Today, she begins her days with the kids waking her up. Then it’s “get them dressed, fed, hair, teeth, lunchbox…all that good stuff.” Charlie brings Evangeline, (4) to school and Emily starts working. “I start answering e-mails and scheduling appointments. I do my makeup with the speakerphone on and try to keep Deano, (2) occupied. When I hear silence, I know something’s wrong. I’ve got my hands full with him.” At the end of the day, Emily tows the kids to extracurricular activities, enjoying the precious in-the-car conversations. “You can’t get that time back,” she said. Not much of a cook, Emily prefers to grab a healthy meal and take it to a friend’s house. The kids eat and play together and Emily spends time with friends who are also juggling family and career. “They get it,” she said.
“I’m sorry I have nothing exciting or crazy,” Emily laughed. She really does think she’s normal, doesn’t she? Emily Foreman Babineaux is far from the norm. What she is, is happy. We all know that being born into relative good fortune and a stable family, being blonde, beautiful, smart, talented and even driven, does not intrinsically guarantee a happy person or a happy life. Happiness is a state of being that comes from your heart, from your soul. Its ingredients are compassion, empathy, love, fun, peace and gratitude. It’s a state that takes practice. Emily practices it every day, when she plays with her kids on the floor, serves her community, helps strangers and friends, patiently works with her clients and shares her contagious silliness with the world. She is not the norm, she is exceptional.
HOW DO YOU GET YOUR GROWN
KIDS to keep coming home for Christmas?
When Debbie and Randy Foreman realized their adult children, each living in a different city, might not always want to come home for the holidays, Randy, the mastermind, came up with an idea. They were tired of spending money on gifts their kids didn’t like or returned. So, step one of Operation Keep the Kids Home, was: Switch to all cash. But that wasn’t enough. They weren’t going to merely hand out envelopes with Christmas bonuses in them. No, that’s not how Debbie and Randy Foreman roll. The four siblings, Michelle, Emily, Randy and Miles would have to earn the money by playing intricate, goofy and sometimes physical games.
It starts with a theme or a costume, though Emily claims photographs or video are forbidden. One year Randy dressed as an elf, another time a cowboy. And he makes up riddles. “I might put in a bag, an alarm clock, plastic worms and a little bird. And the answer is ‘the early bird gets the worm.’ I can do hundreds of these.” One year, everyone had to wear snuggies. another year, Foreman Family Olympics was added to the repertoire and four adult children competed to see who could push toy ducks across a pool with water guns as they navigated
an obstacle course.
“My wife and I live for family.” Randy said. “It’s all about the spirit of the holiday. Just goofy, silly fun to keep them occupied and keep them coming back.” In ten years there has only been one Christmas when one sibling couldn’t make it. I guess the fun and family bonding is working. Or maybe it’s the cash. “I like to sit and watch them count their prize money,” Randy said. Emily is the only married sibling and she and Charlie plan Christmas time around the Foreman games. I feel sorry for future in-laws who are hoping to have their kids and grand-kids home for the holidays. Randy and Debbie Foreman are hard to compete with.
Story by: Nicole LaCour
Photo's by Penny Moore Photography
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