Monday, November 29, 2010

There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays

We had a blast in Jackson over the the Thanksgiving holiday. It was a super relaxing long weekend. Here are a few pics that I took:
Is this not hilarious? Here is Haley with her nephews & one of the many souvenirs she brought them from her travels.
I love this picture of Ryder...

We spent Thanksgiving day with approx. 60 other family members at Luckett Lodge. It was great seeing so many we had not seen since Thanksgiving 2 years ago! The food was, as always, divine, and the weather was perfect. Here is a pic of the Lodge from across the pond.
I can never resist a picture of Hutch holding his Dad's hand.
Lolli trying to get a good picture with her 2 grandsons. Hutch is not amused. He isn't quite sure about little Ryder yet.

Elyssa, Mary Linley, Jan, and Lydia

Hutch enjoying a wagon lap on the wrap around porch.
This would probably be funnier if I could post all of the attempts to get a good picture of Haley & Hutch. They are pretty entertaining- Haley is trying to smile in all of them while Hutch is trying everything he can to escape getting his picture taken....again.
Check out this good lookin' family...Carly, Marc, and Ryder

LOVE my sisters! Haley, you're welcome for not publishing the super happy pic of you. :)

Looks like Hutch picked up a passenger...

You know I can't resist a sepia pic!
Every pic I take of Hutch and Cindy is just pure cuteness. They are both always laughing & just up to no good. Partners in crime.

Lolli, Ryder, and Haley

Jeremy & Carly

My grandparents got Hutch his very own John Deere tractor for Christmas.
And, just in case the little boy on the box looks's Hutch! They taped a picture of his head on the little boy that is riding the tractor!
Hutch & Paw Paw- he can't wait to jump on & take that tractor for a spin!

Hutch also received a John Deere hat to go with his new set of wheels. This is the best pic I could get out of this sleepy guy Sat night. In case you are wondering what's up with all of the gifts, we went ahead & did Christmas with my family since we will be spending Christmas with Jeremy's family this year. Note the bruise on Hutch's nose- he took a tumble into what we think was a baseboard earlier that night.
Ryder's present from Hutch- an owl hat! I think it looks perfect on him! Thanks, Christie! If anyone is interested, my friend makes these (among many other super cute designs) and sells them on etsy. I can hook you up with her info, if you are need of a cute children's gift!

Can't believe the weekend flew by- I guess it always does, huh? We are so blessed to have such great friends and family! Also, I can't close without saying "GO DAWGS!!!!" We were so excited for the win over Ole Miss this weekend!
Hope everyone had a happy & safe Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Giving Thanks

I just wanted to post an early, "Happy Thanksgiving" to everyone! We loaded up the car this morning & are planning on hitting the road to MS as soon as we get off work today. I am really excited b/c we have our annual Thanksgiving lunch at work (my contribution- hasbrown casserole, yum) and then I am volunteering at the annual HEB Feast of Sharing, where I will be helping prepare plates for the homeless with my coworkers.

We are driving to Longview tonight & then planning on being in Madison around noon tomorrow. We can't wait to spend a few days with the family & are especially looking forward to enjoying Thanksgiving lunch with the expected 62 family members out at Luckett Lodge!

I hope that everyone has a blessed and happy Thanksgiving- safe travels to all of you who have trips planned!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I'm Thankful from A to Z

I have really enjoyed reading many blogs this month that have focused on listing out different things their owners are thankful for- you know, in the spirit of Thanksgiving. SO, it has inspired me to do something similar. I thought, in honor of Thanksgiving, and because I have so many things to be thankful for, I would dedicate this post to "The Things I am Thankful for, A-Z." What are you thankful for this year?

A- Artists. Even though I am not one; I am so thankful to know so many! This has been very advantagous when it comes to home decorating, gifts for others, etc. So thankful for the creative ones in my life!

B- Book Club. Even though we don't technically read the books each month (this month we are doing a holiday cookie party), it is always fun to get together each month with this mix of ladies.

C- Cheeseballs...why, OH WHY, are so they SO good? Thanks, Chad, for the 4 bags you gave me as a baby gift. 1 down, 3 to go.

D- Dogs. While our 2 dogs lives certainly have changed over the past couple of years, I still adore them and am so thankful to have them!

E- Expecting- As in "I am." I can't wait for our little Hazel to get here....only 7 more weeks to go!

F- Family & Friends. I love these people more than words can say!

