Gratitude

Whirlwind November

December 4, 2013

The last three weeks have been a complete whirlwind!  Actually, the entire month of November was gone it what seemed like three days.  I’m just now catching my breath and turning focus to December and all things Christmas.

In the month of November we supported the Ronald McDonald House, traveled to Pittsburgh, took Elena to a doctor appointment in Louisville, hosted my parents for ten days, welcomed a nephew, traveled to Seattle, endured a bout of food poisoning and celebrated Thanksgiving……WHEW

So, let me rewind a bit.  The Frey family welcomed its newest little member on November 20th, Samuel Vincent!  We were all so excited to meet him.  Elena got to go to the hospital and hold her new cousin.  It’s all been very exciting!  He’s a sweet little guy.  It’s hard to remember Elena being that little…makes me wish for her to stop growing up so quickly.

Soon after Sam’s arrival, we jetted off to Seattle to visit our good friends for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We had such a great and relaxing time.  Seattle is such a cool city and makes us often question why we live in Indianapolis 🙂  I would be quite content to live close to mountains…and no, southern Indiana doesn’t count as mountainous!  Elena enjoyed all the attention her buddy Holden, who is just a few weeks younger, gave her.  He loved giving her kisses (with Dad present, of course), hugs and brushing her hair.  It was pretty sweet.

All was great until we woke up to leave Thanksgiving morning and found ourselves doubled over with food poisoning.  We were unable to change our flight without forking over $2000 so were forced to travel the 8 hours back home deathly ill, with a two year old.  Elena was an angel and did great, which was a miracle considering Chad or I could barely care for ourselves.  It certainly made for an interesting Thanksgiving!

Now, on to Christmas!  Elena stars in her first Christmas program tonight at the Jackson Center.  I’ll be sure to post pictures and videos of her breakout performance later this week.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and took time to remember just how much we all have to be thankful for!

 Laney & Sam

 Aunt Emmalee & Sam

 Family pic in Seattle

 @ the Chihuly garden

  Pretty shot of Mt. Rainier

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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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