Sunday, May 31, 2009

Pampered Chef

I just completed my first month as a Pampered Chef consultant. I closed out with 3 cooking shows and a catalog show. I earned $333 in commission, $200 in Pampered Chef Dollars (basically money that they give me to spend on product), a tote bag and a free Deep Covered Baker. All in all I'd say that I did pretty well! Here's to a good 2nd month!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I babysat 2 of the Kolb girls today, and Colin had a great time playing with them! He just loves them! At one point we everyone was playing in Colin's room and they all got on the bed to pose. How cute!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday Madison Kolb! What a big girl you are. I can't believe it...4 years old already!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Weekend

For Memorial Day this year we spent it at my mom's house. We had a barbeque and and enjoyed swimming in the pool. Colin & Rachael had an awesome time swimming. Don't mind the pink swimmies on Colin...he has green ones, mom just couldn't find them!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Belated Mother's Day Dinner

This year mom wanted to go to dinner for Mother's Day. We took her out tonight. She chose to go to The Bavarian Grill in Plano. It's a German restaurant. They had really good food, and fun entertainment. We ended up leaving out stroller, sippy cup, leftovers, Colin's blanket & Brennan's stuffed rabbit at the restaurant! We had a great time.

Digi Scrap Collab - Week 11

Week 11 - 'Tell Me A Story'

A picture is worth a thousand words, so a layout should be worth two thousand. Tell me a story with a photo, layout, and (optional) title... the catch? No journaling allowed. It can be your own story, a family story, or something that evokes a favorite childhood/fictional story.

Have your LO to Bonnie by next Wednesday night. She'll post the LO's on Thursday and the next challenge host will be announced. Anyone is welcome, and if you're new to Digi, questions are welcomed. We'd love to help.

Happy Anniversary

Happy anniversary Sean & Emily Tovson! I hope that you have a beautiful day!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Brennan Standing

I snapped a few pictures today of Brennan standing for the first time. He didn't get up himself, I stood him up...but he stood there for a bit playing with his toys! Go Brennan!

Colin's First Dentist Appointment

Colin had his first dentist appointment this morning. I was very nervous about it because I know how shy he is. Well, my fear was validated...he screamed the whole time...but I guess that is better than clamping his mouth shut, because they were able to do his cleaning quickly! He was just so scared. 
The office that we went to was a pediatric office, so it was all set up with a playroom and the exam rooms were very kid friendly. They even had a TV on the ceiling playing cartoons for the kids to watch during the cleaning. 
Colin got to pick out a brand new toothbrush (he chose one with ladybugs on it). He even got to choose the toothpaste and fluoride flavor (strawberry, of course!).
I came equipped with my camera to be a good mom and capture his first visit for memories, but with all of the crying, I just couldn't bring myself to bring it out. So, I took him outside when we got home and he showed off his pearly whites for the camera!
Report: no cavities (Yay! I contribute this to us being very strict with what he eats). He did have some plaque buildup on his front teeth, but that's nothing that a little flossing can't fix. The dentist also said that he has a fairly narrow top palette and she's going to 'watch' it...dunno what that means for the future?!? Colin also has his 2 year molars coming in (finally, now that he's almost 3...then again it did take 13 months before we ever even saw his first tooth!)
Plan: brush twice a day, focusing on his top front teeth and a few of the back ones, floss, and teach him to spit out toothpaste. His next visit is in 6 months (December). Hopefully he'll be a little more relaxed next time.
All in all, I'd say that the visit went better than I had expected it to. If anyone is pedi. dentist shopping, I would definitely recommend this one!

