Monthly Archives: March 2012

Bluebonnets – 2012

It is that time again. Time for one of my favorite parts of living in Texas. BLUEBONNETS! I’m not going to write much. Just know this is a picture heavy post. I took close to 250 pictures. I got it down to 40 or so. I’m can’t narrow it any more than that.

I wish I could have gotten a few more (or any) smiles out of Hadley, but she’s cute no matter what.

And on the way back to the car, I was able to snap my favorite pics out of all 250.

My 3 favorites!

For funsies: Bluebonnets 2009, Bluebonnets 2010, and Bluebonnets 2011

One Year Ago Today: I’m Taking Requests

Two Years Ago Today: Kindermusik



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That’s right. I didn’t take monthly pictures. YET! I will. Promise. And I will write a monthly post. Promise. I’ve got a ton of excuses, but I’ll spare you. Just know, it will happen.

In the meantime, to tide you over (Yes, Nana, I’m talking to you 😉 ) I have a video or two.

The first is one I wish I got more of, but my phone died. We went to Joe’s Crab Shack the weekend of Cady’s birthday. They sang to her. I only got the very very first, but look at her little face light up when she realizes what is happening. Precious.

And then today, Hadley is showing off her newest tricks. She is so fun right now. Seriously, best age ever!

Hopefully this will hold you over.

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Random school pictures

I’m sure I’ve done this before (right?). Cady’s pre-school has iPads and tablets in every classroom. The kids gets to play educational games on them. And that’s great, but most importantly the teachers can take pics of the kids and share them with us! I love seeing parts of her day that I wouldn’t otherwise get to see.  I’ve been gathering some cute ones and I’m going to share them now.

This is just a random one of Cady and her friend Ella doing something craft (and messy, if I recall correctly)

In February, she had a SUPER exciting day. Her birthday fell on Wednesday, so we chose the next day to celebrate with her school friends. She was so excited.

To make their day even more special, they get to go up on stage during Chapel and have all the other kids sing to them. Cady is quite the ham, so this thrilled her little soul.

Look at the grin!

And this is just a sweet one of her and her friend, Alex.

After Chapel, she got to share cupcakes with all her classmates.

As if all that wasn’t exciting enough for one day, her class had a field trip that day! Her very first field trip. She was slightly disappointed to not get to ride a school bus (seriously, if she had a bucket list it would top it). But she was excited nonetheless.

They went to a local gymnastics studio.

After this experience and a recent birthday party at another gymnastics place, we may have found this girl’s niche. Little Miss No Fear loves gymnastics.

And finally, they had Rodeo Day last week. They did fun rodeo related activities. They ate a rodeo lunch and took rodeo pictures.

How funny is it that all these little kids have boots??!?! Even the girls. It’s Texas, y’all.

And just for funsies: Her rodeo pics from last year



3 Years Ago Today: All The Toys In The World

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Baby Names

For the most part, the people who read my blog are all people who know me, Jason and the girls. It is our friends and family from here and Arkansas and Tennessee. (And yes, I know who you guys are, for the most part. My statistics are pretty detailed. I’m watching you 😉 ). But I have linked up with some popular link party posts on blogs like Kelly’s Korner and others. And those still bring in quite a bit of traffic daily. And recently I’ve gotten several emails from people asking where the girl’s names came from. So ask and you shall receive, I aim to please, and all that good stuff.

I’ve always preferred somewhat different names. Nothing crazy, but I also didn’t want my kid to be one of 5 Madison’s in her kindergarten class. So uniqueness is something that mattered to us. When I got pregnant with Cadence, we actually settled on a boy’s name pretty quickly, but had no clue on a girls name for a while. I would throw names out at Jason, and he would shoot them all down. One night, he was perusing a baby name website and tossed Cadence out. I guess it is used in football terminology (the down, set, hut business). Honestly, I wasn’t a fan at first. I mulled it over for a little while, and it started growing on me. I had never really heard the name before. Since, it has become a bit more popular. I see a lot of “misspellings” of it. We decided to go traditional with that. I’m not a huge fan of random Y’s in names. And as a Courtney, I like the letter C much better than K.

Her middle name was fairly easy to come up with. I was always very close with my maternal Grandmother and always loved her name, and I really feel strongly about being able to use the naming of children to honor loved ones. So I always knew that my children’s middle names would be family names. So Cozette was a no brainer. It flowed well (yes, I practiced yelling it all together) and Cozette is unique and beautiful. That is how Cadence Cozette came to be.

It fits her, yes?

With Hadley, *I* decided very early on what her name would be. Several months before I got pregnant with Hadley, I was pregnant and miscarried. So I was very much in baby planning mode for many months before she was even conceived. Again unique without being weird was a top priority. I was looking through registries of graveyards from the area in which my parents grew up (what? doesn’t everyone do that? LOL). And I came across someone (a man) named Hadley. I just couldn’t get the name out of my head. I couldn’t really see naming a boy that, but I adored it for a girl. After I became pregnant with Hadley, I basically told Jason that would be the name if she was a girl. He didn’t agree necessarily, but he also didn’t disagree. The day we found out she was a girl, he started trying to come up with other names, but she had been and was a Hadley to me. So I ordered some monogram clothing to make it official. You can’t argue with that. We decided on a traditional spelling again. No Hadleigh’s or Hadlee’s for this girl.

Again, her middle name is a family name. Elizabeth is Jason’s mom’ middle name and we knew that is what we would use for a girl’s middle name from basically right after we decided on Cady’s name.Plus, I like that the girls both have Z’s in the middle names. Another naming quirk of mine, I suppose. Don’t know how I will continue the Z thing if we have any more children.

And how could this little thing not be a Hadley?


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