Friday, July 30, 2010

Flashback Friday- The Kind Chauffeur {circa 2003-2004}

So, by now y'all know how I love to tie in my Flashback Friday posts with current things going on in our lives right now. Well, I thought I'd do a little flashback of some pictures and memories of our good friend Robby (that's what I call him mostly, because I think it's super cute and that's what we "grew up" calling him), whose wedding was this past weekend.

Okay, so Peyton has know Robby (or is it Robbie?? Never thought about that until now) basically for forever. They both grew up swimming at Briarwood and Peyton was the same as as Robby's older brother, Lee. I got to know them both when I started working at the pool when I was fifteen (Rob was fifteen, too, I think and Peyton was eighteen). I didn't really get to be good friends with either of them until the summer that I became a full time lifeguard (when I was eighteen). That was the summer that I broke up with my highschool boyfriend and it was miserable. I would cry uncontrollably. Sometimes, I would hold it together for forty five minutes on the lifeguard stand and then just rush into the concession stand and burst into tears. AWFUL. Anyway, that was the summer Peyton and I started hanging out.
(first time to hang out with either of them outside the pool!)

Since Peyton and Rob were best buds, I did a lot of hanging out with him, too. He was such a fun, easy to know guy and I had lots of great times with him and Peyton.

Annnnd here's where it gets interesting. Peyton and I had a sort of, um, weird best friend relationship. We weren't like "friends with benefits" (ugh, yuck!), but we were awfully cuddly friends. We did a lot, a lot of hugging, and hand holding and just general trying to be close to one another. [As a side note, I will not encourage this kind of flirty fowardness in Ann Peyton, but I don't really have that many regrets about it.] Anyway, Rob was present for a lot of this and really took it in stride. As in, he drove us around town in his Monte Carlo while we both sat smushed together in the back seat. Ha! I guess he just though "Okay, they like each other, but they don't realize it or they're in denial. We'll see how this plays out". Well, y'all already know how it plays out.....

like this...


and then this...

and now this...

Peyton and I don't have just a ton of friends that we still keep up with that have been with us through the begining of this journey, but I am so thankful for the ones we do have. Espessially this one...

We love you Robby, and we couldn't be happier for you and Missy!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

SD's Recipe Files: Creamy Ranch Roll-Ups

I got a comment on my Weekly Happenings post about how to make the Creamy Ranch Roll-Ups. My friend Haley got me hooked on these and they are SUPER easy and really tasty, so I thought I'd go ahead and share the recipe with everyone.

Ingredients:
- flour tortillas
- cream cheese (they make a kind that is "whipped" now and it makes mixing it really easy)
- green chillies (these are usually near the Mexican stuff at the grocery store)
- powdered Ranch dressing
- (optional) green or black olives

Directions:
1. Mix the cream cheese, chillies, and powdered Ranch dressing to taste- I used the whole thing of cream cheese (8 oz.), almost the whole can of chilies, and just kept adding the powdered Ranch until I thought it tasted right. [I didn't use olives because I was taking it to a church function with lots of people and I know some people don't really like olives.]
2. Spread the mixed up ingredients onto a tortilla
3. Roll the tortilla up and slice it in 1/4 inch pieces.
4. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Homes of Savannah

As I mentioned in my Weekly Happenings post, Peyton and I had so much fun on our trip driving around and looking at all the pretty (and not so pretty) houses. It was actually one of the most fun things we did.

I also mentioned that several people had told us that Savannah was a lot like Charleston, which after our trip last summer, is one of mine and Peyton's favorite southern cities. Savannah seemed to be a really neat place-- lots and lots of grass in the middle of the city, very bicycle friendly, some neat history, ect., but it wasn't Charleston. Honestly, it was much more touristy than Charleston and just didn't have the same historical feel. Like I said, it also just wasn't as quaint of a city.

One thing that was strange about Savannah is that the houses in the historical district of the city were cared for to very varied extremes. We would see a beautiful house that seemed so loved and taken cared of and right next to it would be a very run down house that was probably gorgeous years ago. That part reminded me of another city that I'm actually got fond of, not gonna call any names but [cough, cough] Jackson. I thought I'd share a little of what I mean....

Our favorite house, by far. Peyton described it as looking like a doll house and he was exactly right. We both just adore this style house and he even asked me if there was a way to get an architect to build a home in this style now! I don't even know what style this is (Victorian?); I think it would be so much fun to learn a little more about period houses since I'm kind of obsessed with history.

Though not as pretty, I thought this one was neat, too. It kind of has a doll house vibe, too, I think.

But then, literally right next door was this kind of thing:
My heart just broke a little looking at it. I know it's stupid to personify a house so, but I felt so sorry for it!

a REBEL house....even I'll admit this is a little redic of a color choice for the exterior of your home!

And then this. Y'all: is that circle thing not the most rando thing you've ever seen IN YOUR LIFE?

