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!...
the holidays tend to be a big time for travel as many take off to visit loved ones and home this time of year. since we’re expecting a baby within a few weeks, our families are traveling to us this year. (score!) although in general, our little family tends to stay more put during the holiday season (and usually visit our families in the early spring.)
i’ve blogged a bit about airplane travel with little ones HERE and traveling internationally with them HERE, but thought this might be a great time to hear from our australian friends tim and kesh coulson, who have spent the majority of this past year traveling the world together with their little boy, roo. i don’t know anyone else that makes it looks as effortless, inspiring or beautiful than the two of them. below they share a few thoughts on travel that might come in handy if anyone is looking for a few good suggestions for traveling this season.
“My husband and our two year old little boy sold our home earlier this year to travel the world. Our son Roo has been on more than 150 flights! Most of the time it’s the best thing ever. Here are some things we’ve learnt along the way, that might be especially helpful with your travels this holiday season.”
1. Take time everyday to do something for your kiddies. Especially when travelling, it can be hard as schedules and routines are out the window. Right now is such a busy time of year. Everyday fun can be replaced with trips to the store, hours in transit, phone calls, party organization, gift buying, meal preparing etc. Try to have time everyday to do something that is just for your kids, go to the park, look at the Christmas lights, visit Santa, go for a walk, play in the snow/ go to the beach! Pick something they really love to do and get outdoors.
2. Enlist the help of family! If family is nearby on your travels, let someone your child loves watch them for a couple of hours so you can get things done – go for it. It will be better for you and your kids. Timmy and I were travelling in Morocco earlier this year and met my parents there. My Mum and Dad loved to have some time alone with Roo while Tim and I went for walks around the Medina and took an hour out of the day to trip plan in a cafè. Roo absolutely loved the time playing with them too.
3. As we travel a lot! I do all my gift buying online once Roo is in bed at night. I don’t mind a bit of online shopping :) this way we can avoid long lines and cranky toddlers.
4. We stay in apartments over hotels 90% of the time. Especially around the holiday period it is really nice to be in someone’s home over a hotel room. We have had great experiences using apartment rental and sharing sites over the last few years.
5. Try and not get too caught up on sleep and schedules – kids are much more adjustable then we give them credit for. Chances are there will be some late nights and early mornings, naps cut short or maybe no naps at all. The snow ball fight or family dinner might not have to end early for sleep every time. Take comfort in knowing once things have settled down after the holiday season schedules and sleep will slip back to normal all too quickly. Some of the best memories are made when things don’t go as planned.”
thank you again, tim and kesh, for sharing! all photos courtesy of the couple as well.
i have found that not worrying too much about a schedule is great advice! no one wants to follow a schedule on vacation, that’s why it’s vacation :)
Oh my goodness! Can I be them just for a little while. Traveling the world with your littles is my dream, sounds amazing and they seem to have it down- thanks for sharing!
gosh if everyone was that practical there would be ZERO stress at the holidays! I like the idea of going to visit family on non-holidays like you guys. then you get to spend the holiday as a little family with no worries instead of heading to the rat race of flying (or driving) across the country for a silly holiday. seeing family is seeing family, it doesn’t matter if it’s ON the holiday or not!! (now I just need to convince our parents to think the same way :/)
whoa! 150 flights and roo is only two! that is incredible. what a fun life they lead. I love what they said about letting the littles play..do something everyday for them and don’t get hung up on schedule. definitely something I want to keep in mind when raising my own (future) children!
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On Monday we’re flying from England to Australia with our 2.5 year old. Eeeek! I just hope he’ll sleep. If only we could fly in the same class as your friends above… that first shot definitely ain’t economy! Or if it is, I want to know the airline!! But good on them for having an adventure and bringing their little guy along for the ride.
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There are some great tips in this post, but I have to say…I really miss how you used to blog. It seems like you’re trying to shift your content to more ‘magazine’ style, with minimal personal posts & more advice/how-to type posts. I’m wondering if this is just temporary, with everything you have going on getting ready for baby #3/the holidays, or if you’ll be going back to real posts about you/your family after the new year? I know I’m just one reader out of many, but personally I find myself less interested in your blog the past few months, and I think it’s because what drew me to it in the first place is fading away, without any explanation. Sorry for this comment being on the critical side- like I said, I’ve enjoyed your blog for years. It’s just recently that I’ve been feeling like I’m reading a blog that is no longer familiar.
Wonderful tips! I am so impressed this little family has done so much traveling…what a great bonding experience.
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My biggest struggle with all the holiday parties and traveling is the wreckage of my 2 year old’s routine. So it’s nice to hear from other parents that kids can survive a few weeks of the routine kinda not being followed! :)
Ahhh! Where was that top pic taken? I need to be there ASAP:) happy holidays!
I haven’t been on nearly 150 flights yet and I’m 22, ha! Tim & Kesh… You guys are some pretty awesome and inspiring parents to do what you’re doing with your family.
It is so wonderful to read all of these traveling tips! When I was on maternity leave my family and I went on a road trip around the USA and it was wonderful. We are planning a trip to visit my family in Montana so I am wondering how well she will do on a plane ride!
these pictures are beautiful!!
Thanks for the post! Friendly FYI, you can make an accent aigu (as in café) on a mac by hitting option-e-e and on a pc by hitting ctrl apostrophe e. No need to copy-paste!
I’m not a mom and I’m nowhere near being one. But I love seeing posts that can help people make travel smoother for their kids. I try to be as kind as possible whenever I see a family with young children flying. Although I’ve never experienced it, I would like to know that there are people out there who support me instead of getting annoyed.
I saw a comment a little earlier about how you’ve shifted the topic of your posts. I like what you’re doing but I do miss the everyday living posts. The ones that depict your life. I’m so excited for baby #3 to arrive. I can’t wait to see how your family adjusts to 5. Thanks for sharing your lives with us
Traveling with kids is so scary! I’ll keep these in mind whenever I actually have some rugrats of my own!
Such a gorgeous family! Happy Thanksgiving!
What a stunning photo of Lake Louise! I’m glad your friends made Alberta one of their stops :)
Great tips! –Hanna Lei
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Great advice in regards to loosening your requirements and allowing the trip to be more flexible. Thanks for sharing.
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