Gratitude

Florida & Fall

October 19, 2015

The days and months are flying by and I’m struggling to keep up!  I’ve been meaning to post a blog for weeks!

We enjoyed several days in the Florida sun last week.  We flew down with my family for a final hurrah before my parents took off for Arizona for the winter (rough life they have!).  It was great to spend some quality time with our family, not to mention spend every day on the beach!  It was Cal’s first time to enjoy the beach, you may remember us taking a trip last August with Chad’s family.  But he LOVED it.  He was completely fearless.  He loved shoveling in the sand, but more so, the water.  Gramma Frey showed him how to stomp his feet in the waves, splashing around.  Grampa Frey showed him to “jump” the waves as they rolled in.  It was so fun to see him enjoy it so.

Elena loves the beach too.  She loves feeling the ocean breeze and standing in the waves as they crash against her.  It’s an exhausting job for whomever is holding her, but it’s fun to watch her squeal in excitement when she gets splashed.  We had so much fun and are already looking forward to going back next year.  But first, I’m hoping for a mid-winter, when it’s bitterly cold and snowy praying for spring, trip to Arizona to thaw out and see Gramma & Grampa!  Hint, hint Chaddy!

This past weekend, we made our annual trip to the Country Market Pumpkinfest here in Zionsville.  Evan & Sam joined us, braving the unusually chilly temps to have a little fun.  The boys loved going down the giant hill-slide, riding the “tractor”, seeing the animals and of course, picking out “punkins”.  It’s so fun spending time with “Sahhhhhhm” as Cal says it, and watching them play together.  They’re both just so cute!  Elena had fun too.  She got to go down the slide again this year with Mommy, which produced big smiles!

The leaves around here are beautiful.  Another season flying by.  We’re in such a good place right now.  Cal keeps us all entertained and laughing with his spirit and Elena is loving staying busy.  Hard to believe the holidays are creeping up on us.  They’ll be sure to bring along more wonderful times and memories with everyone we love!  So much to be thankful for, even on our tough days.

Here’s a boat load of pictures from the last few weeks!

Our only family picture 🙁

First steps on the beach!

Riding waves with Grampa

My favorite picture of the week…Gramma & Laney watching the sunset.

Even got to catch up with more family, Aunt Rene & cousin Megan and her new husband Brian!

Changing gears (and weather!) to Pumpkinfest

Cuzzies Sam & Cal

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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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