Here's a nice one to end on....
If you look closely, you can see the the ceiling of the porch is painted a powder blue. My mom told me that people used to do this to keep wasps from building nests-- they think it's the sky! Peyton and I talked about how fun it would be to paint the ceiling in our carport!


One thing that was very similar to Charleston was our hotel, both were kind of built around a little courtyard area in the center. The one in Charleston was like an atrium and was an outdoor courtyard, but in Savannah the whole thing was indoors.


{Charleston}


{Savannah}

Here are view more pictures of our hotel from this trip. I thought it was really pretty and very economical!!
I can't explain how wonderful this trip was. Even though we didn't do anything all that special (aside from attending a very special ceremony and celebration for two very special friends), it was almost like a second honey moon. I was able to really relax and enjoy my break from doing a job that really never ends. I say that mostly because although AP is a great sleeper and Peyton is so good about helping me with her and I have PLENTY of time to myself, sometimes I feel like my every thought is consumed with her- maybe to an unhealthy extent. I know all mothers (or most) probably feel that way at times and I'm just really thankful that I was able to leave her with people I trust infinitely and just breathe. And also enjoy some time really "connecting" with my best friend and soul mate and not feeling like I should be doing chores, or rushing to the computer, or stressing out over something. It was AMAZING!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Weekly Happenings Post #71 (July 19-25)-- To Tybee We Go!


Okay, brace yourself, because I'm sure this will be one of my longest WH posts, which, as you know, can get pretty long. I took a tip from Carrie and typed it up a little each night. Anyway, either grab a cup of coffee or put your skimming skills to the test. Or just skip it if these posts are boring to you!

Wow! I felt like this week just zoomed by me! I pretty much feel like that any time we have a trip at the end of the week. It feels like there is just always so much to do before we leave. Overall, it was a great week and I feel like I'm doing so much better on the anxiety front.

Our trip at the end of the week was WONDERFUL. It was so nice for Peyton and I to have a “getaway” and truthfully, we should have done it sooner (it was the first real vacation we’ve had sans Annie since she was born). I was so relaxed and Peyton said he really noticed a difference. We had such a nice time and it made me realize something else- we *really* need to spend less time on the computer/doing chores/watching TV/ect. and spend more time just talking and enjoying each other. Anyway, the trip was the perfect length, because on Sunday night I really started missing Ann Peyton. I feel like it wasn’t too long, but it definitely wasn’t too short, either!

I did really well with my chores this week, considering that I usually use Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday to catch up and I didn't have those this week! Also, I've changed up the days a bit because I like to do my "surfaces" (scrubbing the counters and dusting) before I do the floors, because inevitably, some junk falls on the floor when I dust/scrub. I didn't do as great with supper, but it was a short week, after all. As far as my activities schedule, I've been on an organizing tear this week for some reason (not that I've accomplished just a ton, but I made some little dents), so the other areas (yardwork and crafting in particular) suffered this week. I did get caught up on our fiances some, too.

Okay, onto the actual events of the week....

Monday morning got off to a nice, slow start. I started some laundry and striped our bed so I could wash our bedding. Then I got myself and Annie ready and we met my mom and one of her good friends (who is a tiny bit older than Minnie, and was like a third grandmother to me) for lunch at the Yogurt Shop. Cookie came too. Ann Peyton had a blast and ate a ton of my mom's yogurt in addition to her own food.
Annie and Minnie. She's wearing my dress from when I was a toddler- doesn't she look just like a little vintage baby doll?? This is one my favorite pictures in awhile!

After lunch Annie took a nap and I relaxed myself and read some blogs. When she woke up I folded some laundry, organized a little, and cleaned out her diaper bag. Right before Annie's bedtime, our new couch got delivered! I just love it and it's a VAST improvement (pictures soon to come).
This is the massive truck that delivered it!

Peyton and I had a frozen pizza for dinner when he got home. I read some and went to bed.

On Tuesday morning, Peyton's mom came over early for a little visit. Peyton fixed us all pancakes and we had a good time talking and eating breakfast. After she left, I took a bath (yes, I was still in my pajamas when my MIL came over, ha!) and tried to get a few things done like facebooking someone for a recipe and responding to a wedding invitation. Peyton and I then decided we would try to move the old couch out of the middle of our kitchen and into the carport, since it was totally cramping my style. The thing is a sleeper sofa and literally, it probably weights over three hundred pounds. We did it, but it was awfully difficult and involved sliding it on blankets and some other fun tricks. Getting over the threshold required some upper body strength I didn't know I had (although Peyton did most of the lifting). Also, in the middle of things the mattress fell out. That's when we realized it would be much easier to just take it out. That made it some lighter, but it was still ridiculously heavy. [I took Peyton and three Mexican men to get it out of my grandmother's house.] After we finally got it out (it took probably half an hour), I decided to really sweep and mop the sunroom, since we had had to move most of the furniture out to get the couch through it. Since I was doing that, I decided to go ahead and do the kitchen, laundry rooms and bathrooms. First, I wanted to clean the kitchen counters and dust the surfaces that needed it, though. So I scrubbed the counters, dusted, swept and mopped. Ann Peyton played with her papa while I did all that.

