Sunday, October 31, 2010

Weekly Happenings #85 (October 25-31)-- Strawberry Fields Forever

This week was fun. I don't want to say I'm over being sick because I feel like I jinx myself every time I do that, so I'll just say I think it's getting better! We had several appointments this week and got good reports on both our babies, so that was wonderful!

Monday got off to a good start. We woke up and got ready and made it on time to our 8:15 appointment with Dr. Denney. Ann Peyton had a great eighteen month check up and she seems on track for pretty much everything. We talked about the words she says and the little quirky things she does and I was just such a proud momma sharing that all with Dr. Denney. She got two shots, one vaccine and a flu shot, and she did really well. Here are her stats from the appointment:
Weight: 20 lbs 14 oz (5th percentile- woo who!)
Height: 30.25 in (10th percentile)
Head Circumference: 18.82 (80th percentile)
BMI: 16 (28th percentile)
I always get nervous about these appointments because we've had so many issues with her weight, but Dr. Denney seemed really pleased and now that she's consistently wearing clothes that are true to size, I am going to try to put my fears behind me!

When we got home, Peyton and I worked on our family finances and then I did some of my personal finances (my stuff plus most of the baby stuff). I straightened the house a little and unloaded and loaded the dishwasher and watched The View. Ann Peyton was SO whiney, I guess partly from her shot, so we gave her some Tylenol and fed her an early lunch and put her down for her nap.

She slept great, but I didn't accomplish much! I ate lunch and took a nap myself. I did start cleaning out my car. There was so much junk that has been accumulating in there and it needed it. After AP woke up, we went over to Peyton's parents' house and to my parents' for a visit. My parents were having grilled hot dogs for dinner, so we ate with them. When we got home, I put AP to bed and read my Bible and got on the computer.

Tuesday was kind of....looooong. We had Mother's Day Out and it was pretty uneventful.
We had a fun time, though, and when we got home I fed AP lunch and Peyton and I played with her a little and then I put her down for her nap. I tried to take a nap again myself, but I knew I couldn't fall asleep until she did, so I wrote my sixteen week blog post instead. She kept talking to herself like she always does, and then started fussing, and then crying. I went in to check on her and she had a dirty diaper. I changed it and rocked her and put her back in bed. She'd get quiet for a minute, but then she'd start fussing again. I kept thinking she'd finally given it up, but she never did. Eventually, I just went in and got her up since it had been over an hour. I think it's the second day in her life that she hasn't napped. Don't hate me ;)
After she got up, I unloaded and loaded dishes and clipped coupons and then we went to the grocery store. I had a headache and I was so tired, but the little outing helped us both. And we only spent abut $30 this week! When we got home, I put up the groceries and Annie played. I folded and put up laundry and fed Ann Peyton dinner. I put her to bed a little earlier than usual and she went right to sleep. I kind of just vegged out after that and watched TV and fooled around on the computer and then went to sleep myself.

Wednesday was sort of a different day because Peyton had a meeting in Louisiana. He decided to just get up early and make it a day trip. I had my OB appointment at 8:00. My mom came over to keep Ann Peyton and she was actually still asleep when I left the house. It was really rainy and I got to my appointment a little late, but it was fine. I got in and out pretty quickly and there isn't too much to report. The baby had a strong heartbeat (around 156) and next time we'll find out the gender! Dr. McMinn did mention retesting my thyroid counts because they were low at my first appointment. She said that was pretty common in early pregnancy and it was probably nothing to worry about, though! When I got home, I played with Annie and my mom helped me arrange some stuff on our new cabinet in the study:
Then I gave Ann Peyton a bath and got her ready for the day. I'm glad I allowed some extra time, because I got soaked and had to change clothes. It's hard enough to find something when it's 85 degrees in October, but when you're pregnant and it's rainy? UGH. Anyway, I got AP's lunch together and we went by Subway and then headed over to the Howie's for a little play date.

