Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Emma LeeAnn

My sweet baby girl is no longer a baby. She just turned 7!! So hard to believe. I am pretty sure she was a small baby in my arms just yesterday.

Ben has decided that the kids do not need a big birthday party every year. This is a hard concept for me to swallow as Emma has tons of friends like I did at her age and it seems I always had at least ONE party if not two - one for friends and one for family. But I can understand how between decorations, food and the actual Party, the cost and time of a party can add up. Especially since the kid's birthdays are so close together. Emma had a big party last year so I just put together a small play date with some of her friends. Because it is Spring and sports are in full swing only 2 kids made it to the park to play but it was Emma's two "BFF's" so it worked out just fine! Madison, Angelina and Emma played it up at the park and I brought special cupcakes for them to share. It was a perfect little gathering!

On her actual birthday I made Emma a soccerball Cupcake "cake" for her to share with her classroom. Last year Emma wanted PINK cupcakes and Ben came back home from her school with about half of them because the boys refused to eat them. But this year the soccer cupcakes were a success and were all gobbled up rather quickly (thanks Pinterest for the idea!).

The best thing about Emma's birthday and not having a big fancy party was that we got to spend a little more on her birthday presents. She was asking for a Nintendo DSI and we discussed it at length. After much contemplating we decided to get her an iPad - not the newest version. I know that seems excessive for a 7 year old's birthday presents but we had good reasons. Her desktop computer is about 15 years old and in big need of an upgrade for her to be able to play her games and get online. We felt we could put more educational games and learning applications on the iPad then a DSI. Also, I was thinking of getting her some sort of MP3 player and this worked for that as well. And of course, although technically it is "hers" we are all allowed to use it as a family and she must share it with Matthew. We are also using it to teach her responsiblity. She can only use it when her homework is done AND her room is clean. There are even more reasons but believe me it has been a blessing to have and use.

My daughter is amazing and I look forward every year to see how she is growing. She has a strong personality that everyone adores. She can be so strong yet so sensitive at the same time. She loves performing and is rarely nervous in front of others. She loves to be girly but can hang just fine with any boy. She has a temper and can be sassy but she also loves to give hugs and kisses. She has a great memory and a thirst for knowledge. She is ALWAYS asking questions. She is a great listener and is wonderful at following directions. She is crafty and imaginative yet also logical in her thinking. She is everything a mother would want her daughter to be!

April starts the string of family birthdays. Matthew's is up next in April and then Ben in May and possibly the newest addition in May or June. It's a great time of the year in the Jett house!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Georgia has a contest they do every year that they offer to school aged children. It is to support the arts and to support children's creativity. The contest starts at the school level and then winners participate in a county then a state competition. When I was in school they called it Kalediscope but now they call it Reflections. When I was in school we usually did something at school that we submitted for the contest. Now it is all voluntary and you do it on your own at home. We didn't do it last year but I decided this year to ask Emma if she wanted to participate. Of course my crafty little girl said YES!

The theme this year was "Diversity Means....". You have the option of submitting a drawing/painting, photograph, dance, song, poem, etc. Pretty much any sort of artistic expression. Emma had just learned how to make those paper dolls that connect by the hands and really wanted to use that in her artwork. So all by herself she cut them out and then she picked out a poster board to put them on. She drew different faces on them all and for her submission she wrote how everyone is different in their own way. I was very proud of her and thought she did a great job all on her own. We turned it in and several months later when I had pretty much forgotten about it we found out she won third place in 1st Grade at her school for her artwork!

They had a ceremony for the winners at the school where she received a nice certificate and a fancy medal. Her favorite thing was that she also received a voucher for a free ice cream at lunch! The other cool thing was that her best friend Madison placed first in their grade so she was there too.

Very proud of Emma and is excited to see she is already making plans for next year's submission. That's my girl!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Soccer Fever

I am so glad we put Emma in Soccer. I hope she sticks with it for a little while. It is great exercise and she has already learned so much about her position and teamwork. She did Fall and Indoor and is just starting her Spring Season. She has the same coach as she did in the Fall but this time Ben is the assistant coach. She is lucky to be on a great team who support her and help her to look good! But of course she is always the cutest little soccer player out there. And I mean little!! She is usually the smallest one out there but she is getting better and better at being more aggresive and going after the ball. We will take a break over the summer but then back into it next Fall. She is starting to say she wants to do gymnastics again but maybe I can talk her out of that by next Winter ;)
She is number 11

Going after the ball!