Peyton left for work and Annie took a nice long nap. I wasted most of it on the computer, but I did manage to eat some lunch, get another bath (I was nasty) and fold some laundry before she woke up. When she woke up, I folded some more clothes and watched Army Wives while she played and then I got my dish ready for our monthly Ultreya meeting.
yummy Creamy Ranch Roll-Ups

We had a nice time at the meeting and when we got home it was AP's bedtime. I cooked a squash casserole for Peyton to eat along with some other leftovers for dinner (I ate at the meeting) and went through some receipts. When Peyton got home, he helped me take some stuff to the attic and I organized it. I got the first splinter I've had in years while I was up there! We also discovered that the washing machine was leaking (story of my life) and I helped him look under it and try to find the problem. We finally decided to call it a night.

On Wednesday morning, I got up and did some laundry and unloaded the dishwasher and reloaded it. Then we got back to work on the washing machine. Peyton found the problem, ordered a part, and figured out a temporary sulotion involving eletrical tape. He's proven to be more handy than I thought he was! Annie took a nap and I took my bath and got ready because when she woke up it was time for a play date at the Roberts' house. Morgan and I had a wonderful time chatting and the girls had fun playing.
Ann Peyton and her BFF, Mary Milton

On the way home, we went by the grocery store for a very short trip. When we got home, AP took another nap and I had a snack and took a little power nap myself. I was so exhausted, for some reason. We woke up and went to my parents' house because it was Cookie's birthday. My mom made THE best fried chicken, mashed potatoes, brocoli with cheese sauce and rolls. We had chess squares and Strawberry Romanoff for dessert. I had had a big turkey sandwitch at four, but I took an appetite pill around that time, so I stuffed myself at their house.
AP wanted Cookie to ride Zebi with her!

We dropped some dinner off with Peyton at the Walgreens and I put Annie straight to bed. I was planning on doing my WYRTMW post, but I screwed up my blog and spent a few hours trying to fix it.

Thursday was another FULL day. I got up, fed Ann Peyton and got her and myself ready for the day. Peyton had a meeting with some guys from church, but when he got home, I took off for an hour to do some errands. It was really more like fun shopping. I went to Belk and got several things for me and AP that were on sale since it's the end of summer :( and then stopped by Gap to just browse. I didn't find anything special at Gap.

When I got home, I fed AP lunch and we played some in her room. I had lunch too and folded laundry. Then we finished the rest of my errands- we went to Target and Hobby Lobby looking for some hat boxes or storage containers to go on the bookshelves in the den and then to pick up some dry cleaning. When we got home, she had some milk and then took a nap. My mom came by on her way home from work to see the couch and we talked for awhile. AP woke up and they played a little and then my mom left. I fed Ann Peyton dinner and during her supper, I dusted in the living room and swept the wood floors. After supper, she played a little while I hung up clothes in her room and vacuumed the study and bedrooms. I gave her a bath and then, after talking to Peyton on the phone, I relized we'd have a much smoother depature on Friday if I took some of the bigger baby stuff over to his parents' house.

So, I "packed" the Pack N Play and put her in the car and we stopped by my parents to pick up her booster seat, so she'd have a place to eat. My mom rode with me to take the booster, Pack N Play, and stroller to the Herringtons. [My mom has most of that kind of gear at her house. I gave them the Pack N Play that Peyton insisted we buy, after I found my dream Pack N Play selling for half of the retail value on eBay. My baby gear obsession was unreal. And they have a lightweight umbrella stroller that another grandmother friend of my mom's gave them. She also keeps a few pacis, bibs, sippy cups, diapers, ect. on hand, since we visit her house so much!] When we got home, AP went right to bed and I had a little chill out time on the computer. My friend Morgan sent me a text telling me that she had been "vegatative" because she ate ice cream on the couch and watched Gilmore Girls (she is seriously the most productive person I know) and I responded that irony abounds because I had actually had a productive day. HAHA!

When Peyton got home, we drug the sofa to the street and I stayed up super late trying to get stuff done for the trip- packing, doing laundry, straigtening the house, and typing up instructions for the grandparents. Oh, and I cooked fish for dinner.

Since this was going to be a relaxing trip for us, we decided not to stress out about getting to Savannah (where we stayed, about thirty minutes from Tybee) at any paticular time. That was a good thing, because when Peyton took his car to get it checked Friday morning, they told him he needed FOUR new tires. It worked out well because Ann Peyton and I got to sleep late (10:00 and 9:00, respectively-- don't hate me!). I did some last minute packing, straightened the house (not really to my satisfaction, but whatevs) and even managed to clean the bathrooms, which was the last thing on my chores list for the week. We dropped AP off at Peyton's parents' house and got on the road for our ten hour drive around noon, ha!

The drive was long and for the most part uneventful, but we had a good time listening to music and chatting. Some highlights from the car trip include:
- enjoying some Tom Petty b-side tracks Peyton had on his iPod
- lots and lots of fun discussions with the hubbykins, involving such vaste and diverse topics as raising children, world economic policies (that was a slow train to yawnville), and career choices and satisfaction for both of us
- getting lost (but only for about ten minutes)
- stopping at a Publix for the first time ever and Peyton having to find a manager to compliment him on the general positive attitude and enthusiasm of the employees (Peyton always does this if we get great service somewhere, since he is used to working in the service industry)
- a yummy stop at a Cracker Barrel in Alabama
- me getting redic carsick and thinking we'd probably have to pull over so I got throw up
- me taking a BC Powder and getting almost 100% better
- me actually having to pull over to tee tee on the side of the road-- very reminiscent of my childhood
- Passing a highway sign that said "No Milk Trucks" and also this cutely named gas station
- Peyton asking an employee at a gas station about these weird things that block the exits on the interstate (they look like the things around railroad track crossings)- they are for closing off the interstate during hurricane evacuations

We finally got to Savannah and got checked in around 1:00 AM- a perfect trip for night owls like us!

Saturday was the wedding day for Rob and Missy! Peyton and I both slept really late because we didn't set any alarms. We woke up, got ready and had lunch at this really fun place- The Toucan Cafe. We shared some amazing chowder, I got Tilapia with avocado butter, and Peyton got fish tacos....SO good!

After lunch, we came back to the hotel and changed for the wedding, which was at 3:00. We got to the wedding pretty early, which was good because there was some bad traffic. The wedding was so sweet and special and it meant a lot to us to be there.
Instead of a typical reception directly following the wedding, Rob and Missy had booked a dinner cruise for later that night. We had a little time to kill between the wedding and the cruise, so we stopped by a TJ Maxx that was really close to our hotel because Peyton wanted to see if he could find some pants, since the only dressy pants he had brought were his suit pants.

We got back from TJ Maxx in plenty of time to change and freshen up and we left a little early to get to the dinner cruise. We didn’t anticipate the TERRIBLE traffic in downtown Savannah, though. We parked seriously two minutes before the boat was supposed to pull out and we were about a half mile away. We RAN the whole way to catch the boat and we made it in plenty of time (a lot of people were running late, so they actually pushed back the departure time). We had a great time on the boat and while we were enjoying the breeze on the back deck we saw several dolphins jumping out of the water and playing. It was so neat!
Me and Peyton at dinner...

...and on the deck.

I know this picture is awful, but I had to share one of the bride and groom cuttin' a rug!


Everyone from the wedding party and several other friends were going out afterward, so we decided to go, too. The only problem? I forgot my license at the hotel. Which wouldn’t be a big deal, except that I look about twelve years old, ha! We decided to go back and get it and the bride and groom ended up riding with us so that they could change their clothes (they had come straight from the wedding). I ended up changing shoes, and then outfits, too. We went to some little karaoke bar and the music was pretty much excruciating. Everyone was terrible! It was good for a laugh, though! Peyton and I were tired, so we headed back to the hotel a little earlier than everyone else (around midnight). I was starving so we had Waffle House and then turned in for the night.

On Sunday, we slept in again. We had debated getting up early and trying to find a church, but we decided it would be better just to relax and do our Bible study together sometime later in the day (something we don’t do often enough at home). We got a pretty late start and headed downtown around lunch. We had THE best pizza at a fun little place called Vinnie Van Go-Go’s. We walked around some down by the river and went in a bunch of little shops.
In front of the boat we took the night before

another "boat" by the river-- made me miss that Annie Baby!


Several people had told us that Savannah was a lot like Charleston, and it is a BEAUTIFUL city with lots of parks and little areas of grass and trees in the middle the city, but we both felt it didn’t really hold a candle to Charleston in some ways. It just wasn’t as quaint, in my opinion. Anyway, most of the shops were a little too “touristy”, but I did find Annie a cute little summer hat.
I took a picture of her in the hat today.

On the way back to the hotel, we drove around and looked at the pretty old houses in the city. Some were gorgeous and looked well cared for, but others, just a block or so away looked sort of sad and run down. We stopped by the one that was both of our favorites to take a picture and we realized it was an antique store, so we went in.
We had fun “antiqueing” (Peyton actually does enjoy it!) and had a nice chat with the guy working there. Peyton bought me some pretty (but inexpensive) earrings!

After that, we decided to kill a little more time by hitting the Marshalls that was in the same shopping center as TJ Maxx. Peyton got a super soft t-shirt, but I didn’t get anything. We went ahead and went to dinner at Panera and then went back to the hotel.

We wanted to go for a swim, but the pool was pretty crowded when we got back at about 7:00. We decided we needed some snacks for the trip back on Monday, so we went to Publix. Peyton wanted me to just wear my swimsuit cover-up, but I told him I couldn’t, especially since it was really a nightie from Target. It’s made of terry cloth and looks MUCH more like a cover-up than a nightgown and he goes “Yeah, a nightie for a mermaid!” Haha!

After we got back, the pool had cleared a little, so we went for a swim. After our swim, we took showers and then we popped open some champagne that we’ve been saving since our wedding! It’s one of the few alcoholic beverages I actually like and I definitely enjoyed it! We had a nice night and did our Bible study together and went to bed! Oh, here’s the qoute of the day-- Me: “You know yesterday was really nice because you acted like a normal person and didn’t bug me to death.” Peyton: “Well, everything must return to what it truly is.” Wow.

I feel so abrupt leaving off there, but I'm one who thrives off consistancy and it would feel so wrong to include Monday in this post even though it was the last day of our trip. It's weird that I'm finishing this as this week is almost half way over, but our internet broke sometime while we were gone, and we just got it fixed! Anyway, this week will hopefully be a relaxing one! I LOVED our trip and our time together even moreso, but I am just so happy to be back with Ann Peyton!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pre-Trip Happenings

Things have been super busy around here gearing up for our big (four day) trip to Georgia. So, I decided it was time for another Herrington Happenings update.....

- The reason I didn't get to Won't You Read to Me? Wednesday yesterday was because when I sat down to do it, I started fiddling with stuff under the "design" tab in Blogger and I completely screwed up my blog, by accidentally changing the template. UGH. It took me hours to figure out how to get it back to normal. Luckily, I think I was saved some embarrassment, because all this started at a pretty late hour. There is one person I can think of you might have seen it. I think that my fellow night owl knows who she is ;)

- I pride myself on being relatively organized (in some ways, ha!), but every time we leave for a trip I feel like I'm in crisis mode leading up to our actual departure. Time management is not my strong suit and it seems like there is always so much to get done.

- We got a new couch!! I am ecstatic because our old one really looked like something that belonged more in a college student's apartment rather than in a home where a family lives. Actually, it wasn't really as bad as I'm describing and I'm really proud of us for making a very economical choice and living with it for two years. I guess it was cute for what it was.

- Speaking of economical, Peyton spent all morning on the phone with the bank on Monday and he got our house refinanced. Sopposedly, he saved us in the area of $30,ooo. Guess I shouldn't have complained about him not helping me around the house Monday morning.

- I just finished making a little "Annie Info" cheat sheet for the grandparents. I thought I'd end the post with it. I'm sure it'll bore most everyone to tears, but I always think this kind of thing is interesting to read, so I'm going to share it.

Annie Info

Typical Schedule
Ann Peyton’s typical schedule is still VERY flexible. She wakes up anywhere from about 7:00 to 9:00 and goes to bed around 8ish (or later, if desired). She will either take two short naps (one to two hours) or one long one (three to four hours) depending on what would best accommodate your schedule. She has three solid feedings a day and four milk feedings. Here is what an average (two nap) day might look like:
8:00- wake up, milk, change diaper/clothes
8:45- breakfast (solids)
9:00- play/”help” around the house
10:00- nap
11:30-12:00- wake up, milk, play
12:30- lunch (solids)
1:00- play time
4:00- milk, nap
6:00- wake up, supper (solids)
7:30- last cup of milk
8:00- bedtime routine, change into pjs, read, sing, night-night, Annie!

Here is an average, one nap day:
8:00- wake up, milk, change diaper/clothes
8:45- breakfast (solids)
9:00- play/”help” around the house
10:00- stroll, swim, ect.
11:00- milk
11:30- lunch (solids)
12:00- nap
3:00- play time
4:00- milk
6:00- supper (solids)
7:30- last cup of milk
8:00- bedtime routine, change into pjs, read, sing, night-night, Annie!

Again, this schedule is SUPER flexible. Peyton and I do try to make sure she gets all her feedings, because of her weight issues, but if she misses one it’s not a huge deal. Also, if she seems sleepy, it is perfectly fine to put her down for a nap early.

Eating
Like I said, I try to make sure she gets as much food as possible in a day, but I’m not stressed out about it this weekend.

Milk
Ann Peyton gets four cups of milk a day now. For each feeding simply fill up the sippy cup with whole milk to the 7 oz. line (an estimate is fine if the cup is unmarked). She usually has three of her bottles right before meals and the fourth one is just added some time during the morning or afternoon.

Solids
Breakfast- applesauce or bananas and cheerios
Lunch- turkey (or other meat), vegetables, fruits
Supper- turkey (or other meat), vegetables, fruits
Snacks- cheerios, puffs, Baby MumMums (she can have these after each meal or just whenever)

Sleeping
Ann Peyton will usually sleep around twelve hours a night and takes two naps short naps or one long one. She is pretty flexible about when she takes them; she will rub her eyes and fuss to let you know if she needs one. But, I can usually lay her down before she’s visibly tired and she will fall asleep if it’s close to nap time (see her schedule and adjust if she wakes up earlier/later). Sometimes, I put her in the bed with a book and let her “read” a little and she goes on to sleep. If she has her paci and her lovey, she will usually go to sleep without much fuss. Sometimes, though, she does not to cry and fuss a little (ten or fifteen minutes) to get to sleep. If she fusses for more than twenty minutes, she is probably not going to go to sleep right then.

Miscellaneous
- As you all know, Annie is not usually a fussy baby, however, with age she is getting a little more “personality”. If she seems irritable, it’s usually because she’s tired or hungry, but she could just be bored. She loves being outside, listening to music, and pets. Those always seem to do the trick!

- We have been having a little trouble with her when we change her diaper. She likes to throw fits when she realizes it’s time for a change. If she’s just crying, I try to soothe her, but if she starts to try to “fight” it and roll away, I am more stern. She’s very sensitive, so often the word “no” is enough to really get to her.

- Thank y’all so much for taking such good care of our precious girl. We love you and so does she =)

[Seriously?? Compulsive much? I kinda act like they don't even know the kid. Ha!]

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Happy, Happy Birthday....

....to my sweet, beautiful baby sister!




We love you, Cookie!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Walk the Line

Here's another post from my drafts folder that I started a long time ago. I was surprised at how timely it was in my life right now...
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Walk the Line- v. (idiomatic) to maintain an intermediate position between contrasting choices, opinions, ect.

There is a line. With almost everything in life, there is a line.

I was talking to my mom the other day and we were discussing how she and I both have a very opinionated close friend. She was saying how sometimes it is so refreshing, because they are so honest and don't hide their views, but sometimes they are hard to take.

I know that I'm very opinionated myself. There aren't many things I would say in real life that I won't write on here, but there some. And there aren't many opinions I have that I wouldn't share (especially if asked), but there probably are some. Lately, though, I think I've mellowed. Especially about parenting issues:

- I think it's sort of unusual when people chose not to have children and do agree with this great article, but in a way I'm glad these people aren't having a child that they don't want, just because of society's expectations.

- I get pissed off when people continue to have children they did not plan for and use the goverement's (read: my) money to pay for them, but I also applaud them for having the courage to carry those children to term.

- I think children are significantly better off in a two parent, heterosexual family; but I'm not going to attack single or gay parents.

- I truly believe breastfeeding is best, but I won't sit in judgment of someone for formula feeding their child.

- I think children flourish with siblings, but everyone has to choose what is best for their own family. I can't expect people not to criticize large families if I do the reverse.

- For a long time, I thought that children were best off at home with a loving parent or caregiver. And, in large part, I still believe this. But if the person staying home is going to resent their child for it, it is not worth that cost. And if it's a true financial impossibility then it's a financial impossibility.

- I think learning to sleep is a life skill that ALL children need to learn and it is really easier taught in infancy, but if you don't agree with me I'm not going to call you a bad mother.

- I think how you chose to give birth is a very personal decision. There is a part of me that would really be interested in an unmedicated birth next time around, because a part of me thinks it would be best (To be clear, I think most things are best without drugs- we overuse SO many drugs in this country from antibiotics to antidepressants to medications that control ADD. I know because I'm married to a "dealer", ha!). That said, regardless of how I choose to give birth, I am not going to make sweeping generalizations about other people's choices.

- I feel pretty strongly about vaccinating my child. I think it does more good than harm and it obviously benefits the society. I'm not going to have a throw down and call you on the carpet, though, if that is not what you feel is right for your son or daughter.


I had a conversation a long time ago with a dear friend and something she said really stuck with me "what it comes down to is this: I need you to say to me, 'as your friend, I support you, and I know you are doing your best to make the right decision for you're family'. Period."

That really stuck with me. That it what I want from my friends. And that is what I want to offer my friends.

And that's what we all need, as mothers, and as people. We need to stop judging and start loving. I'm working on it.....

Okay, I'll go build the fire. You start the first verse of Kumbaya.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Babykin Boutique: Sample Sale Collection

So, I was looking through my drafts and I realized that I had never posted about my successes at the sample sale and overstock sale that I went to back in June. Sidenote: the amount of unfinished posts in my drafts folder is REDIC. In the next couple of weeks, I am going to work on going through them and either finishing and publishing or getting rid of them. I also have some drafts in my memories blog that I need to finish and then hopefully, within the next month I'm going to launch a new blog that I've been brainstorming about!