The girls did better with sharing this week! I think it may be because Aubrey has more toys (and more play space!) than Ann Peyton. Either way, they were really good and they keep us laughing. One minute they will be fussing at each other and the next they'll just be laughing hysterically together for reasons totally unknown to me and Carrie. I can't wait to watch how Jude and our next baby will interact as they get older! When we got home, AP took a nice nap and I did stuff on the computer and took a nap myself. After she woke up, I got ready for church and fed her supper and then we headed to Bible Study. I had a great time and we talked a lot about priorities. The older ladies in my group were really good at encouraging me about keeping my to-do list to a minimum so I'd have time for Ann Peyton and for myself. It was a nice reminder! We got home around the same time as Peyton and he and Annie played a little bit and then we put her to bed. Peyton and I watched an episode of My So-Called Life that we had Netflixed and then chatted a little. I read my Bible, got on the computer for awhile, and went to bed.

Thursday was a fun, but crazy day at MDO. We didn't have a real Halloween party, but most of the kids wore costumes and we had fun treats and went "trick or treating" to the different pastors' offices at the church. So fun, but definitely tiring!
I took some other pictures, but I didn't know whose parents might object to having them on the open Internet, so here's one of AP chilling on the sit-and-spin (not where you're supposed to sit! She looks so OLD to me in this picture!)

When we got home, I fed Annie lunch and we played a little and then I put her down for a nap. I worked on some blog posts and watched a DVR'd episode of The Good Wife. When she woke up, we played and read lots of books. I cleaned up the kitchen (there were piles of stuff everywhere), did the dishes, and scrubbed the counters. I also did a few other small things I keep putting off, like taping some of AP's books that she's ripped, putting fresh batteries in her toys, and clipping coupons. I put on a Halloween CD that a lady from our church gave us with silly songs on it and AP loved it (although she really wanted to play with the CD player). I changed her sheets and she had a bad diaper. Since we use cloth diapers, and we use liners, I just flush the "mess" right down the potty. Well, the toilet got clogged. I fooled with the plunger some, but I couldn't get it and I really didn't want to wait for Peyton, so I just stuck my hand in there and unclogged it manually. I mean it's not like I hadn't already dealt with all that a few minutes earlier when I changed her. Anyway, I got it fixed!
Annie enjoyed playing with her disposables...

and playing dress up...

...while I organized her bows. [I want to do something cute, but for now I just stuck them all on the little things some of them came on. Maybe I'll have time for crafting someday!]

We played some more and then it was time for supper and bed for Annie. I got on the computer, swept and mopped the tile and laminate floors, wrote some thank you notes, and cooked eggs and bacon for me and Peyton for supper. We both fell asleep on the couch!

Peyton and I both had hair appointments Friday morning, so we got up and got ready and got Annie ready. Peyton went first and got a quick cut and then we traded Ann Peyton off and I got mine colored. It took awhile, but I brought a new book I'm reading, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives, with me and I made a good bit of progress in it. I went by the consignment store that's in the shopping center with the hair salon and got AP several cute things. When I got home, Peyton and Annie were playing in the yard and Peyton told me he had forgotten his house key. They had run some errands, though, and then had breakfast together at Primos. We stayed outside and played, but then I started feeling sick. I think I waiting too long since I ate (more than two hours, ha!), so I fixed myself lunch and hid from Ann Peyton, so I could eat in peace. I tried to fed her lunch, but she was still full from her breakfast, so we played a little and then put her down for a nap. She was SO grouchy, but I think she was just tired, because she took a good nap.

I did dishes, straightened the house, and remopped the floors because I realized the pregnancy brain is bad and I forgot to use soap the night before and they were still kind of dirty! I got on the computer and relaxed some and when AP woke up I fed her a late lunch and we played and straightened the house up some more and then headed to my parents' house for Red Beans and Rice. We had a good time and when we got home, I read my Bible and worked on my personal finances and did stuff on the computer. I fell asleep watching My So-Called Life.

Saturday was a nice relaxing day. Peyton had to work and AP woke up as he was leaving but she played in her bed for another twenty minutes or so. We read books and then had a bath and got dressed for the day. We both had a late breakfast and I watched more of My So-Called Life and folded laundry while Annie played. I put her down for a nap and messed around on the computer and started another episode of My So-Called Life. This disc has commentary from the director and actors and I LOVE it when movies and shows do that on the DVDS because it's fun to me to hear them analyze the scenes. I folded more clothes and worked on a blog post and just relaxed until she woke up. Once Annie woke up, we went outside. We ended up staying out in the backyard for almost two hours; it was so nice! I read and played with her some and I took the laptop with us so I wouldn't miss some downtotheminute eBay auctions (obsessed much?). She's a climber, just like I was when I was a little girl!

