Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Babykins #2- Twenty One Weeks

21 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
How Far Along: 21 Weeks
Size of baby: (via BabyCenter) Babykins #2 is three quarters of a pound and ten and a half inches long. He is about as long as a carrot these days! His eyebrows and eyelids have formed now!
Total Weight Gain/Loss: I gained about five pounds and broke 100 for the second time in my life! Ha!
Maternity Clothes: So, I did go ahead and get the maternity jeans down from the attic this week, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Ha! I actually did end up wearing them on Thursday, and then again today to "school". I'm really not big enough for them anywhere but my tummy yet and they look kind of baggy and pajama pants-like. I've GOT to find the belly band from the attic that makes your regular jeans into maternity ones or I'll be rubberbanding it the rest of the week!
Gender: It's a BOY! We are so, so excited to have one of each! We pretty much have it narrowed down to two names, but we haven't made a final decision yet. They're both Southern sounding and really unique (but hopefully not too weird!). I'm sure I'll share it the MINUTE we make a firm decision.
Movement: I've felt the baby SO much this week!
Sleep: I feel like it's gotten some better; I've only been getting up once or twice this week.
What I miss: All of my clothes that are slowly being eliminated until next Winter, ha!
Cravings: This is way out of character for me, but I've really been craving WATER a ton. I don't think I'm dehydrated or anything, I think it's mostly my sinus infection makes me want it.
Symptoms: The morning sickness is gone and my tiredness is much better, too! I do have so indigestion and a little back pain, but those are definitely preferable in my opinion! Also, I have been even more emotional than my typical pregnant self lately. Sad cries, happy cries, LOTS of cries!
Best Moment This Week: finding out that Babykins #2 is a BROTHER!
What I Am Looking Forward To: Now that I've been feeling him move so much, I'm so ready for Peyton (and especially Annie) to be able to feel his little kicks!

last week vs. this week (I look like I ate the whole turkey!)
***I know this week's is more zoomed in, but still, do I not look waaaay bigger???

Monday, November 29, 2010

Annie Banani: Fashionista (Little Rebel Edition)

In spite of our unfortunate defeat this past weekend, I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures of our "Little Rebel".

Here are a couple of Ann Peyton last year in her Colonel Rebel dress:
I think this was around the time she started gazing lovingly at her Papa in every. single. picture.

On the ground. In the Grove.

My mom used to do this all the time. She called it "Oh my!!!"

And here's Annie this year in the SAME dress:
I know; it's so blurry. The really good ones always seem to be with an active toddler. Will a "good" camera fix that???

I was hoping that since this dress fit, another little smocked bishop that I just couldn't resist ordering in a 6 mo. in case Babykins #2 was a girl would also fit. Um, no....I'm thinking it may work as a top with leggings, though. We'll see!

Another blurry favorite

ready to read!

And lastly, here she is in her "I'm a Little Rebel" t-shirt at around a month old:
[It also still fits!]

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Weekly Happenings Post #89 (November 22-28)-- Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails!!!

[The way Ann Peyton's doing her hands seems so "little girl" to me- not like a baby, or even a toddler. It's crazy how fast she's growing up!]

This was a big, fun week! We had a lovely Thanksgiving with our families, I enjoyed a week off from MDO, and we found out that we're having a little BOY in April! So much excitement- we have SO many things to be thankful for.

I did have a slight meltdown Friday evening. Ann Peyton and I stayed home all day and sometimes that is a great thing, but sometimes I think we both just get cabin fever (yes, even after just a day!). Anyway, I was telling Peyton how I felt like my day had just been sort of boring and tedious and a little frustrating. Then I burst into tears because I know there are people who would give ANYTHING to be able to stay home with their children and I just felt so guilty. I kept telling him please not to tell me to go get a job and that I really did love being with Annie and I hated myself for feeling so bored and lonely some days. He was very understanding and of course, made me feel much better.

Peyton had the day off on Monday and when AP got up, he decided to take her over to his sister's house so they could accompany Elizabeth and Simeon on their morning stroll. I slept in and then got ready for a friend's mom's funeral. The service was nice and I ran into my friend Morgan and we decided to go to lunch. Peyton had put AP down for a nap, so she didn't get to go! I ran home and changed and then we met at Newks. I had the Pimento Cheese Sandwich and Ultimate Crab Soup. SO good! AP woke up around the time I got home and Peyton wanted to go for another walk; those two are the walkiest folks (even though AP rides, ha!). We went to the park and Annie had so much fun on the slide.

