Tuesday, November 27, 2012

5 Days of Thanksgiving

Did y'all eat enough last week? Oh my gosh, I don't even want to think about the amount of calories I consumed over the course of the past 5 days. Geez. The casseroles and heavy apps were a-flowin'. And it was good. Mix that with lots of family time and it was a perfect Thanksgiving. 

Jeremy & my Mom had the opportunity to visit this little Indian at school the other day. I was just heartbroken I couldn't attend, as I was in Texas for work. 

We spent Thanksgiving Day out at Luckett Lodge. The weather was amazing & the kiddos had a blast! 

Always a great time when Aunt Cindy is around!

Laura Merrill and sweet little Alex. 

Hazel is in love with that little Vivi. 

Cuz pic!

Never a dull moment at the kid table!

Hazel is fascinated with little puppy dogs & kitty cats. 

Enjoying the beautiful weather

Jeremy tried to get Hutch in on the football game. Let's just say he has not quite grasped the "tackle" concept and was not too happy when he was knocked to the ground by a couple of older cousins. 

Just playing outside at Lolli & Pops! 

Let the races begin!

Despite the Dawgs losing on Saturday, the weekend was fantastic! I hope that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Can you believe that Christmas is almost here? Wowsers. 

OH, and we had a new arrival at our house on Sunday. We got home from my 'rents and there was a present waiting in our living room. Hutch and Hazel have a new friend- their very own Elf on a Shelf, Noodle! Hutch has been on his best behavior & has made sure that Noodle is aware EVERY night that he would like a Buzz Light Year and Woody the Cowboy for Christmas. :)

Have a great week! XOXO

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Giving Thanks

(Image found here)

As we are quickly approaching Thanksgiving week, I wanted to take some space to just say "Thank You." Many Facebookers have been posting daily status updates on things they are thankful for & I decided to hold off and do a post about Thanksgiving. So, here we go...

I am thankful that I serve a loving God. I mess up ALOT, but it brings me the greatest peace that no matter what I do, I have a loving Father that always forgives. And, with this, I am thankful to live in a country where I can freely express this not only on my blog, but any way & any how I want to. 

I am thankful for our military. The sacrifice that they & their families make is hard for me to even grasp. I am also thankful for those that have served and lost their lives in the line of duty. I was in line at the airport about a year ago, heading to see Carly & fam, when a lady in uniform was checking in. She was saying goodbye to her toddler. When the plane landed in Houston, the Flight Attendant asked that everyone pay their respects and let the military men & women off first. This particular group was on their way to Afghanistan. The previously mentioned lady was in this group. I was moved to tears. Thank you, to all that have served, are serving, and will serve. 

Thank you, Jeremy, for being the most amazing husband I could have ever asked for. The more time we spend together, the more I am convinced that you are my true soul-mate. We were meant to meet at Little Woodrows that day in October back in 2004. :) You make me laugh so hard my sides hurt. You make my heart smile. You are SuperDad. And, all those things I wrote on that bar napkin shortly after we met are still true. 

Thank you, Hutch, for being your sweet, tender-hearted self. Your little smile melts my heart, and your love and concern for Hazel is amazing. You are so funny and creative and full of life. You will never know how much we love you!!

Thank you, Hazel, for being the little spit-fire that you are. You certainly manage to keep us on our toes. You are beautiful, stubborn, hilarious, and the best cuddler. And you are learning more and more words (mainly from your big brother) that just keep us entertained. 

I am thankful for my parents. They put up with ALLLLLOOOTTTT when I was growing up. I am so thankful to be close to them, geographically and personally. I am thankful that they have always been there for me, no matter what I was going through. I am thankful that they are beyond helpful when it comes to watching our little H's. I am thankful I can still have great conversation with my Dad over a beer. I am thankful that I can always count on my Mom to be honest with me and put me in my place, if needed. I am especially thankful that they enjoy hanging out with us and vice versa. I have learned that this is not always the case. 

