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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Spooky Saturday and Boo at the Zoo

Saturday, October 24th we went to Spooky Saturday at the Zoo. Kaitlynn wore her Happy Feet costume and trick or treated around the Zoo. We went into the Children's Zoo and then met up with Trisha and Kylie. We went through River's Edge, ate lunch, did some crafts and then met the costumed characters (hippo, tiger, penguin, frog and bear). Kaitlynn cracked us up. She said that the tiger's tail touched her vagina. It was so funny the way she told us and her reaction to it. I guess as the tiger was walking past his tail must have hit her. We walked in the costume parade and listened to music for the end of Spooky Saturday.

We stayed for Boo at the Zoo. Hanna, Adam and Brandon met us at the Lakeside Cafe. Kaitlynn took a nap between the end of Spooky Saturday and beginning of Boo at the Zoo. She did some crafts, ate ice cream, rode the carousel and went to the Children's Zoo.

Afterwards, we ate a late dinner at Steak n Shake.

New Do and Not So Haunted House

Friday October 23rd, I basically spent all afternoon at Johanna's beauty school. She highlighted and cut my hair and waxed my eyebrows. My hair (color) is a pretty drastic change, I think.
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That evening we went with MawMaw to The Magic House for their Not So Haunted House. Kaitlynn had fun going around and getting autographs. She enjoyed climbing on the bean stalk, having a drink and snack at the snack shop and playing in the Curious George exhibit (oh and getting candy). That is until she got bit. Yeah, you read that correctly. We were in the Curious George exhibit and Kaitlynn was on the rocket ship that is also a slide. This little girl (around Kaitlynn's age) climbed up the steps, grabbed Kaitlynn's face and bit her on the forehead. I started yelling at the girl's mom that her daughter was biting my daughter and to get her as I was trying to get Kaitlynn away from the little girl. Kaitlynn was freaked out. She has never had anyone do that before. I think she was in shock. I was furious! I think I handled the situation as well as I could. I was so ticked off. If Kaitlynn was a biter, I would not let her play in that close contact with other kids. This little girl should not have been there, she just got done hitting another little girl. The mom talked to the little girl, but I think she should have made her leave. That is ridiculous! Thankfully she didn't break the skin, but it came close. You could see blood under the skin on Kaitlynn's forehead.

After that, we went to Taco Bell to get some quick food and calm down (and make sure Kaitlynn was OK). Kaitlynn had to use the bathroom and slipped on water on the bathroom floor. She got a big goose egg on the back of her head. The Taco Bell workers didn't even ask if she was OK. They just gave us a bag of ice for her head (because we asked for one). Businesses are so rude anymore. Kaitlynn was pretty much done after that. My poor baby girl had one hell of a night. I was pretty much done, too. If one more thing happened to my child, someone was going to be sorry!

Cooking Class

Wednesday, the 21st Kaitlynn attended her Kids in the Kitchen class. The theme was Eating Like Bears / Bear Wants More. She made a tuna melt, salad, chocolate milk, cinnamon rolls and strawberry shortcake. She is always so excited when she comes home from class. She can't wait to tell me about it.
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Kaitlynn's artwork from the class.

I wasn't feeling well starting Monday evening after eating CiCi's. By Wednesday, I was really feeling bad. MawMaw came out to help with Kaitlynn and spent the night.

Thank God for her and all of her help!

Visit to Elementary School

Tuesday the 20th, we visited our local elementary school. It was actually not worth going because it wasn't really geared towards us. I thought it would be about the local preschool, but it was more for kids entering kindergarten. I wish our P.A.T. educator and the ECC would have explained that. Oh well! At least we did get to see another option for preschool (as there is a one there) and visit the rest of the school.

For lunch, Kaitlynn made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. She did a really good job with it. I think the Kids in the Kitchen class has really helped her.
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The last 2 pictures are of Kaitlynn's new pony. It's name is Horsey.

