notes on austin

  • i don't understand how 10 days can go by so fast. especially while living out of a suitcase. but they did. we're home now and trying to get unpacked. i might still be living out of a suitcase for another 10 days.
  • hanging out with heather and just doing whatever is still so much fun. with a husband and a baby. although the husband worked. when i was single, i made it to her house about once a year for a long off track visit. i've missed those visits.
  • austin is hot. hot. HOT. i had sweaty lip mustaches way more often than one should. i had sweaty everything.
  • i got stung by a scorpion twice. then looked down and saw that it was sitting on my chest. 
  • my "scorpion on your chest" removal process is very different from scott's. i froze in fear. scott moved
  • garrett got stung, too. but only once. 
  • mikey never got stung, thank heavens. 
  • getting stung by a scorpion isn't fun, but it isn't that bad. they're just creepy.
  • i ate a lot of good food there. chuy's. rudy's. mighty fine. the mighty cone. double dave's. round rock donuts.
  • mikey LOVED rocky. he also loved his cousins.
  • i loved watching his cousins play with him and love on him.
  • i finally accepted the fact that hunter isn't sick and that he's just got a deep voice. that was a hard one, but i like 15 year old huntie. he's a cool kid. who rocks vans & nike. 
  • we're still working on his sock situation. :)
  • it is kinda nice to have a niece willing to stay home and be there when he wakes up from his nap to watch him while we ran errands. 
  • speaking of chuy's... i might have to make "the dip" tonight. 
  • i loved getting to see garrett every day. 
  • loved going on little late night runs to CVS with him, too. dates with your husband - no matter how simple... fun.
  • i didn't take enough pictures! stink!!!
  • james avery is still one of my favorite stores. 
  • mikey pooped up his back in james avery. that wasn't chaotic at all. 
  • there were a couple of things that happened on this trip that we laughed about so hard. but we will keep to ourselves. as hannah said once, "what happens in this house, stays in this house." probably better for us all.
  • 2 flights = 2 extremely interesting rides. 2 psychos. one in front of us, one in back of us. that might be a whole 'nother blog post. 
  • mikey did pretty good on the planes. he was tired and squawked a bit... but it surely could've been worse.
  • i heard hopey say "i don't care" a lot. and i keep hearing it in my head now and i miss that girl.
  • austin was bad for my eating better and exercising more. i wanted to eat nothing but junk. cold junk. and i wanted to sit as possibly still under a fan. while sipping ice water. oh well. there's always september.
  • i love my sister's kids. they're all growing up. way too fast. they're good kids though. i enjoyed each one of them... i hate that i don't get to see them as often as i'd like. not only do i love them, but i really like them, too. 
  • hayden very generously gave up his room for 10 days. no complaining! he also melted my heart on a daily basis with his getting down and playing with mikey. it was so sweet. hayden was sooooo good to mikey. 
  • i was looking forward to sleeping in my own bed. and mikey seemed happy to be back to his toys today. but that's about the only thing i'm happy to be home about. i mean, i'm happy to be home, but i wasn't dying. i wasn't wanting to be home... i felt so at home there. that's saying a lot for a long trip like this. 
  • and now, after writing all of these memories out, i sigh and try not to cry. good memories. heather, thank you.


garrett said...

I was so glad you guys got to come on this trip, and so thankful to the Grays for letting us crash at their place. And sort of take over rooms, schedules, etc. Thanks for taking us in and letting us in on the fun!

Kristin Jones said...

Sounds like you had a great trip!!

100 Percent Cottam said...

it was so fun to see you!!!

Beth said...

Glad you had such a grand trip, I can't wait to hear about the phsycos on the plane, and see all your wonderful pics. I'm also glad that you made it back after hearing about the scorpions...gives me the chills just thinking about it!

Heather said...

We loved having all of you. It was fun to see the kids with Mikey. I knew they would like him...but they really LIKED him. We did have our share of treats, I wasn't a good example haha. Although, I did make you drink a smoothie or two. Anytime Hayley, anytime!!

Amy said...

It is so fun to be with family. Sounds like a good trip!

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Krista said...

Haley I have been meaning to comment on your blog for a while. I just didn't cuz I didn't want to creep you out since I don't think we've ever technically met. I was in the single's ward with Garrett for a while so I found your blog through his. You seem to keep up more on pics of your life and baby so I follow yours more. (secretly i think it's more interesting than Garrett's, don't tell him I said that, okay he'll probably read this and know). Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that you're highly entertaining and funny. And I like reading about Mikey cuz I have a boy who's a few months older than him but they are SO alike in many ways. I'm impressed by your ability to keep up on your blog and do everything else mom's do! Mikey's adorable!

Suzie said...

WOW! Sounds like a memorable trip! You did a ton!