I am thankful for my sisters. I am thankful that Haley is back in the USA and that she will be here for Thanksgiving this week. I am beyond thankful of the inside jokes, tears, endless giggles, honesty, secrets, and priceless memories that we share. 

I am thankful for my in-laws. They are some of the most generous, loving, selfless people I know. 

I am thankful for my family that I have not specifically mentioned above. My grandparents, my aunts, uncles, cousins....I thank God each day for you. 

I am thankful for return flights home. I recently spend some time in Texas for fun & work, and as great as it was to see so many friends, I am always ready to get back. 

I am thankful for the things we stress out about. It can always be worse. And God never gives us more than we can handle. One of Carly's friends recently posted on Facebook, "I am thankful that when my child asks for more food, I am able to easily provide that to him. I don't have to say no or worry about where I am going to get it from." It was something like that, but it just really rang true with all of us. We take so much for granted and I am so thankful that we are able to feed our children. 

I am thankful for my job. While no job is perfect and I may hit snooze a few too many times while muttering some unfavorable language when my alarm goes off on Monday morning, I am thankful to have a job to go to each day. And my co-workers aren't too shabby, either. 

I am thankful for the holidays. Nothing makes my heart feel fuzzy like the Christmas season.

I am thankful for true friends. As we move through life, it seems our list of true friends seems to grow a bit smaller. I am thankful for those select few that I can call anytime, even if it's been months since we last spoke. I am thankful for these friends that I can meet up with for a drink after so much time has passed, and it's like we were just together yesterday. 

There are lots of little things I am thankful for....coffee, plain bagels with cream cheese, movies with Hutch, great hair products, makeup, a full tank of gas, music, pizza, the internet, books, iced tea with lemon, good ice, date nights/ weekends with Jeremy, contacts, layers, a good pedicure, knee socks & tall boots, sandwiches, concerts. Oh, the list could go on and on. And, you know, really, it's the little things, right???

I am thankful for my blog-readers. Although I am often convinced there are about 6 people who regularly read my blog, (what's up Mom, Lynn, Jenn, Lisa, Amy, and Kim!!!) I am always pleasantly surprised when someone unexpected tells me that read my blog all the time. Love y'all. 

I am thankful for so much more than I can post here. I love this time of the year & it seems that here recently there has just been a lot of heartbreaking stories going around. I pray for all of you that have lost loved ones and all of you that are going through any sort of difficult times. I am really trying to focus on all the things that I have in my life & as stated before, when you really start to think about it, it's almost overwhelming. No matter how hard I try, I just can't wrap my arms around it. And, I hope to never, ever take any of this for granted. 

If you made it this far in this SUPER long post, I am thankful for that. I know it was a long one, but my heart is just full of thanks this week. :) I wish you all safe travels & days filled surrounded by loved ones this week. 

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pirates, Football, Croquet....and Everything In Between

What do these things have in common? Well, they are just a few things we have been up to since my last post ages ago. How have y'all been? 

We had 2 little pirates at our house Halloween. And, I must say, they were the cutest little pirates I have ever seen. We had some family over to eat dinner & help hand out candy just in case someone stopped by to trick or treat (they didn't) and to accompany us on our stroll through the 'hood. We did have to have a couple of conversations regarding "trick-or-treating" etiquette with Hutch. He would just pound on the door until someone answered & if he caught even a slight glimpse of their treat bowl, he would say, "Hey! Can I have those skittles instead of this chocolate? Please???" Hazel just followed his lead & a couple of times we did have to pull her out of someone's house. She just walked right in & am pretty sure she would have made herself right at home & within 5 minutes been asking for "milk???" had we not intervened. It was a fun night. And there were lots of "ARGHHHHs" and lots of candy. 

Hazel thought it was so sweet that Mee Maw was holding Lia. 

Inspecting the loot. 

Hazel loved Paw Paw the Pirate! 

