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Monday, July 27, 2009

A Scrapbook for Tiger

While I was crying in the basement, Dave and Kaitlynn were hugging me. Kaitlynn wanted to know what I was crying about, so I let her see Tiger's body. We told her that Tiger went night-night for good and that he was in heaven. Later we told her that he was in heaven with PawPaw Dado.
Dave put Tiger's body in a box so we could take him to the vet. Kaitlynn wanted to see him one last time.
We took Tiger's body to the vet. We are having him cremated and will get his ashes in about 2 weeks. Leaving his body in a box on the counter at the vet was such a hard thing to do.

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My Best Friend Tiger

On Sunday afternoon, Dave and Kaitlynn went downstairs to feed the cats because Pumpkin (our calico) kept crying at me. He came back upstairs and said that Tiger was laying in the basement by the litter pans and it didn't look good. I went downstairs and he was dead. I just dropped to my knees and started crying. I couldn't believe my cat was gone. A few days ago, when MawMaw was over, she said she was worried about how skinny he had gotten. I told her that Dave thought Tiger was using the bathroom upstairs instead of in the litter box. She said she thought we should have him put to sleep. I told her that I didn't want to be the one to make that decision. I told her that I wished if it was time for him to go, he would go on his own. Well he did. But it didn't make it any easier.

I got Tiger 20 years ago at The Best of Nature on Watson Road. It was a plant shop and for some reason they also had kittens for sale. I cried and begged my dad for this little grey and black striped kitten. I promised I would take care of him. We bought him for $5. It was the best $5 ever spent. I got the most loyal pet ever. He was such a good cat from the start. He loved taking naps with me or my mom. He was such a good best friend to me. I know to some people that sounds crazy, but he was a good friend. He would listen to me rant about things or rave about things. He always showed me unconditional love. He was always there for me. I wish that everyone could experience a pet like him.

We celebrated his birthday on June 13th. We don't really know when he was born, but that was a day we designated for his day. He turned 20 this year. He will be missed so much.

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Zoo Again

Saturday, we had several things planned, but had to cancel all of them. I didn't sleep well Friday night and was sick on Saturday. For those that know me IRL, you know the real deal. Dave took Kaitlynn out, so I could get some rest. They went to lunch and then to the Zoo. That's where Kaitlynn wanted to go.
Kaitlynn under the Cardinals' All-Star arch in Forest Park.
Kaitlynn rode the puffin the first round on the carousel.
She rode on the baby gorilla the second time around.
Third time around, Kaitlynn got on the tiger, then decided she wanted to ride the caterpillar.
At Jungle of the Apes
Mommy and daughter
Kaitlynn likes to watch the sun bears.
I am so bummed because I have not seen the new lion. I have only seen the lioness.
Kaitlynn fell asleep for the last half hour they were at the Zoo, so she didn't get her picture under this All-Star arch.
Dave and Kaitlynn said they had a great time. I love when they spend time together.

Botanical Garden and Jungle Boogie

On Friday Kaitlynn, Olivia and I met Emily and Ella at Botanical Garden. It was Henry Shaw's birthday so they were offering free admission to the Garden, including the Children's Garden. We had a nice time, but it was so flipping hot outside. Emily looks so cute with her baby bump!

That evening Kaitlynn and I met daddy at the Zoo for Jungle Boogie. We rode the train as soon as daddy arrived. We didn't want to miss it like last week.
After the train ride, Kaitlynn rode the carousel a few times.
She likes riding the puffin now.
We ate dinner by the sea lions and listened to The Mighty Big Band play. They are a Blues / Jam band. They were pretty good.
We went to Historic Hill.
Kaitlynn was following these birds around. We think they are young peacocks, but not sure.
Kaitlynn had a blue mouth from a blue ring pop (sucker).
It is mating season for the penguins. One of the penguin's wings is over the other one's back. Super sweet!
Kaitlynn loves to play on the rocks outside the Zoo's Living World. She has to do this before we leave the Zoo.

Pull Ups

Kaitlynn has been wearing pull ups since Wednesday. We are not potty training yet, though. Tuesday night when we were at Target, she wanted to sit on the potty and she wanted big girl panties. MawMaw bought her 18 pairs! So I figured a good way to get her used to pulling her panties down was to start by wearing pull ups. I have heard that using pull ups to potty train is not a good idea because they are just a glorified diaper. We have made some progress. She pee peed on the potty at least once on Thursday and on Friday. The other days she didn't, but it was more from our lack of making the potty available. I am not used to this potty thing. It is a lot of work to make sure you are near a potty. I really like using pull ups instead of diapers. They are so easy to pull off and change. So for now, we are using pull ups with no pressure to potty train.

Belly Laughs

I just had to post these pictures of Kaitlynn from Thursday. Kaitlynn, Olivia and I took MawMaw to an appointment. We waited in the car. Kaitlynn read books and Olivia napped.

Then we went back to our house and the belly laughing began.