Gratitude

Christmas & Birthdays

December 28, 2014

With all the exhaustion that was December, we were able to muster enough energy to have a wonderful Christmas celebration.  It was a whirlwind but we shared a great time with family!  We were able to enjoy being at home and were spared of most travel thankfully.

The day after Christmas was Cal’s eight month birthday.  Time really is flying by.  I’m going to be planning a first birthday party before I know it!  For now, he is keeping us all on our toes.  He is moving all over the place.  He can get up on all fours and move, but he really prefers the army crawl as it’s most effective for him.  Just yesterday I watched him crawl then move himself into a sitting position, a new move for him!  He had just been able to lay on his side and prop, not fully sit.  He is literally changing every day.  Eating is still a favorite for him.  He seems to be getting his “pincher” grip down and is able to pick up some foods and feed himself.  He’s still not that comfortable with different textures yet though.

I’ve started to notice him noticing us when we leave the room.  He’ll pout or shriek (a favorite noise of his to make) whenever we leave the room he’s in.  Speaking of shrieking, he loves to see just how loud (and high-pitched) he can make his voice.  It’s pretty effective and he, of course, thinks it’s hilarious.

Cal is proudly sporting six teeth.  He got all four uppers pretty much all at once.  Just like his big sis though, he could care less about teething.  We barely noticed he was getting any until we could see the whites poking through his gums.  Both kids must have my pain tolerance, not Chad’s 🙂

He’s really such a happy kid.  He brings so much energy and happy smiles into our house.  He and Elena make a hilarious team and we love watching them interact.  What sweet little babies I have!

As for the other birthday in our house, Chad celebrated the big 3-6 yesterday.  Although the Hoosiers lost, albeit in overtime, he said it was still a good birthday!  Thanks to Gramma & Grampa Frey, we actually got to go out.  It was nice to have a date night and celebrate my handsome husband!

For now the celebrations are over!  That is until our wild New Year’s Eve…ha!  Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas with their families!

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This is Elena. Our Light. You can see all the goodness and joy that shines from those deep blue eyes. She loves sneezes, yawns, industrial toilet flushes, automatic paper towel dispensers and The Star Spangled Banner. Music is her everything, specifically Moana, Frozen (really all Disney), Queen & Taylor Swift. Nothing makes her squeal quite like swimming, fast boat rides and her two brothers in trouble. In addition to her megawatt smile, Elena reminds us to cherish the smallest of victories, to live in the present, and to daily dwell in a posture of gratitude for every breath and every blessing.  

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I’m Emmalee, an ordinary gal born and raised in the Heartland. Wife to Chad, and Mom to Elena, Calvin & Turner, I spend most my days ridin’ dirty (literally so much trash) in my minivan carting kids to and fro. When I’m not being a Momager, I excel at self-care, cooking gourmet meals my kids won’t eat and deep-diving all the feelings. Most days, my attitude is gratitude, just taking life one step at a time.

Emmalee & Elena

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