Friday, January 31, 2014

The Friday Five

Like my new "Friday Random Post" title? Admit it. It's a bit catchy. Here are this week's Random Things.
  1. Painting Things: It's really not so bad. I have decided the worst part is actually going to buy the stuff & deciding to go through with it. High fives for taking initiative!
  2. Favorite part of my days this week: watching Hutch & Hazel shed their school clothes, throw on some "rock star" head bands and jam out to "The Bear Went Over the Mountain."
  3. Speaking of jamming out, we've been cranking up Toto's "Africa" at our house. It's Hutch and Hazel's current favorite & they've just about learned all the lines. Best part? When the drums kick in just before the chorus & I yell, "You ready, Hutch?? Hit it!!!" And then he breaks out the air drums & it's fantastic. I think he may have inherited this ability from his Uncle Jarrod?
  4. Speaking of Uncle Jarrod- he & Casey and coming to visit next week! Whoot, Whoot!
  5. I picked up a bridesmaid's dress last week (yay for Alissa & Pat's wedding!!) at David's Bridal & while I was checking out, a bride-to-be starting ringing this really loud bell. Which, apparently, means she "found her dress." Reminded me of that time that Carly & I were at David's Bridal trying on wedding dresses during a wedding-blitz type thing that involved a DJ, a loud mike, some really cheesy music. When I came out with my first dress on, I think he yelled something like, "HEY! WHAT'S YOUR NAME??" (I responded) and then he said something like, "HEY, LINDSEY, THAT ONE LOOKS GREAT ON YOU!!!" into his microphone. Did I mention that this took place on the weekend when it was super busy? And it was in Houston? So, it didn't look great and I was mortified. Actually, I think we were rolling with  laughter it was so funny. Maybe you had to be there. The point is, I remembered all of this & it made me laugh out loud.

                                                     Have a lovely weekend! XOXO 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Snow Days, 2014- Feedback

It's a must in the Jackson metro area. You know, "Snow Day"- when all schools close & parents grumble about having to call into work to stay at home with children because said schools are not operating. Typically, the grumbling occurs because A) there ends up being no snow B) there is very little snow C) the entire metro area goes into panic mode because of the teensy chance of snow. Y'all. I'ts crazy, I tell you. Anyhoo...this year, there actually was some snow. As in, it just kept snowing all day. WHY, I am sure you are asking, do these little H's look so sad? Well, according to their father, who had the duty of keeping them entertained on this "Snow Day" explains why:

"They look so bummed in this picture because they were unable to do the following:

1. Jump on the trampoline

2. Ride their jeeps

3. Build a snowman

4. Throw Snowballs"
Jeremy is most likely carrying the "Favorite Parent" title right now because this is what he did with the H's on Snow Day:
  1. Pizza at Soulshine w/ me- best lunch dates EVAH!
  2. Popcorn & a Movie- Frozen, again! How fitting, eh?
  3. NO NAPS!!!

On "Snow Day", round 2, I stayed at home with the kiddos. We didn't get out of our pjs all day. Well, I take that back- Hutch wore his Power Ranger costume all day while Hazel sported her Pricess attire until the late hours of the afternoon. We watched cartoons, played with legos, took naps, played outside for about 7 minutes, and did some cleaning. I think they were starting to get a bit stir crazy, but I quite enjoyed being homebound all day!

Confession: I love cold weather but these teen temps have got to go! Power through, everyone! I think we're on the up and up!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fun Facts for Friday

So, my random posts seem to be a teensy bit popular with my regular readers (thank you, thank you, thank you to all you special people!), so I am going to give this regular post thing a go and attempt to do a "random" type post each week. I am not necessarily committing to this, per say, but I am going to give it a shot. Here we go...
  1. This week, while searching for a unique gift for some unique people, I decided that what I really, really wanted was a cool blown glass something or another. I searched a couple of local stores & came up empty handed, which led to the following thought: "That's it. I am going to quit my job and open up my own store where I can blow glass into really cool things. Like birds. And frogs. And bowls." And, then I realized that I have no idea how to blow glass.
  2. Let it also be known that there have been many times I have not purchased something because I have thought, "I can totally make that. It's ridiculous they are expecting someone to pay $xx.xx for that. Seriously?" This will usually be in response to some cute, smocked or appliqued children's item. By the way, I have never touched a sewing machine and I can barely sew a button.
  3. Is anyone else disappointed that corn is not a vegetable? I know that this is not news to anyone, but I just found myself thinking about that this week.
  4. We made this on Sunday. While it was certainly tasty, I think we will try something beer-less next go round. Everytime we reheated it, our kitchen reeked of Sierra Nevada.
  5. Turnpike Troubadors. Hattiesburg. March 22nd. Still not sold? Tickets only $10.00 per person!! What??? Can't wait to rock it out.
  6. I have discovered this week that I really dig the retro furniture. I want a retro kitchen table REALLY bad. Come on, Jackson's Craiglist, help a sister out!
  7. I just purchased the longest book known to man. Well, that may not be true. In fact, it's probably not. BUT, y'all. This book is 800+  pages. The Goldfinch. Heard of it? It's also the first book I have ever purchased without knowing ANYTHING about. It was recommended by Joanna over here.  
  8. We recently realized that Jackson isn't the only city to practically shut down with the threat of frigid temps. To a particular airport: DOUBLE BOO!!!! Canceling a flight approx. 15 hours before it is scheduled to leave is NOT. COOL.
  9. We are joining a church this weekend- YAY! Finally!
  10. I got about 3 inches chopped off my hair last week. My head feels about 5 pounds lighter. Thumbs up for over-due haircuts.
  11. I need some new tunes. Any suggestions? My ipod needs some spice.

