Friday, August 22, 2014

The Friday Five- It's Baaaaack!

Whoot, Whoot!!! I have been itching to do one of these for a while now but just couldn't find my initiative if you know what I'm sayin'. Here goes:

1. Having a "no curfew" night as an adult is entirely over-rated. Truth.

2. Words of Wisdom from my eldest child:
     Hutch: "Mama, do you know what you call baby trees?"
     Me: "No, what do you call baby trees?"
     Hutch: "Seeds"

3. I had my first tall-boot sighting the other day. It was about 99 degrees outside. And it wasn't me.

4. We told Hazel she needed to quit playing and eat her dinner the other night. Her response? "Mama, I can't. It's totally freaking me out." Help me.

5. I've had this on repeat. Really, even Hazel was walking around singing it earlier.

Happy Friday, friends, have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Change, bittersweet change. While this post is obviously a few weeks overdue, I had to dedicate a special post to my special Kindergartener. Oh, how did this day get here so quickly? I didn't cry when we walked him to his class the first day. Well, let me clarify- I didn't cry. Hazel did. She didn't want to leave her big brother behind. But, I did shed quite a few tears as I walked away from that bus stop on that highly anticipated 2nd day of school.
 I have realized over the past couple of months that change is hard, even when it's change that you have been counting down the days for. I tried not to talk to Hutch too much about kindergarten over the summer, because I knew he was smart enough to realize that starting a new school would also mean not spending days with his favorite classmates that he absolutely adored. Don't get me wrong- we talked about it frequently. But, I didn't bring it up all the time (as I was so tempted to do) because even for this little outgoing fella, new things can be a challenge. We recently moved, and that was a change that we had talked about and dreamed about since we practically arrived in Jackson. But, it also meant not being neighbors to a family that we grew quite fond of. And not being able to walk to our favorite fishing spot. Hutch was so devastated we were leaving, he had a breakdown one night & begged us to take EVERYTHING in the house- ceiling fans included. We soon realized, however, that he was experiencing his first real "change" and while he was certainly excited, he knew that some things would just not be able to come with us. Growing up is hard.
I say all of this because I still can't believe that my favorite little fella has left the preschool world and joined the elementary ranks. He wakes up smiling & can't wait to board that school bus. He orders his lunch in the cafeteria line like a big boy. He's already got it all figured out. In fact, he asked me while standing in line to meet his teacher, "Mama, can I go to college?"
You go get 'em, Hutch-man!!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Hey, There!

Hey, friends! I know you probably think that I have just hung up the blogging hat forever, but I am  back! I may have thought about just calling it quits a few times, but I just can't seem to let her go. I can't promise that my posts will be as regular as they were, but I will do what I can. Things seem to be a bit busier these days. What have y'all been up to? I thought I would catch y'all up with a few pics that never got posted. 

Here are Hutch & Hazel on Easter. Word of advice? Buy a 15.00 Easter dress for your baby girl online. You will then feel perfectly okay with her refusing to take it off and ruining it throughout the remainder of the day. Then, you can add it to her "princess dress" collection for a few days until it is so unrecognizable it has to be secretly placed in the trash. You can thank me later. 

We also had a chance to go celebrate Tim's 30th in Columbus. Oh, to be 30 again. 

They even had cornhole & Hutch was so excited to play. He even signed himself up. 

We traveled to Biloxi for my MS SHRM conference, then headed over to Houston see Alissa & Pat tie the knot. I don't have any pictures of the actual wedding day, as that seems to be my M.O. these days. But, I did get a few cute ones of Jenny Marie. 

And, at least I did manage to get a pic of the happy couple!

After Houston, I headed to NOLA with my parents and Haley to see April & Rad get hitched. I can honestly say that I have never, ever seen a bride have more fun. 

Then, of course, we had the Annual Hal White Memorial Croquet Tourney. It was a huge success & Taylor walked away with the trophy this year. 

And, just a few weeks ago we took the train to NOLA for the 2014 Simmons Reunion. It was SO much fun! Quite a different trip to NOLA than I have experienced in the past, might I add. I think we were in bed by 11:00 every night. Of course, we were also up by 7:00 AM every morning. In 5 days, we managed to knock out the zoo, aquarium, insectiquarium, Cafe Du Monde (btw, kids=not impressed.), time with lots of family, etc. , etc. It was a busy, fun week!

Here are a few more Easter pics. You know, that's how I roll. 

 Oh, and did I mention that Hutch graduated Pre-K? Watch out, world! He starts kindergarten this week.  Gasp. I still can't believe it. His plans as of right now for when he gets older involve moving out to west Texas and becoming a cowboy. You go for it, little buddy. Sounds like a fantastic plan. 

And, then of course, we have managed to spend some time out at Monie & Grandpappy's land in between. 

I tried to keep it brief, but that continues to be a challenge for me. We also moved last month & I started a new job this week. Yay for changes! 

I can't sign off this post without mentioning that we lost a very special family member this week- Syble Simmons. Syble was my Great-Aunt and one of the sweetest, most energetic, funniest, full-of-life people I have ever met. She loved family so much- especially her grandchildren, great-grands, and great-nieces & great-nephews. Really, she loved all babies that she could rock to sleep. She was certainly a fixture in Utica, MS, and her absence is felt by so many. She will be greatly missed but there is no doubt she is dancing and laughing away in heaven right now. What a privilege to have been related to this special person. 

I thank you all for reading, as always!