That's my girl!!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Kindergarten Here We Come!!

At the beginning of the month we officially signed Matthew up for Kindergarten! Hard to believe he is old enough for that. This means next year Emma and Matthew will be at the same school. They will get to ride the bus together and maybe see eachother in the halls. They are both pretty excited about that!

He has done better in Pre-School than I ever thought he would. He gets along pretty well with his classmates. He seemed to favor the girls in the beginning but has slowly made buddies with the little boys in the class.

His reading skills are getting better every month. I think Matthew will be our book worm where as Emma seems to excel more in Math. He has always loved letters since he was an infant.

Here are some pictures of my cute little boy!

Community Helper Day at School!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sigh of Relief

I am 24 weeks pregnant today! If this little one follows in her brother/sister's footsteps and comes early that means I only have about 12-13 weeks left to go. How time flies!!

As I blogged earlier in the pregnancy I had horrible sickness my first and most of my second trimester. I am finally over that and gaining weight (maybe a little TOO quickly!) instead of losing weight.

I had an ultrasound at 19 weeks where we found out it was a girl, but what I didn't initially add was that the doctor stated I had what is called PLACENTA PREVIA. I didn't write about it because I was not quite sure exactly what it was. Let me tell you - if you ever need a diagnosis DO NOT look on the internet!! What a scary bunch of stories I came across on this condition. The doctor and several websites stated that Previa prior to 20 weeks usually resolves and there is no need to worry. BUT the horror stories from the majority of people made me extremely nervous. I was put on pelvic rest which meant I couldn't really do too much - not even pick up my sweet little kids. So for 30 days I pretty much went to work and then went home and lounged on the couch. I had a follow up last week for another ultrasound and to my extrememly happy surprise, the Previa had completely cleared!! If my complete previa had not cleared I was going to have to look forward to bed rest, possible bleeding complications and a C-section delivery. Although many ladies with this condition end up just fine, I did not want the stress of worrying about any of it. And now I'm in the clear!

So my next goal is to start getting some exercise and to start refreshing myself on the Bradley Method of Childbirth. Both my other prior deliveries were successful Bradley birth's and I hope for a third one just as pleasant. Since I've been so sick and then on a 30 day restriction my body is so out of shape. I can barely walk up to my office at work without getting out of breath. My plan is to start walking the track at the park and doing some good stretching at home. I know my family will be a great help. We are all so excited for the new princess to arrive. Below is a picture from the second round of ultrasounds.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Valentine's Day

We had a simple yet sweet Valentine's Day this year. It was Matthew's first year giving cards at his school so I tried to make it something fun for him. I luckily found Dinosaur cards that he really liked and was excited about. I added some dinosaur gummies to make it super special.

For Emma, I found a cute idea on PINTEREST and it actually came out pretty good. I braided bracelets for each of her classmates and put it on a handmade card Emma put together. We used orange because that is the color for first grade at Bascomb Elementary (Green is Kindergarten and I think 2nd is red, etc). I tried different types of bracelets but braided was the easiest way to go and since I had to do 24 of them, EASY was the ONLY way to go!!! I think they turned out pretty cute and Emma's report was that they were a success in class.

Ben surprised me at work with a perfect red rose and a beautiful card. He is so awesome! Everyone at work was talking about how great he was. Even the guys. I am so blessed. He also made a yummy spaghetti dinner and although I made a red jello dessert for Vday , we ended up eating cookies Emma made. For Family Home Evening the day before I had us all write on cut-out construction hearts why we loved eachother and what we loved about our family. Then I taped it on our bedroom doors. It was great to hear what the kids had to say. Matthew was happy to get watch television with Emma. And Emma loved being a big sister. They both loved Daddy's tickles and Mommy's cooking. What a great little loving family I have!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Discovery Bear

Matthew was chosen to take home his classroom Bear this past weekend. Matthew was more excited about it than I thought he would be. We had fun having Discovery Bear with us for the weeked. The bear got to watch Matthew get his hair cut, got to Emma's soccer game, play with Matthew's dinosaurs and Emma's bear Love Bear, go out for Frozen Yogurt, sleep in Matthew's bed and attend church with us. He was the perfect house guest and we are glad he is our friend!