Peyton got home right after we came inside and just as the Trick or Treaters were coming (our town did it on Saturday this year since the 31st fell on Sunday). We had a TON, which we weren't really expecting, because the park right across the street from our house wasn't having the usual Halloween festivities (they had it at another park this year). Anyway, we ended up sitting outside in the front yard to pass out candy. Ann Peyton got her first taste of a Ring Pop because Peyton thought that was the least likely to be a choking hazard. Um, she ended up biting off the whole thing, which was, at that point, a little ball. Needless to say, she was done for the night!
We came inside around 8:00 and fed her supper, gave her a bath, and put her to bed.
Peyton grilled burgers for us and I tried frying frozen sweet potato fries again. We are both improving because the burgers and fries were the best we've had yet! I cleaned up the kitchen, read blogs, did my daily Bible reading and went to bed.

Peyton's tech called in sick, and he had to get to work extra early, so Ann Peyton and I went to Sunday School and church by ourselves on Sunday. We had a big group for Sunday School and I enjoyed seeing everyone. When we got home, I fed AP lunch and started laundry and dishes and then put her down for a nap. She took almost an hour to fall asleep; she wasn't fussing, though, just jabbering away. I spent most of naptime on the computer, updating my goals list (I've done a terrible job keeping up with it across the board), uploading and editing pictures from the week, and working on a blog that I think I'm going to start for our Sunday School class (I'll let y'all know when it's up!).

When Annie woke up, she helped me put up laundry and played while I cleaned the bathrooms and dusted. Then we got ready to go to mine and Peyton's parents' house to show off our little strawberry to the grandparents!

Peyton wanted me to share what happens when I get frustrated trying to get a decent picture!

She loves DeeDee!

watching football in bed with Minnie and Cookie

We had fun, but we got in SO late. Annie went to bed really late, so I hope she sleeps late tomorrow morning!

This week looks fun. I'm subbing a little, but that's really all that's different from most weeks!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Flashback Friday- Little Punkins {Circa 1988}

I thought this picture of me, Momma and Cookie was too cute! I think it was taken Halloween of 1988- I was three, Cookie was one, and Momma was thirty seven. Aren't our "punkin" costumes adorable? I think the reason Halloween costumes and birthday parties and stuff like that is so important to me is because my mom excelled in those areas.

The reason my eyes are so weird and squinty is because I had just had eye surgery. My dad prayed so much over the situation because it terrified him and he swears he was visited by an angel one night before the surgery and she told him I was going to be alright. And, of course, I was! [They did find out that I'm very allergic to Atropine, though!]

Growing up, we didn't trick-or-treat in the traditional since because we lived on a REALLY busy street. However, this was before the "fall festival" movement of the modern day church really emerged. So, my parents were really creative and we'd go to the houses next door to ours (we could just cut across their yards) and then we'd pile in the car and go to their (and later our own) friends' houses around town and show off our costumes and see what their kids were dressed up as. It was so much fun and I think that since we don't know many of our neighbors, except those really close to our house, we may follow suit! Last year, I did several post about holiday traditions- one for Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, and Christmas. I really like being intentional about that sort of thing, so I think I may brainstorm next week about future Halloween traditions!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Show Us Your Life- Guest Bedrooms

Technically, we don't really have a guest bedroom. We have a three bedroom house and the baby needed a room (here is the full post on her nursery) and we use our study for (lots) of books and it houses Peyton's big desk and it just wasn't practical to try to make it into a guest room. It works out fine, for the most part, though, because both our immediate families live in town and most of our close friends do, too. So it hasn't really been that big of a deal.

But I did want something, so we put a twin bed in Ann Peyton's room. If/when we have guests, they can sleep in here and she can sleep in the Pack N Play in our room. The one time we've had a spend the night visitor, it was my sister and she's pretty obsessed with her niece, so we just left AP in the room in her crib.

This is the room (we've made a few adjustments since I took this picture):
and here is the "guest bedroom" portion of it:
(because anytime I stay somwhere overnight I like to have a bunny on a rope swing and diapers hanging on the end of my bed, ha!)

By the way, when the new baby comes in April, we'll transfer AP to the big bed (with a rail, of course!) and Babykins #2 will take up residence in her crib (once he or she starts sleeping through the night)!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Skillz Set: Walk This Way

We had Ann Peyton's eighteen month well baby check up this week and it reminded me that I needed to share these videos of a new skill that is now old hat. I don't think I'll ever forget how excited I was when she finally walked!

Yay! for Annie.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Babykins #2- Sixteen Weeks

16 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
How Far Along: 16 Weeks
Size of baby: (via BabyCenter) Babykins #2 is about the size of an avocado (four and a half inches long and weighs three and a half ounces). His or her legs are more developed and eyes and ears are close to their final position. Total Weight Gain/Loss: (gained) a couple of pounds
Maternity Clothes: still not yet, but I have been wearing a lot more dresses!
Gender: The other day my sister said "Sometimes, I'm absolutly sure it's a boy and then sometimes, I don't think it could be anything but a girl". That's exactly how I feel! Only four more weeks!
Movement: still not yet; people have started asking me, but it took me FOREVER to feel AP move!
Sleep: pretty good, but I have been having some bizarre dreams
What I miss: not trying on five things before I can find something that still looks okay/feels remotely comfortable
Cravings: I have so been craving a meatball sub from Subway. I'm going to HAVE to get one this week!
Symptoms: The morning sickness is much better, although I did have one really bad day last week. Mainly, I'm just exhausted all the time. With Ann Peyton, that got so much better after the first trimester, but I haven't really seen any improvement this time. Someone told me today that I'd probably feel like this for the duration, since I have a toddler to keep up with. I hope not!
Best Moment This Week: We had AP's eighteen month check up and it was fun talking to Dr. Denney about moving her to big girl bed to get ready for the new baby. It's starting to seem even more real, now!
What I Am Looking Forward To: I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow and it's always nice to hear the heartbeat and get a good report.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Weekly Happenings Post #84 (October 18-24)-- She Was a Napping Queen, Young and Sweet

Um, that would be me, not Ann Peyton that was the napping queen this week. Ann Peyton always naps great, but this week, I definitely did, too!

Monday started off great! Ann Peyton slept until almost 9:00. I had really resigned myself to the fact that regardless of when we put her to bed, 7:00 was her new wake up time. Not bad, but not ideal. Well, I was super excited to get to sleep so late! After she woke up, we had a really laid back morning. We read books, watched The View, ate breakfast and folded about three loads of laundry. We had a bath and then we worked on my closet changeover. I still have to get Peyton to help me take the boxes to the attic, but it's done. Whew! I'm so impressed with myself because I got it done so much faster than I ever have since I've lived here, and while being pregnant with an active toddler. I think the boxes were just driving me crazy, so I couldn't procrastinate. AP will be sad to see the tubs go, though. She loves climbing on them and playing in them. Anyway, after that, I put up all that laundry and then it was time for Annie's lunch and nap.

She took a long nap (she slept for three hours and then played for about twenty minutes) and I tried to be productive. I ate lunch and then watched 90210 while I folded laundry. I've been slacking and we had a huge buildup of it! After that, I straighten the house a little, scrubbed the kitchen counters, swept and mopped the tile and laminate floors, and did part of my daily Bible reading. When AP woke up, we played and I clipped coupons and then Peyton got home and we went for a walk. After our walk we went to the grocery store together and then it was bedtime for Ann Peyton. I cooked supper while Peyton went for a run. He started running again after the marathon and I have to say I'm kind of jealous. Everyone I know is trying to run (at the very least) a 5K. It's NOT something I'm going to undertake at this point, though. Peyton's been bugging me about it and I finally gave in and told him that yes, a part of me would like to do it, but AFTER the baby comes. Ha! We had tacos for supper and I straightened the house and got on the computer. I cleaned up the kitchen, read my Bible and went to bed.

Peyton got up super early because he was working in Meridian on Tuesday. So, we had to get ready for Mother's Day Out by ourselves. Boo! It was okay, though, and we made it on time. We had a nice day at school and when we got home I fed Annie lunch and we played a little and recorded a quick video and then it was nap time. She slept horribly. It took her forever to fall asleep and then she woke up about forty minutes later with a dirty diaper. I know I shouldn't complain, because for some kids her age that's a normal (or good) nap, but Annie (not just me!) requires a lot of sleep and if she doesn't get it, she's a grump! During her little cat nap, I did manage to eat lunch, watch most of an episode of 90210 (I'm behind!), and order her rocker for Christmas. When she woke up, she was not in the best mood, but we did the best we could playing and reading books until Peyton got home. She also helped me do some dishes and "make" cookies (Slice-and-bake) for the Ultreya meeting that night and then I fed her supper. I debated not even going to the meeting, since she was so cranky, but we went ahead and decided to go. It was a pretty long, but interesting program about the Cursillo movement in Kenya (called Washa), but AP did fine the whole time in the nursery. Maybe she just needed a change of scenery! When we got home, I had a little bit of computer time and went to bed pretty early.

I got these footies recently and I'm obsessed. I love the little back flap. I could just eat her up!

On Wednesday, I woke up as Peyton was getting ready for work and I felt so sick. I was so happy for the past few days and really thought that the nausea was behind me. I threw up and threw up and threw up. It was awful. Ann Peyton woke up around 8:00 and she was so sweet and snuggled in bed with me for about thirty minutes. We moved into the living room and had breakfast, watched the Today Show, and read books and snuggled some more. I told Peyton later how sweet and cuddley she was being. His response? "Well, I hope she isn't getting sick. You know she always acts that way when she has an ear infection". Gee, thanks. How about she was just feeling bad from sympathy symptoms? Haha! After that we went in her room and I hung up and organized some clothes and took pictures for the next Babykin Boutique post. We had a bath and I fed her lunch and then put her down for a nap. She took a fabulous nap (I put her down at 1:30 and got her up at 4:30!) During her nap, I ate lunch, wrote a blog post, and took a little nap myself. Then I got ready for Bible Study. Peyton decided not to go because he's missed so much, so he and AP stayed home while I went. I put Annie to bed when I got home and hopped on the computer for a few minutes and then went to bed.Seriously, I don't think I made my bed one day this week, I just "straightened" it like this. My mom used to make us get out of the bed when we were sick and she'd straighten it and it always felt SO much better after that!

Thursday was an interesting day at MDO. Darlene, the director, was out of town, so I was in charge again. Not a huge deal, but it was a big day because we had people from a local painting place coming to paint ornaments with the kids (basically a handprint). It was a bit confusing getting the forms together and making sure everyone was making the right thing and the right number of things, but I think it went fine! It was one little boy's birthday and he brought cupcakes, so we all really enjoyed snack time. From the looks of things, Annie enjoyed it the most- she was COVERED in icing. We stayed and helped through lunch and of course, AP devoured her pizza, as well.

When we got home, I put Ann Peyton down for her nap. It took her a long time to get to sleep (almost an hour), but then she slept for two hours. Last year, her best naps were on MDO days (she took two then), but this year it's the reverse. She has such a hard time getting herself to sleep and then she wakes up some during her nap, too. I think she's just "hyped up" from all the activity. Anyway, I read a few blogs, but then I took a nap myself. I wasn't even that tired, but I had such a bad headache my eye was twitching and nothing was helping. When she woke up we played until Peyton got home and then, get this, I took ANOTHER nap. Peyton left to go take his youngest brother driving (Peyton's teaching him) and AP and I played and folded laundry. Then I got all the tubs from the closet changeover out into the hall and vacuumed the bedrooms and study with the big vacuum. Peyton knows I hate it and he was so sweet and said he'd finish when he got home, but AP wanted HIM, so I just finished. We fed AP supper and put her to bed and then Peyton and I got the tubs to the attic and I organized up there a little. We had supper (I had oatmeal and Peyton had leftovers) and then I got on the computer and did my daily Bible reading. I have been majorly slacking this week! I think I kind of got out of the habit in Chicago, but I need to do so much better. I used to never miss a day, but now even on good weeks, I usually don't read every day. That's my major goal for next week is to be more diligent in my quiet time! I didn't sleep very well, maybe because of all my napping, and I was up off and on all night long.

On Friday, AP woke up at 8:00 and we snuggled for about half an hour and then I got to work! I wanted to do a little tidying/cleaning because Carrie and the two little Howies were coming over for lunch. Um, I don't know where the early morning burst of energy came from (or if I've ever had one before), especially in light of the previous night's sleep, but I got sort of carried away. I swept and dry mopped the wood floors before AP could throw her toys all over the place and then I cleaned the bathrooms. Only I found a really gross ring at the very top of both toilets, under the rim where you can't even see, and decided to clean it with a toothbrush! After that, we had breakfast, and I straightened up piles and dusted and then put AP's high chair cover in the wash and deep cleaned the high chair. We took a bath and got ready and then then Carrie and the kiddos arrived.

