Hanson’s 1st Haircut

After 14 months of growing we took Hanson for his very first haircut. We found a great barber shop that specialized in African-American styles and the lead barber was so great with Hans and with training his apprentice on how to handle the little ones. I was completely ready for the screaming, tears and tantrums that I just knew were coming but thanks to Daddy holding him and a Dum Dum lolly pop, Hanson did fine!DSC_0288DSC_0290DSC_0293

He kept looking down at his fallen hair!

He kept looking down at his fallen hair!

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Before!

Before!

After! Looks like a completely different baby boy! But oh so cute!!!

After! Looks like a completely different baby boy! But oh so cute!!!

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82 Dark Warm Brown

Always Mr. Original, Joseph has pestered me to get his hair cut so we could die it. Dye it, really? Yes, he wants it dark like dark brown to black. I vetoed the jet black hair and said we could do warm brown but completely black would be way too much of a dramatic change. So today we went for his cut then died his hair. He absolutely loves it, couldn’t be more pleased with himself and is oh so admiring his new look. I think he’s just as cute with a darker tone as he was as a dirty blonde. We’ll just have to see if this non-permanent color actually washes out in 28 shampoos!

Before hair cut

Before hair cut

Fresh new cut

Fresh new cut

No going back!

No going back!

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He said, "Look Mom it matches my eyes!!!"

He said, “Look Mom it matches my eyes!!!”

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End result: One happy boy!

End result: One happy boy!

Venice Fishing Trip

This summer Trey, Elijah, Morgan, Joseph and I were treated by Pawpaw to a Deep Sea Fishing Trip in Venice, LA. It was an amazing adventure and such a great family time together. Grammy kept Jordan, Mary and Hans back in Long Beach and had lots of fun Grammy time at the park and beach. Hanson had been running fever the weekend before at the lacrosse tournament and we ended up taking him into a walk-in clinic to get him some relief. I was nervous he would be miserable but he quickly started feeling better once he started on an antibiotic and Grammy had no problem at all with him.   The Venice crew went over the day before the fishing trip since it was quite a drive and we needed to be at the dock so early in the morning. We were all so excited to get on the boat and away we went!

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On our way out we "caught" 2 giant bean bags which had fallen off the boat of a long family friend of ours- Jordan Ellis from Pass Christian!

On our way out we “caught” 2 giant bean bags which had fallen off the boat of a long family friend of ours- Jordan Ellis from Pass Christian!

Our friend Jordan Ellis Captaining this boat. He will have his own boat next season! Way to go Captain Jordan!!

Our friend Jordan Ellis Captaining this boat. He will have his own boat next season! Way to go Captain Jordan!!

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I hooked a tuna and with the help of PawPaw reeled him in! It was a great challenge too bad it was our only tuna for the day!

I hooked a tuna and with the help of PawPaw reeled him in! It was a great challenge too bad it was our only tuna for the day!

I hooked a tuna and with the help of PawPaw reeled him in! It was a great challenge too bad it was our only tuna for the day!

I hooked a tuna and with the help of PawPaw reeled him in! It was a great challenge too bad it was our only tuna for the day!

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Summer Blast

We have had so much fun at our Church of the Highlands Summer Blast!

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Elijah worked in games, Morgan in the cinema and I in snacks. Joseph, Mary and Jordan participated and Hanson kept the poor gals hopping in nursery!

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New Floors

After 4 to 5 trips to Lumber Liquidator and various other flooring stores we finally decided on some hard wood flooring and found an incredible 2 man team to demo and install them for us. Gone are the dog pee and vomit and burned spot on the carpet and the tile that always looked dirty and were brutal on anything dropped. We are loving our new floors! We moved all the furniture out prior to the installers coming so the kids got to eat a full meal on the carpet for the first and last time!

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Dining room before

Dining room before

Kitchen before

Kitchen before

Family and dining during

Family and dining during

Master bedroom during

Master bedroom during

Family room

Family room

Wha La!

Wha La!

Kitchen after

Kitchen after

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