Wednesday, April 29, 2009

In Which I Discuss Something Controversial....

** Disclaimer, due to the graphic nature of this post, if you are a sweet lady who works in the Bridal Registry at Batte Furniture with Minnie, close your browser now**

Ok, so I normally don't do "issue" posts (that's more of Peyton's thing) sometimes there is something that I feel passionately about and so I feel the need to. I am going to try to be brief and (hopefully) Peyton will do a more detailed post on his other blog (he can really explain all this better than I can). Anyway, I really don't like to offend people and I know I may be stepping on some toes, but I feel like it's important so here it goes:

Recently on The View, they were discussing the "Morning After Pill" and the recent controversy of selling it to teenagers. First, let me say this: Poor Sherry! Elizabeth (a conservative) and Barbara (somewhat moderate) were not there and although Megan McCain ("the new face of the Republican party") was guest hosting "the couch" was defiantly not balanced (not that most of the media really is anyway). Should I have titled this post "How many times can SD use parenthesis is one post"? Anyway, back to my point: the morning after pill (and oral contraceptives in general).

Do people realize that the same mechanism that causes the Morning After Pill to "terminate" a pregnancy is used in ALL oral contraceptives (the pill)? Let me explain: The Morning After Pill works by causing the fertilized egg not to implant in the uterus. The way that any birth control pill works is by 1) causing the egg and sperm not to meet and 2) if the egg and sperm do meet a second mechanism kicks in, which is, you guessed it, causing the fertilized egg to not implant by making the uterus a hostile environment.

So, to summarize.....if you believe that life occurs at the time of implantation, you have not a problem. However, if you believe that life occurs at the time of fertilization your options look like this:

or this:
(give me a break; it's funny)

or this:

So, what do YOU think ?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tax Returns

I was surfing the news websites and I came upon an article about Joe Biden's tax returns. I couldn't help but notice that he doesn't like charities that much. This had me confused because his political ideologies support a sort of welfare state. You see this is an article about his past tax returns, pretty pitiful. Well, this is his tax return statement for 2008. $1,885 to charity? That's it! And this was apparently a record year for him.. Anyway my full thoughts about it are here.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Who Loves Their Red Shoes?

Annie does!

Ok, technically, they aren't shoes; they are part of her footie outfit. But she (and I) love them.

A few randoms:

1. Is it weird that I have a strong aversion to the name "Ann" by itself. Obviously, I love the name Ann Peyton. But similar to how I don't like just "Sarah" (for myself), I don't like just Ann. I do however, LOOOVE it when Peyton (or anyone) calls her Annie. I think it's so darn cute, especially when he says "the baby Annie".

2. Is it also weird I used to could not stand pink and red together? I have always considered my style "unique" and even more "funky" than most of my friends, but somehow, while Cookie mixes black and brown with ease, I have always been a slave to (what I believe are) coordinating colors. Anyway, the above outfit proved me wrong about the pink/red issue.

I know, I know, I tend to make life harder than it has to be....what with being a double name nazi and changing my pink toenail polish to match my red outfit or my red toenail polish to match my pink outfit...who has time for any fun? Yes, there was a time when OCD tendencies ruled my life (they still sort of do)!

What do YOU think?

It's funny, when you have a baby it's like wearing a sign around your neck that says "Please Give Me Advice" and I know it annoys some people, and it may get old, but I welcome it, I really do. Especially from people who are actually parents, or at least have experience with babies.

However, I don't know what to think when people go so gung-ho about one "system". People have such strong opinions! For example, I have been reading On Becoming Babywise and watching these "BabyTalk" dvds, both recommended by different people. Now, I know that theoretically this is no different from soft drinks or peanut butter, when you have a product you want to sell you market it by saying "Follow this system and you will have a content baby; your baby will be happy, you will feel like super mom, and an endless stream of strangers will stop you and tell you how amazingly well-behaved your infant is". Who even knew infants could "behave" badly?

Anyway, Babywise recommends not rocking your baby to sleep, letting them cry, and scheduling breastfeeding and by 7 weeks they will be sleeping through the night. I have heard people sing the praises of this book, but also have had Dr's and nurses tell me that it is not appropriate for young infants. The BabyTalk dvds tell you how to recognize what you baby needs by the sound of it's cry, so you should be able to zap any problem almost immediately. That's the just of the the two approaches. I guess I'm a little skeptical of both. I have seen one child who is a "Babywise baby" and one who is a "BabyTalk baby" and they are both very happy, content children. However, is it because of the system, or was that just their temperament? At this age, I don't know if you can take credit/blame yourself for your babies behavior. Obviously, later in the game how you parent effects behavior, but now (aside from meeting basic needs-food, shelter, love, ect.)? I don't know.

