Saturday, March 19, 2016

This Guy.

There is NO WAY he is seven today! Seriously, time, let's slow down a tad bit please!

Because it's his 7th birthday and because his Daddy marches with the O'Tux'ers and because his Pop marches with the O'Tux'ers and because he looks too cute in a short-suit and sash and because it's just in his blood, he is marching for the first time in the St. Paddy's Day Parade today! Whoot-Whoot! 

At 7 years old, this dude is reading, smiling, laughing, figuring it all out, fishing, driving boats, driving trucks, laying fence, pulling trucks out of mud with tractors, video-gaming, slumber-partying, signing, rapping, dancing, playing soccer, eating (alot), traveling, watching out for his little sister, and keeping us more entertained than ever. 

Hutch, you mean the world to us and we love more than you will EVER know. You are a ray of sunshine and we thank God for you each and every day. Shine on, Hutch-man and Happy Birthday!!!

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Friday Five (Catch-Up Edition)

SO, it's been a while! Here is what's going with us- the speedy version.

1. We are having another baby girl! We are so excited & can't wait to welcome our little caboose into the world in June. Name will either be Hollis or Mary Hollis. Hazel was thrilled to find out she was going to have a sister. Hutch's reaction??? "Well, congratulations, Hazel. I am disappointed it's not a boy but I am happy for you." He was very mature about this. He is almost 7, you know.

2.  The Dixie National- we checked that off our 2016 calendar. The kids were not as excited as they were last year about the actual rodeo- their attention seemed to be focused on the food options and Hazel was mesmerized by the "Rodeo Queens." The highlight of my night was when they brought the kids out to rope the calves & Hazel leaned over and said, "Mama, I just feel so bad for those little lambs." Bless it.

3. Coffee, ice cream, lemonade, Wendy's, froyo, cokes, icees, berries. These items seem to be what I am leaning towards these days. I don't know what it is about a frozen coke icee but they are AMAZING.
4. Lucinda Williams is coming to MS! Whoot, whoot! SO excited about taking the kiddos to their first music fest and the fact that they get to see Lucinda Williams live. AND, it's just up the road in Meridian. Double win.

5. Kids Bop. How addictive is this????

Thanks for reading, as always!!!! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hazel Turned FIVE!! (and, I'm Back)

Hey, y'all! I have had  the blog on my mind for a while & I FINALLY took some time to actually create a post & what better way to celebrate my return to the blogging world than posting about our sweet girl turning 5? We had tons of fun at The Children's Museum earlier in January- here are some snapshots of this sweet girl and her crew!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Happy Birthday, Hutch!

I figured Hutch turning 6 was the perfect time to make a random post just to let you know I haven't forgotten about you & of course to wish the big boy a Happy Birthday! (Sorry, Hazel, I know I didn't post on your birthday. I love you.) This pic ranks pretty high on my "fave" list- Jeremy snapped it last night after letting Hutch pick out a new pole & tackle box for fishing. I mean, how big does Hutch look here? Really. HOW on earth can he be six years old? He looks so comfortable trekking through that parking lot with his new gear. Like, let's do this. Where's my boat? 

Hutch, you are amazing. You are smart. You continue to entertain us with your wit and cleverness. You are passionate and you have one of the sweetest souls I have ever encountered. You are your Daddy's best buddy and you are figuring it all out, one day at a time. In the past year, you have rocked Kindergarten. You have made lots of friends. You have ridden that school bus. You have seen awesome places by train and by car. You have taught your sister many things and you continue to be the brightest star in her sky. Thank you for being you & I can't wait to see what this year brings- we love you TONS!!!!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Friday Five- It's Baaaaack!

Whoot, Whoot!!! I have been itching to do one of these for a while now but just couldn't find my initiative if you know what I'm sayin'. Here goes:

1. Having a "no curfew" night as an adult is entirely over-rated. Truth.

2. Words of Wisdom from my eldest child:
     Hutch: "Mama, do you know what you call baby trees?"
     Me: "No, what do you call baby trees?"
     Hutch: "Seeds"

3. I had my first tall-boot sighting the other day. It was about 99 degrees outside. And it wasn't me.

4. We told Hazel she needed to quit playing and eat her dinner the other night. Her response? "Mama, I can't. It's totally freaking me out." Help me.

