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Saturday, November 28, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Christmas tree is completely decorated as well as decorations around the house. Now we have to work on the Christmas cards!

Arts and Crafts

Hooked on Books activity at the ECC

Little Tykes 2 - Fall Fun crafts

Happy Thanksgiving

We went to MawMaw's for Thanksgiving. I was in charge of making the dressing, so we had to get there early. We had turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, rye bread, dinner rolls, pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins. For dessert we had pumpkin pie, apple pie, cherry pie and eclairs. Everything was so delicious!

We had such a great time we all ended up staying the night. We played Truth or Dare on the i-phone. That was a lot of fun. We mostly did the dares, but learned some things about each other, that we probably didn't want to know.

For an open dare, Hanna had to sing "You are my sunshine."

Thanksgiving Baking and Christmas Tree

Saturday night, Kaitlynn slept pretty good. She had one episode where we had to take her into the bathroom and run hot water to steam the room. She had another episode Sunday morning, but instead of sitting in a steamy bathroom, she wanted to take a shower. Her voice started to sound a little better.

Sunday we cleaned the master bedroom and moved the furniture around. I like changing things up.

Sunday night, she had a harder time sleeping. She just didn't want to go to sleep. But Sunday, she was up playing like normal. That's the thing with croup, she is fine during the day (except maybe a coughing spell), but at night it's worse. It's crazy because as it starts to get later in the day, we can hear it in her little voice.

Monday, since she was doing better, we went to my mom's and got some baking done.
We baked pumpkin bread muffins and 2 pumpkin bread bundt cakes.

Wednesday after the babies (I watch) went home, I cleaned the front room really well so Dave and Kaitlynn could put up the Christmas tree.

Scary Morning at the ER

As I said in my previous post, we were out pretty late for MawMaw's birthday. After we left MawMaw's to come home, Kaitlynn started swallowing hard, choking and gagging in the car. It lasted about a minute, then was fine. She fell asleep in the car shortly after that. We got home, put her to bed and she slept for about an hour. She woke up screaming and crying, swallowing hard, gagging, choking and seemed to be having a hard time breathing. We weren't really sure about the breathing thing, her color was fine, and she was crying, so she had to be breathing OK, right? It was just so scary. We called the pediatrician's exchange and a nurse called us back immediately. She heard Kaitlynn over the phone and said she sounded like she was very uncomfortable and we needed to bring her in for a chest x-ray. Her concern was she might have swallowed something that she wasn't supposed to. We got to the ER and were put in a room pretty quickly. A nurse checked her out and she seemed to be doing better. She said they were very busy and it would take awhile for a doctor to come in. Thankfully they had movies to keep her busy. We watched "Cinderella". We waited a little over an hour before the doctor was able to see us. At this point, Kaitlynn was ready to go home. The doctor checked her out and ordered a chest x-ray. Thankfully no foreign bodies were found in the x-ray, but they suspected that she had croup. The doctor said the x-ray wasn't the most clear cut case of croup she'd ever seen, but all of Kaitlynn's symptoms really seemed to point to croup. They gave her a dose of steroids and Motrin and gave us information on croup and what to look for, etc. The doctor said she was concerned that it might turn into pneumonia because every time we asked Kaitlynn where she hurt, she would pointing to her lower back and tell us her back hurt. We are confused as to how she got croup, but thankful that it wasn't anything more serious.

Here is a video I took while waiting for the doctor. Kaitlynn was annoyed with me asking her questions because she was watching "Cinderella." I think she did great at the ER, especially on so little sleep and to not be feeling well. What a trooper!

Kaitlynn's pediatrician called that afternoon to check on her. When I called back, I actually got to talk to her pediatrician. It was reassuring to talk to her. She said croup could last up to 5 days.

MawMaw's Birthday Dinner

I set up a surprise birthday dinner for MawMaw Friday the 20th. We went to dinner at Pietros (Denise's suggestion). It worked out really well. Everyone (Denise, Dan, Brandon, Hanna, Adam, Jim, Trina, Nate and Sissy) showed up on time. Then we came in with MawMaw and Jeff a little later. As we were walking in, MawMaw said, "Don't you think we should've made reservations." Little did she know that we already had reservations and everyone was already there!

