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.
For those of you who have already purchased and read— if there was a takeaway or something that resonated with you as you read, would you consider sharing in the comments below for new potential readers to see?
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!...
this weekend we had a few friends in town from DC. and in my opinion, there is never a better excuse to go eat and eat and eat in new york city like there is when people are in town. i feel like we just move from a bagel to a cupcake to an extra large donut to a cheeseburger and milkshake… you know? there’s no place for gluttony like new york. right now, i sit here thinking that juice cleanse making its way around the internet doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. but you know me…. ;)
and now, a few photos from our weekend…
—eleanor and papa admiring the rockerfeller christmas tree!—
—yes, that’s my husband dancing on the street with a bunch of random santas—
—at le parker meridien with my boy—
—this “candycrane” gingerbread creation
at le parker meridien is so good—
—santas everywhere this weekend for the SantaCon—
—the windows at bergforf goodman—-
—an afternoon with one of my favorites, miss marci—
new york, you’re a whole lotta fun during the holidays.
love that your husband just dances on the streets! and samsons smiles are always so jolly :)
I wish I was there, to see all the festiveness and eat! xx
oh my gosh, so cute any funny!!! love all those santas and those windows displays are my favorite things about Christmas in NYC.
i love all those cranes on the tree behind you and samson–what a fun idea. and of course you and samson in front make it even lovelier. glad you got to have some good quality time in the city with visiting friends!
It was SantaCon in San Francisco this weekend too. Loved seeing all the silly Santas around town.
Thanks for sharing these great pics! I agree there's no place like NYC during the holidays. Enjoy!
Magical photos! Seems like you had great time!
all of your posts make me want to go to new york, but this one especially
haha i love those pictures of your husband dancing! i would love to see new york during the holidays – i bet it's amazing.
Your husband is a super star! Ahahah got a good chuckle out of that. & I adore samson's little face.. eek! <3
this literally makes me miss NYC 684955 times more. great pictures! :)
New York looks amazing! We will be visiting one day…hopefully! Check out my blog sometime,
My daughter is almost the same age as Eleanor – apart by a week – and I have the hardest time getting her to keep her mittens on. No matter how cold it is outside she insists on pulling them off. Any tips?
Great pictures! Josh is such a goofball lol. I have always wanted to visit NYC especially around Christmas. It seems extra magical.
ohhh santa con. i think you maybe handled it better than i did. but i was forced to make a stop in penn station that day and.. oh my. the massive crowd of drunken santas. in delightful news: i was also at doughnut plant this weekend and could there be anything better? perhaps not. josh seems like such fun, what a love-filled family :)
Looks magical. One day, I will make it to New York at Christmastime! (or just to New York in general)
this is making me miss new york so much!
i'd love to visit during the holiday season, it looks so magical :)
I wanna visit NY now! :)
Josh never struck me as the kind of guy who danced in the middle of the street, but now that I know he is I find him even more likable. Your family is the sweetest!
oh the gingerbread creation! Christmas in summer is so different yet so similar! x
I love Christmas time! Lovley photo!
Is it weird that I'm kind of freaked out by the amount of santas?! Did the kids not find it confusing – surely there's only ONE santa!!
Absolutely love the photos of Josh dancing – the best way to be! (crazy!)
Looks like a lot of fun! Good your getting into the Christmas spirit hehe always lovely to see!
You always look like you're having so much fun. It's lovely to see.x
Oh your husband is amazing. NYC is such a nice place for xmas
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I have always wanted to visit New York and your photos make it even more appealing. Especially at christmas time. It looks just magical.
how cute is that picture of you & samson! & the pictures of josh dancing made me LOL. you two seem like so much fun. :)
Aww!! So nice! Thanks for sharing this NY with us :)
Samson always has a beautiful smile on his face, it's wonderful
you captured nyc at chrimstas so well! love this.
Santas EVERYWHERE, right? I participated, but I was no Santa, I was instead the ONLY elf on the shelf that I saw all day!! See here:
Ohhhh how fun! Love these pics and NY! and that mustard skirt!
I was just visiting New York with my friend for our birthdays. We were there to see Santa Con too.
New York is so much fun around Christmas. I'm a little disappointed that I missed SantaCon this year. I never participate, but it's fun to walk around and Santa watch.
christmas time in new york looks awesome!
Okay, where are those gorgeous looking donuts from? I need to go there ASAP!
LOVE the pic of your husband dancing with the santas…so random, yet so rad. those bergdorf windows are ah mazing!! you and the baby look so beautiful!!
Are those donuts from donutland!? Or Donut Planet? I haven't had a pistachio donut in over a year and the first time was at MacGuffin Films. They had ordered them and I fell in love.
Awe! What a great weekend. There really is no better place to spend the holidays. The way NYC lights up in December is just incredible! Merry Christmas! xoxo
I love all of the Santas wandering arond, so fun! Those pictures of your husband dancing are hilarious.
