Thursday, January 27, 2011

This Week's Lovely Link List

Something weird is going on with my account this week and a few didn't make it to the blog. Hopefully, I'll have them here next week. Enjoy these for now!

    Taco Bell Pulling Ads from Racy New MTV Series "Skins" | Strollerderby

    Posted: 26 Jan 2011 01:21 PM PST

    Watch the trailer. Seriously, I watch some trash TV, but this looks bad!

    Any Way the Wind Blows: Project 31

    Posted: 26 Jan 2011 01:20 PM PST

    I thought this was a neat idea! I plan on following along and maybe picking a few and participating. Can you do that??

    Design Dazzle: Bucket Repurposed Into A Kids Ottoman

    Posted: 26 Jan 2011 01:19 PM PST

    Another project I filed away for those craft days I keep planning!

    Up Chairs

    Posted: 26 Jan 2011 01:19 PM PST

    Cute. Funny.

    Five Minute Friday: Person Prompt

    Posted: 26 Jan 2011 01:16 PM PST

    I like these Five Minute Prompts. I might start participating! I also liked that she nailed the whole environment of a pharmacy.

    Clover Lane: Doing What You Don't Want To Do

    Posted: 26 Jan 2011 01:15 PM PST

    teaching children to do what they don't want to do

    Facebook in a Nutshell

    Posted: 24 Jan 2011 11:27 AM PST

    HILARIOUS and so true! Let's Bring Back: An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious, and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By (9780811874137): Lesley M.M. Blume: Books

    Posted: 24 Jan 2011 11:22 AM PST

    This book looks so fascinating!

    Supermodel Miranda Kerr Breastfeeding Photo Haters, Read This | The Stir

    Posted: 23 Jan 2011 10:03 AM PST

    This is one of the better articles I've seen written on the subject, because it addresses things as they are- breasts are sexual AND they provide an important nourish-your-baby function, as well. .

    Abortion Provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell Charged with Murder | Strollerderby

    Posted: 21 Jan 2011 08:34 PM PST

    Well, this is just horrifying.

    Ask Away (Again)!

    After I read the comments on my Delurk! post, I realized that I have a few new followers. Last year, around this same time, I did a little series that I've seen a lot of people do, where I answered any of your questions. I always think this type post are really fun to read because I love finding out more about people (read: I'm super nosy). I thought it would be fun to do a post like that again, so if you have any questions for me, go ahead and leave a comment and I'll do a post or two answering them next week.

    Or if I don't get any I'll be very embarrassed and take the week off blogging. Kidding. Kinda.

    By the way, there is VERY little I won't answer, so don't be afraid to ask whatever is on your mind!

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    Invasion of a Toddlerkins

    1. entire shelf of the bookcase devoted to play phones, books, and Peter Rabbit paraphernalia
    2. pink shopping cart for the transfer of plastic fruit, hot dogs, and chicken legs from her kitchen to various other parts of the house
    3. Big Ole' Frog, taking up residence in the comfy retro chair
    4. excersaucer, which now houses a beach ball. We're not only seasonally ignorant, we still think we have a nine month old who needs a saucer! Just kidding, she still loves the toys, so we indulge her.
    5. super cute Ikea hamper full of stuffed animals
    6. gender neutral (yay!) wagon used for transporting said animals
    7. one of the five libraries/book depositories in our house, also known as a coffee table
    8. play kitchen, strategically located in the real kitchen
    9. wooden apparatus successfully used for caging the wild animals- Big Ole Frog and Annie Banani!

    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

    Babykins #2- Twenty Nine Weeks

    29 Weeks

    Pregnancy Highlights
    How Far Along: 29 Weeks
    Size of baby: (via BabyCenter) Babykins #2 is about the size of a butternut squash, weightwise, at two and a half pounds and is a little over fifteen inches long! His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature and his head is growing a lot to make room for his developing brain!Total Weight Gain/Loss: About fifteen pounds.
    Maternity Clothes: I'm wearing only maternity pants now, but I still wear a lot of regular tops and dresses! I've GOT to find some maternity leggings because my regular leggings and tights fit, but they slide down really bad!
    Movement: It's like a circus with all the somersaults it feels like he's doing in there!
    Gender: It's a boy! We finally picked a name- Graves Jackson Herrington (he'll go by Graves).
    Sleep: I have been getting up to go to the bathroom a few times at night and my sinuses usually wake me up in the early morning. And now I've started waking up a couple of times a week with cramps in my legs. It could be worse, though!
    What I miss: Cookie Dough....the raw eggs just seem like a unnecessary risk!
    Cravings: cookies/dough- I cooked some today that I had to eat with a fork, just enough to protect Baby Graves from the eggs!
    Symptoms: general tiredness (although it's gotten better), heartburn/indigestion, really dry skin, and those bad leg cramps!
    Best Moment This Week: teaching Annie to say "Graves"; although, it's totally indistinguishable from "grapes" and I'm pretty sure she thinks she's getting some yummy fruit out of this whole deal! It's going to be a sad day at the Herrington house when she realizes it's another human being coming to live with us. Girlfriend LOVES her grapes! Ha!
    What I Am Looking Forward To: Honestly, I'm excited about hitting the thirty week mark next week. It feels like it's getting close, but not close enough I need to start stressing out about everything I need to get done!

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    Very Versatile

    Sarah from Through the Picture Window (which, by the way, is that not THE cutest name for a blog??) gave me this award for being a "versatile" blogger. I (don't think that) I usually am one to toot my own horn, but I will say, as I've said before, that I feel like this blog is very versatile. Sometimes, I think that's a great thing and sometimes I think it's hard for people if a blog doesn't have a set style or structure. I just write about what is going on in my mind and heart and that turns out to be a pretty varied assortment of topics.

