Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Perfume Apple Pie...and a little bit of thankful

I prepped for the big day today. Cleaned the baseboards, the toilets, the dust bunnies that have been sleeping in the corners for far too long. I rolled my pie dough and chopped all my apples, finishing them off with a few scoops of sugar and some generous shakes of cinnamon.

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After all that work, I tasted, as any good baker must do.

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It was awful. Like strong soap.

And then around the corner came Lainey, wearing a sheepish grin and holding a bottle of perfume. "I spwayed it," she fessed up.

Needless to say...

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We'll start over tomorrow.


I love Thanksgiving. The linens, the dishes, the food, the chaos, the chopping, the football, the heat in the kitchen, and the fullness at the end of the evening.

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I noticed Brett printed out some Wikipedia pages on Thanksgiving today. They're stuck to the refrigerator with a carpet cleaning advertisement magnet, and I have yet to ask him what it's all about. Probably some attempt to teach the kids as all good try-and-be-a-good-parent attempts go, and I will smile tomorrow watching him pull out his little papers and read through typed explanations about what it is, how it started, why we do it. I love this about him, I do.

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And he has me thinking...what do I want my kids to know about this day?

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Lord knows I'm all for being grateful. Hell, I ride unicorns. My kids will know we're grateful--if not from the hot-glued felt banners literally spelling it out hanging over the table, then from the hundreds of thank-you's we pray throughout their childhood. For good food and safe homes and health and trained doctors and cool toys and loving friends. It's so important, really it is. But, it's so done. Like rattling off "I love you" before you hang up the phone every single time, depleting it of its real meaning. When does I love you really mean I love you and when does thank you mean that kind of thank you when you feel it in your bones...when you want to kiss the universe and cement grateful moments into a place where they won't fade away over time?

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I think the true meaning of gratitude arrives on its own. You can't try too hard to create it; you can't stress too much about conveying it. Oh, we'll read the Widipedia pages tomorrow. We'll talk about Plymouth and Spanish explorers and throw out fancy phrases like "bountiful harvest" that will leave little eyes clueless and confused. We'll take turns sharing what we're thankful for this year which will range from less original but still valid answers like houses and jobs to the more emotional blessings of little almond eyes and the tiny soul that changed us. I'll most likely cry and then pull it together. But still, that's not the heart of it. That's not the meaty core of Thanksgiving...the kind I want my kids to grasp and feel.

It will come somewhere in between...when no one's watching. Right when the kitchen's crazy and the gravy's boiling and the football game is roaring and hands are being washed and babies are being prepped and hotpadded dishes are being carefully carried to the table. And someone will holler for everyone to come, and I'll watch as conversations are wrapped up and bibs are fastened and heads are tipped in laughter. And right about then, I'll want to grab my kids and kiss them, whisper into their ears...."This is Thanksgiving. This, right here, is being thankful. Drink it in, Babies. Drink it in."

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And then you just hope they get it. That over time, they know that they are blessed and that there are so many places in this world, in this country, in this little town, where there is pain and need and hunger. And knowing just how good it feels to have it, you hope they give it back.

So, yeah. I'm thankful tonight.


And two Thanksgiving treats for you.

Giveway winner of Mark Poulin's $75 gift certificate, Commenter #471 The Stansbury's: I always think that moms of toddlers and babies are so brave for camping...and adventure I haven't faced...yet ;)
Congratulations, Stansburys! Please e-mail your contact info to kellehamptonblog@comcast.net.

And what's a holiday without more free stuff?

So, I just got my new Silhouette digital cutting tool, and this thing has crazy possibilities. Scrapbook pages, etching, iron-on designs, letters, rhinestone bling.

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I'm going bananas Christmas paper crafting right now. It comes with software ready-to-go, and their website is filled with downloadable fonts and projects. Valued at $299, and one is FREE to a random commenter on this post. Winner will be announced Sunday evening. Hello, Santa!


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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Patti said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Kelle:)

Nicole212 said...

Thanks for such a great reminder to drink it all in--maybe THAT's what I need to print out for MY refrigerator. :) Happy Thanksgiving.

Momma said...

What a great reminder of the TRUE meaning of Thanksgiving. (Besides, you know, the start of Christmas festivities)

The Riggs Family said...

Great post about gratitude. Thank you! And Happy Thanksgiving!

Amy said...

