Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Weekly Happenings Post #189 (October 22-28)-- Finally Feels Like Fall

This week was a lot better than last- I have an AWFUL cough, but I've actually felt alot better. And we didn't have a whole lot of "extra" stuff to do.

We slept later than we should have Monday morning.  I heard Graves rustling around and went right back to sleep.  I'm pretty sure he played for close to an hour.  Anyway, at eight the alarm went off again and I realized we *had* to get AP up and ready for school. Peyton took a bath, I got Annie's lunch together, he dressed her, I nursed Graves, he fed both kids breakfast, I took a bath and dried my hair, he got her uniform out of the dryer (she was wearing her ballet stuff), I fixed her hair, he put her in the car and I dressed Graves.  I have no idea how that happened in forty minutes, but it did. I'm getting better at this game :)

I also have no idea why I just had to have us all go...except that I do. I wanted that time together with Peyton.  Anyway, we dropped AP off and did some errands- first to drop off my volunteer application at the Center for Pregnancy Choices, then to get a muffin from Primos, and on to get my car tag renewed.

We got home and Peyton left to see if he could get a hair cut.  I made beds and picked up laundry and got the house generally neat.  Graves was happy, so I decided to start working on a sewing project.  [Sidenote: there was a time not too long ago where I could not have put him in the living room to play independently and worked on a project on the other side of the gate in the kitchen.  This is a new season and I'm rejoicing in it.]
Halloween 2012 prep. Baby Graves- the boy who never grows up.

Anyway, Peyton got home (the haircut place was closed that day) and I fed Graves and cleaned up and then we left to run a few errands and pick up AP.  We ran by Hobby Lobby to get a few things and paid a library fine and were right on time to get Ann Peyton.  I visited with Carrie and Morgan a little and then we came home.  Surprisingly, Graves didn't fall asleep all the way home (super surprising since he tried to take a car nap at ten that morning).  We got home and I put him down.  AP had a snack (okay, the parts of her lunch she didn't eat) and I ate my lunch and then got on the computer. I ended up being lazy and taking a short nap, too.  The kids got up and I got a second wind.  They played so well together for a bit, so I was actually really productive. They ate a snack and I filed some stuff in our filing cabinet and then went through a box of clothes a friend sent for Graves.  While they played, I folded and put up laundry.  I got on eBay for a few minutes because after trying on AP's Halloween costume, I realized it was way too big.  Bud fell down and got hurt and so I snuggled him and read to both kids.  We all cleaned up the nursery from nap time and I hung up a bunch of clean clothes in there and then they had supper and I put up more laundry.  I put Graves to bed and Annie traced some while I cleaned up the kitchen.  We did her nighttime routine and I put her to bed. I got on the computer and read blogs and uploaded pictures and when Peyton got home, we watched the last presidential debate together and went to sleep.

The kids slept until close to nine on Tuesday and we had a nice relaxing morning.  I fed them breakfast and then took my bath.  We did the Morning Meeting and all cleaned up and got ready and went to the grocery store for cat food because we were totally out. When we got home, I fed the kids lunch and put them down for naps. Graves didn't take a very long nap and AP called me in their room a lot.  I ate lunch and got on the computer, but that's it. When they got up, we straightened up and then headed to my parents' house for a bit.
Poor Graves didn't sleep long enough and was in an awful mood, but he perked up when we got to Mickey and Minnie's and didn't fuss one bit.

 First time to eat at the table like a big boy. Of course, it's leftover beans and of course Mick is sitting oblivious in the background, per usual. Perfect that he's included in this milestone shot with the little boy he's so smitten with.

 We had a good time and it was a nice break since Peyton had a pharmacy dinner that night. We got home and I put Graves to bed and bathed AP.  Peyton got home and helped me get her to bed. I got on the computer and then we watched TV and went to sleep.

Annie had school on Wednesday and we all got up. I packed her lunch and Peyton helped me get her ready and then he took her to school.  I took my bath and then cleaned up the kitchen and read to Graves.  Peyton was going around visiting pharmacies to try to get new members for MPHA and so we had the morning to ourselves.  I had been meaning to make some soup, so I got started around 10:30.  I had to fry the bacon, cook the frozen corn, and cut up the potatoes. This all took maybe an hour, and Graves shocked me by playing happily by himself the whole time again. I let him help me pulse the food processor for the onions and then I realized we didn't have any seasoning salt, so I got him dressed and myself decent and we ran to Kroger. We got back and I cooked the soup and added the Half and Half and then I cleaned up the kitchen and all the toys he was playing with while Graves ate lunch.

I read some in Called to be Holy while Peyton played with him for a few minutes after he got home. I put Graves down for his nap and got on the computer.  Peyton got home with AP and Graves woke up early again.  Peyton watched the kids while I finished a post and then I got them ready for church.  Peyton had a dinner on HIV, so we went to church by ourselves. The group was still good and Graves went right to sleep when we got home. I got AP ready for bed and Peyton got home and helped me finish. He got a new thing that makes his bike stationary, so he rode in the living room and I started another blog post.  I read some in Anything and went to bed.

Have I mentioned I'm slightly obsessed with this guy?

Thursday was a super relaxing, fun day. Peyton was home and he let me sleep late. I got up and played with the kiddos some and then got ready because I was going to lunch with my friend Jennifer, from church. We had lunch at Amerigo and it was so good and so fun to have a grown-ups only lunch date. Anyway, I got home and Peyton left. Annie and I picked up the house and I put Graves down for a nap. AP and I read and then I put her down. I caught up on Twitter and finished a blog post and then I did my She Reads Truth study.  The kids both fell asleep, so I watched a little Lost and folded laundry and then I had to wake them up. Logan called and said she wanted to come visit, which was nice since we didn't have anything going on that night and I knew it would be long since they took late naps. We had a fun time catching up and I fed the kids dinner while she was here. I gave Graves a bath and put him to bed and then I gave AP a bath and called my friend from church whose on the curriculum committee for Sunday school with me. We talked for about an hour and then I made AP get out of the bath :) We read and did her nightime routine and I put her to bed late.  I got on the computer until Peyton got home and then we ate frozen veggie burgers. We talked some and went to bed late. 

I slept a little late on Friday morning.

When I got up, we dressed the kids and took some pictures of the kids for my November header.

