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Farewell, Jett

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Tonight is a strange night in our house. Though we had four children huddled in the living room playing, somehow it felt empty. This afternoon, we said goodbye to our sweet Jett. In his 14 years, he brought us so much joy. He was playful, fiercely loyal (to Jimmy!), and such a good snuggler. For the past month or two, his hips have been slowly giving out, until recently he could barely find the strength to stand. It was time. We planned for the vet come to our house. The kids had a chance to say goodbye. It was quick and peaceful. And still, so very sad. I know he’s pain-free and I’m sure Marlie was waiting for him when he crossed that rainbow bridge. You’ll forever be in our hearts, until we meet again.

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Somehow, we managed to way over-schedule Addie this fall. Back in August, our church started rehearsing for the children’s Christmas play. Practice was once a week, one hour, easy-peasy. At the last minute, someone didn’t end up participating, which left Addie with a pretty big speaking part. She was an over-dramatic news reported, with HUGE hair! It was awesome!

At the same time, I decided to sign Addie up for piano lessons with a brilliantly talented friend of ours. Again, just once a week for less than an hour. Plus, she loved violin at school last year, and with the change of schools, she wasn’t getting that musical exposure, so it just made sense.

About a month later, her school sends out an email that they’ve been invited to audition for the Peanutcracker, a condensed version of the Nutcracker designed for children in our local community. So, of course, she wanted to audition, and she ended up getting cast as a party girl and a soldier. Wow, we suddenly became very busy!

All of these awesome things culminated in December with performance after performance. December 1 (the best day of the year, as you know!) was her first round of Peanutcracker performances, plus her first ever piano recital that evening. She and I spent the morning in Carson City, then rushed home to gather the boys for her recital that evening, where she played Over the River and Through the Woods. Both experiences were completely amazing!

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So, that was the first weekend in December. Weekend #2, church play, 7th birthday, a party, then the last round of Peanutcracker. Friday, the day before her birthday, was holiday free dress day, plus cupcakes for her birthday. We started her actual birthday with a donut in bed, followed by a balloon fight and presents. Then, she had a three hour dress rehearsal for the church play. Followed promptly by one final peanutcracker rehearsal, then our church group, where we had cake, yum! Busy day, to say the least! Sunday morning, she performed twice, then rushed off to her party, and more cake. She wanted to have this big, elaborate, crafting party at our house. I did not want to clean (or prep for crafting), plus, our clubhouse was booked, so plan B, she wanted to go to this pottery place and paint. Perfect! Except, I kind of planned it at the same time as this huge budget meeting at church, which I didn’t realize until the week before the party. Oh well, my parents helped get things started and Addie had a great time! I’d say turning 7 was a success!

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And, while we’re talking about this awesome girl, right after all this December fun, she decided she wanted to donate her long, beautiful curls to make wigs for children, so off we went to our amazing hair stylist for family haircuts (the boys were all pretty shaggy!). So, 8 inches later and she’s practically a whole new child!

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Peanutcracker by day, hospital stay by night. Immediately after Addie’s last Peanutcracker performance, Coen had enough of sis getting all the attention and decided to create some drama of his own! Sunday night, he crashed hard after a long day of Addie’s birthday and playing with Haylee. He woke up in the middle of the night breathing funny and a slight fever. He had a random rash for a few days prior, but the dr. said it looked like eczema and wasn’t anything contagious. After Addie’s final show, I dropped her off at my mom’s and picked Coen up to head to the dr. to figure out this terrible day he’d been having. He was a mess, quick, short breaths, and just not well. The dr. gave him a breathing treatment which seemed to help, but then after a second treatment, he sounded much worse. Bring in the oxygen! She decided she wanted him to stay in the hospital overnight for observation. Oh, and by the way, he had to go by ambulance since he was on oxygen. Oh, and did I mention Beckett had botox scheduled at Shriners in Sacramento the following day, so we were planning to head out of town right at that time? I’m a planner by nature, so strategizing what to do with 2 kids and a dog, while trying to dictate to Jimmy what to pack for me to stay at the hospital in Reno with Coen while trying to get him to Sac with Beckett, all while sitting, stuck in the dr.’s office, while waiting for the ambulance to arrive was all a bit too dramatic for my liking. There was no way I could be at the hospital without a car while Jimmy’s in another state, so instead of riding in the ambulance with Coen, I drove behind an looked at his calm little face through the window. Insanity, right?! Everyone was situated, Coen and I hung out at Renown, and by 8pm, he sounded and felt 100 times better. He was negative for flu and RSV, so still no idea what was going on, just some virus of some sort that caused his bronchial passageways to swell. I was sending Jimmy pictures of Coen in his hospital bed while Jimmy was sending me pics of Beckett prepping for botox. That was fun. Let’s not do that again, OK?!

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Oh, shoot! With all the things happening lately, I almost forgot this little gem…Beckett lost his first tooth last week! When we were in EDH for Haylee’s birthday, I noticed his bottom two teeth were beyond wiggly, one just barely hanging in there. A week later, it finally came out! Hooray for gap-tooth smiles!

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Another recital in the books! Addie danced hard this year and pushed herself way outside of her comfort zone. She did a leaps and turns class which had mostly competition team students. Addie was the youngest and easily the least experienced in the class. She spent a month in tears every week, and just when I was about to let her quit, something flipped and she loved the challenge. She also didn’t want to do another combo class, and instead chose to do tap. Her teacher is the owner of the studio and an amazingly talented tapper. Addie had a great time and really improved this year. Their routine was very challenging. They did great and had so much fun performing. But Addie said her favorite part of the recital was dancing on stage during the finale with her friend Elle.

It’s been so fun to see her progression from age 3 to now. Isn’t she the cutest?

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Waaaay behind on this old blog…sorry! A couple weeks ago, this darling had her final day of kindergarten. What a journey she’s had in just one short school year. She entered kinder reading basic words and is now at a 3rd grade level. And while we knew her reading was amazing, her teacher was blown away with her growth in math, too. What?! She scored 99th percentile on the end of year MAPS testing in both areas. Who is this brilliant little soul? We couldn’t be more proud of her growth this year in academics and socially.

Her last week of school was filled with awards ceremonies, field day, and class play. Lots of fun memories. She chose to be a story teller in the play, which meant she had to memorize lines throughout the entire thing. She was pretty stressed about it but practiced multiple times every night and, of course, nailed every line when the day came.

At awards night, she received the general class excellence award, which her teacher described as the valedictorian of the class. The Friday before, she also got an award for reading 30 books in Spanish. The best part, she’s such an eager little learner.

The day before the final day of school, they had all-school field day at the park. Her class took a group hike (she and her buddy William lead the pack), had face painting, ate lunch, and played water games until mom ruined the party and made us go home before getting too much sun. Then the last day of school was pretty much just a freebie. Addie was in tears. She had such a good year and was so sad to leave her friends and amazing teacher.

This girl! My goodness, we couldn’t have been more blessed when God gave us this amazing daughter! We so love this beauty!

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We took a quick trip to EDH last weekend. The kids played from the minute they woke up until way past bedtime each night. They had a blast with Haylee racing cars, playing with bubbles, digging for rocks, and tackling each other, then gave a riveting musical performance. A great way to spend a sunny three-day weekend.

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