Well, it happened. I blinked and the next thing I knew an entire year had come and gone and my sweet baby girl had already turned a year old. I felt a whole range of emotions in Emery's first birthday that I'll probably write more about later (along with some ADORABLE one year pictures), but today I figured I'd focus on the exciting part of her growing and the fact that we got to celebrate her with the cutest little birthday party for her special day! With how much of a planner I am, I'd been thinking of different ideas for Emery's birthday since about her 8 month mark (which could also be part of the reason that I've been anticipating it so much 🙄 ) and so badly wanted to make it the perfect day for her. A couple of friends suggested doing the party around something that Emery really enjoyed to make it more personal for her, and I ultimately decided on a fruit themed party because Emery loves fruit and eating probably more than she loves me (kidding.... kind of). I lucked out because fruit seemed to become the hottest new thing the closer summer got, so finding ideas for decorations, etc was easier than I thought!
We decided to do the party at a local splash pad since another one of Emery's favorite things is being outside and playing out in the water, and for food we stuck to the overall theme with fruit kabobs, popsicles, and bottled water to drink ... basically a whole lot of sugar but what are birthday parties for right?! My girlfriend Brette made Emery's smash cake and the birthday cake for all of the guests and OH MY GOSH. You guys I seriously can't get over how amazing they turned out!! They looked absolutely adorable and tasted SO GOOD! This wasn't the first time I'd enjoyed her cake (nor will it be the last I'm sure 😉 ) but it was so special having her cake made especially for Emery's birthday! Thanks so much again Brette! Your talent is amazing!!
It was so much fun being able to spend the day through the eyes of Emery and enjoy the things that she enjoys most. In a lot of ways I feel like that's one of the best parts of being a mom; it's basically an amazing opportunity to enjoy all of the simple joys in life with your child as they experience them all for the first time, and I'm so grateful that I get that chance with my little E!
(Apparently this is what happens when you try to get all of the kiddos together for a
picture when there's fun to be had .... #momfail #itsmypartyandillcryifiwantto 😂 )
The one hard part about Emery's birthday was not having any of our family there to celebrate with us. We love Kentucky so so much but it's times like these that you really wish grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins could be close by to join in on all the fun! It's also times like these though that I realize just how incredibly blessed we are to have such wonderful friends here in our dental school community. In my obsession to be as prepared as possible for Emery's party I used a GPS to get us to the splash pad, even though I'd been there enough times before to know the way, just in case there was any unknown traffic that we needed to avoid in order to get everything set up in time. Instead of getting us to the park faster than normal, Apple maps decided to take us on a route that put us a good 15 miles off course and ended up making us late to our own party. I felt so embarrassed about the situation and was pretty flustered by the time we finally made it to the splash pad, but all of my girlfriends literally swooped in and saved the day by making sure that we had tables reserved for the food and gifts and by helping me get everything set up in less than five minutes so that we could get into the party and the fun. On top of that they all helped with picking up/preparing the fruit and kabobs, actually getting any pictures/video at the party (literally the only reason I got a picture of all three of us was because one of my girlfriends stepped in and said we needed to get one) and seriously just made the whole thing come together so smoothly! I seriously couldn't thank all of my sweet friends enough for all of the help in bringing Em's party together, and really do feel like we have such a sweet Kentucky family here. ❤️ I seriously love you all so much!
A big thank you to all of our sweet family and friends who didn't get to see Emery on her actual birthday but still showed all of the love and support though gifts, phone calls, Facetime, text messages, and messages on Facebook & Instagram. I know I keep saying it but the love that we feel from all of you especially on Emery's special day could literally just make my heart burst!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! A million times thank you!!
It was 7:30 in the morning on a Sunday, and as I heard my daughter's whines and cries of "mama" through the baby monitor I groaned and remembered the days when my only alarm clock on the weekends was sunlight through the curtains and my hungry stomach ready for breakfast. I nudged Kyle to see if he would get up and bring Emery into our room, and he made the joke that she was calling for me, and to be glad that she at least knows how to say my name (we're still working on the whole "dada" thing 😉 ). I rolled my eyes and then got out of bed to go get Emery, and couldn't help but smile when I opened the door to her bedroom and saw her immediately light up and start bouncing and squawking excitedly at my arrival to take her out of her crib. I brought her into bed with Kyle and I with hopes of having us all go back to sleep for a little bit longer, but quickly gave up on the idea once I realized that Emery was up and ready to party, and making it clear by bouncing and crawling over every surface of our bed. I thought again back to mine and Kyle's pre-baby days of sleeping in, but this time I smiled because I knew that the way that things are now bring so much more happiness than sleeping in late on a Sunday morning. Life as a mother brings SO many challenges, but the blessings that it carries far outweighs any sort of frustration or struggle encountered along the way.
I had a friend/small shop owner pose the question in a Facebook group, "What is your favorite part about being a mom"? As different mamas posted their individual answers to the question, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of love that I could see each of these women had for their children. It also made me think long and hard about what specifically I love most about being a mom. There's obviously a million things that could be added to that list, but the more I thought about the question, the more I realized just how much value the knowledge of it's answer holds. So in honor of Mother's Day this weekend, I decided to sit and write a message to my one sweet daughter about my absolute favorite things about being her mom. I write the letter for her, in hopes that she'll one day look back and read about how much she's always been loved, but I also write for me, so that on those days when dreaded "mom guilt" steps in and I feel like I'm not doing nearly as well as I should be, I can look back and read and remember all of those most important things that bring me so much joy, and I feel like that will make all of the difference.