And I am thankful to you for all the creativity you inspire, and all the happiness and love you throw you there! And I'm Canadian so I got to be thankful almost two months ago, now I'm just being thankful in spirit!
Happy Thanksgiving to your beautiful family!

Jessica said...

Just finished my Thanksgiving post and came over here to find our gratitude is so similar. I can't get enough of your blog. Oh and LOVE that Lanie sprayed the apples, that could totally happen in our house.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Danielle said...

I have been reading your blog since you first posted Nella's birth story. Would love to win....plus you make me want to be a better mom. Your kids are blessed as well as your hubby.

JOYfilled Family said...

way to enjoy the small things! :)
have a blessed thanksgiving day.
pax Christi - lena

AussieMum said...

Happy Happy Thanksgiving Kelle! This year I am thankful for many, many things, one of them is definitely your blog!
Have a magical turkey day!

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Angela said...

I think we all need a little reminder from Wikipedia on our fridge about the true meaning of tomorrow! Thanks for reminding us of that!!

Lacey said...

Cracking up at Lainey spraying the apples! Too funny!

Hope your family has a wonderous thankful Thanksgiving!

Andrea said...

Oh Laniey.... to cute and too funny!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

susan said...

Happy Thanksgiving. I can not wait to see the pictures of your special day. What are the girls looking at in the last picture?

Lucy said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I wonder if you could share the name of the name of the children's book you have opened in one of the pics? I'd love to get that, I can tell from that one page!

Lainey! The little sprite that was momentarily a little minx - but a very VERY cute one so no-one really minded ;-)

Megan said...

Your little girls are so stunning - so much to be thankful for!

LittlePaintedPolkaDots said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Lots to be thankful for over here too!

Lola said...

Love the apple pie story.....
Lainey is getting more and more beautiful. Such a big girl!
I'm so grateful for today and for tomorrow. Every day is a thanks giving kind of day. For the small and big moments.
Love the pic of card. But, will LOVE to win tonight's fabulous giveaway!!!!
Happy Thanksgiving Kelle!

Deborah said...

I'm so thankful that in a world full of busy-ness that you have made the choice to take the time to share your heart with all of us. Happy Thanksgiving!

Michelle said...

I feel like everytime I read your blog I know that I am either going to cry or laugh out loud. Today it was a little bit of both! So thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Jasmine said...

I'm still laughing out loud that Lainey "spwayed" the apples! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
I am thankful for you...truly thankful.

Mamanbooh said...

Tellement beau et inspirant, encore une fois!

Merci...

xxx

edie & ella said...

Oh no ... you threw out the apples!!! You could have started a new southern tradition for Thanksgiving ... perfume pie!!

Sharlene said...

I'm thankful for your beautiful blog, Enjoy your weekend!

iColossus / Monster said...

LOL, LAINEY!!!! AWESOME!

I'm guessing the perfume wasn't vanilla?!

Oh, well, tomorrow's will be really yummy.

Happy T-day!

Kat said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Here's to a great tasting pie - sans perfume tomorrow!!!

Kacey Haffner-Bruce said...

I am thankful for your blog.. which makes me be a better mama..

kancell24 said...

Happy thanksgiving. Your post is so true. It's good to remember.

Joe, Christina, & Rocky said...

Love it! Happiest of thankful days to you and yours!

SD and EJ said...

Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!

Misty said...

What a wonderful description of Thanksgiving! One my heart feels, but often doesn't have the words to speak! What a wonderful mom your kids have!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

dmsegel said...

Happy Thanksgiving !!! I love the "Lainey and the apples" story. Too, Too funny.

Janelle said...

Let me tell you what. YOU CAN WRITE! I love it! :)

Holly said...

Happy Thanksgiving Hamptons! Even through the stress and worry of this past week, I am reminded of all I have to be thankful.

Paytonsmommy said...

Happy Thanksgiving Kelle! Thanks for the great reminder - things have been tought this week but I know I have so much to be thankful for in my life.

Sam's Lackey said...

Love the pic with Nellas two tiny teeth. (Well, I love all your pics, but especially that one)

Philip May said...

Kelle, God bless you and your family. I'm thankful for all the people who have had a positive influence on me. I count you near the top of that list. We're ridin unicorns at the dude ranch, baby!

Hoping you get the wishbone tomorrow.

Cheers!
Phil
www.deedandme.com/blog

susancy said...

I love Nella's legs. :D

Kristin said...

I had to laugh at Lainey spraying the apples but then I sobered thinking I was only laughing b/c it was not my child that did it! I can't believe you are giving away a Silhouette too! *Need* one!