I rested a little when we got home and then we went to Walmart and dropped off the recycling. We picked up a Dip Cone from Dairy Queen for Peyton and a peppermint milkshake from Chik Fil A for me and then we went by my parents' house because they were having Beans and Rice since they missed it last weekend! When we got home I did laundry and dishes, got on the computer, and read my Bible, chatted a little with Peyton, and went to bed.

On Tuesday, I woke up feeling really sick with sinus junk. Peyton let me sleep late and then I had breakfast and a bath and took my twenty weeks picture.
We took a bunch of stuff to the attic including a big bookshelf (don't worry it was mainly bulky, not heavy) but it was pretty hot up there- not so fun for a sick, pregnant girl! AP took a good nap and I worked on my Twenty Weeks post, watched TV, and went back to the attic to organize. When she woke up I fed her a late lunch and did dishes.
AP found these hilarious slippers I've that I've had since junior high and they are her new obsession. They put the fuzzy socks to shame!

We went to Hobby Lobby to pick up some tulle and ribbon and to Old Navy just for fun. I got AP some pajamas and then we went over to my parents' because they were taking Cookie and her boyfriend out to eat at the Yacht Club and they invited us to come. We had fun and when we got home, I put AP to bed. I straightened up around the house, did my daily Bible study, and got on the computer. I cooked some sausage for a quiche that I was making for Peyton's supper, but I realized I didn't have one of the ingredients. Oh well! I also cooked some broccoli for AP's lunches and dinners during the week and did some laundry.

Wednesday was the big day! We got up and got ready and Peyton's mom came over to keep AP. The appointment was really long because I had to get some blood work done and I had to get a sonogram twice (they still couldn't get a good look at "Brother's" spine, so we get another one next time!). We had them write the gender on a card, just like we did with AP and waited until after the appointment to open it. We went to Broadstreet for breakfast (we went to Cracker Barrel the day we found out about AP) and opened the envelope there.
[right before we opened it!]

Peyton has thought all along it was a boy and I just haven't been sure, although few weeks I was leaning towards a girl. I've mentioned before that we both kind of wanted a girl this time for practical reasons (not having to buy so much stuff), but Peyton (and I) both eventually wanted a son, so we were really excited with the news! I think little girls are so precious and sweet, but I know I'll feel that way about Brother once he gets here. Like I said, two years ago I couldn't picture myself as a momma period, but it's been THE best thing ever, so I know becoming a "boy momma" will be the same.

When we got home, we shared the news with everyone and visited with Peyton's mom and then took our "It's a brother" picture.
AP took a super long nap and I worked on the big reveal post and then took a nap myself. When she woke up, we both had late lunches and I folded laundry and watched The Good Wife while she played. We went to Target to look for some storage containers and I also (are you surprised?) bought a few pairs of boy pajamas. When we got home I fed AP supper and did the dishes and then put her to bed. I got on the computer and updated all my eBay searches to include boy stuff and then got to work being productive. I cooked the quiches and then straightened the house. Peyton ended up falling asleep before we even ate, but I stayed up and cleaned some more. I dusted in the kitchen and scrubbed the counters and then swept and mopped the tile and laminate floors. I read my Bible and worked on organizing my closet for about ten minutes. Then I went to bed. It was after one, but I was glad I'd be able to relax and not try to do anything on Thanksgiving.

Thursday was so much fun. We got up and got ready and went to see Peyton's family first. We got there before 11:00 so we could visit and had lunch a little before noon. It was a very traditional Thanksgiving dinner for the most part- turkey and dressing, but with some fun salads and desserts. Yum. We headed over to my parents' and ate almost again almost immediately; good thing we knew to save room! We had pork that my uncle fixed, peas and sweat potatoes, rolls and Crunchy Romain Salad. Delish! We visited with everyone for awhile and then I put AP down for a nap and Peyton went back to his parents' to get a little more time in with his brothers. I stayed and talked with everyone. My aunt and uncle and grandmother, as well as Cookie's boyfriend, were all there and it was good to catch up. Everyone left and Peyton came back over around the time Ann Peyton woke up, but we stayed awhile longer and just relaxed and watched football.

