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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Zoo Wild Lights

Wednesday after Aidan went home, we went to the Zoo for their Wild Lights event. Kaitlynn and I went on the 18th with MomsLikeMe.com, but Dave wasn't able to go with us. We decided to brave the weather and go since it was the last night of the event. It wasn't too terribly cold out. We were bundled up to the max, though. We looked at lights for awhile, then warmed up inside Lakeside Cafe, where Kaitlynn colored a snowflake. We drank some hot chocolate and shared some fries. We walked around looking at lights again, Kaitlynn and daddy rode the carousel and we visited the penguins.

We loved the lights display this year. It was quite amazing.

Afterwards, we went to Wal-Mart to get food and beverages for New Year's Eve.

Google Reader

A few days ago, I started reading / skimming through Google Reader. It was at 1000+ posts. I am down to 0 now. Yeah!

It is such a relief to be caught up on the blogs that I read. I follow about 136 blogs. I probably need to cut down and will stop reading the blogs that I never receive comments from. I went through and tried to leave comments on all the blogs that I read that have been updated in the last month. I feel good entering the New Year with Google Reader cleared out.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sleep Trouble in December

It's 9PM and Kaitlynn is asleep! Yay! For some reason December seems to be a tough month on us in regards to Kaitlynn's sleep. She wants to stay up all night. It seems to happen every December. So what was different today? I don't know, but she got about 12 hours of sleep. She ate really well at mealtimes. She took a shower before dinner, after dinner we did some crafts, then prayed and she passed out almost immediately!

Her prayer was a Thank You to Jesus. She almost made me cry. She said "thank You Jesus for Bailey, my mommy and daddy and Bailey." It was the sweetest prayer I have ever heard. She also said thank You for Fox & the Hound (one of the movies she currently loves to watch - the 2nd one, not so much the original).

Edited later: I spoke too soon. She's awake. We might be pulling an all nighter!

Another Present

Monday, Kaitlynn and I went to MawMaw's. We met Hanna and Adam at Applebee's for dinner. Kaitlynn got to open her present from Uncle Jeff after dinner. He got her the So Chic Styling Salon. Kaitlynn saw this in the Toys R Us book months ago and said she wanted it. It was really hard to find because according to the workers at Toys R Us, it was one of the hottest selling toys. He stayed up all night on Christmas to pick it up the next morning.

More Christmas Celebration

Saturday the 26th, Kaitlynn woke up asking if she had more presents to open. We explained to her that she is not going to get presents everyday.

She got her wish. She had more presents to open.

Christmas Videos

Kaitlynn's first time seeing the gifts under the tree



Kaitlynn opening up gifts and the snow outside



Opening gifts and drinking hot chocolate



Kaitlynn playing with doll and horse


Wearing her cowgirl boots and taking pictures of everything (don't ask me why the USB cable is still on the camera)



I apologize that some of these videos are quite long and for the annoyance of me taking pictures every few seconds during the videos!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas

Kaitlynn slept until 11AM! It was so nice to sleep in. When she woke up, we opened presents. It was so beautiful outside, almost like a dream. While Kaitlynn was opening gifts, we could see the snow coming down from our front windows and the light dusting the earlier snow had left. We ate omelets and drank coffee / hot chocolate and listened to Christmas music. The omelets were delicious! It was nice taking it easy at our house, opening gifts and eating breakfast before having to leave the house to visit family.

We visited with Great Grandma, Aunt Sue and Uncle Dale. Then we went to MawMaw's where Denise and Brandon met us. Jeff, Hanna and Adam came over later. MawMaw, Dave and I cooked dinner. It was delicious! We had ham, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, potato casserole, dressing, Italian salad and rolls. Christmas was so much fun! We had a great time with family. We opened gifts and played Wii. We ended the night watching "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."

Christmas Eve Videos

Kaitlynn playing with Sassy


Kaitlynn opening horse


Opening Memory game


Playing with horse


Getting haircut

Christmas Eve

Thursday morning, Dave got his haircut (by Hanna) and ran some last minute Christmas Eve / Christmas errands. Later, we went to MawMaw's and started cooking dinner. Hanna, Adam, Denise and Brandon came over. We spent time with Jeff until he had to go to work.

Jim, Trina, Nate and Sis came over before dinner. We ate dinner and exchanged gifts with Nate and Sissy.

We had an awesome Christmas Eve. The weather wasn't wonderful (wet and rainy), but we had a great time together.

Late that evening, Hanna colored and trimmed MawMaw's hair, cut my hair and painted my nails red and trimmed Kaitlynn's hair. She did a really good job! She's getting really good at cutting hair. Dave, Brandon and Kaitlynn played Wii golf. Kaitlynn did really good, too! She had a blast playing.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas


Here is our Christmas Card for this year (with the names cropped off).
Merry Christmas to all!

Christmas Crafts, Phone Call and Video from Santa

Kaitlynn worked on some Christmas crafts Wednesday afternoon when she was feeling a little better. She had so much fun making these crafts. We had some photo Christmas cards left over, so I cut her pictures out and she pasted them to a couple of wreaths. She made a photo wreath for MawMaw, too. She enjoyed cutting the pictures of mommy and daddy and pasting them on a separate wreath.


Phone Call from Santa



Video from Santa

First Christmas Gift

Kaitlynn opened her first Christmas gift on Tuesday evening. It was from MawMaw Tommie. MawMaw Tommie gave it to Kaitlynn on Saturday, but with everything going on and being sick, she didn't open it until Tuesday.

Croup Again

Sunday evening, Kaitlynn woke up from a late nap with a barking cough. Sound familiar? Yeah, I think she has croup again. She had it right before Thanksgiving. I don't understand how my very healthy little girl went from hardly ever getting sick to being sick a lot. This year she has had an ear infection, several viruses, croup, stomach virus and now croup again. The only thing that has changed is that I am doing in-home childcare. But it's not like I have a house full of kids. I typically only have 1 child at a time, sometimes 2.

We are giving her children's Motrin and sitting in the bathroom frequently for the steam from the shower. I just hate seeing her not feeling well. I am really concerned with how often she has been sick lately. We need to purchase a new humidifier. We've never liked the one we purchased when she was first born. It's The First Years American Red Cross Cool Mist Humidifier. I just don't think it works and have never noticed a difference when we have used it.

I hope she is feeling better to enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Christmas Traditions' Santa Parade

Santa Parade




Storytelling at Berthold Square




After the parade, storytelling and lunch, Kaitlynn listened to a story from Mrs. Claus.

St. Charles' Christmas Traditions

Saturday Kaitlynn, Dave, MawMaw, Johanna and I met MawMaw Tommie in St. Charles for Christmas Traditions. This is an event we went to last year and we want to keep as a tradition. We walked around Main Street and went into the stores braving the cold weather. Kaitlynn collected the Character cards. We stopped for some coffee / hot chocolate and cookies. We took Kaitlynn to get her picture taken with the Victorian Santa and she freaked out. While in line she said she wanted to go home and that "this is ridiculous." I spent the next several minutes trying to get her to repeat herself for the camera, but of course she wouldn't. It was hilarious! I was kind of surprised that she was freaked out about that Santa because she didn't mind the other characters and santas. We watched the Santa Parade and then gathered at Berthold Square for story telling. We ate lunch at Lewis and Clark's. After lunch we walked around and went into more stores.

We had a great time until I was trying to rush Kaitlynn to the bathroom and twisted my ankle. What a spectacle! It was pretty much over from there, since it hurt to even walk on it.








Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Do You Flip?

I am getting to try out this Flip Video camcorder from MomsLikeMe.com. I am having a blast with it. It is super easy to use and to download. I am in love with it.

I am quite a site now. Instead of just having my digital camera with me at all times, I know have this too. It's really funny when I try to use both (at the same time). Yeah, that's ridiculous, but I love pictures and videos. Always capturing little moments.

Monday, December 21, 2009

MLM Playdate at the Zoo - Wild Lights

Friday night Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I went to the Zoo for Wild Lights. It was MomsLikeMe.com night. Thankfully, I got to work inside at The Living World giving out gloves to the first 100 moms and mittens to the first 100 babies / toddlers. MawMaw and Kaitlynn participated in the Lowe's Build & Grow activities in The Living World. Kay Quinn was there to read stories to the kids.


Here is a video from the Zoo's website.

Little Tykes 2 - Let It Snow

Thursday, Dave and Kaitlynn attended her last Little Tykes 2 class. The theme was Let It Snow.
Kaitlynn's become quite the artist!
It's sad because this could very well be her last PCIP (Parent Child Interaction Program) class for 2 year olds!

We joined a Produce Co-op in our area from MomsLikeMe.com and received our first order. It was only a half order, but I think think we are going to like it. I can't believe how much stuff we got - mushrooms, apples, lettuce, jumbo carrots, zucchini, Roma tomatoes, bananas, grapefruit and tangerines.

