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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Star Studded Concert

Look at all the cherry tomatoes we have! Home grown are the best.
Kaitlynn sitting on the potty talking to daddy.
After Olivia left on Wednesday, we went to MawMaw's. MawMaw went with Kaitlynn and I to the Star Studded Concert at Kangaroo Kids. Kaitlynn dressed in her "ballerina" outfit.
She walked the red carpet.
The kids played, ate snacks (granola bars, fruit snacks, ring pops) and drank juice.
Kindermusik was there to do a session with the kids. It took Kaitlynn a few minutes to get comfortable, but then she really got into it and enjoyed it. She loves music. They played with sticks and bells.
They played with scarves.
She had a good time. Kangaroo Kids gave all the attendees a special discount off their entire purchase. MawMaw and I found some cute things for Kaitlynn.

Here are two videos of Kaitlynn during the Kindermusik session.

Drace Park

Monday the 20th, Kaitlynn and I met Katie and Luke at Drace Park. At first, Kaitlynn didn't have much to do with Luke. She wanted to push me on the swings. Then eventually she warmed up to playing with him. This was our first time at Drace and we really liked it. It's a small park, but has enough to keep the kids busy.
We went to the Early Childhood Center and registered for a fall class. Kaitlynn was upset that she wasn't able to stay. She started walking back to the room her classes are usually in and kept saying "class."
We went to MawMaw's so she could watch Kaitlynn for a few hours. Later Kaitlynn and I took MawMaw to a doctor's appointment. We had dinner at El Nopal.
Tuesday I babysat Olivia. Kaitlynn, Olivia, and I went to Kangaroo Kids to meet Eileen, Gabe and Merci. Eileen called and said that they weren't going to be able to make it. I asked Kaitlynn if she wanted to go back home. She said no, that she wanted to play with Gabe. I had to explain to her a few times why she couldn't play with him before she stopped asking. Then she started asking about Ella.
We went home to eat lunch before the photographer from the Associated Press came over. Last week I did an interview with this lady on the struggle to be the perfect housewife. She sent over a photographer for the article. The photographer photographed Kaitlynn helping with the dishes, feeding Bailey (the dog), bagging up the trash and doing artwork.
After he left, Kaitlynn started crying. She told me the photographer reminded her of PawPaw Dado. Poor baby! He did kind of resemble my dad. I just can't believe that she remembers him so well. I am so happy that she does.

Healthy You and Safe Summer

Saturday, July 18th, we went to the Botanical Garden. They were having a Healthy You, Healthy Planet Festival.
At the Kid's Corner, Kaitlynn made some chex mix / trail mix, decorated a sock puppet and started on a bead bracelet.
We went through the Climatron and then to the Children's Garden. Before entering the Children's Garden, there was another kid's station set up with crafts. Kaitlynn made a caterpillar and a sail boat.
We went to the Children's Garden where Kaitlynn ran around and played until she saw Finn the frog. She does not like costumed characters at all. They totally freak her out.
She loves playing on the sheep.
She was very excited to feed the koi fish.
Chasing after daddy!

After the Garden, we picked up MawMaw and went to the Mills Mall. Kaitlynn is in the kid's club and they were having a Safe Summer Event. There was a firetruck outside the mall that the kids could climb in. Kaitlynn said she was scared of it. She met a few firemen, got a fire chief hat, stickers, and a sucker. She also got an ice cream bowl and spoon and a rubber duckie.
The activity was making a bug jar. Kaitlynn was too interested in eating her sucker, so MawMaw put the stickers on the bug jar. It was a super cute idea. Kaitlynn is interested in lightning bugs now, but is afraid to hold them. So now she can examine them without holding them.
After eating lunch and walking around the mall, we went into Cabella's. We love going into that store because of the awesome displays. Kaitlynn loved the Albino Catfish. She kept saying "come here, baby."
Then she said she wanted this fish pillow for her bed.
Here is a video of Kaitlynn and Daddy playing the Xylophone in the Children's Garden.

Double Dose of the Zoo

Friday, July 17th, Kaitlynn, Olivia, MawMaw and I went to the Zoo. MawMaw had the day off from work. We didn't get to the Zoo until lunch time, so we didn't see much before we had to take a break to eat.

Kaitlynn liked watching the tortoises eating.

She had fun playing in the water fountain.

We didn't get to stay at the Zoo too long because I had to get Olivia back to the house in time for her dad to pick her up. We dropped MawMaw off and went home.

After Dave got home from work, we went back to the Zoo for Jungle Boogie. The Charles Glenn band was playing. They are a Jazz / R&B group.

We ate dinner as soon as we got to the Zoo. Kaitlynn rode the carousel. She rode on the puffin, which went up and down. She is getting braver.

We went to Big Cat Country.
The Puma

The Lioness

The male Amur Leopard

Snow Leopards - we rarely see them out.
Kaitlynn had to see the Sea Lions before we left the Zoo.
She likes playing on the rocks outside the Zoo.

We had a good time at Jungle Boogie. Good music and lots of animals out.


Welcome to Moving On From The Drama. Wondering what that title is all about? Well, this is my second blog. My first blog, Everyday Mama Drama, had reached it's potential. I felt that I needed to kind of re-invent my blog. I needed to make a few changes and take some control. The best way to do that was to start a new one. I blogged at Everyday Mama Drama for 1 year and 7 months. It was such a great way to share my stories, meet new bloggers, network, and express myself. I love the title of my old blog, but it really represented where I was in my life then. Moving On From The Drama represents where I am currently and where I am going in the future.

Since I got that out of the way, let me introduce myself. My name is Amy. I live in the Midwest. I am a 31 year old mother of 1. I am married to my best friend, Dave. We have been married since November of 2004. We introduced our beautiful little girl, Kaitlynn, into the world in February of 2007. This was the best moment of our lives! I am a stay at home mom and recently started providing part-time childcare in my home. I am also an Avon Representative.

I am very excited and scared / anxious to start this new blog. You know how new adventures are!