Wednesday, July 24, 2013

In Honor of my Bestie

Happy Hump Day, my friends! This week's post is in honor of my bestie (& her sweet Mama) who is coming to visit this weekend! Yay, Yay, Yay!!! I met Alissa when I was about 22 years old, fresh out of college & brand-spanking-new to the big city of Houston. We hit it off immediately & have been besties every since.

We have shared countless laughs, inside jokes, tears, and unforgettable memories. We have been roomies. We have been by each other's side regardless of what life throws our way. She has seen me at my worst (ahem, Alissa, you know what I am referring to) and helped picked me up. She was there the night I met Jeremy & still loves me even though I sent her home in a cab. By herself. She is not only a dear friend to me, but also to Jeremy and the rest of my family. Y'all- she's like a sister, I swear. And, it just so happens that her Mama hit it off with my Mama a few years back, so she is coming along, too!

So, in honor of Alissa, here are a few of my fave pics from the past few years:


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Beach Trip!

I think the beach is a little slice of heaven.  We headed to Orange Beach for a few days with Carly, Marc, Ryder, and Vivi- it was so much fun. Let me just say, gone are the days of lounging pool/ beachside with a good trashy novel and a cold beer. That's ok, though, I will take watching my kiddos playing in that gulf sand any day. While I couldn't take that white sand or gorgeous view or lazy days with me, I could take the special memories that we made. And the photos. Y'all know there were tons of photos. To sum up our trip, there were:

smiling faces, sticky fingers, tears of exhaustion, flips in the pool, a splash pad, sand castles, crabbin' trips, dinosaur bones (what??? Just ask Hutch, he'll tell ya), time outs, burgers, cold beers (we still managed to fit a few of those in), a freak out in the Mobile tunnel (ahem, Hazel, bless her little heart), good fried seafood, deck-dancin' that made table-waitin' worthwhile, cheap souvenirs that made little people grin from ear to ear, fajitas, homemade breakfasts (Ray Boone style), sunburns, naps, late nights, early mornings, a constant rotation of saltwater and chlorine in eyes, balcony time, bingo at the FloraBama, thunderstorms, numerous grocery store trips, frozen beverages, swim-trunks that were a bit too big, afternoon snoozes, kayak rentals, fishing, water-side snacks, people watching (oh my gosh, is this not the absolute best at the beach?), minimal showers, chocolatey faces, toy stealin', elevator rides, sea-shell searches, and countless giggles. 

There is nothing like a vacay with your cousins.

 Ok, I fully realize that Hazel will hate me for this picture one day. And, for her sake, I almost didn't post it. But, OH MY GOSH, I have never laughed so hard. And, I thought y'all would think it's pretty funny, too. That girl was ROCKIN' those goggles & finger up her nose, don't you think? I couldn't resist. I am sorry. Hehe. 

 Mom, please see our attempts at your request for an all-grandkid-inclusive pic below. There are a few more not posted that actually turned out a bit better. But, I thought these were the most entertaining. Ahhhh, the family photo. With all kids. What fun.

This was our view- super nice.  I could get used to waking up to this every day. Maybe when we win the lottery or hit it big when I discover one of my hidden talents that I am completely convinced will make us millions, we will summer in the Gulf. Y'all can come visit.

Oh! And, I can't forget (blog fail) to wish my better half, Jeremy, a belated Happy Birthday! With everything going on last week, I neglected to post something (tsk, tsk), but do know that we celebrated by driving 5 hours & stopping only once, eating leftover cake from his office-birthday-lunch, and chowing down on some fresh gulf seafood. It. Was. Awesome. I love you, Jeremy!!!!

So thankful for this trip- looking forward to next year!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

TBall 2013

Well, we just wrapped up another season of t-ball. I would love to report that Hutch was 100% focused, the star player, caught lots of balls, hit some home runs...BUT, that just wouldn't be the truth. And, quite honestly, if that were the case, the past couple of months would probably not have been as much fun. While he did seem a bit more focused this year than last, let's just face it. I think he was there for the snacks. And, the uniform- he loved putting that uniform on & sporting his baseball cap. There were still alot of moments where the game was paused so all the little players could watch the airplanes overhead (happens quite a bit when your field is right by the airport), moments where we had to pry them off the fence in the dugout because it was their turn to bat (they were like little monkeys hanging from that fence), and a few meltdowns because of mud on shoes. But, other than that, they were pretty focused! :) Hutch loved his trophy- he told his coach, "Thank you SO much, Coach Tosha. I am going to go home and get you a flower in my backyard and you can come to my house ANYTIME.YOU.WANT. to play with my toys." Awe.
Just so happened that Ryder & Vivi were in town for one Hutch's last games. On this particular game day, no one really showed up, so Hazel & Ryder got to play! This actually worked out really well because Ryder was convinced he was going to play the whole way there. Saved his Mama a tough conversation when they arrived.

Oh,yay-uh. Watch out Omaha, this fella may be knockin' on your door in a few years.

Ryder is a natural.
Hazel was all smiles despite the bugs and dirt.

I adore this picture because of Vivi's expression compared to Hazel's. Oh, Vivi, that Hazel is going to teach you a thing or two. Or maybe it's the other way around. I can just picture Vivi saying, "Get your hand off my hair. Right. Now."
Someone made it to 3rd!
Funny conversation on the first day of T-Ball: Hutch goes up to the coach's son, Chris, and says, "Hi, my name is Hutch and I am 4 years old. Will you be my best friend?" Chris:" My name is Chris. I am your best friend."
Sweet. If everything in life were that simple.

Silly Faces Pic.
The team & coaches
There's no time like snack time. Ryder agrees.
Heart melting.
Ok, moving on to the 4th. Did y'all have a good one? We had so much fun just kickin' it at my parents. Hutch really got into the fireworks this year. It was an added bonus that Haley was here to help us celebrate. The last time she was in the U S of A was here. This was when she was living in the ATX with us. Hutch, dude, quit growing already.

As did Hazel...
Come to find out, this chair wasn't the only thing shared by these 2 on the 4th- Hazel happily passed along strep throat to her sweet little cousin, Lia 
For the record, we did not realize she had strep at the time.
Once we realized this, she was quarantined in our house until we were all climbing the walls.
She is much better now. However, if you ask her, she is most likely to still tell you, "I gott-a fee-vah"
Bless her sweet little heart.
Love to you all & as always, thanks for reading!