Sometimes, it's not all fun and games. Or smiles and laughter. Sometimes when you get your kids dressed in their Crewcuts and park them under your crafty felt Poppytalk Thankgiving banner, they are like hell to the no.
We are like any other family. Sometimes Lo doesn't want to get dressed or eat her breakfast; sometimes Bowie cries for an entire afternoon and I just try to comfort him any way I can. Sometimes they completely wear me out with the endless things they need during an average day. I rush back and forth and back and forth between them, and when Bo is home from work we divide and conquer. It's oh so busy ... but I love it. They are my world. They're growing and changing at light speed and as much as I want to slow things down so I can remember these wonderfully awesome busy days, I can't. And I could list a million things I'm grateful for.
I'm thankful for quality time with this kid.
 I'm thankful to be married to this awesomely fun, hands-on dad.
I'm thankful for this baby's sweet smile every single day. Even when he spits sweet potatoes all over my face.
I'm thankful for knitting. My zen. My balance.
But what it all comes down to is these two kids. There is nothing better in my world. I am so thankful for them. I love them when they're angels and I love them when they're total stinkers ... I love them with my entire being every single day. They don't have to smile under my silly banner.

Happy Thanksgiving.


  1. hahaha those pictures made me crack right up. your kiddos are still as cute as ever, no matter how much they sulk! wishing you a lovely thanksgiving, from beautiful victoria bc. canada. xo

  2. Thank you for this post and for your honest, awesome pictures. This was a sucky Thanksgiving in my household, filled with vomit and bad attitude. I still dig my life, but it was a bit harder this year.
    I generally look at your blog and feel like your life is all cupcakes and sunshine. I'm glad that it isn't but that you're still grateful, too.
    Stay cool, Ms. Jen

  3. I love those pics, especially the first one, I love Bowie's face. He is starting to look a lot like Bo, don't you think?
    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Miss you!

  4. This is a classic photo right here (first and last)! I love this! And yes, I think it's hard work to keep the right perspective when we're knee deep into the four o'clock witching hour and everyone is at their wit's end. I love posts like this, though. Gentle reminders from other mothers I admire that we're all doing our best and that we're so lucky to be where we are, sweet potatoes in the face and all.

    Hugs, friend!


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