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! 


  1. Wow, I was about to call out a search party for you! Looks like y'all have been busier (is that possible?) than your normal busy. Hutch is starting kindergarten?! Is that possible? Hazel sure has gotten blonde!

  2. She's back!!! I come by every now and then to see if there are any updates! Sounds like you have been super busy, so I totally understand the lack of posts! Kindergarten, sniffle! The girls start on August 25...y'all go back early! This stay at home momma is not looking forward to it! I love all of the pictures and geez, I cannot believe how big all of the kiddos have gotten...including Carly's little's! And when did Hazel grow curls? Her hair looks so curly in some of those pics! I love that you are back and I will get official Hoskinson updates again! Love and miss you bunches!