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!...
That bottom left one of Josh and E is so timeless! Looks like it was a great time in California.
And now I want ice-cream.
love your little family!!
glad you had a blast.
Such cute pics! Love the remote phone!
LOVE your pics!
Beautiful photos as always. E.'s smile always cheers me up. :)
cutest! so much love!
Love hearing about all your adventures…it's true I live vicariously through you, the farm just keeps us too busy to travel;)
looks like you have a great time in LA LA land! I just love that signature lion hat :)
Oh sooooo cute!
You cuties never cease to make me smile! So glad y'all had a good time!
This makes me want to go so badly!!
Looks like you had a great time!!! Makes me miss both of those places even though I'm on vacation lol. LA will always be home, but the bay area is growing on me too. I want to visit that smitten place. After I looked it up it looks super new.
how is it possible that eleanor's sad face is maybe even cuter than her happy face?
you dont even look like you had a baby! what's your secret??
hands down, most stylish children ever. love!
Adorable photos! As always! It looks luck such a great trip
Your pics are always so lovely! Ghiradelli Sq is so close to me. ..hope you enjoyed your vacation!
i SO look forward to your posts of your beautiful family! btw we are phone cover twins!!
Great pictures. Looks like it was a lot of fun. Love the one of cute little Eleanor and friend at the yellow table!
What a beautiful depiction of sweet family life.
these are such lovely photos! It looks like you guise had a wonderful time in California! aw e's sad face is so cute haha.Samson is looking more handsome by the day! :)
Please read: josh's glasses found! Hi, Naomi– my girlfriends and I are grabbing a beverage at Capitol lounge and spotted Josh and your sweet children. He was far too kind to us and entertained all of our questions! However, after they left my co-worker, Michael noticed that he left his sunglasses. What is the best way to get those back to you all? I live and work on the Hill, happy to drop them wherever.
I can't underscore enOugh what a treat it was for us. Thank you all for sharing your lives– a wonderful model for a loving family. Glad you had a safe trip! Cassie
I'm passing on the comment on your happiest/cuttiest children ever (they give me stomach butterflies in these pics, oh common !!)
I have one question : How on earth did you manage to pack for yourself and your 2 lovelies (let's assume Josh is a minimal packer) for 10 days for sun and for rain for beach and for hanging around and meeting friends?? I don't believe I can see everything in the airport pic, right ?
Such precious moments! Both Samson and E are too cute for words. I can't wait to visit California…heading out that way in a couple of months for a friend's wedding. Looks like a beautiful place all around.
It's a little embarrassing to note this, but did Eleanor get to meet Ruby? I recognize Joy's wallpaper and well, Ruby, another super cute baby! How fun!
Eleanor makes the best faces. so earnest when reaching for the food at the mexican restaurant! what a cutie.
Seemed like all of you had a great time! Lovely family photos :)
That pic of E all sad bc she can't touch the pigeons makes me smile every time. Mo Willems should write a children's book just for E: "Don't Let the Baby Touch the [email protected] ;)
Such lovely photos, my dear!
The little ones are just so adorable!! Beautiful photos, you're a blessed woman :)
Love your pictures!!! Your family is so beautiful!!!
You have such a beautiful family. May you all always be blessed with love, strength, and contentment. Xoxo
You have such a lovely family! I can never get over how pretty you are, and how adorable Eleanor is. Lovely pics. x
Beautiful pictures, beautiful family. Xo
I think this is the first time I've seen E look sad. You must be doing something right :)
Samson is such a gorgeous little boy!
Great pics x
Love these pictures. You have so beautiful family!
YOU HAVE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FAMILY EVER!
Looks like you have a vacation blast!Great family, great time. All your pics are adorable.:)
So lovely, Kiss from portugal
Formais una familia preciosa, y las fotos tan bonitas como siempre!! :)
Beautiful family photos :)
That little lion hat is amazing!
Aaand now I'm craving mexican food. yum.
one of my favorite cities! we try to make it out there yearly.
Oh, the picture of you and Eleanor kissing is magical. I love it!
I was recently directed to your Instagram account by my sister and then clicked over to your blog. Love your adorable family & thank you for sharing them with us! In addition to this, please do tell where you found your cute iPhone case – the colors & stripes are great!
Thanks & have a wonderful weekend!
Your family is just so sweet. And I spy baby Ruby…Eleanor cracks me up in this photo "Hello, remote control…is anyone there?". :)
can i ask what baby carrier that is you have for samson? (the body wearing one)
i can't even pick a favorite, these are all just way too fabulous for words! how beautiful!!!
your trip looks like a dream.
the little samson definitely looks like a lot to Eleanor !
that light is mamazing!
Never get enough of your beautiful family. :)
Greets from Germany again
Wow, what a wonderful holiday you guys are having! I love these pics, such love and holiday frivolity, can't wait to visit the States one day.
Looks like a fun trip where special memories were made. Your family is beautiful!
You are such an inspiration! I am reading your blog for such a long time now, when you guys were still in NYC, and you were studying…
I once contributed to your happy lists a while ago too!
You have come so far. I almost felt like dropping you a longer email but with that many readers by now and the move and being mum of two its only fair if I sum everything up in a comment instead! Best of luck with everything!
I really really really like these posts! :D They make me smile all the time I really don't know why!
You all look so happy!
I've been reading your blog for ages, but this is my first comment! I am so glad that you went to my neighborhood ice cream place! I love Smitten (and Ritual coffee in the adjoining shipping container). Your family is so lovely! :)
Eleanor has the funniest expressions, even the frowny-face picture made me crack up! Your family is a joy to read about, thank you for sharing everything that you do with us. x
so darling, and where is your grey beanie from? it's perfection.
darling, and where is your grey beanie from, it is perfection!
I see you enjoy Mexican food :) the best right? Lol
I love love love your iphone case, where did you get it? Such wonderful pictures, all of them!!!
so many beautiful moments. e & a friend at the kitchen table? my heart's flown away.
Such lovely photos! X
so many beautiful moments. e & a friend at the kitchen table? my heart's flown away