Monday, June 30, 2014

What I'm Into: June

Lots to share this month! 

On the Nightstand:

Reflections for Ragamuffins: Daily Devotions by Brennan Manning 

I actually didn't read this enough at all. 

Immersion Bible Study: Psalms- J. Clinton McCann
I finished it and got a new study to start! Learning more about the Psalms was really good and it had a big focus on the area of justice which I haven't thought much about being a big theme in the Psalms. I enjoyed it, though it lacked at times. 

Real Sex- Lauren Winner
I have loved this. I'm super close to the end and I plan to finish it this week. 
Lauren Winner on two different messages on sexuality that pervade our culture. For what it's worth, I'm not sure I've ever struggled with the former but I struggle often with the latter. Encouraged that someone put words to it.
On Their Nightstand: 
We've been reading a lot about cities and neighborhoods and even our beloved borough. The bottom two books are about Harlem and we LOVED them. Sugar Hill is really catchy and introduces a lot of famous people from the area. Uptown is more about daily life and it's beautiful, too. In Lucia's Neighborhood is a fun potrait of life in a place like Brooklyn and Urban Animals was so interesting to Ann Peyton. Now she's always on the lookout for animals carved in the stone of various buildings. B is for Brooklyn may be my favorite, though. It's an alphabet book and it captures so many of the cool things here. 

On the Shelf:
Finding My Way Home: Pathways to Life and the Spirit- Henri Nouwen 
Um, for real, though this time. 

On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther's Heidelberg Disputation, 1518 

Our pastor at one of the churches we're attending here recommended this to Peyton and I decided I wanted to read it, too. 

At the Theater (or from the couch):
We watched more than we have in ages!

Beasts of the Southern Wild- This was poignant and beautifully made. It had so many huge themes about freedom and identity and I felt like it was a nuanced look at a (fictional) community living in poverty. It's literally one of our favorite movies now.

Cloud Atlas- We enjoyed it, but it wasn't the best thing ever. In fact, for the amount of time it required (it's a long movie), I'm not sure it was worth it. It's basically a movie with a ton of different story lines going on all at the same time. These different plots are somewhat interwoven and take place in different areas and eras. It was fascinating and I enjoyed it, but as I said it was long and it was a little too sci-fi for me (meaning it had some sci-fi elements- that's just not my thing). 

Tiny- This is a documentary we watched about people who live in tiny houses. Like under 200 square feet. I found it very interesting and I love the idea of simplifying. That said, I think with a couple of kids 800ish is ideal. The film was interesting because towards the end it validated that- it said that this was a movement not just for people in extreme tiny houses, but people downsizing from 4,000 to 2,000 square feet as well.  

On the Small Screen:
I finished season two of The West Wing and Peyton and I watched The Wonder Years a bit together. 

In My Ears:
I'm loving the June list. I decided to go with a Summer theme. 

Also, I'm LOVING these guys:
"Come to me, walk with me, learn the rhythms of my grace. Come to me, I am all you need, learn to rest even when you are awake." I love the style of music, but more than that this is EXACTLY the background soundtrack I want as I try to express the Gospel to my very young, very restless (and in Annie's case, sometimes very over-burdened) children. And honestly, it's a soundtrack I need to hear myself most days.

Around the House:
Honestly, not a lot. We did go to Target and get some fans. 
Fan six inches from my face because I think our apartment is the hottest place in Brooklyn.

We got two box fans- one got the den and one to put right outside the gate to the kids' room at night (nobody trusts Graves to not stick his finger in it and get it sliced by the blades). However, this little retro looking mini fan in the guest room is my fave

In the Kitchen:
I've actually been doing better about cooking!
Comfort food! 

This pasta salad is nice and light for Summer and is full of veggies (asparagus and red peppers). 

Someone on Instagram asked me what I fixed when I didn't fix a "real supper" since I mentioned I'm not always great at that. (Trader Joe's chicken salad on a fluffy roll, carrots and hummus, and leftover potatoes with butter and Parmesan; quesadillas, carrots, berries, asparagus and pretzel twists; and TJ's veggie lasagna for myself; the kids; and Peyton, respectively.)

I was obsessed with egg salad last Summer and this Summer is no different. I just try to always have a bathc made up. 

These cherries are delicious. I'm trying to eat more fresh stuff and the amazing produce makes it easier! 

Obviously this is not fresh nor is it from my kitchen. But I was so excited that i found me a sno cone in Brooklyn. The dude shaved the ice in front of me, right there on Myrtle Ave.

In My Closet:
Patchwork Chucks and a top that's embroidered and has buttons sewn on it. I'm wondering if next year when I'm thirty I'll feel like I've aged out of this look. Hope not.

In Their Closets:

First of all, BATHING SUITS. Annie's obsessed with them matching, which is so incredibly cute to me.

Also, I'm enjoying dressing them little for as long as I can. Bubbles and cross back tops? Of course! 

I've mentioned it before, but I love rompers. They've turned into Ann Peyton's go to playground attire. They're easy and don't show her panties and they are casual but don't look grubby. 

I'm really trying to make the most of this last Summer in bubbles for Graves. I remember thinking this was awfully funky, but it's perfect for BK! 

I've stopped mandating smocking every Sunday for Annie. [She still loves it, but she has so many other cute things and we don't have many places to go up here where she'd wear them.] I love the little number in the first picture- the bright colors and retro feel. And in the second, what could be more appropriate for a Brooklyn baby than a hipster motif? Haha!

Last thing, just because it's so funny. I've mentioned before that Annie loves to wear my nightgowns now that it's hot. This is probably TMI, but it's too funny *not* to share. Y'all...this is the nightgown that I wore the night Peyton and I got married. Our WEDDING NIGHT, guys. I was so nervous and awkward and generally TERRIFIED OUT OF MY MIND that purple bubbly hearts were legitimately the best I could do.

In My Mailbox:
Those Rain for Roots cds were my favorite delivery this month! 

In My Cart:
I actually got this bag back in May when I was spending a couple of nights in Manhattan with my friends and wanting a cross body bag for Midtown (muggings). I wanted something big enough for my camera, umbrella, ect plus all my normal junk that was still manageable. I saw several others I liked, but they were brighter and more of a trendy style and I decided I wanted something fun but more traditional. Anyway, it's become my go-to diaper bag, snack stasher, purse, and all purpose bag. I even started using it to take my detergent and other supplies down to the laundry room!

On My Heart:
I've been thinking about Annie so much lately and how very similar she is to me. That's hard because I see her struggling with fear and anxiety already, but I also see her have a great depth of understanding about things and I see her sensitive spirit and I know it can be used for good. 

In My Prayers:
- I'm praying for the different communities we've become a part of and what our continued place in those groups are. 

- I'm praying for friends back home- so many different things going on and I want to be diligent even though we're far apart. 

On the Calendar: 
- We have a pretty laid back July. Annie's doing a little dance camp on Tuesdays and we're going to try to make it to the pools some. At the end of the month, our sweet favorite babysitter from home is coming for a week. She'll get to see the city and Peyton and I will have some time to sneak away by ourselves! 

As always, I'm linking up with Leigh. Go check out some other What I'm Into posts!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tunes for the Month: June

I decided for this month I wanted to do a "theme" list (mostly) of Summer songs. They aren't necessarily about Summer, but they in some way connect for me. I borrowed a few of them came from Megan's May playlist. And a handful are from WAY back. A lot of these are fun pop songs and I didn't end up doing as much lyrical analysis as usual. They are just a whole lot of fun to listen to. Enjoy 'em!

[Also, this is my first time to make a playlist on Spotify rather than iTunes. I'm going to use Spotify for a couple of months and then assess. They seem to both have strengths and weaknesses.]

1. Summer in the City- The Lovin' Spoonful

Hot town, Summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty 
Been down, isn't it a pit
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city

This sort of turned out to be the theme song of this Summer so far. It's fun and retro and makes me not as grumpy about being so damn hot all the time (the train platform is hot, the sidewalk is hot, our not central aired apartment is HOT).

2. Run-Around- Blues Traveler 
Oh, I like coffee and I like tea
I'd like to be able to enter a final plea
I still got this dream that you just can't shake
I love you to the point you can no longer take
Well all right okay, so be that way
I hope and pray that there's something left to say
But you
Why you wanna give me a run-around
Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
When all it does is slow me down

I put the next one of the list first and then saw this one. I love Blues Traveler and it takes me way, way back. The lyrics are a bit nonsensical, but so much fun. It gives me a good vibe and feels like Summer.

3. Hook- Blues Traveler
It doesn't matter what I say
So long as I sing with inflection
That makes you feel that I'll convey
Some inner truth of vast reflection
But I've said nothing so far
And I can keep it up for as long as it takes
And it don't matter who you are
If I'm doin' my job, it's your resolve that breaks
Because the hook brings you back
I ain't tellin' you no lie
The hook brings you back
On that you can rely

Again, cheery wonderful Blues Traveler. I think I first heard them when I was in 5th or 6th grade at Saint Andrews and I saw some "Upper School" kids put lyrics as quotes in the yearbook. 

4. Summer of '69- Bryan Adams
I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played it till my fingers bled
Was the summer of '69
Me and some guys from school
Had a band and we tried real hard
Jimmy quit, Jody got married
I shoulda known we'd never get far
Oh when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Ya - I'd always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life
Ain't no use in complainin'
When you got a job to do
Spent my evenings down at the drive-in
And that's when I met you
Standin' on your mama's porch
You told me that you'd wait forever
Oh and when you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life

Clearly another quintessential Summer song. Makes me nostalgic for high school. I'm fortunate, though, because THESE are the best days of my life =)

5. Born to be Wild- Steppenwolf
Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Looking for adventure
In whatever comes our way
Yeah, darlin'
Gonna make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

Love it. Can't even remember where I heard it first but I've loved it as long as I can remember.

6. Brothers in Arms- Dire Straits
Some day you'll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you'll no longer burn
To be brothers in arms
Through these fields of destruction
Baptisms of fire
I've witnessed your suffering
As the battles raged higher

This is an exception to the Summer theme. I heard it one The West Wing and just loved it so much and had to add it.

7. New York City- They Might Be Giants 
We met in the springtime at a rock-and-roll show
It was on the bowery when it was time to go
We kissed on the subway in the middle of the night
I held your hand, you held mine, it was the best night of my life.
'cause everyone's your friend in new york city
And everything looks beautiful when you're young and pretty
The streets are paved with diamonds and there's just so much to see
But the best thing about new york city is you and me

I included this one for our anniversary earlier this month!

8. Jessie's Girl- Rick Springfield
And she's watching him with those eyes
And she's lovin' him with that body, I just know it
Yeah 'n' he's holding her in his arms
Late, late at night
You know, I wish that I had Jessie's girl
I wish that I had Jessie's girl
Where can I find a woman like that

Kinda trashy, I guess, but this is another one from back in junior high/high school that I could not get enough of. It's still hard not to belt it out!

9. My Best Friend's Girl- The Cars 
(Here she comes again)
When she's dancing 'neath the starry sky
She'll make you flip
(Here she comes again)
When she's dancing 'neath the starry sky
I kinda like the way she dips
And she's my best friend's girl
Well, she's my best friend's girl
But she used to be mine
This is one from Megan's list. It actually made me think of the one right above it. Another fun one to grab an hairbrush and sing your heart out to.

10. Queen of Hearts- Juice Newton
And moonlight
You're just a heartache in disguise
Won't you keep my heart from breaking
If it's only for a very short time
Playing with the queen of hearts
Knowing it ain't really smart
The joker ain't the only fool
Who'll do anything for you

I know this song vaguely, but if it weren't for Megan's list I never would have thought of it!

11. Windows Are Rolled Down- Amos Lee
Corn rows have companion feel
This rocky road and this steering wheel
Who do you call to ease your pain?
I hope for you to get through this rain
Windows are rolled down
Moon is hanging low
Windows are rolled down
Think it's time for me to go, hey

So beautiful. I love the imagery and the emotion.

12. Folding Chair- Regina Spektor
Come and open up your folding chair next to me
My feet are buried in the sand and there's a breeze
There is a shadow, you can't see my eyes
And the sea is just a wetter version of the skies
Let's get a silver bullet trailer and have a baby boy
I'll safety pin his clothes all cool and you'll graffiti up his toys
I've got a perfect body but sometimes I forget
I've got a perfect body 'cause my eyelashes catch my sweat
Yes they do, they do.

More great imagery and a quirky vibe. 

13. Run- George Straight
If there's a plane
Or a bus leaving Dallas
I hope you're on it
If there's a train moving fast
Down the tracks
I hope you caught it
'Cause I swear out there
Ain't where you ought to be
So, catch a ride, catch a cab
Don't you know I miss you bad
But don't you walk to me
Baby run
Cut a path across the blue skies
Straight in a straight line
You can't get here fast enough

Old school country like whoa!

14. Moonshadow- Cat Stevens
And if I ever lose my eyes
If my colors all run dry
Yes, if I ever lose my eyes
Ooh, I won't have to cry no more
Yes, I'm bein' followed by a moon shadow
Moon shadow, moon shadow
Leapin' and hoppin' on a moon shadow
Moon shadow, moon shadow

I decided that one fun thing would be to include a few songs that we used to listen to in the back of my dad's car on the way to the pool and back. I remember his spreading out towels for us to sit on in my mom's Saab and turning up some Cat Stevens and John Melloncamp. Moonshadow was a real favorite.

15. Werewolves of London- Warren Zevon
I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand
Walkin' through the streets of Soho in the rain
He was lookin' for the place called Lee Ho Fooks
Gonna get a big dish of beef chow mein
Aaahoo! Werewolves of London
Aaahoo! Werewolves of London

Another one from those back of the Saab days. Such a decidedly creepy song, but we loved it!

16. Jack and Diane- John Mellencamp
Little ditty about Jack and Diane
Two American kids growin' up in the heartland
Jacky's gonna be a football star
Diane debutante backseat of Jacky's car
Suckin' on a chili dog outside the tastee freeze
Diane's sittin' on Jacky's lap, he's got his hands between her knees
Jacky say, "Hey Diane lets run off behind a shady tree
Dribble off those Bobby brooks, let me do what I please"

Yeah, um, we didn't get the full meaning of this one (that was a lot of songs he let us listen to). The hands 'tween the knees kinda went over our heads. But it takes me back. I still love it and I think I always will. Americana at it's finest. Okay, John Cougar is not it's finest. But close, yeah? [The Boss is it's finest, for what it's worth.]

17. Jackie Wilson Said- Done Again
Jackie Wilson said
"It was, Reet-Petite"
Kinda love you got
Knock me off my feet
Let it all hang out
Oh, let it all hang out
And you know
I'm so wired up
Don't need no coffee
In my cup...
I'm in Heaven, I'm in Heaven

I'm in Heaven

When you smile, when you smile

When you smile, when you smile

Last one from this segment. So catchy and fun. Sadly, I couldn't find the Van Morrison version on Spotify. 

18. Tell the World- Eric Hutchinson 
Let's tell the world all the things we've done
Falling in love in the setting sun
I got a song and a smile so bright
I'll make you wish you were here tonight
All of the places we ever go
feel familiar, I'm never alone
All of the people that I don't know
Will be looking me up when they call me home.

Found this via Megan and oh my gosh, LOVE it. 

Ahh, I love to sit and relax and enjoy the sounds of Summer! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Letter to (Three Year and Two Month Old) Graves

Dear Graves, 

You are such a spit fire. You keep me laughing throughout the day. I'm not always as patient with you as I should be and that's something I'm really trying to work on. 

You are a mess and keeping up with you is a FULL TIME JOB. For my birthday, I asked for a toddler carrier for you. It's been so helpful. To give you a bit of reference, the day that it arrived we had ridden across the East River on a ferry. We were safely inside the boat, but you told me "next time, I wear my bathing suit and jump out and go for a swim". 

There are child bars on the window of your but it still makes me so nervous. Papa said he thought it was  fine, but I made a rule not to climb in the window. (Which, I think long and hard about the rules I make for you. I've always been against arbitrary rules, but everything is so damn hard to enforce with you, so I choose my hills CAREFULLY.) Anyway, you were doing it a good bit regardless and now that it's warm and people are sitting in the courtyard, they've gotten all concerned. Security called me once and a man stopped us another day and had stern (but kind) words for us. I hate it when people question my parenting. I REALLY hate it when people question my parenting with regards to y'alls safety. The guy told me not to take my eyes off of you during the day. Sorry, I'll move if I can't let my three year old be unsupervised in his own bedroom for a few minutes. Papa got to work on getting another thing installed so the window can't be pulled open (the bars prevent it from being pushed up) even though there's no way I think you could do it. And we had a serious talk about the why of not playing there. After which you told us he could fly. So that was that. 

The other night I decided signs were pointing toward an early bedtime for you- you were throwing carrots across the room and I ended up holding you and singing "calm, down, Cugu". [In case your forgot, Cugu is your monkey persona you put on when you acts completely nuts.]

You busted your lip (bleeding) two different times (two different places) the other day. I also found two week old poop on the heater (which had been hidden behind the pooped on curtains I washed two weeks ago), and last week when the sprinklers came on at the park you told me you were going to "crash" and before I could process what that meant you RAN and skidded (purposefully) on both knees on the concrete. You are an adventure.

As I said, you make me laugh so hard. A few weeks ago, you and Annie woke up and were playing in your room. After a bit, I heard you announce "Ladies and Gentlemen...I poo-pooed in my diaper!". 