We had a great dinner and went back to MawMaw's afterwards.

We stayed out a little too late, but enjoyed the family time.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Clip Ons

Thursday the 19th, Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I attended Little Tykes 2. The theme was fall fun. They made a lot of crafts for Thanksgiving. We are so happy to display Kaitlynn's art around the house!

Later that evening, Kaitlynn had fun with her jewelry. She tried on her clip-on earrings.

Ladies' Night

Hanna came over and gave Kaitlynn her second haircut. She just trimmed it up. Kaitlynn did a good job letting Hanna cut it.


I went to Ladies' Night at The Melting Pot with MomsLikeMe.com producer Heather and the Discussion Leaders. I don't think I mentioned that I am a DL on the website again. I did it last year around this time. It's a lot of fun. I really like the other DLs, too. We had such a fun night out.

Hooked on Books

The 16th, we took Kaitlynn to the pediatrician for a follow-up from her visit on October 29th. The pediatrician said she probably had a UTI and it was nothing to worry about. They did another urinalysis and said it appeared to be fine, but would send it to the lab.

The 17th, we picked up MawMaw and went to the ECC for Hooked on Books and the Book, Puppet and Toy Fair. Kaitlynn made some pretty neat books at Hooked on Books. I can't believe it was a free class. I'll have to post pictures of some of the books she made. She made at least 7 books!

Barbies

Saturday the 15th, we met MawMaw and MawMaw Tommie for dinner at Applebee's. Kaitlynn's cousin Maribeth sent along a bunch of Barbie dolls, Barbie movies and other toys for her. Kaitlynn is really getting into Barbie dolls. She was so excited when she saw the Barbie suitcase and that it was full of Barbies (and 1 Ken doll). She lined up all her Barbies (minus the Ken doll and Ariel doll) on her bed before she could go to sleep that night.

The Girls

Kaitlynn enjoys playing with the neighbor girls, Mya and Leah. She gets so excited when she sees them outside.
From Drop Box
From Drop Box

The girls are going to be big sisters. Their mom is due with twin girls in March!

Santa's Arrival

Friday the 13th, we went to The Mills Mall for Santa's arrival. Kaitlynn is in the Kidgits Club. We met Frosty, Mrs. Claus and Santa Claus. The Muny Kids performed. We also stayed for the lighting of the Salvation Army tree. We won one of the attendance prizes, too!

It was pretty cool - Santa arrived on a firetruck! Kaitlynn didn't want to get near Santa or Frosty. After we left, she said she forgot to give Frosty a hug. She rode on the train and the carousel at the mall.

Little Tykes 2

Kaitlynn attended Little Tykes 2 class at the ECC on Thursday November 12th. She enjoyed the class. The theme was transportation. She made some really cute artwork.
From Drop Box
From Drop Box
From Drop Box
This is her second time in this particular class. She took it last Spring, but has a different teacher.

Meeting Baby Bea

Wednesday, November 11th Kaitlynn, Olivia and I went visit Emily and Ella and meet Baby Bea. Baby Bea is beautiful and Emily looks great. Ella is such a good big sister.

Since our visit, Kaitlynn asks about Baby Bea almost everyday. She will also "call" Emily to ask when we can visit again.

Kaitlynn-ism

Kaitlynn cracks me up with the things she comes up with. A few weeks ago, she told Hanna that she couldn't go outside because "a bird will poop in my eye."

Fall Fun

Saturday November 7th, Kaitlynn had a great time outside playing in the leaves.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Best of the Mommy Blogger Carnival

Welcome to this week's Best of Mommy Blogger Carnival. I am your host Amy at Moving On From The Drama. Welcome to my blog. If you like what you see, please feel free to follow my blog and leave a comment (or two).

OK, so back to the carnival. A carnival is a blogging event that takes place every two weeks and features recent posts from the cream of the mommy blogger community. The blogger community submits their best post from the past month to the host blogger. The host blogger compiles them for the carnival. If you would like to host a future Mommy Blogger Carnival, visit A Modern Mother.