When we got home, I started laundry and the dishwasher, but I didn't do much else. I fell asleep at 10:00 and Peyton had to wake me up to remind me to eat something. I fell back asleep immediately after that!

I was SO tired Friday morning and AP woke up really early. We definitely broke our limited TV exposure rule that day. We watched Curious George on PBS in the bed for awhile after Peyton left to try to get an XBox. [I DON'T do Black Friday. Period.] Then we went in the den and watched The Today Show and The View and I rested on the couch while AP played and ate breakfast. Carrie and I had planned to have lunch and I'm kind of glad we decided to skip due to the Black Friday craziness (which Carrie was a part of, ha!), because my sinus headache kept getting worse and worse! I did fold a couple of loads of laundry before it was lunch time and nap time for Ann Peyton. During her nap, I worked on a blog post, ate lunch and finally felt like I had enough energy for a bath (ha!).

After AP woke up, we spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning house. Peyton's ten year high school reunion was Friday night and one of his friends, Katie (of Chicago marathon and Harry Potter dress up fame) was staying with us. Annie played and I straightened, dusted, swept and dry mopped the hardwood floors, cleaned the bathrooms and unloaded and reloaded dishes.
I broke out the Christmas duds on Friday. Gotta make good use of 'em!

I was feeding AP supper when they got here and then we all got ready and Cookie, the babysitter du jour arrived. Katie had lost her wallet and was in a bit of a state. I was also in a bit of a state because I had voluntarily confined myself to the house all day and got a little antsy. We went out to eat before the reunion, which was good because the food looked a little sketch. We had dinner at Amerigo and of course, it was FABULOUS. The reunion was...well, I'm not going to lie, parts were a little boring because I didn't know hardly anyone, but it was fun meeting people and hanging out with Katie. Peyton did agree that my reunion will probably be more fun, just because I graduated with a MUCH smaller class and even though there were cliques, it was all sort of fluid and everyone was really friends with each other. When we got home, we stayed up late talking with Katie and then I got on the computer for a bit and went to bed REALLY late.

AP slept in our room so Katie good use the guest bed in her nursery and she woke up pretty early (around 6:30) on Saturday. Peyton played with her some and then headed to work and we camped out on the couch in the den until Katie got up and then she played with AP some before she left town. We had a bath and I fed Annie lunch and put her down for a nap. I ate lunch and watched an episode of SVU and when she woke up we just read books and played and folded laundry until Peyton got home. We had pita pizzas for supper and fed AP her dinner and put her to bed.
What a mess! I finally decided on some "night time" diaper covers and they've worked SO well so far! By the way, I got several comments on my laundry room post about cloth diapering and it's by and the large the thing people e-mail me/Facebook message me about the most when they read about it on my blog. I realized that I've really only mentioned it in passing, so I'm going to do a full post soon and share what products and methods we use. Let me know if you have any questions you'd like me to answer. Obvs, I'm no crunchy expert, and we're not super hardcore, but I have the benefit of my experience and I thought I'd offer it to y'all ;)

Peyton watched football and I did dishes and then got on the computer. I read my Bible and went to bed.

Today (Sunday) was perfect. It was a welcome change from the busyness of the last couple of weekends. We got up early and went to early church and then Peyton went to work and I went to Sunday school. After church, Annie and I came home and I fed her lunch and put her down for a nap. I took it easy during her nap. She slept for almost four hours and all I did was watch an episode of I'll Fly Away, ate lunch, and took a nice, long nap myself. When she woke up, I put the sheets that I had washed back on the twin bed in her room and changed her bedspread to the more "Wintery" one. I sorted and hung up a bunch of new clothes I'd gotten her and then I fed her supper and folded a couple of loads of laundry and we got ready and went back to evening church. It was the Hanging of the Green service, which is where they talk about all the symbolism of the Advent Wreath, the poinsettias, the Christmon tree, and all the other decorations in the sanctuary and all the different choirs perform a few songs each. It always gets me in the spirit for Christmas! After church, we met Peyton at home, went by the grocery store for a quick milk run, and then had dinner at my parents' house. We had chili and salad an Cookie fixed grilled cheeses to go with it. YUM! We had a nice visit and got home sort of late. I put Annie straight to bed and I'm going to finish up on the computer and read my Bible and go on to bed myself!