Peyton went to get his hair cut and I got the kids ready (they both got dirty in the yard) and took a quick bath. I thought we were going to be late to go eat lunch at Carrie's, but then Peyton got home and watched the kids.  I had already texted Carrie that we were running behind, so I finished getting ready and unloaded and reloaded dishes and we left. We had a great time at Carrie's and she had made some fabulous soup! She apologized for leftovers....um, I don't care when they're so freakin' good! Anyway, AP got SO upset when it was time to leave. Like crying hysterically upset. We got home and I put both kids down. They actually both slept, and I got on the computer and then worked on Graves's Halloween costume. The hat I was making was a flop, but it was time to wake up the kiddos anyway. I got them up and we headed over to my parents' house for beans and rice. We had a great time. It was actually the best time I've had at Beans in several weeks. I just felt "light" and wasn't really stressed about anything and I didn't have an awful sinus headache and wasn't exhausted from the week.
Their favorite part- the Haagen Daaz part. Yep, they let Graves drink it.

We got home and I got the kids to bed and then read some blogs until Peyton got home. We went to bed kind of late.

The kids woke up earlier than usual for a Saturday.  We ended up having a lazy morning. I just hung out on the couch and they played.  I took a bath and started dishes and laundry. And then I realized that the door to my bedroom had locked behind me. It wouldn't have been a big deal, but my phone was in there and so it kind of stressed me not having it. I got the kids dressed and we walked over to some neighbors' houses (I was going to call my dad....well that, or get one of the neighbor guys to pick the lock). Nobody was home and it was close to lunch, so we just came home and cleaned up toys and I fed the kids lunch. I unloaded and loaded dishes and scrubbed the kitchen counters. I got them down for naps and got on the computer. I got on Twitter, sent a long-ish email, and wrote a few paragraphs on Peyton's Facebook wall. I ate lunch and then my dad came over (I had FBed Cookie and she called him) and got the door unlocked with a "burgler tool" he had made in the 1980s. Only Mickey! Anyway, Graves of course woke up, so the kids played with him a little and then he left. We got ready and headed to Hobby Lobby.When we got home, I fixed the kids' supper and then gave them baths. Graves had a little accident in the bathtub, but Peyton got home right as I was herded the kids to the other bathtub. He helped me finish and the I cleaned out the bathtub. I went ahead and totally cleaned both bathrooms complete with toothbrush scrubbing the tub for a half hour- the toothbrush just works better than our big tub brush. We put Graves to bed and I folded and put up a bunch of laundry and folded some more while Peyton and AP played and then we put her to bed. I read blogs and worked on my November header and went to bed late.

We had to go to early church on Sunday because Peyton was doing children's church. I slept later than I should have (story of my life), but we made it out the door on time. [We even had to rebath Graves because we had been out of baby shampoo the night before. I had used ours on AP, but I was scared with him, so I used my FACE WASH. Um, dumb decision. His hair was (is) so greasy.] Peyton did children's church and I ended up helping set up for a reception for our assistant youth minister whose leaving. We went to Sunday school and Peyton taught. We're trying a new curriculum and it's really good! We stayed for late church, since neither of us had been and then went out to eat Mexican with friends for lunch. When we got home, I tidied the house and then uploaded pictures and got on Twitter. Peyton went to set up for the Fall Festival at our church and when the kids got up I took them. We were a little late, but it didn't matter. Anyway, Peyton kept Graves in the nursery...it was SO cold, but AP had a blast. We got home and put everyone to bed. I got on the computer and sent a few emails and then my computer froze up. I went to bed kind of frustrated about it.

This week has overwhelmed me to be honest. We just have a lot going on and the whole month appears to be shaping up to be that way. I know it'll all be fine and I just need to breath!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Because I Love a Little Comparison Study: Sleeping Bendy Babes

I wrote this post a couple years ago sharing how Annie and often sleep the same way. Of course, I thought it was too funny when I walked in and saw Graves doing the exact same thing....

Sweet little bendy babies! 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

What I'm Into {October Edition}

Megan from SortaCrunchy created this great little meme to share what she's "into" and I decided it would be a fun way to share what a little of what's going on in my life.  I used most of her categories and created a few of my own, too.

On the Nightstand:
I've actually been doing more reading this month than I have in awhile. I haven't read every day, but it's been a lot more than usual which is a nice feeling. I have always and will always consider myself a "reader", but so much of my reading time ends up going to blogs, articles, ect. online. I think part of the problem is that I say "this book will always be here, but I need to read this post now". Anyway, I've sought to remedy the problem and here's what's on the old nightstand...

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker
Yes, y'all, I'm still reading 7.  The book is taking as long as the project and whoa, we drug the project out. I'll be posting an update soon about where we are/what's going on, but as y'all know, I've enjoyed the book and am a big fan of Jen's.

Called to be Holy by John Oswalt
This book is difficult, and beautiful and transformative.  I'm going to write more about it when I finish it as well and I hope that Peyton will do me the honor of writing some about it too because it's really brought about some powerful change in his life.

Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Heart by Jennie Allen
I actually got sent this book to review for the blog (first time for everything!) and I put it off for a bit, but once I delved in, I've loved it.  It fits right along with the other two and I'll be telling you more about it in a couple of weeks (oh look, I just promised y'all three posts right there...ha).

On the Shelf:
These are a few books that I'm looking forward to picking up in the near future...

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer
I started this book back in the Summer, but put it down to concentrate on Anything and Called to Be Holy. I love the type of education this book describes and am fascinated with it.

Photoshop Elements 10: The Missing Manuel
I'm the kind of girl who likes (um, loves) a manual. I learned a few things from this already, but I need to pick it back up.

At the Theater (or from the couch):
We don't really see much at the theater and in general, I'm not a movie person. So I'm going to share the last few movies I've seen, which has been over a couple of months...

Tree of Life
This is kind of an artsy film about a boy's childhood. It's the very essence of a "Christian film" that doesn't really fit the typical "Christian film" mold. Like at all. It's a story of growing up, of family, and of grace. All things that clearly captivate me.

Best Quote: "The nuns taught us there were two ways through life- the way of nature and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you'll follow. Grace doesn't try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries. Nature only wants to please itself. Get others to please it too. Likes to lord it over them. To have its own way. It finds reasons to be unhappy when all the world is shinning around it. And love is smiling through all things. The nuns taught us that no one who loves the way of grace ever comes to a bad end. I will be true to You. Whatever comes."

