This weekend was spent OUTSIDE!! How could we not stay out?? The weather was gorgeous and it was just calling our names! It was a little hot, but that's okay cause we played in the creek and the mud. I love that my girls love to be outside and they don't mind (AT ALL) getting dirty! Here are a couple of pics from the weekend.
P.S. these were taken with my new lens that finally arrived on Friday!! YEA!
After playing in the creek and mud, the girls taken Daddy into pulling out the sprinkler. They had to get all cleaned up!
Alright, so I am really trying to get serious about the photographer thing. I don't really know where to go with it, but I figured starting a blog and building a portfolio couldn't hurt. There's only one post so far, however, I hope to be adding more soon. If anyone out there would like to do some free photo shoots just to let me get some practice in, I'm all up for it! Just give me a call or shoot me an e-mail to set something up! Here's the link to the new blog. Feel free to join in and follow...
This past Saturday we celebrated 38 years of service. After all those years, Papaw Ben is finally ready to retire! To help celebrate, P, his brother Brian and sister Laura decided to throw a big surprise party (and all in only 1 week's notice!)
We knew we wanted to have a party so we started looking at the calendar. Turns out, this was the only weekend all 3 kids would be able to be in the same place at the same time. Crunch time...calls were made, food was prepared, supplies were purchased and everything came together beautifully!
I know Ben doesn't usually like to be the center of attention, but I hope he enjoyed it. 38 years of service with one company just doesn't happen any more and it needed to be recognized! Thanks to everyone that made it all go smoothly!
I really think we surprised him!! This was about the time
he figured it out!! Check out the look on D's face - pure enjoyment!
From left to right:
Wayne, Mike, Danny, Jeff, Ben, Alvin, Kim, Jimmy, John and Jim
Everyone greeting Ben as he arrived.
Everyone visiting and waiting to eat.
The boston butt...
YUMMY!! P did a WONDERFUL job with the meat.
It was "melt-in-your-mouth" good!
Mark proudly displaying the brisket.
Of course Little Bit had to steal Pop's attention!
The cake and gift table.
Ben opening his gifts.
Displaying his new Windchester rifle from the 3 kids.
(Brian, Laura and P)
All the guys checking out the new gun.
The cake (that the lady at Wal-Mart did in less than
10 hours notice!!)
Miss Priss, Papaw and the guys enjoying the yummy cake.
Little Bit trying to decide whether or not she wants to share
with Shelby. Shelby is putting on her best "poor-pitiful me"
Finally it worked!! The bone from the Boston Butt.
Somebody made her the happiest dog ever!
Everyone sitting around enjoying the Beautiful weather we
PapaPerry and Mimi sitting back relaxing and enjoying
Miss Priss posing with her freshly picked flowers.
I think everything turned out pretty darn good for such a short amount of planning time. We couldn't have done better if we had planned it for weeks. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did. Thanks to everyone for coming out to help us celebrate!!
Saturday we had family and friends over to celebrate Papaw Ben's retirement. Mark and Rose came over early (thankfully) to help set up, cook and get ready for everyone. So while we were waiting for people to start arriving I talked them into letting me play around with my camera!! We have a big field next to the house with some really pretty tall grass that I have been just itching to take some pictures in before P bushhogs.
The pictures turned out great. Thanks you guys!
Little Bit had to make sure Ms. Rose had a pretty flower for her picture!
Every year on the 1st Sunday in May we make the drive to Hayden, AL to the Hays Cemetery to visit all the gravesites of Clan Hay members come and gone. It's a great tradition that I wish more families would take time to do. Of course I don't know very many families that have SO many generations buried in one place.
The first generation of the Hay Clan to come to America was Stanwick Hays. He was born in Scotland in 1786, but I am not sure about the year he landed in South Carolina. I think it was the early 1800s. Anywho...he ended up in Hayden, AL with about 1800 arces. Slowly it was sold off or given to family members. He died in 1878 and was buried (with the traditional rock burial like in Braveheart) in Hayden.
My husband is the 7th generation from Stanwick and all previous generations are buried right there in one cemetery. You can start from the top of the hill were my in-laws have plots and trace the line back down the hill to Stanwick.
Papa Perry and Mimi standing by their headstone. They wanted to
make sure everything was taken care of so the kids wouldn't have to
worry with it! Look closely, PapaPerry is actually pointing to
were he's gonna go!
Here's our whole crew for the day. From L to R.
Drew, Laura, Mimi, Miss Priss, PapaPerry, Papaw, Aunt Eloise,
David, D, Little Bit, Me and Cindy.
The gentleman that took our picture wasn't worried
about getting it centered!!
That's okay, at least he got all of us in the picture right!?!
PapaPerry and his little sister Eloise. Her son David drove
her down for the weekend from Saluda, North Carolina.
I am Meg Hays from a beautiful little town in North Alabama. I live here with my wonderful, hard-working hubby (The Woodsman), our beautiful daughters, Miss Priss (10) and Little Bit (6 and 1/2) and our dogs Shelby, Maggie and Annie. I am a christian, wife, mother, teacher, photographer, photo editor, scrapbooker, amatuer seamstress, vegetable canner, southern girl just trying to survive from one day to the next.
This is the most recent picture of all of us. It was taken at the Stone Mtn Highland Games.
P is a great husband and father. He is always working on something whether it's his job, the yard, the shop, the house, the garden, the fences, the dogs or his own special projects. He keeps himself busy that is for sure. Despite all the hard work, he still manages to make time to hang out with me and the girls for some fun!! Here he is building a table for his shop. It turned out pretty cool. He can build anything!!!
Miss Priss (10) is our oldest daughter and she acts like a stereotypical 1st born. She is a very, well...what's the word??....bossy!! She likes to take control of the situation and make sure things are done right! She is a very kind-hearted, caring, precious little angel. She is a wonderful big sister that is great at helping take care of her little sister.
Little bit is our youngest daughter (6 and 1/2). We call her our "spunky" child and boy is she! She is full of life and always has something going. Happy or piping mad, she doesn't have a problem letting you know how she feels at any given moment. Little Bit keeps us on our toes and we love every minute of it.
Shelby was kind of a present from P to me when we found out I was expecting The Miss Priss. He thought she would be a good companion for me as we awaited the arrival of our first born. Turns out it was the best idea ever. I still call her my pregnant buddy!! She thinks she is a person though! She was as big as the palm of my hand when we first brought her home. Now she's just a little over weight, but I still love her to pieces!