Next week is a little busy, but I'm trying not to get stressed. This time of year everything just piles up, but I really do want to just enjoy it. It seems like last year I didn't have so much going on and my brain didn't feel so FULL. I feel like I'm going to forget something really important. Know that feeling??? Anyway, we're back to school next week for three weeks, and then I've got a hair cut on Wednesday, a sewing class on Thursday, a fun Sample Sale on Friday, and then we're ringing the bells for the Salvation Army on Saturday. Whew!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Flasback Friday: Thanksgiving Rewind {November 23, 2009}

Big Sister was tiny, bearded Papa Bear hasn't changed a bit, and I'm sure I look even more tired today (if it's even possible to look rougher than I do above) than I did here. Also, I'm pretty sure that's laundry sitting in the Annieglass dish on the piano. Typical.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

2010 Thankful List

Every year around this time I make a thankful list. This year I thought I would keep it simple and not really pontificate. They're pretty self explanatory, I think.

10. That all our basic physical needs are met. We have a wonderful home, plenty of food, and clean water. We are fortunate to be able to raise our children in a safe place.

9. The fact that Ann Peyton has two sets of grandparents that adore her and are so proud of her every little accomplishment.

8. The precious friends that God has allowed Peyton and me to cross paths with.

7. A vibrant church community that nourishes us spiritually.

6. Beautiful (albeit warm) Fall days.

5. Being married to my best friend.

4. Being married to a great conversationalist.

3. Our baby girl- she is amazing in every way!

2. Our baby boy- I'm confident he will be, too ;)

1. A renewed commitment to Christ this season- to be doers of the Word, and not hearers only.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

They Have A....

Can you guess what these two have in common...

...besides their intense love of snuggling

...their constant desire be wearing nothing but their skivies
[be thankful I spared you any Peyton skivie pics!]

...and their crazy goofiness

They both have a....


[To be fair Peyton has three of 'em, but let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet!]

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Babykins #2- Twenty Weeks

20 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
How Far Along: 20 Weeks
Size of baby: (via BabyCenter) Babykins #2 weighs ten and a half ounces and measures about six and a half inches long, from head to bottom, which is about the length of a banana! He or she is starting to swallow more and more these days, which is good practice for the digestive system!
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Not really sure, but I feel a lot bigger! I'll have an update after our appointment this week.
Maternity Clothes: Just dresses and loose pants for right now!
Gender: I'll have an update soon!
Movement: I've been feeling the baby more and more!
Sleep: It's okay; I feel like I'm waking up a lot for this point in the pregnancy. I'm already waking up a few times to go to the bathroom and I know that will just get worse! The other night I woke up at least once every hour. UGH!
What I miss: The aforementioned sleep is a pretty big one!
Cravings: Nothing specific this week, but I keep loving food more and more!
Symptoms: The morning sickness is gone and my tiredness is much better, too! My back has started to really hurt, though.
Best Moment This Week: LOTS of movement from Babykins!
What I Am Looking Forward To: Our appointment this week. Can't wait!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Words of Comfort

Today I attended the funeral of the mother of a friend of mine who is my age. I started thinking about my own mom who lost her father when she was a year older than I am now. It's weird to think of loosing a parent at this age. Honestly, I can't imagine it.

With two funerals in the past two weeks, sorrow and grief and pain and all the other emotions that accompany really thinking on death have been on my mind a lot lately. I have been thinking about what I take comfort in during times like these and it really boiled down to two things:

1. The assurance of the deceased's faith in a risen Christ. This theme was present at both the funerals I attended and truly, there is just nothing more comforting for a believer than to know you will be able to see your loved one again. And in a place of perfection, with no tears or pain! I alluded to this in a previous post, but there are several people in mine and Peyton's lives whom we care for greatly and who I really don't have that assurance with (not to say they aren't Christians, but I just don't have an absolute confidence one hundred percent of the time). It is a real reminder to pray daily for those people and to work at engaging them in conversation.

2. Peyton's Aunt Beth spoke these sweet words to Granny the day of PopPop's funeral: "You have so many people who love you." While the first thing provides comfort in the eternal realm, it doesn't always help with the temporal feelings of loneliness. Not everyone wants to hear "He/she is in a better place" when they loose a loved one.

So often, I think we associate the turn out at a funeral with the attendant's relationship to the deceased. And, so it should be- there is often, and should be, a direct correlation between the attendance at a gathering remembering a person's life and the way that that person lived his life. Of course, a man or woman who lived a life of great love and integrity would have a room full of people to both celebrate that person's life and legacy and mourn the passing of it.