Here are the best of the best:

*A Modern Mother posts about playground politics

*Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy plays I Spy

*Insomniac Mummy talks about nursery nerves

*Very Bored Housewife tells us why she loves winter

*Snaffles Mummy writes about loss

*Susan Heim on Parenting shows us what November looks like

*It's A Small World After All gives ideas of things to do in London with a toddler

*Last, but not least, is one of my favorite posts from the month titled At Last - Through the Years of Our Love.


I hope you enjoy reading this week's Best of Mommy Blogger Carnival. Don't forget to leave comments to let us know you stopped by.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Butterfly Kisses

Celebrating our wedding anniversary, made me think of my dad. I am so thankful that he was able to walk me down the aisle.



Bob Carlisle - Butterfly Kisses

There's two things I know for sure:
She was sent here from heaven and she's
daddy's little girl.
As I drop to my knees by her bed at night
She talks to Jesus and I close my eyes and
I thank god for all the joy in my life
Oh, but most of all
For butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer;
sticking little white flowers all up in her
hair; "Walk beside the pony, Daddy, it's my first ride."
"I know the cake looks funny, Daddy, but I sure tried."
In all that I've done wrong I know I must
have done something right to deserve a hug
every morning and butterfly kisses at night.

Sweet 16 today
She's looking like her mama a little more everyday
One part woman, the other part girl.
To perfume and make-up from ribbons and curls
Trying her wings out in a great big world.

But I remember
Butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer; sticking
little white flowers all up in her hair.
"You know how much I love you, Daddy, But if you
don't mind I'm only gonna kiss you on the cheek this time."
With all that I've done wrong I must have done
something right to deserve her love every morning
and butterfly kisses at night.

All the precious time
Like the wind, the years go by.
Precious butterfly.
Spread your wings and fly.

She'll change her name today.
She'll make a promise and I'll give her away.
Standing in the bride-room just staring at her.
She asked me what I'm thinking and I said "I'm not
sure-I just feel like I'm losing my baby girl."
She leaned over...gave me butterfly kisses with her mama there,
Sticking little white flowers all up in her hair
"Walk my down the aisle, Daddy-it's just about time."
"Does my wedding gown look pretty, Daddy? Daddy, don't cry!"

Oh, with all that I've done wrong I must have
done something right.
To deserve your love every morning and butterfly
kisses-I couldn't ask God for more, man this is what love is.

I know I gotta let her go, but I'll always remember
every hug in the morning and butterfly kisses.

At Last - Through the Years of Our Love

This is a bond that will never be broken.
From Wedding

At Last Lyrics by Etta James

At last, my love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
Oh, yeah, at last
The skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clovers
The night I looked at you
I found a dream that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to rest my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known
Oh, yeah when you smile, you smile
Oh, and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
For you are mine
At last

Happy 5th Anniversary

Friday, November 6th was our 5th wedding anniversary. We spent the day with Kaitlynn, MawMaw, and MawMaw Tommie. That evening MawMaw watched Kaitlynn so we could go out. We had a great time.
From Drop Box

Here's a slideshow of our wedding day.

33 Month Evaluation

Thursday, November 5th Kaitlynn's P.A.T. educator came over for a visit. During her visit, she completed a 33 month evaluation on Kaitlynn. She did excellent. She scored very high in all areas. Yeah, Kaitlynn!

We took MawMaw to an appointment with another oral surgeon. Hopefully this one will be able to find out what is going on with MawMaw and be able to correct it. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Hello November

November already! Wow, time does fly. Wednesday, November 4th Kaitlynn attended her last Kids in the Kitchen class. The theme was Eggs-travaganza. They made french toast, dinosaur eggs, egg boats, orange julius and banana popsicles.
Kaitlynn's placemat that she decorated and used all 5 weeks of class.
From Drop Box

Cookbook cover that Kaitlynn decorated.
From Drop Box

That evening, Kaitlynn and I went to dinner with MawMaw and Kaitlynn kept calling me her sister. We attended a class at the ECC called Songs, Stories and Sillies. Kaitlynn had so much fun in this class. She danced around the room, sang and really participated. This one was geared towards older kids and was able to keep her interested as opposed to the one we attended last month (that she didn't really participate in).

