i hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving weekend! josh and i spent most of the morning switching off in the kitchen between baking and cooking side dishes or prepping the turkey. we spent the majority of the day with my sister and her husband and just ate lots and lots and lots. we played with the kids and went on a walk and had some great conversations about the holiday season and all we have to be thankful for this time of year.
something that is really important to me, is to make sure i’m doing what i can to teach and show my kids the beauty in everything around them. because we have much to be thankful for, beyond just saying “family” or “food” or “shelter”, but in the details of everything around them… in the simple things, in the outdoors, in a bustling urban city, in their own working and healthy bodies. there is just so much to take note of, and hopefully acknowledge and thank their heavenly father for every day beyond the thanksgiving holiday. it’s something i sometimes have to work at because it’s easy to occasionally forget, but when i do pause and express gratitude for all of it, it’s amazing how far that can carry me, and how much happier and present i am in my every day. the timing of the thanksgiving season is always so appropriate, too. it’s the best way to reenergize and prep ourselves for the most wonderful time of the year, counting our blessings and realizing we already have it all.
helping me make some homemade rolls for dinner! always appreciate my extra helpers in the kitchen, even with the extra messes that usually accompany them. haha! (ps. my red pajama’s are from here for those who have asked).
samson went over to my sister’s house that morning to help her make sweet potatoes and play with her dog for a little while. i came into the nursery after prepping something in the kitchen to find eleanor and samson under the desk reading books together in their pajamas! it’s their current favorite hide-out spot to read and it makes my day finding them there.
i told you guys earlier this week, but he’s made our turkey every single thanksgiving since we were newly weds and they never disappoint. we’re also getting really good at timing all the dishes all these years later so we’re able to eat everything hot and all at once! even with our tiny oven and stove top, it happened!
samson made that cute little turkey ornament at preschool earlier in the week! also, josh put together that bouquet of flowers himself from our local flower shop. my boys make me proud.
eleanor was so cute and ran to her room to grab her little thankful book mid meal! we went around the table a few times taking turns sharing things we were thankful for, and i think it prompted her to bring out her little book which we had forgotten she had made earlier in the week.
this man and his mad cooking skills. forever thankful for that, i tell you. thanksgiving would look a lot different if i were the one cooking that turkey. thank you so much, josh davis.
and hopefully next year, this boy will branch out and eat things beyond just the vegetables and rolls at thanksgiving dinner. haha!
one of conrad’s favorite people in this world is my brother in law, ryan. mid meal, he got down and went over to him to give him some hugs.
snagged this cute little necklace for eleanor last week and thought i’d save it for her christmas stocking. she found it (i forgot to hide it properly and put it on my dresser) and walked into the kitchen where i was and exclaimed excitedly, “mama, i love your new necklace! i put it on!” it was so sweet, that she thought it was mine since it was on my dresser but also so excited for me about my new necklace! i was like, “oh baby girl! that’s for you!!!” i mean, when i see something that is the color blue, and also the eiffel tower (it reminded me so much of the little blue eiffel tower key chains she brought home for all of her little friends a few years ago when we visited Paris) i had to get it for her. she was even more excited that it was for her! she hugged me so tight. she’s been wearing it everyday since! (it’s from crewcuts, for those interested.)
the kids helping my sister hannah put whipped cream on the chocolate mousse pie they brought over! they always make the best pies. it was delicious!
hope you had a great thanksgiving! we decorated for christmas the day after, and i seriously have been smiling nonstop since. it’s been a good couple of days, even if i couldn’t sit down comfortably with my pants buttoned up on saturday. but you know, seven servings of mashed potatoes later and i still don’t regret it. ;)
skirt: orange eyelet skirt
top: bowed collared sweater here (on sale!)