Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Texas Tour

How far did y'all drive over Thanksgiving? I think we put 1 million miles on my car. Really. Ok, maybe not. But we drove ALOT. It was all well worth it, however, as we had so much fun hanging out with Jeremy's fam. We were so fortunate to be able to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in Texas. I certainly missed everyone at Luckett, however, we had a ball traveling to Brownwood & Odessa to see those we wish we could see more often. Here are a few pics from our trip:

Hazel's first Thanksgiving meal! She loved it. As in everything. Can you tell??

Hutch made a friend while at Nanny Pat & Paw Paw Bill's. Shame we had to leave him behind. ;)
Check out the creek behind the house- it is completely dry!

Hutch wishing he could catch some fish. And, I felt like I owed you all a sepia. It's been a while, you know.

The only Thanksgiving pic I could manage to get of H & H together

Hazel couldn't wait to get her hands on the Black Friday ads.

WHAT? No Target ad in the Brownwood paper??? I think I had the same expression. Boo!

Love this- Nanny Pat & Paw Paw Bill with the kiddos the day we left. We have a picture of these 4 in the same spot that was taken back in Feb. Those kiddos look a wee bit bigger now. Sniff, sniff.

Hutch being silly

And.......Hazel being silly

The best pic I could get of Nanny Alma & the kiddos in Odessa. I think Hazel is mid-clap and Hutch is eating something (really?!)

Only a true cowboy could pull this look off. And, he is still eating something. His poor wife is certainly going to have to spend some time in the kitchen b/c the way to this boy's heart is food for sure.

I hope you were all surrounded by the ones you love during Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 21, 2011

Mucho Gracias

Alot of my FB friends have been listing out something they are thankful for each day. I love that and wish I had thought of it early enough! I am so thankful for so many things, however, and even though I didn't post a reason each day on Facebook, I am glad I have my blog to share reasons why I am thankful. Here goes:
1) My Husband- he is truly my best friend and I just really love him. Like, ALOT, people. We have so much fun together and he is the first one I go to if I need advice about something. And, he is such a great Dad!
2) H & H- they bring me more joy than I EVER thought possible. They are the light of my life!
3) Sisters- they are such a blessing! I was able to spend a weekend with Carly recently & we laughed so hard. The whole weekend. About stupid stuff. In fact, I call Carly sometimes just to say, "Oh. My.Gosh. I have the funniest story that only you will get." And Haley would have been laughing right along with us, too, if she weren't a million miles away. Love, love, love those girls!
4) My 'rents- so excited to be so close to them now! Yay! It's just an added bonus that they are loads of fun to hang out with!
5) The rest of the fam- I am so thankful for my aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, and friends that are not related to me my blood but might as well be as I think of them as family (ahem, Laura and Shannon). XOXO
6) My Job- I adore my new job. I never thought I would be as happy as I was at E, but I have just hit the jackpot with this one. Although I miss my old coworkers quite often, I am fortunate to have made so many great friends at my new job!
7) Good Neighbors- As in neighbors who will put food on your front porch because they notice your crazy dog has escaped your backyard (again) and may want a bite to eat while he patiently waits for you to get home.
8) My Blog Readers! Ok, I accept and embrace the fact that I don't get many comments. That's ok. Rumor has it, howver, that I actually do have a few people that frequent my blog (Love you, Aunt Lisa!!!!!) and for you, I am truly grateful.
9) Friends- there are always those few people that you really connect with & stick with you through thick & thin. Leahbeth, Alissa, and Jenn- love you ladies and thank God for you daily!
10) Conditioner- may seem random but you wouldn't believe what my hair would like without it. Yikes. I shiver at the thought.
11) My Faith- it's gotten me through alot. I don't know how people get through life without it.
12) Falling leaves- while it may feel like it's 80 degrees outside, you can still tell it's fall by all of the leaves EVERYWHERE. They are covering our front and back yard & I love it!
13) Pizza- I will always be thankful for pizza. And, I think it will always be my fave food. Always.
14) Levi- he drives me nuts but I love that bad dog!
15) Wheels- as in our car. Without it, we wouldn't be able to spend time with Jeremy's family for Thanksgiving!
16) Tall Boots. Need I say more about this?
17) Music. Even little Hazel has started clapping her hands, nodding her head, and bouncing to the beats! We looooooove to "rock on" in the famous words of Hutch.
18) Coffee- I think I drink a little more each day. I have gotten in the horrible habit of fixing me a cup for the trip home from work. Stop me, please!!!! It's so delish. Especially when it's cold outside!
19) A big breakfast- thanks, Dad, you have me spoiled for life!
20) In laws- I have really good ones, btw.
21) Contacts- I can't tell you how thankful I am that I don't have to wear my glasses everyday. You should have seen these pink beauties I had in the 5th grade.
22) Fall Back- as in the time change. Most people hate it but I LOVE IT!
23) Cold Weather- you won't hear me complaining when the temps drop to the 30's! I guess the great thing about everywhere I live is that it can be 30 one day and easily 80 the next. I really should be living somewhere more seasonal. Naaaahhhh.
24) Books- hoping for a Kindle for Christmas!!! I have gotten out of the habit of reading, so I am anxious to pick it back up!
25) DVR. We lost it when me moved to MS. But we have recently found it again. And for that, I am truly thankful. Btw, I am really trying to limit my "trash tv" consumption. I think it's going farily well!
26) Online Shopping! Woo-hoo!!!! (Note: this would NOT be on Jeremy's list, if he were to make one.)
27) To be a Mississippi Resident- so glad to be back home!
28) Utica- so thankful to be back & able to spend time there. And, so thankful that Jeremy loves it just as much as I do!
29) My health
30) Our troops- While this is last on my list, it is certainly not least, as I am truly thankful for all of the troops who have served and are serving so we enjoy the freedoms we have today. There are alot of families who will have loved ones missing this year at their holiday gatherings- may we always remember and be thankful for their many sacrifices!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! May God continue to bless you during this holiday season!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Fun

We have had a great time gearing up for Halloween this year. Here are Hutch & Hazel in their Halloween outfits I ordered off Etsy. Unfortunately, Hazel only wore her dress for about 10 minutes. Good thing it should work as a shirt next year.
Our little ladybug is on the move! Levi isn't quite sure what to think of the little critter.

Hazel wants to know where her candy is.

This cowboy's just takin' a break.

Love. This.

Our sweet little kiddos in their Halloween gear.

Family Pic! Look at Hutch smiling at his Daddy. And look at the Hazel girl smiling at her Lolli (you can't see her but she was doing everything she could to get those two to smile.)

Look! It's Minnie Mouse! We were so excited that Tim, Jessie, and Lia came over to help us celebrate Halloween.

Hutch & his loot. It was quite a successful night, I must say. Of course, we did have to have a quick "Halloween Etiquette 101" pretty quick into the evening, as Hutch would just march right into people's homes. Once he figured out (& it didn't take long) how this whole "Trick or Treat" thing works, he was pretty excited.

Hope your Halloween was full of fun, too! Having kiddos, especially one little guy who really got it this year, made it such a great night. And we were even more blessed to spend it with wonderful family and friends. Here's to a great November & gearing up for the holidays!