Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Weekly Happenings Post #139 (November 7-13)-- Travel Mercies

Last week was good but busy.  I think the weeks are just going to be that way for awhile.  It's fun, but I'm so tired at the end of the day and I feel like our house is suffering.  It's definelly not neat or clean to my standards (or probably ANYONE'S).  I did cook a few times last week and I'm proud of that.

Here's the deal with the title- for some reason we had several crazy car seat situations this week.  By the grace of God, everyone is fine.  Also by the grace of God, Momma hasn't had a full blown nervous breakdown.  Yet.

We had a nice day at home on Monday.  Peyton was working late, so I slept in a little bit.  He left around ten and I played with the kids and had breakfast and then I worked a little on a post.  Graves took his morning nap and I took a bath and straightened up our room some and got laundry started. I worked on a blog post. Graves woke up and I fixed AP's lunch and then changed both kids' bedding.  We played and read some books and I put Annie down for her nap.  I snuggled with Graves and ate my lunch and then he got sleepy again.  He took a good nap, too (I was surprised since it was kind of close to this morning nap) and I watched Lost and folded some laundry and got on the computer. I had to wake AP up and she was hungry, so she had an early supper.  Graves woke up and I folded more clothes and and fed the kids dinner and then I got started on our supper.  I told Peyton if he would meal plan and help me shop, I'd try to do better with cooking.  He was a little ambitious, ha!  It felt good to do a few things with more than four steps and that many ingredients though.  I made this chicken pasta salad and these corn muffins and since I was steaming some green beans to make into baby food for Graves, we just salted some and ate them.  I put Graves to bed after Peyton got home and finished up supper and then we watched Parenthood while we ate after AP went to bed.  I cleaned up the kitchen and finished a post and went to bed. 

We had Mother's Day Out on Tuesday and it was a good day.   It was also election day and we stopped by the polling place on the way home.  That was after I realized that I hadn't buckled AP in when I heard her little voice from the backseat say "Momma, buckle me!".  UGH, so scary.  I put Graves in the sling and held AP's hand and they did pretty good.  Annie really wanted to go look at some books (we vote at the library), so I let her for a few minutes, but Graves started getting fussy and I knew he was getting hungry.  She was MAD to have to leave.  On the way out we ran into an old friend of mine and Peyton's from the pool, Scott, and his wife.  After talking for a few minutes, we headed to the car.  A reporter from the national news stopped me and wanted to ask me some questions.  I was pretty embarrassed and both kids were really antsy, but I did my best.  Thank goodness it never aired; I'm sure I would have looked like the token Mississippi idiot!  Anyway, we got home and I fixed AP's lunch and fed Graves and attempted naps.  Annie fell asleep pretty fast, but Graves fought it.  He slept probably thirty minutes total over the course of a few hours.  Once AP got up, I put up clothes while they played in the nursery and fed them supper.  I nursed Graves and put him to bed a little early and then Peyton got home.  He played with Annie and I worked on my closet and hung up laundry while we waited for the election results.  Sadly, Proposition 26 didn't pass.  We put AP to bed and I worked on my Beth Moore study.  I was way behind and super tired and finally I just went to bed, too.

Peyton had a meeting Wednesday morning and then worked the late shift, so we were on our own most of the day.  Fortunately, we had a lot of activity to keep us busy! We had Bible study that morning and it was really good even though our group was smaller than usual do to sick kids and such.  After it was over, me and Morgan and our kids and another friend of ours, Jennifer, all went to Newks for lunch.  It was fun but, not surprisingly, the kids didn't last long. I went by the bank on the way home and Graves was WAILING.  I happened to finally look back at him (the mirror that I usually look at him in is in Peyton's car) and his car seat had come loose and was totally lopsided in the back seat. It looked AWFUL.  I freaked out and immediately pulled into a parking place and fixed it. I usually don't fool with the seats at all, but the other day I had tried to tighten it.  We use seatbelts because my car doesn't have a LATCH system and I couldn't figure out if I just didn't get it tight enough or if something was making it come loose. We got home and I put them down for naps.  Thankfully, they both took awesome naps and I was able to really study my Christian Believer stuff.  Good thing because Peyton wasn't going to be there and I was, at that point, woefully unprepared.  I finished that up and got on the computer for a few minutes and straightened up the house and then I had to wake up the kids.  We got ready and I fed them some supper and then we headed to church.   The lesson went great and I think I actually did okay leading it.  When I got home I got the kids ready for put and put them to sleep.  Annie was not having it, though.  She stayed in her bed, but she was still talking when Peyton got home around ten thirty.  She was saying things like "MonkMonk has a tummy.  MonkMonk has a belly button.  Baby Graves had a belly button." Um, HAD?!?  Peyton got home and we had leftovers for dinner and I actually fell asleep on the sofa.

Thursday, we were back at MDO.

 Peyton gave her a bath that morning and she didn't want to get in but then, as you can see here, she was very pouty when it was time to get out!

  Graves car seat came loose again on the way there and I had to pull over twice on the way to church and fix it.  It's was so scary looking back and seeing it bumping all around.  If I hadn't been literally a block from the church the second time I would have just sat on the side of the road until Peyton could get there.  Anyway, we made it and Peyton came up to the church and fixed it.  I was so upset and did start crying a little.  I do have to say I think it's a testament to the fact that I'm at a really good place with my anxiety that I didn't have a full blown nervous breakdown over it.  Anyway, the actual school day was not bad. It was another good day, but we had a lot of kids out. We actually ended up combining our room with the older toddler room for most of the day, so that was fun.
 Annie with Darlene, who would be my favorite boss I've ever had except there was this certain Assistant Pool Manager at Briarwood that I was quite fond of....fond enough of to marry, anyway :)

We stayed for lunch and when we got home we got to visit with Peyton a little before he went to work. He also showed me how to do the car seats- I wasn't pulling the belt tight enough. Honestly, it's pretty hard for me to do it that forcefully, so I'm going to continue to let him be in charge of that if at all possible!

