Tuesday, June 30, 2015

a condensed version of my weekend

I'm convinced Hazel's new favorite words are mom, mama, and mommy and I can't say I hate it. This girl sure knows how to get my attention. It was this weekend that I finally caught her on video saying mom. That's right -mom. For the most part she calls for me when she is sad, and I'm pretty sure she associates those words with me anyways, I mean this morning I was getting ready and she was playing in her bouncer, she started getting fussy and kept saying mom.  My response: Hazel I'm almost done. And being the redhead that she is she responded with a mighty MA! to get me right over to her. I'm certain this girl is going to have a fiery personality. One hundred percent certain.

So we started her on rice cereal last week, and she really seemed to like it. I brought that spoon right to her mouth and it was like she had done it all before. What a pro. Now she loves sitting in her high chair because she knows exactly what happens when she is in it. What a little piggy.

This is the last picture I took of her using a swaddle. No-more-swaddle. Last week I was bound and determined to do-away with the thing, it's such a nuisance, plus she was really starting to get annoyed with it. So the first night without it was a super pain, up every other hour with her, but it worked out. She really seems to love being arms free. But her favorite way to sleep? on her side, just like she did in my belly. And I especially love when she sticks her cute little rear, because baby rears, yes.
This weekend also marked her first time sitting in a shopping cart -turning the big 5 months sure has a whole bunch of firsts that go along with it.  She seemed to enjoy it for a bit, she was able to look around and see a whole lot more -which is right up her curious little alley.  But I think the metal backing started getting annoying -have I talked about the princess and the pea? Hazel is the 2015 version of that story I kid you not. And because of this she still isn't a fan of her crib. 

It is Tuesday. -a spin off an Office quote


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

a condensed version of my weekend

So this weekend officially marks the beginning of summer for us. Brand took his boards exam on Thursday and now he's a free man. In thinking about it, this is the last free summer of his life -dramatic I know, but really. Next summer he will be in the clinic... and the summer after that, and then hopefully he will have a job lined up and it's all grown up adult business from there. It's been fun and nice having him home, it gives me someone else to talk to and we all seem to be more happy and less stressed. Isn't life wonderful?

Thursday to celebrate we went to dinner with our friends, the ones who kept up going through the first year of dental school. Without them I don't think I would have survived being home alone, all those girls nights were especially my favorite -thank you reality tv for giving us an exception to have these fun nights, dancing with the stars anyone?!  I'm seriously so grateful for these girls and for the guys at that matter, they helped keep Brand sane. 

Thursday was also Hazel's first time sitting in a highchair. She loved it, she absolutely loved it. I especially loved it because we were outside roasting and she didn't have to sit in a hot car seat! This growing up thing is growing on me-but that doesn't mean I 100% agree with it. 

Saturday was my new SIL's bridal shower -one more month and my brother is a married man! It sounds so strange to say, but I'm so excited for him, seriously so excited! Hazel woke up from her nap in a very happy mood-she still prefers naps when I hold her, I haven't yet found a way to keep her in her crib for more than forty-five minutes. Anyways, she was super happy when she woke up from her nap and really loved standing in her exersaucer-I mean look at that face! 
Sunday was probably my favorite -Brand's first Father's Day! I love this picture of these two, I swear they have the exact same smile here. The dress Hazel is wearing was mine when I was little, I love that my mom saved all these dresses for my girl! On Father's Day we went to church and then spent the afternoon and evening with family. Hazel and I made Brand a t-shirt that says "My daughter thinks I'm awesome!" It's pretty cool. And I made Hazel a shirt that says "I (heart) daddy!" You could say I'm quite the shirt creator. 


Monday, June 22, 2015

five months

Sweet, sweet Hazel. this girl is the light of my life. I love her more than I could have ever imagined. When other people talk about Hazel they usually talk about how happy she is, she's a very happy smily girl and loves to laugh.  They talk about how big she is getting, and how curious she is -she is constantly looking at things around her
At five months Hazel: 

Loves to play with toes
Can start sit up by herself
Can say mom and mama 
Wears size 6 months clothes
Started rice cereal
Can roll from side to side but still does not like being on her tummy

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

if this is what your summer is like I envy you

Last week we had an afternoon of very cool weather. The kind where I could absolutely not stand to stay inside for. I loaded Hazel up in her stroller and headed to the green belt where we sat under a nice tall shade tree. My girl is an outside girl. She loves it all: the grass, the trees, the birds, the breeze-loves. I love watching her look around at all of it, soaking it all in. She's such a curious little girl.

We sat and played for a bit, then I laid her down on the blanket and watched her eyes wonder.  As she looked up at the tall shade tree her eyes got big, and then she smiled. I couldn't help but wonder what she was thinking.  I asked her if they had trees like that one in heaven and she just gave me a little smile. I told her that we would tell daddy we want these kinds of trees in our backyard.  I think she liked that. She laid there for a bit as I jabbered on about whatever, I was probably saying Hazel, say "ma-ma"! She always gets a kick out of that one. Oh how I am so grateful for this little bundle of mine. 

We were there for quite a while because I just couldn't imagine a better June day in Arizona. It was practically heaven and we couldn't have asked for anything better. The perfect amount of shade and the perfect little breeze. Arizona has really been shocking me lately and boy am I grateful.  

Oh, we also had a thunderstorm the other night... that was loud and scary for me.  I'm not a fan of thunder when I'm home alone, it just brings back all those scary movies where loud thunder is involved. 


