Gratitude

Left You Hanging

January 14, 2016

As the title reveals, I feel like I’ve left you all hanging.  Here it is the middle of January and I’ve barely posted anything in the last month.  That should tell you that things have been a bit nuts in the Hinton Household.  Busy and yet, lacking in content to share with you all.

So yeah, we had a very busy few weeks around the holidays.  Though, it was amazinggggg to not have anything on our schedule (for the most part).  Meaning, Elena was home from school, home from the Jackson Center, only had a few therapies over break and we were able to breathe for the first time since this summer.  Not only that, but we had Chad home with us too practically the whole month of December, so it was wonderful to spend time all together as a family without the typical chaos of our constant running.  We stayed put for both Christmas and New Years, which also helped.  Not having to run to 10 Christmases makes the holiday actually feel like it should, time spent with family, relaxing and remembering what we are celebrating.

In January, we always hit the ground running.  Elena returned to school and the JC.  Chad just returned from a tortuously long annual sales conference (and yes, we survived, barely).  And here we are, mid-January.  Honestly, not much to report though.

Elena has been a bit off her sorts in the last couple weeks.  So much so that it warranted a very scary trip to the ER on Sunday (just as Chad was getting on a plane, thank you very much).  They found nothing wrong, which was both comforting and frustrating but she isn’t 100% herself yet.  So yeah.  Calvin is crazy energy kid.  Like, how is it that a human can have that much energy?  If only I could have a sliver of that!  Though, he’s been such a trooper.  We lost our Wednesday babysitter (while Elena is run to therapy and the JC) this month to a full-time teaching position, so I’ve had to drag him with me to three-hour afternoons in Mooresville, which is a bit tricky in January.  We had a lead on a new sitter, but that fell through and now I’m in a bind so if you know anyone……  Otherwise, the poor kid will spend every Wednesday, napless in a waiting room for three hours with occasional trips to the Mooresville Meijer.  We’re both not looking forward to that.

See, not much to report.  Maybe in the next couple weeks I’ll have a spurt of energy and actually something meaningful to share with you all.  Sorry I’ve left you hanging AND faked you out with this boring post.  If you need me in the meantime, I’ll be looking for a babysitter and some inspiration! 🙂

I’ll at least leave you with some cute pictures of the kids:

Elena working with her PT, looking SO big.

We survived without you, Chad!

Breakfast

Lights out

Calvin has discovered how to torture Pete and he’s doing great at it!

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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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