Tuesday, August 31, 2010

(More) End of Summer Happenings

- Well, the 30 Day Blog Journal is over and I'm a little sad. It was really fun having a little writing prompt each day and I so enjoyed reading everyone else's entries that did it and getting to know them a little better.

- That said, as I mentioned before, I have a HUGE backlog of posts in my drafts folder and it's time to get to work on finishing and publishing those. Yay!

- I am (more than) slightly nervous about starting MDO next week. I know I can handle the day once I get there (though it is tiring), but what really makes me anxious is the thought of having to have myself ready and dressed, AP fed and dressed, and ourselves out the door by 7:20. I know people do it EVERY day, so it can't be that hard, but I'm SO not a morning person. I just need to suck it up and just thank the Lord for such a wonderful job, though!

- Along with working and making sure AP is clean and has some form of sustenance, I thought I'd share a few goals I have for myself for the fall. First I want to give a little update on my summer goals, though. You may remember that I came up with a chore schedule, an activity schedule, and a cooking schedule. In case you don't, here's what those looked like:

Activity 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

Chore Schedule
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

Dinner Schedule
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

and here's a little evaluation of how I did:
chore schedule: A+
activity schedule: B
cooking schedule: C-
Overall, I guess I did okay, but there's definitely room for improvement!

- So, in addition to keeping up with those schedules, I thought I'd add a few goals for myself for this fall. I feel like when I actually type out my goals (especially here on the blog, in front of people), it gives me a sense of accountability. For example, I said about a month ago that I needed to be more diligent in my Bible study and last week I shared that I wanted to focus on more making Peyton a priority and I feel like I was at least somewhat successful in both endeavors. That said, I know that with MDO, an active toddler, and my history of redic first trimester fatigue, there will be days when it is all I can do to keep my head above water. So, I am going to set some goals, but I'm also going to be giving myself some grace. Here are my goals (in addition to continuing the above):
1. be more faithful in pursuing, keeping up with, and blogging about my 101 goals
2. be committed to cooking supper at least three times a week (This is a struggle because right now I seriously cook 1-2 nights a week. Honestly, we go to my parents, go out to eat, or eat leftovers probably four nights a week, so if I could just do ONE OR TWO more, we'd be in good shape!)
3. Go walking at least two to three times a week
4. Read for half an hour to an hour (in addition to my Bible study) each night

- I saw on Kelly's blog that she is planning on doing weekly belly pictures again with her second baby. My friend Carrie also did this and I think it would be so much fun! I don't have hardly any pictures of myself when I was pregnant with AP and it's kind of sad. Plus, our weekly family pictures and her monthly birthday pictures are two of my greatest treasures. So, I know I'd love doing this. Here's my question- when should I start? I know people start showing at different times and I was pretty late with AP, but I don't remember exactly when. I was thinking around the time of my next doctor's appointment (I'll be 11 weeks)?? I don't think I'll be doing the cute produce shots like Kelly did round one, but I have to give her props for creativity!

- I feel like I had more, but I guess that's all for now!

Monday, August 30, 2010

30 Day Blog Journal- A Dream For the Future

Day #30- A Dream For the Future

Okay, so those of you that know me well probably knew what I would choose to write about. For as long as I've known him, Peyton has had a huge dream of living in New York City for a year or two. Before we got married, we planned to do this during the early years of our marriage, before we had children. Well, the Lord blessed us with the best surprise we could have ever asked for and we had to readjust our plans. The new plan includes going, but going as a family of four (still can't hardly believe that!) instead of as a family of two. It will probably be sometime in the next five years.

On that note, I wanted to unveil the second project I alluded to earlier this month:

[Click here to see the new blog.]

Now, I am sure y'all are thinking "Has SD gone blog crazy? Two new blogs in two weeks?", but both of the ideas have been in my head a long time and I just now forced myself to really go about executing them. This blog will be different from my other three blogs, because at least here in the beginning posting will probably be very sporadic. It's not a place that I'm going to try to update regularly, but I've known for awhile that I wanted to create a separate blog to document that year once we got close and recently it occurred to me that I'd like to go ahead and start it, so as to have a place to chronicle our planning and our discussions about this dream for the future. I think it will be fun to look back and read over our ideas and our thought processes pertaining to the planning of our big adventure.

Sidenote: I realize that in the next few months I am going to have to tweak the name and the header, but I created over a month ago and at this point, I have no idea what it will eventually become!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Weekly Happenings Post #76 (August 23-29)-- Much Improved!

This week has been much, much better. I've been really tired and a little sick, but I am so thankful for things I would have taken for granted last week: a healthy baby (and family, in general) and a very special , deeply devoted husband.

I didn't do a great job with my chores/activities/cooking schedules this week. I dropped the ball a little bit on all of it. What I did do a great job on was shopping, resting, and spending time with two very important people- Peyton and "little Peyton" as one of his techs likes to call her.

On Monday morning, AP woke up at about 8:30. We had breakfast and folded laundry while I finished an episode of Army Wives from two weeks back. Then I started the season finale. It was so good. I usually don't watch TV for over an hour while Ann Peyton is up, but it was so good and I just had to see it. I can't wait for next season! We both had a bath and then I put AP down for her nap. I wrote a blog post, ate lunch, and watched more TV. I did do a little organizing, too.
[new file I created with some articles on parenting that my mom gave me]

Ann Peyton woke up and I fed her lunch; I did dishes and scrubbed the counters while she ate. Peyton got home around this time and we all played and snuggled together. We went to Fernando's, a Mexican restaurant, for dinner. Peyton was working an over night shift that night and I don't stay home by myself (I know; I'm a weeny) so I packed a bag for me and Annie and straightened the whole house, because I hate to leave it messy. We got to my parents' house at around 8:30, but AP wanted to play. She stayed up super late playing with Minnie and Cookie. I had a second supper since my mom had cooked my favorite, brisket. After Annie went to bed I stayed up way to late reading blogs and doing my Bible study. AP woke up a couple of times during the night and...