Ok, seriously if you're a parent and/or have a lot of experience with babies leave a comment and tell me what you think!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Goals List- #93 (Change the Background of the Blog)

I have been working on my goals list this week. For one thing, I have to get back to working on it and for another I kind of had to get more organized in the way I was keeping up with my progress. Anyway, I am so excited to be scratching off #93, that is change the background of this blog, which was completely heinous for the longest time. I really would've liked to get one of those fancy blog designers to put something together for me, but alas, it is just not in the budget right now (I had to get a breast pump and baby monitor instead--I know, I know you envy my luxurious life). I also added a couple of "gadgets". I am very excited to 1) have it done 2) check it of the list and 3) do my first post about an item on the list (#95)! So what do you think?

Also, you may notice that my font on previous posts looks HUGE. This is because just today I realized you can make the font bigger by going to "colors and fonts" instead of making it bigger each time you post. So the regular size font becomes big and the large font I had been changing it to every time becomes huge! Yeah I know, you can't believe I'm just now figuring that out!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

First Trip to the Doctor and More New Friends

Friday was a big day for Ann Peyton. She had her first appointment with the her pediatrician, the beloved Dr. Denney. Dr. Denney is the daddy of one of my very best friends, Sue, as well as a much-loved doctor by many in Jackson. I love Sue to death and her precious family. We have know the Denneys forever, because Sue and I went to preschool together. We went to different elementary schools, but were reunited in junior high at Prep and then in college at MC we became very close friends. Anyway, last year when I did a Flat Stanley project (I made a scrapbook called "Flat Stanley Gets His Check-Ups"--yes, that is what you do at MC if you are an education major) Dr. Denney humored me and pretended to be Stanley's pediatrician.

I (and he) probably would have laughed so hard had somebody told me that I would be taking my very own little girl to see him just over a year later! Anyway, Dr. Denney was fabulous! He gave us so much information and he is so caring! He told us no less that four times he would treat her like his own child. And I know he will. What a blessing!

We spent Friday night (where else?) eating "beans and rice" with my family.

On Saturday we had a nice relaxing day and then went out with some friends for sushi for Jamie's birthday. This was the first time we've been "out" together since AP was born (Minnie kept her) and it was so nice. We had a great time hanging out with friends and eating sushi and cake!

Then on Sunday, we got a visit from Ellis and then our longtime friend Scott, and his fiance, Joy. It was so nice catching up. Sunday afternoon, I talked to Logan for over an hour, despite seeing her Saturday night and Thursday night; it was almost like we were roommates again. During this time, a nice gentleman came by our house to ask us to sign something about making serving alcohol legal in our area. We both signed it, even though clearly I will not be partaking, since I have no desire to a) "pump and dump" or b) test my breast milk with a dipstick (yeah people really do that) and we don't want a drunk babykins! Sunday evening we watched Twilight. I liked it, but I have to admit, it didn't really live up to my expectations. There's just been so much hype, from Cookie and everyone else. I think I might have felt differently if I had read the book first, but I've been kinda busy over here lately. Anyway, I will do a more in depth review later.

Speaking of......I have SOOO many posts that have just been put on the back burner. Here are a few :
- I love Rita Aren's idea of doing a whole post about each of her "25 Random Things"
- I thought Dave Burchett's iPod devotional series was so neat and I really want to do something similar
- I still haven't even started blogging about each of my 101 goals
- I've been wanting to participate in these writing prompts over at Mama's Losin' It
- I never did my "spotlight" series....where I spotlight an important person in my life
- these along with um, countless, memes and surveys I have found on other peoples blogs and starred in my Reader to do at some future date (like when Annie graduates high school). Well, we will see......

Sunday, April 19, 2009

So Many New Friends

Okay, I'll go ahead and tell you in advance that this is a ridiculously long post. But part of the reason for this blog is to be able to look back and see what was going on in our lives. I just need to update more frequently!

Last week went by so fast!
Monday was the first day we haven't had any company since Ann Peyton was born. I love, love, love visitors, but it was nice to just have a day for the three of us! We just hung around the house all day. It was nice and pretty so we went outside. Peyton read and AP and I feel asleep.

