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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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!...
yep. we’ve been back a month now and i’m still not done recapping our time in italy. with the holidays approaching, my two littles, and the fact that it gets dark by 5pm these days (i mean, really!) i just don’t know where the time goes. but good news is, here are a few photos from our time in florence if you’d like to see. we were only there for a day and a night. and to put it simply, not long enough! this city was unreal. seeing michelanglo’s david in person, walking through the old market, all of those beautiful narrow streets and well dressed italians on bikes with baskets and old fashioned bells… plus, we had rice gelato in florence and i’m pretty sure nothing will top that in this lifetime. try as hard as you’d like, non-rice-flavored gelato, but it’s just not going to happen.
that picture of Elanor and the horse KILLS ME! too cute.
I was there for a few days this summer! I loved it – and it looks like you all did too :)
I love your Italy posts. There is something so enchanting about Italy. I love watching Two Greedy Italians. It is worth watching especially if you are missing Italy.
beautiful photos!! can't wait to visit!!!
Great photos! Thanks for sharing your family adventures with us.
P.S. Love your purple dress! Where's it from?
Keep these Italy photos coming! And by the way, that purple dress you are rocking is SMASHING : )
Ahhh, Florence. My favorite. I could live there. Maybe someday I will ;-)
LOVE your purple dress!
Great pictures! Thank you for sharing! Very jealous of your trip!
Lovely photos, as usual! Love the one of E and the horse!
Yay i'm so excited to go back to Florence in January after seeing your pics! xx
that dress is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!
Oh I love these pictures. They make me want to go to Italy so so badly!! It looks like you guys had tons of fun!
i love this post so much because my Husband and I are moving from CA to Florence in Feb. :)
You take amazing pictures! I hope you are enjoying NYC— but I miss your posts about DC (since I live here and loved seeing that we went to all the same places but somehow never crossed paths)!
I am thinking about visiting Florence next year, and maybe Tuscany. Your pictures make me want to be there right now!
Eleanor looks so adorable in the last picture.
Even though your visit was over a month ago, I'm still very much in love with your photos! Keep em coming :)
Your pictures, that purple coat, and little E = love.
Eleanor watching that street musician – oh the cuteness. that picture is just pure happiness.
your purple dress is so cute!! and rice gelato?! how creative! what a wonderful trip :)
That picture of little E with the guitar player???? Oh it brings such joy! I love it!
your little girl always looks like she is having the BEST time of her entire life and that proves you are both doing something right!
A few years ago I was on that same carousel! It looks like you guys loved Florence as much as we did. Great photos!
I will be traveling around Europe for three months this summer with a study abroad program. I am beyond excited! There will be a lot of walking, but I still want to look fashionable without resorting to tennis shoes. Yuk. You should totally do a "how to look cute and comfy while traveling" post! It would help me out tremendously! Thanks Taza!
I am so thankful you have posted all about your wonderful adventures in Italy! I am studying abroad in Italy in January, and I cannot wait to try all of your suggestions! Your pictures are absolutely amazing, and every post continues to make me that much more excited about January. PS you may have heard this once or twice before but, your dress/entire outfit is great! Hope to be as stylin' as you in Italia. ;)
Precious! I love the last picture of E on the carousel. She looks so happy.
Florence was my favourite of the cities I visited on my trip to Italy. I was there for about the same amount of time you were and, yes, I agree, that wasn't enough. Gotta go back!
wow! your pictures are amazing. i was in firenze in january, but the weather was really bad, so our photos aren't good … :/
but maybe next time ;)
thank you everyone! my purple dress is from ASOS for those who asked.
This looks dreamy! and you are a gorgeous looking family! wow! i love all the colors and all of you and the pictures!
Hi Naomi! You may have already answered this but I have looked and can not seem to find the source, but where did you get your scarf??! (if you don't mind me asking?!)
Beautiful pictures by the way! My fiance and I are thinking of heading there for our honeymoon next year! (also in the non-peak season :)
okay i have concluded three things from all these italy posts:
1. i need to go to italy, obviously.
2. i need to try that rice gelato!
3. i envy your fashion style so much! you are so classic & chic. i need a few tips! help us ladies out! ;)
I studied abroad in Florence and looking through these photos brings back amazing memories. Walk by the Duomo every day doesn't happen enough!