One of my most favorite thanksgivings ever.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


 That’s my sister and I, six years ago.

I was 7 months pregnant.  

Or 17 months.  

What’s the difference, anyway? My scale couldn’t tell you.

I’m willing to bet $1 million dollars that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade was playing on the tv to the left of us. 

My mom either took this picture or was in the kitchen stirring mashed potatoes and making the best gravy ever known to man.  Probably all of the above.

My hand is bandaged up because I had just come back from the emergency room where an ER doc had picked poppy seeds out of a profusely bleeding gash in my hand and stitched all back up...seedless.  Yes, I was the dumb one who sliced a bagel…while holding it in my hand.  
And the knife? Sllllllllllllllice.  Right through the bagel, into my hand.

I know you are looking at the title of my post right about now and wondering if I am a sick, sick girl.  
Keep reading though.  I’m getting to my favorite part.

My favorite memory is right before this pic was taken.  My hand hurt so, so bad. And even though it was my left hand, I was surprised to learn how many times a right-hander depends on their left hand in everyday tasks. 

So my sister sat cross-legged on my bed with me.  
She did my hair. 
She helped stuff my pregnant belly into a dress. 
She did my makeup. 

And naturally, because this is my sister we are talking about, she cracked jokes the whole time, and made fun of my makeup saying things like “YOU USE A TOOTHBRUSH AS YOUR EYEBROW BRUSH?!”

And I had to defend myself and say things like: “WHAT?! It wasn’t like a USED toothbrush! It was one of the ones the dentist gave out. Besides, it works really well!”

And the tears of laughter only got worse when she read my…ahem…eyebrow brush said “Dr. Smith” on it, with the ever so convenient phone number personalized right next to his name, so I could easily remember to schedule my follow up visits.

I’m pretty sure this means Sephora has me black-listed now.

But my point in all of this?

Some of the best memories of a holiday can come from where you least expect it.

Like toothbrushes in your make up bag.


  1. I use a toothbrush for my eyebrows, too!!!!!

  2. I wish I had a sister! You ladies are gorgeous!

  3. You two do look beautiful! I never had a sister, but this post totally makes me hope my girls grow up to be such good pals!

  4. You are right, some of the best I remember are technically the worst as far as what happen. Memories of just being together, laughing, eating is what it is all about. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  5. Do you blow dry your hair with a Hoover?

  6. I totally use a toothbrush for my eyebrows - it's the perfect size!!

  7. What would we do without our sisters?

    A toothbrush would not do the trick with eyebrows like mine. My sisters have forced me to get them waxed but now I am forever indebted to the clean lines. I need to buy some hot wax so that I can do it myself.

  8. Hope you make lots of new memories this Thanksgiving.

  9. That is such a beautiful and funny's so great that you and your sister are so close.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Hey, I use a toothbrush on my eyebrows too! Good to know I'm not the only one!

  11. Nipple cream on your lips and toothbrushes on your eyebrows? Sounds like you need to write a book!

  12. Fantastic memory! Wishing you many more moments like that (minus the cut hand) to come!!

  13. Too funny! Love it!

  14. Y'all are beautiful.

    And, you are right, the best memories come in the least expected ways.

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  15. Very pretty picture. I giggled at the thought of a toothbrush but it is an awesome idea.

  16. Damn... I never looked that good when 7-13 months pregnant.

    Beautiful ladies :)

    Sisters rock

  17. I use a toothbrush on my eyebrows too! Who needs Sephora when you have toothbrushes and nipple cream! :)

  18. this made me smile. and once again made me wish my parents had made me a sister.

  19. I have never brushed my eyebrows. That is what is missing in my "look presentable" routine.

  20. I wish I had a sister for just this reason. My brother was married for a while and I loved having a SIL. Now we're back to me being the only "girl" in the family. I love your memory of that day. :)

  21. oh, very sweet & So true! Happy Thanksgiving McMommy & family! :) btw...ya'll are gorgeous!

  22. I have never even considered "doing" my eyebrows, never mind what brush to use! You look lovely and the odd happenings is what make memories.

  23. Joining the chorus-- I use a toothbrush as an eyebrow brush too! It lasts so much longer!

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  25. Three years later and i am responding. You murdered a bagel...I'm not sure we can be friends. And if you still have a poppy seed in your hand, how long does it take to break down so you don't test positive for cannibis on a drug screen?


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