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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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!...
i still can’t believe what happened on friday in connecticut. this world we live in is beyond scary sometimes. i have been holding and hugging my family all weekend long… they are what i live for. losing one of them would destroy me. and yet people lose loved ones every day… i just don’t know how they do it. i can’t imagine what the families in connecticut must be going through who lost children or loved ones. how do you carry on after something like that? this world needs more love. more kindness. more compassion.
i found this clip, of a statement made by one of the fathers who lost his 6 year old daughter to be so inspiring. please please go watch it. as a parent who has not lost a child, i cannot begin to know the pain and suffering he is experiencing… i mean, how is he even standing there and forming sentences? but i’m so thankful he shared this message. there is still love, there is still kindness and there is still good in this world. although heaven knows we need more of it. my thoughts and prayers are with them.
I watched this on CBS on saturday. My heart just hurts for these families. What an amazing father and how horrible it must be to go through. Still praying for them and holding my babe tight.
My heart goes out to all of them.
Such a tragedy. So so heartbreaking
I've watched that clip over and over. That man is living proof that God is far more powerful than evil. He embodies the peace that defies all understanding and like you said, that there is still love in this world. He is the light on the hill, a flame in the darkness. How amazing.
Such a terrible day, but I agree this world needs more LOVE, many blessings to all those families!
this whole incident reminds me a lot of a talk by Faust:
well said and fantastic video share. so tragic!
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that truly makes my heart hurt. seeing the pictures of those twenty little babies brings a tear to my eye. thank you for sharing, i had not seen the video yet.
It is such a tragedy, what an inspiring man.
good boys :)
Lost for words, quite literally. My heart goes out to these people. But so many people around the world die like this, many of them never reaching our headlines. Shootings of this kind must stop and there needs to be tighter regulations on arms, not only in the US but around the world, needs to be made to prevent innocent people like this from being killed. I hope you don't think it inappropriate but here is a link to Oxfam and its campaign to secure an arms trade treaty…http://www.oxfam.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/find-an-action/control-arms-petition-2012 X
i don't know what to say…it is so sad.
I was hoping that you would post something about Connecticut. After watching the news for so long, it's easy to become consumed with all that has happened to those poor families and start to feel hopeless about the world. But your sweet family and even something as simple as this blog is a gentle reminder that there is still some good out there. Thanks for posting!
Couldn't agree more. My heart goes out to all those loved ones who lost someone. It's impossible pain. x
What an amazing man.
So sad! That video made me cry
So sad what happened. That father is so brave – how he can stand there and speak after what happened to all those children and his daughter and be so forgiving is admirable.
This was a real tragedy, lets hope and pray this doesn't happen again. Life is already short, lets not make it any shorter by such inhumane cruel acts.
Such a heavy heart. We have a close friend who lost his son recently, and he hasn't been the same since. Every day is such a struggle for him, full of "what if's" and "if only I did this or that". You just never know. I couldn't imagine.
Holding those we love close and tight, is NEVER a bad idea.
Such a tragedy… I cannot even begin to comprehend. Thoughts and prayers to all the families.
I lost my baby son this August and have just been in a haze since Friday. My heart breaks for all of those parents and siblings whose families will now always be missing a part. Praying for them all.
I've never commented before, but I do want to address this post. My heart is broken hearing this news, and I cannot bear to look at those little faces being posted. However, the strength of humanity is unbelievable. How does that father stand there and talk? Because people can endure so so much. I have not lost a child, but I lost a sister (my one and only sibling) in my 20's, and I remember thinking "I can never survive this", but there are 2 paths to take – let it destroy you, or let it define you. My family now runs a nonprofit in her honor that empowers young people to make a difference. No one wants to go through something like this, but your inner strength surprises you. My heart goes out to all those experiencing the extreme grief I remember so well. I sincerely hope we can come together as a country and do something to prevent these seemingly more frequent tragedies.
I was filled with tears after watching that video..I really can't believe what happened on friday but don't you think it's time to be done something about this whole thing? Every one,every kid can have access to guns so easily in your country! I mean jesus! It's not a game.
what a brave and loving dad to be able to talk about it on camera like that. thank you for sharing this. so heartbreaking.
Je ne peux pas regarder cette vidéo sans pleurer…
Taza, thank you for sharing this. As a child of God, I can only see his actions through the lens of God's love. This man's forgiving and compassionate words for the Lantz family is simply beyond human, surely inspired by our God. I hope we'll all gain hope from this example of love and humility. It will bring deeper meaning to the Christmas season, when decorations and presents suddenly seem meaningless. Treasure your family! I cannot wait to go home from college and hug my little brothers.