Digi Scrap Collab - Week 10 LO's

Week 10 - 'All About Me'


Casey's LO

Bonnie's LO

Check out Bonnie's blog tomorrow for our next Digi Collab Challenge.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Super Sick Kristen

I had a HORRIBLE day on Monday! I woke up not feeling so great. Hit the bathroom a few times. It was Colin's last day of Kindermusik class for the semester, so I got us all ready and went. By the time the class was over, my stomach was grumbling again. I just figured that I needed to eat lunch. The boys, my mom and I went to eat lunch. I barely touched it b/c I was feeling so well. By the time lunch was over, I had made 2 more trips to the bathroom. I dropped my mom off at her house, and she watched Colin for me for a while. I went home, put Brennan down for a nap and I napped for 2 hours. When I woke up, the bathroom called me a couple more times. Then I got Brennan together and we went to the grocery store. I got really sick while in there and almost passed out. The stomach pains we horrible.  I barely made it back to my moms house. When she saw me she decided that she was calling Miguel to have him come home and she was taking me to the ER. She said that I had no color at all. 4 hours, 2 liters of fluid, 2 rounds of nausea medication and a couple rounds of pain medication later I was feeling slightly better. The doctor wanted to keep me over night, but I didn't want to stay, so I came home. 
Yesterday I still felt horrible. Miguel was nice enough to stay home and take care of the boys for me. Thank God he did, because I never would have been able to do it. I slept pretty much all day long. I was still running to the bathroom and I had a terrible headache. I finally started feeling better yesterday evening. This morning I feel fine...except that I am still running to the bathroom. When will it end?
I went to the ER that I work at, so my co-workers were taking care of me. Kind of ironic.

Friday, May 15, 2009


This morning Miguel let me sleep in since I worked last night. He got up to take care of the boys. I was so out of it, but I remember Miguel coming into our bedroom asking me "have you heard Brennan say mama?" I said no and went back to sleep. 
When I woke up a little while later, it dawned on me why Miguel had asked me that. Apparently, when Miguel went to get Brennan this morning he was saying "mama". I have never heard it before. I've tried to get him to say it since the first time, but I've yet to hear it!
This is a big week for Brennan!

Digi Scrap Collab - Week 10

Week 10 - 'All About Me'

We are rarely in pictures b/c we are always taking them! Design a LO that is all about you. Include at least 2 pictures of yourself. 

Have your LO to me by next Wednesday night. I'll post the LO's on Thursday and the next challenge host will be announced. Anyone is welcome, and if you're new to Digi, questions are welcomed. We'd love to help.

***Edited 4/20/09***

All About Me

Thursday, May 14, 2009

First Tooth

Brennan has been a little cranky for the past 2 days and I didn't know why. He hasn't been running fever, no cold symptoms, no ear ache...nada. I just figured that he was going back to his old self again with the crying all the time. 

A little while later I was feeding him some puffs. I put my finger in his mouth to see if he had eaten all of one, and I felt something sharp. Low and behold, Brennan is cutting his first tooth. It's on the bottom and it's only cut through a little bit...but definitely enough for me to feel it. No wonder he's been cranky. I felt so bad that I didn't know what it was!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

7 Month Comparison

Colin - TOP  Brennan - BOTTOM

7 Months Old

My itty bitty Brennan is 7 months old already. I say it each month, but oh, how time flies! He's turning into such a little cutie. He's not sitting up...almost all the way. He still gets a little wobbly when he starts looking around, but he's got it for the most part. He's not even trying to crawl yet...I'm thinking that's a good thing. He's back to eating baby food again, and his mood seems to be much better. He's not crying as much as he was before. 
He's a sweet little boy who just loves watching his big brother. In fact, Colin is one of the few people that can get him to cheer up no matter what. They are going to have so much fun when Brennan is a little older!
I can't wait to see what this next month has in store for us!

Happy Mother's Day

First I want to start off by wishing all the mothers out there a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!
Mothers are so special, in all that they do. Mothers are sometimes under appreciated for what they do. The little things, like making sure dinner is on the table, having clean socks & underwear for the husband, changing diapers, making sure the kids are clean, and just the daily grind of running a household. Today is a day where all the mothers can forget about folding the laundry or cooking dinner. Enjoy it ladies!

