Thursday, February 24, 2011


That's right....I said teeth not just tooth!!  We figured that Hunter was getting close to cutting his first tooth a couple weeks ago because the drool increased ten-fold overnight but I wasn't expecting two!!  He handled it pretty well....a little fussier than usual but could have been more from the fact that he slept even less than normal (if that is even possible.)  But, we can now see the tops of both of them and our little guy is back to smiling....with two teeth!!

Ms. Van's 100th Birthday

This past weekend we made a special trip down to the farm in order to be able to attend Ms. Van's 100th birthday celebration with the family in Houston.  Ms. Van is Joe's Uncle John's mother and we just couldn't miss celebrating her 100 years of life.

Hunter did wonderfully and I must admit that he was a huge hit in his little 'golfer' outfit. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Hippo

One of the many EARLY mornings that Hunter seems to enjoy so much, I ended up finding a video titled "Happy Hippo" that he just absolutely loves.  It is a silly hippo and dog singing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."  I cannot tell you how many times we have watched this video but every time we turn it on his little face just lights up.

Valentine's Day

My big Valentine is on business in Las Vegas but still managed to get this beautiful boutique delivered! 

My sweet, handsome Valentine is keeping me company today. 

Man, I love this baby!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Five Months

How can five months have already gone by with this little guy in our lives?

                                                     He is so determined.

                                                      His laugh is contagious!

                                                    His smile melts your heart!

Mommy Brag Time:

He is starting to try and figure out how to sit up on his own from laying down.  I know he hasn't made the association yet but he says 'Mama' often.  He is fascinated by his pets as they are by him.  He is becoming an accomplished raspberry maker.  Each day he seems to have a new sound or screech that he is eager to share. Never a dull moment!!  Mama sure loves her boy!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl XLV

Hunter is all boy!  Ever since he has been able to focus on the t.v. one of his favorite things to watch has been football.  It is adorable to watch him take it all in!  His first Super Bowl was no different!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Hunter's First Cold

On Saturday morning, Hunter woke up  with a little bit of congestion and by Monday it was a full fledged cold!  His spirits have still been pretty high but he definitely struggles in the sleep department. Here's hoping that he is back to 100% by the weekend.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Playing Catch-Up: November in a Nutshell

I have to give a quick shout out to my friend, Jennifer Hill, who got me started on this whole idea of blogging because of her own blog.  I am constantly amazed by her dedication to her blog and vow to be better at my own in the new year.  I am just a mere month behind already and still haven't even finished out 2010!!!  Oy....what have I gotten myself into?????

So, a nutshell!

Big Events:
1) We had one of our friends, Rayna, take some pictures of the kids for our parents and Grandmother's Christmas presents.  If it wasn't for the wind it would have been a beautiful day.  I might have over done it for Hunter though because I made him go through THREE wardrobe changes.  By the third one he had had enough and promptly fell asleep when it was time for the pictures of just our family, including all three dogs.

 2) We hosted Thanksgiving at our home for the first time in the eleven years we have been married.  My Grandmother came down from Oklahoma City to finally meet Hunter which made all the work to prepare for her visit worth it.  A few years ago she gave me her entire North Pole collection and since I knew she wasn't going to make it for Christmas, I was determined to have it all out for Thanksgiving.  It was a two week process to get all my Christmas out this year and it took help from my mom, best friend Liz, Joe and his mom to finally get it all out the Sunday before she arrived.  It was wonderful to see her with Hunter and the obvious bond that they seemed to share instantly.  She is such a special woman in all of our lives and I am so glad that my son is getting to experience her love.  One of my favorite parts of her visit was having her read stories to Hunter using those recordable books that are sold at local Hallmark stores.  I bought two, one for the Christmas season and one for everyday use, so that Hunter will have the ability to hear her voice year round.  Of course, I think it is fair to say that you might find me listening to the books by myself sometimes.

The Small Stuff:
1) Hunter is developing more of a personality each day.  He has started to smile and turn to our voices when we enter a room.

2) My mom is still watching him for me on the days I work out of the home along with some help from my sister, Kara, and friend, Jennifer. 

The Tough Stuff:
1) Lack of sleep.  That advice to just sleep when the baby sleeps might seem like great advice but it is completely impossible to do if you want to accomplish anything.  I have definitely learned that I am very task oriented and I can't just let things go even if it means operating on less than 4 hours of sleep each day. 

2) Daddy traveling all week long. It seems like Hunter can feel the absence of his Daddy each week.  He seems to sleep well on the nights that Joe is home but the nights that he is out, Hunter is up most of the night.  It makes for a very tired Mama. 

The Best Stuff:
1) This sweet, little guy that greets me every morning with this perfect, little face!