Tuesday, we got a visit from one of my old friends from high school, Sarah Catherine, and her mom. She's married and lives in Louisiana now, so I don't see her much. It was fun to catch up. Then our friends from church, Mike and Tara, came over and brought us dinner. They are having their own little baby in May. I'm so excited for them and it's so fun that a bunch of our friends are having/just had babies!

Wednesday, Peyton had to go back to work :( I knew I could handle things without him, so I wasn't really "nervous"; it just made me sad because we had had so much fun these last two weeks. Anyway, it ended up being a really good day. For one thing, I got a TON done around the house:
-6 loads of laundry (two produced by Ann Peyton when she had a little accident all over herself, me, and our bed)
-2 loads of dishes (we cleaned out our fridge the night before)
-straightened the house and put up Easter decorations
-gave Ann Peyton a bath

So, I felt very productive. But also very peaceful. I really enjoyed my quiet time and just the simple pleasures of live, like a glass of cold mint tea. I really feel like I am really growing closer to the Lord. And I don't say that out of pride; I say it out of true humility, because it is HIS faithfulness that has brought me back closer to him time and again. Anyway, I just felt so content in a way I haven't in awhile. I mean AP brings me so much joy, but I haven't had that relaxed feeling of just sitting at God's feet. Anyway, it made me realize how happy I was about this season of my life, and how this is truly what I feel like I have always been called to do--be a wife and mother. I know that one day I'll have a chance to go back and teach and then it will really be a priority but right now my priorities are serving the Lord, being a good wife to Peyton and being a good homemaker, and being the best mother I can be. I was just so filled with joy and I thought to myself that if Peyton ever does feel like stepping away from pharmacy, because he thinks he'll be more content doing something else, I will be so happy for him. I have always said it would be okay, but deep down I have to admit I like the lifestyle his current job allows us to have. Well, right then, I didn't care about any of that. I just wanted him to feel as fulfilled as I did. And I hope I always feel that way. To be honest, I have always struggled with materialism, but lately I am just so satisfied in my relationships, that "things" really have taken a backseat. And that feels so good!

Anyway, when Peyton got home I had babykins all clean and in her pjs and greeted him at the door. He has asked me several times to do this (come to the door, give him a kiss, and ask him how his day was). Anyway, it feels very June Cleverish (which I love--we all know I am constantly wishes I had been born in another era) especially with a baby in tow, but he eats it up. And I videod her after her bath, because he also requested that I video some while he's at work, so he can not miss out on things (such a sweet Daddy). Anyway, GREAT DAY!

Thursday, AP went to her fist restaurant. I know, I know, she's only 2 wks. But my uncle was here, and so we went to Walkers and sat outside (surely there aren't that many germs floating around Fondren). And my parents (who are super overprotective and didn't take me to church until I could sing "Jesus Loves Me" by myself) seemed to think it was okay. Anyway, the food was fabulous and she sleept the entire time! Uncle Allen said she looks like Winston Churchhill when my mom asked him who he thought she looked like, haha. That afternoon, my friend Cat, whose precious little boy I kept before AP came, brought over some dvds about the different sounds babies make when they cry. And Thursday night we had a fun visit from Logan!

I will post about the weekend (and a few pictures) tomorrow! Also, I am working on starting back up on my 101 in 1001. I got a little of track the past couple of weeks, due to a, you know, minor interruption ;)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Easter Fun

We had a fabulous Easter weekend. Friday and Saturday were pretty low key, but we did get to catch up with some people who were in town for the the holidays. We hung out with our friends Rob and Missy, who now live in Atlanta. Rob was the only non-brother out of all the groomsmen in our wedding (okay, I'm cheating--but Ellis is as close as you get to being a brother; he even escorted my momma). Anyway, we worked with Rob at the pool where we met/became friends/fell in love, so he's been around for the "whole story".

Notice here that Rob's forearm and AP are pretty much equivalent in size. He used to be a marine and his muscles are massive. I'm forever asking him if he's sure he hasn't taken any steroids (I'm forever asking awkward/inappropriate/weird questions). Anyway, he hasn't; he just has a workout addiction. It's similar to my lay on the couch and eat and blog addiction. Except not.

Here is Mark (Cookie's boyfriend).....he had never held a baby (let alone a newborn) in his life. But you can't tell can you? Also, she's all dressed up in these pics because Michal (Peyton's brother, who is a photography major at Delta State) came over to take pictures of her. I really wanted some of her under a month old, but I didn't want the Olan Mills price tag when she can't even hold her head Michal seemed like a great choice. We'll have to shoot more because the sun kind of wasn't cooperating, but I still can't wait to see them!

