a few photos from utah…

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^^^the kids and i spent a morning at the museum of curiosity at thanksgiving point. we were able to go once before when we were in town in the spring and i think all three of us were anxious to go back. that place is awesome!^^^


^^^a fun ride to dinner in a bucket bike! thank you to josh for pulling all 3 1/2 of us along, and thank you to madsen cycles for bringing one of their fun bikes down to provo for us to use during our stay…^^^


^^^these views don’t get old…^^^


^^^and the peaches don’t come better…^^^


^^^bike ride with my babes to get a candied apple and splash in the fountains in provo on morning…^^^


^^^bike rides, and teaching mister samson all about chocolate chip bagels with cream cheese (from einstein’s) and pretty sure he is converted. ;) and just look at that face! i could kiss it all day long, i love him so. ^^^

^^^you turn your back to them for 5 seconds while they linger behind you and suddenly, baam! they are in the water fountain fully dressed.  wasn’t sure what to do at that point but require they at least hand over their shoes. the ride home was a very cold and wet one. :/ ^^^

^^^running around the football field at BYU after watching practice. don’t get that sport whatsoever but the kids had a great time and keep talking about how they saw a football game!^^^


^^^my kids and peppers. they eat at least two every day (which is nice since they’ve also too much ice cream this trip). also, the kiddos met their great granddad who just turned 100 a few weeks ago!^^^


^^^sharing some shaved ice from the yuki stand (if you’re in the area, this is the best shave ice we’ve happened on here! you must go.)^^^


^^^my ma and pa’s garden is something i’ve grown to admire and appreciate as the years have passed. i hated that thing as a teenager because weeding it was a beast, but you just can’t beat the big bowls of fresh vegetables my parents bring in each night from the garden. ^^^

^^^since i was a little girl, the raspberry shake at granny’s in heber and also at bear lake has had my heart. still so good, after all these years. and ps. i wasn’t kidding about this baseball tee from a few weeks ago. i ended up going back and buying one in every color.^^^


^^^you can bet i’m hoarding up a stash of these for my suitcase back to nyc.^^^


^^^aspen trees from a scenic drive through the mountains last sunday…^^^

utah, you are beautiful.

  1. Your parent’s garden is amazing! And I love the pictures that show your freckles!

  2. Katie F.

    I don’t think I’ve commented before, but I couldn’t not remark on your folks’ garden. Amazing! We have a small house and even smaller courtyard, but boy is that good inspiration for the future and garden space. Looks like a wonderful trip!

  3. Cat

    How adorable is that bike bucket? I kind of want one so my dog and I can start biking to the office together! It looks like you guys have been going on some great adventures lately :)


  4. taza! you NEED to go try hi-mountain in Kamas. seriously so random but their burgers are AMAZING. and their shakes… you would love it!!

    hope you loved Utah! i work at Google Fiber in the riverwoods and was so sad i wasn’t there when you were!


  5. Oh wow, that garden is enviable!

    Love the pictures as always, but the garden really made me have to comment. There is something so special about making a food-growing space beautiful and neat and tidy!

  6. Kate

    Wow, that garden is amazing! What are all of the vegetables that they grow?
    What a beautiful trip, looks like you are making lots of happy memories!



  7. Trisha F

    I can’t believe that Granny’s was open! You had a rare treat. I more prefer Dairy Keen just down the street.

    I’ve always told my hubby- if we move out of Utah it will be the best vacation spot to come back to!

  8. Kat

    Your parents garden is amazing! Although can imagine the weeding was /is a hefty task… My stepdad has a similar (but smaller) set up at the end of their garden and the results are delicious.

    Kat x

  9. I’ve been reading your blog for a while, but haven’t come around to commenting. I just want to say your kids are so adorable and it always seems like you are having such a ball with them!


  10. Teresa

    it looks like you guys had an amazing time!i love the picture of the kiddos in the splash pad… they’re such naturals!

  11. Raspberry shakes from Granny’s are the best. But Bear Lake is the best.

  12. vicky

    love that garden. it must take a lot of work! that makes me want to keep gettin after mine! ;)

    your striped shirt looks so lounge-y and comfy. where is it from?
    everything looks amazing! especially those peaches!

    looks like such a fun trip!

    • TAZA

      thanks! it’s from jcrew. just linked it above in the post after seeing these comments.

  13. hanna

    Your parents’ garden is amazing! –Hanna Lei

  14. O.o I want a garden just like that!
    And I didn’t know Utah is so beutiful ^^


  15. Stephanie

    where is your pink & white shirt from?!

    • TAZA


  16. Evanda

    Chocolate chip bagels! Yum! We are getting an einsten bagels right across the street from my apartment now & we are moving in 2 months! So sad!

  17. nata

    Darling kiddos, such a beautiful family garden and such a sweet mama!

    Is that stripe shirt your wearing an item that’s still available? It looks so comfortable and cute on you!


  18. Abi

    Looks like you had so much fun! Those views of the mountains look amazing! Abi :) myw0rldmyview.blogspot.co.uk

  19. Jordan

    I can’t get over how beautiful and serene you’re ma and pa’s garden is. I would love to just escape out there. Your children, though, are what make me laugh through the workday. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

  20. Linda

    As a kid, I would eat the peppers from my grandmother’s garden just like an apple (avoiding the seeds, of course). I love peppers to this day and eat them as a snack or stuffed with turkey and other goodness. Glad to see little E enjoying them, too! :)

  21. Lucy Lumm

    Love love love.

    Looks like you’ve all had such a wonderful time in Utah!

    SO many wonderful photos!!! Love the bike bucket and Josh must be v strong carrying 3.5 people!! Lol!

    I love your parents garden so much, oh my. Just absolutely stunning and that view…..!!!

    You look blooming Taza, so very beautiful and I just love your freckles so much!

