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I can’t believe that Calvin is one! In preparation for his party I was going through all of our photos and couldn’t believe a).  how many unprinted photos of him I have (bad Mom) and b). how amazingly fast this little baby has changed and grown up. I often find myself thinking about the future and how much fun it will be when Cal can do …XYZ.. when he’s walking or when we aren’t tied down to two naps, etc… Looking back at the pictures reminds me to live in the present, enjoying him in the here and now. Each baby stage is so fleeting and I want to do a better job of recognizing the wonderful moments in each day and try not to fast forward to the next milestone.

It seems just like yesterday when Cal first started giggling, taking his first bites of solid food and sitting up on his own. I wished weeks and months away in hopes that he would finally give us all a good stretch of sleep. Cal now sleeps for a good 5-6 hour period of time and only gets up once. He’s babbling up a storm, trekking up the stairs 15 times a day and cruising on the cupboards, furniture, anything that’s his height.

Calvin doesn’t seem to have any interest in taking his own independent first steps. He loves his walker for short periods of time and every once in a while will take a few steps holding our hands but that’s not very often. I’m making a conscious effort not to wish away the crawling or the cruising. One of my favorite parts of the day is when I pick Calvin up from daycare. When I walk in and he spots me from across the room he makes an absolute beeline to me, crawling as fast as those little arms and legs can take him with a huge smile on his face. If someone were to watch the security footage at our daycare they would literally see me running to the door each day because I can’t wait to see that furious little crawl!

I’m so proud of the little boy Calvin has become and can’t even begin to express how much joy he brings to our life each and every day. Calvin, I hope you always know that I could move mountains with the love I have for you!

It’s been a big first year in the life of Calvin James! Here were some of the highlights:

Your Actual Birth Day:


Visiting Al Pal & Grammy in Florida with family at 7 weeks:


Attending your first hockey game at ten weeks-Benilde St. Margaret’s in their run to a State Championship:


Starting daycare at the Jewish Community Center and meeting new friends at 3 months:

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Your first trip to Gull Lake, a very special place I hope you love for life:


Pool time at the Arndt’s in the summer sun:


Your first 4th of July parade:


Your first trip to the Great Minnesota Get-Together:

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Fall walks with Mom & Dad:


Visiting pumpkin patches:


Starting Christmas Eve traditions:


Now for your actual first birthday celebration we hosted a Winter ONEderland themed party.   It was SNOW much fun to celebrate your first year of life with friends and family and you entertained the crowd by tackling of your first cupcake!  Poor Daddy was holed away upstairs due to the stomach flu and missed your party but he did sneak down to watch you eat your first cupcake.

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Here are a few more of the party detail pictures:

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And some friends and family who made your party extra special:

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Last but not least I had the party-goers fill out  “Wishes for Calvin.”  Cousin Riley’s was my favorite, remember how important math facts are Cal!


Thank you to all of those who helped us celebrate Cavin’s first year of life.  “It takes a village” and we all feel your love and support in helping to raise Cal.  We are looking forward to the adventures the second year of Calvin’s life will bring!


This year we celebrated our 13th (jeeesh!) annual ornament exchange with the BSM girls and Moms.  It’s definitely one of the highlights of the Holiday season and we are all so grateful for Mary Mulvehill and Katy Mucahy (sounds weird still) for putting it on.  We started this event when we were just baby freshmen back at Benilde.  The topics of conversations have certainly changed over the years.  In high school I’m sure we were gossiping and chatting about our sports and activities, teachers, boyfriends, parties and college acceptances.  In college we drank a lot and smuggled out a few extra bottles of champagne from the Mulvehills for the after party events.  Now we’ve moved on to job relocations, graduate schools, weddings and even babies!  I don’t know where the time goes but I’m so grateful for this annual tradition and love the opportunity to laugh with our friends and our Moms.

A few of the lovely Moms & Daughters

A few of the lovely Moms & Daughters

All Moms and one Mama to be!  Yeah Meg!

All Moms and one Mama to be! Meg and Baby Bob!

The spread is amazing and what’s a Mulvehill party without sprits?!?  We mingle, catch up, laugh, swap stories and move on to the main event, the ornament exchange!