The whole movie kind of works around this in a weird, sort of fluid way. This film review over at Patheos (where else) is helpful and the writer comes at it form the point of view I have, still with a lot of questions, but blessed by it nonetheless. This is a deeper analysis which I also enjoyed.

Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close
The story of a boy who lost his father in the Twin Towers; it's a really hard (but good) to watch. The little boy views the world so differently than others and it's neat to watch his character unfold as he travels the streets of New York City searching for a lock that fits a key belonging to his father. I always value characterization over plot (in novels, movies, television) and I loved the writer's the painstaking effort of writing intricacies into his personality.

How to Make an American Quilt
Um, yeah. Peyton thought this looked good. Excuse me.


Okay, yeah, so he found this and really the trailer did look like it would be a fun, easy movie. The trouble was it was just a tiny bit dated and the clothes really threw me off. It was okay, but nothing I'd ever watch again.

This was our most recent watch and boy was it beautiful, too. Again, it was a little artsy (not to the extent of Tree of Life, but still out there in some places).

Best Quote  "Dearest Ceilia, the story can resume. The one I had been planning on that evening walk. I can become again the man who once crossed the surrey park at dusk, in my best suit, swaggering on the promise of life. The man who, with the clarity of passion, made love to you in the library. The store can resume. I will return. Find you, love you, marry you and live without shame".

Honestly, that quote alone was worth the two hours it took to watch the film. I love it. Probably because as y'all know, I love the idea of life as a narrative. It's a sad story, the one this film tells, but it's a beautiful one and you'd do well to watch it.

On the Small Screen:

 I took a long break and now I've picked back up. I have no idea how I can watch a show like this and put it down and pick it up, but I just can. Anyway, I'm like halfway through season three.

Presidential/Vice Presidential Debates
Yeah, these have been interesting. Not half as interesting as the ensuing social media commentary that inevitably follows. 

In My Ears:

My October Playlist
[OF COURSE Annie's favorite song on the collection is the one song with the "F word". I mean, truth be told, it's my favorite, too. Most hysterical part? I was kind of stressing about it to Peyton: "It's just hard to fast forward and skip it when I'm driving. I don't want to look down at my phone for that long"..."Um, Sweetie, just turn the volume down (on the actual car stereo). Duh. I have little to no common sense.

Babel- Mumford and Sons 
I'm seriously obsessed. I haven't heard anything this good since....well, since Wrecking Ball ;)

In the Kitchen: 

I told myself that even if it's not soup weather, it's soup season.  I made chili once and I tried a new soup yesterday. I made some potato and corn chowder than someone had RAVED about on Twitter. It wasn't awful, but it was very "meh".  Disappointing is an understatement, because I spent a good couple of hours frying bacon, running to the store for one extra ingredient, slicing potatoes, and chopping onions to make the thing while Graves (SUPER SHOCK) played independently for most of the morning. I'm obviously not one to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so when things like that happen I get major discouraged. My first thought was "Bagel Bites for life", but my second was to resolve to make one soup a week all Winter. I'm nothing if not dramatic! Anyway, that's my goal- most weeks I want to make some sort of soup. It's delicious and it lasts and I think it will be fun to experiment some.

In My Closet:

This has been my go-to top for the past six weeks. It feels kinda Fall-ish with the darker color, but in a fun way because of the pattern and it's sleeveless so I'm not miserable in the still eighty degree heat. I have about four tops I'm rotating with jeans, because what does one wear when it's a particularly clammy Fall?

In My Mailbox: 
- I ordered Graves two new pairs of Converse off eBay because he's about to outgrow his brown Velcro ones. Sad day...I love those little velcro sneaks.
I cannot get over it. My best friend. My sweet wonderful, so deserving, best friend of fifteen years is getting married to the love of his life. I can't find the words...but I will likely try in the coming weeks. 

In My Cart:
I recently got both the kids some pjs on sale at Old Navy. I *loved* cute pjs growing up and in college (I mean, I still do) and so I like the kids to have cute ones, too. I know some people think that's totally dumb, but I see them in their jams a good bit, so it matters to me. That said, I'm not going to break the bank over it. So, I pretty much always buy ahead when I see some on sale at Gap or Old Navy (yes, the "on sale" Gap pjs equal the regular ones at Old Navy, anyway...). We have a couple of 2Ts for Graves and a new 4T set for Annie.

On My Heart:
I mentioned this, but a bunch of my favorite bloggers went to Haiti recently.  And y'all...those post wrecked me.  I'm not sure what Peyton and I are to do at this point other than prayer, but more and more I'm realizing we need to be more active in fighting for those in poverty.

In My Prayers:
- Our church- Peyton is on a council there and we're praying for big things to happen. 
- The upcoming nuptials- my heart races when I think about November 24tth. What a special kind of Thanksgiving this will be.
- Our friends- We have some dear friends facing big life decisions and I'm praying for clarity for them.

On the Calendar: 
A WHOLE HECK OF A LOT! November is full, friends. I'm a bit fearful when I think of the commitments, obligations and activities that fill next month's calendar. I'm trying to prioritize and realize that it may come down to the essentials getting done in the upcoming weeks and we'll all survive. It's all good, wonderful things that are going on and we have much to rejoice in.  I just have to take deep breaths and realize that my to-do lists likely won't get done and there is grace for that day after day. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Weekly Smorgasbord

Here are your weekly links. This is a heavy list, friends. Posts here brought me to tears. I hope they continue to bring me to tears, but more importantly bring me to my knees. Let your soul be stirred, as well.

On Faith:

Posted: 21 Oct 2012 01:12 PM PDT
"First, we must understand that the phrase "take the Bible literally" is primarily a litmus test---and a silly one at that---for "do you really believe the Bible?" This is why so many Christians hold to this myth---they want to be counted among the Bible-believers. But this is not faithful to God's Word."

Interesting thoughts. Peyton and I just had a conversation about something similar the other day.

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 01:58 PM PDT
"In Madagascar...no one knows who my parents are, everyone speaks to me in French (because I'm a "vazaha" foreigner), as a 26 year old college grad, I was reduced to the knowledge of a toddler, it is mentally exhausting to have an indepth conversation in Malagasy, no one "ooohs and ahhhhs" over my being married, people openly ask why we don't have more children..The ONLY thing that will make a difference here is Jesus Christ. He is who they do not know about - He is the One they need to hear about. My identity has to be in Christ alone."

