Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Octo Meme

Okay, so I've done this meme before, but somebody* tagged me a (long) while back to do it one FB and I put it in my drafts and here it is.

*Thanks, Mal, for the tag AND for the super sweet shout out in the original.

8
Things I'm Looking Forward to...

1) snuggling my Babykins when she wakes up from her nap
2) finding out what a grass fed Mississippi grown cow tastes like, ha!
3) starting my first "independent" sewing project
4) having lunch tomorrow with a woman that I consider a mentor in the truest sense of the word
5) C.S. Lewis book club next week!
6) July's spending money, ha!
7) Fourth of July celebrations at Ann and Joe's farm, Peyton's parents, and Sara's house
8) our trip to Tybee Island in July and another trip that I don't want to blog about yet because it's not for sure and I don't want to jinx it

8 Things I did Yesterday...


1) had lunch with my BFF
2) did laundry
3) read and commented on a few blogs
4) experienced AP's first TRUE temper tantrum
5) bought hummus and pita chips from Mediterranean Cafe
6) tried to buy supplies for my sewing project-the place is closed on Mondays, though
7) spent some "alone time" with Peyton. Ahem.
8) listened to my adorable father in law read "The Wheels on the Bus" book to AP.

8 Things I Wish I Could Do...


1) sew really well
2) time manage
3) be a better wife
4) cook better
5) judge people less
6) love people more
7) have a greater passion for God's word
8) make my life reflect my priorities

8 Shows I Enjoy...

1) Army Wives. Sometimes, it can be a bit corny, though.
2) The Good Wife. This is a new one and it's one of my favorite dramas ever. I really prefer drama to comedy, in most cases. Also, anything with Mr. Big in it is not hard to watch. Unless it's Criminal Intent. Then it's incredibly painful.
3) Anderson Cooper 360. I'll admit, Ima a dork, you don't have to tell me. What I won't admit to is watching Neil Cavuto during nap time.
4) America: The Story of Us. We DVR'd it off the History Channel and it is SO good. It's all about how Americans have been so innovative and the true entrepreneurial spirit that has guided this country.
5) Parenthood. Another new one! It can get a little cliche, but I love it. And I think they do a really good job of dealing with the issue of having a child on the Autistic Spectrum.
6) Law and Order. The original. I used to only like SVU, but now I really like the original L&O a lot, too. I think that Sam Waterston does a fabulous job of playing ADA/DA Jack McCoy. Peyton and I love to talk about the complexities of his character. I recently ordered another Sam Waterston series, but I haven't checked it out yet. Because, you know, the time. The time. What becomes of it?
7) Toddlers and Tiaras. Possibly, more embarassing than Cuvuto.
8) 90210. The new one. I'm kind of obsessed. It's a VERY guilty pleasure, though. Let's see, cocaine, sex, psycho stalkers, suicide, homosexuality-all the makings of a good teen drama. Why do half these have either a teenager or a geriatric vibe??

Okay, so tag eight people??
Carrie
Ashley
Rebekkah (if you like things like this, if you hate them, don't feel obligated!)
Sarah
Elizabeth
Amy
Jennifer
Marie

And anybody else who wants to do it! Also, if I tagged you and you hate memes, just ignore!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pajama Party!

I said yesterday that I was going to share some more pictures of AP in the pajamas that Cookie and I wore as toddlers, so here they are!

I think this is one of the sweetest pictures ever!


"Momma, it's simply too early for pictures!"


reading a little in the Touch and Feel Bible


close-up of the Annie Baby


Peyton admited the other day that he's glad I bought this chair, even though he thought it was unnecessary at first, because she loves it SO much!


What could be better that sitting in your comfy chair in your Momma's old super soft pjs, reading your Touch and Feel Bible stories? Not much!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Weekly Happenings Post #67(June 21-27)-- Swimmin', Road Trippin', and Chillaxin'

Guess it was time for another pic sans makeup. Also, notice AP's onsie says "Daddy's Little Sweetie". Ordinarily, I just can't stand things like that, but my mom found it and I actually kind of like it because Peyton and I call each other "Sweetie" and he's taken to calling her that, too.


This went by so quickly! It was nice and relaxed, but we had a lot of fun activities mixed in, too.

