Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter and NCAA!!!



Well...Easter was wonderful bc mom and dad got to come and go with us to ou new church here in Birmingham. It was really special to have them here. We were able to spend the week before with Cal's sweet parents and had a beautiful weekend with my parents. We cooked a big meal for them on Sat. night and I had some great one on one time with mom. Dad and Cal had fun at the NCAA tournament held here in Bham, and mom and I had our time. We took our Easter picture in our backyard overlooking the beautiful city. After church, my parent heading back to Oxford and Cal and I went to watch Tennessee play in the NCAA tourn. I really had a great time! It was a unique experience in our own hometown!

"Sips and Strokes"

March 21, 2007

Mom and I were able to spend fun time together at "Sips and Strokes". It is this really neat place in Bham that lets you bring your own wine and food or whatever you want and have a painting class. Mom is so an "A" type character... it was a blast watching her analyze her painting. I am so "whatever" about everything... so I was done WAY before her. Our paintings turned out so different... mom's was of course way better! ha! I can't wait til my girls come in town... I am DEFINATELY dragging you to "Sips and Strokes"!!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Miss Lily Elizabeth Sistrunk!!




ahhh... sweet Lily....it was such a beautiful moment to see Miss Lily again. Her mommy and I have been through so much together! Kate, Lily's mom, is one of my dearest friends in the world! She is just the sweetest and best friend that anyone could ask for! God has done so many amazing things for Kate and I am so proud of her! She has the most amazing husband anyone could ask for and the cutest sweetest baby ever! I look back on our time living together in Oxford while we were at Ole Miss and then our time living together out in the real world...in Jackson...trying to figure everything out together...and learning what life is all about. I appreciate all of the wedding planning that Kate had to listen to while living with me in Jackson. Holding Lily in my arms brought back floods of memories that Kate and I had together. God is so amazing in the way that he works in people's lives. We never would have guessed that either of us would be where we are in our lives right now...and boy....we are both in perfect spots in our life...execpt... I WANT a baby too!! ha! I have the fever! It was so great to go on a double date with Kate and Brian. I enjoyed getting to catch up... it always feels like we haven't skipped a beat! I love you Katester!

Brody Cole Hayman!


I was so excited to meet Mr. Brody Cole. It makes me just feel gushy all over to look at one of my good friends and this little person in my arms and know that he is part of her. It will never cease to amaze me.... the beauty of child birth and the love that is involved with the whole process. I was able to sit and really listen to things that Nicole is going through and take notes for when that special time comes for me. I am VERY ready!!!
I also really enjoyed going to our old meeting place at Cozumel with Nicole and Crystal. AHHH... the many afternoons spent there just talking about teaching at JPS....ahhhh good memories... it is what kept me going during that point in my life!
Miss you girls alot!!!

St. Patty's Parade!




So much fun...hanging out with good friends...eating crawfish... and watching the Sweet Potato queens do their thing.

This is all part of a great tradition in the south! We started off our vacation with the parade and had alot of time to visit friends and family during our stay in Jackson.

We were able to see a couple of my friends and Cal got to see alot of his old high school friends....

It was so good to get away from the every day routines for a little while...



Tuesday, March 18, 2008

first time bloggin...

Well.... the whole blog idea is a new thing to me....so here goes the first post! I guess I will tell a bit about "The Laney's" and they became. Cal was born and raised in Jackson, MS. He was an incredible football player in high school and an amazing golfer still. He was and is a very avid hunter. He would rather be in a duck hole than anywhere in the world! He went to Jackson Academy and Ole Miss for undergrad. Cal was a Sigma Chi at Ole Miss. He attended medical school at the Ole Miss campus in Jackson and is now finishing his first year of residency at UAB in Birmingham, AL. I was born and raised in Clarksdale, MS... I'm a "delta girl" at heart! I went to Lee Academy and ran track, played tennis, and soccer. I went to Ole Miss for undergrad. as well and was an AOPi. I also got my masters at Ole Miss as well... I wasn't quite ready for college to be over! ha! I am a kindergarten teacher in Hoover, AL and absolutely love it!
How we met....
Cal and I met in a psychology class our freshman year of college. We started dating our senior year of college. Cal told me that he was going to marry me on our 3rd date and scared me away! I was only 21 and not ready to hear something like that. I couldn't get him off of my mind though...so I called him several months later and the rest was history! We dating for about 2 years before we got engaged and had a year long engagement. We got married in Oxford, MS on June 17, 2006. We lived in Jackson, MS for 2 years and now live in Birmingham, AL. I spend alot of alone time as a resident's wife. I have made tons of good friends and am having a good time learning my way around Birmingham!