Friday, July 13, 2007

It's That Time of Year


It's the time for lots of weddings and babies. Exciting!! I headed to Macon a little over a week ago for Allison's wedding; we've been in the same Bible study for two years now. It was great to catch up with lots of my friends. I feel very understood by my friends in Macon, and they are all very supportive of what I'll be doing this next year. It sort of stands in sharp contrast to my brother-in-law Billy Bob's comments a few weeks ago. Over dinner he told me several times that my choice for the next year is "stupid." From what I understand, he thinks it is dumb that I would forego making money for an entire year since I have so much education, etc. I've tried to explain that my college and law degree should not hold me back from making decisions I would otherwise but should only open doors. Oh well, thankfully not every one has to agree and understand, and regardless I feel a complete peace about my decisions.


During my visit I stayed with my friends K & M who are expecting their first baby next month. Their daughter's birth will be a good reason for me to head back to Macon one more time before I move to Nashville. It's interesting to watch them learn all of the baby stuff; there really is a lot to do and learn in anticipation.

I still remember my first (and last) visit to Babies'R'Us over seven years ago. My sister was expecting her first child, so I printed out the registry and set out to buy a few things. I quickly realized that I did not know what anything on the darn registry was and thus did not know where it was located. I should have grabbed an employee; but I can be a bit stubborn like that, so I set out to figure it all out on my own. I think I ended up purchasing something clearly labeled with "Baby Einstein" and left with a headache and desire to never return. Looking back I guess it was mainly all of the breast pump related registry items that threw me for a loop. Oddly I had that similar overwhelmed and lost feeling two weeks ago at Macy's when I was shopping off my cousin's registry. This time I asked for help right away, and no headache ensued. Much easier. Isn't it amazing how much we do without before marriage--or rather weddings? I'd never heard of a mandolin slicer until I bought my cousin one. And as a single person, I can't imagine buying china (I can't imagine registering for it either). Oh well, surely zapping things to add to a registry is more fun that shopping from one. Sort of reminds me of laser tag.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!!

p.s. I'm grateful for my niece Lauren; she turns 4 years old this weekend.

21 comments:

ella said...

I just recently found out what a "diaper genie" is. And for the record I've never step foot in a Babies R'us. I prefer doing all my baby shower shopping the civilized way - online.

Have a great weekend!

Ally said...

My only visit was before the days of online shopping (for me at least), but I agree that now that is the only way to go.

2xA+r0n said...

Happy Birthday, Lauren!

allbilly said...

Once you two get "yuppieized" you'll be all over Babies R Us when you're all knocked up and stuff.

This post provides me the opportunity to share one of my favorite jokes.

Do you know the difference between a wedding and a funeral?

There's one less drunk at a funeral.

icadle said...

Those mandolin slicers are nice. I've always wanted one of those. Does a diaper genie actually change the kid?

Scotty said...

I feel a complete peace about my decisions
Exactly the way it should be!

Diaper genie? I am curious as to what this is..

Ally said...

Scotty: A diaper genie is used to dispose of used diapers; it's like a garbage can sort-of; you put the dirty diaper in and a bag seals over it, preventing the release of any odor. Or at least that's what I think it is.

Ivy: Um, I think that is called a nanny.

Billy: I've never been at a funeral where people drank, but that actually makes a little sense.

Bethany said...

LOVE the pics! Y'all are all beautiful! As for baby items, I'm clueless, too! But it's all good. . . Laser tag? You betcha; Tim LOVED that gun @ Macy's when we registered. . . good times!!!

Leiselb said...

Great photos! And way to stick to your heart....

Pam said...

Happy Birthday to your niece!

I remember the last time I was in BabiesRUs too and looking at a registry. It really spins your head. I think overall things were just hard to find in there.

e.b. said...

oh geez i am still dealing with all the weddings and those registries. i am not ready for the babies yet.

angel, jr. said...

I think everyone does what they need to do, in order to get where they are going (this sounded much better in my head than it does typed out).
Education is just the doorway to realizing who we are and what we want to become.
Do what will help you become the person that you are suppose to be. The person that God has in store for you will develop as you discover yourself when you take those special journeys.

cdp said...

I admire the peace you feel in your decisions. As well you should. It is good work. Important work, to be sure; and in my opinion the world could use more people like you. Although I do find myself mildly entertained hearing about the brother in law from time to time.

Sounds like a good weekend. And yes, baby registry zapping is good fun indeed!

Accidentally Me said...

You're brother in law is an ass. And a pompous one, at that...someone should remind him that his opinion doesn't count in this.

Babies R Us...ugh...I don't have the time or energy to tell you why, or how much, I hate that place.

The Egg said...

I admire your resilience despite comments from people like Billy Bob. I've heard enough bullcrap from so-called intelligent folk. It's mind-blowing--the amount of garbage that comes out of their mouths. Wonderful that you have the support of other friends and family!
Happy Birthday to Lauren!

Clearlykels said...

I've bought so much baby stuff over the years. I love it. I don't have a wedding until October this year! I am thrilled.

B said...

you look great I love your dress

Anonymous said...

I think that Billy Bob must be a very intelligent man... He may be an ass, but not a pompous ass. I wish that there were more people in this world that were as realistic as billy bob. He probably does respect the decision allison has made, but would not have made the decision for himself. It sounds to me like accedentally me,and the egg like to cast judgement on people that they really don't know, and for that reason their opinion is s@#t. I wish Allison nothing but the best, and I know that she will be successful in whatever she decides to do. Maybe while Allison is busy in Nashville Billy Bob should start his own blog.. It could be an awesome blog, not being pompous or anything... THE BILLY BOB

Ally said...

Billy Bob I would definitely read any blog you wrote. First I'd like for you to share the "traffic incident" from last week.

Thomas said...

Nieces can be the best. My 2 year-old niece is my favorite person.

Jordan said...

Unlike BillyBob (name says it all), I think what you're doing is extremely commendable and not stupid at all.

Some people don't have the capacity to understand anything outside of the back of their cereal box... it's not even worth explanation.