    Anyway, here are the "rules": Tell your readers ten things about yourself that you might not have divulged before, and pass the award on to seven new people at blogs that are fairly new to you.

    So, ten things about myself that I haven't divulged before (this is hard; the list of things y'all DON'T know about me is getting shorter and shorter, ha!):

    1. I recently read through about half a stack of letters that Peyton wrote me in the early days of our dating relationship. They were so beautiful and it made me cry. It also made me realize even more the importance of continuing to cultivate this important relationship. I know everything has a season and we'll never be in that "infatuation" stage again, but he is definitely my soulmate and he deserves more than what I give him.

    2. I read the letters shortly after we had a conversation about the first year of our marriage. We loved each other so much, but it was a HARD, hard year. People laugh when I say our first year was the hardest because they think I really don't have much to compare it to. Of course, I can't say there won't be harder years or tougher times, but I don't think they really understand what a struggle that year was for me....for us. I am going to blog about it in more detail one day.

    3. Sometimes I eat Nilla Wafers and peanut butter for lunch. And occasionally, I let that be Annie's lunch, too. You only live once.

    4. This is REALLY exciting news that I don't think I've shared: after we went over our 2010 budget and figured out our 2011 budget, Peyton informed me that if we can stick to these financial goals OUR HOUSE WILL BE PAID FOR IN THREE YEARS.

    5. Speaking of finances, (I think I have mentioned this briefly before, but it's worth sharing again) one of the best things Peyton and I did was establish a certain amount of "spending" money that we each get every month. It's nice because we usually check with each other about every single purchase and this is money that we really don't feel like we have to do that with.

    6. I honestly can't decide which parents upset me more- the selfish teenagers on Teen Mom or the full grown super shallow crazars on Toddlers and Tiaras.

    7. I wonder how it could be possible to love another child as much as I love Annie. I'm not too worried, though, my mom and my best friend both told me that had similar thoughts and they evaporated immediately when they held their second child in their arms.

    8. At this point in my life I really can't cook one of those BIG rolls of chocolate chip cookie dough and expect Peyton and myself to allow them to last more than thirty six hours.

    9. Pertaining to my upcoming girls trip this weekend: I am simultaneously experiencing unparalleled excitement and joy over the idea of a full weekend with my friends with ZERO childcare responsibilities and overwhelming fear and anxiety about leaving AP.

    10. Peyton asked me to PLEASE let her birthday party be low key this year. His main argument: "you'll either be like, thirty nine weeks pregnant; you'll have a brand new newborn, or you'll be in labor". It was a valid point and an ardent effort, but I think I'm sticking with the plan I thought up three months ago. [It's really not going to be a huge undertaking or anything.]

    Okay, so, seven blogs that are relatively new to me (and by new I mean in the last six months to a year):
    1. Virginia at Getting Funky with The Strunk-ys. Virginia is a new blog friend. By the way, the name of her blog so sounds like something Peyton and I would say/do.
    2. Anna at Acquainted with the Night. This is such a fun blog! It's kind of a normal "life" blog, but Anna always does the best job of finding great quotes and pictures and things. Love it.
    3. Emily at Ethan and Emily- I've really been following this blog longer, but Emily has started posting more frequently. She'll probably stop once school gets in full swing again, though :(
    4. Mary Kate at The Whelans- her blog is really cute and funny and I see SO many parallels in her life as a newlywed and an expectant mom. [It's fun to watch people count the months on their fingers and ASK you if the pregnancy was planned, ha!]
    5. Cuddles and Chaos- Another new blog I enjoy.
    6. Nathalie at Welcome to Nathalieland- Nathalie is pregnant with her second baby, too, and I think it's super fun to follow along!
    7. Peyton at Reflections and Responses- I'm the sly one, aren't I? It is a new blog, after all!

    Seriously, though, if you love a meme like I do, just consider yourself tagged. In all likelihood if you enjoy my allovertheplace blog, you have a pretty versatile blog yourself. There were lots of people I would love to tag, but y'alls blogs aren't "new" to me. It's just fun to share ten things about yourself and read everyone else's. So just let me know if you decide to to it!

    Sunday, January 23, 2011

    Weekly Happenings Post #97 (January 17-23)-- Late Night with Sarah Denley Herrington

    I really struggled with getting to sleep at a reasonable hour this week and it definitely shows. I feel like I got nothing done this week and I hate that. I'm at a weird point, now, I think- it's not like the first trimester where I just can't keep my eyes open past ten o'clock, but it's also not like the past few months where I could stay up a little later without it taking too much of a toll on me. I think I'm starting to feel that last exhausting stretch creeping up already and I still have over two months to go!

    Peyton got up with Annie at about 7:30 on Monday and I slept for another hour or so. He made cinnamon rolls and we ate breakfast and then I took a bath. Peyton and AP took a bath while I dried my hair and then I played with her and put up some laundry in her room while he worked on Ultreya business. I fed her lunch and then it was naptime. I was still SO tired, but I couldn't fall asleep myself. I wrote a blog post and ate lunch and just laid on the couch. I did go through a bunch of clothes and put some stuff that I know won't fit until next Winter in boxes to go to the attic. When Annie woke up, we got ready and headed to Kroger. We shopped for about an hour and when we got home, I fed her supper and put up groceries and shredded the rotisserie chicken I had bought. We went over to my parents' house for super- they were having tacos. We got home later than I had planned and I put Annie straight to bed and read some blogs and then got supper ready for Peyton. He had taco salad. I cleaned up the kitchen, which took a lot longer than usual, because the dishwasher was full of clean dishes and the sink was FULL of dirty ones. I read my Bible and went to bed.