...she was up for the day at about 6:30 on Tuesday. My mom and Cookie were so sweet and took care of her while they got ready for work/school, so I could sleep in. I got up around 8:30, as my mom was leaving for work and we headed home. Ann Peyton fell asleep in the car. I just let her take a nap that early. She slept until about 11:30 and I got a shower and just piddled around the house. Peyton got home and wanted to take a nap, too (obviously). I decided I'd take a nap, too, but AP woke up just as I was falling asleep. I fed her lunch and unloaded dishes. I also made Suddenly Salad and peeled and cooked some carrots for Ann Peyton to eat this week. I created a "situation" with our disposal by putting two many carrot peels down the drain. After she finished lunch, Annie played in her nursery while I cleaned her windows. I dusted the blinds, scrubbed the sills, and Windexed the panes. We usually (always) keep her shades drawn in her room (they're really light and airy- see picture below), so it's something I hardly ever think to do. I also stripped the twin bed in her nursery so I could wash the bedding (something else I don't ever think to do).
[window treatments in AP's room]

When Peyton woke up, he worked on the disposal and Annie and I got ready to go to a consignment sale. When we got home, Peyton was at a meeting. Annie fell asleep again in the car, so I put her down and she slept for about an hour. When she woke up Peyton was home; we played a bit and fed her supper and it was time for her to go to bed. She had a really hard time going to sleep even though we could tell she was exhausted. Maybe that second nap was just too late. I washed AP's bedspread on the handwash cycle and hung it to dry. We had a California Pizza Kitchen pizza for dinner and talked and watched TV. I read some in my Bible and The Help and went to bed. Something is going on with that crazy babykins because she woke up a couple of times during the night again. Once was at 5:30 and her diaper had leaked through her pajamas. I changed it and she was laughing and talking and thought for sure she was up for the day again. Fortunately, she went right on back to sleep and slept until 9:30 the next morning, according to Peyton.

Wednesday was a really fun, but (of course) tiring day. I set my alarm and got up at around 8:00 so I could make it to the Kid's Emporium Consignment Sale at 9:30. I'm glad I gave myself the full hour, because I needed about fifteen minutes of it for throwing up. Ha! This morning was the first time I've actually gotten sick sick. Anyway....

I got ready and ate a few pretzels and made it to the sale in time to get in the back of a long line that had formed. When they let us in, I found a ton of good stuff. At least two people told me that I had gotten "everything", but I saw plenty of people with just as much stuff as me! I follow the same scheme that Carrie, Ashley and I did (I think Ash suggested it) the first time we went to this sale (this time last fall)- I snatch everything that is remotely appealing and then put stuff back. Carrie and Rebekkah were both there, so we had fun looking through each other's piles and helping the others decide. I'm confident I spent the most money of all of us, even though Carrie was buying for two. UGH. Maybe the new baby will be a girl and will reap the benefits of AP's extensive wardrobe. After the sale, Carrie and I went out for "brunch". However, Broadstreet had stopped serving breakfast by 10:45, so we had an early lunch. I got the Salad Sampler Plate. We had a great time visiting without any, ahem, little distractions and my lunch was really good.

When I got home, Peyton and AP were outside. Peyton was working on something and AP was in her kiddie pool under the carport with him. She looked like a little prune!
See whata mean about the pruneykins?

Peyton said she had been in there for over an hour. We all came in and I got AP some milk and put her down for a nap. While she took her nap, I washed dishes and put a bunch of stuff back in our kitchen cabinets under the sink (the disposal broke yesterday). I worked on a blog post and then laid on the couch for a little bit. She slept for about two hours and then woke up and played for another twenty minutes. After she woke up, I fed her lunch and the Terminex man came to check our house. When he left and AP finished lunch, we went to Target. I did really good and only bought what I came for- baby coat hangers, make up, and milk. When we got home, AP had another cup of milk and we snuggled on the couch for a bit. Then she played in her room while I organized some new clothes and took pictures for the next Babykin Boutique post.
AP climbing in her closet. If girlfriend could walk as good as she can climb, we'd be set!

I fed her supper and got her ready for bed. We cleaned up her room and I put the sheets that I had washed earlier back on the twin bed in her room. It's kind of a pain because the (really cute) sheets we use are two flat sheets; they didn't come with a fitted sheet. I brushed her teeth (she's obsessed with it), read to her, prayed for her, sang to her, and put her to bed. I got on the computer and watched TV for awhile. Peyton went to the grocery store after I went to bed. [He offered to go. He says grocery shopping is like "shopping, but for things we actually need". He finds it relaxing. Clearly, we have different definitions of the terms shopping and relaxing.] Annie woke up several times again in the night. She goes back to bed really easy and for that I'm very thankful. One time she fell back asleep on her own and the second time I went in and rocked her and she just put her paci back in and pointed at her bed like "Let me go back to sleep, MOM!".

On Thursday, we all had to get an early start because I had an 8:00 OB appointment. Thankfully, I wasn't sick, but I did feel exhausted. Peyton took AP to his mom's house while I was getting ready and then met me at the doctor's office. He asked me why I was wearing cute jeans that would be "hard to get off" (thinking like a man, huh?). I explained that this was the last appointment I'd be able to wear them probably (they're very fitted) and I wanted to look cute at least once before I broke out the sweat pants (I almost always wear dresses/skirts in the summer, but doctors offices are SO cold!) We got a great report of Babykins #2. Here are the details of the appointment:
- No pelvic exam since I had been in May. I think that's only fair since I had to have a vaginal ultrasound twice in a seven day span.
- Babykins #2 has grown and the heartbeat was good.
- I'm actually 7.5 weeks along (the baby was measuring small at the last appointment, but it's not a cause for concern).
- Pelvic rest continues until the next appointment. Dr. McMinn was really funny and elaborated to let us know that "fooling around" was okay, though. I love that she's someone you can be so comfortable with; it can be a really awkward relationship. Especially for monogamous married people who are only used to taking their pants off for one person.
- She also said no rigorous exercise. To which I replied "Silly Dr. McMinn, I don't do that anyway!". Okay, no really, but I did tell her the only exercise I did was with someone who hadn't even had their six week postpartum appointment yet. [Dr. McMinn is actually partially responsible for mine and Carrie's friendship.]

After the appointment, Peyton and I went to Primos and had a late breakfast. I was on my way to pick up AP from his mom's house after that and he called me and said I needed to turn around. The lady that was helping us with refinancing the house needed me to be there, too. Peyton told me in the middle of the meeting that Annie was asleep anyway. After the meeting I got a little upset because I was SO exhausted and couldn't imagine that she wouldn't be taking a nap all afternoon. Peyton went over to his mom's and just stayed a little while so I could rest. When he got home, I woke up and played with Annie. I didn't feel so tired, but I had a terrible headache and was so dizzy. So far, I've only had one really "hard" day each week- I consider that a big blessing. Anyway, Thursday was it. Ann Peyton was in a awful mood, too, and I decided she must be teething. I had washed our shower curtain liner in the washing machine on Wednesday, but it still had some gross mildew spots on it. I knew it was "clean" from the hot water, but the spots grossed me out, so I scrubbed it while AP played in the bathroom. [I know they are cheap, but it's just another thing and plus it's a huge piece of plastic and I'm sure it would hurt EnviroSweetie's heart to dispose of it.] We played some more, I gave her some Tylenol and then I put her in the bed. I knew if she was going to take a second nap it probably wouldn't be so early, but she seemed tired. She didn't go to sleep, but she played in her crib for about twenty minutes. I just rested. She was in a much better mood when she got up. I think that she just needs a break from being social sometimes, to just sit and read and snuggle her lovies. I think it's so sweet, and I love that sometimes she needs to "recharge" even if she's not really sleepy, just like me. I fed her lunch and cleaned up the kitchen and then we went to the grocery store to get a few things I forgot to put on the list. We went by Chick Fil A and got me a milkshake, too. Yum! She did take a short (maybe thirty minute) nap when we got home. My mom came over to help me cook a pot roast, because I've got to get some new dinners and I don't always do good with recipes the first time. Ha! Annie woke up and she stayed and visited a little while. After she left, Ann Peyton played and I straightened our bedroom and put up laundry.

We played and I fed her supper and got her ready for bed. After she went to slept, I worked on a couple of posts and then straightened the house. When Peyton got home, we at the yummy Pot Roast and talked about or days. I actually went to bed pretty early. Peyton stayed up way, WAY too late watching My So Called Life, which we had Netflixed. He actually said he liked it. Ha! Thursday night was a good one; AP slept all night!

On Friday, Ann Peyton woke up around 8:00. It was nice not having to be anywhere and being able to just have a lazy morning. Annie and I snuggled on the sofa while she had her milk and then we looked at some of her books. She has a new favorite book that's a little lift-the-flap book with lots of different words. She pointed at the pictures and we talked about what they were. After that, we had breakfast. AP was a little picky about hers. I took a bath and got ready and then I gave Ann Peyton a bath. She played some while I folded a couple of loads of laundry and watched the first episode of My So Called Life. I put the bedspread that I had washed back on her bed and then put her down for a nap. I got on the computer and ate my lunch and then I tried to be productive and cleaned the bathrooms and organized the dresser drawer that Peyton fixed last week. I decided it was time to part with a few things and started a Goodwill bag. Ann Peyton woke up just as I was finishing. She ate a late lunch and while she was eating I swept the hardwood floors. Peyton got home around that time and we decided to head to my parents' for Red Beans and Rice a little early so that we could go kayaking (Peyton has hardly used his kayak this summer, so sad!). It ended up being really windy and Momma was shopping and Daddy was busy working on something, so we decided not to worry about it. We did take Ann Peyton down to the pier and she loved being near the water.
I am sick that I just now tried this outfit on her. It's 18 mo. and she's so tiny, I just assumed she'd wear it early next Spring once it got warm. Um, no. It fits perfectly. Anyway, I'm obsessed with little "love birds" and y'all know I have a love affair with seersucker. Plus, I think it just has a bit of a retro "sunsuit" feel to it. We're probably going to wear it twice a week until it gets cold. [Nobody mention anything about seersucker and labor day; that's a rule for grown men not babykins. At least that's what I'm telling myself.]

We didn't stay too late at my parents' and when we got home AP went straight to sleep. Peyton was tired, too, from staying up so late the night before, but I ended up staying up too late myself, reading blogs and wasting time. I read my Bible and went to bed.

The Saturdays Peyton works can be sort of tiring, because they are longer than his regurlar shift and this Saturday he was working extra at another pharmacy a little ways away, so it was even longer. I'm glad I have my Annie Baby to keep me company; I'd go crazy without somebody here with me! She slept really late (9:30) and it was SO nice! When she got up, we did our same "lazy morning routine" from Friday. I fixed us scrambled eggs for breakfast and she loved them! I did laundry and washed dishes and then it was bathtime! I just put her in the tub with me because it was so much easier that way. She's gotten to where she hates having to watch someone else take a bath and tries to climb in! [It seems like most of my friends just wait until naptime, but I'm weird and I just cannot stand going through half my day feeling "dirty". I have oily hair and skin and I just feel so gross when I wake up. I'm sure that will change when Babykins #2 gets here, though.] After our bath, Annie played and I took pictures for my Diaper Bag Post. I put her down for a nap after that. She slept for about two hours, but I was entirely unproductive. I blogged, watched an episode of Law and Order: SVU, and just rested. When Ann Peyton woke up, I fed her lunch and unloaded the dishwasher. We played and I put up the clean laundry in her nursery and in our room. I hung back up the shower curtain that I had washed and we played some more.

Ann Peyton loved the rain!

Peyton got home and we fed AP dinner and put her to bed. Peyton had leftover Pot Roast for supper and I had a banana and lots of peanut butter. Ha! We talked and watched TV some and then I got on the computer. I also tried to clean up some of the "piles" (of papers, ect) that we've left around the house. I went to bed before Peyton. For some reason, he woke me up ALL night long, just rolling over and pretty much squishing me. I'm glad we don't co-sleep with the babykins, ha!