Cassi said...

We never did the whole "what are you thankful for thing" until I met my husband. His family pass out little corn kernels and everyone goes around and says what they are thankful for and puts their kernel in a jar full of thankfulness!

Julie @ my tiny bookworm said...

Happy American Thanksgiving! Such sweet pictures, as always.

donnaheal said...

Your gorgeous little babes, love the last photo. So much to be thankful for!

Mackenzie said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too Kelly!! I would love one for crafts, think of all the great possibilities for school projects and for the holidays! The ideas are already swirling around in my head!

Katie said...

What a great post to get me thinking about what to be thankful for. This October my whole world was turned upside, the same exact way yours was in Jaunary and right now sometimes it feels hard to be thankful, but I am. I so am. I like to look at your posts and see my future..what my babe will be like soon and it makes me EXCITED. So thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

mswsarah said...

Happy thanksgiving Kelle! I definitely laughed about your what Lainey did to your pie, another story made to tell in years to come for you and your family :).

LisaSlater said...

oh this looks so cool! Happy Thanksgiving!

Benay said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! This year for Thanksgiving my husband and I are putting aside our graduate studies for one day and are finally putting up the Christmas decorations. I've been itching to do it for a month now but I have held off in hopes that it would snow--it didn't happen. Thus, I will decorate anyway! With a few paper snowflakes to summon the Christmas spirit. I will keep your decorations in mind as I go...you're my inspiration!

kristen said...

Happy thanksgiving, you remind that there is so much in my life to be grateful for!

erin said...

What a beautiful post, thank you for sharing with us. This Thanksgiving, although I am hurting with the loss of my husband, I am so very thankful for the best gift he left behind...our 2 year old son. Squeeze your babies and cherish your family. They are what its all about. <3, Erin

Sam said...

Happy Thanksgiving to your family!

Fresh Mommy said...

Beautiful!!!! I'm so thankful. :)

Midwest Elle said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I can't wait too see that perfectly happy & content smile on my daughter's face right in the pit of all the holiday craziness and know she is thankful for her warm home and loving parents.

Wonderful post!

Allyson C. said...

ummmmm, yes please!!! to all of the above. thanks for the lovely reminder to relish in the beauty of the season.

allyson =)
www.blinkphotoblog.com

Megan Erickson said...

Just think how tasty those pies are going to be tomorrow knowing that you worked double hard to make them!!
Great giveaway! Happy Thanksgiving.

joeltrista said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

The Vronko Family! said...

This was a wonderful post on the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Patti said...

BAHAHAHAHAHA Lainey spraying the apples- aaaaaaagh I love it! Sorry, but that was priceless!:)

L. said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Liane said...

Such sweet sentiments, thanks for sharing. :) And I am an avid scrapbooker/card maker!! With a baby on the way, you can just imagine all the ideas in my head for projects. ;)

Hailey said...

Lainey just wanted them to smell pretty(er). :)
Thank you for writing a post on this crazy busy night. I needed a good kelle fix. :)
Happy Thanksgiving!

Spencer Family said...

I would LOVE to find one of these under my Christmas tree. I have so many ideas already circulating in my head.

Jessie said...

Happy Thanksgiving! An apple pie perfume does sound good. Hope you have a good one. That cutter looks AWESOME!

ashley said...

My heart sings your words, Kelle. Again, Thank you.

Erin said...

That digital cutting tool looks amazing!

More importantly, of course - a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I'm feeling especially emotional this holiday season (in a very good way) and was tearing up tonight looking at my baby girls (almost 3 and just 1) and thinking about the newest baby, who we get to see on Monday at our 20 week ultrasound. I feel so very blessed this year - lots of chaos, but it's the beautiful kind! Happy Thanksgiving!

Audrey said...

Lainey will definitely be the next Julia Child :) How adorable. It's refreshing to see your reaction. Just shrug it off, ain't no thang. Feeling extra grateful this year and your blog always serves as a reminder to be thankful EVERY day.

spearle said...

...but the apples smelled good, right?! your babies are darling. My bald baby boy turns one year old tomorrow--my heart is filled with thanks. I'd love to give the Silhouette a whirl.

Janet said...

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy this wonderful time with your family!

caitidanae said...

I am thankful for my beautiful almond-eyed cousin, Kenzie, that God has placed in my family this year!

Amy said...