    That wraps this one up- hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hazel's First Mani/ Pedi

I won't lie. When we found out we were having a girl, one of my first thoughts was, "Mani/ Pedi's!!!" I decided a couple of weeks ago that Hazel was ready & was I ever right- she loved every minute of it. She was so still & just sat there like she had been getting manicures & pedicures her whole life. 

One of my favorite parts was the foam flip flops. She was so proud. We went over to Target & several ladies stopped us & said, "Well, look who got a pedicure today!!!" She was so excited. 

I think we have many more mani/ pedis in our future!!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Cheers to 2014! (and a few other items)

2014 is here! I am not one to typically get excited about the new year. I think I am quick to fall victim to the holiday blues. I look SO forward to fall, Thanksgiving, family coming in town, Christmas, etc., etc., and it's just over in the blink of an eye. The days are getting longer. I know to most people that is a welcomed sight, but I tend to be a strange one. I love the cold weather, crisp air, and darkness settling in around 5:00 PM. Particularly, this season, I have been in love with fires in our fireplace at home, my parent's new outdoor fireplace (that has gotten much, much use!) and decaf flavored coffee at night.
All that being said, I feel a bit different this year. Don't get me wrong- I am still a little bummed that Christmas is over, my baby girl just turned 3 (stop it already), and that college football season has ended, yet again. But, I am really, really looking forward to this next year. I have set some goals for myself, which is something I haven't done for quite some time. Our spring is booking up like CRAZY, which is also a bit unusual, as this time of year tends to be our down-period (although I am sure my husband would be quick to disagree on this subject). But, there is ALOT to look forward to.

There are weddings, wedding events, family trips and even trains in our future. There is a special little big boy who is turning 5 in just a few months. This said boy will start kindergarten in the fall. (what, seriously???) There is the possibility of a new home. We are finally deciding to join a church & hopefully get more involved. I also recently took on a new role with the local HR organization in the area & am looking forward to that. The St. Paddy's Day Parade is right around the corner & I am marching with the NLM again (yay!) and we have LOADS of people coming in town to join us for the fun. 2014, I'll be honest. I am glad you are here- let's do this.

As far as a few other items, I think it's just the right thing to start off the new year with a post about some incredibly random, insignifcant things that you all probably could care less about. But, that is ok! Maybe one day, I will actually organize this blog a bit- put some structure to it. That, by the way, is not on my "2014 Goal List" Maybe 2015 will have you as a bullet point, blog.

So, in efforts to not keep you hanging any longer, here are some random things for you. :)