On Easter Sunday Momma offered to babysit so we could go to church (she watches Galloway on the TV) and she brought Daddy and Cookie along with her! This is what they did while we were away:

And later we went to their house and hung out and got a visit from the bunny.
Peyton and I both got candy and a dvd. I also got some fun cookie cutters and watermellon plates and Peyton got some goofy novelty items. AP got two books, some rubber duckies, fairy eggs (who am I kidding? those were mine) and two bibs, a plate for her goldfish, and a container for her cheerios.

We had an amazing Easter. God is showing me so much lately, and I will post about that soon, but this post is kind of already out of hand in length. So, Easter is all about new beginnings.....which is
resident enviro-freak sweet Papa more proud of?
His little precious baby bunnykins?


his squash seedlings?

That's a toughie.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

He. Is. Amazing.

My husband is the best. Ann Peyton and I have had such a fabulous time having him here with us these first couple of weeks. I'm not really worried about him going back to work, but we will sure miss him. I know that deep down he really envies me and that I get to stay home and enjoy our bundle of joy while he works for twelve hours. Not that my job is glamorous or anything, but it is very rewarding. Anyway, I will miss him. He has helped me so much these first two weeks and without a single complaint! And he's been so patient with me and all my emotionalness. He's been so encouraging. And also I want to say this......

Thank you, Honey, for letting me do this. Thank you for giving me one of the best gifts I've ever been given.....time with our daughter. Thank you for trusting me to teach her all the things we believe are important. Thank you for encouraging me in this endeavor. Thank you for being willing to sacrifice having two incomes. Thank you for standing up for me when people think I don't have a "real" job or think that being a stay at home mom is a walk in the park. Thank you for going to work even when you don't want to and providing for us. Thank you for taking car of Ann Peyton for a few hours on your days off so I can spend time with my friends, or run errands, or do things that are important to me. Thank you for being such a great daddy to her. Thank you for telling me daily what a good job I am doing. Thank you for allowing me to see one of my biggest dreams and career ambitions come true. You are THE BEST.

This is Too Funny.....

Recently, a friend gave me some baby things that she was finished with, as her baby is now around 7 months old. One of the things she gave us was a pillow. It is similar to the Boppy pillows, but the company that makes them is called "My Breast Friend". For some reason, me, Momma, and Cookie thought that was hilarious. I mean it's a nice pillow, but we were rolling. Real mature right?

Anyway tonight I get a text from Sis:
Cookie: "Please tell me your watching the Duggars"
Me: "Nope. Why?"
Cookie: "The Mom just nursed in a mall and she used a My Breast Friend pillow"

This is funnier if you know Cookie. Anything about nursing, umbilical cords, giving birth, ect. is really hard for her to hear about. She has done amazingly well with little Annie, considering she recently asked me when she'd be able to "hold her on my hip" and informed me she doesn't like it when their heads "flop". She cracks me up! Also, Mark, her bf, came by over the weekend and it was the first time he'd ever held an infant!!

I meant to do a post about our fabulous Easter weekend, but today has been kind of busy with two rounds of company and several projects I was trying to get done before Peyton goes back to work tomorrow :(

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Amazing singer from Scotland

You may have seen Susan Boyle on the news. She was recently on Britain's Got Talent, and looks like the cafeteria lady with the hairy mole that you're scared to accept mashed potatoes from; but her voice is AMAZING...I won't say more, but check out this video on you tube, sorry it wouldn't let me embed it.


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where's thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise!! to thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

Friday, April 10, 2009

It's Friday....But Sunday's a Coming!

Awhile back one of my professors at MC read us a story out of Fox's Book of Martyrs. It was about a woman who was not only persecuted herself, but watched her child be tortured and yet still refused to renounce her faith. It was hard for me to hear at the time. I remember just being horrified by the story. I couldn't really even wrap my mind around it.

Years later, when I found out I was pregnant, I found myself thinking about the story and it took on a whole new meaning. I told Peyton that even without meeting her yet, I loved Ann Peyton so much, and I didn't know if I could do what this strong woman of faith did. He reassured me that I would probably never have to, and I argued with him that God could call us to be missionaries in a dangerous land, but even so, that really wasn't the point. I realized that my faith was somewhat weak and something I needed to be more intentional about. So that is the first thing I took from the story. But the second is really more important. After thinking on it (worrying about it) for a few days it just HIT ME......God did just that for us! I always knew logically that God gave his "only begotten son", but never had it touched my heart in this way. As a parent, now, I am processing God's love for humanity in a whole new way this Good Friday!