    On Tuesday we got an early start for Mother's Day Out. I got Peyton to take my picture after I got myself and AP ready and then I made a to-do list for the day (usually I make the night before).
    We had a fun morning at "school", but Kellie was out again, which was sad :( We had a fun sub, though! Annie fell asleep in the car on the way home and since she had eaten a really big snack, I decided I would just try to transfer her to her bed instead of waking her up for lunch. That didn't work! She fussed a bunch so I got her up and fed her lunch and then we tried again. She cried pretty hard for about fifteen minutes and then fell asleep. I got my twenty eight weeks post written and ate lunch and then I got a phone call letting me know that the babysitter I had lined up for the nursery for our Ultreya meeting that night wasn't going to be able to make it. I worked on getting someone else and Annie woke up in a rotten mood.

    I also realized about this time that I never dethawed my slice and bake cookies I was going to make. Luckily, we had some Funfetti ones from a box that take about ten minutes. I cooked them and unloaded the dishwasher and we got ready for the meeting. We had a wonderful time at Ultreya and when we got home I fed AP supper. She ate a TON! Peyton had a regional meeting in New Orleans, so he was gone for the day, but he got back right as I was putting AP down. We tucked her in and watched two episodes of Parenthood. I straightened the house a little bit and went to bed.

    Wednesday was a really fun day. I had my doctor's appointment on Wednesday morning, so I got up and got ready and Annie woke up while I was getting dressed. My mom came over to watch her and I went to the appointment. Peyton forgot about it and switched days and had to work, so he missed this one :(. I got a good report. My glucose test came back normal, but I do need an iron supplement. Also, after this I start going every two weeks. That makes it seem so close! I got in and out pretty fast (about an hour), but I did get most of my reading done for my Bible study that night (about twenty five pages). When I got home, I talked to my mom a little and then she left and I folded a load of laundry and then we met Carrie and her kiddos at Mellow Mushroom. We had a nice time and everyone did good for the most part.

    I put AP down for her nap when we got home and she slept for a LONG time, like almost three hours! I worked on a post that took awhile and then finished up another one that I've been meaning to write for awhile. I rarely ever do more than one post a day, but I was in a blogging mood. After that, I straightened the house and talked to my friend, Ellis, on the phone and then I put up a bunch of laundry that I had folded earlier in the week and washed the sheets from our bed. Peyton got home around the time AP woke up and we fed her supper and headed to church. The Bible study was good; I really like our new book. After church, we fed Annie a snack and then I gave her a bath and we put her to bed. I started going through some videos I have uploaded on the computer and realized that some have dates and some don't [I've uploaded them in two different ways and one is definitely better]. I feel like I could do better organizing our photos and I'm going to try to go through and really organize them, but the videos are even worse. Anyway, it took awhile and I barely scratched the surface. I cooked supper (fish and roasted potatoes) and we ate and I cleaned up the kitchen. I read my Bible and straightened a little and then I realized I never put the sheets in the dryer and the spare pair was in AP's room. I just put a blanket on top of the mattress pad and one on top of me. I went to bed WAY too late for a school night.

    Annie woke up SCREAMING at around 4:30 on Thursday morning. I went in to check on her and her diaper had leaked. Her pajama bottoms and top and SOCKS were wet, as was her bedding. I got her diaper and clothes changed and laid her on the floor and changed the sheets. Usually, I have a nifty trick where I put down a mattress pad, a sheet, another mattress pad, and another sheet and that way if there is a middle of the night accident you just strip the top two layers, but of course, last time I washed her sheets I didn't do it. Anyway, she hardly ever really woke up and she went back to sleep really fast.

    Nonetheless, Thursday morning came pretty early. We got ready and left for MDO. Poor Ann Peyton was so tired. She did NOT want to wake up and I think she was still half asleep while I got her dressed. I let her drink her milk on the couch with Peyton and just packed her a little breakfast to eat once we got there. It was a good day (with the exception of one little girl threatening to "spank" another one and then preceding to do just that) and we ended up helping out with lunch. I really don't mind staying late on Thursdays AT ALL because we get pizza!

    When we got home, Peyton was resting on the couch. He (and I think AP, too) had my sinus infection. I got him so water and medicine and he rested a little, but then he had to go to work. I put AP down for her nap and got on the computer, but since I wrote two blog posts the day before, I decided to skip it on Thursday (I really like to challenge myself to blog daily). Instead, I spent about an hour going through videos and putting them in order and labeling them by what they were (e.g. "Annie Pats the Kitty" and "AP Grooves in Her Pack N Play"). Then I started some wash and took a nap. I woke up to a loud knock on our front door (of course, AP did, too). It was my BFF, Ellis, and we were SO excited to see him. Annie was kind of tired at first and just wanted to bury her head in my chest, but she warmed up quickly and probably had the most fun she's ever had with Ellis. We had a nice visit and after he left, I cleaned off our kitchen counters (OMG, the piles of stuff!) and then scrubbed them. I fed AP supper and folded laundry and then it was bedtime for her. I read a few blogs and caught up on email and then folded more laundry, ate dinner, and watched an episode of Parenthood. Peyton got home and we ate and visited and I put the clean sheets back on our bed. We fell asleep shortly after that. I was planning on reading my Bible (I've done a HORRIBLE job this week), but we both decided to just go to sleep "early".

    Peyton was feeling much better on Friday, so he got up with AP and let me sleep a little late. We put AP in our bed for a few minutes and I quickly realized she had ANOTHER leaky diaper. It was a disposable (not a nighttime diaper, but a regular one), so I think the problem is she's just drinking too much liquid too close to bedtime. After I got up, I took a bath, and started washing ours and AP's sheets, and then Peyton and I took a bunch of random stuff to the attic (clothes that won't fit until NEXT Winter, a few things on Annie's, and some pool toys that I cleared out of the laundry room).

    Peyton put AP in the closet! Don't worry; we were both right there! She cried when we made her get down!