But, at both these funerals, I was attending as much (if not more) to bring comfort to those still here. Our pastor said that we gathered this morning for three reasons: 1) as an act of worship 2) to honor this woman's life and 3) to bring comfort to the family and friends she left behind. Aunt Beth's words last week touched me so. So often it is so hard to find the words. Everything seems unhelpful ("it's going to be okay") or at the very least, cliche ("this was part of God's plan"). I realized though, that these words, would be the ones I wanted to hear if I was put in the situation of loosing someone so close to me. Knowing I was surrounded by many people who loved me, like Granny was that day, would bring me great comfort.

Thanks be to God for providing both Himself and other believers to love and lift us up during hard times!

Weekly Happenings Post #88 (November 15-21)-- How Entertaining!

This week was full of so much "entertainment". I went out to eat (my absolute favorite thing to do) more times this week than I have in forever, Peyton took me to see a play one night, and then on Friday I got to go to a fun crafts festival. Super fun week, huh?Peyton also had a bunch of extra holidays he needed to use up before January, so he just took off most of this week. It was nice having him at home and we all really enjoyed the holidays!

Monday was a nice, laid back day. I woke up when Peyton got up to get ready for work. We chatted a little and then I went back to sleep. AP woke up around 8:00 and she snuggled in the bed with me for awhile and then we had breakfast and played a little and then took baths. I fed her lunch and folded some laundry and then put her down for a nap. She slept for almost four hours! I sent a few emails, uploaded some pictures to Facebook, worked a blog post, ordered tickets for Oklahoma! and then ate lunch and watched 90210 and rested. We went to Kroger when Peyton got home and then I put up groceries and we took some stuff to the attic and fed AP supper and put her to bed. I organized in the attic and then made pita pizzas for supper. I read my Bible and got one the computer and then went to bed.

was a pretty busy day. AP and I had Mother's Day Out and it was a fun, but pretty uneventful day. Most of the babies in our room were pretty chill. Peyton's holidays started on Tuesday, so he was waiting for us when we got home. We played/visited with him and then I started making a cake for our Ultreya meeting that night. Cookie called and wanted me to met her and my mom at Broadstreet for lunch. Normally, she's in school all day and AP is so tired from MDO, so this was a rare occasion. I finished my cake and then left Annie with Peyton and they had lunch, played a little and then he put her down for her nap. I had a nice lunch with Momma and Cookie sans Babykins. It's always nice to get a little break!When I got home, AP was asleep, so Peyton and I talked some more and then I worked on my Nineteen Weeks post and read blogs.
We played with AP when she woke up and then got ready for the Ultreya meeting. We had a fun time and we also elected the new officers for 2011. The rector (president) was, of course, chosen. I think I might have mentioned him on here before; it's this crazy guy:After the meeting we went to the Dollar Tree to get stuff for our Operation Christmas Child shoebox and then to Walmart for Bagel Bites and by Walgreens to exchange some sweat pants Peyton had bought. We got home and fed AP a quick dinner and put her to bed. I straightened the house some, got on the computer, read my Bible, worked on our family finances. I did dishes, scrubbed the kitchen counters, started laundry, and got a few stained things and hand wash only things soaking and then (whew!) went to bed. It was 1:00.

Ann Peyton woke up at around 3:30 Wednesday morning. I was exhausted, but I learned my lesson and did NOT send in "playmate Papa" to do the dirty work. I let her cry for a few minutes (she often just falls right back to sleep) and then went in and rocked her (that almost always does the trick) and let her try again. No luck. I could tell she was really upset and something was probably hurting her (mommas just know, ya know?), so I went and got her and brought her to our bed. She rested a little, but then she started trying to get off the bed on Peyton's side. He kept telling her "no" and was pretty stern, but she was not minding. "Um, could you help me?", he wanted to know. We gave her some Tylenol because Peyton said it had worn off from the dose right before bed (wish I had known that forty minutes earlier) and I rocked her for about fifteen minutes and then put her back in her crib. She cried HARD for about twenty more minutes and finally gave it up. So, an hour and thirty minutes later, back to bed. It was better than getting up and playing and watching videos, though.