Stomach Virus

Kaitlynn came down with the stomach virus late Monday night going into Tuesday morning. She had diarrhea and was vomiting. The vomiting lasted about 7 hours. I called the pediatrician's exchange and they said she isn't contagious when she is vomit free for 6 hours. They said the stomach virus usually lasts 12-24 hours. Tuesday the pediatrician's office called to check on her. I really like that they follow up on the calls to the exchange.

I came down with the stomach virus on Thursday. It seemed to last about 3 hours (at least the vomiting did). I was really hoping I wasn't going to get it because I was sanitizing like crazy.

Christmas Party

Monday the 14th, Kaitlynn and I met the playgroup at Yummy & Co bakery for our Christmas Party. Trisha and Kylie were the only ones who were able to come. Yummy & Co has a great area for the kids to play. Their cupcakes are super yummy and they have great coffee, too.

We brought cupcakes home for daddy and MawMaw. They really enjoyed them, too!

Santa at the Caboose

Sunday, December 13th, we took Kaitlynn to see Santa to get her picture with him. When we got there, she said she wanted to go home. We told her that she didn't have to see him if she didn't want to. We also told her that she should tell Santa what she wants for Christmas. She really wants a horse this year. She agreed to see him, but the whole time while waiting, she said she didn't like Santa. We just kept reassuring her and thankfully didn't have a long wait at all. There was one family in with Santa before us. Santa was so nice! He took his white gloves off to show Kaitlynn that he had hands like her. He talked to her and reassured her. She decided she would stand by him, but only with me next to her. Santa gave her a candy cane and she got a coloring book, too.

Afterwards, we took her to McDonald's to treat her to an ice cream cone.

Later that day, I wrapped Christmas presents.

Avon Recruits

Exciting news in regards to my Avon business / leadership. I signed up my 2nd recruit on Wednesday the 9th, 3rd recruit on Thursday the 10th, 4th recruit on Friday the 11th! I have more possible recruits that I am hoping to sign up before the end of the year.
Kaitlynn was being silly when Hanna, Adam and Amy were over on Thursday. Kaitlynn and Adam played while the rest of us did Avon stuff.

Little Tykes 2 - Nursery Rhymes

Thursday, December 10th, Kaitlynn and I attended Little Tykes 2 class. The theme was Nursery Rhymes. I love going to class with Kaitlynn. Her teacher, Sue, told the kids that they had a few minutes left to play before circle time. Kaitlynn put up what she was playing with and said she was ready for circle time. She grabbed my hand and guided me over to the circle to sit. Then during circle time, she was singing and clapping along to the songs. Another parent even mentioned how good Kaitlynn did with the welcome song.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

MLM Baby Shower

Tuesday, December 8th, Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I went to Midrivers Mall to attend Robyn's baby shower with MomsLikeMe.com. MomsLikeMe.com is following Robyn along during her pregnancy and hosted a baby shower with all gifts being donated to Crisis Nursery.

After the baby shower, we went to Children's Place. They had a great sale and Kaitlynn got some new wears (hat, purse and penguin). She also got some new sweaters and a matching scarf and pair of gloves.

Kaitlynn met her new boyfriend at the mall. She was obsessed with Kaden, until he left the mall. She hasn't talked about him since!

The video from Channel 5 won't embed, but here is a link.

Holiday Dinner and Meeting

Monday, December 7th, I attended the Avon Holiday Dinner and Meeting with my mom (who is a sub-seller) and my niece Hanna (who just signed up to sell Avon the Friday before).

We had a nice time and a good dinner. We ate, had a meeting and played bingo.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

St. Nick's Day

This morning when Kaitlynn woke up, we reminded her about her stocking. She was excited to see what was in it.


This afternoon, while Kaitlynn was supposed to be taking a nap, she got into my stuff. She had the laptop out, painted her fingernails with a clear polish and took this picture.

Christmas Lights and St. Nick

Saturday evening on the way to MawMaw's, Kaitlynn and I were looking at Christmas lights and talking about how Christmas and the lights were all in celebration of Jesus' birth. We talked about how Christmas is Jesus' birthday. At one point, Kaitlynn started telling me she couldn't see. She said her eyes wouldn't open. When I looked back at her, she had her eyes closed. She is so silly. She opened them when I pointed out the next display of Christmas lights. In the car, we continued working on left and right and colors. She is pretty good at left and right and knows her colors. Dave met us at MawMaw's. After dinner, we drove around in St. Louis Hills looking at Christmas lights. They do such a great display on several of the streets / neighborhoods around there. We saw the lights on Candy Cane Lane and met Santa. Kaitlynn was freaked out and wanted to go home after seeing him. She is just so scared of him. One of the houses in the area, had a radio station set up to the lights display.