Before I share our "happenings", I thought I tell y'all how my little chore/dinner/activity routine is going. If you don't remember, here's the schedule:

Monday- finances day (receipts, checkbooks, coupons, (if Carrie and I start that); I'll also write notes on this day, if I have any that need written)
Tuesday- organizing day (I need to reorganize every drawer in this house!)
Wednesday- craft day (practicing sewing, working on the baby book that is not even HALF finished, ect.)
Thursday- yard wok day
Friday- catch up, rest day

Monday- surfaces (dust/deep clean counters)
Tuesday- floors (sweep, mop, dry mop, vacuum)
Wednesday- bathrooms
Thursday- big laundry day (wash all our bedding, do extra loads, iron, ect.)
Friday- misc./catch up

Monday- grill night [Peyton's always off on Monday afternoons]
Tuesday- casserole or spaghetti
Wednesday- BFD (breakfast for dinner)
Thursday- fish or pita pizza
Friday- Beans and Rice at Mickey and Minnie's house
Saturday/Sunday- leftovers, eatout, grill, sandwiches

So, assessment? I've been doing pretty good with the activity schedule, but I haven't necessarily stuck to the designated days. For example, I might switch around my "yard day", depending on the weather. And I've been practicing sewing for my "craft" and I kind of just do that for a few minutes here and there. By the way, in the next few weeks, I'll be attempting my first real "project" since I took my sewing class.

As far as the chore schedule, it has helped me tremendously. I don't know if I have a ton more time/energy since MMO is out for summer, or if I'm just making myself be productive. It's nice to have the house cleaner, though!

I haven't been doing great with the dinner schedule, but I do feel like I've been cooking a lot more than usual (like twice or thrice a week, instead of once, ha!). I think I may add in a "veggie night" for the summer, though, because we love having just home cooked vegetables for dinner!

As you probably know, I've really struggled with time management skills a whole lot and really beat myself up over it, but I'm at a point where most nights I am happy and proud of myself for what I have accomplished during the day. Peyton and I were talking tonight and we discussed how the one more thing I need to make time for is exercise. I may have to take a cue from Ashley and do something to stay active!

Okay, now that I've bored you to death with that, onto our happenings this week....

Monday
was a fun day. Peyton, AP, Peyton's brother, Andrew and I took a little road trip to Hebron to see Granny and PopPop. We got on the road about ten and got to their house in time to relax a little before lunch. Of course Granny had fixed THE best lunch of chicken, butter beans, corn, fresh tomatoes, cornbread and squash. YUM. We visited all afternoon and got back into town just before dark.

Granny had gotten a little tea set for Ann Peyton.

PopPop made the little table and chairs for Peyton and his brothers and sisters when they were young!

Granny serving AP some "tea".
I did laundry and straightened the kitchen, but that was it for the night. Traveling is tiring!

Peyton was off all day on Tuesday, too and we had a really nice day. Tuesday morning I did some housework. I did a load of laundry and then I worked in the kitchen- after I did the dishes I scrubbed the counters, cleaned the kitchen table, and dusted Peyton's little bar area. Then I read my Bible while Peyton was riding his bike and AP was napping. I usually do it very last thing at night, but I think I should at least do part of my reading in the morning (not first thing, though, I wouldn't get anything from that!).
I had to take her picture because these were my pajamas when I was a baby. I took a bunch, so I think I'll do a whole picture post one day this week!

reading in her chair
After Annie woke up, we met Cookie and my mom for lunch at the Yacht Club. After lunch my mom left, but we stayed and swam for a little while.

When we got home, Annie took a nap. I was doing something in the kitchen and I heard a crash. Peyton had broken a platter from on top of his armoire, so I got on eBay and looked for a new one- it's a retired Gail Pittman pattern. I read some blogs and Peyton went shopping for a freezer. We decided we needed an extra freezer to keep the HALF OF A COW we are getting next week. Yes, we decided to be super crunchy and by a locally grown and slaughtered cow to eat on for the next who knows how long. [Sidenote: Did ya'll know that organic cow's milk is more expensive than the store brand formula? We've never bought organic formula (I don't know why), be we drink only organic cow's milk.] After Peyton got back, I had some more time of productivity. I vacuumed the office and bedrooms and did MAJOR dusting in our room, including the tippy top of the armoire the platter fell off. Then I straightened the house a little and put up laundry.

Then Peyton remembered that he was sopposed to meet a friend for dinner. While he was gone, I organized Annie's closet and made room for the new things I bought at the sample sale and overstock sale, while she was playing in the nursery. I had to stop in the middle of things, because she got really sleepy. Once she went to bed I read some blogs and a little of Mere Christianity. What a busy day!

On Wednesday morning Ann Peyton woke up at 6:30. That's really early for her! Usually Peyton gets up with her if he doesn't have to work until two, because he's more of a morning person than me, but he was sort of tired, so I got up and finished organizing her closet while she had her milk and played. Peyton made us breakfast and when she took a nap at 10:30, I took a little one, too!

