Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hampton meets Santa

and boy was it ANTI-climatic.

Poor Hampton was sooo sleepy.  We got there two and a half hours before our "picture time," which is a whole story of itself!

and after a little bit of stimulation...this is what we got :-)

I have finally made it to my Christmas Vacation...Hallelujah, Praise The Lord.
Seriously, I'm exhausted.  I have to admit, being a working mom during the holidays is tough stuff.  

Dear Brent, All I want for Christmas is to be a stay at home mom !  Ha!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Christmas "Happy"

My mom is the queen of "Happies."  And even if we make fun of her for this sometimes....Who doesn't love a "little happy?"  Even if it is say....a heart shaped waffle maker (which was one of her bigger "happies").  Mom, I'm proudly following in your footsteps.

Aren't these perfect for the teacher, mailman, or neighbor on your list.  You could fill them with anything....Hershey kisses or golf tees.  This particular one is going to our financial advisor.  Got to keep the "money man" happy, right?  

Who else is on your list?  

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Party

I am not a party planner.  I have see a ton of ideas and always think to myself, that would be so much fun...but never follow through with them.  The main reason...because it is way easier to just show up to a party (worry free) instead of making sure everything is taken care of for said party :-)  Another reason is that you have to plan ahead and be organized.  We are more of the "same day, let's cook out, good idea, see you tonight" kind of couple!

Well, I finally did it.  
The Party:  Meet at our house for drinks and snacks.  Head to Dancing Bear Lodge for dinner and dessert.  In Style, may I add.  And then after drinks at our place with fire pit (that part wasn't so much planned).

Happy 30th Birthday, Brent!

Yay!  I finally did it and IT'S OVER (I mean that in a good way, of course)!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The cock-a-too

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy 30th, Brent!

30 things I love about this guy...

1.  You LOVE your family.
2.  I think it is safe to say that you want FOUR kids too!
3.  You are athletic and tough.
4.  You love to travel.
5.  You are a great vacation planner.
6.  You love to be outdoors.
7.  You love to try new things.
8.  You are like having an electric blanket in the winter (not so good in the summer months)
9.  Your red hair
10. You always squeeze the toothpaste up from the bottom.
11.  The way you are always trying for the best yard in the neighborhood.
12.  Smartest guy I know.
13.  You think I'm a great cook
14.  You like left overs.
15.  You are the worst liar.
16.  You were "Greek Man of the Year."
17.  That you helped plan a lot of our wedding...THANK YOU!
18.  You are a very hard worker.
19.  And a great provider for our family.
20.  You are a great and loyal friend.
21.  I love that you have great friends.
22.  That you brought me to Knoxville.
23.  The way you love/adore Hampton.
24.   You can be so Goofy.
25.  How well you know the bible.
26.  You are a great teacher and enjoy teaching.
27.  You can zap kidney stones and cure cancer!
28.  You have only told me once or twice that I need to shave-and we all know I don't shave every night.
29.  You always clean the tubs and unclog the drains.
30.  How great a dad AND husband you are.

Happy Birthday Boo!  I love you more than anything and I can't wait to celebrate on Saturday.  I hope you are excited!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

8 months

Hmmm, Mom says there a little kid around here who turned 8 months old the other day....

Wait.  Is she talking about me?

Yep,  I'm 8 months old according to this sticker.

I just don't understand what the big deal is....

I do know all this attention is making me tired!

Seriously Mama...enough.

At 8 months:
~You are just now getting your upper right front tooth (it hasn't quite broken through the skin yet)...which explains your recent fussiness.  Toofees are no fun!
~~You are getting good at your pincher grasp.  And I think more puffs make it into your mouth these days than onto the floor.
~Still just saying da da da da.  You are working on your "B" sound and sometimes it really sounds like you say ball.  Just tonight I thought you might be getting closer to Ma Ma!
~Mostly 12month clothes.
~size 3 diapers
~Eats two meals a day.  Usually a jar of baby food and either yogurt or oatmeal cereal.  You are a great eater! 
~Still taking about 5 bottles a day, anywhere between 4-6 oz of formula.
~Love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
~You do the funniest little panting thing if you are really excited or if your mad you do the panting and squish up your is hysterical.  I love it!
~you also have a "trick."  If we stick our tongue out at you and make a sound, you will do it back.  Pretty Awesome!  You don't do it every time, but we love it when you do :-)

The other week you were the "featured" student at BEEP.  Here's what your teachers had to say about you...

I love how they say you're going to be an "American Chopper" when you grow up....It's because you do this funny hand thing when you are excited.  It's hard to explain but you have both hands up and out and you do this motion like you are revving up a motorcycle.  You have done this since you were about 5 months old.  

You are such a joy and it is so much fun watching you grow. I love you more than life itself.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Turkey Day 2011

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with the Hardins/Montagues.

So much to be thankful for...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanks Tricia

  I've got it taken care of now!