    I got started organizing it all, but Peyton was having lunch with a friend, so I didn't get to finish. I fed AP a snack and had my lunch and then folded laundry and emptied and reloaded the dishwasher.
    My mom and Cookie got her this outfit for Christmas-- perfect for chilly Winter days at home!

    I'm not sure if I've mentioned it, but we recently got this big frog down from the attic (he was in a garbage bag). Peyton got him for me from Rite Aid when he worked there back when we were dating. For some reason, I loved frog stuff! Anyway, his name was Webster, but AP calls him "Big Ole' Frog". It's SO cute; I'll have to get a video!

    Then it was naptime! I decided to see if I could put fresh sheets in Annie's crib without using the drop side, because drop side cribs have been "banned" and we've been debating getting a new one. Um yeah, I had to just take the whole mattress out. That could have something to do with the big obstacle between myself and the crib, though, ha!

    As a sidenote: I think we're leaning toward keeping this crib. It's really sturdy and not rickety AT ALL. I make sure the side isn't loose all the time and I check the hardware when I change the sheets. I also think I'm going to start getting Peyton to tighten it monthly with a wrench. Plus, we're planning on using our AngelCare monitor again and honestly, I think if the side actually separated from the crib there is a big possibility that it would wake up Annie who will be in the room with the baby. Also, from what I've read most of the malfunctions occurred because the cribs were not assembled properly or had cheap plastic hardware (ours has metal). And, finally, I have to remind myself that statistically the risk of something happening due to a car accident or something is much greater. As someone said, many more children have died from choking on grapes than from these accidents (the number is actually really small); are they going to recall grapes now? I would like to hear what y'all are doing if you had/have a drop side crib, though!

    I finished up in the attic and straightened the disaster area where she and and Peyton had been playing all morning and then got on the computer. I had a snack and then rested on the couch until she woke up. Once Annie was up, she played while I put up clothes in our room and then we headed to my parents' house for Beans and Rice. We had a nice time and I think Ann Peyton was really glad to get out of the house once that day. I put her straight to bed when we got home and started a few blog posts for next week and did a little catching up in my Google Reader. Peyton ate supper and we talked and watched Parenthood and then I read my Bible and we went to bed.

    Saturday was super lazy. Annie woke up around 7:30. Peyton got ready for work and she snuggled with me in bed a little and then we played all morning and had breakfast and baths. We read a few books and then I put her down for an early nap around 11:30. I had hoped I'd feel like being productive during naptime, but I could hardly even motivate myself to check my email and straighten up the den (I just can't relax during naptime unless it's picked up). I ate lunch and then took a nap.

    I felt alot better when Annie and I woke up. I started some laundry, loaded the dishwasher, and started roasting a turkey breast for supper. Then we got busy putting up laundry in her room and I got caught up organizing some of stuff of Graves's (that looks so weird, but according to my sources, and they are good sources, that's the correct form for making his name possessive, so we're gonna go with it). I pretty much got caught up with getting everything I had washed in the past couple of weeks sorted and on hangers. I'm SO ready to get the armoire moved in and be able to hang his stuff up (and make sure it fits; we measured it, but I'm having anxiety). Once it gets warm enough, we're going to paint it!
    [as organized as it's gonna get until we move the armoire in]

    Ironically, Annie decided to trash the rest of her room while I organized!

    Peyton got home and he played with Annie while I picked up her room and vacuumed. He offered to do it because it's my least favorite chore, but I knew Annie would be mad it I interrupted her time with her Papa, so I just sucked it up! She is getting SO attached to him. She did the cutest thing, too, I have to share: I was talking to him on the phone earlier in the day and I said "I love you, Sweetie" when I got off. She said "Love you, Momma. Love you, Papa." I about died and called him right back to tell him. We got AP ready for bed and put her to sleep and then I fixed supper. We tried a new spinach and turkey pizza recipe and it was really good. I'm glad I was craving pizza so much- this was my fourth time to eat it this week (Mellow Mushrooms, leftovers from MM, and pizza play day at MDO). We talked for awhile and then I got on the computer and read blogs. I cleaned up the kitchen and dusted Peyton's bar and the table and then swept and mopped. Then I read my Bible and Crazy Love and went to bed.

    We got up and went to early church this morning (Sunday). We had a guest preacher- a bishop from the Untited Methodist Church in Russia. The sermon was all about shinning the light of Christ into the world. It was really good and during the Sunday School hour he talked to all the adult classes about his background and about what the church is like in Russia (some preachers have to travel HOURS to their church, most pastors have an additional full time job, and some of the churches are very small). After church we came home and Annie ate lunch and took a short nap. I had lunch and read a few blogs and then I had to wake her up because we were going to a Sip N See for a friend who had a baby. I dropped of AP at my parents' house and Cookie and I went to the party. We visited with my parents a little when we got back and then headed straight to church from their house for the Crazy Love study. I stayed late talking to Darlene and then we stopped by home and picked up Peyton (he literally just hopped in the car) and went to visit his parents (it had been way too long!). We had a nice time and got home a little before ten and put Annie straight to bed.
    [She didn't want to put her pj's on, so Peyton put some on her monkey from Darlene. She ADORES MonkMonk!]

    I got on the computer and then read my Bible and went to bed. I usually don't like my Sundays to be so busy, but it was such a fun day!

    Next week is going to be really fun, too! On Friday, Carrie and I are going to visit Ashley for a long weekend! I'm SO excited! I'm glad I did most of my weekly cleaning toward the end of the week, because we're having one of Peyton's friends over for dinner on Monday night and I think I'm just going to skip most of it next week since I'll be gone the second half.