Jesus, the Savior, reigns, the God of truth and love;
When He had purged our stains He took His seat above;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Happy Good Friday

Christ has died. Christ IS risen. Christ will come again.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Babykins is ONE WEEK OLD today!

and I can't believe it!

She looks so much like me in my baby pictures here!

She's tiny....we had to get her preemie clothes.

Peyton calls this an "Annie Roll"

I love her.

*Ugh, my dates are messed up....this is Thursday, not Tuesday!*

The AMAZING story of Ann Peyton's birth and a few pictures

So, we woke up and went to the hospital at 5:00 am as planned. Around 4:30 I called the hospital to ask if I could have a piece of toast or a cracker; I was already hungry! They said "um, no, if we have to do a c-section, you could aspirate, and then you'll have to go to the ICU; it's really not worth it". Ok, she's right-not worth it. So we go to the hospital and the weird thing is I had started having contractions, so Ann Peyton would have come on April 2 not matter what! About an hour later, they started the Pitocin and the contractions got much stronger. The nurse that took care of me was AMAZING. Her and Dr. McMinn are just great people and are great at what they do. There is nothing I could do to thank them enough for how great they helped make this experience (I was really scared). But we are sending Katie (the nurse) a gift certificate to Char. Anyway, they gave me some medicine to relieve the pain from the contractions and it made me act so stupid (don't worry Peyton video taped it). Then the anesthesiologist came in and gave me the epidural and I feel asleep and slept through some really heavy/frequent contractions. Around noon, Katie came in and said it was time to push. There were at least ten people in the room. I am crazy about hating to be naked, but I did not even care that there were two MC nursing students observing (and they were really observing!) I'm just glad I didn't know them. About 20 minutes later she called Dr. McMinn and 30 minutes after that AP arrived. That's right, less than an hour of pushing! And it did not hurt at all! I just felt pressure. WOW! Peyton had said he didn't care about cutting the cord, but the nurse said she should so he did. And before that when we first heard her cry, we both looked at each other with tears in OUR eyes and it was such a special moment.

I feel so blessed. I had been praying for smooth delivery, but I never expected this! It was really important to me not to have a section. I am not at all against them, but for very personal reasons it was really important to me not to have one. I hate it when people say things like that on their blogs and you know I try to be transparent, so ask me if you're really curious and can't guess; it just wouldn't be appropriate to mention on the blog. Anyway, I was so worried and just sure she would not come out "that way" because, hello, I am rather small. But God defiantly answered my prayers, above and beyond all I could imagine!

Our little family:
"Mickey" with his new granddaughter
She is so tiny; we had to get her preemie clothes. That bunny is almost as big as her!
"Uncle" Ellis
Logan and Ashley
Going home

Aunt CookieOne last thing. Please pray for me. I have talked so many times about my out of control anxiety and what a struggle it is. Well, of course, I have already worried about all the possible terrible scenarios that could happen to Ann Peyton. Tonight (I was still up, but had put her down) I heard her cry and leaned over to check on her (her bassinet is right beside our bed) and her hat that she sleeps in to keep her warm was down over her nose. She was breathing fine through her mouth and crying to let me know there was a problem, but it scared me to death! This is the happiest I've EVER been, but it is so scary to me!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

She's Here!

Ann Peyton Herrington
April 2, 2009
12:48 pm
5 pounds 15 ounces
19.5 inches

We just got home today and are having so much fun with our precious baby girl. She is just a joy. The delivery was not hard at all (I'll post about that and put up more pictures tomorrow or the next day) and the everyone at the hospital was so sweet and helpful, but we are so glad to be home! Peyton is such an amazing Daddy. I have never been happier in my life!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

One Last Post Pre-Mommy

So, I totally copied Jamie on this one, but I thought it was such a cute idea. She did her 25 things but she also did 25 things about her husband, Michael, as well. I also thought this was a great idea --Rita is doing 25 things, but each thing is an entire post. I might do it later, but who thinks I'll have time for that any time in the near future? Yeah that's what I thought. And since I don't think Peyton will be hiring a nanny to enable my blog addiction, um we'll see about doing that one in a few months....maybe. So here is my list about Peyton:

25 Random Things about Peyton:

1. He is kind of a green freak. Little things like recycling and turning off lights are really important to him. As are bigger things, like reusable diapers.