When she woke up, I washed the breakfast dishes and folded some laundry while she played in the den. We went to Kroger and Target and then she took her afternoon nap. I read some in my Bible and some more of Mere Christianity. I feed her dinner and sweeped and mopped the house while she was in her highchair. My mom stopped by for a little surprise visit and we had a nice time playing and chatting until Ann Peyton's bedtime. I cooked veggies for dinner (okra, corn on the cob, and squash casserole, plus fresh tomatoes). The only problem? I fogot to the steam the squash this time! I don't know how I missed that step, but we just cooked it for longer at a higher tempature and it was fine!

Thursday morning I got up and tried to get the house ready for our play date with my sister in law, Elizabeth and her little boy, Simeon. I straightened, washed dishes, swept and dusted mopped the wood floor, and cleaned the bathroom. We had a nice visit and Elizabeth brought a great lunch from Mediterranean Cafe.

After they left, Annie and I drove over to Leap Frog, one of my favorite consignment shops. I got a cute bib for Ann Peyton there about a month ago and I wanted to see if they had any more. They didn't and they didn't have much else good, either, I didn't think. Probably a good thing! Ann Peyton had a hard time going down for her afternoon nap and ended up not falling asleep until around 5:30. I know that seems crazy and wouldn't work for some people, but if I tried to hold her off she'd be overly tired and have an even harder time falling asleep for the night. It worked out nicely, anyway, because Annie and I ended up going over to my parents for dinner- they were having shish kabobs with steak and fresh peppers, AMAZING. We dropped some by the Walgreens on the way home and Ann Peyton did her little trick that Peyton tought her when she saw him through the drive thru window!

Friday was a REALLY long day. Ann Peyton refused to take a single nap for the first time in her life. I know a lot of babies go on long nap strikes and I shouldn't complain, but it was awful. She was miserable, too, because she was so tired. Actually, she apparently took two really short cat naps in the car and her mind thought that she had gotten her two naps in. Peyton took her on an errand Friday morning while I was getting dressed and she took a little snooze then. Then she took another tiny nap while we were running errands with my mom. We went to Continental to get some sewing things, to the jewelery store for my mom, and to Walmart. I was going to do like Thursday and let her take a late nap and then go to my parents' house for Beans and Rice, but she wouldn't do it. So we played some, I fed her supper, gave her a bath and put her to bed. I cooked fish and asparagus for supper. I was so exhausted by the time I got to the kitchen clean.
I was terrified this no napping was our new normal!
I had to have one before bed!

Saturday was a nice day. Ann Peyton did take a good nap and I did put up some laundry and read blogs. I also went through a bunch of receipts and worked on our finances. I wrapped a wedding present and got ready for an afternoon wedding for my friend Stephanie.
Annie's room on Saturday. Have I mentioned what a baby does for one's OCD tendencies??

My mom picked up AP since I was riding with a friend and I finished getting ready. The wedding was beautiful and I had a nice time catching up with old friends at the reception. Our friends, Melissa and Ryan were in town and said they might stop by and see Ann Peyton later that night. When I got home, I worked on getting the house picked up and Peyton got AP from my parents' house. Peyton told Annie he knew of a fun game called "walk to the other parent". Ha! So, we practiced walking a bit. Melissa and Ryan ended up not coming, but it was just as well, because Annie was pretty sleepy.

Today (Sunday) has been nice and relaxed. I meant to get up early and go to the 8:30 service since I was doing children's church at the late service, but I didn't make it. I actually fell back asleep with my bath water running- could've been a disaster. Anyway, I really wanted to go to church since I haven't been in weeks due to mine and AP's being sick and because we have a new preacher and I can't wait to hear him! Next week will be nice, because Peyton can go and stay through the whole service.

When we got home, I started this post and then had lunch and watched TV while Ann Peyton napped. I ended up taking a nap myself, too! She only takes one nap on Sundays, but she took a nice long one- just over three hours! When she woke up, we played a little and I folded laundry and ate a snack. Peyton got home and he played with Annie some and then we headed outside so we could do some wedding. We got out the little kiddie pool for AP and she enjoyed herself, but then a storm blew up. The wind scared her and it started thundering so we went inside.



the littlest gardner


gardening + a wet bottom = a dirty bottom

We got a good bit done, though! I gave AP a bath, fed her supper and put her to bed. Then I cooked our supper- veggie dinner, again. We ate and talked a little and then Peyton watched the World Cup while I played on the computer.

