So I have a bit of a confession to make. This year I 100% forgot our anniversary. If you were to ask me when our anniversary is I'd be able to tell you August 3rd without taking a breath, but for some reason this year August 3rd just snuck up on me a lot faster than I thought it would, and it wasn't until my sweet grandmother sent us a card in the mail that I realized how quickly the date was approaching. I so badly wanted to try and throw something special together for Kyle or have some really special way to celebrate, but a combination of conflicting schedules (thanks a lot ULSD for making Kyle have class on our anniversary for the first time in FOUR years 🙄 ), procrastination, and lack of funds was making it really hard for me to think of any ideas. Thanks to my sweet girlfriend wanting to make sure that Kyle and I were able to do something little to celebrate we'll be going out on a baby-free dinner tonight while she watches Emery, but the craziness of the whole situation has still had me feeling a little down, and made me do some serious reflection as to why I'd drop the ball on such a huge day. The only excuse that I could think of was that life just got us both really busy, and because of that the big celebration lost priority. Obviously this is something that we (mostly I) could improve on, but even in the absolute crazy business of life I haven't the slightest doubt that Kyle and I aren't still as crazy in love as we were four years ago (if not more so) when we said "I do". The only difference now is that because of how insane life can get sometimes, we've had to get creative in how we show that love. I know that Kyle loves me because he purposely stays as quiet as a church mouse while getting ready for school so that I can sleep a little bit later until Emery wakes up, and I show my love to him by waking up with Emery in the middle of night or on the weekends so that Kyle can get some extra rest. I know that Kyle loves me because he lets us get vegetarian pizza every week for dinner without complaining, and I return the love by trying to keep some sort of meat in the house for him to cook up whenever he's craving it. He compliments my outfits, and I pick up his dirty socks and scrubs off the floor without hesitation or irritation. I feel the love between us every time we get into a deep conversation, and whenever we send each other an article or comic through text because we think it'll make the other person laugh. The best part about being married to Kyle is that there is love for each other in literally everything that we do, and that love carries us through the toughest of trials and the craziest of days. We are planning a little family trip next week and will get to "officially" celebrate our anniversary while there, but this year I'm also feeling grateful for the small and simple ways that we've been able to celebrate each other on the actual day, and every day that we have together. The celebration is simple, pure, and full of love, and that is what matters most. Happy four years to us Kyle, I wouldn't want to do this life with anyone else but you. ❤️
Before Emery was born, I felt so sure of two things. The first was that my darker traits would most likely dominate in the making of our child, giving me a little "mini me" when I found out that we were having a girl. The second was that given Kyle's naturally analytical, more serious nature (as opposed to my somewhat flighty, loud crazy self) would assure me the position of being the "fun" parent. You know what I'm talking about; the parent that your baby is ALWAYS excited to see no matter what, the parent in the relationship that the baby will actively reach for and crawl to for playtime, and the parent who can virtually do no wrong in their child's eyes. The funny thing about pre-baby assumptions is that they're usually wrong, and these two assumptions of mine were no exception. Our daughter came out looking exactly like a miniature female version of Kyle, and although she likes me plenty, Kyle definitely takes the cake when it comes to the "fun parent" title. While pregnant I thought I'd be upset at loosing in the race of genes and affection from our daughter, but the second I actually saw Kyle become a father the day Emery was born, I knew without a doubt that I'd give the win to him any day of the week. With this year being Kyle's first "official" Father's Day, I thought that I'd indulge a little bit and let him (and all of you reading) in on a few things that Emery and I think make him such a wonderful dad. So, without any further adieu, here's our little list of love for our favorite guy. ❤️
5 Things Emery & I LOVE about Kyle (or Dada - still working on getting Em to say it)
A very happy Father's Day this weekend to all of the dads out there, and especially to our sweet Kyle. We love you dearly and really do think that you're the best!
Since getting married 3 1/2 years ago (and especially since having a baby), I've really come to appreciate what were once extremely undervalued date nights. After a long week of work/school there's nothing more exciting than knowing that I'll get to spend some quality planned out time with my favorite person doing something that we both enjoy. The funny thing about date nights though is that the older Kyle & I become, the harder time we have actually making date nights happen. We still spend plenty of time together, but especially since Emery has joined our crew we spend much less time together that could be considered an actual "date night", nor do we have tons of extra cash laying around for us to spend on traditional date night activities. Back when we were newlyweds we had a bit more time to each other but still no cash because we were trying to save up for dental school, so we had to get kind of creative when it came to figuring out fun date nights. I decided to resurrect that fun/frugal mindset for our no-spend new year, and set to work to tweak 10 of your "traditional" date night ideas into dates that are slightly less traditional, but still just as fun! An added bonus is that the majority of them are also baby friendly, so if anyone out there is like us where your baby joins you on the majority of your dates, you can know that there's still some fun options out there for you too. 😉
That sums up our date night alternatives! Are there any favorites that you and your significant other have that aren't on my list? If so drop them in a comment below or share your free date nights on Instagram with #nospendnewyear so that we can all share in your fun ideas! I hope that everyone is having a great start to the year! I'd be lying if I said this no spend new year hasn't had a few temptations/challenges that I've had to turn away from, but it feels great to be able to save for a rainy day and still have fun in the process! Here's to the rest of January!
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.