
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Dear E, you are by far the most adorable little girl. Enjoy your time in LA. I'm sure, you'll love the sunny California.
I used to live in DC and even though I'm a little DC-sick from time to time, nothing beats the sunshine and ocean breeze. Have an amazing time!
You're in California already! have lots of fun!
YAY I'm so excited your coming my home state! You've never been!? well, my dear your going to lovee it :)
I'll keep my eye out for you in San Francisco (non-creepily).
Oh my hometown!!! I hope you love it . There is so much to do. I hope your trip there and back go smoothly with your two adorable babies. Have fun.
So FUN! E is adorable with panda and her backpack!
E is just too sweet^^
I hope that your trip to California was wonderful. You have a beautiful little family. I really have a question – in this post, Eleanore is wearing a pink romper – can you tell me where you purchased this? I have a little girl as well (Liv) and this romper looks lite and comfy. Thanks so much.
TOO CUTE :P
My husband & i also brought colouring books & pencils for our 2yo toddler during the flight. It kept him entertained for 15mins, which is better than nothing. It was very important to keep our toddler entertained throughout the flight, such as telling him about the outside weather etc. There is no perfect method, just try to enjoy the flight as much as u can :D