Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Plan B....

Here is an interview with Angie and Todd Smith... a follow up of sorts from the Great Is Thy Faithfulness post. It's totally worth the 20 minutes it will take you to watch.

Smith Family Story from Matthew Singleton on Vimeo.

Weekend Getaway

Tomorrow afternoon I'm leaving for a girls weekend!!

Thursday, a few of us are staying at a bed and breakfast and then waking up on Friday to go to First Monday in Canton.

On Friday evening, we'll head to Tyler for our Women's Retreat. I can't wait for a little girl time and to see what God has in store for us!

This is the first time I've been away from Payton overnight since she was 4 weeks old. I'm getting a little sad about leaving her for 2 nights, but I know she and Lane will have so much fun and I need this time by myself to recharge my batteries.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

No Sleep For You!

This past week, Payton had issues staying asleep once we put her down for the night. I attributed it to a growth spurt since her eating was all over the place. Monday she only had 2 bottles (I kept offering it to her and she didn't ever want it) and a half a jar of baby food. Tuesday, she was eating nonstop to make up for it.

Lane left on Wednesday for Talladega (Nascar race). P and I came to stay with my parents so I would have a little back up, plus I love spending time with my parents and sister. Wednesday night she slept ok... waking 3 times. Thursday night was AWFUL! I put her to bed at 7 (normal time). She was up at 11:00, 12:30...was up playing and laughing until 3:00, and then up for the day at 6:15. Friday night she was up 4 times.

We ended up going to the pediatrician yesterday... P had green snot and was just not herself (see above!). Turns out she has an ear infection, so we have ear drops and antibiotic. Last night she didn't go to bed until midnight (crying and was basically inconsolable) and was up almost every 30 minutes. Hopefully today she'll have some good naps and then sleep better tonight.

Why do the daddy's always miss stuff like this?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Personal DNA

Since P is napping, I decided to steal this from Mandy. I think it's quite accurate!

You are a Director

As a DIRECTOR, you combine an unusual openness and passion for beauty and style with confidence and a down-to-earth sensibility that allow you to realize your vision.

You are practical and pay attention to the details that others tend to miss.

By focusing on what is real and concrete, you achieve more than those who always have their heads in the clouds.

When it comes to what really matters in your life, you are confident in your ability to succeed.

Having beautiful things in your life gives you pleasure and satisfaction - you have a keen eye for style.

Even when problems present themselves, deep down you know you will overcome these challenges.

When routines get too familiar, you become bored and start looking for ways to spice things up.

You are open to new types of experiences – you are not afraid to take a risk on something new.

You have a highly developed sense of taste – you know what looks good on you, in your home, and in the world at large.

You're not afraid to let your emotions guide you, and you're generally considerate of others' feelings as well.

You prefer to have time to plan for things, feeling better with a schedule than with keeping plans up in the air until the last minute.

You have a strong sense of style and value your personal presentation - friends may even seek your style advice from time to time.

If you want to be different:

Occasionally let yourself dream a little more, even if it doesn't seem practical or efficient.

how you relate to others
You are Benevolent

You are a great person to interact with—understanding, giving, and trusting—in a word, BENEVOLENT

You don't mind being in social situations, as you feel comfortable enough with people to be yourself.

Your caring nature goes beyond a basic concern: you take the time to understand the nuances of people's situations before passing any sort of judgment.

You're a good listener, and even better at offering advice.

You're concerned with others at both an individual and societal level—you sympathize with the plights of troubled groups, and you can care about people you've never met.

Considering many different perspectives is something at which you excel, and you appreciate that quality in others.

Other people's feelings are important to you, and you're good at mediating disputes.

Because of your understanding and patience, you tend to bring out the best in people.

If you want to be different:

You spend a lot of time taking care of others, but don't forget to take care of yourself!

Sometimes you can get overcommitted, and when you sacrifice spending time with those close to you, it can make them feel unimportant.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Rain Drops On Roses, And Whiskers On Kittens....

These are a few of my favorite things!

Wine Cube from Target. The newest variety is White Sangria. oh. my. goodness. This stuff is fantastic! Seriously the best drink on a warm day. It's crisp, refreshing, and just so good. They have individual "juice box" packs (total liquid is 1L) and the 1.5L cube. $7.99. I've already bought some for our girls night before Canton!

Gillian & O'Malley knit bermuda sleep shorts (Target). HEAVEN! Seriously. These are the most comfortable shorts ever! They're super soft, fit great (much looser than this pic) and the best part... you can be in your pajamas and run to the store... I mean, if you had to ;)

This monitor is AMAZING! I love being able to check on P without having to go upstairs and potentially make noise that wakes her up. It's also fun to sneak a peak when she first wakes up and is just entertaining herself!

Out! Natural Stain and Odor Remover (Walmart). It's in the pet section, but works great on the carpet and on P's clothes! Smells terrific... yummy lemongrass. This gets out all kinds of stuff. It has enzymes that break down the offending stain. Scout tracked mud in last week (of course the carpets were just cleaned) and I didn't even have to scrub! It "ate" the mud out of the carpet! It's amazing on formula stains too!
Dyson Animal. I've had it for a few years, but I will never buy another brand! I'm a convert. The stuff this thing sucks up is incredible. I like to do a little test every few months to make sure it's still working like it should. I vacuum right after the cleaning ladies leave and I will still get a canister full of "stuff". Since P is scooting and rolling all over the floor, I'm vacuuming every other day and this makes it almost fun.

What are some of your favorite things?

Mom's Group

Everyone decided the group was getting too big and we had a big difference in ages, so we split into a young group and an old group.

