Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Coming up on the Blog (probably in 2009)

1. Goals for the New Year
2. Fun "favorites" survey I found on another blog
3. Cool poem I read in Sojourners magazine
4. What SD and Peyton are reading/watching--book/movie/tv reviews
5. Hopefully a new design, since this one is heinous!


*If time permits, I will have my sweetie do #'s 1, 2, and 4. However, you see he never got his thankful list on the blog! Apparently his "honey do" list is too long! I can't help it, I make lists for me AND him now; it helps us stay organized! AP will surely have her own lists by the time she can walk!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Update

Christmas was so busy and sooo much fun! Here are a few pictures from the holiday festivities:

Christmas at the Perry House

Cookie playing with her new phone (she gets a new phone almost every Christmas it seems like!)


Peyton being uncharacteristically sweet to Layla.


No pictures of me except this one because I didn't have on my make-up yet. Ann Peyton is getting big!



Stuff for our house, yah!


Peyton's presents to me: a cute cooler, a cute apron, and cute measuring spoons--the apron and spoons are both from the brand new Anthropologie! BTW, I LOVE aprons; they really motivate me to cook!


My big present for Peyton--a chess set he really wanted. He also got a scarf and some books.

My presents from Cookie--also from Anthropologie (haha).


Some pregnant clothes from Santa. I HATE maternity clothes, so these are just flattering clothes in larger sizes than normal.


Ann Peyton's presents from Santa. Someone please tell me how to rotate on this thing!


Uh, yeah we like to read.



Peyton's books.


My books.

Ann Peyton's books. Notice the NYC book from Peyton.


Stocking stuffers! We got a pickle for our tree!


Christmas at the Herrington House

Peyton's parents gave us a little red wagon full of diapers for Ann Peyton!


Michel, brother-in-law #1 and his girlfriend, Cynthia, opening presents.


Andrew, brother-in-law #2, and his girlfriend Erin.


Joseph, brother-in-law #3 and Lola.


Elizabeth, (the only) sister-in-law, and her hubby, Daniel.


Presents from Peyton's siblings-socks and magazine subscriptions from Elizabeth and a fountain pen for the baby book, chocolates from Michel, candle from Joe, and cool scented thing that Erin helped Andrew find so we wouldn't have open flames when AP gets here (super thoughtful, I know!).

Peyton's parents gave us this SUPER cute picture album for Ann Peyton.


Christmas Dinner at My Parent's House




Day after Christmas at Granny and PopPop's

Me and Peyton with Granny and PopPop.


Secret Santa!



Joser playing football in the yard.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Shipbreakers

Here is a video of capitalism in the raw...at it's worst/best depending on your opinion. check it out and see what you think.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

TSO and the Ripple Effect

So last Wednesday we went to see these guys:





And I have to say, it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I had soooo much fun! After listening to their CDs for the past two Christmases (is that right, what is the plural of Christmas?), I was SO excited to finally get a chance to see them. It was even better than I had anticipated. In fact, I have already decided that we are going back next year (one of our new traditions) and taking our parents and going back every year following. I already started wondering who I will get to take care of Ann Peyton. We had a fabulous night, after I pitched a horrendous, hormonal inspired fit, because Sweetie didn't wake me from my nap in time to get ready leisurely. I was kind of a baby. Cookie says "please don't act that way in front of your child" and Peyton say oh no you can act that way I will just say "Ann Peyton, when we move to New York, we are not taking Mommy with us" (of course, he's kidding). 

BTW, Peyton bought AP TWO books about New York for Christmas. Although, next year is really her first Christmas, this is her negative Christmas. Peyton and my mom have bought her presents already! I will post some pictures after Christmas (which also BTW--wow i get of on tangents--we are spending the night Christmas Eve with my parents). Anyway, after the breakdown I pulled myself together, put on a cute nonmaternity, but still (hopefully) flattering dress-I've blown up in the last few weeks but I HATE maternity clothes-and we attempted to make it to our first stop in time. We were planning on eating at Char (we had a gift card) but they were packed! So we ate at Que Si Ra (sp) and saved the card for another great date! Que Si Ra was fabulous. Peyton had gumbo and fish and I had Shrimp Alfredo. I don't even like shrimp, but I gobbled these down they were soooo good! 

