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!!

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