G- Grub. As in good, 'ole, southern cooking- can't wait to get my hands on some next week!

H- Hutch. Ahhhh, this little boy has my heart.

I- In- Laws. I have great ones, what more can I say?

J- Jeremy. My soul-mate. I would be such a mess without this man. I love him dearly & am reassured daily that we were truly meant to be together. Love you, honey!

K- Kisses from Hutch. They may be super sloppy, but they are full of nothing but love.

L- Lamps. If you know me well at all, then you know I hate overhead lights. I love, love, love lamps. And even though Jeremy doesn't understand this weird thing about me at all & he is total opposite (as in hates lamps & loves overhead), he usually lets me win & pick the lighting for whichever room we are occupying. I would put lamps in my kitchen if he would let me.

M- Music. It's always on at our house.

N- Nails done. As in pedicures, but I already used p & I am more thankful for my parents than pedicures. But I do love climbing into that massage chair & just letting go for an hour. Bliss. Probably my favorite indulgence ever.

O- Outlook. My new ride has taken me wherever I have needed to go (of course, eating up a ton of gas along the way, but that was expected, right?) over the past few months with only a few minor hiccups along the way. I am really excited about breaking her in on our first real road trip next week. AND, Outlook, as in my email! I don't know what I would do without it!

P- Parents. Sorry, everyone, I hate to tell you, but I have the best ever. :) I couldn't have asked for a better set & I am so thankful for how I was raised & for the relationship I have always had with them. I only hope I am half the mother my Mom has always been to me.

Q- Quiet. Our house is loud. And it is about to get even louder. I have grown to love the constant noise of the little fella running around yelling, singing, dropping things he should not be holding in the first place. It is what my idea of "home" has become. But, let me tell you- I also cherish when our house is quiet (a.k.a.- when Hutch has gone to sleep:) I also like to call this "me time."

R- Reading. Or as Jeremy so lovingly calls it, "nerding out."

S- Sisters. I was able to have good chats with both of my sisters yesterday & I just don't know what I would do without them. I am so blessed to be so close to both of them!

T- Text messaging. What did we do without it????

U- Utica, MS. This little town holds many special memories of spending time on my grandparent's cotton farm. Here are just a few things that I immediately think of: sunsets, cows, riding around in the back of a pickup, shooting guns, Bill's Dollar Store, cheese biscuits, cold apples with the skin peeled off, the "boogie song" on the piano, old Barbie dolls, hamburgers on the patio with cokes so cold they have ice in them, naps, the Cozy Coup, tv shows recorded to vhs, Bingo, and just happiness. Pure, spoiled-rotten, happiness. And visiting my grandparents still brings back all of these things when I visit today. Who knows, maybe Utica will have a new set of residents in a few years?

V- Vacation days. Whether I am sitting at home on a stay-cation or traveling somewhere. I. LOVE. DAYS. OFF. and 8 years at my company has earned me earned quite a few of them at work.

W- Work. I always thought I was meant to not work. I really did. My degree was just a back up plan. And, while I definitely have my moments at work & if given the option, I would rather be living it up as a rich stay at home Mom, I am so thankful to have a job that I enjoy going to each day!

X- ercise. Not that I currently do it. But, I really plan to after Hazel is born. I know, this is a stretch (haha), but what else are you supposed to use for X?

Y- Yeast Rolls made by Mee Maw. Yummy.

Z- zzzzz's, as in sleep! While little Hazel's constant nighttime movement is preventing me from getting all the zzz's I am used to, I am sure it is a sign of things to come. So I am extremely grateful for the sleep I am getting, knowing my nights are most likely about to take a turn...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Hello, Monday...

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was FABULOUS! I headed to Houston Saturday morning to spend the weekend with Carly. I arrived around noon & we headed over to the Nutcracker Market. It was SO much fun! It was super crowded & there were SO many vendors. We didn't even have time to see all of the booths. Regardless, we walked away with some fun Christmas gifts for friends & family. We plan on making this a tradition each year- maybe next year Haley & my Mom can join us!