It was very brave of this man to say such compassionate things. I think we all need to remember that families are eternal!
This man is so moving and inspiring. I am strengthened by his strength and faith.
She's looking down filled with joy, happiness and peace for her daddy and family!! I just know it! God is good and he does prevail!
my heart goes out to all of them…. xoxo
I completely agree with you. I'm battling to save my husbands life right now. If for some reason its his time to go it will destroy me.
My heart goes out to those who loose loved ones.
Your faith will see you through. We just lost our first born at 29 weeks and even though it breaks your heart, your faith will see you through. A good reminder to be extra grateful for the people in your life.
Even thinking about what has happened to those children makes me feel sick. May they rest in peace.
what can I say.. we should enjoy everyday n just live our life the best as we can :)
I agree! My post today is about how I'm going to try and do a good deed for each victim lost.
such a tragedy! They've all been in my thoughts.
Hugs to E and S!
My husband and I lost our daughter when she when in her 20's. I made peace with my pain by stuffing my heart with lots and lots of love, from my family, friends, neighbors, my Temple and especially the children. My younger daughter was 10 and I filled my home with her friends and my girl scouts and they stuffed my heart with love. We are here to heal the world with love and connection and that is very powerful.
Such tragedy. My thoughts are with the families.
I think we've figured out that that man who spoke about his 6 year old daugther Emilie is an LDS member. He was even talking about agency and I think our church is really one of the only churches that talks about agency. My heart is still hurting from the loss on Friday and all of the stories of the hero's have made me very sad as well. I've been hugging my children close as well. My daugther goes into kindergarden next year and at this time I want to keep her home and sheltered. I am thinking about homeschooling just so I know that she is safe!
I can't even begin to imagine the pain. Like you said, I can't believe he's capable of standing and putting sentences together let along coming across and so poised. A family in our church lost a little boy a couple years ago and they had similar strength – thanks to their faith in Jesus Christ.
Like you said, it's great just to see that there are still people out there who care about us.
albeit not as tragically as those in connecticut, i lost a 2-day old baby just three short months ago. and some days i'll admit i feel like i've been through hell and back. but then there are other days that i can't help but see the good and beauty in this world.
it's awful for me to think of those parents who have to bury their children this week. you just stand there next to their grave, longing to embrace your little girl one last time, but knowing full-well you can't. for months afterwards your body physically yearns to hold your darling baby.
but someday i know all the bad bad bad in this world will be made right. and me and those mamas will get to hold our babies close again, and what a wonderful,. joyous reunion that will be!
it's hard, but it gets better and it gets easier, i can promise those mamas (and dear daddies!) that.
I had to turn off the television when they started showing the report. Although I'm no where near being a parent, my heart ached for the children who lost their lives and their parents. I cannot fathom such a tragedy.
As someone noted above, this man is LDS and I just knew it when he said "I am blessed to be her father." Present tense. He KNOWS his family is eternal.
Often forgotten are the surviving siblings. I lost my sister when we were children. It eats at me every day, and that was more than 20 years ago. When I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, though, I was buoyed by hope in the Resurrection. Before then, it was torment tapered only mildly with time.
thank you for this beautiful post! and i just need to add that your incrediblelove for your family is always so inspiring.
My heart hurts for these families. I don't know how you begin to pick up the pieces after such immense loss like this, but I hope that the path to peace comes to them and their families.
such a tragedy. it's so important that people keep reaching out.
my prayers go out to them, now and always.
Very well stated. You've written so well exactly what I've been thinking about this whole horrible nightmare. It's all so heartbreaking.
prayer. prayer. prayer.
:( so sad
I cannot even imagine the pain they are going through. I have been praying for them everyday . Connecticut we love you and your children will not be forgotten. <3
this is absolutely devastating. I can't stop crying and thinking about those mothers and fathers who lost their babies. Even though I lost my own daughter, i can't imagine what they are going through. My prayers are with them all!
Emilie's family is from the city i live in, her funeral is this Saturday in Utah. This affects everyone all over the county but as a parent of a young child I cannot even IMAGINE!! There is a local charity set up to donate to her family. YOu can do it online very easily, there is no way to help with their grief but helping with the financial burden is something. My prayers go out to all involved!! SOO SAD
Amazing that he was able to address the shooters family with love and compassion. Truly a reflection of his belief in a greater God, greater even than this horrible tragedy.
Thank you for posting this, it has been on all our hearts and minds.
So sad….I can’t imagine the pain of this poor families…so so sad