When we got home, Kaitlynn got her piece of candy out of the Christmas Countdown Calendar and then put her stocking out for St. Nick.

I wasn't sure if we were going to celebrate St. Nicholas' Day because I thought it was a Catholic tradition. I grew up Catholic and celebrated the day, but I do not consider myself Catholic anymore. We consider ourselves Christian, more specifically Presbyterian. In doing some research, I found out that it is in fact a Christian and German tradition. I am so excited to continue this tradition with Kaitlynn. When I was younger, I put my shoe outside my bedroom door. With Kaitlynn, we are using her stocking and put it in the hallway between the bedrooms. Can't wait for her to wake up and see what St. Nick brought her!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Super Excited

Friday Kaitlynn and I met Hanna and my Avon district manager to sign Hanna up to sell Avon. I am so excited to finally get started into Leadership. I have quite a few leads, about 10. I am super excited to get people signed up to start their own business. Avon is such a wonderful company and has an opportunity for everyone. It's a business that you can work as little or as much as you want. It's a business that you can do while working at another job. It is really what allowed me to be able to SAH for Kaitlynn's first 2 years. If anyone is looking for a way to make some extra money, please let me know. I would love to share my experience with you and talk to you about how you can start your own Avon business. If you're interested you can leave a comment or visit my Avon site and contact me that way.

Friday, December 4, 2009

New Friend Brittany

Kaitlynn and I went to Little Tykes 2 class on Thursday. The theme was dinosaurs. Kaitlynn likes dinosaurs, but was extremely tired. She didn't get a lot of sleep Wednesday night (because she refused to go to bed), but I thought it was important that she still attend class.
After class, we took MawMaw to an appointment and picked up lunch. Kaitlynn passed out in the car. She didn't take a long enough nap, though, because she was extremely crabby a few hours later. We visited a new local shopping center before going to MawMaw's.

We picked up a bunch of books, DVDs, and a CD from the library all pertaining to holidays, winter and Christmas. This will keep us busy for the next few days, at least.

These are Kaitlynn's Christmas pajamas from last year. They still fit, except are a lot too short. Kaitlynn loves this chipmunk (MawMaw bought it Wednesday night). When she forgets what the chipmunk's name is, she will call it her friend. It's so cute. Brittany is from Alvin & the Chipmunks 2, which is being released on December 23rd. She has been taking this thing everywhere. She bundles it up in her coat with her, she talks to it while she is playing, she sleeps with it. She makes it wave and swing on things. She has to put it in it's own seat when we are out. It sits with her while we are driving places. She loves this thing!

Bundled

Kaitlynn was all bundled up for the yucky weather on Wednesday. It was so rainy and cold. We hung out with MawMaw and went to the grocery store and out to dinner. MawMaw spent the night. Kaitlynn was so wild, she refused to go to bed until late. She was just talking and playing in her room.

I received my new cell phone and love it so far. It's a touch screen. I wasn't so sure if I would like that type of phone, but I do so far.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Post for Madeleine

There's a new appeal for social networkers worldwide to post this video that shows what she would have looked like at age six. If you are a blogger, please help spread this message and post this video on your site.


copied from A Modern Mother

Christmas Meme - Getting To Know You

I was tagged by Amanda at 'Manda Blogs About, who was tagged by Jen at Jael Custom Designs, who was tagged by Ivette at WAHM BAHM, who was tagged by Heather at Top Ten Christmas Blog to participate in her Christmas Meme.

1.) Have you started your Christmas shopping? Yes, but only gifts that I could purchase via my Avon business.

2.) Tell me about one of your special traditions. When I was younger we would put our shoe out for St. Nick on December 5th and would always go to my paternal grandma's on Christmas Eve. Obviously, some traditions have to change as you get older. My husband and I are looking to start new traditions with our daughter. I think we will start the tradition of putting her shoe out on December 5th for St. Nick.

3.) When do you put up your Tree? Usually the weekend of Thanksgiving. This year we put the tree up on Wednesday (day before Thanksgiving), but didn't finish decorating it until Saturday (after Thanksgiving).

