Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Long time again. I'm trying to get more work done around the house during nap time and K and M haven't been napping at the same time lately either. Oh well.

Let's see, what's new. Mom and Dad are staying up in Chicago. Their low offer was accepted so they'll be there for the next few years. Mom may or may not work for the whole time, now that her pension is screwed up, work doesn't seem to have the same appeal. But she is putting a lot into 401K so maybe she will work for a few more years. I wish they were coming down here still but they asked God for a clear sign and having such a low offer accepted is pretty clear. They may still move down here in a few years.

K had picture day today. She wore a new outfit from Gymboree. It was brown and she only had black shoes so I had to make a quick run to Meijer to find brown shoes before her picture turn. Just made it as her name was being called. She really likes school this year. Her crafts are more complicated and they play "duck, duck goose" at the end of the day. Today I guess all the kids could recite their memory verse, which was "God made us" so everyone got to pick a prize out of the treasure chest. K came running out of the room with this super ball above her head, chattering at high speed all about it.

I'm doing good with my e-bay stuff, sold some stuff today and yesterday. It's not a ton of money but I'm getting rid of stuff and making more then I would at a garage sale. I am debating selling more of K's clothes. I took a bunch of the older clothes that were stained or I just didn't like to Goodwill a few months ago. But I still have a big storage container of nice, clean 6-18 month clothes. I could sell them but also want to keep them if we have another child. I don't think we will at this point but it's probably way to soon to decide that. I do want to keep some of my favorite outfits to make a quilt out of when she gets older. That will be hard to choose!

M is still getting over his cold but last night he slept better. Woke up at 2:45 and at 6:00 and up for the day at 7:00. He's over 4 months and should be sleeping through the night but we can't try to push that issue until he gets over his cold. I do well most of the time with the lack of sleep. I definitely have gotten better, God has answered my prayers for patience.

I've been doing really well with MK. I had 5 parties in 4 weeks and won a purple stone ring. I can earn the matching necklace and earrings by having 5 parties in 5 weeks in October and November. I already have 5 booked so as long as those hold, I'll get there. I have one tonight and one on Friday. I ordered the holiday stuff and got it all in. It is some great stuff, should be easy sells. And by being a Star Consultant for 1st quarter, I got a prize. I picked a black leather purse. B thinks its ugly but who cares, it's not his purse!

That's about it here. I'll try to write more often.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Been along time again, sorry about that. Let's see what's been going on.

Today Kylie climbed to the top of the playarea at Chic-fil-a for the first time. She was so excited that she screamed "I'm a big kid" loud enough for the whole resturant to hear. :-D

Matthew had his 4 month appt on Monday. He weights 14lbs, 13 oz and is 25 inches long. 50% for everything. The dr gave us some suggestions to help him sleep through the night, like letting him fuss for 10-15 mins before picking him up so he can learn to self-sooth. We did that on Monday night and it didn't go well, we were up from 2:30-3:30 and again at 5. We also are trying to get him used to not sleeping swaddled to see if that works, thinking if he could suck on his hands, maybe he would sooth himself. Didn't work either. So we're back to letting him keep one arm out and the other swaddled (he feel asleep instantly when we did that vs. waking up every 2-3 mins for 30 mins straight). I guess he's just not ready yet to sleep through the night or not be swaddled. Oh well.

Kylie has been doing great in school. She played Duck, Duck, Goose for the first time yesterday. She said that Camille picked her and she picked Camille. Hopefully the other kids got to play too! Nothing new with the PTing. Although Dr Collins told her that princesses (since she'll be one for Halloween) don't wear diapers, they were princess panties. We'll keep telling her that to see if it has any affect. I always thought she would be PTed by age 3 since she does other things so early but now I just don't know.

Brett is getting frustrated at work. Seems every day he comes home and tells me about something that bothers him or that he doesn't understand why it is done a certain way. I think he may actually get his resume updated and start looking. That used to make me nervous but now I think it a good idea. He pays way too much for insurance and could do project management for more money somewhere else.