My mother's day was extra-special this year! I feel like my husband tops himself each year! We have a family tradition of going to my MIL's house (my mom goes too!) for brunch. All of the guys and women who aren't mothers prepare and cook brunch for us mothers. This year we had pancakes, quiche, fruit tart, pastries, scrambled eggs, over easy eggs, rolls, bagels, bacon, milk, juice & coffee. It was absolutely TO DIE FOR!!! They did a great job! After the prayer, the mothers got to serve themselves the food first and eat. It was soooo yummy!

After eating, we always take family photos. It's a time of year that the family is always together, so that's why we do it then! This year the girls wore baby pink and the boys wore baby blue. I think the pictures turn out nice! I'm still waiting on my MIL to upload the ones that she took, but here are a few of mine...

Friday, May 08, 2009

Digi Scrap Collab - Week 9

Here's Emily's Challenge:
Week 8 - 'Large Black & White'
Use a black & white photo that takes up over half of the page.

Have your LO to Emily by next Wednesday night. She'll post the LO's on Thursday and the next challenge host will be announced. Anyone is welcome, and if you're new to Digi, questions are welcomed. We'd love to help.

***Edited 5/13/09***

Papi's Boy

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Spoke Too Soon...

Impatient me. That's what I get.
Insert foot in mouth.
I got offered the job at the other hospital a little while ago. Praise God! I guess I feel a little bit better, a little more wanted.
I'm still deciding what to do about it. I guess there are several options...take it and leave my current or decline it and stay at my current or take it and work at both places.
There are pros and cons to both places, so I just need to figure out what is best for our family right now.
Thank you all for your prayers. Prayer works!

No News Is...

Bad news?
I haven't heard back from the hospital yet, so I'm guess that I didn't get the job :-(

Monday, May 04, 2009

Thanks for Prayers

So, I had my interview today. It was at Presby Allen. I was very nervous, but I did the best that I could. Like I said yesterday, I know that I am qualified for the job, I'm just a socially anxious person. I fumbled over my words, and completely forgot to mention a critical point in a "What If..." scenario. It finally came to me, but not before I made myself look like an idiot. I did great on the other "What If" scenarios...I just can't help thinking about the one that I fumbled on. Darn me. Anyway, they are a smaller hospital with fewer ER beds and less interventions than I am used to, so yes, I am qualified! I must keep telling myself that. I interviewed with the Director and the Manager of the ER. After the interview, they took me on a tour of the ER, and then I said bye. They told me to expect to hear back in "a day or so." Good or bad? Thoughts?

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Interview Tomorrow

I just wanted to put up a quick post to ask everyone for your prayers for me tomorrow. I have my interview at the new hospital at 10:00 am. I'm very nervous. I'm not nervous over my qualifications...I know I'm qualified...I'm just a very shy socially anxious person. I have a very hard time meeting new people.
Anyway, if you could just ask the Big Guy to be with me tomorrow, I'd appreciate it!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Ft. Worth Zoo

Since we came back from Florida a little early, we had a day to do something! We decided to go to the Ft. Worth Zoo. We've never been there before...we always went to the Dallas Zoo (what a crap hole!). We made the trip over today, and I am so happy that we finally went! It is such a nice zoo! Colin LOVES animals, so he had a great time identifying what he was looking at. I think he was most excited about the flamingos, crocodiles, and the reptile room. The rest of the pictures can be found on my smugmug!

Digi Scrap Collab - Week 8 Challenge

Here's Casey's Challenge:
Week 8 - 'Hero'
Everyone has soneone they look up to. Tell us who you look up to; who your hero is. It can be anyone.

Have your LO to Casey by next Wednesday night. She'll post the LO's on Thursday and the next challenge host will be announced. Anyone is welcome, and if you're new to Digi, questions are welcomed. We'd love to help.

***Edited 5/7/09***