The Beazers are some of the greatest people I know and have been close friends of my husband and I since we were in college. We met them while we were going to BYU. My husband Kevin and Jackson Beazer were actually roommates at the time, and while we were dating, Jackson was dating Celeste. Because of that, the four of us became good friends very fast and spent a lot of time together. We’ve had kids at similar times, so her two boys are the same ages as my kids. They’ve lived outside of Utah a lot, so we haven’t been able to see them as much as we would like, but whenever we get the chance it’s just the best!
Celeste is one of the most wonderful, happy people on earth. She is so genuine and fun, very talented, and basically everything I want to be in one person. She was kind enough to answer some questions for me to share on here and I’m so excited because I value her friendship so much and think that you’ll love getting to know her!
What’s special about this time in your life? Why did you choose to do family pictures now?
Obviously this year has been very different than anything we imagined. Trips have been cancelled. Sports have been postponed. Friends have been missed. Even though life looks a little strange, my family and I have found a way to thrive. We’ve come closer together and created experiences we wouldn’t have otherwise. My little boys are getting bigger and bigger every day, and I want them to have a positive memory of this year. I felt like family pictures would be a great way to capture the new found love we have for each other as well as provide a precious snapshot of how sweet our boys are right now!
What are your kids doing well at? What makes you the most proud of them?
I have Griffin (4) who is more of a kid now than a toddler. He recently finished a tumbling class that honestly taught him more about learning than tumbling. He’s so incredibly smart, I can’t help but smile when I see him learn something new! He’s shy and cautious, like me, but slowly starting to learn that even though something seems hard, he can do anything. Truman (1) just wants to keep up with his brother, and I don’t blame him. No one wants to feel left out. He’s been busy getting into everything he shouldn’t and is trying his best to communicate with us.
What is one of your recent triumphs as a mother? What do you know you’re doing right?
One thing I always want to be doing as a mom is boosting my kid’s confidence. I want to be their biggest cheerleader and help them realize that they can do hard things. It’s much easier sometimes to do things for your kids because it’s faster or you don’t have to explain things, but it’s important for kids to learn to do things on their own. I definitely don’t feel like I’m perfect at any of this, but I do feel like I’m aware of it, so I feel like I’m able to catch myself when I might be bringing my kids down instead of lifting them up. I am constantly learning beside them!
What’s your biggest struggle as a mother right now?
My biggest struggle as a mom right now is finding something that I can call my own. I give a lot of myself (time, attention, emotions) to my kids and my husband. I lose myself in the shuffle and feel like I don’t have anything for myself that is meaningful. I need to have something I feel that I’m good at or talented at, other than raising tiny humans.
If you could give advice to other moms with kids your age or in similar situations, what would it be?
Only you can be the best mom for your kids. Don’t compare yourself to other moms. Don’t feel like you have to do what other moms are doing. Don’t do what other moms tell you to do if you don’t want to. Find out what works for you and your family!
What are you doing to keep the romance alive between you and your husband?
After seven years of marriage, you have to work to keep romance alive, otherwise things just become routine and mundane. We’re trying to make date night more creative and find ways to laugh more often! It’s always cute to be silly with each other!
What do you like the most about seeing your husband as a father? What’s he doing right?
Jackson is an amazing husband and father. The boys just love him because he’s willing to play and be silly with them. He’s also really hard on himself because he’s trying to be the best he can be. One thing I love about him is that he constantly looks for ways to be better!
I hope you enjoyed getting to know these wonderful friends of mine and were able to relate or connect with them in some way. Thanks for reading!