    Friday, January 21, 2011

    This Week's Lovely Link List

    Here are my favorite links from this week:

      The McNulty Quads: Solar Powered

      Posted: 20 Jan 2011 06:33 PM PST

      I like that Russ picked out a stroller and a baby, just like his three sisters. I'm planning to write a post about all this, but for now: I KNOW boys and girls are fundamentally different and that is a blessing, but it warms my heart to see a little boy at MDO playing "Daddy" with a stroller. I'm glad Graves will have such a good role model in his Papa!

      The Howie House: Life With Two: 6 Months In

      Posted: 20 Jan 2011 06:25 PM PST

      My BFF wrote this. I found it truly FASCINATING since it's a journey we're about to embark on in oh, t minus eleven weeks and three days. But who's counting? Anyway, a riveting read for those of you who are expecting your second. Which seems to be about half my followers. Although, y'all are already Carrie's followers, anyway!

      In the Hospital, I Became "That Mom" | BlogHer

      Posted: 20 Jan 2011 06:21 PM PST

      On being "that mom" and an advocate for your child.

      Just Here to Make You Feel Better | Pioneer Woman Home & Garden | Ree Drummond

      Posted: 20 Jan 2011 06:20 PM PST

      So glad P Dubs shared this photo because it made me feel better about the state of my house. Until I remembered that she lives on ranch. With wild animals. And a cowboy husband. And four children. Whom she homeschools.

      Parenting On the Loose: How a five-year-old taught her mom to chill.

      Posted: 20 Jan 2011 06:18 PM PST

      Parenting "On the Loose" is such a beautiful idea- one I struggle to implement.

      Babbling Abby: Target is My Frenemy.

      Posted: 20 Jan 2011 06:17 PM PST

      Just a really funny, relatable post.

      Thomas Kinkade Never Painted iPads - Her Bad Mother

      Posted: 20 Jan 2011 06:16 PM PST

      Interesting ideas about why we love the "stuff" we love.

      Miniature — We are THAT Family

      Posted: 20 Jan 2011 06:15 PM PST

      After I read this I prayed that God would help me show Annie (and Graves) that it is okay to enjoy childhood for as long as possibly. I want to be a family where dollhouses, and GI Joes, and legos and baby dolls are things not pushed aside to quickly.

      The Mom Creative: Blog of Jessica Turner: Three Things

      Posted: 20 Jan 2011 06:12 PM PST

      Three things we should all tell our children daily.

      Babbling Abby: Penguin Unit for First Grade

      Posted: 20 Jan 2011 06:11 PM PST

      This makes me SO excited about teaching again (in my home or in a classroom) one day!

      Cardus - The Joys and Perils of Overlapping Reading

      Posted: 13 Jan 2011 06:57 PM PST

      This was not particularly an EASY read, but it was one of the most fascinating things I've read in a long time. It interested me so because I have always practiced the "overlapping" approach and it's so intriguing how parallels often do seem to occur.

      Let me know if I missed anything good!

      Flashback Friday: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles {February 1, 2010}

      I found this video and also a corresponding blog post from around this time last year:


      Last week when I was playing the working mom Peyton made this video of Ann Peyton for me. You should know that, despite her appearance, PigPig is a really good eater and one need not employ such theatrical "vehicle feeding" techniques to get the food in her. Peyton does this purely for her pleasure. And his own.

      On a somewhat related note, I have been going through TONS of old pictures and videos and trying to organize them. Everything pre-Annie and some stuff from after she was born is just totally unorganized. I don't know why I even consider myself an organized person when for some time I thought it was okay to just "dump" everything from my camera onto the computer and not even create folders. Of course, I've probably taken it to the other extreme entirely by creating paths such as this:

      New Picture Folder-Ann Peyton-Ann Peyton by Month-Ann Peyton (Ten Months Old)-At Home-Annie and Daddy

      But, alas, I am nothing if not my compulsions.

      So, I've taken on the daunting task of organizing everything. Not making a photobook, not printing them out, not even uploading them to a photo sharing site. Just organizing. [And backing up.] I am sure it will take the remainder of 2010. I'm also scanning in my favorite pictures from the pre-digital days (the vast majority of my life).

      All that to say, I think I'm going to start doing some "Flashback Fridays" with whatever I run across. Maybe an Annie Banani video I never shared. Maybe something from mine and Peyton's dating days. Maybe a childhood picture of me. Just whatever.

      So, um, yeah, for Mallory and anyone else that might have thought I was super organized and productive after this looks like I need to finish tackling some of my goals from LAST February. [Actually, I did spend over an hour yesterday working on organizing some videos on our computer!]

      Wednesday, January 19, 2011

      A Potrait of Humility

      One of the things that I love best about my sister in law is that, while we parent in sometimes very different ways, she has not once made me feel like I'm less of a mother because I'm a different mother. She has never attacked my character or questioned my love for my child or told me that I don't deserve my child because I've chosen different parenting practices than she has.

      That, ladies and gentlemen, is a lesson in Biblical humility.

      Won't You Read to Me? Wednesday

      I been wanting to start back doing my little Won't You Read to Me? Wednesday posts, espesially since Annie has recently acquired a plethora of new books. I probably won't do it every Wednesday, but as y'all probably know, I LOVE to read, and I feel like children's literature is such an important part of growing up and helping a child form new ideas and explore his or her feelings.

      When I started this series, I mostly focused on books AP and I were currently reading and that is probably the direction I will go again, so most of the books I'll share will probably be developmentally appropriate for an almost two year old. Of course, I did deviate from this model occasionally, when I felt inspired to.

      I used to put up a linky EVERY week (because someone asked me to and once I started, stopping felt awkward), but that was just embarrassing. Anyway, if you decide you'd like to participate occasionally, PLEASE leave me a comment and let me know. If there is much interest, I might start the linky back up.