We had Backyard Burger for lunch and AP was a little more chill than she was last week at the restaurant. Well, at least at first. Toward the end, I think both girls got a little tired and had a hard time sharing. They got into two PHYSICAL fights. Of course, we were right there so nothing happened, but there was some pushing, shoving, and scratching going on on both sides. Carrie told me she hadn't imagined AP would be so "feisty". Sometimes, I get a little sad thinking my sweet baby girl is gone, but Carrie pointed out that it was good she wasn't a push over. And, it is! Hopefully, she'll be confident enough to fight the boys off the way she was fighting Aubrey for her baby doll! I'm pretty sure it's being the youngest in the room this year at Mother's Day Out. She was the youngest for awhile last year, but she was still crawling and didn't really do too much interacting with the walkers. This year is a different story. When I lifeguarded in high school, I was BY FAR the meanest lifeguard, and all the other guards would joke that I had "little girl syndrome". But I had to be strict, because a lot of those twelve year old boys were bigger than me! I think it's the same principle with Ann Peyton.

After Carrie left, I fed AP the part of her lunch she didn't eat and then put her down for a nap. She slept great and Peyton got home before she woke up. Y'all, the SAHM frump is bad because he asked me how long Carrie had been gone and I told him about an hour and asked why. "Because you're still wearing CLOTHES!" As opposed to pajamas, yoga pants, sweats, and other various and sundry forms of loungewear. OUCH. Anyway, we talked a little and then we got into an argument because he told me he has an important meeting the day of my OB appointment next week. It's really not that big of a deal, but I scheduled it to accommodate his schedule and he totally forgot about it. Anyway, I'm SUPER hormonal and ended up crying, which led to the inevitable headache. I took a nap and when AP woke up we played with her until it was time to go to my parents' for Red Beans and Rice. We headed over there and AP had the best time running around and playing with them. We had supper and then I fell asleep and we didn't end up leaving until 10:00. We put Ann Peyton to bed when we got home and chatted a little bit and went to bed ourselves.

Peyton worked on Saturday and AP woke up at 7:30, in spite of her late bedtime the night before. We had a nice slow morning and I didn't really do much except starting some laundry and washing dishes. We had a bath and I fed her lunch and she was down for her nap by 11:30. I got on the computer, had lunch, and watched an episode of 90210. Then I decided it was time to be productive, so I fixed some butter beans for AP's meals during the week and made spinach and cheese stuffed manicotti for our supper tonight (Peyton told me last time that he likes it BETTER as leftovers and I don't mind and since we had something to do tonight, I decided to just go ahead and make it). I finally woke AP up at 3:30. I guess that late night on Friday did affect her after all! Every time she naps great now, I think "there is NO way I'll luck out like this again"! Ha!

After she woke up, we headed to my parents' house because I forgot to look at some things my mom wanted me to see on Friday. We had a fun, short little visit and then came home and got ready for a Halloween party that a pharmacy friend of Peyton's was having. Peyton got home and we had a little of the manicotti and then went to the party. Ann Peyton looked ADORABLE in her Halloween costume! It was fun and I definitely enjoyed the party food, as did AP. She had a few chips!

The big reveal: Annie was a STRAWBERRY! [What is Papa doing???]

When we got home, we put her to bed and talked and read our Bibles together and then went to bed.

Today (Sunday) was a nice, relaxing day. Peyton made cinnamon rolls and we went to Sunday School and to the late service and then came home and had lunch and naps. Seriously, it was such a nice, lazy Sunday! We went to evening church and our associate pastor, Daniel, preached an amazing sermon about faith being a "fashion". He talked about how he thought that our generation (he is about my age) would be the first in some time to see Christianity fall out of fashion and how our being active in our faith should be something that we do not just because it's the cool thing to do. After that, we met my parents and Cookie at Cook of the Walk (a local catfish place). We had so much fun and the food was great!
Somebody got caught red-handed double fisting her hush puppies!

Now, I'm just working on this post and then I'm going to read my Bible, do dishes and put in a load of laundry and go to bed!

Next week we have a pretty busy week. I have an OB appointment and AP has her 18 month well baby visit and I'm hoping to squeeze in a hair cut/color, too!