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 02:05 PM PDT
"I see my kids desire to blend with the group, be accepted for who they are. I see the same desire in me, even after all the graduations and time passed, it's still there. I always come back to the same answer: Jesus loves me and I am enough just like I am."

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 02:04 PM PDT
I vehemently agree with all seven points.
Posted: 23 Oct 2012 02:03 PM PDT
"Well, here's something the Lord has been convicting me of lately; the use of "most Christians" or "many Christians" when describing something I think is important when evaluating the Evangelical landscape. And I know I'm not alone. Since I've been more cognizant of it, I've noticed that others do it too – in conversations, on social media, in blog posts and even in books. It's normally accompanied by a lament of something that is wrong that these "most" or "many" are guilty of."

So true.

 On Family: 
Posted: 23 Oct 2012 02:01 PM PDT
"Once I decided that my children were God's best will for my life, I saw all of my life through this grid. So when I went through my day, in general, if an interruption came into my life, since my "grid" said, "My children are my decided and valued priority,"...The other tasks and goals in my life are secondary to the plans I have made to keep the Lord, my children and my husband first."

This is a good way to think.
Posted: 23 Oct 2012 01:53 PM PDT
"Going about it alone doesn't work. A crew is required. It's why the Forster children have godparents. But, ideally, each child has a slew of godparents, right? Folks dedicated to helping the parents of the child do well. A people purposed to love the child above and beyond general Christian love for the world. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends."
Posted: 23 Oct 2012 01:53 PM PDT
"The reason I think people talk about the "terrible twos" is because of two things- fit throwing and stubbornness. While I don't particularly enjoy either of these things, I think they serve a greater purpose, and I'm a little bit proud of myself for keeping perspective on this. I believe God designed children in such a unique way, and it's for His greater purpose."

I loved this post and definitely agree with Kodi on this aspect of parenting.

On Living Life Rightly:
Posted: 23 Oct 2012 01:55 PM PDT
"An authentic life is not measured in degrees of sin-sharing comfort. An authentic life is measured in totality...There are corollaries to authentic life wreckage–ultimate joy and peace are found through reconciliation in the cross; reconciliation has a cost, but it's reconciliation nonetheless; and joy comes in the morning, so if it is morning, celebrate the joy."

This post is older, but I missed it awhile back.  I actually have a post in drafts about something similar- basically does being authentic always mean focusing on the negative, the hard, the pain? I don't really think it does.

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 01:48 PM PDT
"Fussing. That's what he did. He fussed over Mama. In a good way. In that way of people who love their jobs and love the people they serve. In that way of people who always have a kind word to speak to others. In that way of people who live to serve. In that way that makes others leave a table not only full from the food but full of goodness, too."

I want to serve like this.

On Social Issues of Grave Importance: Poverty and Abortion

Posted: 21 Oct 2012 12:55 PM PDT
Heartbreaking truth.
Posted: 21 Oct 2012 12:59 PM PDT
"The Morning Center project was founded to provide free full-service maternity care to women in urban and under-served areas where quality care is limited. We will provide Charitable maternity care through mobile care units and local partnerships."

 This is so awesome and could be huge in limiting abortions.

Posted: 21 Oct 2012 12:54 PM PDT
Since a group of my favorite bloggers went to Haiti, I've been really interested in this country and the heartbreaking conditions there. Here are some details.

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 01:52 PM PDT
"Did the child know? Why didn't they fight? Did they believe, somehow, their present homeless reality, might actually be better somewhere else as their kidnapper said...Did they start to worry when they were loaded on a boat headed out to an island? Did they scream when they were met by men carrying guns? Did they cry in shame when they were undressed and cleaned from head to toe?..And when the men arrived, men paying lots of money, tourist men… did they bleed when they were raped?"

This is the hardest thing I've read in awhile, maybe ever. It broke me.

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 01:50 PM PDT
"And something in my heart went…snap. I want to take the makeshift mop out of her tiny hands and break it into one million pieces. I want to scream and pull every hair out of my head. I want her to not be mopping the dirt outside of her filthy tent where she has lived for nearly two years. I want her not to be here in this terrifying place while my five babes are being tucked neatly into their safe, warm beds with their bellies full and our life the picture of security. I want her to stop mopping that damn dirt, because it is so futile and unfair and broken and everything, everything about this is wrong." "There is hope here. I can't explain it, but it's here, I can feel it, I can even see it. It's literally everywhere. It's a mopping dirt kind of hope – frustrating, decisive, complicated, dogged, wearisome, inspiring."

On Social Media:
Posted: 23 Oct 2012 02:06 PM PDT
"High comment numbers do not indicate higher blog post quality, but the activity generated by that post in terms of traffic and inspiring others to share over the long term does."

This was really interesting and a good reminder when I get frustrated over my itty bitty blog no mattering to anyone but me.

On Writing:
Posted: 23 Oct 2012 01:59 PM PDT
"I write and scratch at all the complicated inside-outness of my own head. The words, no the writing the words down, they help make sense. I draw my own road map in reverse. It happens and then I write it."

On Dealing with Anxiety and Depression in Non-Medicinal Ways:

7 Things to Do When You're Feeling a Little Sad | How to Talk Evangelical
Posted: 23 Oct 2012 02:10 PM PDT
"I know how you are: you get sad, and you want to crawl inside yourself and stay there. But go, and just sit there, because there is something powerful about the voices of women, loud and soft and distinct and beautiful." "If you need to cry while you sing, do it. Don't worry about the kids. They're so busy with the wind and the music that they probably won't even notice, and if they do, then they do. It's okay, I think, for kids to know that their parents cry." "There are all of these voices, books and blogs and poems and stories, and they're saying the things that you can't say. They're putting words to the indescribable feelings in your heart. Find them. Breathe them in."

 These are all SO good and I use a lot of them already myself.

On Various Other Topics:
Posted: 19 Oct 2012 09:17 PM PDT
"Michelle Obama is–refreshingly for many of us–lauded for being nurturing, beautiful and stylish as well as whip smart, athletic and strong. And we imagine that Obama has the strength to make her needs known and that if she has, for now, chosen motherhood, that it is the role she wants. She is a black woman free to make that choice. These things are revolutionary for black women, even if some white women see business as usual."

"Feminists who wish that Obama would strike a blow for feminism and against stereotyped roles of women, too easily forget that all women are not burdened by the same stereotypes. The way sexism visits white women and women of color, including black women, is similar in its devastation but often unique in its practice."

I thought this was an interesting perspective about those who attack the first lady for saying her number one role was "mom-in-chief".

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 01:56 PM PDT
Maybe make this soon?

I'm not sure I can say "enjoy" this list in it's totality. But blessings as you read.

Weekly Happenings Post #188 (October 15-21)-- Hot and Stuffy

I forgot to mention it a few weeks back, but the kids have switched sides...permanently, I guess.  AP *always* wants to sit in Peyton's lap and I kept fussing over it.  Not because I cared that she was rejecting me, but because of the obvious inconsistency it would create in the family picture album.  I finally had to say "Whatevs" and let my child be happy.

Well, it's still hot here. UGH.  I'm not a person who just loves cold weather, but I personally am dissatisfied with 78 degree days near October's end. Also, last week I was just under the weather, no pun intended. I'm sure it was weather related. I know it was just a sinus infection and I'm feeling better this week, thank goodness!

We all got up on Monday morning and I got AP ready for school while Peyton made breakfast.  He took her to school and then went over to his brother's house to hang out. Graves and I had a very relaxing morning- I felt pretty bad, so I just snuggled on the sofa under a big blanket and he played really well.  He'd bring me a stuffed animal and climb up and snuggle with me and the stuffie some or he'd bring over a book for me to read to him.  It was so sweet! I got up and ate breakfast and then folded some laundry and unloaded and reloaded dishes.  Peyton got home and I took a quick bath and Graves and I ran by Babies R Us and Target and then picked up AP.  He fell asleep on the way, and woke up when I transferred him, but he went back to sleep for almost TWO hours.  I was delighted.  I picked up the house from that morning, rinsed more dishes, and got on Twitter. I uploaded some pictures and AP kept having a few crises- spilling milk, bathroom emergencies and that kind of thing.  I sent a few emails about a Circle project and one school email and then I got the kids up. I  folded some laundry and then my mom came over to get the kids because I had a Junior League meeting.  I fixed the car seats in her car and got ready and then headed to the meeting.  It was a good one- we got lots of info about Mistletoe and then heard several project presentations.  I picked up the kids and ate dinner at my parents and we headed home.  I put the kids to bed and got on the computer until Peyton got home.

I was dragging even worse on Tuesday.  I got up with the kids, but they just played most of the morning while I laid on the couch.  I think it was just sinus stuff, but I felt achy all over and was queasy and I was just SO congested.  I finally got up and did the Morning Meeting with AP and took a bath and then I fixed the kids lunch and put them down.  They took great naps and I got on the computer and read blogs and then took a short nap myself. I started boiling some pasta to take to Ultreya that night and when the kids got up, I got us all ready.
They both typically have such a traditional style, they looked super funky to me!

Peyton got home and we all loaded up and headed to church.  I couldn't find someone to keep the nursery, so I ended up doing it myself and it turned out our kids were the only ones there! It was fun to have a change of scenery, though! We went by Peyton's store on the way home and put the kids to bed.  He watched the debates and I read blogs and finished my Weekly Happenings Post and went to bed.

Wednesday started out CRAZY.  I usually have AP's lunch completely packed and ALL her clothes laid out the night before on school days, but I had gone to bed and not done it all. Also, I woke up SO stuffed up and with a headache.  I was hoping Graves would sleep a little late since Peyton was taking AP to school.  She needed a bath, too. So I got up and started getting everything together and Peyton woke up and gave her a bath.  We were doing pretty good on time and then we realized at 8:10 that Graves had his eighteen month check up at 8:20. I was about to just cancel, but Peyton said he'd hop in the tub really fast if I got him ready. They left and made it by 8:30.  I rushed around like a crazy person to get myself and AP ready. Peyton told me later, "your hair looks really clean". BECAUSE I WASHED IT, DUDE. Seriously, fastest bath ever.  I got AP ready, handed her cereal and juice to eat on our bed, hopped in the tub, dried my hair and got dressed and we left. We were only five minutes late! Who knew I could get her and me ready in less than thirty minutes!

Anyway, after that I went to the pediatrician's office and met Peyton.  They were just finishing up the appointment and I got to see Dr. Denney and have him tell me he wasn't worried about his weight or his speech (he's just not very verbal yet and I was a little concerned). Anyway, we ate breakfast and Primos and then Graves and I came home and Peyton went to the church to go study for our group that night.  I folded laundry and we had the best time.  I opened some windows and played music and Graves was just a delight.  I also cleaned the breakfast nook area- cleaned the window sills, dusted the kitchen table and the entry way table, scrubbed the baseboards, and wiped down the highchair really well. I took several breaks to snuggle with and read to Graves. He's started saying "read" when he brings me books and it's so sweet. He even sat through a longer one that had lots of pretty pictures. I fed him lunch, and did dishes and then put him down.  Peyton and AP got home and she had fallen asleep, so I got on the computer for a bit and then read Called to be Holy. We got the kids up and all got ready for church and headed out.  Our group was GREAT, per usual and when we got home we had a special treat. Peyton had bought Cinderella for Annie, since it's out of the "vault", so we all started watching it.
Of course AP is in a stretchie and Graves is wearing two piece pjs. She's our tiny princess and he thinks he's grown.  Whatever. Also, the top he's wearing is an 18 mo., but the bottoms were mismatched and are a 2T. They actually fit over his cloth diaper.  I was so excited! [He and AP are now within about four pounds of each other, per his doctor visit.]

 I put Graves to bed and Annie finished the movie and we put her to bed. I ate some oatmeal and wrote a post and got on Twitter and then I worked on our finances some.