      Around this time last year, for one of my WYRTM?W posts, I just made a concise list of the books Annie received for Christmas. I thought that would be a good place to start back. I'm sure the vast majority will end up with their own detailed post devoted to them throughout the course of 2011!

      [Yes, it's a little absurd. She got TWENTY EIGHT books for Christmas.]

      From me and Peyton:
      Driving My Tractor by Jan Dobbins
      Tails by Mathew Van Fleet
      My New Baby by Rachel Fuller
      Best Ever Big Sister Karen Katz
      In My Meadow by Sara Gillingham
      Ten Tiny Tickles by Karen Katz
      Little Blossom by Sandra Magsamen
      The Baby Bible Christmas Storybook by Robin Currie
      I'm a Baby by Tish Rabe
      Spot Loves His Mommy by Eric Hill
      My Peekaboo Storybook
      My Princess Story (A Bathtub Coloring Book)
      Old MacDonald's Farm (A Bathtub Coloring Book)

      From the grandparents:
      Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
      Mary Engelbreit's Silly Mother Goose by Mary Engelbreit
      Olivia's Opposites by Ian Falconer
      Goodnight Little One by Sandra Magsamen
      Give Me Grace: A Child's Daybook of Prayers by Cynthia Rylant
      I Like Fruit by Lorena Siminovich
      Kitty Tails
      The Classic Tale of Brer Rabbit
      Touch and Feel: Wild Animals
      Touch and Feel: Dinosaurs (these last two were really for Graves; but we've let her enjoy them, too!)

      From other friends and family:
      My LullaBible A to Z Promise Book: Baby's First A to Z Collection of Bible Promises by Stephen Elkins
      My First Fairy Tales by Tomie dePaola
      The Tale of Jemimi Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter
      The Story of Christmas by Patricia Pingry

      I addition to ALL THAT LITERATURE, my sweet sister in law and her family gifted Annie with a subscription to Babybug. It's a cute "magazine" for babies up to three years old and Ann Peyton ADORES it. I'm sure it will end up getting it's own post, as well!

      I'd love to hear if any of these happen to be some of y'alls favorites, too!

      Tuesday, January 18, 2011

      Babykins #2- Twenty Eight Weeks

      28 Weeks

      Pregnancy Highlights
      How Far Along: 28 Weeks
      Size of baby: (via BabyCenter) Babykins #2 is about the size of a Chinese cabbage (Carrie, would you like to enlighten me with your culinary expertise again? So weird that all these veggies have "nationalities"), which is two and a quarter pounds. and measures fifteen inches from head to heel. He can blink his eyes, he now has eyelashes, and he may even be able to observe light coming in from the outside. Crazy!Total Weight Gain/Loss: We'll find out at my doctor's appointment tomorrow!
      Maternity Clothes: I'm wearing only maternity pants now, but I still wear a lot of regular tops and dresses!
      Movement: I am going to go on record now saying that he IS more active than Annie was. Pretty sure it means he's going to be crazy hyper, like his Papa.
      Gender: It's a boy! We finally picked a name- Graves Jackson Herrington (he'll go by Graves).
      Sleep: I have been getting up to go to the bathroom a few times at night and my sinuses usually wake me up in the early morning.
      What I miss: The liberty to indulge in unlimited amounts of caffeine if I wanted to (I do allow myself one Coke a day).
      Cravings: This week- pizza!
      Symptoms: Sinus issues, fatigue, "irrationality" (ha!), and some indigestion
      Best Moment This Week: Finally deciding on and announcing his name
      What I Am Looking Forward To: My appointment tomorrow; hopefully, I'll get a good report on my glucose test.

      Monday, January 17, 2011

      An Introduction of Sorts

      I'd like y'all to meet.....

      Graves Jackson Herrington

      We FINALLY reached a decision! It's a family name and I'll give the backstory soon, but just know that I'm super excited to start publicly calling Babykins #2/Brother by his name. [He'll go by Graves.]

      Sunday, January 16, 2011

      Weekly Happenings Post #96 (January 10-16)-- My Nose Runneth Over

      Y'all: I am still sick. I'm going to tell Dr. McMinn all about it at my appointment this week. And then she'll ask me mucus color questions and if I don't say "green" she won't give me an antibiotic. And Peyton will be happy because I won't build up a resistance.

      I have to say, though, this week has been "yuck" in the sinus department. I always get about three BAD sinus infections a year- one in October when it gets cool, one around January when it gets bitterly cold, and then one in March or April when the weather changes back. I swear, though, when I'm pregnant they all just mesh together and I think I'm pretty much sick from October until...well, last time, until the baby came in April! I've been having my normal congestion and headaches, but this week I got sick at my stomach a couple of times from laying down because (this is disgusting) everything was just draining down my throat. I also woke up in the early, early morning on Sunday feeling like I couldn't breath and my chest hurt SO bad. My sister had pneumonia a week ago and we had avoided her all week, but we saw her this weekend, so I was terrified I had it. It was awful; I almost woke up Peyton it hurt so bad! I took some Sudafed and managed to go back to sleep and I felt better when I got up for church. I've gotten a lot of rest this weekend, though, so I hope that will help with fighting off whatever this is.

      I have to say, that despite feeling pretty miz, I've had a relatively productive week. We didn't have a whole bunch planned, so I worked on getting us back into a real routine. I did cook dinner twice this week, but both were fails (I think I'm going to cook two things I know will be good and maybe try one new recipe this coming week) and I kind of got back into my cleaning routine. I also managed to work on some organizing (I'm trying to tackle two areas no one sees- our laundry room and my closet) and then I'm going to start my drawer by drawer, closet by closet, organization project. AND, we evaluated our budget from last year and created this year's, which was a big goal for January! Also, since I was so caught up on laundry by Monday, I got a lot of Brother's new stuff washed and sorted.