Anyway, back to the concert, I was blown away. I told Logi Bear that I think I (and she) like these guys so much because we like '80s power ballads so much. They are just like an '80s hair band Christmas style. They sing rock opera that rivals Queen, in fact one of the members sang with Queen. Freddie Mercury is probably rocking out in his grave! Anyway, I have been listening to them in my car ever since the concert, but I have to say it's not as fun when its almost 80 degrees. It really dampens my Christmas spirit being so warm, even though Peyton said all the rain was making him (and me) so depressed! He attributed my "blues" in the previous post in large part to the weather. Which is actually kind of funny, because it's only here in MS that it's snowing one week and HOT the next. I would pick the snow; even though I HATE being cold.

That blog I read that day that made me so sad is so inspiring. If you haven't checked it out, do! I have to say she writes so beautifully about the Lord it has inspired me in a way that possibly no preacher ever has! You can just tell her heart is so full and she loves serving Him. Also, her love for her husband has inspired me to try to appreciate Peyton more and really enjoy our time together and to try to be a better wife to him. He tells me I'm getting better--for example, I cook maybe two times a week instead of one time every two weeks and I go places with him that I don't want to go without complaining. Anyway, read The Ripple Effect.

In upcoming posts I should have some awesome pictures since next week is full of activities. Ornament swap tomorrow and then Christmas festivities next week and New Years the next. WOW, so busy, glad no more work days until 2009!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Snowy Day, Sweeping the Clouds Away, On my Way to Where the Air is Sweet.........

Today has been sort of weird so far. I'm going to be completely honest here and just say it, sometimes I really don't like my life without anti-anxiety medication. Peyton and Momma say that I'm doing so good all the time, but some days (like today) I really don't feel like I am at all. There are two things it helps with and I struggle with both-anxiety and depression:

1. Anxiety- I am so OCD sometimes and it drives me crazy. Like this morning, I NEEDED to find this website. When I found it I couldn't remember how I originally got to it (months ago) and it drove me crazy. Or the other day, I heard a song that reminded me of another song and I had to find out what it was. To no avail. It made me so upset!

2. Depression-I was once again reading some blogs of people I don't know and came upon this one . It's called the Ripple Effect and it's so heartbreaking. It's about a young mom (just a little older than me) who lost her husband. He died when their son was three months old. You can tell she loved him so much. I just cried all morning. And allowed myself to become plagued with worry.


So, I am going to do some things that make me happy. First, I am going to add an installment to my thankful list and then I am going to post my first Christmas survey. Next post, be looking for my top favorite things about Christmas.

Thankful List (continued):

(by the way, round two of the list may seem a little more frivolous)

6. Kitties-I would probably be way more depressed staying home all day if I didn't have the little Darth and General to keep me company)

7. Christmas things (next post)

8. Spending the whole night in the living room with our Christmas tree in front of the fire and falling asleep there rather than in bed.

9. Anthropologie-total retail bliss, although mostly overpriced and I must resort to the sale room and wearing "loungewear" as actual clothes.

10. Food and Shelter- I am thankful that these necessities are provided for. I'm also thankful for little luxuries--that we get to eat really good food (like chocolate balls and creamy macaroni and cheese and Newks fire roasted tomato soup and that I am able to work hard at making our house "cute" and it is really becoming a "home").

11. DVRs-okay that one is really frivolous, but it is so nice to be able to record and watch at your convenience.

12. blogging-I know I've said it before, but I wish more people did it. I love keeping up with my friends through their blogs and I also love stumbling upon strangers blogs with really interesting and inspiring stories, like the one mentioned above.

13. the ability to read-since I don't work full time, I spend probably at least 25% of my day reading--emails, books on pregnancy, books on parenting, (should read more of the Bible), magazines, ect. I think I must be REALLY hormonal, because I just got a little teary thinking about my amazing teachers at SA that taught me to read and then got more teary thinking about one of my best friends, Ashley, teaching her class to read.


*Is it bad to stop at 13? Haha, I'm not superstitious.......just ask Darth Kitty......the black cat I love so dearly







Finally, a christmas survey:

Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? defiantly hot chocolate, I LOVE IT! Egg nog kinda grosses me out.

Does Santa wrap presents or set them under the tree? At my parents house (where I'll still be this Christmas) Santa puts them all out in front of the fireplace. Only wrapped presents from others go under the tree.

Colored lights on tree or white? White, that's what I grew up with.

When do you put your decorations up? after Thanksgiving, but not too much later.

What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? well we usually have steak and twice baked potatoes for Christmas dinner. Delicious.