Next week looks fun! During the first part of the week, we'll be seeing Ryan and Melissa and we're also having lunch with Carrie and Aubrey tomorrow (we missed this week because Aubrey had a virus). I'm not sure what's going on the rest of the week, but I'm sure it will be a good one!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Flashback Friday- Good Times in Target and the School of Ed {2005-2008}

Since my friend Ashley (M.) got married last weekend, I decided to do my Flashback this week on some of the great memories I have from our time in college.

I hesitated to post this picture of me and Ashley, because of the recent controversies involving the appropriateness of dressing up as a Native American/American Indian (comaparisons to black face- really??) on two high traffic blogs I read. But, you guys know I'm not always all about extreme PCness. And, this is one of my all time favorite pictures of us. And also? we were learning about teaching children about various ethnic groups. If there is one thing we talked about during our teacher training days it was celebrating diversity and teaching from a multicultural perspective.

Anyway, making these outfits were one of the many projects Ashley and I worked on together during our time in the School of Education at Mississippi College. We also did an exhaustive Flat Stanely project, wrote our own children's book (mine was about Little Bear's first day of school), made bio-cubes, put together Jack Daw kits, created an alphabet book, and did many varied projects involving Skittles and hard noodles. I will say I'm not near as crafty as Ash, but she helped me, and I've come a LONG way since the start of college.

The reason we were able to enjoy doing all these projects at each other's side is because after we became good friends in our Intro to Education class, we started planning our schedules together. As in: we would schedule our pre-registration meeting with our advisor during the same time slot and go together, so we could get the same schedule. Sweet, huh?upon graduating from the School of Ed

It's not like our friendship was all work and no play, though. We had great times staying up late on Thursday nights eating cinnamon rolls in the dorm and then getting up late on Friday because we neither one had class AT ALL on Fridays one semester. We both loved the corn dogs and Oreo pudding the cafe served every Friday and would wait to go home until after lunch if we weren't staying for the weekend! Ashley was one of the friends who consoled me through the ups and downs that is a four year dating relationship with the love of your life.
fun times in the dorm with some shades and my frog that we named T Pain

We actually weren't into the whole "let's get drunk and forget what we did" thing that T-Pain so elequently sings about, so this was our idea of a fun night!

very teacheresque, no?

We also had a great time enjoying numerous girl trips to the beach, often involving car catastrophes (think getting stuck in a hole, the sand, anything else you might imagine). These were days when I laughed harder than I knew I could.
beach trip '07

modeling some Jackie O sunglasses at the Target in Destin. Because, of course we had to go to the Target at the beach. Everyone knows that no two Targets are created just the same and if you're in a new city, you must check out their Target.

my bachlorete trip-- 2008

There were also the many Swannanoa function that I actually started attending once all my friends rerushed ST.
Mystery Date- the theme was (obviously) the '20s

When I was very lonely in college, and prayed specifically for bridesmaids, Ashley was one of the first people the Lord brought into my life.

He recently answered another prayer I spent a good many of my college days praying for-- as of last Saturday, he has provided HER with a husband, too!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

School Days

I was looking through some of my old drafts and I realized there are several really old posts that I never finalized and published. Here's one....
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We finally got AP's school picture on the last day of Mother's Morning Out, but I am just now scanning and posting it. I think it's adorable!

I put her in her "birthday outfit", because it was the week before her birthday. I'm glad I did, because she ended up wearing something else to her party, since it was way to hot for corduroy. I feel like I at least got some use out of the outfit, ha!

Also, don't you just love the fake rocks and flowers?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Won't You Read to Me Wednesday?




I decided that it was time for another classic book. This week's feature is very special and extremely sentimental to me.....
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
by Eugene Field
illustrated by Sheilab Beckett

I couldn't find a picture of our edition, so I scanned it. This is the actual copy that my mom read to me and Cookie when we were little girls, which is why I am so sentimental about it. The book is a "Pudgy Pal" book and I just love the pictures. The colors aren't really pastel, but they are the perfect balance of light/bright. There is a lot of that "seafoam" color that I'm obsessed with. Anyway, it's a beautiful book.

The poem was originally written in 1889 by Eugene Field, a Denver journalist. It was orignially titled "Dutch Lullaby" (perfect, because in our book and my mind, the "wooden shoe" boat that the poem tells of looks just like a traditional Dutch clog). The poem basically tells a little story about three fishermen sailing in a wooden shoe in the night sky and fishing for stars. The fishermen symbolize a sleepy child's face- tired, blinking eyes and a nodding head. The boat represents the babe's trundle bed. It is such a dear, sweet poem.

