thanksgiving 2018 was as chaotic and delicious and loud and filling as you might expect it would be, with 7 adults and ten kids/babies and so much good food. gosh, i loved it. we hosted friends and i’m certain it’s the very best thing to do when it’s a year you aren’t able to get together with any family. we kept handing babies around the table while we took turns eating bites while things were still warm (i use that word very loosely, my two babies really wanted to be nursed to sleep juuuuuust as we sat down to eat. yay! babies! i’m still thankful for you, cold meal and all.)
my husband josh has loved taking on the role of cooking thanksgiving dinner since the very first year we were married. he cooked his first turkey before i even knew him while he lived in italy (a 30 pound bird because he accidentally ordered it in kilos) but somehow that experience didn’t scar him forever and he sincerely enjoys being in the kitchen, dressed in his tie and apron like always. that is josh davis to a T and i so love him for it. he’s taught our boys to love being in the kitchen cooking and helping many days each week just as much as their sister, eleanor, and it’s another reason i love him. a man in the kitchen seems absolutely right by my book. same with a man doing the dishes. or folding a load of laundry on occasion. obviously each partnership looks different from the next. some men and women are pulled away from the home for extensive hours every day working their butts off for their family. some stay home full time working for their family. and some juggle working from home and also working for their family, whatever it be, it’s all work. and it requires a lot. i sometimes hesitate to share how josh and i split our roles and the load that comes with working for ourselves, coparenting and managing the day to day (and night to night that often feels 3x longer than the day shift right now). it’s not because i’m not open to discussing it, i willingly will! sometimes it’s just hard to convey correctly without offending someone whose partnership looks and feels different. ours certainly is not perfect, and it feels like we’re both treading water this year trying to juggle staying on top of a lot of outside projects in addition to the adjustment of life with twins. and if i’m being really honest here, it’s also because it’s always difficult when someone interprets what josh contributes over here with “concern for all this man does for me.” but i mean, i just love being at the spa all day every day, so of course i make him do and take care of everything around here. ;)
but this is a thanksgiving post. not a venting post and most certainly not a post to complain in. i’m getting away from where i was going with this. josh, i’m just thankful for you. i’m short tempered right now because i am running on the lowest energy levels i’ve known, and you get the worst of it because you’re my partner. i appreciate you. and all you do. more than you know. and by golly were we ever blessed this year with the birth of our twin girls. it’s their 6 month birthday today and every day i am thanking my father in heaven that they are here and healthy and that i get to spend so much of my day with 5 bright and sweet and silly and loud and imaginative and creative and daring and beautiful children. sometimes i want to run away from them and just stand outside on the city corner. even with an ambulance siren blasting past along with other cars, people passing and random city noises, it feels quieter and calmer than it often does in my own apartment, but those feelings don’t last for long. i love my family. and am thankful for them. and still can’t believe how well i scored with this forever family of mine.
some iphone photos from the day….
we did an adult table and a kid table this year since our main table didn’t have space for everyone. we pulled the kids art table in from the playroom and eleanor and samson took the lead with setting it, deciding where everyone sat and also making it extra festive with some hand drawn turkeys on the craft paper we used as a table cloth.
just like their papa, in ties in the kitchen. :)
purple potatoes, who knew!? (maybe you all did and i’m just late to this game because i am not a huge vegetable eater.) they were good.
the cheese plate to the right was one samson put together while we made the bigger board in the kitchen. his was very popular, as you can see by the fact that all the crackers, blackberries and most of the cheese was already consumed from his cheese plate before anyone touched the other one. way to go, kid! you’re a natural.
this beautiful spread! friends brought a lot of the deliciousness you see here like those deviled eggs, homemade rolls and homemade stuffing. we made josh’s classic raspberry applesauce jell-o (it’s raspberry jell-0 but made with applesauce and a lot of real raspberries thrown in) and since i am stubborn and can’t count that as a cranberry dish, we made another cranberry sauce, too. then some brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes, because those have become staples year after year at our house.
mugs for homemade wassail my friend amanda brought over and i neglected to take a photo of. have you guys ever had it? it’s one of the best things about the holidays, i think.
it wasn’t until i was looking at this photo after thanksgiving that i realized conrad was able to pull a fast one on us and literally only ate raspberry jell-o for his meal. we’re such on the ball parents these days! ;) dropped the ball on remembering to get a photo of all of us adults together and i’m still bummed about it. next year?!
their first thanksgiving! they ate a few bites of mashed potatoes (we’ve started introducing them to a few solids here and there) and madalena loved them. beatrice spit every bite out. she’s more of a sweet potato kind of girl i am learning. :)
thankful for them. thankful for you. thankful for this holiday season and such a wonderful start to it all! happy holidays, friends! hope your thanksgiving was a good one if you celebrate this day!