She did sleep until 8:30 that morning and then we all got up and ate breakfast and got ready to run some errands. I wanted Peyton to go with me to Leap Frog to look at a little play kitchen We got them to hold the kitchen so we could discuss it and we found a pretty good double stroller, too. We decided against it, though, because I'm not convinced I'd really use one. I usually don't take AP with me on lots of errands and if Peyton is with us, we could just use two strollers. We decided it would be better to find a less ideal one that was more expensive if we really needed one than pay $100 for something we ended up using three times.We also stopped by Carter Louise Antiques (it's really not true antiques, but it's got some GREAT stuff) to look at stockings for Christmas. We ended up getting three stockings and I'm ordering another one to match. I am so excited to check that off the list since I meant to do it LAST December. It took awhile and the lady was being so helpful that I couldn't just leave and I ended up being late meeting Carrie for lunch. We dropped Peyton off and headed to Mellow Mushroom.Lunch was okay, I guess. The food was DELISH, but Annie was a bit cranky (um, lack o' sleep, maybe?) and our server was AWFUL. At one point, Carrie told him something that was wrong with her order and he walked away to do something, came back, and THEN responded to her. We both left him $1 tips, but Peyton said I shouldn't have left one at all. Ha!

We got home and I put AP to sleep and tried to take a nap myself, but I just couldn't clear my mind, so I got on the computer then worked on updating my personal finances.Peyton's mom got to our house around 4:00, because we were going to have a fun date night!
our rushed attempt at a family photo, while AP enjoyed a culinary masterpiece of canned corn. Redic

We ended up leaving at about a quarter to five and going to vacuum out my car. Super romantic, I know! We ate at Julep and I got my usual- Suasage Quiche with Strawberry Pecan Salad and a cup of Tomato Basil Soup. Peyton got a Filet. We had a little time after dinner, so we got coffee (okay, I got Peppermint Hot Chocolate- yummo!) at Starbucks. Then we headed to the theater for Oklahoma!

I did enjoy it, but this production was a little more scandalous that the two I've seen before. I'm planning on doing a full post. We got home pretty late (close to eleven) and Peyton's mom said she had had fun with Annie. I got on the computer, straitened a little bit, and went to bed around midnight.

Annie woke up and I had to get a picture because she put on the fuzzy sock she was snuggling with in her crib!

I think the business of the week finally hit me on Thursday. I was so tired I could hardly see straight when I woke up to get ready for MDO. We had two children absent and everyone was the TOTAL opposite of Tuesday behavior wise- very high strung. Time for a holiday, ha! Annie and I did end up staying for lunch and having pizza with the group (um, third time to eat pizza since Monday!) and then we headed home. We ended up having to get Peyton to meet us on the way home because we had a car seat malfunction. Seriously, we never had ANY trouble with the SnugRide. After the fireman and police officer were less than helpful last week, my dad (the engineer) ended up showing us how to get it super tight. I guess Peyton just didn't tighten it enough on Wednesday when he put it back in after vacuuming because the whole thing COMPLETELY tipped over when I turned a corner. She was literally horizontal. I'm glad she freaked out because I'm used to having a bunch of stuff in the back of my SUV and I didn't even notice the big bump. I still hadn't gotten Peyton to show me how to install it (kinda irresponsible), so he met us and fixed it. I dropped AP off and headed to Leap Frog to pick up the little play kitchen we decided on. When I got home, Peyton said she refused to go down for her nap and he had let her fuss a long time.

We played a little and then I put her back down. She slept for maybe thirty minutes and woke up fussing. I had planned on taking a nap, but Peyton was working on a big reorganizing project in the study, so I did that with him. We're getting rid of an old bookcase and moving the file cabinet out of the room. First, though , we had to clean out the closet so we could put all the books in it. We also ended up starting to clean out my "craft cabinet".
[all three drawers are/were full of craft supplies]

We worked on it and played with AP for a couple of hours and then I did take a late afternoon nap. Peyton fed AP supper and when I got up, we did her nighttime routine and put her to bed. We watched My So-Called Life and Peyton ate leftovers for supper. I felt kind of sick to my stomach, but Peyton fixed me some delicious scrambled eggs. We both fell asleep on the couch before ten! Ha!