The kids took good naps again and I had a mix of productive activity and leisure time.  I washed dishes (or sink was FULL) and then goofed off on the computer and then I started making some potato soup to go in the crock pot for supper.  I talked to my sister in law on the phone and rotated some laundry cycles and then I got the kids up and got them ready to go back to the church.  We all had supper and then headed to the church because I had a Sunday school curriculum committee meeting.  Annie was pretty ill behaved the whole time.  I think she was just bored because she was in the room she had been in all morning (we just met in the nursery so the kids could play) and I wouldn't let her go get toys from the other nursery room.  Anyway, the meeting was good and pretty quick and when we got home I let her stay up a little bit and then put both kids to bed.  I got on the computer and when Peyton got home we ate supper and fell asleep on the sofa again!

The kids slept until eight on Friday and I had a lot of energy for once!  I got them up and then started some laundry and unloaded and loaded dishes and cleaned up the kitchen from the night before.

 [her own little fake plastic supermarket menagerie on the piano]

I got the kids both ready and hopped in the shower and got ready myself because we were meeting Carrie and her kids for lunch.  It had been SO long since we'd been to lunch together mostly because with four of them, somebody is always sick this time of year.  Once Alaina gets here we may NEVER get to go out to eat! It was fun and we had a good time, although Annie was a little sad at first that we weren't going to the zoo with Aubrey again.  She also told me that she wanted to "get dirty" because last time we ate out with the Howies (like a month ago!) she and Aubrey played in a flowerbed and got...dirty.  The things she remembers!

After we got home, I fed Graves his lunch and got both kids down for naps.  I got on the computer and caught up on Twitter and wrote a post and then Peyton's mom came over to keep the kids while I went to see the dietitian.  It was a good visit and I'm making progress! On the way home, I stopped by Wear It's At, a consignment store I like, to see if they had one of those doorway jumper things because Graves LOVES the big jumperoo at MDO, but I just can't deal with another enormous baby thing in my house.  Anyway, they didn't have one, but I got a couple of things for the kids.  I got home and Peyton has beaten me there.  We hung out a little while and then got ready to head over to my parents' house for beans and rice.  We went by Target on the way for diapers and stuff.  We had a nice time at my parents' and got home late and just dropped the kids in bed.

 Minnie's beautiful Fall decor.  She does such a great job playing up the rustic theme of their house.  I keep meaning to post some pictures of their house because it's SO neat and different.

 Playing beauty shop with Minnie was a hit!

 For the record, this is how I eat my B&R.  Separate.  On a divided tray with farm animals on it.  That was Peyton's from his childhood. And probably has a crap ton of BPA in it.

We chatted some and went to sleep pretty soon after that!

I woke up Saturday with an awful sinus headache.  We were planning on going to Granny's house, so I was bummed.  Peyton went to work out and I got up with the kids and we had breakfast and straightened a little around the house.  I felt so bad, though, so I kind of hung out on the couch.  When Peyton got home, I took a bath and got ready and we left a little after our goal time.  I slept most of the way down and when we got there, I felt a little better.  We had a great time and I got to hang out some with my sister in law, who I hadn't seen in a long time.  And Ann Peyton was beside herself excited to get to place with her cousin, Simeon.  After lunch, I started feeling bad again and I got sort of dizzy and nauseous.  I knew I couldn't make it back home like that, so Graves and I went and took a nap.  We left later than we meant to, but it was fine.  I rode in the back with the kids so AP wouldn't fall asleep since it was so late.  We got home and I soaked in the tub to try to get rid of my headache with a steamy bath.  It worked and I helped Peyton get the kids ready for bed and then got my stuff together for children's church the next morning.  I got on the computer and wrote Graves's (late) letter and uploaded some pictures to Flikr.  I went to bed late because I had napped so much and then we had a TERRIBLE night.  Graves slept great, but AP was up so much.  This is so TMI, but I think it was because she was constipated.  She did end up going number two in the frog potty, which I tried to be super excited about at three in the morning.

I got up and got ready for church on Sunday morning and then got Peyton and the kids up.

 [And then they all fell back asleep.  Look at that smile on BG's face!]

He was moving slow and we were running late and I ended up getting everyone ready myself for the most part.  I had children's church and it went well.  Not too many crazy kids this time!  I met Peyton and we went to Sunday School (we decided to just to to our regular class instead of the parenting class that day).  After church, we came home and had lunch and got the kids down for naps.  I got on the computer and organized some stuff to take to the attic and then I got ready and wrapped a present and headed to a shower for my friend Amanda.  The shower was fun and when I got home I hurried and got ready and it was time to head back to church.  Peyton was going to an evangelism committee meeting, so I just sat in the nursery with the kiddos until it was time for Bible study.  Logan stopped by after church and we had a nice, but short, visit.  After she left I took Graves's seven month pictures and we fed the kids and got them to bed.

 I wish I could take these on something other than automatic, but as you can see I can't seem to get any that aren't either blurry or full of "noise".

I uploaded pictures and worked on a few posts and then I went to bed.

This week hasn't really gotten off to the best start.  Graves has been crazy fussy I think because I thought he was starting to tolerate dairy and had some creamy soup.  Wrong assumption and we're all paying for it! I'm hoping it will get better as the week progresses.

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