Beautiful sentiments. And sentiments in a good way. no cheese. Thanks as always!
And that tool? Uh, wild. I'll never finish school with that baby in my house. I welcome the challenge. :)

Megan said...

Happy Thanksgiving! You couldn't have summed up the meaning of it all any better. It was perfect.

Dee said...

Your blog always makes me happy! I'm hoping to win the Silhouette...it's on the top of my Christmas list!! Have a great Thanksgiving boo!

Diny VM said...

Love your words, love your girls, love your pictures, love your family! I've been hooked on your blog for several months and check often for new entries. I'm inspired to be a better mom and person from your words. Thanks so much! (would love to win the give-away!)

aslavik said...

Happy Thanksgiving Kelle! Thanks for keeping the rest of us humble!

mle said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Morgan Paige said...

love the apple story!

Lacy Hope said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Thanksgiving marks the start of Christmas around here!!! :)

sarah and jim said...

Thanks for being such an inspiration to so many people! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family! And enjoy your pie!

The Hale's said...

Thank "you" so much for sharing your heart! I hope that you and yours have a fantabulous Thanksgiving! I know I will! Lots of love and yummy food!

Kari said...

Perfume pie. Ha. So gross and funny all at the same time. Thanks for another great post!

Devon said...

love your pics! and of course, i wanna win! :)

T. Nelson said...

Happy Thanksgiving from Iowa to you and yours... even the spwayed apples. :)

The Kozee Family said...

Who needs apple pie anyway? :)

Princess Jessie Pants said...

Wishing you & your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Cassie said...

Can I just borrow your kiddos for awhile? :-) They melt my heart each time I see pictures of them!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Catherine R. said...

I'd love to try the silhoette thingy : ) I'm actually trying to get into glass etching in hopes of making pretty things to sell one day. Hope I win and blessings to you : )

Katherine said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Love reading your thoughts and getting a peek into your blessed life!

Monique said...

...I am grateful for one amazing, outstanding, beautiful, eloquent, inspiring, unicorn riding Kelle Hampton!! Through your words and photographs you have taught me to love deeper, to celebrate the everyday and to suck the marrow out of life.
"drink it in, Babies. Drink it in" ...that moment when we all gather in laughter and thanks around a table full of love...that IS the magical moment of Thanksgiving. I feel the same way every time we gather with family and friends.
Thank you for giving your heart to all of us!!

Happy American Thanksgiving Hampton Family!
From Canada
Monique

Amy said...

oh and p.s - bwahhahahaha on Lainey spraying the apples!! That kid slays me with her cuteness!!!

Jennifer said...

It's 11:05pm of the eve. Toilets scrubbed. Pumpkin roasted and considering rolling out the dough tonight for the hope of "one less thing on my list" tomorrow. And then here's your post. A guilty pleasure to refuel myself.

I have been Jonesing for a Silhouette for over a year; but delayed the purchase waiting for Mac compatibility. HOLY CRAP. Lucky 7's God. You are going to have a blast with the machine. I cannot wait to etch glasses. Use any font of choice...see where I'm going. We know that you love fonts. You can crank up your holiday bliss 400%. Yes, it's possible chick.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. All of us have lots to be thankful for and should remember why we celebrate year after year. Yes, it's more than just stuffing.

-Jennifer from Annapolis

karlee said...

Thankfulness is in the "small things", I agree:)

Dawn said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet Family♥

emboogie said...

Ohhh I can only imagine the wonderful things I could do with a silhouette digital cutting tool!! I found a glass etching tutorial that used one and I have been fantasizing about owning one ever since! I look forward to your posts every time i open my computer and am thankful to you for brightening my day with each one you write : )

Erika said...

Happy Thanksgiving!! Good luck on your second try with that pie!

mommi2jailyn said...

Your girls look beautiful, as always! And gotta say, I LOVE your dishes for Thanksgiving! :)

Dave and Amy Kille said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Karlala said...

Did Lainey spray the apples with your wedding day perfume?
Happy American Thanksgiving!

gin said...

There are times I know my munchkin is giving the obligatory "thank you," but there are times when every part of my heart knows she means it down to her toes. That makes my heart smile. Blessings for a fabulous Thanksgiving, Kelle!

Becky H said...

I look forward to your every post and am so thankful that I've found your blog and can join you on your journey of raising your little ones. You have such an incredible gift in your story telling, a keen eye for photography and are clearly a great mom.