      Now for the week's "happenings":

      I'm really glad I didn't have anything planned for Monday. I just felt so yuck all day. It wasn't that I was tired either, because AP woke up a little later than usual. I was just super stopped up and had a bad headache. We spent the morning taking it easy- breakfast, books, and baths (yay! for alliteration). I did get our bedding and AP's sheets washed. I fed her lunch and during her nap I just ate my lunch and rested on the couch. I couldn't even fall asleep, but I wasn't motivated to do ANYTHING.

      She woke up and Peyton played with her and I folded a last load of laundry from the weekend. We had a really low key afternoon of just playing at home. I fed her supper and then we put her to bed and I read blogs and emailed a few people. Peyton went over to his parents' house to watch football with his brothers and I watched TV and wrote thank you notes for Christmas presents. I ate supper and put the sheets back on our bed and then read my Bible and Sabbath and went to bed pretty early.

      We had Mother's Day Out on Tuesday and I actually wasn't that exhausted when my alarm went off at 6:15 AM. We got ready AND I got Peyton to take my picture before we left the house.
      We were actually on time! We had a nice morning there and things were pretty uneventful. I am glad Darlene is back and in charge, though! When we got home, I fed AP lunch and put her down for a nap. I did my twenty seven weeks post and then Peyton got home from a meeting and we watched a dvr'd episode of Parenthood together. Annie woke up during it (her nap was really short that day) and we played with her and finished the episode and then we decided to go to the new Children's Museum. Peyton wanted to go for a "Winter Walk", but around freezing, so I suggested otherwise! Anyway, it was so much fun and I'm planning to do a whole post on it soon!
      Um, I don't think I can express how much I love this.

      We stopped by the grocery store on the way home and got a few things and when we got home, I fed Annie supper and put up groceries and then we got her ready for bed. I worked on reorganizing our laundry room and made us supper. We had this "Macaroni Grill" boxed pasta stuff and it was not good at all. I guess that's what you get for buying a big box with all the ingredients in it at Sam's and calling it dinner! I went to bed pretty early.

      Annie woke up around 8:00 on Wednesday and we had a nice relaxing morning and then got ready to go meet Carrie, Aubrey and Jude for lunch at Broadstreet. We had fun and everyone was really well behaved for the most part! We ran into my old college roomate/BFF, Logan, and her family and it was fun to catch up with them, too! When we got home, I put Ann Peyton down for a nap and I read blogs for a little bit and then tried to be productive. I read the Preface and Introduction in Twelve Extraordinary Women for the new women's Bible study we're doing. Five people are signed up to teach a couple of lessons each, and...I'm one of them! It makes me a little nervous, especially since I'm probably THE youngest person in the group, but I couldn't say no. I straightened up the house and then I talked on the phone to the nurse that Walgreens gets to call me to check on the pregnancy and give me advice and stuff. I also went through a box of maternity stuff that I've just been digging through since before Christmas and decided what to keep down and what to send back to the attic.

      Annie woke up and I finished that and then we hung out with Peyton for a little bit and I fed AP supper and we went to church. The Bible study was good; everyone introduced themselves and we got to know each other a little better. We picked up sushi for supper on the way home and once we got home we got AP ready for bed and put her to sleep.
      I got on the computer for a little bit and Peyton played a video game and then we watched Parenthood (we have SO many episodes dvr'ed and we're just now getting to all of them!) and talked about our days. I straightened the house and went to bed.

      Thursday was kind of a long day, not gonna lie. We woke up and got a (really!) good start before MDO. As in, I wasn't in a frenzied panic, I sat down to eat my breakfast, and I even read a short devotion before we left. And I have no idea how it happened. Anyway, MDO was fine, but Kellie (my teacher buddy) wasn't there. The sub was super fun, but gosh, if I don't need my twice weekly Kellie fix! It was also an exceptionally poop-filled morning. Something was going on I guess because two kids ended up needing to be changed into spare clothes. I know, y'all, it's about as glamorous as my (other) day job. Ha! We ended up staying late to help with lunch since Kellie wasn't there and AP enjoyed most of her pizza and then pitched the biggest fit she's EVER thrown in public, complete with throwing herself onto the floor and kicking and just generally crazy, rabid animal behavior, because I insisted she stay in her seat like the other children while she ate. Apparently, girlfriend still needs to be in a high chair!

      We got home and Annie's nap left something to be desired, which I was not expecting because I knew she was really tired. She did stay in her crib for over an hour, but she woke up SCREAMING several times. The first time I rocked her and she just pushed me away :(, so the second time I just let her fall back asleep on her own. The third time I went in and got her up for the afternoon. I got nothing accomplished, except for writing my Annie Banani:Fashionista post and a post for my throwback blog. I know; I blog like it's my job. I felt kind of bad about that for about two seconds. Then I decided that given the later part of the morning at MDO, the tumultuous nap experience, and the fact that Peyton had called mid morning to let me know he had agreed to work a double and wouldn't be home until long after she was in bed, it was fine that I didn't accomplish too much during naptime.

      I'm glad I gave myself grace on that one, because the rest of the afternoon was just "one of those days". I know EVERY toddler and every mom of a toddler has experienced this, but it was like nothing I did made her happy. She was just so whiney all afternoon. I know this is crazy, but I really think when she doesn't get to see Peyton all day it puts her in a bad mood! We made it through the day, though. I read her a lot of books, she played with puzzles and I got a few things done. I managed to get a sink full of dishes in the dishwasher, some laundry started, the two bedrooms dusted (including window sills in our- they were NASTY) and a little bit of straightening done.

      This bear mat was mine and Cookie's when we were little. We recently got it and a HUGE stuffed frog that Peyton gave me a long time ago down from the attic! She loves it!

      Know what else she loves? These aqua polyester gloves that came with her mop and broom set and are disturbingly reminiscent of the King of Pop, IMO.

