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!
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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!...
on monday, we took a quick day trip up to new york city as a family. it was samson’s first time and i think he liked it. ;) i had forgotten just how easy it can feel to travel with a newborn over a toddler. all they wanna do is sleeeeep. eleanor on the other hand? if she wasn’t chasing after the 789th dog she spotted, she was walking up to complete strangers trying to take their hand and walk off with them… a little too friendly that one. we have some work to do there.
it was great to be back in the city for a few hours. see a few good friends. eat some good food and enjoy the city as a family of four. new york, we love you. until next time….
i don't even have kids, but i had to research that stroller. lol pretty neat.
Aw, I love these joyful photos. There's nothing quite like showing your new baby the city (or showing the city your new baby), is there.
Aww!! This post just melted my heart! LOVE.
Lovely pics and family! :-)
I love the way Samson is staring at all the buildings around him (or maybe he is just looking at you adoringly). I think NYC would be a very exciting place for a newborn with all the lights.
Your photos are gorgeous!
Yes, lovely as always!
Where did you buy your hat? It's exactly what I've been looking for.
hat is from jcrew from a few years ago and shirt is from madewell.
Can I ask where you got your hat? It's perfect.
Sweet, sweet family.
This looks like SO MUCH FUN! I bet he just loved looking at all the tall buildings, tons of people, and all the excitement (: Eleanor is just a cutie pie. She'll know soon that she can't just run off with anyone (:
omgosh these pictures are beautiful!!
does anyone know what kind of camera/lens it is?
Apart from all the oh-my-gof-your-kids-and-your-whole-family-are-so-adorable (which is self-evident): I love your shirt, the hat and the way you wear your hair!
okay, why do your photos always look so magical!
i must go to the city soon! and your family is just perfect!!!!
Looks like a fun trip. I love NYC. You're
So lucky to live within driving distance.
The biggest reason I visit your blog daily is because of your stunning photos.. goodness, girl, you know how to work that camera (both behind it and in front of it!) I'm smitten with your photo processing.. I'm wondering if you ever divulge your editing secrets (actions you love, etc?)? If so, please shoot me an email and fill me in! :) [email protected]. I know you're likely crazy busy, so obviously no pressure if you can't or don't want to, but if you do, I would be over the moon!
(also, I love love love that hat/shirt combo. And your freckles. That is all :)
I'd love to know where you got your hat…
You probably get this a lot but I love your double stroller. What kind is it? Also I was wondering what kind of phone you have. These pics are awesome. Cute family too! Such big smiles!
Love the last picture, so cute!
i bet your house is full of catalog-perfect pictures.
I LOVE YOUR SUNGLASSES! new summer goal: find some shades as cute as those! looks like an amazing trip!