For what it's worth, I can't believe you didn't win the best blog award. I checked the other contenders and they had nothing on this little gem, nothing.

Would love that Silhouette... definetly on my must have list. The possibiltiies are endless.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Becky

Jenny said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet little family. Hope the apple pie baking goes more smoothly tomorrow....

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

Kelle- you convey so beautifully what I feel in my heart. Happy Thanksgiving to you! so funny about the "spway"!

Danielle said...

Feeling grateful for your playlist while I craft, cook and anticipate a full house.

danielle said...

You inspire me to be a better person all around. You are so sweet and patient and I am truly thankful I found this blog. Here's wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Livy said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Roxy Haney Photography said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for Kelle's beautiful words and photos that inspire me everyday!

Rachele Alpine said...

Happy Thanksgiving...soapy apples and all! :)

Amy said...

Happy Thanksgiving. May we all have a happy blessed day filled with loved one and great food.

Corie said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I am feeling thankful....a super cute 2 1/2 year old girl to play with each day and a 7 mo prego belly keeping our lil guy extra comfortable until Feb!:)

Suzi said...

I am so thankful for your blog. It really is my peace at the end of a long day.

Kellan's momma said...

So jealous of your girls in sun dresses and summer clothes! We here in MT have been under 1 foot + snow and well below freezing temps for over a week! Brrrr!!! I'll add to my thankful for list-heat and warm cozy blankies!!

Bugofmany said...

Seriously. It can't get any better than this. My children, all seven of them, (yep, seven) would benefit from this giveaway...but I'd get all the fun!!! ;)

The Watzeks' said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Kelle!

Megan said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Drew and Kristi said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Isn't it nice having new babies new be thankful for?

Shaams said...

Thankful for those who are thankful and thankful for my family and thankful for life. So much to be thankful for and so much to live for. Toasting to life.

Kristin said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family. I love that Brett printed out the history of Thanksgiving- so something my DH would do as well.

Melissa :) said...

I cannot believe Lainey sprayed your apples. LOL Ah, that's ok. She's only little once. :)

Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Michelle P said...

I would just like to say that you are one fabulous momma and I am inspired by you every.single.day!

I wish I could afford the Silhouette and would be uber happy if I won it!

mylittleangels said...

Hello Santa, is right! What an awesome giveaway.

Brooke said...

What a craftastic giveaway idea! Happy Thanksgiving, Kelle.

Mum2four said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Kelle and family!
I came across your blog back in March while pregnant with my 4th child ( my 2nd daughter) and haven't stopped reading....thank you for sharing your small things :)

Michelle said...

Happy Thanksgiving! May you have a wonderful day with wonderful apple pie!

Barbie said...

Oh no! I can't believe Lainey sprayed the apples!! It'll be a funny story to tell her about later though :)
Happy Thanksgiving!

kym. said...

happy thanksgiving to you and your family, kelle!

Party of 5 said...

yes i would love this much! love your writing!

Teresa said...

Happy, happy Thanksgiving. This is my most favorite holiday. I'm with the ones I love so much and am grateful for each of them. I know you are with those you love too. You inspire me to be a better mom. Blessings to you all.

Birdie3008 said...

Oh my gosh when I first saw the apples in the sink for a second I was thinking you were just going to rinse them off and use them!!! (I don't have a garbage disposal)

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Little Mumma said...

If there was one American tradition I wish we had going on down here in Australia it is Thanksgiving - I love reading how everyone celebrate! So Happy Thanksgiving to YOu!!!

Sarah said...

You pinpointed Thanksgiving perfectly - that exact moment of happiness, pure comfort and ease - life is good and inhale.
Thank you!

Gifts of Serendipity said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

x Felicity x

letigirl said...

I'm thankful that through your words, I can learn to accept life with a special needs child...not just to accept it, but to love it. Thank you.

The Perea-Cannady Family said...

I couldn't find one thing about this post of Thanksgiving that I didn't absolutely LOVE! The way that you explained and helped us to remember what Thanksgiving really is about made me stop and think about how much I want my daughter to know about the full true meaning of Thanksgiving and what it really means to be thankful for everything in her life. Thank you for opening my eyes! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

In this life... said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your amazing family! Enjoy the day...eat lots and cherish the many blessings around you. It is such a wonderful holiday!

VancouverSusan said...

Happy Thanksgiving Kelle. I get "it" and I'm grateful!

aklpitt said...