We all slept late on Friday. I woke up at around 9:30 to get ready and Annie and Peyton woke up a little after that. I met Carrie and Rebekkah downtown for the Handworks Festival. It's really fun and much more low key than Misteltoe, which I like! The stuff is not as expensive and it's just as cute (if not cuter) in my opinion. Plus it's supporting small businesses, which we're always in favor of! Carrie and Rebekkah both had their boys, but Aubrey and AP stayed home. I had fun and I got several cute outfits. It was so frustrating not knowing about the baby, though, because I saw so many cute boy things and I think they're going to be much harder to find. I can't wait for next week!

There was a lot to see and I didn't get home until after lunch. I played with AP a little and then she went down for her nap and Peyton and I watched another episode of My So-Called Life. I rested for a little bit and then my mom came over about the time AP was waking up. She helped us with a little redecorating in the study and after she left I started organizing my craft drawers some more. My parents were having dinner with friends, so we stayed home Friday night. We fed AP supper and played with her and then got her ready for bed. She went to sleep pretty easy. I got on the computer and then I got to work on the ridiculous dishes pile up in the sink and the ridiculous laundry pile up in the laundry room. I straightened the house (also redic, ha!) and then read my Bible and went to bed pretty early. I did get up once during the night (not counting several bathroom runs), but it had nothing to do with AP and her teeth; I was starving and wanted a piece of chocolate chip pound cake. I think it was 2:30 AM. Ha!

Peyton picked up an extra shift on Saturday, and AP and I stayed at home all day and got some much needed housework done. She woke up around eight and I went ahead and got busy. I striped her bed and washed the sheets and striped our bed, as well. We ate breakfast and folded and put up several loads of laundry and then took a bath. I put the clean sheets back on her bed. While AP was having lunch, I straightened and dusted in the den and swept and dry mopped the hardwood floors. I put her down for nap and took a break! I ate my lunch and watched half of an episode of 90210 and got on the computer and she was back up just like that. Ha!

Annie was really cranky after her nap. I started to wonder if it was something more than just teeth, but she didn't seem sick otherwise. I was super tired, too, so we spent about half the afternoon reading books and practicing playing with the kitty sweetly (he scratched her earlier in the week, but I'm pretty sure he was provoked). After that, I decided we needed to get busy again. I cleaned the bathrooms, put the sheets back on our bed, hung up laundry, and did some more organizing. I worked a tiny bit more on my craft drawers (I have SO much craft stuff from various projects and from my teacher days) and I started on my closet, which really needs some work (not the clothes, the messes on the floor). I started AND FINISHED organizing my bathroom drawer and medicine box, but it wasn't much, just putting up some "off limits" medicines for the next five months.

When Peyton got home, he played with AP some and then we fed her supper and put her to bed.
Lil Waa Waa (Annie's rapper alias when she's fretful) just needed her "Bapa", I guess!

I got on the computer and then cooked our supper- I tried a new recipe, Honey Mustard Chicken, and it turned out okay, but I used chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken and I didn't adjust the time enough and it ended up a little dry. We'll probably have it again, though! We had roasted veggies and bread with it. Peyton and I talked for a little bit and then I read my Bible and cleaned up the kitchen and wrapped our shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. I went to bed REALLY late.

Today (Sunday) was kind of a rat race sort of day. Not my fave, but we did a lot of fun (and important) things. We got up early and got ready and headed to early church. Peyton helped a lot, but we were still running late because we were heading down to Hebron to see Granny right after Sunday School, so I had to get things together. A lady at my church, whose daughter was actually a friend of mine in high school, passed away kind of unexpectedly last week, and we wanted to make the visitation. It had been scheduled for 4:00 to 7:00, but in church they announced that it would be from 2:00 to 5:00, so we skipped Sunday School so we could get down to see Granny and have some time there.

We had a nice visit and Granny seems to be doing incredibly well. I'm sure she is lonely and I know she misses PopPop, but she seemed really good. She is such a strong woman and has an even stronger faith! We had a wonderful lunch that Granny fixed and had a nice time visiting. Ann Peyton napped on the way there AND on the way back, and was an angel for the whole visit, much to Peyton's and my surprise. Such a change from yesterday! Granny even commented that she was more "friendly" than she usually is (it might have helped that Granny gave her cookies, cheese, an amazing lunch, and sweet tea from the time we got there until the time we left!).
I brought her playclothes, but it ended up being much hotter than I anticipated, so she ended up just wearing her vintage petticoat to play!

