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We’ve been getting quality time all week since big brothers started school and my goodness is it the best thing in the world. It makes me a bit weepy that Stone never got alone quality time with me since he’s the middle but damn do I love this season of life that feels so similar to the fun me and Finn had when he was my only one. My youngest baby boy and me are going to have one hell of a year. πŸ’₯πŸ–€ How are you other mamas doing with school starting back up? Other then the school drop offs which are the maddest of scrambles, I’m loving the freedom of one baby and even thinking of doing some Indie and Mom road trips this fall, although to be honest, Finn cried when he heard he’d have to stay home. πŸ˜­πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ #selfieswiththeqs #indiowildegard
Wellllllll we didn’t get the epic family photo I was hoping for, mostly because my kids were melting down wanting cupcakes and the ceremony had just ended and when we tried to take one they sulked and look like I’m ruining their lives in the photos. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈWhich, obviously, I was in that moment. πŸ˜‚πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ But, we did get a selfie, I didn’t take photos during the unplugged ceremony OR didn’t stand behind the photographer and shoot over her shoulder as i desperately wanted to, and my boys had as many cupcakes and sodas as they wanted at the end of the night. Sooooooooo, all in all, we’re still winning. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But back to the selfie:: my favorite part is Finn covering his shaved off eyebrow after telling me he loves it for the last week?! Or maybe Indie’s death stare from behind Ry’s hair. πŸ˜‚πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈβœŒπŸΌπŸ’₯#selfieswiththeqs
Since I gained like 400 new followers yesterday (hiiiiiii πŸ‘‹πŸΌ) I decided to do a #fridayintoduction a few days early bc 1. I make the rules and 2. I wanna make sure you know who you’re following. So hi. I’m Abi. I’m not here on IG to win a popularity contest of pretty photos and perfect content, although admittedly, i love both. I’m here, mostly, to make White people uncomfortable in their privilege. I believe #blacklivesmatter and will be stand alongside anyone fighting injustice always. I am sick to death of people posting about social justice issues once they trend, and ignoring important conversations and dialog in everyday life. I was raised in church but I believe the church (read the white church in general) is failing people of color. I believe in justice for #niawilson and that the News stations and papers that post racially biased photos in an attempt to paint the narrative for their stories should be boycotted. ( Read :: White murderer = high school photos + Black victim = any photo they can find that paints them in a bad light.) I’m also sick and fucking tried of police being able to apprehend horrible people without any violence and killing Black kids for running from them at traffic stops. I teach my children real history and they know current events. They are also taught to hold their hands up if I’m pulled over bc my 8 year old looks like a 12 year old, which reads like a 16 year old to cops. They’re taught not to look in car windows at their reflection bc someone might think they’re up to no good. We boycott places that don’t share our beliefs (which has resulted in tears from both my boys and me πŸ˜‚πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ ) and don’t celebrate Fourth of July . We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving either. I don’t believe we in the land of liberty and justice FOR ALL like I once did but will fight for that to be a reality until my dying day. I read the letter from Birmingham jail a hundred times a year. It’s my favorite. @shaunking and @iamderay are my favorite news sources and I fact check everything, but I do sometimes fuck up. You should fact check too. So that’s me. Stick around if you’re ready to get uncomfortable. Otherwise ✌🏼 #realtalkwithabiq #selfieswiththeqs
The boys selfie game is on point. I mean technically, i pushed the button but it’s just bc their arms weren’t long enough. πŸ˜‚ πŸ€—βœŒπŸΌπŸ˜β€οΈ Aziz, we love you so. #selfieswiththeqs
He’s going to kinder this fall and I can’t stop crying about it. . . . It’s officially SUMMER in our house and I’m mostly excited about 1. not having to yell at my THIRD GRADER to get out of bed and rush to make him a semi decent lunch before we’re already ten minutes late for drop off . Sorry @marylinzuniga . πŸ˜‚πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ 2. Water. This summer I’m bring the water to us, or us to the water rather. My goal is waterparks, rivers, oceans, bays, streams, at least once a week. 3. Ice cream. Let’s face it, I’m mostly the annoying mom who won’t let my kids have sugar bc health. But I want this summer to forever be known as the summer of ice cream. πŸ’₯ Brb searching for a ice cream emoji. 🍦 . . I was going to do another round of #allaboutabiq for #fridayintroductions and then I decided y’all already know enough about me. I wanna know about YOU. So hit me. Give me your goals for the summer, what you’re most excited about, tell me your love story, your not love story, your struggles, the last time you felt beautiful, where you live, or what your too scary to say out loud dream is. . . . I’ll leave you with this convo from today that was way too funny not to share. Judge me if you like. Really, I don’t care. Stone to Indio β€œhow do you spell bitch?” Indio, without missing a beat β€œS-T-O-N-E” Dead. #selfieswiththeqs
I found a old photo of me from two kids ago and five years or more when my wrinkle lines in my forehead weren’t there and my legs were thinner and my hair was blonder. And I missed the old me. But then I realized I like the new me too. The new me is wiser and stronger and softer in the best ways and cries easier and feels deeper and is slowly becoming the old women I want to be. And I now know what it’s like to be a mom of three boys and I can handle chaos with more grace and I like that me, missing thigh gap and all. . . . In other news, Stone told me when I become a ghost I can live with him in this house. And when he dies he’ll be a ghost with me and we’ll keep Indio company. And then he got super stressed out that ghosts don’t have hands and HOW CAN THEY EAT FOOD and what happens if he becomes a zombie and not a ghost? BECAUSE HE DOESN’T WANT TO BE A ZOMBIE HE WANTS TO BE A GHOST BC THEY LIVE IN FAMILIES. And I don’t know how he got this knowledge, or how he’s so certain that zombies don’t have families too but I comforted him by telling him I’d ask and I was fairly certain we could definitely be ghosts together. And when we were we’d scare the crap out of his brothers. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚ . . . All nothing to do with this photo. This photos from a few weeks ago in the back of a car with the Ugandan breeze in our faces. Me and my wrinkles and my tiny squishy whose no longer tiny or squishy but who will always always be my baby. #selfieswiththeqs
