Saturday, May 21, 2011

Let it Be Known

I am a changed woman. I mean, not really. My little life has snuck so gracefully into this comfortable nook, I didn't even know it had happened. When Hutch was really little (he is quite the big boy now, in case you haven't noticed), I used to relish the thought of a weekend by myself. I think being a new Mom is such an adjustment; you just tend to still really, really need those seldom but priceless moments of just "me time." Jeremy & I would always make it a point to make sure we each had time to spend time by ourselves, whether it be as simple as 3 hours at the movies or a night out on the town or (gasp) a weekend getaway.

I dropped Jeremy, Hutch, and Hazel off at the sprawling Jackson-Evers airport this morning so they could spend the weekend in Odessa with Jeremy's fam. For the past few weeks, I have been waiting for this weekend- a weekend where I could do WHATEVER I wanted. Movie, pedicure, a few toddies (or alot if I so pleased), shopping, sleeping in, sleeping uninterrupted ALL NIGHT (what?), etc., etc. Well, when I dropped my little family off today, I just had a pit in my stomach. Because I was unable to help Jeremy through security, I just had to walk away. I couldn't stand to just sit there unable to do anything while he hassled with trying to get 2 carry-ons, a stroller, a 2 year old, and a 5 month old through security by himself. I looked back as I walked through the door & I caught a glimpse of the back of Jermey standing there holding little Hutch's hand. And, I had to bite back my tears until I got to the car. It leaves you a little empty feeling leaving your husband and kiddos at the airport. "Gosh, how long will they be gone?" is probably what you are thinking. Just until Monday. But it was still hard, ok?

That being said, I am really, really, enjoying a few days by myself. I knew there would be tears b/c sometimes I can just be an emotional wreck. Especially when it comes to my family. After leaving the airport, I headed over to my house to clean up shop & pack my bags to spend the weekend with the 'rents. We kicked the weekend off with an excellent breakfast (Bloody Mary included, which I am quite partial to), a pedicure (bliss), and some shopping (need I say more?) Now, we are just hanging out getting ready to boil some shrimp and get in some back porch time.

It's quite lovely having some "me" time and getting to spend some one-on-one time with my parents. I plan on continuing to enjoy the next couple of days. BUT, let it be known, that I will sacrifice sleep, watching what I want on tv, a clean house, a quiet house anyday just to spend time with my husband and kiddos. It's really strange how life & what's important to you changes without you even noticing it. I guess we would be in trouble if I still preferred the other, right? Haha....huge thanks to my parents for entertaining me this weekend. It's kinda like old times. EXCEPT, I get to look forward to picking up 3 special, special people on Monday night.

Hope y'all have a great weekend!!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Big River Risin'

Yesterday we headed to Utica to scoop up Mee Maw & Paw Paw so we could go check out the flood in Vicksburg. Paw Paw was a great tour guide, as he knows all the backroads and good high spots in town. This flood is devasting, and although it was hard to guage just how high the water was in many spots, there were several places along the river where the damage was very evident. This is just one of the many towns that has been so effected by the mighty Mississippi- my heart just goes out to everyone who has been impacted- especially all of the farmers who have worked so hard on planting their crops this year.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Celebrating 80 Years

Hello, friends, wow, have I got some catching up to do. The highlight of this past weekend was celebrating my grandmother's 80th birthday- Happy Birthday, Mee Maw! The whole fam gathered at Ely's to help Mee Maw celebrate. So, while this post does have some "catchin' up" pictures, I have several of the big celebration towards the end.

Did I tell y'all the Easter bunny brought Hazel some new shades? AND, she loves them. Especially while kickin' it in her Bumbo on our messy kitchen table.

....BUT she doesn't love those shades nearly as much as she loves....SWEET POTATOES! Yes, we have a baby food eater on our hands. Well, that may be an exaggeration considering we have only tried it twice. And to say she loves it would be quite the exaggeration, as you can see from the pic below.

Hutch "catching fish" on the rez

How can you possibly make Ryder & Hutch ANY cuter? Place them in matching pj's, of course! Btw, this wasn't planned, but I sure was thrilled when Carly broke these out Saturday morning- Carly knew Hutch had a pair so she bought his little cuz a pair to match.

Handsome little Ryder. Ahhh, I love him!

Hutch showed Ryder how to work the bubble gun. Ryder thought Hutch was hilarious. All weekend.

All smiles on the patio

And, Hutch even taught Ryder how to sweep- Pop's hat required, of course.

Oh, yeah, ladies, watch out. And, really, it's perfect that he is holding an electrical cord b/c that is what he is into these days. Nice.

Hutch loves his Aunt Haley!

Here we are at Ely's. Hazel is absolutely astonished. Perhaps it was because she had just realized that Peyton was also wearing seersucker. Or perhaps it was because she caught wind that Peyton was wearing seersucker b/c he had just returned from the "Seersucker and Sombrero" party down the road & she wasn't invited. It could have been alot of things, really.

My lovely sisters!

I think this was the only time all night that Hutch was still.

Big 'ole eyes

The birthday girl! MeeMaw would kill me if she knew I put a picture of her on my blog wearing that tiara, but she looks so darn cute, I just can't resist. Isn't she beautiful?

Paw Paw & Mee Maw

Margaret & Haley

Hutch emptied Lolli & Paw Paw's pockets at the fountain outside.

Sunday, we headed to Utica to see our family in town from Austin & Denver. Here are Jenny & me with each other's babies. Little Marianne is only 3 weeks younger than Hazel. So happy we got to see them!

Jill & Jenny & Hazel- it was so great to see these ladies & their families!

Me, Mom, Haley, Carly

We wrapped up the weekend by cooking out at our new pad. Here is Carly & Hazel on the screened in porch. Love Hazel's expression.

Well, the attempts to get a good shot of Lolli and all the grandkids are always entertaining, at least!

And, I will leave you with this little photo of sweet!