We woke up and got ready for Sunday School and church this morning (Sunday). It's nice not to have to go to the early service on the weekends when Peyton doesn't work. We had a nice time and then came home and had a very relaxing afternoon.
She looked so grown up to me in her church clothes today! I think it's those hard soled shoes and such a mature dress, ha! Up until now, she's been wearing my super soft Feltman Brothers dresses from when I was a baby and little soft soled shoes that were also mine.

big change, huh? [AP at about five months]

We had lunch and then I took a LONG nap while AP was napping, because I had an awful headache. I ended up taking Sudafed, Tylenol, and my nausea medicine because I just felt terrible. When I woke up I felt better, though. I started a load of dishes and some laundry. Peyton was mowing the yard and Annie and I decided to join him outside. She played in her kiddie pool and I read about forty pages in The Help. Then we came in and AP took another short nap (her earlier one was pretty short and since we had plans tonight I wanted to see if she'd rest a little). I worked on this post and got ready to go out to dinner. The three of us went to dinner with one of Peyton's friends from Walgreens and when we got home AP went straight down. Peyton and I had a good time laughing and talking and we even talked about how much better we ALREADY feel since last week, since we've been really taking time to make each other a priority. Peyton went to the grocery store to get toilet paper, ice cream and a few other necessities and I had some time on the computer. I'm going to try to get the house straightened a bit and maybe do some laundry, then read my Bible, and hit the hay!

Next week is our LAST week before Mother's Day Out starts back (I called Mother's Morning Out all last year, because that's what it was when I was growing up, but our program is really called Mother's Day Out). Anyway, we have a work day on Tuesday and then a birthday party that night. Tomorrow, Peyton has the day off, so we're going to try to be productive AND do something fun as a family. I'm really not sure about the rest of the week, but I'd like to accomplish a lot before starting back to "school". I need to try to get myself and AP on some semblance of a routine, as well. I'm really not as worried about the few hours of actually working, but I know those early mornings are going to be hard, espessially at first! We've got to get in gear!

30 Day Blog Journal- Hopes, Dreams and Plans For the Next 365 Days

Day #29- Hopes, Dreams and Plans For the Next 365 Days

Um, let's see. Here's a few:
- Watch Ann Peyton walk unassisted. One day. The Lord is building my patience with this child.
- Grow in my relationship with Christ.
- Love Peyton more passionately.
- Welcome Babykins #2 and embrace life as a family of four.
- Become a better time manager and grow in my ability to prioritize.
- Treasure each day.
- Continue my (very) part time job until April or the end of March.
- See Peyton get the promotion he's been working hard for.
- Refloor the kitchen.
- Finish Ann Peyton's baby book before the new baby arrives.

Finally, three things I pray (from the hymn Day by Day):
- To see Thee more clearly
- To love Thee more dearly
- To follow Thee more nearly
day by day

Saturday, August 28, 2010

30 Day Blog Journal- What's in My Handbag/Purse

Day #28- What's in My Handbag/Purse

I rarely ever carry a purse anymore; it's been that way since oh, almost seventeen months ago. Personally, it would stress me out to try to carry/keep up with a purse and a diaper bag and the alternative would be to put Pampers and baby wipes in my purse. So, I just use a diaper bag and it functions as a purse, as well.

Here's my diaper bag!

I like to try to stay organized, so I try to clean it out/organize it once a week. I usually do this on Saturday night, since we drop it off with Ann Peyton in the nursery on Sunday morning. A couple of weeks ago, I was tired and forgot and she had no Cheerios or paci! They have some snacks and she was fine without her paci, but I feel bad doing that to the nursery workers!

Here are the contents:

Annie's stuff:
- diapers (I like having a little bag that keeps them all contained and it has a changing pad with it. It's also convenient if I do want to put the essentials in my purse or just snap the bag itself to the stroller for a quick errand).
- wipes
- ButtPaste
- Little RafRaf (her travel lovey)
- anti-bacterial spray
- Tide to Go pen (life changing)
- baby lotion
- finger puppet
- CPR/Choking Rescue pamplet
- paci pod with two travel pacis inside ("Travel pacis" are always pink. I'm OCD about it; I just think they are cuter. The ugly ones are "crib pacis". Ha!)
- rattle (she's over it most of the time; I should switch that out)
- First Book of Sushi (We always have a book with us because AP is fascinated with them and they hold her interest longer than anything else. I switch out this one, a touch and feel book about baby animals, and a few others, because they are small and have interactive elements (mixed media, touch and feel, ect.))
- camera (This is a close second as far as holding her attention. It is kind of noisy, but I'm sure other grocery shoppers prefer "Say Cheese!" to a screaming babykins!)
- bib
- Cheerio container with either Cheerios or Goldfish crackers
- she usually has a sippy cup, as well

My stuff:
- snap in cosmetic bag that matches the bigger bag (I use this for things I don't want to accidentally pull out when I'm searching for something- won't need those for a good long while, though. YAY! I also use it for important notes I make for myself or receipts and things that I don't want to fall out or get lost.)
- at least two notepads
- peppermint
- keys
- "on the go" make-up (I ussually do my mascara and lipstick in the car, but only at red lights!)
- glasses (I wear them to drive)
- wallet
- cellphone
- I almost always (probably 95% of the time) have my little point and shoot camera with me

If we're going to be gone for the whole day (like a day trip to see Peyton's grandparents); I like to add in her medicine kit:

Here are it's contents:

- more booty ointment
- gas drops (really? we haven't used these in year, probably)
- baby Ibuprofen
- syringe to dose/administer the drugs
- teething pain gel
- bulb to sunction her nose (also kind of more of an infant thing)

Also, if we are going out to eat, we take her Tiny Diner and high chair cover. If we'll be waiting somewhere for awhile, I add in a few more toys/books and an extra snack like some Baby MumMums.

Friday, August 27, 2010

30 Day Blog Journal- My Worst Habit

Day #27- My Worst Habit

I have (at least) two awful, ugly habits:

1. Biting/Picking My Nails. I pick and bite my fingernails and I pick at my toenails. I know, yuck. I've actually gotten a lot better. When I was little the habit was so tied to my anxiety, I would bite my fingernails without even realizing it. I would bite them all the way down to the quick and sometimes, they'd bleed. Awful. My mom tried everything- putting burning stuff on my fingers (I rubbed my eyes), having me wear gloves (I took them off), even taking me to the doctor, who scared me and told me I'd probably eventually have to have painful surgery to correct them. NOTHING worked.

