Monday, April 26, 2010
We had a blast at the Hamer's lake house again this year. They have a party at their lake house every spring and fall for the Talladega race. They usually host a fairly large crowd and some drivers. Becky is always the hostess with the mostess. She makes great food and makes everyone feel at home. We appreciate their hospitality. The weather on Friday was perfect for a great day on the water. We hung out on the pier and boat most of the day. They catered BBQ from Saw's then we ended the evening with some shenanigans in the bunk room. Fun times! Enjoy the pics.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Yesterday I decided to take some time out. I've been running constantly like a crazy woman since the beginning of March--probably before. Literally running. Half the time I only know what day it is because I have such a rigorous schedule to follow. My schedule is insane. I know you have all heard me drone on about it before but I'm serious. Full time job+two year old+small business+mommy chores+wife duties+house+more+more+more=a very tired me. Very. I honestly think my life would give some folks a heart attack and it may get me yet.
Don't get me wrong: I don't exactly succeed in all these areas which keep me running ragged. There have been weeks gone by that we had no groceries. Like NO groceries because I didn't have time to go to the grocery store. Those were the times when our freezer was being cleaned out. You know how you make the mistake of going in the grocery store hungry and you purchase bizarre things that you would typically not eat? Well, those kinds of crazy things were being put to good use during those no-groceries weeks. I started feeling bad when I found my husband eating pop corn for dinner and my not quite two year old was having to try peanut butter sandwiches for the first time because that's literally all I had to offer him. When all I had to choose from for dinner one night was Ritz crackers and salsa I knew I had to put some things on hold and go to the store. In light of all this I think I'm going to invent a grocery shopping service for the Birmingham area. I seriously would have paid someone at that time. Kidding. Kind of.
I think I need to hire a maid too. I'm incredibly OCD and Lantis swears that regardless of what I think that our house is the cleanest house on the block. Its not. I see every spec of dust on the furniture, every baseboard that needs to be wiped down, the dog and Hudson prints on the windows and glass doors, and every piece of trash on the floors. It would be one less thing to worry about if we had a maid service, but we're too cheap for that. Plus I think there's something rewarding and therapeutic about scrubbing toilets and changing sheets.
So back to my original thought: its time for a time out. Yesterday when I picked Hudson up from school I made a very spur of the moment decision to go to the zoo. We got there and found out that Tuesdays are half off admission so I was excited about that! We had a great time! Just Hudson and me and the animals. He loved the zoo. This was really his first trip. We went to boo at the zoo, but its dark and not about the animals. The first thing we did was ride the train. Hudson LOVES trains. I means LOVES. He sat perfectly still the entire time and watched the scenery and animals go by. He probably would have pitched a fit to keep riding, but I promised a coke, monkeys and candy when we got off. His favorite thing next to the train was probably the monkeys. He was fascinated by them. They put on a show for us too. He loved the zoo so much that I'm thinking about buying a membership so that we can enjoy it the rest of the year. They have a lot of events this summer. Next weekend the butterfly encounter opens up. I can't wait to take him to see the butterflies! Here are a few pics of our date yesterday.
These would have been cute photos if a bee hadn't been flying around me and a giant ugly vulture flapping around in the cage beside us. Hudson was a little freaked out here. I had great light and a cute little setting, but not a willing subject. He wouldn't even think about looking at my camera because he was so worried about the bee and bird! Oh well, we'll go back and try again!
I loved the old truck. Too bad a couldn't get a decent shot thanks to mother nature and her critters surrounding us.
This is when he saw the bee and started freaking out. His face cracks me up! It was just a wood bee and it had no intention of stinging me, but try explaining that to a two year old.
I had trouble uploading pics today for some reason so you can see all the photos from our zoo trip HERE. We had a blast and I'm so glad I took a time out to enjoy my Hudson. There's nothing more delightful than to watch your child having fun and learning. I plan to do this much more often than I have been. There's nothing more important than the time I spend with him. He's growing up so fast. I am going to take many more time outs to soak him up. If not, I know I will look back and wish I had. I already have several fun things lined up for us in the coming weeks.