CiCi's and the 3 L's

Monday the 19th, we went to CiCi's Pizza for dinner with MawMaw. The food was not great, but I liked that there was a place to eat so that you could view the game room. Kaitlynn wasn't into eating, but had fun in the game room.
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We attended Love, Laughter and Limits at the ECC. It is really a great class. I feel we are learning some really valuable parenting techniques.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pumpkin Jamboree and Haunted Hayloft

Sunday the 18th, we went with my mom to the Grafton Eckert's. The drive was beautiful. As we were picking apples, Kaitlynn told me to "Stop taking my picture. I love you too much." She also kept saying "I don't know" and "I have a question." She just cracks us up. She is always coming up with something new.

Then we met my niece Hanna and her boyfriend Adam at Purina Farms for the Haunted Hayloft. We didn't get to see much as they were already starting to close things down. I wish they would have told us that before we paid for parking. We got to see the tail end of the dog show, walk through the barn and that was it. It wasn't worth the drive out there or the $5 it cost to park.

We ended up going out to dinner afterwards. Kaitlynn has really started to like Adam. On the way home, she was pretending to talk to him on the phone. She asked him to come over to her house to see her turtle. Then she asked him if he has a brother or a sister.

Here is a video from apple picking at Eckert's.

Bad Night

A few weeks ago, I was at a party and a family member started asking about my mom. He also started questioning me about her finances. I pleaded stupidity basically, because it is none of his damn business. Then he proceeded to basically go off on my father. For those that don't know, my father passed away May 5, 2008. He was a wonderful dad and grandpa. Anyway, this person said that when he passes away, his wife will be taken care of. She won't have to work and that's why he works all the time now. He also told me that my dad didn't make any money and my mom wouldn't get SSS. Basically he is and will always be full of ****. This person is not liked by any family member, not even his own wife or children. He is an ***. I guess it made him feel better to talk bad about my dad, who never did a damn thing to this SOB. We were leaving, but as we were leaving, I got really upset. I guess I handled the situation well with the person, because I just basically ended up walking away from them. I didn't let him know what he was saying bothered me. That would have been giving exactly what he wanted. But as we were leaving, I started getting angrier and angrier. I let this person upset me so bad, I was crying hysterically (after we got back to the car). I called my sister and told her about what happened. She helped me to calm down. I was hurt by this person's words because I just couldn't believe he would have the audacity to say anything to ME about my father, a man who sacrificed so much for his wife and children. I feel my dad gave up so much for us. He doesn't deserve anyone talking bad about him. I guess what I was really upset about, was that I felt I should have defended him. Dave reminded me that my dad doesn't need defending. Even though he is not here to defend himself, his life and family are his defense. He was loved deeply by all of us. He was a man of God.

I feel like I met the devil that night. And I don't want to ever see that ******* again.

Pumpkinland & Boo Bash

Saturday, October 17th, we were supposed to meet one of our playgroups at Pumpkinland at Thies Farm. We didn't see anyone from that playgroup, but did meet up with Bene and Logan from our other playgroup. It was a great day to be at the pumpkin patch.
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After Pumpkinland, we ate lunch, then went to the Boo Bash at Zion Lutheran Church. This was our first activity with this playgroup / mom board. We met a lot of nice people and had a great time. Kaitlynn put on her Happy Feet costume for a few minutes and then decided she didn't want to wear it. So she just wore her Halloween shirt that said "Daddy's under my spell" and a witch's hat. Then had her face painted like a princess. When Kaitlynn won Most Original Halloween Costume, they said because every little girl has their daddy under their spell. There was a professional photographer that took pictures of the kids in the graveyard outside the church and of the rest of the festivities.
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That evening, we went to my cousin Jamie and her boyfriend Matt's housewarming party. They have a nice ranch-style house. It was great seeing them and their little boy, who's not so little anymore!

We ended the evening at my sister's house. Let's just say the night ended with me, who is deathly afraid of snakes, holding my niece's snake around my neck.
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BTW, these are not the greatest pictures of me. My makeup was basically worn off from crying a few hours before.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Check out this new feature on Alexandria's blog, Before the Baby Wakes, titled Bloggerazi, And guess what? I am the featured blogger this week!!! You can be featured too, just check out Alexandria's blog for more information.

Monday, October 19, 2009

3 S's and Curious at the Magic House

Friday morning Kaitlynn and I attended Songs, Stories and Sillies at the ECC. Our friends Tara, Bailey, Katie and Luke were there. We hadn't seen Katie and Luke since this summer. Kaitlynn didn't participate too much in the class after Bailey arrived. They just ran around the room doing their own thing. They did participate when it was time for the sticks. After class, we hung around with Tara and Bailey in the Commons.
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We went home to eat lunch and then went to the Magic House for their 30th Birthday Celebration. Admission was free all weekend. We met our friends, Jill and Nick, there. We had a great time except, with free admission brought all the crazies (or lazies). People just did not watch their children. They did not care if their bigger child was stepping on, pushing, being mean to, etc, a littler child. It was like free admission meant come bring your child, let them run wild while you lay around. Seriously, a mom was laying on a bench in the Curious George exhibit! I was like, this is not your house. You need to be watching your kid(s). I mean, laying around, seriously! I think I ticked one lady off because I told her daughter not to step on the younger kids. When she gave me a look, I told her it was just common sense and that she should know better. The girl was at least 9. Honestly, she should have known better.
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Friday morning I woke up to find this big box on my front porch.

Inside contained items I won from 'Manda Blogs About's first giveaway.
Thanks so much Amanda. Kaitlynn loves the plush Bugs Bunny. We haven't tried any of the products, but the food looks yummy.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Barnum & Bailey Circus

Thursday evening we went to the circus. This was Kaitlynn's first circus. My mom said that I saw the circus when I was younger, but I don't remember it. We had awesome seats - 7 rows from the floor / stage and right in the middle of all the action! I am so thankful for the opportunities and experiences blogging has given me and my family.

We arrived early enough to go down on the floor for the Clown College and pre-show festivities. Kaitlynn got autographs and pictures taken with some of the performers. We saw the elephants up close. It was a really great experience!

We missed a little bit of the beginning of the show because there was a problem with my giveaway winner's tickets being at will call. It got worked out though (and we didn't miss much).

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The circus was an excellent experience! It was so neat to see these talented performers and these amazing animals. Zing, Zang, Zoom!

You still have time to see the circus. Show Dates for St. Louis are:
Saturday October 17: 1:00pm, 5:00pm
Sunday October 18: 1:00pm, 5:00pm

Receive $4 off weekend tickets by logging onto and
entering the coupon code: MOM.**

**Get $4 off weekend tickets by entering the code “MOM” in the MC promotion code box on Ticketmaster. Minimum purchase of 4 tickets required; additional tickets above 4 can be
purchased at $11 each. Not valid on VIP Gold, VIP, and Circus Celebrity seats or combinable with other offers. Service charges and handling fees will apply.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Big Science and More

Tuesday Kaitlynn, MawMaw, Aidan and I went to the ECC for Big Science.
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Wednesday Kaitlynn attended the Kids in the Kitchen class. They made twice baked potatoes, applesauce, a cracker spread, vegetable soup, trail mix and drank apple cider. They also made a craft. Kaitlynn continues to enjoy the class. Afterwards she went to McDonald's to play at the playland.
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Give Up The Ghost Review

Washington state-bred Brandi Carlile was inspired to pick up the guitar and learned to play after seeing the Indigo Girls in concert at Lilith Fair. Her last album, The Story, debuted on Billboard's Top 200, peaking at #2 on iTunes and was named one of VH1's "You Oughta Know" artists in addition to having many of her songs featured on various episodes of "Grey's Anatomy".

She's toured with Ray Lamontagne, Dave Mathews Band and Sheryl Crow, who raved about her live performances, "She has the most amazing voice I may have ever heard. Soulful. Country. Perfect in every way and propelled by taste."

Paste Magazine calls her the "best voice in indie rock" and her childhood idol, Elton John, duets with her on her new album, Give Up The Ghost, which was released by Columbia Records on October 6th.

The recording of Give Up The Ghost gave her the opportunity to work with her idol, Elton John. They sang duet on Caroline. “Brandi has an amazing voice,” he says. “She’s a great songwriter and has a tremendous career ahead of her.”

Give Up The Ghost, Brandi's third album, was recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, birthplace of legendary recordings by The Doors and Led Zeppelin. The first single, Dreams, was written with her longtime bandmates, twin brothers Tim and Phil Hanseroth. Click here for a sneak peek of her first single Dreams.

Give Up The Ghost tracklisting:
1. Looking Out
2. Dying Day
3. Pride And Joy
4. Dreams
5. That Year
6. Caroline
7. Before It Breaks
8. I Will
9. If There Was No You
10. Touching The Ground
11. Oh Dear

She reminds me a little of Melissa Etheridge. If you like Indie Rock, such as KT Tunstall and the Indigo Girls, you will enjoy listening to Brandi Carlile. My favorite songs from the album are That Year, If There Was No You and Touching The Ground.

“Give Up The Ghost Traveling Show” kicked off September 10th in Salt Lake City, UT. Brandi donates $1 from every ticket sale to The Looking Out Foundation, a helping hand foundation she created to help the many causes she's passionate about. Go to to buy your tickets now!

Sep 28 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theater
Sep 29 Toronto, Canada The Mod Club
Oct 01 Northampton, MA Calvin Theatre
Oct 02 Boston, MA House of Blues
Oct 03 New York, NY Beacon Theater
Oct 06 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theatre
Oct 07 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Oct 08 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
Oct 10 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
Oct 11 Birmingham, AL Workplay Soundstage
Oct 12 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
Oct 14 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
Oct 15 Santa Fe, NM The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Oct 16 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
Oct 17 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Oct 20 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
Oct 22 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Oct 24 Seattle, WA The Paramount

To learn more about Brandi, check out these sites:
Brandi’s Website:
Brandi’s Facebook:

In the video below, Brandi talks about the making of Give Up The Ghost.

“I was just overwhelmed by the years, and by the influence that somebody can have on another person’s life without even knowing it.” – Brandi Carlile

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Five for Fighting Review

Five for Fighting's newest release, Slice, was available in stores on October 12. This album is a snapshot or blog of John Ondrasik's life experiences. It is Five for Fighting's fifth album. You may remember him by the Grammy-nominated song Superman — from the Five for Fighting album America Town (2000).

If you're a fan of them, you will like this album, with a tracklist of the following:

1. Slice: "more than a slice of american pie." This song sounds like it should be in a Chevy commercial.
2. Note to the Unknown Soldier: John sings "I never knew you, but I'm told you were the best that we had," "I never knew you but I know your the best man I know," "It's a better world because you came", and "my kids'll know your name." What a great tribute to our military / service men and women.
3. Tuesday: The events of 9/11 are at the core of this, on which John sings: “The thing about memories/They’re sure and bound to fade/Except for the stolen souls/Left upon her blade”. He explains: “That song isn’t ‘Superman Part 2,’ there’s none of that in there. It’s much more of a plea for us to not forget the lessons we learned that day.”
4. Chances: is the first song released from the album. Check below for a video of John performing this song.
5. This Dance
6. Above the Timberline
7. Transfer
8. Hope
9. Story of Your Life: was written for his wife of 12 years
10. Love Can't Change the Weather
11. Augie Nieto

Check out John Ondrasik's TV Appearances:
CBS Saturday Morning 10/10
The View 10/14
The Today Show 10/16

John will be hitting the road in October with An Acoustic Evening with Five for Fighting. To find out about how to get tickets in a location near you, go to his site.

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Five for Fighting Twitter site:
Five for Fighting Videos:
Five for Fighting Facebook page:

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Sunday we just relaxed all day. We watched a couple of documentaries on the History Channel about dinosaurs. Yeah, I know it sounds boring, but they weren't. We actually watched a different documentary the day before. Things about dinosaurs has changed since I was in school! What a way to make you feel old.

Saturday when we were watching the show about dinosaurs, Kaitlynn said she didn't like dinosaurs. We informed her that Barney, Baby Bop, BJ and Rif were all dinosaurs. That scored points with her.

Anyway, Kaitlynn was calling Bailey. Bailey wouldn't come to her. Kaitlynn said "Bailey's like a dinosaur." What? The mind of a 2 1/2 year old.

Some other funny things Kaitlynn has said lately:
A few Sundays ago, we were listening to one of our favorite songs in the car, "Apologize" by One Republic. I'm not sure why Kaitlynn likes it so much, but she does. Every time she hears it, she starts dancing like crazy. She's started saying "It's too late" because of this song. Anyway, I don't know if Kaitlynn thinks this song is about horses or what, but the last time we were listening to it, when it was over she said "Horsey over." OK? I don't understand.

She loves to tell us that something or someone is "freaking me out."

I wish I could think of the other things she says and does, but you know how mommy brain is. The things this girl comes up with. She just keeps us laughing!

Best Blog Award

I received this award from Anitra at The MamaZone. Please check out this great blog. Thanks so much Anitra!

The Best Blog Award rules are:
To accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his/her blog link.
Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you have recently discovered and think are great! Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Here are my 15 in no particular order:
1. Crayons In My Dryer
2. Baby Baby
3. Dear Sabby
4. His, Hers and Ours
5. Lil Hiccups
6. Momma's Choice
7. My Messy Paradise
8. Oh, Caroline!
9. The Organizing Mama...
10. Two Peas in a Pie
11. 'Manda Blogs About...
12. Homeschool Entrepreneur
13. A Nut in a Nutshell
14. The Rantings of a Drama Queens Mum
15. Theta Mom

Happy blogging!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Grant's Farm Halloween Event

Saturday night we attended the Grant's Farm Halloween Event. We brought Kaitlynn costume, but since it was so cold, she just wore the head piece. Can you guess what she is? It was cold on the tram ride, but thankfully MawMaw brought some blankets. Kaitlynn was a little frightened on the ride because of the Eckert's Haunted Hayride several weeks back. Plus we were sitting in front of some kids that were screaming and carrying on. It was totally not scary, very family friendly. Kaitlynn didn't want to feed the goats or even pet them. She rode the carousel, we walked around for a bit, then watched a show. After the show, we walked to the beer garden, where Kaitlynn enjoyed some hot (warm) chocolate and we enjoyed our samples of beer. We listened to music and did some dancing. It was a fun, chilly night.
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Kaitlynn got lots of compliments on her costume (head piece). I can't wait for her to wear the entire thing.

MawMaw got hit on again this year. One of the vampires asked her to give him "some blood".

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Curious George Live

Thursday evening we attended Curious George Live at Chaifetz Arena. This was the first time we had been to Chaifetz Arena. We arrived early enough so that we could eat dinner at the arena before the show started.
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We really enjoyed the show. Kaitlynn sat through the entire thing, with the exception of at the end when she had to use the restroom. She kept saying that Curious George was so cute (during the show). At the end, she was sad that the show was over.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

First Day

Wednesday Kaitlynn attended her first day of "school". She is taking a class at the ECC called Kids in the Kitchen. She really enjoyed class. She made pizza, a fruit cookie, ice cream, veggie dip and a fruit lollipop. In the first class, they also made a placemat and have to set their place at the beginning of every class.
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Later that evening, Kaitlynn and I went to MawMaw's. MawMaw watched Kaitlynn while I attended a seminar at the ECC titled "Why Do They Do What They Do?" This was a good seminar and gave me a different perspective on things. It basically discussed how you (the parent) need to figure out the goals for your child's behaviors and then act based on each goal. The speaker discussed play and limit setting. I am glad I attended as I received some valuable information.

3 L's

Monday I started watching a new baby, Aidan. He is 9 months old. Kaitlynn says he is her baby brother. She also calls Olivia her baby sister. She gets mad if you tell her they are not her baby brother / sister and they are just friends.

I attended a seminar at the ECC titled Love, Laughter and Limits. It is a 4 week seminar that meets once a week. I think I am going to like the class, I just wish the ECC and P.A.T. in general incorporated Attachment Parenting more into their philosophy. I am not saying that A.P. is the only parenting philosophy or the correct one, I just wish they would incorporate all philosophies in their seminars / visits, etc.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Dado

Monday, October 5th was my dad's 66th birthday. This year I really had intentions of starting a tradition in memory of his birthday, but as the date grew closer I just couldn't bring myself to plan anything. It was difficult to be around anyone that day, even my family. As some of you may know, my dad passed away on May 5th, 2008.
I came across this blog post and it really struck a cord with me. I really appreciate this blogger's heartfelt emotion.
I miss my dad everyday. It still feels like a nightmare that he is gone. It is still shocking and hard to believe. Most days I don't know how I will go on without him in my life. Some days I just push forward trying not to think about it. Other days I am extremely angry and upset about his loss and very irritable. Kaitlynn always seems to make things better, though. She will do or say something that reminds me of my dad and in that moment I know he is with us.
I think losing a parent is something that you never get over. It is always with you. There will always be something missing from who you are.
I know that my dad is in Heaven and is no longer in pain, but it is sure hard to deal with the pain / loss in my heart / the emptiness. I will cling to the years of memories I have of him until we meet again.
These pictures were taken on the last birthday we shared with my dad. October 2007. He was 64.
Happy Birthday Dad / PawPaw Dado! We love you and miss you. We will never forget you.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Sunday we met MawMaw, MawMaw Tommie and Uncle Jeff at the Zoo for Ottertoberfest. We also ran into our friends Casey and Addison. They did a craft together. We went into the Insectarium to see the butterflies and then to Caribbean Cove. It was the last day to see the stingrays this year. We got to see the 3 stingray babies. The stingrays were ornery. They were splashing and almost diving at our hands. We ate lunch, went to Historic Hill, Jungle of the Apes and listened to the band. Kaitlynn rode the Carousel, we saw the penguins, bears and went through River's Edge.
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As we were leaving the Zoo, we saw silent protesters across the street. Their signs said the zoo wasn't big enough for the elephants. I think the zoos are wonderful for species survival, education and making the animals lovable. Seeing these animals at the zoos allow us to become familiar with the animals, get to know the animals, care about the animals and take part in causes to help the animals. I think our Zoo, as probably most, if not all, take very good care of the animals. They are very knowledgeable about the animals, too.

Chili with Friends

Saturday, we went to Emily, Christopher and Ella's for their First Chili Supper. We had a great time meeting new people, eating great food and spending time with friends. Kaitlynn really took a liking to Emily's sister. Emily made some delicious chili, cute spider sandwiches for the kids and some yummy dessert. What an awesome spread! Can't wait for next year!

Circus Ticket Giveaway Winner

Keep reading to find out who the winner of the 4-pack of tickets to opening night is. Opening night is Thursday October 15th at 7:00pm. The winner should pick up their tickets (with a Picture ID) at the will call window the night of the show.

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Anonymous said...
I have been to the circus before, but our 3 year old has not and would love it! I do follow your blog!! Thanks, Missy

An email has been sent to Missy. Thanks for entering the giveaway. I wish I could give all of you free tickets.

I can give you all a discount code to purchase tickets to the show:
Purchase a 4‐pack of tickets for only $44 for weekday shows, or receive $4 off weekend tickets by logging onto and entering the coupon code: MOM.**

St. Louis Show Dates:
Thursday October 15: 7:00pm
Friday October 16: 10:30am, 7:00pm
Saturday October 17: 1:00pm, 5:00pm
Sunday October 18: 1:00pm, 5:00pm

**Get 4 tickets for $44 Monday‐Friday matinee, or $4 off weekend tickets by entering the code “MOM” in the MC promotion code box on Ticketmaster. Minimum purchase of 4 tickets required; additional tickets above 4 can be purchased at $11 each. Not valid on VIP Gold, VIP, and Circus Celebrity seats or combinable with other offers.
Service charges and handling fees will apply.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Don't Forget

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for 4 tickets to the circus. It ends at 11:59PM CST tonight! Good luck!

Happy October!

Thursday October 1st Kaitlynn, Olivia and I went to MawMaw's to run a few errands. Then after dinner, Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I attended Family Night at the ECC. Jim Gill is a children's musician and author who played at the Family Night. The evening was so fun. He got everyone up and dancing.
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Friday, October 2, 2009

Barnum & Bailey Ticket Giveaway

You might have read in my previous post that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents ZING ZANG ZOOM is playing at Scottrade Center this month!

I am holding a giveaway for a 4-pack of tickets to opening night. Opening night is Thursday October 15th at 7:00pm. The winner will be able to pick up their tickets (with a Picture ID) at the will call window the night of the show.

So you want to know how you can enter this fantastic giveaway. Leave a comment letting me know if you have ever attended the Barnum & Bailey circus before. Be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner.

To receive 3 additional entries: Gain 1 additional entry by becoming a follower of my blog and leave a comment that you are following. If you are already a follower, leave that in a comment. Gain another additional entry by following me on twitter. Leave a comment letting me know (and your username). If you are already following me on twitter, leave a comment with that information. Gain a final entry by posting a link to this post on your blog or tweeting about this giveaway (with a link to this post). Leave a comment with a link to the post or tweet.

I will use to draw the winner. This giveaway will end on October 5th at 11:59PM CST. I will announce the winner on October 6th. Good luck!

The Circus is Coming to Town

Come experience the all-new Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents ZING ZANG ZOOM playing Scottrade Center with your family!

Purchase a 4‐pack of tickets for only $44 for weekday shows, or receive $4 off weekend tickets by logging onto and entering the coupon code: MOM.**

St. Louis Show Dates:
Thursday October 15: 7:00pm
Friday October 16: 10:30am, 7:00pm
Saturday October 17: 1:00pm, 5:00pm
Sunday October 18: 1:00pm, 5:00pm

**Get 4 tickets for $44 Monday‐Friday matinee, or $4 off weekend tickets by entering the code “MOM” in the MC promotion code box on Ticketmaster. Minimum purchase of 4 tickets required; additional tickets above 4 can be purchased at $11 each. Not valid on VIP Gold, VIP, and Circus Celebrity seats or combinable with other offers.
Service charges and handling fees will apply.

Click on this link to see a video about the show.
Click on this link to meet the stars.

Your Songs

I was sent Harry Connick, Jr.'s newest released album Your Songs to review. It is available in stores now. Harry sings the classics by some of the greatest musicians of all time.

Album Tracklisting (Originally performed by):
All The Way (Frank Sinatra)
Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You (Elvis Presley)
And I Love Her (The Beatles)
(They Long To Be) Close To You (The Carpenters)
Besame Mucho
The Way You Look Tonight
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack)
Your Song (Elton John)
Some Enchanted Evening
And I Love You So (Don McLean)
Who Can I Turn To? (Tony Bennett)
Smile (Charlie Chaplin)
Mona Lisa (Nat King Cole)

Enough said with this great tracklisting, right? His version of these songs are great. I think "the original" versions are almost always better, but Harry Connick, Jr. did a great job with his own flare on these songs with a full jazz big band and string orchestra. My favorite on this album has to be "Just The Way You Are."

You might have seen Harry kicking off the release of Your Songs on Oprah! His TV appearances are listed below. Tune in to hear him talk about Your Songs and perform songs from the album.
9/25 – Oprah “Live Friday”
9/28 – Today Show
9/29 – The View
9/30 – Imus in the Morning
9/30 – Letterman
10/1 – Today Show
Week of 10/5 – Rachael Ray

Get a Behind the Scenes look at the 'Making of' the album by clicking here.
Check out Harry’s website here.
Find him on Facebook by clicking here.