The worst part of this habit is that it is so easily picked up by other (espesially younger) people. In fact, the reason I started biting my nails was because when I was five years old and was taking swimming lessons, I saw the teenage assistant biting hers. My mother told me that another little girl and I started simultaneously biting ours as well. The other child's mother yelled across the pool "get those fingers out of your mouth". My mom was too softhearted to embarrass me that way, but she says a part of her will always regret not doing so. Later when I was student teaching, one of my first graders saw ME doing it and started biting her own fingernails. I was pretty embarrassed and told her it was a bad habit that I needed to get rid of. I know that Ann Peyton will start to mimic me one day, too, and I need to stop before that happens.

2. Being perpetually late. I feel like it's one of the rudest, ugliest things a person can do because it shows you do not respect the other person's time (assuming you are meeting someone). However, it is a *huge* struggle for me. I got better for awhile and then when AP came, things went south quickly. It was just always so hard for me to estimate how long it would take me to get us both ready. Babies can be so unpredictable. And when I'd allow too much extra time, we'd end up sitting around for fifteen minutes, so I'd start working on something, not wanting to be idle, and of course, we'd end up late, just the same. In the past few months, I've really been making an effort again and I think I'm doing better. I'm sure it's something I'll always have trouble with, though.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Because I Love a Little Comparison Study: They Grow Up So Fast!

Ann Peyton Last Week

Ann Peyton This Week

Babykins #2 Last Week

Babykins #2 This Week

Annie's brother or sister is growing even faster than she is and we got a great report from Dr. McMinn (AKA the best OB in the entire world) today! We are so thankful for both our sweet babies!

30 Day Blog Journal- My Week in Great Detail

Day #26- My Week in Great Detail

Today's topic asks us to share our weeks in great detail. I'm going to do you one better- here are the last 74 weeks of my life in great detail. Enjoy!

Sidenote: When I first began my Weekly Happenings posts, I didn't necessarily chronicle each day and I was nowhere near as elaborate as I am now. It's so much fun for me to look back!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

30 Day Blog Journal- My Day in Great Detail

Day #25- My Day in Great Detail

Today was a really fun, but (of course) tiring day.

I set my alarm and got up at around 8:00 so I could make it to the Kid's Emporium Consignment Sale at 9:30. I'm glad I gave myself the full hour, because I needed about fifteen minutes of it for throwing up. Ha! This morning was the first time I've actually gotten sick sick. Anyway....

I got ready and ate a few pretzels and made it to the sale in time to get in the back of a long line that had formed. When they let us in, I found a ton of good stuff. At least two people told me that I had gotten "everything", but I saw plenty of people with just as much stuff as me! I follow the same scheme that Carrie, Ashley and I did (I think Ash suggested it) the first time we went to this sale (this time last fall)- I snatch everything that is remotely appealing and then put stuff back. Carrie and Rebekkah were both there, so we had fun looking through each other's piles and helping the others decide. I'm confident I spent the most money of all of us, even though Carrie was buying for two. UGH. Maybe the new baby will be a girl and will reap the benefits of AP's extensive wardrobe. After the sale, Carrie and I went out for "brunch". However, Broadstreet had stopped serving breakfast by 10:45, so we had an early lunch. I got the Salad Sampler Plate. We had a great time visiting without any, ahem, little distractions and my lunch was really good.

When I got home, Peyton and AP were outside. Peyton was working on something and AP was in her kiddie pool under the carport with him. She looked like a little prune! Peyton said she had been in there for over an hour. We all came in and I got AP some milk and put her down for a nap. While she took her nap, I washed dishes and put a bunch of stuff back in our kitchen cabinets under the sink (the disposal broke yesterday). I worked on a blog post and then laid on the couch for a little bit. She slept for about two hours and then woke up and played for another twenty minutes. After she woke up, I fed her lunch and the Terminex man came to check our house. When he left and AP finished lunch, we went to Target. I did really good and only bought what I came for- baby coat hangers, make up, and milk. When we got home, AP had another cup of milk and we snuggled on the couch for a bit. Then she played in her room while I organized some new clothes and took pictures for the next Babykin Boutique post. I fed her supper and got her ready for bed. I also had some pasta salad for an early supper We cleaned up her room and I put the sheets that I had washed earlier back on the twin bed in her room. It's kind of a pain because the (really cute) sheets we use are two flat sheets; they didn't come with a fitted sheet. I brushed her teeth (she's obsessed with it), read to her, prayed for her, sang to her, and put her to bed. I got on the computer and watched TV for awhile. When Peyton got home from work, we talked and I ate some peanut butter and cookies. I think I'm fixing to go to bed because I have an early doctor's appointment!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fun Game- Favorite Eateries by Category

First, a sidenote: I hope nobody was truly offended my my post about Jackson. I meant it when I said that it's a lovely place to live; in fact, there is NOWHERE in the world I would choose over it. I had originally intended to write a post about how neat Jackson is and show some pictures of cool landmarks and other interesting places, but it just didn't work. So I decided I'd be silly and write something a little tongue and cheek; I wasn't trying to sound snooty or ungrateful or like I don't love my hometown. I hope no fellow Jackson lovers were hurt by it.

Going out to eat is seriously probably my all time favorite activity. I would pick it over a movie, bowling, really almost anything. I love it because it combines two of my favorite things in life- food and conversation.

After doing a poor job representing Jackson in my post today, I got to thinking about a little game Peyton and I played while we were in Nashville. We started talking about where we'd take out of town visitors to eat and then we decided to pick our favorite restaurants by category. We tried to stay away from chain restaurants because part of the point was to show our imaginary visitors some local Jackson flavor. Here are our picks:

Favorite Eatery for Breakfast
Peyton: Primos, The Donut Shop in Richland

SD: Broadstreet

Favorite Eatery for Lunch- Budget Option
Peyton: Hickory Pit

SD: Brents, Keifers


Favorite Eatery for Lunch- Mid Range Price Selection

Peyton: Amerigo

SD: Julep, Bon Ami


Favorite Eatery for Dinner- Budget Option
Peyton: The Pizza Shack
SD: Basils

Favorite Eatery for Dinner- Mid Range Price Selection
Peyton: Que Sera Sera
SD: Bravo!

