Friday, November 25, 2011

Gobble

My brother and sister-in-law hosted Thanksgiving dinner this year. It was nice to spend the morning at home and the afternoon with family. (My dad has been sick and decided to stay at home so as not to spread germs around. That part was not so nice.) The girls sort of watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which they refer to as the parade in New York, and then had some play time with their cousin.

Photos are scarce in this post so it may appear that I didn't take very many. This is somewhat true. There was a big photo session before we left our house to drive over to my brother's house. That's another post for another day. (Maybe tomorrow or this weekend.) After playing seamstress and professional photographer, I needed a break. Especially since my kids were running around like crazy for most of the day.

(My brother's neighbor has horses.)

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The kids' table.

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When I served food onto the girls' plates, I placed a little bit of each item and told them that I could give them more of what they liked. Allie immediately chowed down all of her turkey, carrots and green beans. She told me that she tried the sweet potatoes (with marshmallows!) and the stuffing but didn't like them. I was okay with that and gave her more of the other three. Emily, who had been soooo excited to eat turkey, told me that she didn't like anything. Anna was acting picky but then did eat. They all ate at least one roll too. I think Allie had two of them.

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There is marked difference now in attending family functions. If the girls are in the other room playing, we don't have to watch them like hawks. We don't have to worry about them getting into something they shouldn't. The eating situation is easier as well. Although, there were two spilled milk incidences, one potty break and a few refills so we weren't quite able to just sit and eat our meal but I'll take it.

At some point before we ate, I was holding Allie and wanted a picture of us together. I sought out a spot on the porch with some natural light, set up the camera and handed it over to Grammy. Allie was chilly, which HELLO happens when you insist on wearing short sleeves and a dress with no tights or leggings.

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Here's my hang-up about being photographed: I have aged about 10 years in the past 5. I never had an issue with photos until Abbey died. Grief ages your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual states. You are never the same. Add triplets and some unnecessary stress to the mix and I'm an old lady at 38.

I don't want my kids to look back and say, "What did Mommy look like when we were little? There are no pictures."

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10 comments:

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

I hope you'll think about handing the camera over more often. There are a gazillion pictures of me from when I was a child, but I only know of a handful of pictures with my mom or dad in them. I would love to be able to see the joy on their faces when they were snuggled on the couch with me, or running around the back yard. Even when my hair is a mess and I haven't changed out of my pajamas, I'll occasionally ask Hubby to take some pictures. I know my girls will appreciate it one day (and so will I). :)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Hope's Mama said...

I've got the same hang ups. Don't have the triplet situation, but I do have two under two (or at least I did up until last week!)
I should try and get in more pics myself. I'm always doing the taking.
You're gorgeous no matter what, Sarah.
xo

Ami said...

You're beautiful, Sarah. :)

4little1s.com said...

Love the photos, reminds me we need to get the camera out more often....think I will that today.

Wendy said...

You are beautiful.

desarli said...

Sarah you are so beautiful ~ all old 38 years of you ;) I never knew you had blue eyes. So so so pretty. I'm glad you are stepping in front of the camera. You deserve to be in the spotlight too.

Sarah said...

You all are too kind. Thank you.

Kelli said...

You are beautiful. This post brought tears to my eyes. I have had the worst day with the kids being cranky and crying all day...just one of those days as a mom of multiples and I too feel that I have aged a ton since they were born....and that's without a loss. Thank you for reminding me to be thankful for what I do have and to take pics with my girls as well....something I don't do enough of.

Cindy said...

Hey Sara, I am glad I read this post after I commented on your newer post and told you you were one hot momma. Make sure to take pictures with your kids. I hate doing it too. I can't stand how I look in pictures - my weight, but also the aging issue. Yes, grief and heartache age us rapidly. I look at a picture of myself 3 years ago and then one from Thanksgiving Day this year and wow - where did those lines and grays come from? But I take them anyway because I want to have them in the future. You'll be so glad you did. And you look great in these pictures by the way.

lena said...

Love those shots and you are beautiful! I think most people are much to critical of how they look on photos. I know most of the ones with me in them never see the light of day either.