My Girls at One

Since Emaline is officially 1, we have no “babies” in the house!  I still am in shock.  Will we have more? Only time will tell. Eric and I still go back and forth ( I’d say he’s more on board with a 4th than me- which is surprising!).  Whether God blesses us with another little bundle or not I am not sure.  But I do know we WILL be waiting longer in between.  Giving ourselves a chance to fully enjoy and indulge in life as a family of 5.

Emaline continues to be a laid back baby.  Her fussing is seldom and usually with a purpose.  She is just starting to be on the move, doing a sort of army crawl scoot ( but boy she can get places fast!).  It has been a nice 12 months of non mobile bliss, but I am glad to see her getting around.  She is also starting to walk with her play walker and her sisters are in awe!! “Mommy watch what Emmy can do!!” And ” can you even believe it” are common statements made by both older sissies.

Food is a highlight for Emaline.  She eats everything and anything!  Outeating both older girls by a landslide! I am still nursing but will be cutting back soon.

Sleep is great!  She has been sleeping 6:30-7am on a consistent basis 🙌🙌 . But has more seperation anxiety at night, needing to cry a bit before falling asleep.  I feel like this is mainly because she doesn’t have a pacifier or finger to suck on to lull her to sleep.  Naps are all over the place. She sometimes skips her morning nap all together. Especially on days where I have bible study and she is in the nursery.  More often than not she takes one long nap 2-3 hours and then a shorter 1 hour nap.

Talking has has defintley started!  She is very vocal ( not surprising since she has two older sisters to compete with). She can say mama, dada, go, please, hi, bye, kiss and really tries to mimic anything you say.  Dinner is especially noisy as she demands food ASAP! It is such an exciting age!

We had the best day celebrating the birth of Emaline Noel yesterday!  She knew it was a special day for her.  Squeals and smiles were constant from morning to night!  Here is a quick 1 year old snapshot of my girls-because I know you were all dying to see one😉 image

and of course their 1year stats-

Liesel: 21# 10oz- 60th%, 31.5 inches- 100%

Moira: 20# 6oz- 40th %, 30 inches- 60th %

Emaline: 20# 2oz- 30th%, 29.5inches- 50th%

Emaline is ONE!!!

This is crazy. I know I always say that. But you guys, Emaline is 1?!! I told Eric the other day that this has gone so fast I haven’t even had time to boo hoo about it. I can’t wrap my mind around it. However, I can look back on this last year and smile. Because, that is truly what we did most.

This little lady, our Emaline Noel
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December 17, 2013 was a blur. Well the entire month of December was. But this moment I will always cherish

IMG_2273.JPG. Holding my little ( well big, at nearly 10lbs) christmas blessing for the first time! It was then that I felt our family was whole. I had never felt that way with the other two. And now I know, I was waiting for you, Emaline. You are the piece of our family that was missing! Click HERE to read Emaline’s birth story.

This past year has been nothing short of amazing. Here are month by month with our precious girl.

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We love you so much, Emaline! You are such a joy, so full of life. We cannot wait to see what this year brings for you and our family. Happy First birthday sweetness!IMG_2281

Peppermint Mocha- RFS!

Well, I did it! After searching and searching and tweaking, I finally found a recipe for peppermint mocha that is free of refined sugar AND absolutely hits the spot! I truly had my doubts and was starting to believe I’d have to live the entire season without one. Praise Jesus, I do not!

Now, I’ll be honest, it does not taste identical to sbucks. However, the flavors are perfect and there is even a hint of sweetness that leaves you wanting more. I am hooked and you will be too!

Ingredients
1.5 T cocoa powder
3 T pure maple syrup
1 tsp raw honey (optional but adds a touch more sweetness)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk ( could also use coconut milk or regular)

In a medium saucepan mix powder, syrup, honey and milk together over medium heat. Continue to heat until completely mixed and warmed. Then, remove from heat and add in extracts. Allow creamer to cool to room temperature and store in an air tight container for up to one week.

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While mixture is cooling make your espresso. I made two shots of espresso. Pour into mug and spoon 3 TB of peppermint creamer and mix. I then steamed about 3/4 cup of almond milk in my frother and poured on top. You could also just add your creamer to a cup of coffee. Either way, it’s a perfect Christmas treat without all the yuckiness of refined sugar and other mystery ingredients.

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