Happy. So happy. Pouring rain, muddy feet, questionable wooden bridge and rushing river below us and all. Me and my hearts. All four of them. πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯ #selfieswiththeqs #runawaywiththeqs
While the boys have been the best travelers ever and got through 25 hours of flights with the best attitudes and are adjusting to life in Uganda like it’s no big deal- the whole sleeping thing hasn’t been the easiest and me and ry combined have maybe slept 12 hours in the last week? Thank goodness for strong coffee and not having to drive amiright?! . πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ™ŒπŸ½ Also, is jet lag technically considered waking up at midnight and not falling back to sleep until 6am? Bc that’s what the babes are doing and while I don’t mind the whole sleeping in until 10 am part I really want to be able to fall asleep while it’s still dark. And lastly, the life in my oldest eyes this past week is giving me life and I just want to soak it in forever. The end. β€οΈπŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ’₯ #selfieswiththeqs
Stone was cold. Finn was liberated. Indie didn’t want apart of the photo and was frolicking happily. I was just trying to document it. That feeling of the wind and the sight of the mustard fields in full bloom and the freezing hands and happy laughs. We need more days like this, as a family, and we need to slow down more. I’m realizing this more and more and trying my hardest to listen and notice their cues. Mothering is hard work, this raising of small souls, but I’m trying my best. Hopefully, that will be enough. #selfieswiththeqs
My heart is so full it feels like it could burst. Finn’s hair is in need of a good brushing in this photo and there will definitely be tinsel in the dog and cat πŸ’© tomorrow. I’ve already heard enough Christmas music to last me until next year and we just started listening today . πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Unplugged childhood is great but a iPhone with adventure time for the last half hour of the 14 hour drive is magic. And also? We’ve been nailing the family photos lately. πŸ˜‚πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ’₯#selfieswiththeqs #ourqniverse
Parenting is hard. Solo parenting is harder. Gin is good. Every time I make a decision for our family I feel unsure as if I fucked it up somehow. My phone doesn’t understand how much I swear and I constantly text my friends β€œwhat the duck.” πŸ˜’ Facebook is taking notes on all of us and I will be the first to go down because of my political posts. Okay, maybe not first but close second. Sometimes I think of deleting all social media to erase my history and then i realize it doesn’t matter. They have it all saved. I have stopped reading the news because my anxiety can’t take it anymore and I’m pretty sure that our political climate will be the death of me, or at least my sanity. Timers on phones equal awesome selfies with my boys. Speaking of my boys, they’re still awake and talking in their room and I’m hiding in the dark pretending to still be on a call. Also. I’ve cleaned up way too much pee today. Sometimes I literally dream of a uninterrupted dinner and a day to sleep in. Sometimes I dream of crumbling houses and ghosts from the past. I have no idea what they mean, the girls in the attic. I do know that dreaming of sleeping just means I’m exhausted and need to sleep. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Speaking of sleep, Daylight savings is stupid. My sons school doesn’t do thanksgiving break they do thanks taking break. Discuss. We’ve mostly done away with Christopher Columbus Day in CA at least because horrible man, so should we do away with thanksgiving? I’m torn because I love the warmth and light and love and family made of friends that comes with it. Does changing the name change the meaning? I’m speaking @photonative in January and keep gagging every time I think about it. For all you attending: I’m gonna bring it. I just might be drunk when I speak. πŸ€— Jk. I’ll wait until after. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ My next tattoo is matching my bride, and it’s perfect for today and right now and it’s both political and funny and badass. It comes from a show. My second next tattoo is matching with hubs and for our 11 year anniversary, only about a year late. Because we get out so much. It’s from a song. πŸ‘» Any guesses on the tattoos ? And how’s your day going and how’s your sanity? #allaboutabiq #selfieswiththeqs
He surprised me with Lana tickets because he knows she's my favorite and I said they were too expensive and I might of cried because I was so happy. He also missed the opening to get me another drink (😍😍) and he most definitely makes my heart explode. 15 years and still crazy about you my secret closet Lana lover. Don't let him fool you, he knew every word and I totally shoulda taken him to red lobster last night if ya know what I mean. πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ¦€β€οΈπŸ’₯ #selfieswiththeqs #vsco
In case you're wondering 1. I have a second grader 2. I didn't buy eclipse glasses because #weboughtahouse and I was too cheap to spend money on them. Also, lets be honest, I figured I could look at the moon and have the same feelings. 3. Now feeling a tad of regret, because, moon shaped shadows. Damn it. No one told me about the shadows. 4. Drank too many margarita yesterday at @meesh308 taco reception and blamed my dizziness on the eclipse. Might of actually been too many margaritas. πŸ™„πŸ˜‚πŸ™ŒπŸ½ But, yolo. Also also, might have narrowed down where Stone gets his blaming from. "Mom why'd you make me pick the strawberry ice cream?!" πŸ˜’πŸ™„ Newsflash: i didn't. 5. And most importantly, Black Lives Matter , the man in the office that isn't square should be fired, and equality for all should be expected and achievable. #selfieswiththeqs #finleyasiimwelane
Things I don't want to forget: how he calls our Tuesday's together without his brothers "mom and finn" days and how he always dresses up a little cooler for those days. How he's recently decided he's going to tell me he loves me two times a day because I tell him I love him all the time, and how he currently loves pants and hates shorts except for basketball shorts. _ I had a date with my biggest baby today and since it was our last alone day together he got to pick what we did with our day. Which meant we went to target (obviously) bought neon shoes for back to school and a grey suit coat (that he's been asking for forever) and when I asked where he was going to wear it, he was all "school" πŸ˜’πŸ™„ . For lunch we had burgers and hit the arcade and I beat him at corn toss every single time. πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ€— I maybe made him go by the hardware store too but I bought him a plant so he let me. πŸ˜‚ Ugh. Love him so much and can't believe he's about to be in SECOND grade. 😭😭😭 #selfieswiththeqs
Happiest of birthdays to Tia @karlaquiz just a day late. We love you and your crazy fun ways. You're the best at spoiling the boys, an expert on all things girly and make everyone around you sparkle with your light. We hope the fairy crowns, glitter balloons and clean car made you feel all the love. I'm so glad you're apart of our lives. πŸ’₯❀️ #selfieswiththeqs
Today I washed my hair. We also bought a house. Both monumental events. πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚πŸ˜βœŒπŸΌπŸŽ‰β€οΈπŸ’₯😭😭 Now we just need a house hashtag! Any ideas? #selfieswiththeqs #vsco #thefrickinqhouse
Two of us have left over yogurt on our faces but we don't let that stop our selfie game. Cause. Yolo. βœŒπŸΌοΈπŸŽ‰β€οΈπŸ’₯ #selfieswiththeqs #vsco #saundersinthedesert
Too much cheese, too many drinks, (is there such a thing?!) and a littleeeeweee too much time in the sun but there's nothing like a three day weekend to Santa Barbara with this squishy lady and her parents. ❀️πŸ’₯ Avi, you make my heart explode. Also, baby girl, your selfie game is so on point for a one year old, that I'm officially naming you a honorary Q member, if your daddy and mama being the boys Padrino and Nina didn't already make you one . πŸ˜‚βœŒπŸΌοΈBut really though. _ In other news, I fell down a rabbit hole today researching Korean skin care methods after my face is looking worn from all the outdoors the last two weeks. Have any of you tried the ten step method? Any tips?! I might of bought like everything . πŸ˜πŸ™ˆ #selfieswiththeqs #thesanoberrykids
Well, we're home, but you're going to see about another weeks worth of vacation photos. πŸ˜‚ And like we do almost every day, we asked the boys their favorite parts of our trip this morning snuggled up in bed. _ Finn - seeing a bobcat, snake and banana slug. The bobcat is questionable but the snake and banana slug totally happened. Stone- Uncle Gary Indio - honking uncle Gary's (model a) car horn Ry- talking with uncle Gary and Aunt Nelle after the babies went to bed. Me- this moment right here when the wind was whipping and stone was pissy and we were all laughing (minus one) and trying to selfie after hiking two miles with our babes. Also, selfies are my favorite because they're just so damn real and raw. Also favorite parts: the roasted beet, walnut and goat cheese panini I had after our hike and all the snuggles and all the open coastal air and the ocean and it's vastness and the smell of the eucalyptus trees as we entered mendo and the white mocha from my favorite coffee shop . And ordering cheesecake and apple pie just because we can. And the impromptu stop at Uncle Gary and Aunt Nelle's in Mendocino and the way they spoil us with cheese and crackers and all of our favorite things and act like it just happened to be in their fridge. And the long talks and laughs with them and running from the tide, and the indigo blue rocks we forgot to take home and most of all, these four right here. All in all, a wonderful runaway. Too short, but good. Next trip, we're ✌🏼️ out for at least a month. Or maybe forever. Trying to convince the hubs that retiring at 35 is totally a option. πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ˜‚β€οΈπŸ˜β€οΈπŸ’₯✌🏼️ #selfieswiththeqs #runawaywiththeQs #childhoodunplugged #OurQniverse
'Sup Friday. We're over here having a dance off (check stories 😝) and listening to some old tunes while we wait for it to be bedtime. Anyone else on Spring break next week and also clueless about what kind of adventure to go on but also feeling the pressure to make memories? πŸ™…πŸ» Yea me either. But in case someone was wondering, what should we do? Where should we go? Santa Cruz? Yosemite? Palm Springs? Tahoe? Beach? Mountains? Pack our house? Roadtrip? Book flights with our cc points and let the boys pick a spot on the map?! All that to say, if you have any ideas or rad airbnbs you've visited- hook a girl up. Happy weekend. May your cocktail be as strong as our selfie game over here. Cheers 🍸🍸✌🏼️#selfieswiththeqs
My forever love. He went out of his way to make my birthday extra special. He insisted on taking me out on a date after school to get coffee, bought me flowers and said "let's walk neighborhoods and look at houses" because he knows it's one of my favorite things. He still cuddles me on the daily and loves spending time together, even when he's almost to big to fit in my lap. My biggest baby. My Finley Asiimwe . #finleyasiimwelane #vsco #selfieswiththeqs
Pretty sure he's looking at me like why do we have to take a selfie? But I'm gonna just pretend it's a oh my gosh I'm so in love with you look because it's my birthday and on my day, I do what I want! First up, a ride in our Nova car with the windows down and bunch. πŸ™ŒπŸ½β€οΈπŸ˜‚πŸŽ‰πŸ’₯ #selfieswiththeqs
Happy Valentine's Day from me and my funny valentines. || The vacancy that sat in my heart Is a space that now you hold .... you are you are love of love of my life #selfieswiththeqs
When you and 2/3 of your boys are wearing glitter eyeshadow and everyone wants a selfie. πŸ˜‚β€οΈπŸ’₯ #indiowildeturnsthree #selfieswiththeqs #stonephotobombs
#fridayintroductions with a side of salt and a bit of hot sauce. πŸ”₯ 1. I can't I won't and I refused to stand down or shut up. 2. I am here to make you uncomfortable in your privilege and in your beliefs and make you question everything. This IS NOT a time to be comfortable and ignorant. Research. Read. Gain knowledge. Make friends with people outside your bubble. Listen. Like actually fucking listen to what their concerns are. Hear them. Hear why they're worried. 3. There are more sources of news then FOX. Also, I feel like this is obvious, but don't just take the news as truth. 90% of media is owned by six corporations. Crosscheck "facts", follow outspoken leaders and activists on Twitter, (even if you disagree) watch live footage of protests, read world news. They don't care about making us feel safe. And that's a good thing. 4. I am fully prepared to lose friends and family. I will not associate with people who do not agree with #blacklivesmatter 5. Furthermore, if you're really so against BLM because the media is telling you they are all protesting and burning shit, GO TO A FUCKING MARCH and see for yourself how peaceful they are. Good God, get off social media and take a stand for something, anything. 6. Life was not meant to be lukewarm and neither am I. 7. My boys come before anything else. I am literally, fighting for their future. If you don't understand or accept that, goodbye. πŸ‘‹πŸ» Really. 8. Don't tell me you're pro life but anti BLM. BLM is LITERALLY about saving lives. 9. Don't tell me your pro life but against refugees seeking asylum being granted access to our country. Just so much no. 10. Don't tell me your pro life but anti welfare and free medical care for the poor. If you're pro life, be about ALL lives not just how YOURS is directly effected. 11. And lastly, if my language is offensive to you, I'm sorry. Truly. But I'm here hoping all the fucks make you actually give a fuck. Maybe I can shock you into action. Because this is the thing, as offensive as my language is to you, you sitting quietly in your privilege is offensive to ME. "Revolution is not a one time event" - ✌🏻#allaboutabiq #realtalkwithabiq #selfieswiththeqs
Nice capture @heyabiq 😍😍😍 ・・・ Selfies. All day everyday. #selfieswiththeqs #theqboys #childhoodunplugged
Selfies. All day everyday. #selfieswiththeqs #theqboys #childhoodunplugged
"How old is you?" "Two. Two and a half." _ And then we selfied and I threw a peace sign, which he interpreted as a two and we laughed. Today guys, today was good. _ And let me be honest. The last two months I've felt I've failed miserably at motherhood. I've yelled way too much, got way too annoyed and craved space more than ever before. Half was because of stress, half was because of this whole new take Finn to school every single morning on time thing, and half was because there is never enough time to get everything done and too many projects, and not ever sleeping and mother freaking homework. I mean really, being a mom is just so much work. And sometimes I think how the heck am I old enough to have living breathing souls in my care? How will I ever be good enough? How will I not mess them up so terribly? How many nights can you eat mac and cheese in a row? If it's organic is it more healthy? Kinda like vegetables? And then I realize none of us know what the hell we're doing. And I'm pretty sure our moms just guessed too. And they fed us pop tarts. And we turned out ok. And they're gonna be ok. And then I relent and make mac and cheese for dinner for the third time this week and we sprinkle glitter in the air and craft and booty dance to Christmas music and call it winning. _ Here's to mommying. And parenting. And surviving the mundane. You're doing an incredible job. Better than you know. I promise. Now go have a drink and lets cheers each other from afar. πŸΈπŸŽ‰ #selfieswiththeqs #indiowildegard #motherhoodwithabiq
Also// he's totally hot and I definitely married up. Also also, Bart escalator selfies for the win. And him looking oh so important on a call... with the dentist. πŸ”₯😍❀️ Lastly, I added some caramel to my black mourning clothes for the special occasion. It felt... weird, but not entirely bad. The end. #selfieswiththeqs #vsco
Totally had a #fridayintroductions planned for yesterday since it had been like five million years since my last one, and then life happened. So I'm doing it a day late because that's what being a working mama is like and I'm trying to embrace the beautiful mess of chaos that is my current state with big open arms. And lots of deep breathing. So. Here goes nothing! Hi! πŸ‘‹πŸ» I'm Abi, mama to three little men, and a photographer over at @abiqphoto. Hubs and me and our three babes live in a house in the hills in Oakland that we love ever so much with a sweeping view of the city and our hairless cat, Stabber. #akittynamedstabber _ 1. Which brings me to my first random whatever you call these. We might have to move soon and have been thinking about buying and the housing game over here makes me want to crawl in a hole and cry. Guys. The average house in Oakland is on the market for 13 days. 13 days. I've had houses go pending while I'm waiting outside to look at them. And they never go for their list price but way way above it. It's brutal. Especially when you know the cost of a 800 sq foot house here is the cost of twenty acres and a house on the east coast. πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚ Anyways. So. We'll see. 2. I broke my phone last week. You know, a week after I had just replaced my last broken phone. 😭I let hubs discover it for himself instead of telling him because I kinda thought he might take it better that way. Turns out, he did. 3. I burned my face with a curling iron the other day. And now I have this random mark on my temple that kinda looks like a hickey. It's totally hot. Swear. 4. I'm tired. Like probably shouldn't be driving a car condition. I don't think I'll ever sleep another full night again for the rest of my life. I miss my bed. 5. My house will never be clean no matter how many times a week I stress clean. 6. We're starting to celebrate Kwanzaa this year, after urging from Finn man and I'm really excited about it. Do any of you celebrate Kwanzaa ? Any amazing traditions I should incorporate? Please tell me, I'd love to know. _ The end. You're turn. #allaboutabiq #selfieswiththeqs
Just hanging with Harry Potter and some coffee this morning. How's your Monday going mamas? How was your weekend? Have you signed up for the injustice boycott yet? #stonewolfermoon #childhoodunplugged #vsco #selfieswiththeqs
My baby. Not so much a baby anymore but still knows how to make my heart stop with just a little kiss and a arms thrown around my neck hug. #finleyasiimwelane #vsco #childhoodunplugged #selfieswiththeqs
Wearing my "sorry I'm late shirt" because guys, with three babies, I'm always late no matter how hard I try to be on time. Anybody with me?! πŸ™‹πŸΌ I'm thinking of making this shirt, my not trump tee and my BLM shirt my capsule collection this fall. πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚β€οΈ Along with a pair of jeans. Obviously. #selfieswiththeqs
Me and Harry. Harry and me. // and yes, I will be, over posting costume photos for the next day or two of my boys. Because. Omg. Look at how cute he is!!! 😍😝 Also, he was very annoyed his wand wasn't real. 😏 #holloweencostume #finleyasiimwelane #selfieswiththeqs
Fact: You only think we're sane because you've never met us. // Currently a pile of babies fighting over my lap on the kitchen floor, with Indio jumping on top of them over and over again. Chaos guys. Mass chaos. #selfieswiththeqs #vsco
Omg guys it's time for #fridayintroductions round 23! Can you believe I've come up with that many things to share with you?! I must be too honest, or crazy or both. But it's cool, I'm gonna just own it. πŸ˜‚πŸ™ŒπŸΎ So hi, πŸ™‹πŸΌI'm Abi and mama to three little boys aka sword battling Jedi's who know how to make any household object into a weapon. I live with my babes and my number one babe aka husband of ten years in a house in the hills in Oakland, CA. I love adventures, gin and dream of someday owning a greenhouse, having an art show and living abroad. Now. On to the randomness I call #allaboutabiq _ 1. Sometimes when husband puts the babes to bed, instead of doing the laundry or cleaning up dinner or anything productive, I just sit on the floor in the kitchen and enjoy the quiet. I feel this either makes me super easy to please, or completely nuts. You decide. 2. These elections are stressing me out. I feel like our country is at this pivotal point in history and what we choose might lead to our demise. 3. Which brings me to- "make America great again." I'd love to start a discussion on when America was great with all of you who think there was a time in history when we were an amazing example of a nation. Thoughts? Also, I love a good debate so be prepared. 4. And lastly, my boys like to wear lipstick. And I indulge them. First, pink looks great on them both, and second, who makes the rules? We do! πŸ‘ŠπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎ #selfieswiththeqs
Hi guys and happy Friday!!! I'm going to be super lazy today and just say yo #fridayintroductions and not give any kind of background on who I am. Cause you already know. Now. On to the rambling. 1. There was this girl screaming and yelling at someone on the phone in the parking lot this afternoon and security drove by a few times and she just kept screaming at the top of her lungs at whoever was on the other line. And it was totally one of those train wrecks you can't look away from. Was it her mom? Her boyfriend? Her ex best friend? (To be clear, she wasn't in danger, and she looked safe and cared for. ) It more seemed like she liked the drama of screaming F*CK YOU super loud with her car doors open for all to hear. And there was like five other people slowwwwwly loading their stuff in their cars and trying to figure it out too, so you can't judge only me. I'm mean at least judge all of them too. πŸ™ˆ 2. Speaking of figuring something out, let's talk about Stranger things. It ruined TV for me and I'm pretty sure I'll never love another show as much. Just so good. If you haven't seen it, watch it. 3. In other news I thought of the most amazing business idea. A minimalist organizer. I mean, COMMON. How amazing would that be? You know, someone who comes in and actually helps you minimalism your life until there's nothing left. "no you don't need a potato peeler! You have a knife! Toss the forks! You have fingers!" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I'm so not joking. I want so desperately to be as minimal as I can be so my house can stay as clean as possible and minimize stress, but I can't find the energy to go through the bookshelves again or toss more clothes. Plus we kinda do need the potato peeler. 4.Also. I really wish life was a video game and you could just run mean people off the road. They'd totally survive, but maybe spin around a few times and think twice about beeping at me for no reason. πŸ˜’ 5. And lastly, #Thingsyouneverthoughtyouwouldsay "Everyone give me the carrots RIGHT NOW!!!" Any guesses !?πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚ So yea. That's me and here's a cuddle pile from this afternoon as we all tried to soak up the sun on the floor. #allaboutabiq #vsco #selfieswiththeqs #akittynamedstabber
Happy Friday!!! Was this week one heck of a doozy or is it just me?! 😳 Anyways. Hi. πŸ™‹πŸΌI'm Abi, and mom to three little men I call #theqboys . We live in Oakland, CA and pay way to much for rent. Because. Bay Area. πŸ˜’πŸ˜‚ I'm almost positive this city is worth it. I mean. It totally is. All that to say it's time for another round of #fridayintroductions . Are you ready?! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Feel free to judge me for everything I'm about to tell you. 1.The fish has been named Hot lava. 2. I'm currently looking for a way to keep Hot lava away from Stabber and might of spent way too much time googling 'hanging fish bowl' this week. 3. I am also wondering how both our pets have names of terrible fates. But you know, boys. I am also pretty sure these names give me major boy mom points in the boy mom world. 4. Furthermore, Stone wants to buy Hot Lava a pillow. And hasn't stopped talking about it all morning. I tried to tell him he doesn't need a pillow but Stone doesn't listen to reason. 5. Speaking of Stone, I literally listen to him talk about his storm trooper Legos at least 90% of the day. Transcript/ word for word from five minutes ago/ "My guy, the driver ship guy, can you get him? I bout to step on my guy I was using. I just gonna tell you. Get me that guy mom. The guy with red bullet. I need two storm troopers." "Why?" "Because I don't have two." Ok. Pause. "Ahhhh. I need to get dad more Legos. Cause I don't know why. I don't have any. Like red storm troopers. Red ones. We need red storm troopers. They red on the knees mom." // 😫 It makes me go kinda mad sometimes. How much can you talk about plastic toys before you lose your mind? Asking for a friend. 5. Also, my friend wants to tell you about the feeling you get when you remember the tooth fairy forgot to visit. And you distract your kid so he goes and brushes his teeth while you find fairy dust and steal a dollar out of his own piggy bank. πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ True story. Told you you'd judge me. I mean. My friend. So now that I've aired my dirty laundry and weekly highlights, tell me something I can judge you for. Cause we're in this madness together! πŸ‘ŠπŸΎπŸŽ‰βœŒπŸΎοΈ #allaboutabiq #boymom #selfieswiththeqs
Heyyyyyyy Friday !! To be honest, it was such a hot mess of a week over here, and I was a hot mess of a mama. But it's (almost) the weekend and it's #fridayintroduction time!! So pour yourself a drink and let's get to know each other and long distance cheers. 🍸🍸 Hi! I'm Abi. Mama to three little souls, and wife for ten years to @ryanquiz. We married when we were babies. Swear. I love with my boys in Oakland, CA in a house in the hills, and our cat Stabber. I'm trying to convince the hubs to let me get a puppy and name it Nacho Libre but Stabber's not too into the idea. Neither is the husband. πŸ˜’πŸ™„ Anyways, 1. Stone has decided he doesn't want me to be his mom anymore, he wants me to be his sister. After discussing it, he doesn't want a new mom, he just wants me to play with him all day. So I told him that was totally acceptable, but that would mean dad cooks from now on. Finn might of yelled "noooooo" from the next room, but the two babies were very excited about a diet of quesadillas and nachos from here until eternity. 2. Finn starts school Monday. And I'm kinda freaking out and kinda excited. I can't decide which emotion will win on next week, but big changes are looming ahead for us and I'm begging time to slow down while at the same time I'm also looking forward to a few hours alone two days a week. 3. In other news, we found a gluten free donut place. And drove across the bay to it. And they were sold out. Cue all the tears. And the guilty feelings of being the meanest mama ever. 4.Indie has decided he wants to be Jackson five for Halloween. When I asked which brother he says "number two!" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Finn and Stone are going to be starwars. Obviously. 5. I booked a NYC elopement for mid September and am looking for fun things to do on my day in the city! Any suggestions?! Also, totally open to booking family sessions in NYC and upstate. Email me if you're interested. 6. And lastly, this is me and my squishy selfing the other morning amid cuddles on the counter. I'm totally sans makeup with crazy hair. Just to keep it real. Also also, this is what indie would like with a blond wig. I'm kinda digging it. πŸ˜‚ #allaboutabiq #selfieswiththeqs
Sums us up. Another selfie that's just the right amount of weird, two huge plates of ginger plantains (omh. I've been dreaming of them for a year! 😍😍) and an amazing kite festival that was blustery and foggy most all of the day, which, in case you didn't know, is exactly how I like it. Oh Berkeley, I like you and you're weirdness. #selfieswiththeqs #vscocam #childhoodunplugged #berkeleykitefestival
Hi guys! I figured it was time for another round of #fridayintroductions where I spew off random tidbits of my life and you guys feel less alone in your crazy. Or judge me and high five yourself for winning. Either way. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I'm mama to three crazy boys and a photographer over at @abiqphoto. My family lives in Oakland in a tiny little bungalow with pretty light and a cat named Stabber. Not saber, like lightsaber but Stabber, like I will stab you. Finn picked it out and it fits our hairless weirdo perfectly. Anyways. 1. I have 43 emails I haven't responded to in my inbox and it's stressing me out hardcore. But, I also am dreading returning them all. Because you know, I have to sound coherent and make decisions. So instead, I'm sitting here pretending for a moment it's at zero and drinking coffee like there's no tomorrow. Because there might not be after the amount of caffeine I've consumed to make it through today. 2. Also,I learned this week while going crazy searching for a head for Stones's decapitated storm trooper man, that you can buy Lego heads off eBay. And so, I got him a whole box to surprise him. They're currently in route and I can't wait until the mailman shows up and I can go "my heads!" and watch his reaction as he slowly backs away. 3. In other news, I tried bar method this week and the whole time was like oh this is easy and me and my friend Hannah were laughing. And when I came home I was told Ry I couldn't feel it and then I woke up the next morning and was like OMG I'M DYING. It's the most non intense but crazy intense workout I've ever done and my muscles are still screaming they hate me. I'm either ridiculously out of shape, or about to get really buff. And graceful like a ballerina. I'm hoping it might even help with my dance moves. The verdicts still out as I'm too scared to go back to class currently. 4. One of my least favorite things my husband says when he gets home is "what did you do today?" Of course, he means did you go out? Did you hit the zoo? What adventures did you go on? But it doesn't stop me from hating the question. Because all I think is he's judging me. Any one else feel me on that one?! #allaboutabiq #selfieswiththeqs
Sometimes after preschool we just lay and cuddle for a good hour. #indiowildegard #vsco #selfieswiththeqs
Sometimes we get dressed up and go to dinner parties and have adult conversations and I force him to take a selfie after too much wine and spinning around in chairs and soooooo many photo booth photos that I'll probably regret later. πŸ˜³πŸ˜πŸ˜‚ Thanks @vsco for having us plus ones out for the night yesterday. Also him right there πŸ‘†πŸΎ so hot. Can't believe he's mine. 😍❀️πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ #selfieswiththeqs #vsco
Then I tried to take a selfie together but Finn was all "but look at my loose tooth!" And stole the show. πŸ™„πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜#finleyasiimwelane #selfieswiththeqs #childhoodunplugged
Because every occasion is a selfie occasion. #selfieswiththeqs
I typically call a day good by how dirty my kids are. Which means yesterday ROCKED . πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ #stonewolfermoon #vscocam #childhoodunplugged #selfieswiththeqs