Favorite Eatery for Dinner- Price is No Object
Peyton: Walker's Drive In
SD: Walker's Drive In

I'd love to hear from any of y'all that live/have lived in the Jackson area on any or all of your picks!

30 Day Blog Journal- Where I Live

Day #24- Where I Live

This post is going to be a let down I have a feeling....

I live in a suburb outside of the bustling metropolis of Jackson, Mississippi. I love it with all my heart, but there is not much to do here. The things that make the area cool are in my opinion a few yummy restaurants and some really pretty neighborhoods (i.e. Bellhaven) and neat districts (Fondren, ect.).

There is your typical shopping- We recently got a brand new TJ Maxx around the corner and my life changed about a year and a half ago when our area acquired an Anthropologie. We have crappy supermarkets and we don't have high end department stores like Saks or Neiman Marcus. We do our best (;

We have several movie theaters in the area, one of which is safe/not disgusting. We also have a couple of bowling allies, also one of which is safe/not disgusting. We used to have a place where you could ice skate and play put put. It may or may not be currently operating. It seems to stop and start every couple of years.

The school system TOTALLY varies by district. Within a twenty mile radius, you have some superb schools and some um, shotty schools. We also have some stellar [overpriced] private schools. We have several private colleges and a couple of community colleges.

There are some really poor, poor people in the area that make Jeff Foxworthy look like the King of England. There are also some really rich, rich people in the area that would probably spit on the King of England. It's a nice mix.

I'm sure you could tell this by reading this post, but Jackson is a lovely, beautiful place to live. No, really it is!

Monday, August 23, 2010

30 Day Blog Journal- A YouTube Video

Day #23- A YouTube Video

I put this on my blog a long time ago, but I think it's worth the repost. I just love this video, which is basically a public service announcement about "taking time to be a dad". I'm sure we've all heard the expression "Any man can be a father; it takes a special man to be a daddy" but it is so true! When I originally posted the video, I said I loved it because the dad is basically the black version of Peyton. My dad was so sweet to us growing up and in my early teen years he was the one I confided in almost exclusively, but he wasn't goofy like Peyton. That's okay; we all have different gifts. But, I do love that I know that Peyton will totally be doing this kind of thing in a few years.

The Best Laid Plans

I've been reading tons of "back to school" posts and tweets lately. It totally brings me back to this time two years ago. Peyton and I had been married for a couple of months, I had graduated from college the previous May, and I HAD A JOB! I was so exciting about my first year of teaching. I was a little nervous, too, because I wasn't teaching in the kind of school I had expected to be teaching in.

People tell you all the time that there is a *huge* demand for good teachers. There is a demand for good teachers. There is a huge demand for good teachers in impoverished areas where 80% of the kids are on free and reduced lunch. I'll be honest, I was scared and I did not feel confident enough to teach those children my FIRST year. I did apply at some of the "better" public schools, but I was too nervous to do anything above second grade and there were some schools I just wouldn't apply to period. When I couldn't really find a job at a public school, I decided, per the recommendation of a friend, to apply at a small Catholic school in Jackson. It was also in the "inner city", but it was small so my classes would be small. Also, the parents were paying to send their kids there, so I knew I could expect more parental support than what I had seen during my field experience in some area public schools.

I GOT THE JOB. I was so excited. I was going to be able work with kids who really needed my help, but I'd be in a situation that was reasonably within my comfort level. I was also excited about the prospect of being able to minister to these kids and their families- I could actually (and was encouraged to) talk about Christ. I was going to be working with one of my best friends and I knew she'd help me along the way. It felt so good to know someone at the school where I'd be teaching.

I was assigned first grade. I knew the all important task of teaching these children to read fell on me. I felt apprehensive, but I knew I had the training to do that task. I got to work setting up my classroom and started writing parent letters and brainstorming about the first day of school. I bought out half of School Aids in my excitement and made some other things like bulletin boards and behavior charts. I went to registration and to an ice cream party to welcome new students. On the Thursday before school was to start on Monday, Peyton and I spent the better part of the day finishing up with decorating my classroom. I was so, so proud of it.

Late that afternoon I got a phone call from the principle of the school. They didn't get the enrollment they needed....funds were short.....I was the last one hired.

I was devastated when I found out I didn't have the job after all. I had invested so much. Money. Time. Energy. My emotions.

But the Lord had a better plan for me.

I call her Ann Peyton.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Weekly Happenings Post #75 (August 16-22)-- Through the Ringer

[au naturel; all about keeping it real in the pic and the post]

I feel like this week, especially the latter portion of this week has just been thing after thing emotionally. I feel so, so drained. Y'all know I try not to complain on my blog, but at the same time if I wanted to write this post from a realistic place, I had to be honest. My mom got sick in the middle of the week and had to go to the hospital and she just hasn't been herself at all, then on Thursday night we had a big scare with Babykins #2 (everything is fine!) and then Friday Peyton and I had a heart to heart that was not easy. Saturday morning I was just exhausted and I ended up having a really hard time with my anxiety due to something little that scared me. It was just a hard week. My mom was talking to me on Friday night about her getting sick and she said that for her, emotional fatigue is SO much more tiring that physical fatigue. I think I'd have to agree. If you don't like reading about really personal details of people's lives, stop here. It's just how I blog.

got off to a pretty slow start, as did most every day this week. Peyton had the day off and we enjoyed a nice lazy morning. I took a bath, folded clothes, and then Peyton and I played with Annie. She went down early for her nap and she slept for four hours! Peyton and I had lunch and chatted a little and then I read some blogs and wrote a blog post. Ann Peyton woke up and I fed her a (really) late lunch and went through some coupons while she played.
Annie's shoes are getting a little small, so we decided to go sans socks a la Evie Niemeyer

We all three took a trip to Kroger and I heated up the Chicken Spaghetti I had frozen when I made Carrie hers. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't anywhere NEAR as good as it normally is. Peyton decided it was because we froze it. I was mortified, worrying that Carrie's batch was gross, too. Remember, I'm SUPER insecure about my cooking. Of course, she told me later theirs was fine and I tried to let it go. I fed Ann Peyton dinner and put up the groceries. She played and I vacuumed out the couch since I was washing the slipcovers anyway, after the kitty's accident on Sunday. I put AP to bed and Peyton went over to his parents' house to pick up the big things we had left with them on our trip (the stroller and the Pack N Play). I did the dishes, straightened up some piles of papers, and got on the computer.

