Heather Rae Young often refers to herself as a “bonus mom” to her fiancé Tarek El Moussa’s two kids — and she’s officially giving her own parents the title of “bonus grandparents!”
On Wednesday, the Selling Sunset star, 32, shared a post to Instagram of a trip she and El Moussa, 39, took at the end of August to visit her parents in Running Springs, California, the mountain town where she grew up. They were joined by her soon-to-be stepkids — Taylor Reese, 9, and Brayden James, 5, — who El Moussa shares with his ex-wife and Flip or Flop co-host Christina Anstead.
“My parents are new to being ‘bonus grandparents’ it’s obviously an adjustment to them. All of a sudden poof their baby girl has 2 bonus kids!!” Young wrote in the caption of the post, which features two photos taken on a hiking trail: one of her and El Moussa with the kids, and one of her and the kids posing with her mom and dad.
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Family is everything!! Things have been NON STOP We all have days when we feel overwhelmed, tired, sad and discouraged. When I have “those days” I call my amazing fiancé @therealtarekelmoussa for a pep talk. My mom is also my best friend. As I get older I’ve realized my mom isn’t just my mom she is my best friend. – My parents are new to being “bonus grandparents” it’s obviously an adjustment to them. All of a sudden poof their baby girl has 2 bonus kids!! Hahaha ? Our blended life is crazy but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love my life & even though it’s been an adjustment I have never been happier! – So tell me how am I doing being bonus mama almost step mama! ❤️
“Our blended life is crazy but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” the celebrity real estate agent continued, noting that family means everything to her. “I love my life & even though it’s been an adjustment I have never been happier!”
El Moussa also shared several photos of their weekend getaway on Instagram, including photos of the blended family boating and fishing on Big Bear Lake and enjoying time at Young’s parents’ home.
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This weekend with @heatherraeyoung and the kids has been so much fun! . Heather grew up in Running Springs, California so we came up for the weekend to spend time with her family. . Yesterday we charted a little fishing boat on Big Bear lake and it was super cute. Tay caught a rainbow trout! . What are some other fun outdoor activities to do with the kids? Did you know @heatherraeyoung grew up in a tiny little mountain town!? .
“Being in the mountains is so different than the city. Time moves a little bit slower…it’s refreshing!” the Flipping 101 star captioned a photo of Brayden eating a homemade breakfast. “Both kids had an incredible time getting to know their future grandparents a little bit better ❤️.”
Young and El Moussa met on the Fourth of July in 2019 after mutual friends introduced them in Newport Beach, California. They confirmed the relationship with joint Instagram posts in early August, and El Moussa shared on the same day that he had already introduced his new love to his kids.
El Moussa proposed to Young on Saturday, July 25, while the couple was celebrating their one-year anniversary with a boat trip to Catalina Island, California. El Moussa told PEOPLE that Young's love for his children was what pushed him to propose to her after just a year together.
El Moussa and Anstead split publicly in December 2016 and finalized their divorce in January 2018. Anstead married British TV presenter Ant Anstead in December 2018. El Moussa and Christina share custody of the kids, and they split their time between Christina and Ant’s modern farmhouse and El Moussa and Young’s new beach house, both located in Newport Beach, CA.
Young, El Moussa, Ant and Christina have an amicable relationship and are all involved in co-parenting Brayden and Taylor. The entire group celebrated Halloween together, and have met up for birthday parties and school concerts.
Last month, Young told PeopleTV’s Reality Check that she and El Moussa have not yet selected a wedding date, but that they are planning on having it somewhere on the beach in California.
“We’re thinking within this next year,” she said during the episode. “So probably summer 2021."
One thing they have already decided on: Taylor will be the only lady standing beside Young at the altar, and Brayden will be the only man by El Moussa’s side.
Young is currently searching for the perfect wedding dress, taking her mom — who she calls her “best friend” — along for the ride on her appointments, which she often documents on Instagram.
Seasons 1-3 of Selling Sunset are streaming now on Netflix. Flipping 101 w/ Tarek El Moussa returns to HGTV on September 17.
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