celebrating the 4th!

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hi! hope you had a wonderful 4th of july weekend!

we spent the 4th up in connecticut with good friends! the day started off strong when after grabbing some bagels in our rental car for the drive, all three kiddos fell asleep for the car ride! epic. incredible.  and it’ll probably never happen again.  although it did happen on the car ride back to the city after fireworks, but considering it was 11pm, that only seemed right.

we actually decided to push our luck once we approached the city since all three kids were down and go get some late night food together. we pulled up to one of our favorite old spots in morningside heights, but within 30 seconds of josh leaving me and the sleeping kids in the car to run in and grab our food, both conrad and samson woke up and started screaming and crying! josh left his phone in the car so there was no way to get his attention to say “ABORT MISSION! LET’S GO!” and i just had to try to sooth them both from the front seat. it was a mess.  they both fell back asleep once we started driving again (i think the motion is what they love), but i think that entire ten minute escapade stressed me out enough for the next year.

we spent the morning at the beach, where i only snagged this one photo below, and then back to our friend’s home where we enjoyed some backyard grilling and good company before heading to the park to see the fireworks. a few photos below…

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that fireworks show was intense and beautiful and i kept thinking the entire time as i looked over at josh and my kids faces, how glad i am for the chance to live here in such a great place, and how incredible these freedoms truly are, which we enjoy on a daily basis. happy independence day!


ps. my hat is from madewell and dress from & other stories. samson’s shirt and hat are from crewcuts and eleanor’s romper is from gap kids. conrad’s sun hoodie is by patagonia and his leggings are zara. josh’s shirt is from jcrew and my sandals are my ten year old salt waters that are still going strong. :) all of these pictures were taken on my iphone and edited with the vsco cam app.

  1. Melissa

    Glad you had a great holiday weekend! Love the patriotic attire! Red white and blue always makes for the greatest pictures.

    Waiting very impatiently for my recently-planted hydrangea bush to resemble the one in your first pic, they’re just the best :)


    • TAZA

      aren’t those beautiful?! how fun you have your own!!!

  2. Paige

    Even your iPhone pictures are ten times better than mine! I’m glad you guys all had a lovely Fourth!


  3. Tracy

    Where is E’s red headband from? Adorable!!!

    • TAZA

      it’s just a red bandana i rolled up!

  4. This looks like such a great way to spend the fourth! Plus your kids just get more and more adorable every day.
    Leah Faye

  5. Rachel

    These pictures are the sweetest! My little family had a great 4th of July as well. I felt so blessed!

    Simply Rachel Nicole

  6. Sabine

    yeyyy Conrad has got the same trousers our little boy does! :D

  7. Emily S

    Looks like you all had such a nice weekend! I loved the Snapchat with the ladybug ;)

  8. Kristen

    I think baby C is figuring out the whirley gig (pinwheel?) !! So darling. Happy Fourth to all.

  9. hanna

    Looks like a lovely 4 of July. –Hanna Lei

  10. Jenn

    I love your dress!Is it already sold out on & Other Stories?

  11. Caitlin

    Love the wagon tipped over in the cake pic, haha! Looks like a fun holiday!

  12. janelle

    Great pics! I’m a new follower/fan of your blog and i’m enjoying your posts on Instagram so went looking to see if you had a Facebook page and found a page which I’m not sure if you are affiliated with but sure looks like your logo?

  13. Carly

    Sorry to hear about the stressful food mission, but the pics look amazing and you seem so happy!
    Dresses & Denim

  14. Linda

    Great pictures! It looks like a wonderful time with a perfect family!
    If I may…many clothes sold by GAP, Forever 21 and Walmart are made by child labor, meaning that even though we get to enjoy inexpensive, cute clothes in the best country in the world, children elsewhere are treated like slaves. John Oliver had withering commentary about this that deserves to be viewed. From now on, I’ll gladly pay a little more to make sure I’m not contributing to deplorable working conditions in other places on our planet. http://www.rawstory.com/2015/04/john-oliver-rips-the-gap-walmart-and-other-retailers-for-using-overseas-child-labor-and-its-beautiful/

  15. O my! Conrad looks so adorable on the beach. I enjoyed my 4th with my family…eating lots of good food and dressed similar to Samson (white/blue striped shirt and red jeans). The best part was watching the fireworks from my backyard.

    Happy Monday

  16. How cute is little E with those sparklers?! Glad you guys had a fun 4th! ☆

  17. Felisha

    I love how you’re always able to turn a crazy stressful situation into such a positive one :)

    Happy 4th! It looks like the kiddos loved it.


  18. Happy 4th of july Naomi. I love your dress. Adorable.

  19. Julia

    Looks like you guys had a great one :) The one of E with the sparklers is just so so cute ! She looks so grown up, even I’m in disbelief about how quickly it happens haha



  20. Kinga

  21. Amanda

    My curiosity is piqued- where in Morningside Heights did you stop for food?

  22. ahw

    hi mama! who is your green blouse x in your recent snapchat? thx for sharing!

  23. Lou

    I appreciate how you always focus on the positive, but I was a bit suprised by the rosy picture you paint about freedom in the United States.
    You’ve mentionned a few times before on this blog your commitments with a few organisations that fight against poverty. You’ve also shown involvement with kids at your church I think.

    So a complete lack of mention of the recent events and the way black people – men, women, and young people – are treated in your country, is suprising and leaves a bitter taste.
    It’s all very good to be super positive, but it has its limits : freedom is quite limited for some in United States and recognizing that allows one to search for ways to make things better.

  24. Kelsey

    I can’t get over Conrad’s cute little tongue! I watched your latest YouTube video last night, and he was so cute to see moving! What a fun weekend of celebrating the fourth with your little family. =)

  25. Kelly

    Oh my goodness, this looks like the best weekend!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes