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Friday, April 24, 2009

Lexi is going to Kindergarten!

Just a quick post to let everyone know I registered Lexi for Kindergarten today! I am sad as well as excited for her! It is going to be different, but I know she will do great. I am going to miss my baby girl!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Exciting News!

I have decided to start a business! I started sewing a few months ago and since I am addicted, I figured I should try to do something with it! It is in the beginning works, but I am sooooooo happy! I know it will be hard - it already is, but I want to give it my all and see what happens! I have an online store ( and I also have some items in a boutique in downtown Colorado Springs called Kabibi Mei. The owner of Kabibi Mei is Cory and I met her at church. She also has an Etsy online shop. She started it about a year ago and just last month opened her 'brick and mortar' shop! I have never been so excited about doing something!

I really need the support of my family and friends! I am promoting where I can and a lot of people seem to like my items. I just need to build up my inventory to have a bigger selection. I have business cards, so let me know if you need any! My support system will be my biggest help in spreading the word!

The name of my business is PooLou Designs. It comes from the kids nicknames: Chrissy Poo and Lexi Lou. I wanted something that would be original and no one else would probably think of, in case I made it happen! I'm in big trouble if we have another kid! LOL!

I hope I have the support of everyone in this. I welcome and appreciate all feedback. It is going to be a long and challenging road, but I am ready for it!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

It's Potty Time!!!

Chris has decided he is ready to potty train! It started on Tuesday evening. He just said he wanted to go potty. He sat down and went right away and a lot! Then he went again about 30 minutes later. I was surprised! It was bed time then, so on Wednesday we started again. He really didn't go again until that evening because we spent the day at the park and then it was nap time. Well, he pooped! Sorry to gross anyone out, but for a parent, you know that is the hardest step! Today he has only had one accident and he pooped again! I am so excited! It happened the same way with Lexi. We didn't even try and she decided she was ready. She pretty much trained herself. We were thinking it was time with Chris, but he wasn't too interested, so we didn't push it. I am glad we didn't! So, this is our new parenting adventure!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Yellow Polka Dot and Bird with Peony Zippered Pouches

New zippered pouches!

They match the purse below. I am hoping to get 2-3 purses made this week. It is going slow since I am still not feeling great.

Monday, April 13, 2009


We had a very good Easter! We had our Easter Carnival at church on Saturday. It's a good thing because we got a lot of snow on Sunday!

The kids had separate Easter egg hunts and brought home too much candy! Lexi filled her bucket to the top, but only with, you guessed it, pink and purple eggs! It was too funny! Unfortunately, I didn't get to see Chris hunt for eggs. Joe was with him and said he didn't want to get any eggs until Joe showed him there was candy inside. There were lots of games, a bounce house, crafts, and concessions. They also had a skunk, turtle, millipede and snake come from the zoo. The kids really enjoyed looking at them.

Then on Sunday, we woke up to the ground covered in snow and it was coming down hard! I really didn't want to get out in it. We got all dressed up (thanks, Connie!) and the kids looked adorable! We went to church and there were so many people! They say that a lot of people that don't go to church, go for Christmas and Easter. I guess they were right! When the service was over, it was still snowing and the snow flakes were HUGE! It was really wet and slushy snow. When we got home, Joe took the beautiful pictures below. We had a great weekend other than me being sick on Saturday and Joe being sick on Sunday!

We didn't get a picture of my outfit, but mine wasn't new anyway!
Our little princess!Our handsome little man!
Doesn't she look like a Southern Belle?!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Alexander Henry Print 'Kleo' Tote Bag

I think I love this bag!

The body of the bag is just like the orange one below. I just made one strap instead of two. Added the tie. After sewing machine problems and taking it apart once, I think it turned out great!
This one is for sale!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Orange Tote Bag

On a lighter note...I created a new bag. I had an idea in my head and made a pattern and here is what I came up with:
It is very big and orange! The only thing I don't like is the straps, so I am going to make another one with straps that work better. This bag cost me about $3.25 to make! The inside lining is from a pillowcase I got at a second hand store.
It has a lot of room and I added a big pocket inside. I will post the other one once I get it made.

Lexi's Illness

Lexi has been sick since Monday with who knows what. She has had a fever, chills, headache, tummy ache, throwing up...All the fun stuff. I hate her being sick and I can't do anything for her. Luckily though, none of the rest of us have gotten it. On Monday, she woke up sick, so she stayed home from school. I took Chris to school and he kept asking for Lexi. I made sure to keep him away from her, so he wouldn't catch whatever she had. The day proceeded with her throwing up a few times and just laying on the couch all day. She also complained of bad headaches off and on. Joe was at work and it was time to go get Chris at school. I felt so bad having to drag her with me, but I didn't have a choice. She kept asking if she could stay home. In the car, she was holding her head because it hurt so bad. She did ok, until we were 2 mins. from home, and then she threw up in the car. We had taken a plastic bag with us, but she misplaced it during the ride. When we got home, I threw them both in the bath while I cleaned the car. After bath time, she seemed a lot better. I thought she had gotten it out of her system. Here is a pic of her and Chris Monday night after I made them 'crowns'. I kept saying hats and Lexi corrected me.So, you can see she looks good in this picture! She didn't eat or drink much all day. She went to bed and woke up at 2am wanting milk. On to Tuesday. Joe had a dentist appointment, so he was gone most of the day. Lexi laid on the couch all day with her temperature going up and down. She didn't eat hardly anything again and it was hard getting her drink. I was focused on the fluids because I didn't want her to get dehydrated. No throwing up on Tuesday. A few bad headaches again. I was ready to take her to the doctor because of her head hurting so bad. Of course, Joe thought she was fine. She went to bed at 7pm and didn't wake up until 9:30am this morning. I thought for sure all that sleep would make her better! Then Wednesday...She woke up and wanted milk so I got it for her. She wanted to lay in bed with Daddy, so she went in there. I was downstairs with Chris and Joe started yelling. I ran upstairs and Lexi had thrown up in our bed. Joe put her in the bathtub so he could get the sheets off our bed. She was still getting sick. Then she had another bath and this time it didn't make her feel better. We made her a bed on the couch and she layed there for a few hours watching movies. I wanted to take her to the doctor and Joe said wait one more day. I was crying and a nervous wreck! Joe ordered cheese pizza just for Lexi and that made her happy. She actually at 2 pieces of pizza! I guess she was hungry! She has been eating crackers all day now and drinking juice and water. She finally got off the couch and colored a bit and played on the floor. She is finally getting better and I am so relieved! Her face is still pale, but no fever. I think she is just weak from not eating for 2 days. It has been a long week. I can hardly stand it when the kids get sick. It makes it harder that I am here mostly by myself, but we get through it.

Please Pray for My Mom

My Mom just found out today that she has to go to Nashville to see a vascular surgeon. It seems my parents just can't get a break with the medical bills. Apparently, Mom had some tests done 2 YEARS AGO, and she is just now finding out the results. Because of the tests from 2 years ago and her current symptoms, her doctor wanted her to have some more tests to check her circular system. She had some x-rays and a doppler ultrasound done on her neck and legs. That was about 2 weeks ago. Her doctor called today and said the tests don't look good and he wants her to make an appointment in Nashville ASAP. He said both of her legs look bad, especially the left one. He said for her to pack a bag when she goes. The doctors there may want to do the surgery right away. I do not know when she is going to Nashville, I just hope it is soon.

I hate not being able to be there for my parents when they are going through all these things. It is tough, but I try to pray and keep a positive attitude. Please pray for her and my dad.