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Nothing like NYC during the holidays! I miss New York!!
this looks absolutely fun!
so cute! Did E get confused with the multiple Santas? :)
Beautiful photos! Have a merry Christmas at NY ;)
I will be in NYC for just one day and night on Dec 26th, do you have an restaurant recommendations near Gershwin Theatre??
New York looks amazing in the holiday season. I am from the UK and have been to NYC twice- once in March and once in September time- I am yet to go when its all Christmassy, but I hope i will one day!
Look at you tiny thing in your mustard pencil skirt….you must only eat one bite of all the yummies you describe.
SantaCon is by far the weirdest and funniest thing I've experienced in New York so far! I love being here for Christmas!
samson is the cutest little thing i have ever seen! his smiles always make me laugh. you always make me want to go shopping with those outfits!
Uh-mazing! Makes me want to go to NYC for the holidays. The doughnuts look delicious! And Josh dancing with the Santas is hilarious!
Burger Joint? ;) Yum. You make me miss that city with posts like this…MERRY CITY CHRISTMAS!
I love the tree covered in origami cranes! How neat?! Happy holidays to you and yours, Taza!
Love the photos are your hubs dancing with the santas! Too funny :) Looks like so much fun in NY I wish it was that festive here!
Looks to have been a superb weekend!
i love the photographs of josh dancing with the santas. classic josh move…i even showed my husband and he laughed. : )
p.s. is that a ban.do glitter clip? the glitter bobbis are totally on my christmas list this year. they're so whimsical and fun…and good for uncooperative bang days, too.
you guys are the coolest family, especially your dancing husband!
Boy, do I wish husband and I lived in NY! Looks like so much fun!!
New York seems like the perfect place for the holidays. So festive!
I always see you guys eating out. How on earth do you stay so tiny? What do you do to workout?
PS Love your blog!
I love all the Santas running around! And that gingerbread creation is just amazing. I can't imagine the effort that went into that! Samson is too cute.
Looks like you are having a blast! We still need to make our way back to visit. It's been more than a year!
Man I want a New York weekend!
haha that looks like so much fun!!!! It's like you walked into a city wide movie set! :o)
Those Bergforf Goodman windows are delicious!
Merci pour partager la magie de Noel avec nous ;)
I really love to follow the story of your day-to-day with your beautiful family. By the way, looooove the new facelift of your blog :) great job!
DONUT PLANT?! yummm
i use to be a nanny on long island. one of my favorite things to do was to take the train into the city during Christmas. i love love love NYC!! how fun to live there with your husband and children.
I LOVE THE PICTURE OF YOU AND SAMSON IN FRONT OF THE ORAGAMI CRANE CHRISTMAS TREE
I like the blog design, but I don’t like the comment being all the way at the bottom…did I miss a link like your old comment section had?
Anyway, I came to comment: I know! I’m heading up to NYC in about a week and all of my friends have been texting me about the food we will eat. I am so excited. I think I might have to go to that donut place you’ve been taunting us with on IG.
OMG the new look to your blog is gorgeous! I was waiting to see what you would do because your header was definitely outta date. :P These pictures are adorable. I’m always in awe of how much love and fun your family shares.
Congrats on the new site and lovely NYC photos!
Love your new blog design! And I love all of your beautiful photos of NY at Christmastime. You’re so very talented. :)
All the photos looks great , but my favorite is the first one!
Love this! New York most definitely looks awesome during Christmas time. xo
Listening to music today and had a thought… Is Samson named after the Regina Spektor song?
Beautiful! I’d loove to know where your boots are from they’re awesome!
Cutest Blog ever! you and your family are an inspiration! Adorable website also! I have always wanted to visit NYC esp during the holidays and your blog makes me want to even more! Also where is your adorable yellow skirt from, if you don’t mind me asking! Thanks for your lovely blog!
How stinkin’ funny that your husband was dancing in the streets with random Santas. That one put a smile on my face this morning :) Looks like it’s interesting there during the holiday season for sure.
i would like to visit new york one day…
thank you for this foto travel!
& i like you new layout!
What is the name of the doughnut shot that you were at? It looks delicious!
WOW, Bergdorfs looks amazing! I was in NYC just before Thanksgiving and they weren’t open yet, I’m so bummed I missed such BEAUTIFUL displays!
LOVE the new website – the colours, the layout, the greyed out comments boxes – perfect! Samson looks like such a happy baby and NYC looks like the place to be for the holidays.
Have a great weekend!
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everything looks so lovely. xx
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Merry Christmas :)
Love the dancing pics so cute! and your outfit is so perfect and festive. having friends as guests is always fun Have a very happy holiday!. xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com
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I love these pictures so much (especially the first one!). Thanks for sharing all these beautiful photos with us. Hope you’re having a lovely new year!