Halloween

On Halloween, we went to Michael's so Kaitlynn could make a craft with the kid's club (The Knack). She made a super cute little spider. We headed home and got ready for our Halloween party. Dave and Kaitlynn made Halloween rice krispie treats, then Kaitlynn decorated her pumpkins. We went out trick or treating and had fun with our guests. Kaitlynn passed out and the adults continued to party until the wee hours of the morning. We had a fun Halloween!

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lemonade Award



I was nominated for the Lemonade Award by 'Manda Blogs About. Thanks so much and sorry it took me so long to accept this award.

The rules for this award are:
Put the Lemonade logo on your blog or within your post.
Nominate at least 10 blogs with great attitude or gratitude.
Link the nominees within your post.
Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

Here are the 10 I am nominating:
1) A Nut in a Nutshell
2) Mommas Choice
3) Supermommy to the Rescue
4) My Messy Paradise
5) Write Expressions
6) 3Boys and Adoption
7) The Mom Writes
8) Parent Memo
9) My Life As A Stay at Home Mom
10) City Girl Gone Country
Hope you enjoy these 10.

Heartfelt Blog Award



I was awarded The Heartfelt Blog Award by The Mom Writes and Write Expressions
a few weeks back. Sorry it's taken so long to collect my awards. I really do appreciate them.

The rules of The Heartfelt Blog Award are:

1. Display the logo.
2. Nominate up to 9 blogs that make you feel comfy or warm inside.
3. Link to your nominees.
4. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting.
5. Link to the person from whom you received the award.

Here are the blogs I'm nominating for The Heartfelt Blog Award:
I've only nominated 7 because there are just so many blogs that I read and love to keep up with. Here's just a few of them. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Halloween Fun Fair

Friday October 30th, we went to the ECC for a Halloween Fun Fair. Kaitlynn made a treat bag, trick or treated at different "houses", had a pony painted on her hand, listened to a Halloween story, ate dinner, played games, decorated a cookie (graham cracker), and had a great time.

Costume Party and Pumpkin Carving

Thursday October 29th, we went with Olivia and Aidan to the Mommy and Toddler Playgroup's Costume Party at Kangaroo Kids. Emily and Ella met us there. We brought Halloween cupcakes to share and Emily brought goodies bags to share. It was great seeing Emily and getting to spend time with her and Ella before her due date (November 3rd).

Kaitlynn wore her Happy Feet costume and Ella wore a bear costume. Olivia and Aidan didn't wear costumes.

While at Kangaroo Kids, Kaitlynn started complaining about her vagina hurting (and she was telling everyone). We called her pediatrician and she was able to see her almost immediately. It was quite an experience getting Kaitlynn to pee in a cup, but she did it. I actually just told her that the doctor needed it so that she could figure out what was wrong. Once she knew that, she peed in the cup. The pediatrician said it's probably a bladder infection, but would send it to the lab.

That evening, we carved 2 of our 5 pumpkins and made caramel apples. Kaitlynn had fun putting sprinkles on her caramel apple. She was als a big help with scooping the "guts" out of the pumpkins.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Halloween Treats and Baked Goodies

Wednesday October 28th, Kaitlynn attended her Kids in the Kitchen class. The theme was Halloween Treats. They made mummies in a blanket, magic wands, witches hats, moonlight milkshake, monster mash and shaky pudding. She also made this cute pumpkin picture. She cut out the eyebrows all by herself.
From Drop Box

Kaitlynn and I went to MawMaw's and baked a cake, cupcakes and an apple pie.

MawMaw made Kaitlynn a special hot chocolate that he really enjoyed.

Costume Party at the Zoo

Monday October 26th, we bought a new laptop. Thank goodness because our old one was possessed!

Tuesday, we attended a MomsLikeMe playdate costume party at the Zoo.

Kay Quinn read a Halloween story to the kids and then we all went into Zoomagination Station. Kaitlynn had a good time, but was disappointed that she didn't get to see any animals due to the rain.

Afterwards we took Kaitlynn to McDonald's to play at the playland.

Stuckmeyer's Farm

Sunday October 25th, we went to Stuckmeyer's with MawMaw. Hanna, Adam and Brandon met us there. Kaitlynn couldn't wait for them to get there.

Kaitlynn played in the sandbox, rode a pony, played at Fort Spooky, and ran around. She fell off a wagon and got a bump on her forehead.