You are such a snuggler. Every so often, you come join me and Papa in our bed. You don't join us every night- or even most nights these days- but I'm not turning down any requests. 

You and Annie are having such fun together, as always. She discovered she can pick you up and now she does it constantly (even though you're almost her size).

I cautioned you again about not standing in the window a few days after we had talked to you and you said "I not stand in the window and fall out and die". Then Annie told me that she's been repeating this to you a lot and explained to you what dying is (you lay on the ground and don't get up). Glad she was able to drive the point home for us. Y'all balance each other well- her intensity and your impulsiveness seem to work well together.

Mostly y'all are best friends. But I got so tickled earlier when Annie said "y'all shouldn't have made that other baby". It's been three years!

You are such a silly guy. I had you in the carrier the other day and since you couldn't get to the subway pole to lick it, you(literally) licked my face. And told me you were my puppy. Guess it's better than the pole.

Another day in the subway you saw a lady and told me "Her tummy peeking out. I just touch it". And then we had our first "You are solely responsible for your actions, Son, and it matters exactly zero what "she" is wearing" conversation.

And another day you asked Papa "Why that lady's tummy so full? She just eat a lot???" Clearly, we need to work on discretion, too. 

I got you some new pjs awhile back and you are SO cute in them. You love the super man ones and ones with little mustaches especially. 

This is your last Summer for bubbles which has me a little sad. Someone at the playground asked you if you were a year old last time you had one on. Haha. You didn't seem to mind and you looked so adorable. 

I finally found you something to wear to be the ring bearer in Cookie's wedding. It's a little set where the shorts button onto the top. I was NOT letting you wear a suit and tie!
  • I had a special moment a few weeks ago in Central Park. Papa threw you over his shoulder and you waved and said "I love you, Momma". My sweet, sweet boy.
I love you so much- everything you are and all that you are becoming. It goes so fast and I'm so thankful you are still sweet and snuggly and even a little rowdy and rough. You are amazing and wonderful and I could not love you more. 

Momma (and Papa)

P.S. Your outfit is a 2T and I'm so glad I caught your mad/pouty face this month. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Weekly Happenings #273 (June 16-22)-- A Week With Lots of Papa

[Family pic with the couch not folded up on Friday night because we didn't have time to do it on Friday morning.]

This was a different week. Peyton always has Tuesdays and Fridays off and if he's working the weekend he has Thursday off, too. Well, he worked an extra day last week so he got Wednesday off as well. That meant four straight days of him at home. We loved it!

I got up around six on Monday and decided to fold out the bed (I had fallen asleep on the couch). Ha! Peyton teased me when he got up, but I rolled back over and went to sleep and the kids didn't get up until nine. So it was well worth it! They ate breakfast and watched their shows and then I talked to my mom on the phone and folded up the couch and cleaned the kitchen floor. I swept liter and straightened a bit and then ate my breakfast and took a bath.

I fixed the kids lunch and did dishes and got Graves down for his nap. He never fell asleep, but I ate lunch and worked on a couple of posts and then did school with Annie. When he got up, we got ready and headed to the park. We had a fun time and I kind of eavesdropped on a conversation a guy and a girl were having about society and dads' roles and feminism. I was sitting close so it was hard not to!
Sweet girl!

She always insists that they match!

We came home and worked on a puzzle Minnie had sent and I cooked eggs and grits for supper.

The kids ate and then I read to them and got them to bed. I finished my post and read some blogs and watched The West Wing. Peyton got home and we talked and ate and watched some more. It was late and then I got back on the computer for a few things. I went to bed SUPER late.

The kids slept until nine again on Tuesday. Peyton was off and we all had a really lazy morning. We watched shows with the kids and had breakfast and by the time I got my bath it was after ten. We had lunch and I started getting together the recycling and folding up the couch. I got ready and left to go over to Calvary Church to help get ready for Creative Arts Camp. I ended up cutting up scraps of fabric in the rectory. I got to visit with some friends and had a little glass of wine before I left. I came home and ate something and played with the kids before it was time for bed. I uploaded pictures and got on Facebook and the computer started acting up. I fell asleep watching a movie with Peyton. I woke up and chatted with Peyton before he went to bed and then went back to sleep.

We had another slow morning on Wednesday. The sink was clogged and Peyton fixed that and also rehung our curtains which were in BAD shape (the pole was about to fall down). I washed dishes and we all got ready and headed to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
pirate ship playground! 