Lantis and I are taking a time out with some friends this weekend. We are attending a fun semi-annual event. We weren't able to go to the party last fall, so it's been a full year since we've hung out with these folks. We are really looking forward to it. It involves the lake, NASCAR drivers, and our boat. It doesn't get any better. I'll blog about that next week. :)
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Lantis is a huge race fan--he loves INDY, Formula One, NASCAR, motorcycles, you name it. If it has a big engine, is loud and goes super fast, and there's a finish line involved he loves it. He's even gone to some of the driving experiences at Barber and was able to ride in some race cars on the track. Needless to say, when it was announced that an INDY race was going to take place literally in our back yard, he was ecstatic. There was no doubt that we were attending but then several free tickets apeared and its official.
I am a very girly girl, but I got chills when George Barber--who's dream of hosting INDY racing has come to fruition--announced "Yall start these engines!" and they fired up and starting rolling out of the pits. It was so exciting and we were officially a part of INDY history.
Check out a few photos I got...
I dont remember who this is...
Lantis and lily white thunder arms. Seriously my arm looks gigantic, white and flabby in this pic, but its the only one I got of us the entire weekend. Salads the rest of the week!
The Howard's. Andrea and Brandon left Gavin with the grandparents and joined us on Sunday! We don't get to hang out with them nearly enough so its a pleasure when we do.
We've been to Barber several times for other events and we love it out there. Its a fabulous facility. If you've never been, you should take a ride out there to the museum or something. The scenery is beautiful and the track is like none other. They spared absolutely no expense in building it...except maybe the parking lot. So after all this fun its time to leave...
Everytime I've been to an event at Barber I've had a great time. Regardless of what was happening its been fun! This weekend was no different. I had a blast. I love the roar of those engines and the smell of burnt rubber. What I love most about a Barber event is that you can take your blanket or lawn chair, a picnic and a cooler and enjoy yourself. We did just that! It is an event that we wont miss next year. I do hope they have a better solution for getting this herd of people back to their cars. I'm sure thats a big complaint from all who attended which will force them to figure out a new exit strategy if they want to keep everyone coming back. This is the first year and I think it was an overall amazing event taking that into consideration. Moving that many people is not a simple task so I don't envy the person in charge of it. I have no doubts Mr. Barber was in a meeting this morning with event coordinators talking about exactly that. Maybe they'll even use some of the vast amounts of lands around the track to create parking. I'm all about tree hugging too, but it looks like its a necessity for this event.
I give the INDY race at Barber Motorsports a big thumbs up and I look foward to next year! Go if you can!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
1.) I told you Daddy. (can't imagine where he heard that)
2.) You talkin' to me? (after being asked a question)
3.) I need _______.
It used to be Huddy wants _____. Now suddenly he's realized the urgency of "need" and everything is a necessity. Everything. I need a cookie, I need to go outside, I need you to play with me mommy, I need to watch the Movers, I need milk, I need my monster truck. You get the picture. He's in great need of everything.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Lantis, I'm so thankful that you are in my life and so happy to be your wife. You are such a smart, hard-working man. You have taught me so much about life, love and myself. You challenge me daily and inspire me to be better all the time. I can't thank you enough for the unending support you've given me and I wouldn't be where I am right now without it. I can't imagine a life without you. I love you so much and thank you for loving me even when it hasn't been easy.
Ok these are yuck photos because it was late and I was too lazy to set my camera to get some good shots without a flash. Oh well. I'm tired. Deal with it. Its a wonder I got my camera out at all!
The first company event I attended with him. Probably 2003-ish.
I don't know what year this was for sure, but maybe 94. I don't know who the lucky date was, but I know I would have totally dug his Zack Morris hair. I also know for a fact that he had the phone to match.
This is what I have to look forward to. Some men play it safe with hunting, hiking, and fishing. The Hollis men are a long line of dare devils. Lantis already has his and Hudson's first bikes picked out.
I love this picture. Too cute. They look like they are having a blast.
I see a little Hudson somewhere in this pic.
Hudson and his amazing blue eyes.
Ready for church but no time for decent photos. We were running late as usual. I plan to take him out soon for some good pics anyway. Maybe I'll get the Easter outfit back out for that.
I love this silly kiddo. He decided that he didn't want breakfast Sunday morning. Instead he wanted rice cakes while sitting in mommy's lap loving my fuzzy housecoat.