Sunday, June 07, 2015

a condensed version of my weekend

First I'm confessing my iphone picture-taking-ability.  Or is it that maybe at that very moment I enjoy a good blurry picture? It adds character doesn't it? I guess I have my eyes to blame, I feel like they are getting worse, or can I just say that people are writing things smaller. Yes, that's it.

So Sunday Hazel wore another one of my church dresses.  If you were to put a who wore it best of us side-by-side she would win. Hands down, she would win. She's cuter. I lover her smile and I love spending my Sundays with her in the mothers room. I could rock her all of third hour, plus it's nice and cold which I absolutely love.

This weekend I started to realize that I've got an active girl on my hands. She doesn't seem to be very content being at home all day.  So, off to the stores we go.  I'm convinced she likes being busy looking at things. When I pushed her down this isle of flowers you should have seen her expression. It was one of excitement and I'm-being-attacked-by-these-crazy-flowers kind of look. It was a bit over whelming for her I think.  I also took her to old navy -Bermuda shorts $15, She wasn't much of a fan for being in the dressing room, I tried dancing around, playing peak-a-boo, this girl wasn't having it.  So, needless to say, we went home and came back later.  Maybe she takes after her dad in the shopping department... he says it always puts him to sleep.

We made a surprise visit to Brand at school last week, and we ran lots of errands because we like staying busy.

Tonight I was looking through pictures of Hazel when she was just a few days old. I can't believe how different she looks now, it seems like a while different baby. I got all sappy thinking about how big she is getting -trying to sit up on her own and wanting to hold everything.  I'm so grateful for this girl and that I get to be her mom. There isn't any place I'd rather be.

Happy Monday eve.


Friday, June 05, 2015

when we had a dog for two hours

I'm a sucker for dogs, and mostly I'm a sucker for dogs who are lost.  Ask my mom, when I was 8 there were two big dogs roaming around the neighborhood and I made my parents stop and pick them up. It ended up being a big to do. So when I saw this little pooch the whole story went through my head.  But, I couldn't let the little guy just wonder around the neighborhood.  With Hazel in the back seat I scooped the pup up and we headed home-thankfully he was very friendly and came right over to me.

I ended up walking the neighborhood with this little guy-I called him buddy-in toe looking for his family. All the doors I knocked on seemed to have no idea where the cute little guy belonged. But I wasn't going to stop trying. So I said a little prayer -I honestly felt silly praying to find a dog's owners, I mean of all the minuscule things.  After my little prayer we walked back towards my house and on our way Buddy decided to walk up to one certain house. As he's practically pulling me up the sidewalk I stop and think okay, this is his house. We get to the door, I knock, and no one answers. Buddy was sure it's his house and he put his little face up against the door and started whining.  

Long story short we are back at my house, Buddy in the backyard -thank goodness it was a nice cool day outside.  I get this feeling that we need to take a walk so I take buddy to the garage and load up Hazel. We start walking down the street and I couldn't help but laugh as I walked buddy alongside my little Hazel, I thought about how fun it would be to have a little pup, how much Hazel got a kick out of running her hands through his long hair, and then I thought about how maybe we could get one in a few years when we have our own house. As we walked further along the street I saw a man walking towards me, his eyes glanced at the dog and then he smiled. I asked him if this was his dog and he greeted us with a thank you and a smile. 

How wonderful I felt after finding little buddy's family, you could tell that he was sure missed. 

And that's the story of us -the family Dawson- having our very own dog for two hours. 

The End. 


Monday, June 01, 2015

a condensed version of my weekend times 2

Last week there were no updates. Memorial Day and four month shots are to blame. If it weren't for a really snuggle baby all week something might have gotten done, but because there was nothing did.
First, Hazel turned four months old on the 22nd! Four months? Yes.

Last weekend Brand's sister got married.  It all seemed like a pretty quick day.  Mesa Temple, 9:45 pictures and Bahama Bucks after. Luncheon at 1:00, and then it was nap time. Hazel doesn't always believe in the idea of a family nap, but we got her to sleep sooner rather than later. Pictures before the reception at 6:30 and then reception at 7.  It was a beautiful wedding, Ash looked so beautiful in her dress, she looked just like a princess. I loved her flowers, the flower filled arch was heavenly, so beautiful and filled to the brim.  The location was practically perfect, and so was the weather, being outside on May 23 was quite wonderful.  We left the reception early on account of Hazel needing a real good nap, and that wasn't happening at the reception with the dj on full blast. 

Sunday and Monday were extra fun, Brand's brother and sister-in-law were in town with their kids and we got to spend some extra time with them. Memorial day was a blast, loaded with lots of family time and some of the cutest babies. Hazel went swimming for her first time, she wasn't sure what was going on and seemed quite confused as to why other people were allowed in the big bathtub with her. 
This weekend we had Brand home. It was the first weekend we had him alllllmost all to ourselves. It was wonderful and so very nice to be able to spend time with him. We took Hazel to one of our old haunts -Cheesecake Factory.  We went to the mall, went looking for rocking chairs, and spent some quality time playing and laughing. Hazel is quite the social gal here at home. 

Saturday Hazel was on tv, before I had her I was on a local tv show that showed off homeless pets. It's the funnest show ever! I think she was the star of the show. 

Sunday was a nice day of rest, with church, and then a little nap, and family dinner to follow. I love the weekend and I love that Brand is kind-of on a break from school. It's so nice to have him home. Only three more years of school! But, let me tell you that I absolutely don't like saying that because that means Hazel will be 3 by the time he is done. It's all going to go by so darn quick. 



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