I swear he looks like he's running for an office. I need to teach him to shake hands when he says "I'm Baby Graves".

Annie LOVED the tire swing. Brings back so many memories of the EPIC tire swing Mick rigged up for me and Cookie. We'd swing higher than the top of our backyard fence! 

We got something to eat and played for a good while and then headed home. We got milkshakes and after that we passed a fruit stand and bought a bunch. We basically fed the kids fruit for supper. We stopped at another park with a sprinkler and then came home for baths and bedtime. I started laundry and did some things on the computer. I finished laundry around eleven and Peyton was already asleep. I ate something and took a shower and went to bed.

I got up Thursday and got ready pretty quickly to go help set up for camp again. I glued rope on columns, traced animals on decorations, and got my room set up. I came home and cleaned up where the cat had thrown up (ugh!) and got on the computer for a bit. I talked to my mom on the phone and Peyton and the kids got home from the museum they had been to. I visited with them and then started more laundry and did dishes. Peyton got ready to leave for a volunteer banquette and I fixed the kids dinner. I read to them and put them to bed.

Friday was another fun day. Peyton was off and we had got up and got ready and headed to our friend David's house for a play date (he's a freelance photographer and he stays at home with his little girl). We stopped by a convenience store on the way so I could get a snack since I hadn't had breakfast. We had SUCH a great time visiting and Annie and Graves had a blast playing with Ingrid.
 It doesn't even feel like the same place. Blows my mind that anyone owns this much green in Brooklyn.

We also got to play with a baby kitten! 

Another wonderful day exploring another wonderful neighborhood we used to be terrified of. I'll never be able to articulate how this place has grown and changed me. 


We headed home that afternoon and when we got to Clinton Hill we tried to decide on a restaurant. We kept going to Fort Greene and tried a new one- Madiba. It's South African and it was really good.

We stopped at a park on the way home and when we got back we bathed the kids and put them to bed.

When Papa is off and we've been going all day and we had a super late lunch and everyone is tired, we eat fruit in the tub for dinner.

I tried to work on the computer which had lots of pop ups and got frustrated and gave up.

I woke up Saturday in not the best mood. The kids were in awful moods, too. Peyton left for work and the kids had breakfast and watched their shows and then I got my bath and straightened a bit. I scooped the liter box and folded up the bed and had breakfast. I played with the kids for awhile and then helped them clean their room. I fixed them lunch and Graves took a nap. I ate my lunch and took a long nap myself.
[Annie's art]

When he got up, the kids played and I called my dad about the computer and sent an email about dance camp for Annie. I cooked some chicken and orzo for them and fixed their supper and I worked on the computer. I finally got it fixed. I read to the kids a good bit and got them ready for bed. I got on the computer and made a playlist for the month (way late!) and then Peyton got home. We talked and watched a movie and I fixed our supper (more orzo and Italian chicken). After the movie, I ironed and did dishes and put up a bunch of laundry I had folded. We went to bed SUPER late.

Sunday was a good, but full day. The kids got up and ate breakfast and then I hustled them back to their room so I could get a bath (Peyton had already left for work). We all got ready and headed to church around ten. We were going to the eleven o'clock service at Calvary-Saint George's because I needed to be at a meeting for Creative Arts Camp afterward. The church service was nice and it was a great break to not have the kids with me. They stayed in the nursery with some other kids and a sitter and the meeting/camp prep lasted from about twelve thirty to three. Apparently, they did great and I feel like we got a lot done.  I had planned to just power through and skip Graves's nap, but he fell asleep in the carrier.
Train nap.

I could not love him more. 

I put him down and he stirred and went right back to sleep. Annie crafted and I had a snack and took another nap myself. I had to wake Graves up at six and he was MAD about it. The kids played and I took his monthly picture and hung up clothes.

I let them watch a show while they ate supper and then I bathed them. It was nine and Peyton walked in while they were still in the bath.
Annie was SO excited about Creative Arts Camp at Calvary-Saint George's this week. The other day I told her we were going to be talking about Joseph and she had me clarify "Joseph, Jesus's papa or Joseph and the brothers". Last night she found him and said "This is the Joseph we're going to learn about tomorrow!".

He helped me get them to bed and we watched The Wonder Years and ate dinner after we put up the Trader Joe's stuff he had bought. I fell asleep on the couch and then woke up and we talked a good bit and I got on the computer. We got ready for bed and chatted and then went to sleep earlier than usual.

This week is camp and I can already tell it's going to be exhausting and amazing!