Friday, October 22, 2010

(Because I Love a Little Comparison Study) Flashback Friday: Fun at the Fair {October 19, 2009 and October 16, 2010}

Okay, I promise this is the last fair related post, but I LOVE looking back at pictures of us doing the same thing last year. Next year at the fair, they'll be four of us! By the way, y'all know how I love looking back and finding pictures from today's date last year, well, I saw on Twitter where someone said one of their favorite things is looking at old blog entries from this time the year before. I've been having so much fun with that!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Show Us Your Life- Nurseries

***This is a repost from just over a month ago. I wanted to repost instead of linking because I like the consistency and I wanted it all to be under my SUYL label. I am SO incredibly OCD.***

We have made several adjustments in the last few months to make AP's nursery into more of a big girl room. For one thing, we've baby proofed it within an inch of it's life. Every room of our house isn't SUPER baby proofed (as in enough to leave her by herself for a couple of minutes) but her bedroom and the den are. In addition to the babykin-proofing, we've also made some cosmetic changes, as well.

First, we changed her bedding a LONG while back. This is what it did look like:

Her covers were not staying tucked in and I didn't think it was safe, so we have just been improvising with a sheet that my mom actually used on our crib when we were babies. I also changed out the mobile.

I'll probably buy a new bedding set for the next baby (we spent next to nothing- about $40 on the one AP used at first!) regardless of if it's a boy or a girl. Anyway, it works for now; as you can see her crib is like a play yard anyway!

Awhile back, I also found this toddler chair and switched it out with her bouncy seat when she (finally!) outgrew it!


The next thing we did was change out the bedspread on the twin bed in the nursery. We'll probably put the old one back on once it gets cool, but I loved the chenille one for the summer. It's so light and airy and it was fun to make it have a neat, vintage day bed look!
{fall bedspread}

{summery day bed}

We also put up some new accessories around her room. I used some of the non-Eastery looking bunny stuff that I had gotten for her birthday party. Her room has never had a theme, except that I wanted it to have a very "vintage" feel, but now I think there is an undertone of a bunny theme! For example, I added this little bunny swingin' on the bedpost!

And in the area right above Ann Peyton's big girl bed....

....I added a sweet painting that Ashley did for her.
I wrote about it here. I think it's a perfect spot right above her bed where we will be tucking her in a probably less than a year.

We hung up this little frog shelf thing. I think he's super cute, although I don't know just how we'll use him yet! Maybe some lightweight toys? Diapers? Panties, hats, ect?

We also hung a few new things along the wall that her closet and the door to the room is on. Here it is before:

Above her chair we added a little growth chart that my parents gave her for her birthday...

her bulletin board has filled up nicely...

and we added a few things between the closet door and the door to the room.
{Below the kitty painting is a cross that was a baby gift and a little castle picture from Hobby Lobby; on the very bottom is a bunny canvas I made for her birthday.}

We hung a couple of things on the back of her door, too.

The last thing we did was the biggest project and it really wasn't that hard. Annie's dressing table did look like this:

However, once she started really walking and pulling up on things we got worried that she would pull the skirt (and the glass top) off. I still don't think she'd really be strong enough to do it, but we'd never know when she was. It also had lots of breakable things on it.

Anyway, here's what the dresser looks like under the skirt:
Yeah, that wouldn't have really worked with her soft, pastel room. So we painted it!

We spray painted the white part, which was kind of a pain, but my mom helped me and she knows what she's doing as far as reworking furniture, so I trusted her! We painted the blue part with regular paint; it's the same can we used for the guest bathroom. We used spray paint for the handles, too. Here it is:

It looked pretty good, but we all thought a little distressing would add some character, so we just used a bit of sandpaper and some steel wool. We used a paint pen to do the gold embellishments. Finished:

My mom found the fabric for the stool in her linen drawer and had a monogram put on it. I think it turned out beautifully!

We consolidated the stuff on top and moved most of the breakable things.

Where did they all go?? We hung a shelve above her armoire and put them up there, way out of reach!


It's funny because now that it's all done, we may be reworking it AGAIN in a few months. Weather the new baby is a boy or a girl, they will most likely be sharing this room, at least at first (once the baby starts sleeping through the night, obliviously). If it's a girl, I really probably won't change much at all. If it's a boy, I'm going to keep the room pastel and just play up the blue and Annie's "side" with the big girl bed will definitely still have some pink!