The spread!

The spread!

Despite all of us participating in this event for over a decade, we can never manage to remember the rules and there is usually a somewhat lengthy discussion about how to proceed with the game.  Once the cobwebs have been dusted off we draw our numbers and begin.

One of the highlights of this year was the voluptuous male bust ornament with the red and silver bedazzled G-string brought to us courtesy of Becky from the German Christmas Market in Chicago.   Mrs. Quealy was lucky enough to open it but it was Annie who went home with the prize to deliver to the one and only Mrs. Tilton as a surprise on Christmas morning.  I’m convinced Mrs. T, given her covert sassy and sexy ways, will truly appreciate this ornament more than anyone else in the group possibly could.

Hubba hubba!

Hubba hubba!

Surprise Mrs. T!  I know Big Lou looked like this back in the day!

Surprise Mrs. T! I know Big Lou looked like this back in the day!

The rest of the ornaments were exchanged and while I had my eye on an adorable little MN snowman, I was stuck with the awfully wonderful tacky gift that I brought.  Little did I know that this fierce feline would end up on OUR Christmas tree for years to come.  Yes, he will go up on our tree every year.  While I admire those of you with the perfect Christmas trees full of glass ornaments with a coordinating color scheme, I personally like our tree to be a little eclectic and have a story to tell of its own.



Looking forward to the 14th Annual Mother/Daughter Ornament Exchange next year and more babies to come too 🙂


Admiring Baby Bob.

Admiring Baby Bob.


We celebrated another long running tradition the other night with our annual wreath making party!  Annie, Moraghan and I along with our Moms have been making wreaths for well over ten years.  It’s something I look forward to each year and I’m pretty sure our Moms do equally as much.  We usually have food and wine, tell stories (many involving Mrs. T revealing something from her past that makes Annie squirm) and of course end up with green teeth from the gobs and gobs of green food coloring that goes into these marshmallow and corn flakes treats.


Calvin was fortunate enough to get an invitation this year and he loved all his time with the ladies!



What a ham!

What a ham!


Put your phone down Meecie.



After Cal was picked up for bedtime back at home the real work began!

Gifts were exchanged:


Delicious food was eaten no picture, drats!

and wreath making commenced!

Fanciful aprons are a must!

Fanciful aprons are a must!


Annie practicing forming a wreath.

Annie showing us how it will be done.

Friends for life :)


Friends for life!


The fruits of our hard labor.


Thanks for such a fantastic evening McKennas!  I hope this is a tradition we pass along to all of our kids!

The cooler temperatures over the last few weeks have made us start to think about what our winter will consist of with a curious little boy who is always on the go!  Cal is a classic boy and always likes to be in motion.  I miss the days when I could cuddle with him on my chest.  A cuddle is vary rare around these parts and I have been known to literally shout “CHERISH THE MOMENT”….when I see Cal going in for a snuggle on his Dad and before we know it, it’s gone but so sweet while it lasted.

Each day brings with it new exploration opportunities for Cal.  Opening drawers, slamming doors, climbing up tables, standing up on chairs are all exciting adventures in the world of Cal.  There is only so much baby-proofed exploring we can allow in our little house.  Our “go-to” this summer and fall has been to take curious Cal to the out of doors where he is mesmerized by all things in nature.   Our walks have always proved to have a calming effect on Cal and if left to his own devices I’m certain he would always choose to be outside.  While we are able to continue our daily walks they have shortened a bit and we are playing less and less outside.  While we are going to try to make it outside on many days this winter (bundled up of course), we know we are going to need to find some activities to allow our little man to burn off his abundance of energy!

Nick and I had heard about the Tumble Room at The JCC through our membership.  I wasn’t really sure what the Tumble Room consisted of or if it would be age appropriate.  For the hour we were there, we had the place to ourselves and Cal had a heck of a time crawling over the obstacles, playing hide and seek with Mom and Dad and talking his first assisted steps walking!  Other than the small remnant of brown squishy substance we found on the floor near the mats, we give the Tumble Room a thumbs up!

Dad takes a spill.