4.) Are you a Black Friday shopper? I used to be, but haven't since having my daughter in February of 2007. However, this year we did purchase something online (on Thanksgiving) that was part of the Black Friday ads.

5.) Do you Travel at Christmas or Stay home? Our families live in the same state as us, thankfully. We did have to travel one Christmas before we got married for a wedding. We will never do that again!

6.) What is your funniest Christmas memory? The funniest memory, since being married, was when my husband and I bought each other the same gift. We each bought a pair of theater tickets to see Les Miserables.

7.) What is your favorite Christmas Movie of All time? I guess it would have to be National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

8.)Do you do your own Christmas Baking? What’s your favorite treat? Yes, I do some baking. I like to bake chocolate chip cookies with nuts in them.

9.) Fake or Real Tree? We have a 7 1/2ft tall fake tree.

10.) What day (as a Mom) does the actual panic set in to get it all done? I'm ashamed to say, the morning of the 24th. I'm a procrastinator.

11.) Are you still wrapping presents on Christmas Eve? Yes, a few odds and ends. Sometimes still buying gifts on that day. Told you I was a procrastinator.

12.) What is your favorite family fun time at Christmas? We do a lot of fun activities, some are just the 3 of us and some are with my family. We go to the Zoo for their Wild Lights event. We also go to Old St. Charles for their Christmas event. Definitely, Christmas morning is a plus with Kaitlynn. Watching her open gifts is always fun, but typically cut kind of short or hurried as we are trying to get ready to visit both sides of the family. This year should be more relaxed and enjoyable since we will just be visiting my family.

13.) What Christmas craft do you like the best? I don't really have a favorite yet, as last year was our first year to make crafts. We made a star ornament for the tree.

14.) Christmas music? Yes or No. And if yes, What is your favorite song? Yes, but not too early. I won't listen to it until after Thanksgiving. I love a lot of Christmas songs. My favorite Christmas CD is Josh Groban's Noel.

15.) When do you plan to finish all your shopping? Hopefully by the 23rd. I'm being realistic.


Any blogger is welcome to participate in this meme, even if you haven’t been tagged yet. Heather will go back and add your blog link to the list if you wanna play along.
Just simply copy and paste the questions into your blog, and then answer them.
Then tag 5 or more of your favorite blogs, and leave them a comment telling them they’ve been tagged.

When you post your blog, please spread some Christmas cheer, and leave a link back to Heather's Top Ten Christmas Blog, and the blog that you were tagged by which happens to be Moving On From the Drama.

Here are my 5:
1. A Family Full of Opinions
2. A Nut in a Nutshell
3. Hearts Make Families
4. Oh Caroline
5. The Rantings of a Drama Queens Mum

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December Begins

December already? Wow, this year has flown by! I have to say, I will be glad to put 2009 to bed.

For a week or so, we seemed to have a minor set back in potty training (which is completely normal). I think Kaitlynn is back on track now. She is even getting better with BMs on the potty. Today she told me it looked like a snake. Then said it looked like a turtle. What a funny little mind she has!

She also cracks me up when she talks about Frosty the Snowman. She calls him "Freaky"!

Tonight we watched "The Year Without A Santa Claus." Kaitlynn liked it. I look forward to watching other Christmas movies with her!

We received our first Christmas card today. It was from MawMaw Tommie.

Photo Shoot

This weekend we had a Christmas photo shoot at our house. Kaitlynn had 4 clothing changes and we took pictures in front of our tree (for the Christmas card). I was so excited because it seemed like we got some great pictures on Saturday. After I downloaded them to the laptop, I realized that we would not be able to use any of them. Apparently, we didn't wipe dinner off her face very well! Oops! We tried again Sunday. Kaitlynn was less patient, but we did get some good photos. Then we went to MawMaw's and she took a few family photos of us.

We went to Pasta House for dinner with MawMaw to celebrate her birthday (again). On the table was a list of people to purchase P.H. gift cards for and on the list was probation officer. I just couldn't believe it said probation officer. How random! I showed the waiter and he couldn't believe it either. We all had such a laugh. The rest of the people on the list were pretty normal, regular people in everyone's lives.

Monday, we ordered our Christmas photo cards and can't wait to get them. The previous years we have done photo cards, we have had them done at JcPenney's. This year we decided to take the pictures ourselves and order them online. I hope we like them.

I also ordered a new cell phone. It was time to upgrade. I can't wait to get it and hope I made the right choice in phones.