Isn't my grandmother beautiful?!  She's also better at English than me (I had misused a word in the post below)!

And here is her man of 58 years  (my Pappy)...

Isn't he handsome?!  

I love y'all and will see you Christmas! 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

On my Mind at Twenty-Nine...

That's right guys, I turned 29 years old 3 days ago.  

I honestly can't believe I'm 29...hence the face!  

I felt like 29 was sort of like the long lost birthday.  Nothing big.  There to just make you feel old.  No, I don't think 30 is old---in fact, when I think of 30 it is young and fun.  I think 29 is older than thirty for reasons that my mind could never articulate.  Anybody out there with me?

Moving on....and I will switch to bullets because of the paragraph before :-)

~~Brent did awesome, he got me a nice new pair of blue jeans and the tall brown boots I was wanting.
~~Note to self, when Brent ask for a list...Make sure he gets one!
~~My dear Husband turns THIRTY on December 1st (for these two weeks we get to be the same age)
~~I am in the midst of planning his 30th Birthday Bash.  We are going all out.  I can't wait to share!
~~Hindsight 20/20, I wish I would have kept it a surprise.
~~His party is the present :-)
~~I have the best neighbors in the world.  Chris didn't realize it at the time, but he was in charge of cooking my 29th birthday dinner...and it was fabulous!  Brent had to work until 830 that night.
~~I started using a "time resisting" night cream.
~~The Hardins are adding to the family tree!!  Nope, it's not me.  Mark and Cassey are due in May and I'm so excited, can't wait to meet this sweet butter bean!!
~~I've got the baby bug again too!
~~To Bad my OB recommends insists I wait a whole year before trying after my c-section.
~~I really need to join a gym, but Brent says no.
~~What I really need, is some self-discipline to work out and eat healthy!
~~I love coffee and must have at least four cups a day to function at my best :-)
~~I am sooooo excited about Hampton's first Christmas.  Nobody else seems to be, what is up?!?  I can't wait!

Here's to you, 29.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Good Night

Hamp just wanted to say goodnight, or better yet:  delay going to bed!

You cannot tell it from the pictures, but here is Mr. Grouchy himself...

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  We had a very relaxing one here at the Hardin House with two of our favorite guests....Nina and Chappy!  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


You know you're married to a Urologist when:
 you realize you're drinking your morning cup of coffee...on the way to work, including a quick stop by daycare (and have been doing so for God knows how many mornings) in a Viagra mug.  Cute, huh?

Seriously, we only have like five travel this one gets used fairly often...and I've never noticed or stopped to read it until today?

Which leads me to a whole separate post on "Mommy Brain." 

I had always heard of "pregnancy brain" and this concept is even medically supported.  Something about the lack of oxygen to your brain while you grow your little nugget.  Well, this never happened to me....but from the day Hampton was born (more like from the day we came home from the hospital), most of the time I feel like I have lost my mind.   

 A while back, I went to the grocery store--came home--couldn't find my purse.  Could have sworn I left it in the buggy in the parking lot at the grocery store.   Rush back to said grocery store---scoured the parking lot, no purse---make a report to the manager---drive home in tears over everything I had lost in my purse, including my phone with all my pictures (this was my biggest concern, all the lost pictures of Hampton)--wondering how I was going to cancel all my cards without a phone.  Get home--Purse. is. on. the. kitchen. table.  

I have never been a scatter brain, but y'all, I can't deny the fact that 50% of the time I feel like I have completely lost my mind.  Really, I do dumb stuff a lot!  Do they make medicine for this?  Does this get worse with each kid?  If so, after my third (yes, I still want four :-)  Brent is going to have to check me into the looney bin.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Battle of the Worst

Ole Miss vs. Kentucky

We traveled to Lexington for the game this past weekend.  Luckily, we really went just to hang out with Maggie and her family.  Mags and I were college roommates.  Typing that last sentence just made me feel really old for some reason.  Maybe, it's because we both have kids?!? Anyway, we had a great time and it was great to finally meet Miss Kylie and introduce her to Hampton.
Unfortunately, Ole Miss lost...officially making us the worst in the SEC :-(  With that title also came the firing of Houston Nutt.  I always feel so bad for any coach that gets fired....until Brent reminds me that we pay them millions and they don't even have to work.  Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.  Honestly, I still feel a little bad for him.

(iphone pics only.  we took our nice camera, but left the SD card at home.  typical.)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Cutest Lil' Zebra Ever

Halloween 2011
(Does anyone else feel like this is a day to dress up your kid and then laugh at them?)

From L to R
Sleeping Newborn--Maggie McNally
Lady bug #1--Mary Carlisle Martin
Lady bug #2--Keenan Martin
Woody--Owen McNally
Bumble bee--Charlotte Tapp
Zebra--Hampton Hardin
Pilot--Charlie Carr