Okay, onto the sale. [I decided to do a separate post for the overstock sale because I got SO much!]

I got five outfits and I think they are all so adorable.

The blue smocked sailboat dress and the pink and white bubble with the ice cream cones are both a brand called Secret Wishes. I'm not really that familiar with it, but I thought these two outfits were so cute. They are for next summer and they're 18 mo. and 24 mo., respectively. The ice cream bubble is probably my favorite of the lot; the ice cream reminds me of Mint Chocolate Chip, which is my favorite flavor =)

The little gingerbread man romper was also made by Secret Wishes and I was so excited to find it because, to me, finding cute winter clothes is harder than summer clothes (for myself and for the babykins). It's a 2T, so she won't wear it until the winter after next.

The green dress with the flower is Mis Tee V-Us and it has adorable little sea turtles on it. It's a 2T, also.

The two piece outfit with the little ballerina pig applique could actually be a toss up for my favorite. I know it's kind of quirky and a little weird, but I like that it's unique and almost funny. It was another brand I had never heard of- Allennys. It's a 3T.

So, that's it for the sample sale collection, stay tuned for the overstock collection!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Weekly Happenings Post #70 (July 11-18)-- In Which a TJ Maxx Is Erected Two Minutes from My House and My BFF Has A(nother) Babykins

[AKA a very eventful week.]


Peyton decided to give give the Annie Baby "five" during the family pic


Hmm, let's see, first a little update of my cleaning/cooking/activities routines. The cleaning routine has been going great and I have actually been getting most everything done each week! The cooking routine? Not so much. I went out with some friends Friday night, and like, every single one of them said they like to cook. Umm? No. I am doing better, though, and some weeks I actually meet my goal of three meals. Kind of touch and go, though. I'd also like to be able say that on Peyton's early weeks we eat at a reasonable hour. Not the case. I could do better with my activities routine, too. I've been doing a lot of organizing this week and sad to say, not much in the crafting, yard work, or finances department- I'll have to ease of on organizing and catch up on those next week!

Okay, onto our weekly happenings! I feel like this was such a lazy week, and I got hardly anything done. I think part of the problem is that I have gotten on a terrible schedule since "school" is out. I've been consistantly staying up past midnight and then feeling "blah" or needing a nap (or three Cokes) during the day.

Monday was pretty laid back. AP slept until 10!! I slept in, too and we had a nice lazy morning. I got ready, straightened the house and we both had "brunch". I did laundry, unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher and swept and dry mopped the wood floors. We played for awhile and then AP took her nap (since I knew she's just have one she took it kind of in the middle of the day). I watched Army Wives, blogged, and cleaned the bathrooms. When she woke up, we went over to my parents' house for a little visit. Peyton and I watched a movie, Rushmore, before we went to bed. It wasn't really my thing and I feel asleep before the end.
This girl has a chair obsession...she loves climbing in them!

On Tuesday, Annie slept late again- this time 9ish. After getting us ready for the day, I cleaned the kitchen and then started to work on organizing a big stack of stuff that's been collecting in my closet. It was Peyton's day off, so we decided after Ann Peyton's nap, we'd run a bunch of errands. We went to Continental to get some sewing supplies and to Sears for some vacuum cleaner bags. We had a coupon for ice cream at Cold Stone so we stopped by there and got some. Yum! Then we went by Target and the grocery store. When we got home, I fed AP supper, put up the groceries, and made dinner for Peyton. I made Hamburger Corn Pie (which is one of Peyton's favorites) for dinner. I think it's pretty gross, so I had leftovers. By the time I got the kitchen cleaned up it was almost ten o'clock! I messed around on the computer and went to bed.

I guess Annie was slowly moving back her wakeup time, because she woke up at 8:00 on Wednesday- still not too bad! I was kind of concerned, though, since we were supposed to meet Carrie and Aubrey at the pool at 11:30. I got ready, gave AP a bath, and fixed us both breakfast and then she took a little forty five minute cat nap before we headed to the pool. We had a great time swimming. When we got home, I fed Ann Peyton lunch and put her down for another nap. I was completely unproductive during it- I ate lunch, watched TV, and took a little nap myself. When Peyton got home, we went for a walk. It was SO hot and exhausting.
Nothing like getting strolled and getting fed!

I cooked fish for supper and we ate. I found a rotted zucchini in the produce drawer of the fridge. YUCK! I cleaned that out and cleaned up the kitchen and we went to bed.

On Thursday, Annie woke up around 8ish, but I was really tired so I snoozed a little while she played in her room. We had breakfast and I watched The View and folded some laundry. She took a nap and I finished The View and read blogs. I organized stuff from my closet some more and when she woke up, I swept and mopped the kitchen/bathrooms/sunroom/laundry room while she played and had lunch.
This carseat was in the sunroom waiting to go back to Peyton's parents and I had to move it to mop. Annie thought it was another fun chair!