Favorite Holiday memory as a child: I have to say decorating the tree with Momma and Daddy and Cookie and listening to Christmas music or waking up and seeing all our presents spread out. It seemed like it was sooo much, even though when we were little it was things like tape and markers and post-its (I loved to play school and office). I wish it was a bit more spiritual, but it's still very special.

When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? It's pretty embarrassing. I was really old. Maybe 13. My dad has still never admitted it. He says HE believes in Santa and he asks us not to talk about it. My mom must've had a lot of work on her hands! Just kidding I know he loved playing Santa and getting our stuff ready!

Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? nope

How do you decorate your Christmas tree? We have pretty ornaments but also special ornaments that aren't so beautiful they're just sweet (ones we made and stuff). My mom also puts our old baby shoes and drivers licenses on the tree.

Snow! Love it or Dread it? I loved it today, but prob. not everyday.

Can you ice skate? Not well.....I enjoy it maybe once a winter that's it.

Do you remember your favorite gift? My most SPECIAL gift was prob. the cross earrings Peyton gave me one year when we were dating. They are beautiful, but not really fancy. I used to wear them all the time. And since they were crosses, each time I put them on it was a reminder to pray for Peyton and for our relationship. I wore them in our wedding.

What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? I just love the feelings they create and I love the fact that God loved me enough to send his son to earth.

What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Santa Clause cookie cake that my mom makes

What is your favorite tradition? that's tough, I don't really know........decorating, Christmas Eve parties, just being with family......I can't wait for Peyton and I to start our own traditions.

Which do you prefer, Giving or Receiving? well, I think my mom said it best, if it's something I know the person will really like I'd rather give any day (esp. if it's a surprise!)

What is your favorite Christmas Song? too hard to choose, I love almost all carols and a lot of secular Christmas music too

Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? Yum! I ate two today!

Ever recycled a Christmas present? I don't think so, but I may very well have.

WOW! Long post.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Thankful List

Well, I am about a week behind, but I told Peyton I was going to put my thankful list on the blog and so I am going to. Here is a short list of things I am thankful for:

1. The Christmas Season. I love Christmas music and food and decorations and of course Christmas shopping, but so often I forget the meaning behind Christmas. In honor of Michael, I want to say it's always important to remember the "reason for the season". In all seriousness though, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I want to try especially hard this year to really thing about what it means that God would send his son to earth to live among us.

2. My family. I am so thankful for how amazing my parents are and have always been. They have never given me anything but love and encouragement. They have blessed me in so many ways and so has having a sister who is one of my best friends. I am thankful that I had a grandmother who was more like a second mom than a grandmother and I'm so thankful for the impact "Bump" had on me and the legacy she left so many others. I have a great extended family, now too. Peyton's parents and siblings couldn't be sweeter, welcoming me into their family.

3. My husband. WOW! I don't tell (or show) Peyton enough how much I appreciate him. He is my best friend and one of my favorite people in the world. I can't imagine a day without him. He makes me laugh so hard and is so good to me. For example, the day after Thanksgiving he had the day off and he brought me breakfast in bed. He fixed me eggs, biscuits, and bacon AND hot chocolate and brought it to me in bed on a tray. Not only that, but he got out our Christmas China and put my breakfast on it. It was so special! And every time I get upset about Bump (or anything), he always makes me feel so much better. Finally, I am so thankful that he is giving me the opportunity to stay home with Ann Peyton when she comes. A lot of men these days really want their wives to work and some people want to work and that's a personal decision. However, I am so glad it wasn't even an issue with us. I know I will go back eventually, but right now I'm so glad I'll be able to be home with my little baby bear and I'm glad I have Peyton's support in this.

4. My friends. I wish I saw/talked to them more! I have the most amazing friends ever. I remember when me and Peyton first talked about getting married (a LONG time ago) and I was so upset because I knew I had found my husband, but I didn't have any bridesmaids (besides Cookie and Ellis). I remember praying for a close group of girlfriends my freshman and sophomore year of college. It had never been important to me before, but now it was soo important. This is one of the prayers that I have seen God answer maybe more than any other in my life. I have such sweet friends!

5. Ann Peyton. What a great little surprise! I know that the Lord's plans are so much greater than ours and he decided me and Peyton needed her sooner rather than later. I think it will be so much fun to have our own little girl!

Ok, that is my top five "thankfuls". There are so many more, but I would be blogging all day! I am so blessed and I take that for granted so often.