Mom and dad are thinking of moving to Indy. I think that's a great idea. Mom would retire and take it easy, dad might work or retire, they don't know yet. I really would like mom to live close to some family member with her health now. Not that she needs help now but in 10 years, she might. And I'm the only one out of us kids, who can do that. And I would really like Kylie and Matthew to be able to spend as much time with my parents as they do with Brett's.

MK is going well. I took a big leap of faith (maybe not that big considering how well my parties have been going, how well I did last year at Christmas and how many parties I have coming up) and order quite a bit of the new Christmas line and other skin care products. Enough to earn my second "Star Consultant" quarter. That's very cool. So I'll get a neat prize and recognition. And I'll have plenty of products on hand so I'll spend less on postage and time delivering stuff. But I"m not using the money I make for my eye surgery, I'm taking over some of the household bills so we don't have to go into our savings as much. That puts the pressure on me to sell, sell, sell!

My bf Sara seems to finally be feeling better after having Sophie. She said her boobs are healing, Sophie is feeding better and Owen is doing well with school. It was great to hear her sound more like herself. I told her that there were more then one occassion that I was considering packing the kids up and driving to detriot because I was so worried about her. She admited that she probably could have used that. I think next time I get a gut feeling like that, I should just do it. She really needed a friend up there, not just on the phone. I'll talk to her about coming back up there sometime this fall or winter. I miss her so much.

That's about it here.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

It's been so long since I last wrote. But not much has gone on with us, just our usual lives.

M is sleeping. K was sleeping but woke up so she's watching Jonah on our TV in our rooms.

Labor day was spent in Chicago visiting my parents. Josh and Sarah were there too. It was great to see them both. It warms my heart when I see them play with K and M, they seem to really like being aunt/uncles.

We did go disc golfing, which is one of Josh's hobbies. It wasn't easy but I tried. Brett and Dad started to get better by the end. Josh is really good. And we went to a fair on Saturday. They had a craft show that I really liked. We didn't get anything but the booths were very nice. We didn't get to look at everything because K wanted to ride the rides.

K is sleeping now on our bed, she's so tired but fights those naps like you wouldn't believe. Thank goodness, I need the mental break.

M has a cold that has been keeping him from sleeping well - naps and at night. I thought he had an earache since he's been screaming when he eats and waking up so much. So we went to the Dr today. She didn't see an ear infection but thought it might be coming on so she gave us a perscription for Amixoicillin anyway. He is very congested so she told us to use Children's Nighttime Triminic, which I already had for Kylie. It doesn't contain any sleep aids but lasts longer then regular Triminic. And we'll run the vaporizer tonight and put some Vaporub on his chest. Just the fact that he's sleeping now, going on 90 minutes without waking up makes me very hopeful for tonight. He's still not sleeping through the night, Dr. Collins says he's old enough to do it so we don't know why he isn't yet. Maybe after he starts solids he will.

I've gotten several of the items I bought off of E-bay in the mail this week. I'm very impressed with everything so far. Gymboree clothes wear well anyway and the used ones I've gotten look brand new. And the dresses and jeans that I sold went for $35+, which is well over what I would make at a garage sale and without the work. I'm still waiting for the lady to pay for them but it's only been a few days. Speaking of waiting for payment, my MK weekend bag sold on the 30th but I haven't been paid for that either. If I don't get payment then I'm filing a "no-payment report" with E-bay to see if that wakes the buyer up. If she doesn't pay, then I'll just re-list it in a few weeks. It only sold for $52 and I know it can go for more then that.

Speaking of MK, my business is doing much better!! I have had 3 parties in the past week - with $450+ in sales. Pretty good for one week! And I have 3 maybe 4 more parties this month. It's great to get back into the swing of my MK business - I want to start saving for my eye surgery.

Well, that's about it here. I need to do some MK work while the house is quiet.