Then we played some in her room. I've decided that I need to make a point to really play with her for an extended period each day-- that is kind of part of the point of me staying home with her, plus it's such a nice, sweet time together.
She's ussually so gentle with her books; these two are the first real casualties.

She took another nap and I organized some more and read my Bible. We had dinner with my parents since Peyton had a pharmacy dinner at Shapley's (jealous).

Ann Peyton got up pretty early on Friday (around 7ish), and she seemed so tired drinking her milk that I just snuggled with her and put her back in her bed. She slept for about another hour and then we did our little morning routine (get ready, breakfast, dishes, ect). She took a nap at 10:30 (which surprised me) and stayed asleep for a long time (which surprised me more). I took a nice long nap, too.

When she woke up I fed her a late lunch (it was almost 2:00) and then we dropped something off at the dry cleaners and picked up lunch for me at Chick Fil A. When we got home, I decided I needed to be productive so I dusted and vacuumed the bedrooms and Peyton's study. I also cleaned out our air conditioning vent with toothpicks and q tips and Chlorox wipes- it was pretty bad! Peyton got home and I got ready because I was having a girls night with my friends from college. We ate at P.F. Changs and on the way I picked up a wedding present for an upcoming shower. Changs was yummy and afterward we went to my friend Ashley's house for ice cream sundays. We played a fun game where you describe a famous person and your team tries to guess who it is. I'm usually not a big game person, but this one was fun! When I got home, Peyton and AP were asleep and I stayed up way too late doing my Bible study and reading blogs!

On Saturday, AP woke up at 6:30!! Not really sure what's going on with her baby brain or her internal clock. Thankfully, she's a smart girl and fell right back asleep after her bottle! She slept until 10:30 and I had to wake her up then! I got ready and gave her a bath and we had a little brunch and then my mom came over to keep AP so I could go see Carrie and meet BABY JUDE, who was born on Friday evening. I picked up Chick Fil A for Carrie and David, because I can tell you first hand as much as I love River Oaks, the food they serve in the Baby Suites is narsty at best. Anyway, I had so much fun seeing the Howies and meeting the newest little Howie. Y'all: he is adorable and since I'm always one to divulge TMI, I'm going on record and saying that Peyton is going to be one lucky man in the coming weeks/months thanks to Baby Jude because I have an awful baby itch now! Also, the minute I walked in, Aubrey say me she said "Ann Peyton"- isn't that adorable??

When I got home, I fed Annie lunch and then put her down for a nap. I read blogs, watched Life Unexpected, and folded some laundry. When Ann Peyton woke up we straightened the house together (ha!) and I put up all the clothes I had folded. After Peyton got home from work (he was working an extra day on Saturday), we went over to my parent's house for supper, since we missed Red Beans and Rice on Friday!

We stayed pretty late and Ann Peyton went to sleep right when we got home. I organized the laundry room, started a blog post, and read my Bible.

Today (Sunday) was super busy. Peyton and I had so much going on at church. He woke up early so he could go to Men's Club and then he had nursery duty (we have it on separate weeks). I met him at church for the early service and dropped AP off in the nursery with him. We went to Sunday School and had planned not to stay for the late service, since we were both there for the early service (they have it over a speaker in the nursery), but we found out our adorable friends, the Deckards, were joining the church this week. So, we went to Sonic and got breakfast and came back in time to congratulate them at the end of the service.
breakfast in the Buick!

We got home and realized....we had taken two cars! I had a bridal shower I was helping give at the church, so I freshened up and ate a snack and headed back to church. Peyton put AP down for a nap and then fed her lunch. Then he went and hung out with our friend Buzz, who joined the church this morning, and his three little girls (his wife, Karissa, was with me at the shower). [Fortuantly, we still have my old 4 Runner from my college days, we kept it primarily to haul stuff in- so he had a car to use.]

Karissa is a professional cake baker/decorator- isn't it pretty??

I stopped by the Deckards on my way home and we visited a little. We got home this afternoon, gave AP a bottle, repacked the diaper bag and headed BACK to church. I've been wanting to make night church more of a priority and Peyton had an Admisistrative Council meeting so we all went to church and then Peyton stayed for the meeting. I feed AP dinner when we got home and we played a little. I unloaded and reloaded the dish washer, started some laundry, and peeled, sliced, and cooked a bunch of carrots for next week for AP. Peyton made it back home and we put Annie to bed. Now I'm just "unwinding" a little. Whew!

Next weekend we are going to Georgia for a very special friend's wedding. I think most of the begining of the week will be spent trying to get ready for the trip. I told Peyton I really want to leave the house in pretty good shape (we both have a bunch of "piles" of papers/books/junk to clean up).