'Sup Friday! I got 99 problems, and babies crying ain't one. For like, the next few minutes at least. Somehow I convinced all three boys to lay down for a quiet time, and they ALL FELL ASLEEP! How's that for a mom win?! πŸ™ŒπŸΎ Since it's Friday I decided to do another round of #fridayintroductions because I just hit 12k followers and want to get to know all my new friends!! So hi. πŸ™‹πŸΌ I'm Abi and I'm mom to three crazy boys and a photographer over at @abiqphoto. We live in Oakland, CA in a house in the hills. Anyways, on to the random thoughts. 1. We did some genetic testing on the two youngest boys a few months ago and have since found out they both have genetics that mean they are susceptible to getting auto immune disorders. So we're officially a gluten free family. Maybe even going grain free. Well, at least me and the boys are. Dad still likes his cheez-it's a bit too much. 2. I think I've developed a intolerance to coffee. Or something. I could drink ten cups and still fall fast asleep, but I'm trying not to drink energy drinks anymore. Anyone got any ideas for something to keep me awake and not kill me at the same time? Cocaine is not an option. 3. So. Britain decided to leave the EU. From what I've been hearing, it sounds like the fear of immigrants coming in to the country drove the vote, which to me sounds a whole heck of a lot like what's happening with Trump. But I'd love to hear from everyone in the UK. What are y'alls take on it? 4. Speaking of the impending election for the US, how are you feeling about it? I'd love to hear everyone's take. I'm personally kinda freaking out. Like woah. 5. In other news, Finn got into a dual immersion school for fall and we're so excited over here. We've already started working on small phrases and I've promised him a trip to a Spanish speaking country once he's fluent. 6. And since I brought up traveling, I'm dying to go on another adventure soon with the hubs. Where should we go? Turkey is top of our list, but a bit too far for a week getaway. Any ideas? And, if you or someone you know is eloping out of country, hook a girl up, k? K! πŸŽ‰ #allaboutabiq #selfieswiththeqs
Selfies in front of the waterfall you can't see. We're awesome at tourist photos in case you can't tell. And the boys are loving camping even though the picture tells you otherwise. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ #selfieswiththeqs #macreunion2013 #vscocam #OurQniverse
Nine days of family vacation and no work starts now. πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸŽ‰ These boys can hardly contain themselves that they're getting dad for a whole week and not gonna lie, I feel the same way. Wish us luck! We're on our way to ry's family reunion and camping for a week. In tents. With no electricity. I'm terrified. πŸ˜πŸ˜‚ #selfieswiththeqs #childhoodunplugged #macreunion2013
Guys! It's Friday! Oh sweet goodness I love four day weeks. Can we just go to a three day weekend officially? I mean really. If I ever run for president it will be top of my list.. But then again, these #fridayintroductions would probably make me unelectable anyways. So I guess I'm glad I decided politics was off the table a few years back. πŸ˜… Anyways! Hi. I'm Abi. πŸ’πŸΌ And sometimes I ramble. Okay, most the time. I'm a mama to three crazy and loud little wolves who like to practice their howls. My poor neighbors. 😩 Anyways, 1. I took two personality tests this week for my mastermind- and I was laughing the whole time reading the results. I expected it to only be half right, but it was dead on. My favorite quote about my personality was something like "can't I just be a oceanographer who paints and writes poetry and cooks?" So. Me. πŸ˜‚ Can anyone else relate? 2. Speaking of the mastermind, it is truly amazing. @simply_ariana gets 8 of us creatives together once a month and we brainstorm each other's businesses and set goals and cheer each other on and pretty much take over the world. Or that's what it feels like we're going to do when we leave each session. And guys, half my goals for the year are done! Including some teaching I'll be offering soon! Keep your eyes out or follow @abiqphoto for more! 3. I ran out of the @bioraykids sleeping potion that I raved about and when it ran out I was like ok maybe i was imagining it's magic..and now it's been over a week without it. And indie hasn't slept through the night in over a week. And I'm currently sitting in their room daring them to get up but each son of mine is wide awake and staring at me. And I'm trying not to cry and setting a reminder to order twenty bottles the second they fall asleep and overnight them. 4. And finally, hubs and me got tattoos to commemorate our ten year wedding anniversary a few days ago. It was our third almost matching but not matching tattoo. Weird or cute? Verdicts still out. But I love it. Any ideas what we got? ❀️❀️ #allaboutabiq #selfieswiththeqs
D was more interested in the tortoises than taking a photo with mama. (amazing video of me narrating their convo on πŸ‘» if you're interested.) Finn was having a snack under a tiny little palm tree up the hill. πŸ˜‚ And me, I'm just trying to figure out if I can pull off the half up top knot look. Stone isn't sure. #selfieswiththeqs #vscocam
We have this thing with selfies in our family. And truthfully, I didn't even realize it until @mytinytribe pointed it out. But dude. Now that I realized it, I kinda love it. Yolo baby yolo. πŸ˜πŸ˜‚ Also, did I totally make out in the hottie department or what? He's like a fine wine only getting with age. 😝 And D's face here? Killing me. #theqboys #selfieswiththeqs #childhoodunplugged
Hiya! I'm Abi and a photographer over at @abiqphoto. πŸ’πŸΌ I've been married for TEN YEARS tomorrow (what the hell?) and I'm a mom to all boys and I like it that way. I live in Oakland, California with a view of the bay and the only way I plan on leaving is if we move out of country someday. ❀️ Since it's Friday I figured I'd do another round of #fridayintroductions where I ramble off bits of nonsense and we connect of some level. Because there's nothing better then knowing there's weirder people out there then you. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But seriously, amiright? 1. I miss carbs. I miss gin. Day 5 on whole thirty and I'm over here like so wine is grapes right?! 😝 I mean. Really. 2. On another note, sweet potato noodles are freaking delicious. I just wish I had gin to drink with them. 3. I'm currently sitting getting my hair done and it's been 40 weeks since I was here. My hair girls all "you could of had a baby by now." πŸ˜‚ Also, I chose to get my hair done today because my friend told me that cutting your hair with the moon cycles will make it grow. So, I'm trying it. 4. Stone wanted a pair of sunglasses and fell in love with this pair from Urban. I might of spent too much money on adult sunglasses that don't fit his head, but I couldn't help it. ❀️ I mean look at him. 5. We're going to family reunion in three weeks and camping. In tents. With three boys. 6 and under. Who don't sleep well in their own beds with a sound machine. And Indie is an escape artist. I'm a tiny bit terrified. Any tips for camping with kids mamas? #allaboutabiq #selfieswiththeqs #vsco