Sunday was a relaxing day with friends and family though it started pretty early.  Cal wasn’t interested in enjoying the extra hour of sleep daylight savings brought which meant we were up at 5:40 a.m.  Cal loves his lazy weekend breakfasts and was super excited to try a little of Mom’s green smoothie- which he loved-of course- because it’s edible.

More please!

I headed out to meet the MN gals (sans Moraghan) for brunch.  I love getting together with these ladies.  It’s so much fun to get caught up on all of our lives and LAUGH.  Shannon just got an amazing job at General Mills, Katy just returned home from Bora Bora after her fabulous wedding, Becca is seeing a new man and has an outstanding career, and I, well, I’ve been crafting during Cal’s naps….  Not the most thrilling update but I wouldn’t change it for the world.  I love being a Mama more than ANYTHING in the whole wide world and I feel fortunate to have family and friends who are so supportive.

We ended Sunday night with my family coming over for a quick impromptu dinner.  After four out of five of us tried to get him down for bedtime it was obvious that he wasn’t having it.  The look on his face after he had been “sprung” was priceless.

Somebody just wanted to be part of all the action.

All and all, another great weekend!  We are looking forward to our winter adventures that get us out of the house as you continue to MOVE Calvin!

Calvin has been attending the Sabes Jewish Community Center’s Early Childhood Center (what a mouthful) for about 6 months now.  Continuing to work full-time has been a very tough decision and not a day goes by when I don’t feel a tinge of guilt or saddness because I’m not home with my little guy.  The good news is that we found the ECC at the J and we couldn’t be happier with our decision to send him there.

We have become very fond of all of Calvin’s teachers.  They are amazing people who being their own special uniquness to Cal’s life.  They are some of the most selfless people I’ve met and I literally trust them with my life (aka Calvin James).  We searched 6 other daycares and nothing compared to the program at the JCC.  It was clear that the staff LOVES these babies.

Last Friday was a very bittersweet day for all of us Trevenas.  One of Cal’s teachers, Shay was moving on to a new job opportunity.  While we were so excited for Shay’s new adventures doing something she truly was called to do, we were so sad to see her go.  Shay is an amazingly creative person and shared that artistic creativity with all the babies.

Shay and Calvin making art!

Whenever I called to check up on Cal during the day and Shay would answer and say, “how is your day?”  I always thought it was so sweet that despite Shay having 10-16 babies with a variety of needs being vocalized in the background she took the time to ask about my day.  We are going to miss hearing about Shay’s fun adventures in her day to day life but like she said, “at least we are facebook friends.”  🙂

Thank you for loving our son  every single day and being such a special part of all of our lives!

Calvin & Shay


Since fall is Shay’s favorite season we had a fall themed celebration to send her off properly on her last day, here are a few photos:

Pumpkin Cookies Cal helped me make for Shay.


Fall Goodies

Cal’s ROCKSTAR Teachers. We LOVE you Shay & Amy!

Ahavah Infant Room Staff.
Simply the best!




The weekend of September 29th was finally here!  We had been waiting for nearly a year to celebrate the wedding of Katy Mulvehill and Colin Mulcahy and boy was it worth the wait!  We were blessed with a beautiful fall weekend to start the festivities on Thursday night-those Mulvehills sure like to party!  By the time Saturday came around we were all anxious to celebrate the actual Irish themed wedding!  I was personally extra excited to have a date night with Nick and have a chance to see many good friends from high school who were coming to town for the wedding.

Date Night at the Mulvehill/Mulcahy Wedding

The gorgeous Mr. and Mrs. Mulcahy- photo courtesy of Kathleen Waddell

My cousin Kelly was kind enough to lend us her entire day and evening to babysit Cal.  When I called in to check on Calvin, Kelly told me how she was getting lots of slobbery kisses from Cal- a sure sign Cal was loving her up!  Kelly snapped a few photos of the fun they were having while we were out and about and his smiley faces assured me that he was having a heck of a time with without Mom and Dad.

Cal making his way down the slide.

Nice product placement Kelly!

Good times with Cousin Kelly.

Thanks again Kelly!