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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Avon Meeting

Last night I went with my friend Tara to an Avon meeting. I got tons of free gifts and prizes. The first gift I got was Avon Shine Perfume (which is a discontinued fragrance) for attending my first Avon meeting. Then everyone got a door prize, which consisted of a trial size of Anew Stretch Mark Smoother, samples of Pro-To-Go lipstick and information sheet, samples of Christian Lacroix Noir (men's fragrance), Bug Guard labels, mark skincare handout, Pro-To-Go button, and information about top sellers. The Stretch Mark Smoother, Pro-To-Go lipstick, and Christian Lacroix Noir are new products that will be coming out within the next few campaigns. I was happy to see that I was still in the top 50 sellers in the district. Yay me!! The next prize was for my Avon Anniversary. I will be going on 2 years in May (I have been selling for longer, but took a break and so now this is my new anniversary date). I got to pick from a table of items, so I chose this. I got to chose another item for my birthday (which was in February) and chose a mark Voluptuous Lip Plumper. I received a bouquet of roses (fake) for making President's Club. I got to choose 3 more items for taking advantage of some Avon advance orders. I chose this, Skin So Soft Airbrush Spray, and a Sweet Honesty 3 piece gift set. I can't believe I haven't been attending these meetings. I know I won't get this much at every meeting, but it is worth it to go.

Kaitlynn and her Doggy

Monday, Dave got home early - just as Kaitlynn, Bailey and I were leaving for a walk. We waited for Dave and took a nice family walk around the neighborhood. Afterwards, Kaitlynn played on the front porch with Bailey.

Allergies, Teething, Sick?

I am not sure if Kaitlynn is sick, has allergies, or is just teething. Kaitlynn's nose was a little runny on Friday. On Friday late evening / Saturday early morning, Kaitlynn woke up from her sleep crying a few times. Saturday her nose was really runny and later in the day her eyes were watery. Saturday evening / early Sunday morning she ran a fever of almost 102 degrees. She could hardly sleep because she couldn't breath out of her nose and kept waking up crying every 20 minutes. Sunday she ran a little fever, had a very runny nose, and watery eyes. She slept pretty well on Sunday evening. Monday she didn't have fever and her nose wasn't too runny. She hasn't been eating food as well as she normally does for the last 3 days or so. I wish she could tell me if she is hurting or what is bothering her. These symptoms can be so many things. Teething can cause a runny nose and fever. Allergies can cause a runny nose and watery eyes. Maybe it's a combination of both. Who knows?

Kaitlynn Attends her First Birthday Party

On Saturday, Kaitlynn attended her first friend's birthday party. Her friend Bailey turned one. This is not the first friend's birthday party she has been invited to, but is the first one she has been able to attend. I think she had a good time.
She liked playing with the tissue paper from the gifts.
She enjoyed playing peek-a-boo.
This is the only picture I managed to take of Kaitlynn and Bailey.

Monday, April 21, 2008


On Friday, I woke up to Kaitlynn smiling and calling Pumpkin into the bedroom at about 4:30AM. A second or two later, Bailey came down the hall and Kaitlynn called her into the bedroom, too. Then I heard what sounded like the garage door opening and couldn't figure out why Dave would be coming home from an overnight at 4:30AM. Since that didn't make sense I started thinking that maybe someone was trying to break in. That thought went out of my head pretty fast, as Kaitlynn and I heard the water in the shower of the master bathroom start dripping pretty hard. Then at 4:36 the bed started shaking / vibrating, the widows started rattling and the closet doors began shaking. I couldn't figure out what was going on. I was thinking is this a tornado? Should I take Kaitlynn and run downstairs? After things stopped shaking and vibrating, I fished around the news channels to see what the hell just happened. Finally at 5AM, the news said we just experienced an earthquake that was a 5.4.
Later that morning at 10:14, Kaitlynn and I were in the bedroom and the bed started shaking again. It was an aftershock from the earthquake. What a crazy morning!?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Beautiful Day

Today Dave took my dad to get a colonoscopy so he had the Honda (which has the car seat in it). So Kaitlynn and I weren't able to go to the Nursing Moms Group. After a late breakfast, we took a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood. Then we played in the front yard for awhile. It was such a beautiful day!

Dave brought the car back before he went to work, so Kaitlynn and I went to my parents' house. My dad's colonoscopy went well, but he was feeling tired and weak. He was happy that I brought Kaitlynn over. Kaitlynn loves seeing my parents.

Kaitlynn's Friends

On Tuesday we went to the Older Babies Playgroup. Kaitlynn was so excited to see her friend Ella (who was sleeping in her car seat) that she kept trying to wake her up. When Ella finally woke up, Kaitlynn was so excited. The excitement didn't last too long though, because then she took off to play with her friend Gabe shortly after Ella woke up. Gabe and Kaitlynn were playing in the clothes racks. It looked like they were going under the rack to hide or kiss (Eileen and I weren't sure which)! Then Gabe hugged Kaitlynn - so adorable! He is such a sweetie, just like Kaitlynn. They played peek-a-boo and ran around the store for awhile together.

Monday Night

On Monday evening we went to my parents' house for dinner. My mom invited the lady she works for (Beth) and her 2 boys (Auggie and Elliott) over. Kaitlynn loves playing with Auggie and Elliott. Auggie is really good with her. Elliott likes playing with her, too, but can be kind of mean to her. Right after the boys left, Kaitlynn fell into my parents' rocking chair and got a bruise on the right side of her face (under her eye).
We watched Memory Keeper's Daughter on Lifetime. My mom and I read this book several months back and really loved it. We liked the movie, however, a lot of facts from the book were changed in the movie. I am definitely glad I read the book because it was excellent. I wish they wouldn't have changed or omitted so much in the movie.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Thursday, April 10, 2008


I received an email from Jill today that included ultrasound pictures of little Nick. I was opening up the ultrasound pictures and told Kaitlynn I was going to show her pictures of her new little friend. I asked her if she could wait 5 months to meet him and she shook her head no. It was so adorable! I think we all feel the same way. We can't wait to meet him!