    Hope you have or have had a safe trip back!

    X x

  22. Christian

    Striped shirt! where did you get it?


    • TAZA

      it’s an old madewell shirt!

  23. Shelley

    Wow! Great grandpa? 100 years? Amazing. Such a treat.

  24. Bergen

    This is probably weird and slightly creepy but I saw you and your family at the luncheon after the BYU scrimmage. I so wanted to say hi but thought that would be weird. So hello! I just think your kids are the cutest!

  25. Jade

    Aw wow this looked like an incredible time! Love your parents’ garden and happy 100th to your grandad, incredible age!

    Jade x
    jadethejourno.blogspot.co.uk ♡

  26. Mariska

    Hey Naomi and family!!
    Again a very nice post, you look especially wonderful in the photo with the shaved ice cream! You make me so curious about my future family life.. :) You make it look so very amazing. Thank you for that.

  27. chelsea

    So fun! Back in the day, right after I graduated college in Arkansas my husband and I moved to Utah for a year, it was kinda random, but my it was beautiful! So much to explore and the people were so nice. It’s one of those little things in life, I hope to have a redo on, Bring the kids, and enjoy it a little bit more, without all the worry and craziness that comes from being newly graduated and married.


  28. Bea

    Your parents’ garden is really wonderful!!!
    Where can I find the rings you’re wearing in the 5th photo?
    I really like them! :)
    Have a nice day!

  29. Anne

    I love the picture of Eleanor with your Grand dad. Their expressions are precious.

  30. christian

    Where is your striped shirt from?


  31. Lotta

    Utah is so beautiful! The mountains look amazing. I would love to go there!

  32. Laura

    you are absolutely adorable & such a wonderful mother. it’s such a light reading your blog :) thanks for sharing with us – i always look forward to catching up with your family adventures

  33. Kaylan

    beautiful family and utah looks amazing! I want to go exploring there someday.

  34. Shannon

    any chance you could get the links to open in a new tab….? I know it would cut back on the # of hits you get BUT it would be so much more convenient read.

    Love the post! Everybody looks great!

    • TAZA

      hi! yes! actually i always mean to do this, i have to go in and just click a box when i add each individual link to do so, and i often forget. thanks for the reminder! will work harder on making it a habit.

  35. marie

    Your holiday photos make me want to go on a holiday so badly! I can’t wait for the day when my baby boy is a little older so that we can travel overseas.. :)


  36. SARAH

    Where did you buy that adorable headband that Eleanor is wearing? It is seriously the cutest.

    • TAZA

      it’s from ban.do! she loves it and asks for it almost every day.

  37. Ale Mazzonetto

    wait but really? that photo of samson and eleanor in the fountain. she looks so tall! holy moly! lovely photos, looks like you guys had a blast out there :)

  38. Sinead

    That pic of Eleanor with her great grand-dad is so sweet! Your parents’ garden is amazing – such great views!

  39. jemima

    E’s hat in the fountain is super cute… Those munchkins are the best.

    Also.. peaches! You know, I’ve never been a fan of peaches until this Summer. Suddenly it’s all I want to eat! Peaches in any format please and thank you.

    xx jemima

  40. Tania

    HEY! I thought chocolate chip bagels with feta spinach cream cheese was my invention!!! I guess Samson & I are baked goods kindred spirits of sorts :)

  41. Kelly

    Oh my goodness, so pretty! And I love that your parents have a huge garden!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  42. Such beautiful photos and looks like soooo much fun. The raspberry shake is making my mouth water and how well does Great Grandad look for 100.
    Love the post x Ax

    Instagram: @littlemissalba
    Twitter: @littlemissalba

  43. sports, peaches, smiles – perfect.

  44. Janis

    I have never been, but Utah looks glorious from these photos! :)

  45. Liz

    Love all of these photos!! Thank you for sharing!

  46. Those mountains! I live in a mountain-y part of Western MA, loads of rolling hills, and I agree – it never gets old!

    Warm Regards,

  47. Allegra

    What a beautiful place! Utah is on my list of places to visit. And that garden… swoon! I’ve always wanted a garden, but plants that come into my home are doomed.

    PS: Einstein’s definitely has the best bagels around!!



  48. The Riverwoods splash pad is where it’s at! My Talia loves playing there too.
    Glad that your visit here was so fun for you and your family!


  49. Melissa R.

    Hi Taza, Is that Yannis Philippakis from Foals? I mean in the picture where Samson & E are playin in the fountain? i looks like he is spinning some albums… is he??

    ps. love your little family!! :)

  50. zaby

    You have an incredible garden and i love your photos

  51. Rachael

    any chance you remember the shade of baby pink on your nails? been looking for one just like that!

    • TAZA

      sorry! it was a shellac gel color from a salon so it was just a number, not a name. sorry!

  52. Lauren

    Love that tan coat!!! Looks perfect for fall!

  53. Rachael

    ah, darn! thanks so much for responding anyways, really appreciate it! <3

  54. kristen

    Oh my goodness, you guys always look so happy on your trips to Utah! Ya’ll should totally move there!

  55. Mara

    Yay for Utah! I always love reading peoples posts that visit it’s had seeing the things they do (I live just north of slc).

  56. Brianna

    Your children always have the greatest outfits! Even I’m inspired!

  57. Jessie

    I’m headed to UT in a few days and I will be packing my bags with fry sauce too if I can find some in sealed containers! Oh man–so good. We’ve experimented with making our own at home and it’s never quite as good, though we’ve gotten some pretty good results with our secret (ok, not so secret) ingredient: pickle juice. It looks like you had a wonderful time.

  58. Kelly

    Could you please tell me where you got those leggings your are wearing in the bike-riding pic?

    • TAZA

      they are from target, from a long time ago though!