Thanks to you. I needed your comments tonight on thankfulness and togetherness. My craftiness isn't as thorough as yours at all, but I wish I could be! Happy Thanksgiving.

Teresa said...

Being Canadian, our Thanksgiving was back in October. I love Thanksgiving and I love reliving it all again with you all to the south. Happy Thanksgiving!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

So, for a split second I thought Nella was sitting IN the yellow mixing bowl! Rats. I sort of wish she had been. Maybe next time?

I spent my day slicing apples and thinking about what it really, really means today, too. I think you said it pretty well.

Brew some fun tomorrow...

Donna said...

Thanks for writing this. I have been stressing about having my in-laws here who will probably not like my cooking and will sure be missing my own family. But boy, my son is the best thing in the world. So yeah, I will not forget to be thankful.
I would love something that would inspire me to scrapbook. I have the pics from my wedding, from my son's first year...all waiting for something great to put it all together.

The Starkeys said...

Great Post as always! I wanna know if you cried when you had to throw out all those apples?? I would have. My daughter is 18 months and i can just imagine the things she will put me through. Gotta Love em. thank god you tasted the apples before you baked them.

Amber Perona said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Griper said...

Thanks for reminding us of the "pretty" in each and every day.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Moonstonemama said...

Beautiful!! Thanksgiving has come and past here but we still have Christmas to look forward to.

Ruth said...

Happy happy Thanksgiving to you!! And this is the MOTHER of giveaways. I hope I hope I hope I win because I am just entering the world of crafting and beautifying our world.

Lisa said...

It stinks that you have to start over again with the apples but what an adorable story to hold close to your heart! Happy Thanksgiving!! I'm off to finish baking my pumpkin pie that has not been "spwayed". :)

atyson said...

Oh, I hope my little man gets it too! Just the everyday run-of-the-mill good stuff about life. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

May your apples be more tasty tomorrow! (but such a great memory...the spraying of the perfume)

lynxymama said...

happy thanksgiving!

marymes44 said...

This year I am more thankful than I have ever been. Being a mother is what I was born to do and my own mother is my inspiration everyday.

Steph said...

LOL! Hilarious that she sprayed the apples. I suppose these are the things that I have to look forward to as my little girl gets older :) I love Thanksgiving. The colours, the food, the family and friends. We already celebrated our Thanksgiving here in Canada but I am enjoying reading all the blog posts about our neighbours upcoming holiday. Enjoy it!

Miranda said...

I've been painfully addicted to scrapbooking since my son was born. You've definitely just added another item to my wishlist. ;]

Cathy said...

God bless you all! I love reading your blog-it's wonderful!

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Lindsay said...

i love nella's red tights!

Casey said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Love your blog.....it's my favorite by far :)

Tiff and Seth said...

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday- at my in-law's we all stand in a circle and say what we are thankful for- I ALWAYS cry, no matter what. It is the one time where we actually put thought into what and why we are thankful for stuff- more than material items. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tiff and Seth said...

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday- at my in-law's we all stand in a circle and say what we are thankful for- I ALWAYS cry, no matter what. It is the one time where we actually put thought into what and why we are thankful for stuff- more than material items. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Meg said...

At least you tasted the pie first! Kids are so helpful :)

Maureen said...

Happy Thanksgiving Hampton Family!!

4under3 said...

I love how you simply put..."We'll start over tomorrow."

I don't know if you said it with the ease and understanding that I read it with...but I imagine you did. And it's a wonderful reminder to me....that things happen. And that's that.

Happy Thanksgiving, Kelle.

Tiff

Michelle Ott said...

I am not sure if I really understand what this give-away is...but none-the-less, I think it looks amazing. I am hooked any time the word "craft" is mentioned. Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for many things, one of which is discovering your blog this year.

Michelle Ott said...

I am not sure if I really understand what this give-away is...but none-the-less, I think it looks amazing. I am hooked any time the word "craft" is mentioned. Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for many things, one of which is discovering your blog this year.

Alana Milton said...

I love this post....really, I do. You just put into words what I have been thinking about all day long. Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Jess Litster said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!! I hope your pie turns out tomorrow! :)

Chandra said...

What lucky girls you have to grow up with such wonderful holiday traditions :)

Jeze said...

Argh, you made me cry (yet again).

Happy Thanksgiving.

Tina said...

I totally need to catch up my scrapbooking and that nifty digital cutting tool would totally help me get up-to-date on my scrapbooks for my two girls!