The Heartbreak Kid

Tuesday night Dave and I watched The Heartbreak Kid. Ben Stiller and Jerry Stiller are in it. I thought it was pretty funny. I like Ben Stiller a lot and his movies are typically pretty funny. It is so hilarious after he gets married and starts finding things out about his new wife. I'm not sure if Dave liked it because he fell asleep in the middle of it. Although anytime we watch a movie in bed, he falls asleep. If I want him to stay awake for the movie we have to watch it in the living room and I have to make sure he is sitting up (not laying down).

Playing Dress-Up?

Kaitlynn found one of my nursing bras last night and decided to show it to her visitors. Thankfully it was just my parents. She was walking around the house with one of the straps in her mouth.

Then we thought it would be funny to put it on her. She thought it was so cool that I was taking pictures of her with it on.

Mashed Potatoes

Yesterday for lunch Kaitlynn had mashed potatoes, carrots, broccoli, and chicken nuggets. I was checking my email while we were eating lunch and when I looked over at her she was mushing the mashed potatoes in her hands. She was having such a good time!

Mommy's Helper

Yesterday I received an Avon shipment. Kaitlynn likes to help me sort through the products. Once she actually took this ring out of one customer's bag and put it in another's. I didn't realize it and they were delivered to each customer. Thankfully the customer that received the ring in her bag (and wasn't charged for it) called me to let me know. The other customer hadn't said anything to me about the ring missing. It was a pretty smart idea on Kaitlynn's part though because the customer who accidentally received the ring ended up buying 2 of them. What a smart baby! She's just helping mommy get more business and make more money!
Yesterday when she was helping me, she would take something out of the Avon shipment and hand it to me, but as I would reach for it, she would take it back. It was so cute! Oh, by the way, she doesn't have access to the customers' bags anymore.

Kaitlynn's Going to Have a New Friend

All day Tuesday I was so excited and couldn't wait to talk to my friend Jill. She was having the "Big Ultrasound" done and was going to find out the sex of her baby. When Jill called on Tuesday night, I was getting Kaitlynn ready for bed, so I called her back afterwards. She didn't answer her phone. I kept bothering Dave asking if I should call her back or if I should just wait for her to call back. I decided that she might be sleeping and needed her sleep. Jill called Wednesday to tell me that they are having a boy. His name is Nicholas Joseph. We talked about the possibility of me watching him when she goes back to work. Jill called last week to ask me if I was interested. Dave and I talked about it and I am interested. I know it will be a lot of work, but I think it would be nice to have a little baby around. It's not definite yet, as there are still things to talk about / think about. I am so excited for Jill and Emil. They will be great parents. It was so cool to talk to her today as I could just hear the excitement in her voice.

Another Belated Birthday Gift

Kaitlynn received a birthday gift on Monday when we were at my parents' house. The gift was from her great aunt Sam and great uncle George. They left the gift at my grandma's and my parents picked it up. They gave her an outfit (capri pants and shirt with a matching hat) and a book (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom). Kaitlynn has that book already, but the one she has is a paperback and this one is a board book. She loves books!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Great Grandma's and Sliding

Yesterday Kaitlynn and I went to my grandma's house to visit. My parents, Elliott, and niece Hanna met us there. Kaitlynn and I haven't seen my grandma since Kaitlynn's birthday party.
Kaitlynn had fun pulling Hanna's hair.
Kaitlynn and I were going to leave my grandma's at 1PM to go to the Older Babies Playgroup, but we ended up staying at my grandma's until about 2PM. After we left, we went to McDonald's. The food may not be the healthiest, but the playland is great for kids.

Kaitlynn really enjoyed the toddler play area. She climbed up the steps to the slide by herself and slid down all by herself. It was so cool to see her do that on her own.

Monday Night Dinner

Monday night we went to my parents' house for dinner. We go to their house almost every Monday night for dinner. Kaitlynn has a good time there and they have a lot of toys for her to play with.
Kaitlynn is climbing into and onto everything. She also dances anytime she hears music. It is so cute! I love to see her dance.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Just Women

Saturday, Kaitlynn and I went to my parents' house because my Aunt Tommy came in town. She lives in Moscow Mills, MO. Anyway, my mom, aunt, Kaitlynn and I went to lunch at the Pasta House and then did a little shopping. It was neat hearing stories about them growing up and just talking to them. I heard some family stories that I had never heard before. Sometimes I can't believe the way things were 50 to 60 years ago.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Toddler Playland

Today Kaitlynn and I met my parents and Elliott (one of the little boys they watch) at McDonald's. The McDonald's we went to had the regular playland, but also had a little play area for toddlers. Kaitlynn had a good time. The other little girls (who were older than Kaitlynn) kept trying to get her to slide with them, but she wouldn't. She meets friends everywhere she goes.

Elliott is on the other side of the mesh wall.
Kaitlynn's shirt says Daddy's Lil Princess. My parents bought this in Florida and gave it to her for one of her Easter gifts.
Later my parents came over and we went to dinner at Jimmy John's. This was the first time I had their sandwiches. I had a veggie and it was awesome!
Tonight Dave and I watched The Brave One. It was pretty good. The movie took a different turn than what I expected from the previews, but the ending was satisfying.

Random Pictures

Kaitlynn and Bailey
Unpacking her suitcase
Playing in her laundry basket
Why are you taking so many pictures?
Kaitlynn and her lovebug
Kaitlynn has a love for books
Looking out the front window