Monday, February 28, 2011

Hazel Meets Mississippi

Long time, no blog, friends! How is everyone? We just got back from a long visit in MS. We had so much fun & Hutch had a great time introducing his little sister to everyone. As you would probably expect, there are a TON of pics in this post. Jeremy, Hutch, Hazel, and I all headed into town a week ago last Wed. Jeremy & Hutch flew back to Austin on Sunday, while Hazel and I stayed until Friday. My Mom rode with us back to Houston, where we were able to spend some time with Marc, Carly, Ryder, and Haley. We had fun there, too, except my Mom came down with something that caused her to loose her voice. Poor thing- she couldn't talk the whole time we were there. Don't you know that just killed her. Here are some pics from our trip.

If you remotely know my family, then you know that we spend lots of time out on the back porch. Hutch loves to swing, especially with Pop.
We joined the Lee's & the Cook's for their weekly Mexican dinner at El Ranchito. Jennifer & Erik's daughter, Ollie, and Hutch had a ball running around the restaurant. The servers had just as much fun serving them up all the cherries they wanted & taking them back to the kitchen. These next few pictures are so cute- I just had to post all of them.




We also went by & spent some time with Gran.
Of course, we had to introduce Hazel to Hal & Mal's! Here she is with Aunt Jan.
Me, Hazel, Brandi, and Rivers (isn't she so cute???!!!)
Check out those cheeks.
Hutch was absolutely mesmerized by the band that played. He just sat there for a while with his Dad & would start clapping everytime they would finish a song. This kid is definitely going to be a musician. He even put on a show for everyone & started dancing at one point. The band asked what his name was & gave a shout out to him. Then, they proceeded to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and Hutch went NUTS. He was cuttin' a rug out there on that dance floor. He was the only one, too, which made it extra special.
The highlight of the evening- the band let Hutch strum the guitar. He LOVED it but hated it when we had to go. He didn't understand that the band wanted their guitar back.
My Dad used to read "Go, Dog, Go" to us ALL the time. It was my fave book- it is also Hutch's fave, so it was great having my Dad read it to him.
Of course, we made a trip to Utica. We were fortunate to be able to spend the night- Mee Maw & Paw Paw pulled out an old ukele for Hutch to play- he did not put it down the whole time we were there. Here is Hutch playing a tune for Paw Paw.
Future Bulldog.
Check out Paw Paw's expression- love it.
Mee Maw & Hazel
We took a little trip out to my grandfather's land around dusk. This pond is alot bigger than I remember it being. I thought this was so pretty. This little trip brought back alot of happy memories for me.


On Monday, Hutch was watching Elmo & just plain passed out on that hardwood floor. He looked so uncomfortable but I hated to move him b/c I knew he would wake up. So, I left him there. For about 2 hours. Best sleep he had the whole week, I think. I met Leahbeth, baby Caroline, and Natalie for lunch at Keifer's on Tuesday. I was so excited to meet Caroline for the first time! She is so cute & just her big brother made over. I have been dear friends with LB & Natalie since high school, and although we don't see each other very often, we just pick up where we left off everytime we see each other! Great friends!
Natalie, Hazel, and me

My Mom with all of her grandbabies. Can you believe how big Ryder has gotten? He is a cutie!!!
This pic was pretty funny to take. First of all, we all could not fit on that couch. Secondly, getting everyone to look at the camera & smile was just about impossible. As you can see.
So, I am enjoying my last week of maternity leave. I can't believe it is time for me to go back to work. These past couple of months have been super busy- we are so thankful to have had so much family to help us out! I start back to work on Monday- I am definitely a little sad to see my maternity leave end, but that is life! I hope you all have a fabulous week & I will post again soon!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Little Bit of Everything Post

I thought about dedicating a post to just Hutch, but I knew that many of you may be wanting an update on Hazel, and then I realized I had a bunch of misc. pics I had not posted yet, so here is a post that contains just about everything but the kitchen sink. First of all, Hazel is doing sooooo much better. We can't thank all of you enough for your thoughts and prayers. We have so appreciated all of the phone calls, texts, facebook updates, cards, etc. We know that little Hazel has had many, many family & friends rooting for her recovery! She is just about back to her 'ole self. Her breathing has greatly improved & we are working on getting her back to eating normally. She is definitely eating alot, but we are so anxious to just pump her full of fluids (she was not eating much while sick), that we have thrown our scheduling out the window. So, I hope to get back to that once we know she is 100% and eating as she should be. Hopefully, that will begin within the next day or two.
Jarrod and Casey have been such a huge help during all of this. Here is a pic of them with Hazel and Hutch prior to Hazel getting sick.
Hutch loves his Aunt Casey!

We were so excited to see Shannon when she came by to meet Hazel. Hazel took quite a liking to her, as you can see.
We didn't take many pics while Jeremy's mom was here, but here is one.
Little Hazel Claire. Check out those eyes.
Haley was here all week to help out- don't know what we would have done without her! Hutch and I took her back to Houston yesterday. We decided that Hutch needed an afternoon out, so we took him to the Aquarium downtown. Oh my gosh- he LOVED it! He was fascinated by the grouper tank. In fact, we left this "room" and kept walking, and it only took a few minutes for him to grab my hand and pull me back to check these fish out again. Jeremy stayed behind in Austin with Hazel- his dreams of Hutch loving to fish are looking up.
Haley and I couldn't really figure out why they had white tigers at the Aquarium, but we weren't complaining or asking questions. When Hutch saw the tiger for the first time, he started yelling, "Doggie! Doggie!!!" and pounding on the glass. Not really sure what the other spectators thought, but we sure thought it was too cute.
Look at how tiny Hutch looks.

We also took Hutch on the ferris wheel that practically hangs over I45. I have never been scared of heights, but it made me so nervous to have the little fella up so high. I love this pic- Hutch is so not wanting his picture to be taken and Haley still manages to smile (although noticably forced) while trying to settle him down.
Shame the light is so bright, as I love this picture!



If this doesn't scream, "fun" I don't know what does.
Hutch is thinking, "get started already. "



Hutch put on quite a show when he heard a tune he liked. He just cut a rug right there on that shark bench. He left with quite a few more fans than he had when we got there. Here are some action shots.


We capped the visit off by throwing some coins into the fountain. Hutch emptied us both out.
We finished off the night by a delish dinner at one my Houston fave's, Cafe Adobe. It was just as tasty as ever. Hutch had a ball there, too, and I think he really just enjoyed the day with his Aunt Haley and Mama. We sure missed Carly, Marc, and Ryder! Carly & Marc were in Vegas for a wedding (jealous- love Vegas). Thanks a ton for everything, Haley! We love you and are so thankful for you!!!! Can't wait to see you again in a couple of weeks!

I will close this post with the following pics. Remember the disco? Well, we have pulled it out for Hazel and Hutch seems to like it just as much now as he did almost 2 years ago.

A couple of days ago:
May 2009:
Sniff, sniff, where does time go?

We are heading to MS on Wed. to finally take Hazel to meet everyone. I am so excited and just can't wait to bring her home! Jeremy and Hutch are coming too, but they are going to fly back on Monday, whereas Hazel & I are staying until next Friday. Yay, we are so excited!
I will try to post some new pics of Hazel before we head out. Hope everyone has a great week!