Saturday night, we met up with Jenn, Alissa, and Jenn's SIL for dinner at Maggiano's. It was soooo good & I was so surprised when I was presented with baby gifts for little Hazel Claire! Turns out, they planned a little mini shower for me- I truly have the best friends a girl could ask for! Hazel will certainly be stylin' in her new outfits! When we got back to Carly & Marc's, Carly came downstairs with a huge gift from them & my parents- a Nap Nanny! I am so excited- we never had one of these for Hutch (I had never even heard of them), but I see how much Carly & Marc use theirs & I don't know how we did without one. This will certainly be helpful with having 2 kiddos to watch. I also got some qt in with my little nephew, Ryder. Oh my gosh, I just adore him- he is so sweet & good natured & just adorable! I am so mad I have no pictures. I will make up for it at Thanksgiving.

Jeremy & Hutch spent the weekend in Brownwood- Jeremy's grandfather gave Hutch a harmonica & to say he loves it is a HUGE understatement. He knows how to play it (no recognizeable songs as of yet, but I am sure that is only a matter of time:) but he loves to blow on it & hear the sounds. This morning I woke Hutch up & was getting him dressed. Well, Jeremy started playing the harmonica in the living room & I wish I had a picture of Hutch's face. His eyebrows shot up SO high & he broke into the biggest grin & starting doing a little jig right there on the changing table. It was hilarious!

We have a bit of a quiet week this week & this weekend I am planning on wrapping up some Christmas shopping. I know it's early, but we are doing Christmas with my fam in Jackson while we are there for Thanksgiving. I also plan on taking some good pics of Hutch for our Christmas card, since the lights idea didn't work out. The biggest highlight of this week? HALEY IS COMING HOME! Yay! She flies in on Thursday & we are SO excited! We haven't seen her since Carly & Marc's wedding in March, so we are thrilled to get her back in the US.

Have a great week, everyone!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Just Stopping By...

To say hello! I have been meaning to post all week, but I just don't know where the time has gone! We had a great time this past weekend with Jeremy's parents being in town. Friday night, we had a late dinner at Waterloo & Hutch was able to log some time in on their playground. That is his newfound love, btw. Anytime we pass any sort of playground, Hutch will start yelling, "SIDE! SIDE! SIDE!" (for those of you completed puzzled, translation=slide) Saturday morning also consisted of some playround action at Chik-Fil-A. We have discovered that breakfast is the perfect time to take Hutch there b/c he usually has the playground all to himself. Saturday afternoon, Lynn, Casey, and I spent some time at Southpark Meadows doing some shopping. I have recently re-discovered Marshalls & I LOVE it! I always seem to walk out of there with some great purchases. Jeremy, close your eyes- this may be my new Target.

Saturday night, we headed over to the Salt Lick to celebrate Kyle's birthday. We had so much fun & the food was delish, as always. Here are a few pics of everyone.
Hutch (way past his bedtime, btw)....he was much happier after the food arrived.

Lynn & Doug

Casey & Jarrod
Kyle & Jessica
We so enjoyed Jeremy's parents being here. Lynn & Doug, thank you again for everything & we can't wait to see you at Christmas!!!!

Ok, this next picture is totally random, but I decided to attempt to get a few pics of Hutch playing with Christmas lights in efforts to get a good Christmas card picture. Well, everything was going well until I suggested that Jeremy pick the lights up and dangle them around Hutch. Hutch completely freaked out & started crying, screaming, "IGHTS! IGHTS! IGHTS!" So, fabulous- Hutch is now terrified of Christmas lights. Seriously, this completely did him in for the night & we had to give him a bath & put him to bed shortly thereafter. We may have the only Christmas tree with no lights & decorations from half way up. Needless to say, this idea will not make it to the Christmas card this year. Guess we will have to try to find something else. Anyways, even though the lighting is bad, this was one cute one I managed to get before the trauma occured.
I am headed solo to Houston this weekend to spend some time with Carly-yay!!! We are going to the Nutcracker Market. I am really excited b/c I have never been & I hope to knock out a few Christmas gifts while I am there. And, as an added bonus, I look forward to getting my hands on that little Ryder! Marc, I am excited about seeing you, too! :) We also plan to have dinner with 2 of my besties, Jenn & Alissa. Meanwhile, Jeremy is taking the little 'fella to Brownwood to see his great-grandparents.
Don't know about all of you, but I am sure glad tomorrow is Thursday- this week has been super long & I am ready for it to end already! OH, and I went to the doctor today. Everything is right on track & I am measuring at 32 weeks. She told me that I can go ahead & schedule an induction date if I want to- I think we are going to shoot for the 30th. I am super excited! We just can't wait to meet our little Hazel!