A very happy Mother's Day to all of my fellow mamas out there, whether you're a mom of two, ten, one, a mom-to-be, a mama with angel babies, grand-babies, and anything in between. I love you all dearly, and think that you're all amazing for all that you do. Enjoy your day for you!
So, my No Spend New Year is coming to a close, and even though for the most part it's been a lot of fun, it hasn't been without it's temptations and challenges. One of said challenges has been Target's Dollar Spot, and this month it was especially hard to avoid because they had all of their Valentines decor up and it was seriously giving me a case of the love bug! I knew that I'd be so mad at myself if I broke my New Year's resolution on a $3 Valentine's decoration, so instead I set to work to create a fun little Valentine's craft/activity that I could do with H & Emery! I already had all of the supplies needed at home so it was completely free to do, and it makes for a fun little way to save my kid's artwork (or for H's mom to save his since she'll be getting his card soon 😉 ) . For me the biggest challenge was getting the right shaped heart cut out of the paper and free handing the "LOVE" on the front, so to make it easier for anyone reading that wanted to do this with your kids, I've also included a FREE card template that you can print at the bottom of the tutorial so that the hardest part is already completed for you!
skill level: easy | Total Time: 1 hour | Total Cost: FREE
And.... that's it! I know that it's not the most ingenious craft ever blogged about or created, but hopefully at the very least it'll provide a fun afternoon with the kiddos when it's too cold to go outside, or maybe even a cute, handcrafted Valentine to give to grandparents or moms/dads!
Hope you all enjoy! Thanks for reading & happy crafting!
As 2016 comes to a close, I find myself feeling extremely grateful and nostalgic. It was this date exactly one year ago that we announnced that we were expecting Emery, and our lives have had quite the adventure since then! The year has had its fair share of laughs and tears, challenges and triumphs, learning experiences and lots of love and growth. Instagram showed me my top nine posts from the year earlier this week, and I wasn't the least bit surprised to see that all of my top posts came after Emery was born. She has brought our lives so much joy, and we can't even imagine a life without our little ball of sunshine! Instagram's top nine nostalgiagia got me thinking and reminded me of one of my own old New Year's traditions that I thought worth reviving. Starting in high school and going up until around 2013ish, I would start off each New Year's Day reflecting on the previous year and narrow down a "top ten" list of memories that I wanted to have for that year. This was before my blogging days so the list would always get written down in the good ol' journal, and would include anything from high school drama that had made a big enough impact to funny adventures with friends and loved ones and everything in between. Since this blog has become somewhat of a journal for me since then, I felt it very applicable to bring the old tradition back and reminice, especially on a year like this one when I have so much to be grateful for. So, without any further ado, here is the Pett Family Top-Ten of 2016:
That about sums up our 2016 in a nutshell! This time last year we announced our pregnancy and in a way our theme for the year of "The Best is Yet to Come". To welcome in this New Year, I've decided to go with the motto and goal to "Celebrate the Little Things", because I genuinely believe that once all is said and done that it's those seemingly small and insignificant events in life that make the days, months, and eventually the year such a wonderful experience. ❤️
Happy New Year! Cheers to 2017!
If there's one thing that I love about the holidays but am CONSTANTLY procrastinating until the week before Christmas, it's sending out actual, printed out Christmas cards to family and friends. This year I thought that I might do a little better at it because I actually took our pictures at the beginning of the month, but once again time has slipped through my fingers and we're a few quick days away from Christmas! Since this is unfortunately the closest we'll get to sending out any form of a card to anyone, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas from our little family to yours! I hope that everyone is able to spend their holidays with those you love most! Also, since this is mine and Kyle's fifth Christmas together (fourth married), I thought that I'd take a little walk down memory lane and treat you all to our cards of Christmases past. I love being able to see how we've grown together and hope that you'll all join in on the nostalgia. ☺
I know that it's technically a New Year's card, but we announced to family that we were expecting on Christmas and felt like they deserved to know before anyone else. ☺ This will forever be one of my favorites, and still needs to be shared! ♥︎
2014's Christmas Greetings were probably one of the most fun that we've made thus far. I'd had my share of personal struggles that year, and after all was said and done, Kyle & I agreed that sometimes the best way to bring holiday cheer was to find joy in the simple things in life (like ugly Christmas sweaters) and to never take ourselves too seriously. ☺
Ah, 2013, otherwise known as the year of the mushy, newlywed Christmas for the Pett family. This is also the one year that I was actually prepared enough to mail out Christmas Cards which is why I don't have a digital copy to share. ☺
This isn't an actual Christmas card (obviously seeing as this year we weren't married) but it was our first Christmas together and by this point in time we'd decided that we were getting married and I had made the decision to follow Kyle up to Utah State while he finished up his undergrad. We've been through so much together since this point, and from then till now, I feel so much love for this sweet guy and everything that we've made together through the years. ♥
Merry Christmas & Lots of Love this Holiday Season!
I'm Chelsea. I'm a wife, mommy, photographer, and lover of life's little adventures. Join me here to celebrate the beautiful things in people and life.