Thursday was a fun day.  Too bad it was my worst feeling.  I woke up and threw up some and felt slightly better (sorry if it's TMI, throw up isn't a huge deal for me).  Anyway, Carrie and her kids were coming over and I knew it was just sinueses, so I got myself moving.  I got ready and cleaned up a few piles and gave Graves a bath.  Carrie had something that afternoon and so we needed to do an early playdate and Peyton offered to make us all waffles.  Of course, we obliged.  Anyway, the Howies got here and we ate and caught up and had fun.  After they left, we all cleaned up and Peyton went to work and then I fed the kids a little snack for lunch and put them down.  I kind of started feeling worse.  I got on the computer and then made some calls about Angel Tree stuff for Circle.  I also called Terminex to reschedule our appointment (second time we missed it- second time it was my fault) and the guy who always does it and is so friendly said he could stop by since he was on his way home anyway. I told him that would be great.  Graves had been awake for a bit already, so when he got here, I let the kids get up, even though it was early.  They played and we cleaned up their rooms.  When he left, I folded and put up some laundry and we read some books. We read a little board book called Goodnight, New York City and then AP brought me one of her "big New York books".  She started asking me about when we were moving and it was really neat because it was the first time I felt like she had a fragment of understanding about our future there. It was beautiful and terrifying and I can't wait to see it through her eyes.

My head was HURTING so bad at that point, so I fed the kids dinner and put Graves down half an hour early since he hadn't had the kind of nap he usually takes.  He had a rough time going to sleep, though.  I was doing something in another room and I heard AP screaming hysterically.  I ran in and she had covered herself with shampoo and it was "really really hurting" a certain area. I tried to convince her washing it off would be the best thing and put her in the tub (she had been wanting a bath), but she insisted that "diaper cream" would be the best thing.  I put some on her to pacify her and then popped her back in the tub.  I got her bathed, rocked Graves (who was also hollering hysterically) again and when he finally went to sleep, we did her nightime routine.  I actually read her a long-ish library book and then put her to bed.  Thankfully, she feel asleep easily and I got on the computer for a bit.  I couldn't take it, though, and I went to bed before ten.

I woke up feeling so much better on Friday after sleeping like eleven hours.  We snuggled under blankets and played with the kids in the living room for a bit and then got ready and had a short Morning Meeting and ran a TON of errands.  We went by the church to pick up something, to the Center for Pregnancy Choices to pick up a volunteer application, to the uniform store for more modesty shorts because AP lost hers, by Cokesbury, and then by Goodwill and the grocery store.  I dropped Peyton and the kids off and ran to Walmart and Old Navy by myself.  By the time I got home, it was time for Peyton to leave for work.  Annie helped me clean up and I started dishes and got the kids down for naps. I ate lunch and then got on the Twitter, wrote a blog post, and sent some emails.  The kids got up and we got ready and went over to my parents' for beans.  Peyton ended up getting off early, so he meet us there.  We headed home and got the kids to bed.  He watched TV and I read blogs and then we chatted and went to bed.

Peyton had to work on Saturday, but the kids slept in- Graves until ninish, AP until ten thirty! I got up and got laundry going and had breakfast and when Annie got up, I took my bath.  I did laundry and just played with the kids a lot of the morning.  We did the Morning Meeting since we had missed it a few days that week.  The kids ate lunch and I put them down kind of late.  I  read blogs and ate my lunch and then they got up. We cleaned up their room and I read some and went through some magazine articles I had torn out and then Peyton got home and we ran errands. We went to Hobby Lobby for some fabric, Lowes to get something to fix a baby gate, and the grocery for a big trip.  We got home and fed the kids and got them to bed.  I put up groceries and fixed supper for myself and Peyton (rotisserie chicken with chips, lettuce, and corn and beans).  I cleaned out the fridge and did dishes and then we started a movie, Atonement.  We went to bed way too late.

I taught the two year old Sunday school class for a friend and Peyton taught our class on Sunday.  We went to church together and then came home and ate lunch.
Blurry Bud with his ball.

This is what happens when he digs in the diaper bag!

I cleaned up the house and got on the computer and then took a short nap while the kids napped.  I fixed two string bean casseroles and got ready and left for Stewpot (Peyton kept the kids because most of our group was out of town so we didn't need a nursery).  I got home and Graves was already in bed.  We got AP to sleep and I read blogs and visited with Peyton.

Thankfully, I feel a lot better this week.  I still have a little cough from the drainage and I'm definitely still congested, but I'm not waking up and puking and I'm not feeling doing multiple sinus rinses a day and I'm not going to bed at nine thirty with raging headaches...so, big improvement! It's a good thing because Peyton has a pretty full schedule this week and so I'm kinda by myself with the kids a lot. Next week things are going to start getting busy and not slow down for awhile I feel like, so I'm kind of mentally preparing myself for that. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Over at Schoolhouse: Letters I and L (Books and Activities)

I'm not going to do a full post every time I post there, but I wanted to share the link to my post today on our homeschool blog.

[I think in the future, I'm just going to include it in my link list.  I feel weird not sharing it on In the Warm Hold when I post somewhere else, but at the same time it's dumb and looks self serving to do a full post every time.]

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Weekly Smorgasbord

Here are my favorites around the Web from the past week:

On Faith:

Grace and the Giant Peach | A Deeper Story
Posted: 12 Oct 2012 01:05 PM PDT
"My friends with older kids say that they hear me, these half-listening children of ours. That one day they will say something that lets me know they understood. I hope so, because grace is the very first thing I want them to understand. I hope they understand it always, starting now. I have grown up slowly and with a limited understanding of how vast this word is. It had its limits, this grace, in my childhood mind and then I proved it unlimited."

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 01:03 PM PDT
"Every time you feel lost, the map back to happy is really simple: Jesus' grace is the one-way love that gets you back to Joy. Jesus takes you. Jesus takes you. And He'll take you all the way Home."
Such good advice here.

On Family: 

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 01:00 PM PDT
I've enjoyed AP's "31 Days of Motherhood" and this is one of my favorite posts.

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 12:59 PM PDT
"We've transformed the holy, terrifying, magnificent, and loving God of the Bible into Santa and his elves. And instead of transmitting the gloriously liberating and life-changing truths of the gospel, we have taught our children that what God wants from them is morality. We have told them that being good (at least outwardly) is the be-all and end-all of their faith."

This was interesting and something I've seen too often.

Allison Tate: The Mom Stays in the Picture
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 10:19 PM PDT
"But we really need to make an effort to get in the picture. Our sons need to see how young and beautiful and human their mamas were. Our daughters need to see us vulnerable and open and just being ourselves -- women, mamas, people living lives. Avoiding the camera because we don't like to see our own pictures? How can that be okay?"

