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!
Even though I haven't actually mailed out Christmas cards to friends and family since our first year married, every year I've worked really hard to keep a tradition of doing family Christmas pictures of me, Kyle, and of course Emery from here on out. (Except for last year, which I guess were technically New Year's pictures, but since we were making a big announcement I figured it was ok to change it up a bit :D) Christmas pictures are one of my FAVORITE traditions for our family!! Sometimes their cute, sometimes they're funny, but every year the pictures are sure to bring a huge smile to my face and all of the warm fuzzies to my heart! I was especially excited for our pictures this year because Emery would get to join in on the fun with us, and Kyle FINALLY let me do a mistletoe picture! He's been denying me the privilage ever since we've been dating, but I guess this year he just couldn't turn down the chance to kiss a face as cute as Emery's ;D.
A BIG thanks to my sweet friend Megan for making the yummy chocolate cookies for Emery's pictures AND for being on the other side of the camera for the family pictures! Getting pictures of all three of us together is SO much easier when I'm not having to be on both sides of the camera at the same time, and I LOVE that it allows for more of these cute candid type of shots to be captured! More often than not they end up being my favorite pictures from the entire session!
Also, a lot of people have asked me how I kept the milk from spilling in the jug. Spoiler alert..... it's not actual milk! I just bought a Starbuck's frappachino from the grocery store, used some goo-be-gone to get the label off, and then swirled around some white paint and water on the inside until I got the look that I wanted! There's also some paper towels stuffed in the bottom to help the straw stay in place, and to keep Emery from accidentaly sucking up any paint residue. :)
(kyle) sweater + shirt: gap (me) shirt: j.crew factory |watch: c/o jord sweater: ebay (crazy I know but it's where I get all of my christmas sweaters!)
(emery) jumper + pillows: target | bow: salt city littles (use CHELSEA35 for 35% off $10 or more)
Thank you so much for sharing in these fun family pictures with me! In my last blog post I'd made a goal to work hard to enjoy the true spirit of Christmas and avoid any "holidrama". I'm proud to say that in the last week I've done quite well at keeping to my goal, but have also noticed how the closer it gets to Christmas the more drama and chaos seems to surround every where I go. People are driving more aggresivly to get to their destinations, rushing in and out of stores in a state of impatience, and the tension of the crowds in the shopping malls is almost tangible. When I see those around me being weighed down by unneccessary holiday stress, it makes me even more want to spread holiday cheer and to try to bring joy to those around me. I hope that anyone reading can find a way to spread your own holiday cheer in your life and in the lives of those you come into contact with! I really do feel like the service we provide to others, the love that we have for our friends and family, and the time that we dedicate in our busy days to those we love in this holiday season is what helps make Christmas feel so magical, and I believe that magic is definitely something worth sharing. :)
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.