      I fed Annie supper (she ate a HUGE one!) and then put her to bed and spent a couple more hours on the computer. [I'm REALLY bad about letting it be a time suck when Peyton is gone all day and we don't get out of the house!] Then I "deep cleaned" the bathrooms- Windexed all the mirrors, scrubbed the toilets with a toothbrush, and let some Comet sit on the ring in the tub for awhile and then scrubbed it. I dusted in the study and then I fixed supper. We had hamburgers. Peyton was supposed to grill them, but since he worked FIFTEEN hours and it was in the twenties that night, I think, I decided to give him a little grace and cook them on the stove ;). They weren't that good; they're just so much better on the grill and I burned the potato fries we were having! Anyway, we ate, I cleaned up the kitchen, and went to bed.
      Peyton went in to see her once he got home and he decided to cover her all up and take a picture. She doesn't really sleep like this!

      Friday was a fun day. Annie woke up early when Peyton left to go to work. He worked for a few hours that morning even though he had taken the day off. She watched cartoons in our bed for a little while and then we played and ate breakfast. My mom came over before lunch to help me decorate with a few new things I got for Christmas for the house. I had done most of it, but I can be SO indecisive and I like having her to bounce things off of and tell me what she thinks! She stayed and played with Annie for a bit and then Peyton got home. He made pancakes for all of us (mine and Annie's second breakfast, ha!) and then we put her down for a nap. She talked to her monkey, MonkMonk for about half an hour, but never went to sleep. I took a bath a then we got her up and went to try to get some of Peyton's shoes (a pair I got him for Christmas several years ago) repaired. He's spent too many long days at the pharmacy standing on those things! When we got home, we tried naptime again and AP stayed in her crib about thirty minutes but never went to sleep. I got her up and fed her a late lunch and got the house straightened, dishwasher unloaded and reloaded, and packed for my parents' house.

      We stayed at my parents' house on Friday because Peyton had a leadership retreat thing since he's the president of our Ultreya group this year. I put all our stuff in the car and we said "bye" to Peyton and headed for Mickey and Minnie's. We stopped by Wear It's At, a consignment store near our house, on the way. I got a couple of cute, cheap things for next Winter, but AP had a bit of a meltdown and we had to leave pretty quickly. When we got to my parents' house, I worked on trying to line up someone to keep the nursery for the Ultreya meeting next week and then I took a little nap. We had Beans and Annie went to sleep pretty late. I read my Bible and went to bed. Annie was up several times during the night. She slept in the Pack N Play in my mom's room and Cookie and I slept in my mom's bed. I think she was just weirded out by being somewhere new because I'd rock her for about two minutes and she'd go straight back to sleep.

      She slept until about 8:30 on Saturday and I got up with her and took her downstairs. My dad started playing with her and I feel asleep and slept for another two hours! When I got up, I took a bath and got ready and then my mom and Cookie went with me and Annie to TJ Maxx and Marshalls and then to two consignment stores (Leap Frog and Kids Kloset). I ended up getting one outfit for AP (for $4!) and a pack of notecards at the TJ and one thing for Brother at Kids Kloset. We ate lunch when we got back to their house and then came home. Peyton was already there and he and Annie played outside while I tried some more to find a babysitter for the nursery for Tuesday night and then I went and did some errands. I went back to Wear It's At to look at the two things I couldn't decide on (I ended up deciding they were both too expensive for what they were), to Lowes for some stuff to clean out the chimney (they didn't have it), and to Target for some more infant clothes hangers. When I got home, Peyton had made a fire. We hung out and I made myself a pita pizza for an early dinner (I brought Peyton the Red Beans he missed at my parents') and we played with AP.
      This is what happens when she picks out her own clothes! And yes, those are maternity panties. From last time. That are too stretched out to wear. I kept telling her "you did that!" Ha!

      I fed her supper and then it was bedtime for her.
      I have no idea why we have so many pictures of her sleeping this week!

      We relaxed and chatted a little in front of the fire and then I got on the computer for a bit.

      I woke up really early Sunday morning feeling awful, but I took some medicine and by the time it was time to get ready for church I felt some better. Peyton taught Sunday School since our regular teacher wasn't there. We are doing a study on the Holy Spirit- Forgotten God by Francis Chan. Church was great- the sermon was all about if we were really displaying Jesus in our work, our "play", and our homes. When we got home, we fed AP lunch and put her down for a nap. She took a long time (almost an hour) to fall asleep and I was starting to worry that my super napper was taking a vacation or something, but then she took a really long nap! Peyton and I both took naps and then got ready for evening church.

      We started a Bible Study this week that is an alternative to the Sunday evening worship service. We both love "night church", but we're really excited about this study. We're doing Crazy Love. I know; lotsa Francis Chan, huh? We just had an introductuary meeting, so we got to go to church, too! After church, there was an Administrative Council meeting. Peyton is on the council, but the meeting is open to all church members and since they were having a nursery, I stayed. I really do like keeping up with the "business" of the church! While we were there, Annie said "Darlene" for the first time. [Darlene is the director of our MDO, my personal mentor, and basically could be AP's third grandmother!] Anyway, it was so cute, and it was one of the first words she's said that I know we haven't "taught" her! When we got home, we fed Annie supper and put her to bed. We had leftovers and spent most of the night going over our budget from 2010 and creating one for 2011. Exciting stuff! I folded laundry while we did that and then finished this post. I read my Bible and went to bed.

      Next week isn't super busy, but we do have a few things going on. I have a doctors appointment on Wednesday (and I'm doing my glucose test that day) and Peyton has to go to New Orleans, just for the day, one day for a meeting, so he doesn't have a day off this week. I'm also hoping to start to work on a few more goals and I really want to read my Bible and do some additional reading EVERY day.