YES. [I try to practice this with those oft heinous weekly family pictures. :)]
Posted: 12 Oct 2012 12:58 AM PDT
"They are sometimes drugged and/or tied to their beds to keep them easier to care for or to prevent them from harming themselves out of sheer insane boredom and attempting to make themselves feel something at all."

 "The children received one diaper change a day, if any, and sometimes were not changed or fed over the weekend. Many of the children had terrible diaper rash, sometimes suffering from one raw, open wound in their whole diaper area."

 I can hardly comprehend that this harsh treatment is the reality for some children in the world.

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 01:05 PM PDT
"A few nights ago I engaged myself in a tale spin until 2:30 AM. I lay as still as I could muster, trying to sleep, but I played through the list, how precious are Ian's big brown eyes, and what a big man he's going to be one day; how I want to stop and listen to him, just for once; how I should have have had the house clean when Seth got home from work; and how I'm so hard on my oldest, even though he's so good and bright. Finally I called myself negligent, the mother/wife-guilt threatening to swallow me whole. If I come out of this study of chains, if I come out free, I'll most certainly have a limp."

I've been here. At this exact place and it's so hard.

"I am not a prisoner of my children. They do not keep me in chains and bark at me for drinks as my masters. I am a prisoner of Christ. I am His alone. Knowing who I am, my Christ-Esteem, it opens my ears and my hands to love those around me. It pours me thick with joy. I can hear when I'm listening to that One voice."

On Living Rightly:

Guy Martin Delcambre | a life bigger than little.

 Posted: 12 Oct 2012 01:03 PM PDT
"UNTIE THOSE THINGS UNIMPORTANT and learn value in what really is important and irreplaceable;   writing assignments for projects and my book and blog posts have been delayed and at the mercy of family. I'd burn every book someday written by me for another chance to watch my daughters smile honestly."

 "VALUE YOURSELF LESS IMPORTANT in your pursuit of the day; involve others in your life and dreams and pursuit; One of the greatest personal exercises on help and humility was a survey I recently sent out to a few of those who have been close to me asking them to comment on what they see my strengths, weaknesses, inadequacies and shortcomings to be. The longing for tomorrow was crowding our togetherness today."

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 12:58 PM PDT
"The biggest and most freeing disappointment of life is realizing our stories are not our own. That our time on earth is about more than just us." "This is scary, because it's an invitation to live into a larger narrative, which inevitably means risk and adventure. It means taking chances and losing it all. It means the possibility of pain."

On Writing:

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 01:01 PM PDT
"It's no secret that I desire to grow my blog. And it's actually slowly growing (glory to God), and I am constantly amazed…But it's not the number one priority in my life. It never will be...Other than God (proper evangelical disclaimer for ya'll), my number one priority is my family."

What a great "31 Days" idea!
Posted: 12 Oct 2012 01:07 PM PDT
"Write the story you know. Write the story you live. How you see and breathe and shape and understand this glorious, broken, beautiful, redeemed world that Christ has given us. We need that. We need your story."

On Music:
Posted: 12 Oct 2012 01:00 PM PDT
"That music was influential enough to merit his inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but much of it since then has been willfully uncommercial, the product of a man who cares not a whit about the prospect of hit singles and awards and accolades. Almost all of it has borne witness to a man on a quest for something deeper and more satisfying than the usual sensual, hedonistic pursuits. That the quest has led him down some unlighted byways and dead ends is undeniable, but few songwriters have documented their spiritual discontent and restlessness as painstakingly or as accurately as Van Morrison."

Loved this article on one of my favorites.

On Election Humor:

Saturday Night Live - Vice Presidential Debate Cold Open - Video - NBC.com
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 06:40 PM PDT

On Various Other Topics:

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 01:02 PM PDT
"Most of us present an enhanced image of ourselves on Facebook. This positive image—and the encouragement we get, in the form of "likes"—boosts our self-esteem. And when we have an inflated sense of self, we tend to exhibit poor self-control. "Think of it as a licensing effect: You feel good about yourself so you feel a sense of entitlement," says Keith Wilcox, assistant professor of marketing at Columbia Business School and co-author of the study. "And you want to protect that enhanced view, which might be why people are lashing out so strongly at others who don't share their opinions." These types of behavior—poor self control, inflated sense of self—"are often displayed by people impaired by alcohol," he adds."

This is really interesting to me because I know I'm "braver" online than in person. Something to think about for sure.

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 01:06 PM PDT
This is probably my favorite "31 Days" series. I love every single one. The quotes and the posts.


Weekly Happenings Post #187 (October 8-14)-- Fall(ish) Break

Last week was Fall break (I say "Fall(ish) because it didn't remotely feel like Fall the majority of the week) for AP, so it was pretty laid back.  I actually really enjoyed having less "scheduled" stuff and it was nice after our crazy week the week before.  Walgreens is still crazy, but it seems a little better.

Monday was another busy day for Peyton.  He was SO sweet and let me sleep late, though.  The kids got up on the early end of normal for them (7ish).  I changed Graves and nursed him and then went back to bed.  I had had a rough night's sleep for some reason, probably the Sudafed I took at FOUR the afternoon before.  Anyway, I slept until nineish and it felt like noon- I guess since I got up so early the first time.  Anyway, we just had a relaxing morning.  It was chilly and Peyton opened a window.  Graves kept throwing things out of it, though. Ha! Peyton pretty much worked on schedules and made phone calls all morning. I did get him to help me bring some boxes of kid clothes to the attic and I got down a few cool weather things for myself.  I took a bath and got ready and Peyton left early for work, right after we took care of Graves's busted lip (he fell out of a chair in the living room).  I cleaned up the house (it was a major disaster)- picked up toys, collected laundry and unloaded and reloaded dishes while the kids played and ate lunch. 

They both took naps that day and I ate my lunch and got on Twitter.  I also did a lot of Circle stuff and sent some emails about Sunday school.  I made my lists for the week and I felt a little better and like things were somewhat organized. I organized some of Annie's clothes to go to the attic and laminated some tracing sheets for her.
My trusty laminator- it served me well during my School of Ed days and it's already been an asset to us as a homeschooling family. 

My mom came over right as the kids woke up and she helped me figure out how to sew up a few places in our new rug that General had already popped his claws in.  After she left, I fed the kids supper and then gave Graves his bath and put him to bed.
Kite sandwich FTW.