This past weekend we headed up to Starkville with my 'rents to spend a couple of nights, anticipating a win over Texas A & M. While the win didn't happen, we had a blast hanging out with friends we had not seen in fa-evah. Huge thanks to Jeremy's Mom who flew in to keep the H's. They had a blast & certainly accomplished wearing her plum out over the course of 3 days. 

Ryan, James, Jeremy, Matt (pardon the blurriness- new camera is on the Christmas list)

They still find time to solve the world's problems....even when out of town!

Love that Ollie Cook!

Mrs. Anne said she felt like "Angelina Jolie" watching the game from a suite! 

Do we look tired? We were. We aren't the spring chickens we used to be, you know. 

It's a sweeet view from the suite. That's certainly the way to go, as far as I am concerned. The Dawgs didn't win, but we enjoyed the a/c & food!

Me & Kim

Chick, Shaun, and Helmsy....we are taking it waaaay back to my MSU Pro Shop days.

Shaun enjoying his cocktail at Old Venice. Pinkies up!!

Steak & Helmsy

Kim, Shaun, Flynn, Helmsy

We were so excited that Alissa paid us a visit a couple of weeks ago. This weekend coincided with the semi-annual Boone Croquet Tourney. Fun, Fun, Fun!

It was some kinda cold that day. Good thing Hazel was ready to rock her winter-wear. 

He made it!

Hazel just making sure no funny business was going on with the score keeping. 

Hutch was ready for cold weather, too! (ok, so there is a good chance that my Mom ran by Old Navy for me the day before to scoop up some hats. Thanks, Mom!)

Hutch made it!!!!

Amy & Jefferson

I think if Hazel could really put her thoughts into complete sentences, she would be saying this: "Jefferson, can you not go any faster?? I am sure someone else is waiting to push me next."

Hutch was eating a snack (really?) when he jumped up and said, "I have to go!!! MY TEAM NEEDS ME!!!" Yes, they did. He looks like a natural, don't you think?

Hazel & Rivers just catching up. 

My new friend, Julie, who just happens to be Alissa's cousin's wife. Get that? They moved to Jxn not too long ago & we have all become great friends. Love them. Oh, and that little fella is Graham. Isn't he too cute for words? 

Game in action. 

Jeremy & Tom

The crew!!!

I just adore my husband. :) 

And don't even get me started on this little one. 

All partied out. 

So, apparently the dentist thinks it's time to get Hazel out of the thumb-sucking habit. (My response to Jeremy was, "What?? Did you tell her how cute she looks when she does it??) Jeremy has been really trying to stay on her about it. Well, the other morning, we saw her sitting there just going to town on that little thumb, so Jeremy said, "Hazel, no thumb!" And she just instantly fell asleep! Can you believe that? It was CRAZY!

Right there at that table with that sweet little thumb in her mouth. And a big smile on her face. 
We were laughing so hard.

Score! Treats from Lolli & Pop! I am already preparing myself for future ink on these kiddos. They love them some fake tattoos. I say this, because Lolli was super sweet to include some tats in their treat basket. There may be a frog on Hazel's arm that she got a few weeks days ago that we can't quite seem to get off. At first, we left it on so she wouldn't get mad (that girl can throw a Class-A fit) and because she likes to look at it & kiss it. But, there may be a chance that the little sucker is just stuck for a while. I have tried some light scrubbing, but the little glittery "ribbit" is not even showing the slightest smudge. 

We headed to Utica for their annual church fall festival

Hutch on the "Redneck Ferris Wheel" built by the Boy Scout Troop there. Hutch was so excited while we were waiting in line, but he only made about 5 loops & was ready to get off that thing. 

Hope all of you had a Halloween filled with scary little creatures, lots of candy, and those you love. Girls trip to Houston this weekend! Can't wait to spend some time with my Mom & sisters (and B-I-L and that sweet Ryder & Vivi!!)