with thanksgiving approaching next week, we wanted to share this darling graphic our sponsor sweetgreen put together around food and the first thanksgiving. it’s so interesting to see! (you can click on the graphic to see it bigger.) i had no idea a turkey can run faster than a person? and yes, i totally had to go youtube some turkey running videos after reading that stat. and yes, those turkey running videos on youtube are…. interesting (and not worth your time, really.)
besides the race stat, it’s fun to see what everyone likes to eat on thanksgiving. we do all the traditional stuff at our house like turkey, stuffing (and we are kind of obsessed with stovetop!), mashed potatoes and yams, and a few vegetable dishes and casseroles, too. but our biggest tradition dish is josh’s raspberry-applesauce-jello that his mom made growing up which is a “secret” recipe that he loves to make each thanksgiving. he’s never missed a year, even when living abroad!
since we are a newer family unit, it’s been fun to bring old traditions from our upbringing and make new traditions together around the holidays the last 6 years of our marriage. besides eating our big thanksgiving meal together, we love to take a family walk on thanksgiving and talk about the things we are thankful for. those sorts of conversations are always my favorite because they give us time to reflect as a family on our blessings and each other. thinking to thank is something we both were taught growing up and want to be sure to instill in our children and home. now with kids in the mix, it will be fun to see what other traditions evolve around thanksgiving as they grow older and our family expands. what are some of your favorite family traditions around thanksgiving?
and best of luck prepping your thanksgiving day meal!
this post is in partnership with our long time sponsor, sweetgreen. see more details about the graphic HERE.
a couple of weeks ago, eleanor and i had a little mommy daughter date together. we got our nails painted at the nail salon and shared a few rice krispy treats at treat house on the upper west side. that place is pretty cool inside. it’s like a tree house! ;)
it’s not often that it happens, but i’m trying to find more opportunities to spend one on one time with just eleanor or just samson, rather than always with both. at 16 months apart, they do so well together throughout the day and i really do enjoy our time as the three of us around new york city. but our conversations are as just eleanor and mama alone can be so special and important, and our play time as just samson and mama alone is also just as special and important. so i’m trying to carve out more opportunities for these sorts of interactions. i am a broken record through and through, but goodness do i love being their mama.
these photos were taken with the Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR, which we use for both full HD video and stills. eleanor’s pompom hat is actually my pompom hat (haha) an oldie from anthropologie a few years ago. her sweater (under layer) and polka dot jeans are both from polarn o. pyret.
^^^eleanor’s fancy blue manicure. she chose her favorite color, “dark blue” for her nails. the woman at the nail salon painted a cute little flower on her ring finger, too. i can’t quite get into all the nail art stuff trending these days but that little flower is kind of the cutest thing i ever did see. also, those rice krispy treats are pretty awesome. usually pretty treats don’t taste too yummy, but these are different. these are good.^^^
^^^decisions, decisions! (also, dressing herself these days and we are loving it! the socks with the rain clogs and mama’s oversized pompom hat especially. ;)^^^
^^^i wanna try the m&m one next time. cause look at it!^^^
^^^eleanor, this was so much fun. thanks for a great mommy daughter date. i love you! I LOVE YOU!^^^
bonjour! hope you had a wonderful weekend wherever you might be! since we were in amsterdam this past week, we added on a weekend in paris together as a family before heading back to new york tomorrow. paris is so close to holland by train and i mean, it’s paris. how can you not? it is colder than cold right now and we (well, the littles really) are still up until 2AM most nights with jetlag (we’ll figure out this time difference just as we fly home, that’s how it always goes, right?!), but we are so happy to be here it doesn’t even matter.
traveling abroad with littles ones is both thrilling and overly exhausting at the same time. things can feel a little bit upside down at times. but isn’t that parenthood anyway? or life, really? my babies are young and i know they won’t remember these trips (but through photos and videos), but these moments as a family are so precious. we have been learning all about the eiffel tower with eleanor over the last month in preparation, and i can’t get out of my head the image of her face as she saw the tower for the first time in real life yesterday! it will always be one of my favorite memories.
there is no one i’d rather share and experience these adventures with than with my family. i’m so thankful to have the chance! it has been a wonderful trip. can’t wait to share more photos once we’re home, but in the meantime, au revoir and have a fabulous week!
even with the cold approaching, there are days where the littles and i leave our home in the early morning and often don’t return until right before dinner time. living in new york city, an urban environment with endless parks and museums and places to visit, we like to be on the go. even in the cold! sometimes snacks throughout an entire day out can be a little tricky for us… my constant go-to tends to be almonds or goldfish crackers or fruit snacks. that, or we tend to grab something not as healthy while we’re out.
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^^^samson eats his yummy little fruit bar like a chipmunk as we take a break from playing at the park.^^^
^^^eleanor took this of S and me as i steadied the camera by helping hold it. not quite strong enough (and mama’s not quite brave enough) to let her hold my big camera on her own.^^^
^^^horsey rides never get old!^^^
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while eating scrambled eggs at the breakfast table, “i could really use a diet coke.” (funny. cause it’s rare i’ll drink one! so she didn’t get that from me!)
when explaining our last name to her. “i not a davis! i two and a half.”
when samson begins to cry, “he’s so sad! he wants me to sing to him! twinkle, twinkle little star……”
seeing my bottle of orange gatorade, she says, “oh i want a drink of alligator.”
“he’s so cute!” she says of samson. “i not cute. i eleanor.” she says pointing to herself.
5-6 times a day, “i wanna be naked.”