Friday got us like huh? It's the weekend? Why do I feel like I have a case of the Mondays? And a little bit of car dancing and a lot of side eyes and running full steam ahead. How's your Friday treating you!? (And no, stone doesn't wear the same pjs all day everyday. Ok yea, yea he does) #selfieswiththeqs
Motherhood is something else. Half of us still have pjs still on, one of us is naked and we kinda like silly selfies over pretty Mother's Day photos, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. Happy Mother's Day from me and my crazies to yours. #selfieswiththeqs
One last road trip selfie because we can. Also, yes, I wear overalls kinda all the time. They're like my cooler sweatpants. 😳 But I always forget they aren't the smartest for gross bathrooms and am cursing myself halfway home. Also also, I haven't had my hair done in 34 weeks. Which means I'm wearing hats until my next appointment because at this point it looks like I'm wearing a toupee. And that doesn't mean I think toupees are bad, just that it's not a good look on me. πŸ˜‚ But I have a hair appointment I finally set up for two weeks from now and am contemplating new hair colors and styles. Anyone got any suggestions? And finally, these boys. I'm just the luckiest mama. #selfieswiththeqs #Vscocamu
May your selfie game be as strong as your coffee today mamas. Or your cocktail. 😬😳😜 Happy Tuesday. πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎ #indiowildegard #vsco #selfieswiththeqs
Hot date tonight. πŸ”₯ Thank you @emilyrbentley for babysitting and reminding us what it's like to have a few hours alone. #Vsco #selfieswiththeqs
Tea for two. Indie's way more into it than he lets on.πŸ˜‚ #indiowildegard #Vscocam #selfieswiththeqs
Easter with all of the family. Or ya know, 1/4 of the Maclennan side. And this photo represents 8/120ths . πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸŽ‰ #vscocam #selfieswiththeqs
We surprised Finn with tickets to see @nateruess @zelladay and @thirdeyeblind tonight and I wore my sparkly coat just for him. He stood with his mouth open most of the show and shot half a roll of film. Most of the shots he took were selfies and of the gold ceiling but I'm pretty certain there's a lot of keepers. 😍 #finleyasiimwelane #selfieswiththeqs
Time for another round of #fridayintroductions . This week I'm sharing my favorite music in a timeline of sorts. You ready for some brutal and embarrassing honesty?! Here goes. 1. Growing up my favorites were Amy Grant and Micheal W Smith. "When you feel the sunlight fade into the cold night, and all the dreams your dreaming seem to lose their meaning, let me be your world." I still love those lyrics so much. 2. "You make me wanna" by Usher was the song hubs sent to me when we were 19. πŸ˜‚ I heard it on the radio today and died laughing remembering the start of our nearly fourteen year relationship. 3. In college I discovered music that I'd never heard of before . I quickly fell in love with Better then Ezra, (Desperately wanting anyone?) Third eye blind, (every single song) Everclear (Yes I'm serious! ) and Incubus. 4. I walked down the aisle to "Unchained melody" and it's still one of my favorite pieces. It's the most beautiful song on longing. 5. Aaron Neville and Linda Roddtein's duet was hubs and I's first dance and perfectly encompasses our relationship. "I don't know much, but I know I love you, and that may be all I need to know." I mean. Really. Perfect. 6. The first indie musician I discovered was Rachel yamagata and I nearly died over her song "Reason why". Take a listen. 7. I listen to The Used when I want to write. Their latest album Imaginary enemy is a call for revolution and I love to scream it at the top of my lungs. 8. Nate ruess is my current favorite and I could listen to The format, Fun or his new solo album on repeat all day long, every day for the rest of my life. What about you guys? Who are some of your favorites? No shame, only honesty here folks. πŸ‘ŒπŸΎ #allaboutabiQ #selfieswiththeqs
Runaway Wolfie and selfies. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ™ˆβœŒπŸΎ #selfieswiththeqs #ourauntaprilisbetterthanyours
Finn took a selfie while I was combing his hair out. Not dramatic at all this one. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ #finleyasiimwelane #selfieswiththeqs
Book of Mormon with the hubs tonight. My bangs are weird from running up the bart stairs and it's a selfie but I don't even care because omg he looks smoking hot and I've got got my fabulous sequin jacket on. . 😍❀️πŸ”₯ #selfieswiththeqs
Teddy showing me his favorite parts of Uganda. 😍 #vscocam #uganda #gemofawedding #selfieswiththeqs
One year ours. Not that you weren't in my heart months before. Oh no, I have carried you in my heart for what seems like an eternity. You are my tiny, my squishy, my sleep in the crook of my neck baby. I love you so much sweet boy, and I'm so lucky to call you my son. #indiowildegard #adoption #vscocam #selfieswiththeqs
2.5.2015 // the day Indio took my face in his chubby little hand and gave me a kiss while we were taking photos together... And just like that, my heart exploded into five million pieces. #indiowildegard #vscocam #selfieswiththeqs
Oh ya know. Just playing dress up and casting spells and fighting dragons. #vscocam #familyselfie #quizfamilyselfie #thequizfam #OurQniverse #selfieswiththeqs
Fresh snow and sledding and a family selfie to welcome the new year. Happy 2015!!! #vscocam #quizfamilyselfie #thequizfam #OurQniverse #selfieswiththeqs
One of my favorite photos of me and the hubs ever. In the freezing cold sideways rain, above a crater. You know, typical day. Crater, iceland, selfies, baby less. πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ #vscocam #iceland #selfieswiththeqs
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