I love the book because like a fairy tale, it really encourages a child's imagination. In fact, I think that the little boy or girl's imagination is a major component in this story. The rhyme is simple and the plot is basic enough (excluding one slightly confusing part about how Wynken and Blynken are eyes and Nod is a head, which always tripped me up as a little girl), so there is lots of opportunity for the child to enjoy visualing the story in his or her mind.

Since this book was a part of so many nights in my childhood, I took it upon myself to read it to Ann Peyton nightly since she was born. Sure, we may miss a night if we come in late or if she's extremely exhausted, but by and large, we read this book each night. I think that children thrive off of routines, but her nightime routine is one of the few real rituals our family does, so far. I've been meaning to write a entire post about Annie's "goodnight routine", so be looking for it!

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe---
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
Into a sea of dew.
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we!"
Said Wynken,
Blynken,
And Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe,
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew.
The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in that beautiful sea---
"Now cast your nets wherever you wish---
Never afeard are we";
So cried the stars to the fishermen three:
Wynken,
Blynken,
And Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam---
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home;
'T was all so pretty a sail it seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought 't was a dream they 'd dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea---
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
Wynken,
Blynken,
And Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one's trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
Wynken,
Blynken,
And Nod.


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

This Summer I Went Swimming, Part One- Neighbors' Pool

We took Ann Peyton swimming today and I have some cute pictures to share, but I realized that I still hadn't done a post with the pictures from the first time we really took her swimming. So, I thought I'd share those first and then do another post with the ones from today later.

getting used to the water


I love the look on her face in this one- such an unusual little smile.


Annie and Mommy (and Daddy's old cup from when he was a little boy...instant pool toy!)


riding around the pool with Papa


Hold on tight!


aren't they sweet?


Trying on sunglasses is a favorite activity, right now.


Family Pyramid. Look at that grin....Ann Peyton is such a daredevil already. Now if she could just get up the courage to take a few steps by herself!


I heard this song awhile back and I loved it. Obviously, the lyrics are a bit weird/ almost morbid, but I LOVE this kind of music....folksy, one guy with a guitar- a little reminiscent of the singer-songwriter genre that produced many of my faves (Clapton, Cat Steven, James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel). Pause the regular playlist and listen; you won't regret it!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Daddy Day

I am SO blessed to have so many wonderful father figures in my life. Currently, there are four very important fathers that I am connected to.....

Daddy
My own dad is such an amazing father and I love him so much. One day soon, I am planning on sharing something very special that I wrote about him many years ago. He really is a wonderful guy and during my early teenage years when my life was full of ups and downs and I had a particularly tumultuous relationship with my mom, he was a constant source of strength and encouragement. He is so adorable with Ann Peyton and it melts my heart to see how much he loves his "baby bird".


Mr. Randy
Peyton's dad is a wonderful example of a father, as well. I am so blessed to have a father in law that treats me like his own daughter. He is one of the most loving people you could ever meet and he serves others well. I know that Peyton learned how to serve others so graciously from his dad; they are just alike in that way. He is always happy to do whatever needs to be done. And he's not scared to babysit by himself (unlike my dad, who didn't even really keep me and Cookie by himself very often, haha!).

PopPop
We visited Peyton's grandparents today and had such a nice time. PopPop says the funniest things and, like Peyton and his dad, has such a kind spirit. Granny told us one time about when they had young children and PopPop would get up early and work on the farm and then go work in the factory until almost midnight. She said when he got home, if "Randall" (Peyton's dad) was fussing, he would just sit and rock him to sleep. Another reason that PopPop is so special to me and Peyton is that he is a man of GREAT integrity. Of all the people I have known, PopPop is one of the ones with the strongest character, I think. I don't have a grandfather on earth anymore, but I consider PopPop to be as much my grandfather as either of my biological grandfathers.

Peyton
I really can't even put into words what an excellent "papa" Peyton is. I remember when we started dating and I would see him playing with kids at the pool and it occurred to me what a great dad he would be one day. It is one of the reasons I fell in love with him. And he has surpassed my expectations. He takes such good care of Annie and me and he is a wonderful leader for our little family!

I am so thankful for each of them!

To show my heartfelt love and appreciation for them, I got my dad an ice cream pie from Bops
and I got Peyton this book, about (what else?) how to save money/save the planet:
http://www.growingagreenfamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/The-Eco-nomical-Baby-Guide.jpg

Thanks to each of the wonderful dads in my life!