5. I've had this on repeat. Really, even Hazel was walking around singing it earlier.

Happy Friday, friends, have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Change, bittersweet change. While this post is obviously a few weeks overdue, I had to dedicate a special post to my special Kindergartener. Oh, how did this day get here so quickly? I didn't cry when we walked him to his class the first day. Well, let me clarify- I didn't cry. Hazel did. She didn't want to leave her big brother behind. But, I did shed quite a few tears as I walked away from that bus stop on that highly anticipated 2nd day of school.
 I have realized over the past couple of months that change is hard, even when it's change that you have been counting down the days for. I tried not to talk to Hutch too much about kindergarten over the summer, because I knew he was smart enough to realize that starting a new school would also mean not spending days with his favorite classmates that he absolutely adored. Don't get me wrong- we talked about it frequently. But, I didn't bring it up all the time (as I was so tempted to do) because even for this little outgoing fella, new things can be a challenge. We recently moved, and that was a change that we had talked about and dreamed about since we practically arrived in Jackson. But, it also meant not being neighbors to a family that we grew quite fond of. And not being able to walk to our favorite fishing spot. Hutch was so devastated we were leaving, he had a breakdown one night & begged us to take EVERYTHING in the house- ceiling fans included. We soon realized, however, that he was experiencing his first real "change" and while he was certainly excited, he knew that some things would just not be able to come with us. Growing up is hard.
I say all of this because I still can't believe that my favorite little fella has left the preschool world and joined the elementary ranks. He wakes up smiling & can't wait to board that school bus. He orders his lunch in the cafeteria line like a big boy. He's already got it all figured out. In fact, he asked me while standing in line to meet his teacher, "Mama, can I go to college?"
You go get 'em, Hutch-man!!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Hey, There!

Hey, friends! I know you probably think that I have just hung up the blogging hat forever, but I am  back! I may have thought about just calling it quits a few times, but I just can't seem to let her go. I can't promise that my posts will be as regular as they were, but I will do what I can. Things seem to be a bit busier these days. What have y'all been up to? I thought I would catch y'all up with a few pics that never got posted. 

Here are Hutch & Hazel on Easter. Word of advice? Buy a 15.00 Easter dress for your baby girl online. You will then feel perfectly okay with her refusing to take it off and ruining it throughout the remainder of the day. Then, you can add it to her "princess dress" collection for a few days until it is so unrecognizable it has to be secretly placed in the trash. You can thank me later. 

We also had a chance to go celebrate Tim's 30th in Columbus. Oh, to be 30 again. 

They even had cornhole & Hutch was so excited to play. He even signed himself up. 

We traveled to Biloxi for my MS SHRM conference, then headed over to Houston see Alissa & Pat tie the knot. I don't have any pictures of the actual wedding day, as that seems to be my M.O. these days. But, I did get a few cute ones of Jenny Marie. 

And, at least I did manage to get a pic of the happy couple!

After Houston, I headed to NOLA with my parents and Haley to see April & Rad get hitched. I can honestly say that I have never, ever seen a bride have more fun. 

Then, of course, we had the Annual Hal White Memorial Croquet Tourney. It was a huge success & Taylor walked away with the trophy this year. 

And, just a few weeks ago we took the train to NOLA for the 2014 Simmons Reunion. It was SO much fun! Quite a different trip to NOLA than I have experienced in the past, might I add. I think we were in bed by 11:00 every night. Of course, we were also up by 7:00 AM every morning. In 5 days, we managed to knock out the zoo, aquarium, insectiquarium, Cafe Du Monde (btw, kids=not impressed.), time with lots of family, etc. , etc. It was a busy, fun week!

Here are a few more Easter pics. You know, that's how I roll. 

 Oh, and did I mention that Hutch graduated Pre-K? Watch out, world! He starts kindergarten this week.  Gasp. I still can't believe it. His plans as of right now for when he gets older involve moving out to west Texas and becoming a cowboy. You go for it, little buddy. Sounds like a fantastic plan. 

And, then of course, we have managed to spend some time out at Monie & Grandpappy's land in between. 

I tried to keep it brief, but that continues to be a challenge for me. We also moved last month & I started a new job this week. Yay for changes! 

I can't sign off this post without mentioning that we lost a very special family member this week- Syble Simmons. Syble was my Great-Aunt and one of the sweetest, most energetic, funniest, full-of-life people I have ever met. She loved family so much- especially her grandchildren, great-grands, and great-nieces & great-nephews. Really, she loved all babies that she could rock to sleep. She was certainly a fixture in Utica, MS, and her absence is felt by so many. She will be greatly missed but there is no doubt she is dancing and laughing away in heaven right now. What a privilege to have been related to this special person. 

I thank you all for reading, as always!