Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Signing Off

The main reason I have continued to blog is because every year I print our blog off as a family photobook/journal.  It is my version of scrapbooking or photo albums.  These albums are some of my most treasured material possessions.  However there  is still a lot of reformatting that has to be done when transferring the blog to book which requires endless hours of work so I have decided to just make the books from scratch rather than from the blog.  That means my primary reason for blogging is gone.  What that means for my future blogging I'm not sure- will I quit altogether, just blog a lot less or in less detail?  All I know is lately I've been strongly convicted of wasting precious time with my babes especially while they are little and I would rather spend my time living life than documenting life so this may be the end for me and blogger or it may just mean we see each other less often or this may just be a season where I take a break and eventually pick back up but for now I feel something has to change.

For All You Moms Out There

excerpt from Out Of The Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load
A (Fairly Lame) Ode to Mothers
An ode to the marvelous woman called “Mother”
Though not one of us is exactly like another.
From the second we’re born to the minute we die
Our preferences are as limitless as stars in the sky.
We might have been perfectly gracious before
But childbirth entered us in the Mommy War.
Rather than letting everyone else be
We criticize parenting that isn’t exactly like . . . me. So once and for all let me put this to rest
None of us owns the title of “best.”
Natural childbirth does not make you a hippy
Epidurals are not just for women who want to feel trippy. In a bathtub with a doula or in a hospital bed
We all got a baby with limbs and a head.
Nursing is great if nothing goes wrong
But some nipples turn inward and refuse to play along. This is a choice for each mom–it’s her route
So it’s just A + B and everyone else can C their way out.
Schedules and timers do not make you cruel
Feeding on demand does not make you a fool. In the nursery with a monitor or in the family bed
Every chick gets to pick where her baby lays his head.
If I see one more mom roll her eyes at “organic . . .”
“Partially hydrogenated” throws some of us into panic. But neither judge Sonic burgers and fries
Some of us just want to enjoy food before we die.
Preschool, home school, public, or Montessori
Listen, my friends, and I’ll tell you a story: Two moms differed on favorite school trends
Their kids turned out pretty much the same. The end.
If a girl gets the title of “mom” accidentally
The worst thing we can do is treat her judgmentally. How about some love, some help, some advice?
She needs our love and we shouldn’t think twice.
Discipline through various methods will prevail
Look, we’re all just trying to keep our kids out of jail. These things are just preferences, not right or wrong
What matters more is teaching our kids to get along–
To love and to share, to speak gently and kind,
To obey so that mom won’t go out of her mind. Showing them Jesus is our common ground
Teaching them how he can always be found.
He’s present in public school and Waldorf (so trendy)
He’s over at Whole Foods but also at Wendy’s. Jesus never cared about these sorts of things
It’s our hearts that he wants and the worship we bring.
It’s time for us moms to declare a truce
Regardless if we buy Capri Sun or 100 percent juice. My way is not your way, and your way isn’t mine
But both of our kids will turn out just fine.
Rather than judging and looking down our noses
Let’s enjoy the common ground motherhood poses. As believers, we all love the same good Lord
We all have children who tell us “I’m bored.”
We all need more sleep than these tiny five hours
Most of us struggle to find time for a shower. We haven’t been to the bathroom alone in an age
Our mothers have all told us, “Relax, this is just a stage.”
We all love our babies so much we could die
We’d take a bullet for each one without batting an eye. Though we are different, we’re in the same tribe
Motherhood requires a similar vibe–
Love and affection, sacrifice and grace
Laughter, which keeps the whole mechanism in place. Though different, by the grace of God, I suspect:
ALL our children will rise up and call us ... collect.
She looks well to how things go in her household. ... Her children rise up and call her blessed. Proverbs 31:27—28 AMP

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Date for Three Today!

Justin took Ava on a museum and bowling date and Jett went to Lucy's so today I'm having a date with two of my favorite things, well make that three, my PJ's are also invited!

Happy New Years

Happy New Years from our family to yours!  Wishing you a blessed year ahead!

Our New Years turned out to be one of the best I can remember!  We went to a progressive dinner New Years party in Fairway with several of our friends.  It was a perfect night, good food and drinks, lots of old and new friends and the best part was the DJ and dancing at the dessert house!  I danced until my feet were killing me and Justin busted out his moves in fact I would say he was the center of the dance floor anytime he was on it!  We danced together all the time when we were first dating so it was fun to get to do something together that we both love so much!

In the bathroom getting all glittered up with three of my favorite girls!

King of the dance floor!

New Years Day we hung around the house, did some shopping with our Christmas money, got a new rug and ottoman for the living room...

then we went to mom and dad's for New Years Day dinner.  Jett wanted to ride on Nana's rooster!

I made dripped beef,

kale for our greens,

and chocolate chunk bread pudding for dessert!

We had some sparkling cider

even Jett got some

and we toasted to the New Year!

Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Christmas Cards & Pics

You know it didn't go very well when your photographer says "I think we might have to redo these."  To which I replied with a very large sigh!  I used to think family photos were rough with one child but now with two they feel like torture for everyone.  I left the session thinking the best shots we would end up with would be something like this...
or this...

But once again Hannah worked her magic and we didn't have to reshoot and we ended up with several good ones to choose from!  I tell you she is truly a miracle worker!  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years from the Jarretts!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Very Merry Christmas!

I think Christmas morning gets more and more fun each year as the kids get older!  We woke up to Bing Crosby singing White Christmas and the kids got up to see if Santa had eaten his cookies...


then it was off to see what Santa had left...

for Ava it was a Barbie jeep...

for Jett a sports climber!

Of course his favorite part were the balls which he shouted when he saw them!

Buddy left the kids a little note before he headed back to the North Pole

We checked out our stockings- bandaids, cookies and movies for the kids, massages, perfume and candy for me and a massage, juggling balls, a key finder for daddy!

Jett loved riding along with Ava in the jeep!

The kids picked out a snow globe and hungry hippos for daddy

Jett got Ava a princess crown and wand

Ava got Jett a school bus book

And Ava picked a chocolate mask, lotion and eyeshadow for me

Mrs. Williams will be so happy that Ava Kate got a new bigger backpack, she might have even requested that!

Her first sleeping bag!

And Doc McStuffin and Lambie dolls, she was so worried that Santa wasn't going to bring this for her the night before and then when she saw her jeep and opened her stocking and it wasn't there she looked up with huge tears in her eyes and said "He didn't bring me Doc McStuffin!"  I reminded her she hadn't opened her presents from mommy and daddy yet!  She was thrilled!

A Scout dog for Jett,

his first dump truck

and a cars tent! 

A golf gear organizer for the car

new Toms for mommy...

and daddy!

After opening gifts at our house we headed over to Grandma and Grandpa's house to open with them

new blue sparkly shoes

Popstar Princess barbie and dressup

an airplane dress up for Jett

and his own Jeep, a surprise to us all!

my new favorite sweater which I've worn almost everyday since Christmas, not sure why my head is turned away!

After opening gifts at Grandma and Grandpa's we headed to Nana and Pop's for a yummy Christmas lunch with everyone!

We ate till we were stuffed, napped and then ate again!  After we got back home that night the kids played in their new jeeps some more!

It was great Christmas full of family, food and fun!