On Tuesday morning when Annie woke up, I went and got her and put her in the bed with us. We had fun playing for almost half an hour. I took a shower and did some laundry and then I ran some errands while Peyton kept AP. I went by Jodi Badon to buy a couple of gifts and then to Leap Frog to check out the fall stuff. I spent a little too much, considering the plethora of upcoming consignment sales. When I got home, I fed Ann Peyton lunch and did the dishes. Peyton headed to work and Annie took a nap. It was another nice long one! I wrote a post, straightened the house, and put the slipcovers back on the couch. Then I made some brownies for the Ultreya meeting. I also deep cleaned the high chair and this drying rack thing that we hang clothes on that don't go in the dryer. Peyton called and said my mom had been by the pharmacy and he checked her blood pressure and SENT HER TO THE ER! By the time Ann Peyton woke up, it was almost time to go. We went to Ultreya and then stopped by the Roberts' house on the way home to give Mary Milton a late birthday present. I called to check on my mom and they had given her some medicine and sent her home. I fixed AP supper and then put her to bed. I folded more laundry then read blogs until Peyton got home.

I felt like Monday and Tuesday were SO productive, but Wednesday was kind of a flop. I just woke up feeling AWFUL- I had a terrible headache and my stomach was hurting. It was the second time I felt really naseous. Peyton wasn't working until 2:00, so he let me sleep late and then I had a super lazy morning. I basically got out of bed and moved to the couch. I ate some Saltines and drank a Sprite. I had a bath and Annie had a bath. That was it for the morning.

I fed Ann Peyton lunch and then put her down for her nap. I did some dishes and ate lunch myself and then laid down on the couch again. She slept for about two hours. When she got up, we played in her room a little. I read her a few books and took the summer clothes that were too small out of her closet. I got out some 18 mo. stuff from her big closet to try on her.

[too little]

[stuff to try on]

studying the robot

frustrated with the robot?

My headache was still really bothering me and I decided it might be a sinus headache from the bad weather. I called Peyton and got him to fill my Sudafed and then Annie and I went to pick it up. We went by Sonic on the way. Peyton had some medicine for my mom, so I took it by their house. I felt a little better when we got home. Annie played while I set the Pack N Play back up and straightened up our bedroom. I put up almost all the laundry I had been folding the past two days. Then I fed her supper and put her to bed. I started my Bible study and went through about a month's worth of receipts and then I started feeling sick again. I was planning on cooking fish for supper, but I was so tired, so Peyton just cooked his own when he got home. I had more Saltines and Sprite. I had maybe three days where I was really nauseated when I was pregnant with AP, so this was pretty new!

Thursday started off great. Peyton switched shifts, so he went in to work early at about 8:30. Annie woke up when she heard him leaving and I could hear her stirring around. I thought maybe she'd play for twenty minutes, so I rolled over. An hour later I woke up and she was still asleep. I went ahead and made myself eat a real breakfast and got ready quickly and she woke up around 10:30. She slept 14 hours! I guess it was because of the short nap the day before. I was so thankful, because my night had been kind of rough. I just kept waking up a lot. Every time my head was still throbbing, even at 8:30. But by 9:30 I felt like a new person! After she woke up, I fed her breakfast, unloaded the dishwasher and did some dishes. I got some laundry going and then I packed a lunch to take to Peyton and got some food together for AP's lunch, since we were going to my sister in law's house later. We played a little and Annie was so sweet and cuddley.
She has figured out how to get up there by herself now!

It was so nice! Then I swept and dry mopped the wood floors and got ready to run some errands. We went by Peyton's store to drop off his lunch and then back to Jodi Badon for another present (they have THE cutest stuff) and finally to my SIL, Elizabeth's house. Annie's cousin, Simeon, was asleep but she had lots of fun playing with his toys! When we got home she took a little nap and I washed our bedding and then read some blogs. I did a lot of "marking as read" in my Reader. Peyton got home around the time AP woke up and we decided to go for a walk. After the walk we went to the grocery store to pick up a few things for supper. I went to the bathroom while Peyton got Annie started on supper. What I saw scared me to death- blood. I completely freaked out and started sobbing hysterically. Thankfully, Peyton was home because Annie saw me upset and I think it really scared her. It hurts me so much that I did that to her, but Peyton said later that there will be times when she sees us upset, for example when our grandparents eventually die and it's okay for her to see that. All the same, it was awful. Thursday night was hard. I kind of thought that the end of the pregnancy was inevitable, but after talking to my mom and Peyton's mom, who was an OB nurse, I realized it might not be anything so serious. I texted Carrie to cancel our plans for Friday and then tried to stay busy until I got super tired. Peyton fed Annie and put her to bed and then went and picked up Newks for us to eat. We snuggled and talked for awhile and then I did laundry and got on the computer. I started working on treating this dress I bought for Ann Peyton that had bled in the wash and cleaned up the den a little bit. I read my Bible and I prayed more than I have in a long, long time and then I went to bed. Suprisingly, I slept okay.

Friday morning, Peyton went for a bike ride while AP and I were still asleep. I woke up around 7:30 (I set an alarm) and started calling my OB's office. They didn't open until 8:00, but I went ahead and got in the shower and when Peyton got home he got AP up and fed her breakfast. I got in touch with the office and they scheduled a sonogram and appointment with the nurse practitioner (Dr. McMinn had the day off) for 9:00. I am SO thankful this happened on Thursday of all days, because my mom was still sick and the Herrington's had house guests from out of town. My sister is in nursing school, though, and she has Fridays off, so she came over and kept Ann Peyton. I don't know how I would have waited all weekend if it had happened later, either.