Payton is only 9 days older than Tate! I think P is an average size 7 month old... Tate is going to be a tiny one.

Abigail, Tanner (in the background) and Payton

Telling Daddy JTM (Lane's trucking company) and trucks are #1

7 months old!

Barkley Boil '08

Saturday was the 5th Annual Barkley Boil! Since Meredith is pregnant with twins, Lane went over early to help with the preparation and then cook 3 batches of crawfish.

Allison and I made Payton and Trent a pallet in the garage so they could see everyone, but not be in the way.

Payton and a cooked crawfish

Payton and a live crawfish. She wasn't a bit scared and went straight for the claws. Poor little guy had been out of the cooler for awhile and didn't put up a fight.


Where is your cell phone? on the counter

Your significant other? on his way to work

Your hair? in a ponytail

Your mother? at home

Your father? at work I'm sure

Your favorite thing? Mommy answer: Miss Priss, non-Mommy answer: sitting on the patio in the sun, with a nice breeze drinking something yummy

Your dream last night? Something about elections

Your favorite drink? iced tea

Your dream/goal? I'm living it! I get to stay home with my gorgeous baby! I hope and pray that I can raise my children to be amazing, thoughtful, happy, God loving individuals.

The room you’re in? living room

Your ex? I have no idea...

Your fear? something happening to someone I love

Where do you want to be in 6 years? the beach? Who knows... P will be about to start kindergarten so I'm sure we'll be living somewhere else, probably in a different house then the one we're buying this summer

Where were you last night? at home with LC and P

What you’re not? rested

Muffins? blueberry, but I don't eat them... trying to get swimsuit ready

One of your wish list items? new diamond studs (LC, are you reading? Mother's Day is May 12)

Where you grew up? Lonestar State

The last thing you did? put P down for her morning nap

What are you wearing? light blue tank, light blue pj pants with little whales on them

Your TV? which one? living room and bedroom... we moved the one out of the guest bedroom since the house is on the market

Your pets? sleeping on the couch next to me

Your computer? in my lap

Your life? a fun ride!

Your mood? good

Missing someone? yes

Your car? Murano in the garage

Something you’re not wearing? makeup

Favorite store? Super Target or Nordstrom

Your summer? pool and beach

Like someone? tons

Your favorite color? pink

When is the last time you laughed? yesterday afternoon

Last time you cried? last week

Who will repost this? who knows??

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Surprise, Surprise

You Are Most Like Charlotte!

You are the ultimate romantic idealist

You've been hurt before, but that hasn't caused you to give up on love.

If anything, your resolve to fall in love is stronger than ever.

And it's this feminine optimism that men find most appealing about you.

Romantic prediction: That guy you are seeing (or crushing on)?

Could be very serious - if you play your cards right!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Water Baby

I know I've told yall how much Payton loves her bath, but here's her latest fun in the tub. She insists on bouncing and her newest thing is trying to drink from the faucet.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mom's Group

For Mom's Group today, we played outside and had a picnic. It was a gorgeous day and all the kiddos loved being outside.

P loved this car! It has a handle for Momma to push!

Cayman wanted a turn to push P.

P and Nate playing. She did not want him to wear his hat!

Who needs a teether when you've got Momma's sunglasses?


Payton loves her blocks! She also loves to chew on the lid or the bucket, but will dump out the blocks before she starts. If I put one in as she's chewing, she stops, turns it over, and then resumes chewing. She's one smart cookie!

Toto, We're not in Kansas Anymore...

Nope, we're in Texas... in the spring... and you know what that means... weather advisories, storms, and tornadoes.

Thursday morning about 4 am, LC woke up because of the terrible thunderstorm. I woke up for a split second when he turned on the tv and saw lots of red on the map. I fell right back to sleep and the next thing I know, LC is telling me that we need to get downstairs, NOW. I jumped out of bed, ran to P's room and paused for a second to look at her angelic face. Poor baby didn't know what to think when I got her out of bed so early! I grabbed some diapers and we huddled in the downstairs bathroom for about 10 or 15 minutes. True to her easy going personality, she spent the time smiling and talking to me and Scout.

While we were cooking dinner at church on Wednesday night, Jen, Jenni and I were talking about the weather and how we could download something to our phones that would alert us to watches and warnings in our area. A good thing to have if the power went out. When I saw the "rotation" heading toward town I texted Jenni. She replied that she couldn't find the weather anywhere. Not even thinking their power could be out (and in my defense it was super early) I thought, "well just turn on the tv to any local station"! The tornado passed us and was headed right for Momma and Daddy's house. Knowing that they probably weren't up, I decided to call them. I'm sure Mom thought something terrible happened when she saw my number on the caller id. Thankfully the storms passed and no one had any damage to their homes.

This was the second time in 2 weeks that we'd been in the bathroom (the first time I was home with P and Scout by myself... scary!). Yesterday, I made an emergency kit and picked up the closet that's under the stairs. I feel a tad more prepared for middle of the night tornadoes.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

I found this blog when I visited Nester. I am completely overcome with emotion for this family. They have amazing faith in God and what He has planned for them. I think we can all take something away from their story!

I linked you to January, when the blog was started. Make sure you start at the bottom and work your way up... It's best to go in chronological order with this story. Have tissues ready...

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


P and I spent the weekend at my parent's house since Lane was at the races all weekend and had friends in town.

Saturday morning we decided to have a picnic on the floor for breakfast! I think there were a few too many distractions since most of the oatmeal went on P instead of in her mouth!

Friday, April 4, 2008