We made it to the visitation and Ann Peyton was great waiting in the long line and while we spoke to the family. I was glad we came back early for it. We came home after that and I had to lay down for a few minutes I was so exhausted and then we got ready and went to evening church, even though neither of us really felt like it. I'm glad we went, though, the sermon was all about standing on the "solid rock" and those that called Jesus' name, but later he said "I know you not". It was very convicting and I think we both left with a feeling of needing to be more intentional in our Christian walk. I'm planning on doing a whole post soon.

I got on the computer and then Peyton and I chatted a little. I think after I finish this post, I'm going to read my Bible, eat something and go to bed as early as possible!

Next week is an exciting one (but hopefully somewhat low key, as well) and one I've been looking foward to for awhile. We're finding out if Babykins #2 is a boy or a girl and I'm excited about spending Thanksgiving with our families. Then it will be time to break out the Christmas decoration and in Ann Peyton's case the Christmas apparal!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Flashback Friday: PopPop Rocks the Annie Baby {June 13, 2009}

We have several pictures of Ann Peyton with PopPop, but this is the only video. I'm so thankful that we have it! I just love listening to his sweet, grandfatherly voice.

By the way, PopPop and I were talking about Peyton's Aunt Phyllis, Granny and PopPop's second child. She was born premature, went blind as a child, and then passed away several years ago after battling cancer. She was a very special person, as well, who did a lot of amazing things with her life, and despite her disability was probably more independent and ambitious than I'll ever be!

Show Us Your Life- Laundry Rooms

[My laundry room really hasn't changed at all since last year, so this is basically a repost of an old post.]

So this week Kelly (the button wouldn't work this week) is having us show our laundry rooms, playrooms, or bonus rooms. Out of these the only one I qualify for is the laundry room, haha! So here are some shots of my lovely laundry room

The main attraction:
Our washer and dryer were so old (they were Peyton's sisters husbands and I think they were someone else's before that)! They really were probably close to twenty years old. I had to dry everything twice the dryer was so bad. So, we needed a new washer and dryer anyway and when my green freak environmentally conscious husband suggested we do cloth diapering, I saw a great deal to be made! Yes, I bargained and got these great appliances by agreeing to use reusable diapers. It really isn't as bad as it sounds and I've started to believe in it more myself...but that's a post in itself. The front loaders work great with homemade laundry detergent, too! I sound like a hippie, haha!

This is where the cloth diapers go. We use the "dry pail" method. This thing is really made for disposables, but it serves it's purpose nicely (it was given to us). I've actually moved this to over beside the dryer to make more room.

These brightly colored accessories were in mine and Logan's dorm room. I use the hangers for clothes that I don't want to dry in the machine and the magnetic strips hold reminders of doctor's appointments, showers, ect.

The clock is another thing from the dorm room collection. I saved it to use in AP's room one day, but for now it's fun to brighten up the laundry room. This picture also shows our laundry baskets and Ann Peyton's high chair, which she is obviously not using yet, but I insisted we go ahead and get because it was so cute and such a good deal. Funny that it matches the laundry baskets. Also, another little decorative item (the blue and green box) that I couldn't use anywhere else.
Another picture I didn't have room for anywhere else and a table for laundry.

This is Darth and General's eating station (like their rug?) and the middle shelf is where Peyton composts. OH MY GOSH, this room makes us look like such tree huggers. I don't seem like one in real life, I promise! I love air conditioners and SVUs and bottled water; I am so not "back to nature"!

Some fun summer stuff from Target, Christmas china, ice buckets, and outdoor tablecloths.
Recycling--I hope he's embarrassed I put it on the blog; it really needs to be taken care of! Just kidding, honey!

Bulletin board that I'm planning on painting and adding little quotes and things to--I'll post a picture when I finish it. I'm about half way finished with that, ha!

This is a list of my daily/weekly/monthly goals from my 101 in 1001 goals list. I was rewriting every week, but it made more sense to just write them once and erase the tally marks, so I laminated a piece of paper and use a dry erase marker. I've actually moved this list into the study.

This was an entertainment center, but now I use it to organize cleaning supplies, food, and for our microwave. It's way more crowded!

Door to the backyard and General and Darth's door.

My apron collection--I absolutely LOVE aprons. They (somewhat) motivate me to cook!

My new Orla Kiely tray I just got from Target. It's very retro!

Thanks for stopping by!