Anyway, the whole thing took about two hours and here's what we found out. I had something called an "implantation bleed" which is apparently pretty common. They did say with any bleeding there is the risk of miscarriage, so they wanted to find the baby and hopefully the heartbeat. I measured about 5 weeks and 5 days (earlier than they guessed when I told them the date of my last period). They were able to see the baby AND find a heartbeat, though. They said that usually the heartbeat is not detectable until at least six weeks, sometimes seven, and since I was so small it was harder to detect because my vessels were smaller and it was picking up my breathing. They also said if we had come in on Wednesday, maybe even yesterday, they probably wouldn't have been able to see the baby. He or she was about as big as this zero (0).
They're going to do another US next week just to make sure everything is going normal when I have my first really appointment with Dr. McMinn. And they said I needed to be on "pelvic rest" until then. So, no sex. Poor Peyton gets too much pelvic rest as it is!

After the appointment, Cookie hung out with us for a little bit and told us about nursing school and then we gave AP a bath and got her dressed and went to lunch. We had lunch at a place in Ridgeland called Cool Water Cafe. It doesn't look like it would be anything special, but it's great and they have a fantastic salad bar with TONS of stuff! When we got home, we put AP down for her nap and Peyton got ready and left for work. Annie slept for a long time and I wrote a blog post and played on FB for part of her nap, but I was super productive for most of it. I had been in such a hurry to get to the doctor, I hadn't done any of my normal "morning chores", so I made the bed, straightened our bedroom, loaded the dishwasher and started some laundry. Then I got started with sweeping and wet mopping all the tile/lenolium floors. It took me longer than usual, but since AP was asleep, I did a better job than usual. I got down on my hands and knees and scrubbed under the cabintets where the mop doesn't get as good. I also cleaned the outside of the dishwasher in all the little nooks and crevices. Then I dusted in the den and sunroom. Annie woke up as I was finishing up. We straigthened up her room and headed to my parents' house for Red Beans and Rice. Cookie wasn't there and Peyton had to work and my mom was still in the bed, so there wasn't as much activity as usual. We talked to my mom some and she got up and ate a baked potato (which Ann Peyton insisted on sharing with her) and then we had supper and left. I did AP's night time routine and put her to bed and then read blogs until Peyton got home.

When he got home, Peyton worked on fixing a drawer in my dresser that has been broken for some time. He told me he wanted to talk about something while he worked on it. I knew it wasn't going to be good. He said he felt like we weren't connecting the way we used to and we were both just kind of distant. We've had problems with this before and we've never completely resolved it. I think part of it is that we (I especially) tend to focus too much on the parent role and not enough on the spouse role. I know, I know......every book I've read talks about how that's killer for a marriage. I think it's hard for us, partly because we didn't have much time to practice being "husband and wive" before we were "dad and mom". Of course we wouldn't change it; but now we've got to make some adjustments. Our long weekend in Georgia really showed us that we needed to make each other a priority more that we were, but when we got home we didn't really change anything. I'm glad Peyton brought it up, but especially as hormonal as I am it was hard to talk about.

Annie didn't sleep as long as she usually does and we stayed up way to late talking, so I was super tired on Saturday morning. I went and laid down on the big bed in her nursery while she played with some toys. I got a big basket of toys out of her closet and shut my eyes for a few minutes. When I opened them, I saw she had her little phone that we usually don't let her play with unless we're watching her really closely because it has a long string on it and as I've mentioned she has a scary habbit of loving to put things around her neck. I got so panicked just thinking about what could have happened. We super baby proofed her room she we don't have to watch her as carefully 24/7, but sometimes I think I just shouldn't ever let her out of my sight for two seconds. Until she's twenty four.

After that, I fed AP breakfast and started the dishwasher. I ate some breakfast myself and she went down for an early nap since she got up so early. I got on the computer and then took a shower. I straightened up the house and ate lunch. Then I went to pick in on Ann Peyton and I found out a secret she's been keeping: these long "naps" she loves so much are not really naps; they're "rest time" in her crib. She was sitting up with her paci in her mouth, her bunny in her lap, reading a book. I know she sleeps some (most?) of the time, but I guess she's just having quiet time in her room the rest of the time. Fine by me! Of course, once I peaked at her, she wasn't going to just keep reading. So I got her up and we got the house straightened because my friend Darlene was coming over. She's an older lady (middle aged) at my church and she's like a mentor, so I knew it would help to talk to her about what was going on with Peyton and me. She came over and we talked for over an hour while Ann Peyton played. She had lots of helpful tips for "rekindling" the spark and she said this was something most everyone went through, which made me feel LOTS better. After she left, I folded some laundry and then we went to a birthday party for two little girls (twins) from our church. We had fun, but we were outside a lot, and Annie and I were both zapped. We got home around the time Peyton did and we gave her a bath and put her to bed. I cooked a really good breakfast casserole that I had found on Emily's blog and we made hashbrowns to go with it. I worked on a couple of posts and we spent some time just hanging out. I read my Bible and went to bed.

Today (Sunday) did not get off to the best start. Peyton had to go into work early, but I was planning on getting AP and myself ready and going to Sunday School and church. I had the worst morning sickness I've had yet. I didn't throw up, but I kept gagging and running to the bathroom. I went ahead and got ready and amazingly AP slept until I woke her up around ten. I was surprised because she went to be pretty early (8ish). I think it must have been the short nap again! I felt better once I got ready and headed to church. The sermon was good, but I hate it when Peyton has to miss it! After church, I fed AP lunch and had lunch myself. I called my friend Logan, whose birthday was earlier in the week and then put Annie down for a nap. I pretty much just relaxed during her nap. I was exhausted. I watched an episode of I'll Fly Away and read some blogs. It was storming and the thunder woke Ann Peyton up. We played a little and then my mom (who was feeling much better) and Cookie came over so we could go check out the new TJ Maxx by my house. I have to say it was a bit of a let down. I know it's going to be hit or miss, just like the other one in our area. After they left, we watched a DVR'd episode of Army Wives and folded laundry. Then I organized some new clothes I'd gotten for Annie while she played in her room.

Peyton got home and we all hung out together for awhile and just played. While Peyton was feeding AP her supper, I vacuumed. I used the big, heavy vacuum that I hate, but it made the floors look much better! I put AP to bed and then I fixed us asparagus and grilled cheese sandwitches (weird, right?) for supper. Peyton and I ate dinner and then did our Bible study together. Then I finished this post and I'm hitting the hay after this!

Whew! I hope next week is a little less....trying.