2. He has already decided that he wants to be called “Papa”. I think she’ll call him Daddy some too, though.

3. I have made him into a freak-he actually likes to go shopping with me. And I swear I heard the guys at the gap snickering because he says things like “Sweetie, the other one is really more flattering”, as if he’s Clinton Kelly or something.

4. He also recently saw a very “
tackily” dressed little girl and told me “If you ever dress my little angel like that I will kill you”. Doesn’t he realize he wouldn’t even know that was tacky if it wasn’t for me?

5. Now that I’
ve made him sound really questionable, I will say in many ways he is a “guy’s guy”. He loves athletic/outdoorsy things, GI Joes, and loved being a Boy Scout. I think we will have to try until we have a boy, too.

6. He has already come up with a host of nicknames for Ann Peyton. He started calling her “Scooter”, but I said that was kind of boyish so he calls her “Annie Scoot”.

7. He loves hats. In the winter he likes to wear Fedoras and now he’s looking for a straw hat for the summer.

8. He recently told our cat, Darth, she was a “beautiful Egyptian princess”.

9. He’s really protective of the cats. I hope this is a
foreshadowing of how he will feel towards his daughter.

10. He has
SOO much energy. It’s because he has ADHD. I want John Rosemond and the other people who think it’s a fictional disease to come live in my house. He does control it well, however. I used to call him Tigger, because of all his “bounciness” and I said I was like Piglet, because I am a worrier. Our children are going to be anxious little hyper-active worrywarts.

11. But when it runs out, it runs out. He is IMPOSSIBLE to wake up. When he was little his parents thought they had lost him, but he had fallen asleep in his toy box with the lid down. He also feel asleep on the bathmat while the bath water was running over him ruining the carpet outside the bathroom.

12. He is always thinking about changing jobs. I finally just made peace with it. He wanted to teach school for awhile, own his own drug store, or be a nurse. He even went to seminary for awhile (not to be a preacher though; I think he would have liked to start some kind of apologetics ministry or something like that).

13. He
OVERCOMMITS. He has such a hard time saying “no” to people.

14. He wants to live a lot of other places besides Jackson. Mainly NYC. I could live here forever, and just take visits to other places. But it’s a big dream of his so we’re going to do it.

15. He likes casseroles. I hate food mixed together (I even eat my red beans and rice separate). He loves foods mixed together. I am a good wife and fix this stuff occasionally and eat cereal or a grilled cheese for dinner ;)

16. He loves to play chess and wants me to learn how to play with him.

17. He also really wants me to watch all the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings movies. Which I have no desire to ever do.

18. He has led about four youth boy’s bible studies on purity at our church (which, he’s only been a member of for maybe three years, if that). I think it’s an issue that’s close to his heart. That makes me feel good about raising children with him. I hate it when parents are scared to talk to their kids about sex!

19. He is a very loyal friend.

20. He thinks Curious George should be the first book we read to AP.

21. He has recently taken up watching “Pete and Pete” and “Salute Your Shorts” reruns.

22. He has a great relationship with my dad. There were no boys at our house (even my parents three pets are girls), and Daddy has just loved having Peyton around. Once I asked him (when we were dating) what he’d do if we broke up. He said “Well, he could still come over,
couldn’t he?” I just looked at him like he was crazy. Then he told me that Peyton was like the son he never had. It almost made me cry.

23. He has recently taken to doing “projects”, like my Dad, though on a smaller scale. He installed a shelf in our laundry room and now he’s working on a vegetable garden.

24. He wants to live on a farm when we get old (or you know, now) and have chickens and cows.

25. I have resigned myself to the fact that he is going to be the “fun” parent. I think I’m okay with that. We’ll see.

By the way, in case your curious about something other than my husbands
quirks and idiosyncrasies, obviously I haven't gone into labor but.....BABY IS COMING TOMORROW! We're going to the hospital at 5:00 in the a.m. (see #11--which will be harder, waking Sweetie or giving birth?--um, probably the latter!). So this time tomorrow, we should be snuggling with Ann Peyton.

P.S. I will post pictures ASAR (as soon as reasonable), but I'm giving you a heads up, I don't do cottage cheese pictures. Your not seeing her until she's clean!