I vacuumed the living room and did dishes and then I gave AP a bath and put her to bed.  I got on the computer until Peyton got home. We chatted and went to bed.

Peyton had a meeting on Tuesday so I got up with the kids and fed them breakfast.  We had the morning meeting and I started dishes and laundry and then took my bath.  I folded a ton of laundry and put it up until lunch.  The kids ate and I put them down.  AP didn't take a nap and Graves's was shorter than usual.  I ate lunch and swept the kitchen and then got on the computer for a bit.  When they woke up, we read Soft House and then made a soft house, per Annie's request.

They ate supper and I put Graves to bed early.  I trimmed and painted AP's nails and did her nightly routine and put her to bed early, too.  I ate a turkey melt and sewed some more on the rug and then read blogs until Peyton got home.

We all woke up on Wednesday and had a very laid back morning, just playing and snuggling on the sofa.  We just hung out until it was time to get ready to meet the Harkins at the Fair.  We had planned to eat lunch and let the kids ride a few rides, but the rides hadn't started yet.  We ate and walked around and went to the petting zoo and then headed home.

We drove through Sonic and rode around a bit.  We were going to transfer the kids, but both woke up when we got home.  We put them down and they stayed in their room almost an hour, though.  I read Called to Be Holy out loud and then got on the computer for a few minutes.  We got ready while Peyton finished preparing his lesson.  I got the kids' suppers packed and we left for church.  We did a review of the book since we're about half way through and talked about the short chapter for the week.  After church we headed BACK to the fair to meet the Harkins again. We had fun, but poor Annie got really scared of the big ferris wheel. We told her that of course she didn't have to ride it and she finally calmed down as we got ready to leave.

We put the kids to bed and Peyton watched a movie.  I got on the computer for a bit and went to bed early.

I was still so tired when Graves woke up on Thursday at eight.  I nursed him and put him back down and he didn't make a peep until nine.  I got up and got a bath and then my mom stopped by while we were having breakfast. I started laundry and dishes and organized a box of AP's clothes to go to the attic.  After that, Graves and I went to the grocery store and Peyton got ready for work while AP watched a show.  I got home and put up groceries, unloaded and loaded dishes and fed the kids lunch. I put them down for naps and got on the computer.  I really didn't do much except work on a blog post and eat lunch and then I laid down for a bit myself.  Graves ended up waking up later than usual.  I finished changing over the kids' closets- I put up bathing suits, Summer bloomers, ect. and got down Winter pjs and a few hats.  We cleaned up their room and played and then I fixed them supper and bathed them and put them to bed. It was kind of a rough night.  AP kept getting up and it woke up Graves.  He just sat up in his bed and didn't make a peep, like a perfect angel....until she fell asleep.  Then he was miserable.  Of course.  They finally both fell asleep and I read some blogs and did my Weekly Smorgasbord post.  I had a bunch of other stuff to do on the computer- contacting a friend about a baby shower, confirming something with our dinner guests for Saturday, and sending several emails about Sunday school curriculum/teachers and also lining up some Angel Tree stuff for Circle.  I did that and then I cooked fish and Peyton and I watched the VP debate when he got home and went to bed.

Graves was up during the night and I woke up several times myself for some reason.  I just didn't sleep well at all.  Anyway, on Friday, AP had a field trip.  I got ready and then helped Peyton get her ready.  We were going to the library and then Peyton and Graves were meeting us at the park for lunch.  Graves woke up right as I finished packing lunch and we left the boys.  The library was fun- we had a little tour, story time, and a craft and then we headed to the park to eat.  We ate and played (and helped Carrie search for a temporarily missing Aubrey- poor momma, I've been there and it's about the worst feeling in the world; I was shaken FOR her).  We came home and put the kids down and Peyton got ready for work.  I worked on my blog some more and sent a another Circle email and then got on Twitter and had a snack. When the kids got up, we got ready and headed to my parents'.

  For the past few weeks, I've just felt so done by Friday night.  This was the first Friday in several weeks I didn't have an awful headache, but I was still tired and glad to see my mom and dad's sweet faces.  Anyway, we ate, visited, had baths and headed home before it was too terribly late.  I put the kids to bed and read blogs until Peyton got home.  We went to bed pretty early for us.

The kids woke up a little later than normal on Saturday.  Peyton had planned to go to a work day at Camp Wesley Pines, but he decided it was too late.  He went to the grocery store to get a brisket for dinner that night and I got up and fed the kids breakfast and took my bath.  He got home and we both worked on organizing stuff around the house while the kids played.  I finished getting all their stuff packed up to go to the attic- the closet changeovers for them are complete and I had some boxes of stuff my SIL had borrowed.  I collected laundry and unloaded and reloaded dishes and then it was time for lunch and naps.  I put a brisket in the oven and swept and mopped in the kitchen. I ate my lunch and then got on the computer for a little while.

I started cleaning bathrooms and the kids woke up.  Peyton was doing yardwork and our baby gate is broken, so they ended up just following me around.  I vacuumed the rug in the living room and then got myself and Graves ready because we were having dinner guests- my eighth grade history teacher who I reconnected with on Facebook and his family.  Peyton came in and got himself and AP ready and I fixed a salad. The Buckleys arrived and Peyton finished up the last little bit of dinner prep- the roasted broccoli while we started catching up. Dinner was pretty delicious if I say so myself and we had a wonderful time visiting with the Buckleys.  After they left, we put Graves to bed and Peyton made AP a really big "soft house".  I cleaned up the kitchen and got on the computer and we all went to bed.

We got up and got ready and gave the kids baths and then headed to Sunday school and church.  Peyton visited another class to observe because of his position as the adult education person and I went to our class.  AP ended up staying the whole service- she didn't want to go to children's church- and the sermon was really good.  We stopped by Abner's on the way home.  Graves fell asleep and the car nap through off his real one.  We fed the kids lunch and put them down, but of course, no one slept.
 What in the world?

 We ended up going for a walk and then came home and played a little and fed them dinner.

 [Trying to take the family pic.]

  I straightened and did dishes and vacuumed and we put Graves down early.  AP had a bath and we got her ready for bed and put her down.  Peyton wen to a late movie by himself and I took a bath myself and then read blogs.  I went to bed early by my standards.

This week is going by super fast...not sure what the deal is, but I'll take it!