  1. Hazel has a little boyfriend by the name of Culley. We think he is adorbs. That's him above with Hazel at the CFA. This little meet-up resulted when Hazel wanted to go by her "old school" (same school, different building) to see him one morning. So, we did. But, alas, he was not there. And there were tears. Lots of tears. So, I promised her we could sit outside and wait for about 5 minutes to see if he would show up. Then, I realized we were stalking poor Culley. And that's just not okay. So, we arranged this little play date at CFA and all was well with the world. And, I confessed our stalking episode to Culley's mom and she thought it was hilarious and was super disappointed that they didn't arrive at school on time that day. So, it was ok. But, for the record, stalking is not. ;)
  2. Candy Crush, I hate you. You and all your chocolates and jelly beans and gum squares. And for making me wait 24 hours before I can try only 5 times to make it to the next level. I will NOT ask friends for lives, thankyouverymuch. Not yet, anyways. If you see me begging for a life on FB, don't judge. I'm holding out as long as I can.
  3. Speaking of holding out, I wasn't able to when it came to Pretty Little Liars. I finished up all Netflix had to offer so I purchased an episode on Amazon. I really need to get it together- this is getting to be a bit ridiculous. I would like to promise that was my last episode to purchase but that may be an empty promise.
  4. Speaking of Pretty Little Liars, one of my favorite Christmas gifts this year, was a "Rosewood High" coffee mug. Thanks, Mandi, and GO SHARKS!!!
  5. I just put down 2 books in a row without finishing. The Flamethrowers was one. I made it half way through & just couldn't do it anymore. I couldn't begin to tell you what the book was even about. The 2nd was Tess of d'Ubervilles. This used to be one of my favorite books, so I thought it would be fun to re-read. Wrong. I was bored to tears. And, I figured, heck, since I've already read it once, is it really necessary to read it again? I made it about 30% through this one. Things are looking up, though, as shortly after I bought the 3rd book in the Divergent series, I received word that it's one of the worst books ever written. Fantastic.
  6. Speaking of reading, I am actually reading a pretty good one right now. (Finally) It's called The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin. Haley handed it over when she was done & I am really digging it so far.
  7. Did you hear there was this blog one time where no one ever commented so the author thought that no one ever, ever read her blog? True story. So sad.
  8. Have y'all seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? Amazing. I loved it.
  9. When discussing adjectives with Hutch the other day, I listed out some examples of adjectives to describe him & Hazel. When asked what would be some good adjectives to describe me, Hutch thought for a minute and said, "Oh, I'd have to say you're a good listener" I'll take it!
  10. Since I am quoting my children, according to Hazel, "Ballerinas don't care!!!" Not sure where this came from but she loves this new phrase.

    I could really go on and on, but I figure this post has been long enough. Most of you have probably quit reading by this point, anyways. :) If not, bless your heart, and thank you!


Friday, January 10, 2014

Hazel turned 3!!!

I can't believe our Hazel Claire is 3 YEARS OLD! We celebrated her birthday this year at the Children's Museum- thank you to all who made this day so special!
Check out this pretty cowgirl-princess.
It's Jefferson!!!
Here is Hazel's boyfriend, Culley. She was SO excited he could make it. 
How cute is he???
It's Super-Mom and Mee Maw. Julie braved the party with 3 kiddos by herself. I refuse to go by myself with just 2. Super impressed. 
Haley, Jennifer, and Carly

Liam representing the Horns.

And Graham, one of Liam's little brothers. Y'all, this Graham is HILARIOUS. 
Hazel, Haley, and Maddy
This picture of Rivers cracks me up. 
Little Vivi-Cakes and Hazel
Sweet Maddy!

And, Maddy's Mama and little brother, Dylan
Hey, Brandi & Rivers!

Paw Paw & Aunt Jan
Have no fear! Power Ranger Hutch is here!

It is always fascinating to watch how little girls focus on the present-opening. They just sit there and watch- boys just tear into everything. It's pure chaos, I tell ya. 

The Butynskis'!!
Sweet Aria

Princesses Rock! Danni & Ollie Cook and Hazel
It's hard to wrap my arms around the fact that Hazel is 3 and Hutch is about to be 5. Geez, stop growing already!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Christmas Pics!

Happy 2014, friends! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas & rang in the new year right! I am really behind on blogging. So, in efforts to catch up, here are some pics from Christmas time. We had such a great time with Carly, Marc, Ryder, Vivi and Haley in town. I mean, SUCH a great time. It was really nice because everyone was here longer than usual so we got to hang out a lot
Ninjabread Men are probably one of the coolest things I have ever seen. They are easy to make & the H's adored decorating them. We even saved some for Santa- I know he was thrilled. How many houses had Ninjabread men waiting for him? With really ooey-gooey 3 day old gel-frosting? Score!

 And, then there was the Christmas program. Check out our cute little Rudolph!
 And this handsome fella...(excuse the red-eye...I am feeling lazy tonight)


 And, then, one day it was so windy outside & the leaves were blowing all over our yard. I thought it would be fun to get some pics of the kiddos playing in them. 

 And there were bubble beards!
 And fun-in-the-tub!

 Madison even came over for Christmas Eve & there were cupcakes for Jesus' birthday!
 And, presents. Lots of presents.
 Jeremy's parents came in on the was so great to have them here! They even gave the kiddos new rides for Christmas- they were SO excited! Hazel quickly realized that she prefers riding on the back of Hutch's while wearing her tiara, as hers is "too hard" to drive. Just like a little pageant queen.

I hope that all of you had the best Christmas ever- we so enjoyed spending it surrounded by family and friends! Here's to hoping 2014 is filled with everything you hope for! Cheers!