Loving this post about Thanksgiving - I'm a Canadian who is currently in the USA visiting my Mom & stepdad for the US Thanksgiving, and my 3 year old is a little confused about why we're having another Thanksgiving when we just celebrated last month. This post makes me realize it's not about the date... it's about the tradition. :)

katie said...

Don't all pies taste better with a spritz of perfume? What a sweet helper you have!

Sherry F said...

Better luck tomorrow with the apple pie! LOL Happy Thanksgiving, Hamptons! From your Canadian friends :)

chelsadilla said...

poor pie! Was it cinnamon-scented perfume? :)

Becky said...

This was a perfect post!

Samantha said...

THANKFUL for so much this year! So GLAD to have found your blog. INSPIRED to be creative this holiday season...

Erica @ All About Aleigha said...

Hope yall have a great Thanksgiving and I hope your next pie turns out!

aimee said...

I have been drooling over that silhouette machine for weeks! I've been looking at Cricuts but they use cartridges so when I spotted this on a craft blog I decided I need it for Christmas! A free one would be even better :)

Lindsey Swain said...

We all have so much to be thankful for...you have a beautiful family Kelle.

Melissa said...

A post that truly fits your blog title. Definitely thankful for the small, but most important things in life.

Lori McPherson said...

Happy Thanksgiving Hamptons! Love the Lainey story. That totally sounds like something my niece would do... Gotta love kids!

ashley said...

simply wonderful, Kelle. Thank you!

Heather said...

I love the Lainey story! Hoping to win a silhouette... I SO covet them! :)

Belinda said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

mama.kay said...

Beautiful, as always. I love knowing that with every new post from you, I will be left feeling inspired. You make me want to be a better mother and a better person. Your post tonight has reminded me of just how much I have to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

J.K said...

Thanksgiving is so my favorite holiday. I love the gathering and celebrating simply to give thanks and not to give gifts!

Brenda said...

Have a great Thanksgiving! I would love that cutting tool. Could be VERY fun!

Phyllis said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our Family said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for your blog and how it encourages and inspires me.
~Liz

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Valley Girl said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!


Looks like it will be full of love and kisses♥v

Smiley said...

Happy Thanksgiving! (Please let me win, please let me win!) :)

Kait said...

I love your blog! I'm just a college student, but your stories and pictures are amazing. I love taking pictures; yours are a great inspiration. :) Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Holly - Holly Days said...

"And right about then, I'll want to grab my kids and kiss them, whisper into their ears...."This is Thanksgiving. This, right here, is being thankful. Drink it in, Babies. Drink it in.""

You couldn't have summed up Thanksgiving better. Thanks for the reminder.

Jewllori by Lori said...

Oh My Gosh...'I spwayed it'! HAH! Makes me want to scream and kiss her all at once*(imagining it were my kid that did that!) hahah! I'm sorry, better luck tomorrow :D

Happy Thanksgiving!

xoxo,
Lori

Maya said...

Much to be thankful for! Love your blog.

Nikki + Shane said...

oh dear me, i am up to my eyeballs in paper crafts right now. and just for the record, i am also a member of the glitterati. that's right, a glitter bomb has exploded in my crafting area. i heart it very much. next up is tissue paper flower poms.

Colleen said...

Great post! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Ben and Camille said...

happy turkey day! hope your next apple pie was a winner!

Amber said...

I love your blog! I love that Lainey fessed up to spraying perfume on your apples! Priceless! I love your ideas on gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!

Amber said...

I love your blog! I love that Lainey fessed up to spraying perfume on your apples! Priceless! I love your ideas on gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!

Hilary said...

happy thanksgiving to you and the family! we're so thankful for our surprise 4th baby on the way!! and the other healthy, happy 3 that are here with us. can't wait till lunch for some southern cornbread dressing, and chocolate pie!!

Shayna said...

Can't say I've ever heard of perfumed pie. ;) I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving!!!

Jess said...

Thank you for being so inspiring! I love seeing your amazing pictures and feeling your zest for life through your posts.

Nikki Martin said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Thank you for reminding me what it really is all about!!!

Megan said...

ahhh... so many reasons to be thankful. Even without looking for them. Im thankful I found your blog! Even if I dont have any extra chromosomes running around my house- I have learned even more about acceptance than I already knew. You have opened my eyes to really Enjoying The Small Things.

Happy Thanksgiving, Hamptons!

Kate said...

You had me at grabbing your babies and drinking them in. :) Love thanksgiving.

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