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Monday, May 31, 2010

USA Cutie

Monday (the 24th) MawMaw was discharged from the hospital. Yeah!
Wednesday, I went to the doctor for another ultrasound, an exam and more blood work. Fun! Not!
Our USA Cutie! She had so much fun at MawMaw's watering her flowers and vegetable garden. MawMaw planted tomatoes, eggplant, cucumber and green bell pepper. It was important to us that Kaitlynn see her MawMaw before her dental surgery / procedure the next day. I also sent out emails and text messages asking for prayers.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pretty in Purple

Before church last Sunday in her pretty new purple dress.
I tried to get a picture of the purple flower pony tail holder, but she wouldn't cooperate!
Kaitlynn's memory verse for the week: "We give You thanks." 1 Chronicles 29:13.

Dave and I attended the Global Day of Prayer. It was a unique experience. I will probably write more about the experience on 1 of my other blogs.

Swing Around Fun Town

Saturday the 22nd we went to a birthday party at Swing Around Fun Town. Kaitlynn had a blast! We were there for almost 6 hours! She first explored the games inside and then we went outside. She rode the kiddie go carts, then rode the go carts with daddy. Their ride was cut short because she wasn't too fond of how fast they were going. Kaitlynn and daddy rode the bumper boats. Kaitlynn didn't like that ride either. She kept trying to get up. Later we realized she didn't like it because she couldn't reach the squirter over Dave's legs. We played miniature golf and then did the bumper boats again. This time Kaitlynn rode with me and daddy rode in a separate bumper boat. Kaitlynn had a blast! She loved going after daddy to squirt him and squirting the other boys! We rode the boats like 5 times in a row. We were absolutely drenched. Kaitlynn and daddy played another round of miniature golf and went to the batting cages.

We went to visit MawMaw at the hospital (in our drenched clothes). MawMaw was doing well.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Prayers Please

Today, we take Kaitlynn to the surgery center for her dental procedure. She is having some cavities filled in and will be sedated for the procedure. When we talked to her last night about it, to try to prepare her, she started crying and saying she didn't want surgery. I calmed her down and the 2 other questions she had for us were: is it going to hurt? and were we going to leave her? I reassured her that it wouldn't hurt because she would be sleeping. I told her that she would be getting medicine to make her fall asleep so she wouldn't feel anything. Then I told her that we wouldn't leave her. We were going to be in the waiting room. She wasn't too happy about that and started crying. I started crying and promised her I wouldn't leave her, but had to explain to her again that we would stay with her as long as they let us.

I felt it was important to predict for her what was going to happen. She always does better at medical / dental appointments when I do that for her. I also feel that it is only fair for her to know what to expect. I don't want her to be at all surprised when we wake her up to take her to a strange building. I want her to know what is going on and be prepared for what is going to happen.

I also didn't want to lie to her. I wanted her to know that we will be with her, until we have to go to the waiting room (during the procedure). I was not going to lie to her, but needed to reassure her we were not leaving her.

The lady that called me from the surgery center the other day assured me that this procedure is harder on the parents than it is on the kids. I told her that I hoped so. She better be right!

I am trying to lay my worries and anxiousness at Jesus' feet, but I keep taking it all back. I have been praying all day, any chance I get a free moment. I have also been asking everyone for their prayers and thoughts. So if you get a moment, please say a prayer for my baby and the medical professionals taking care of her.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Thank You Mom Reunion

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Going to Be a Doctor

Tuesday I attended my last Bible study class. I learned so much from this class and I loved learning about The Bible with this group. What a wonderful learning environment! A place to ask questions and really start to understand The Word.
Kaitlynn and I went up to the hospital to visit MawMaw. Dave met us up there after work. MawMaw is doing well. We are still waiting to find out exactly what is going on. Kaitlynn loves being up at the hospital. MawMaw is on the same floor as her last hospitalization so she has the same nurses and techs. Kaitlynn has lots of "friends" there (from before). As we were walking down the hall to visit MawMaw, she told me that she was going to be a doctor. We wouldn't be surprised!

Before we left for the hospital, I told her to look in the mirror to see how she looked and she said "I look beautiful!" I love her confidence! BTW, she did look beautiful and was told that by almost everyone that passed her in the hospital.

Doctors Appointments and ER

Monday we had a busy day of doctors' appointments. We took MawMaw to an appointment, in which her doctor said she needed to go to the ER that evening and be admitted to the hospital. Kaitlynn had her pre-surgery appointment with her pediatrician. The pediatrician checked Kaitlynn's heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, eyes, ears, nose, throat, and listened to her lungs. She said she was confident Kaitlynn could go through the procedure / surgery without any problems. Between appointments, we had lunch and let Kaitlynn play in the play area at Burger King.

Hanna and Adam watched Kaitlynn so Dave and I could attend our last class at church. We met some really cool people that we hope to continue to stay in contact with. After getting home from class, I took MawMaw to the ER and she was admitted for a possible infection in her legs.

Creve Coeur Days

Sunday we attended church. Our message was about baptism. In Kaitlynn's class she learned about saying "thank you." The Memory Verse for the week is: "We give you thanks." 1 Chronicles 29:13. While driving home from church, I was talking to Kaitlynn about what she learned and did in her class. We talked a little about it then she started smiling and talking about a boy named Taylor. She said he is so funny and that he was wearing a costume. It was so cute to hear her talking about this boy!
After lunch (at home), we went to Creve Coeur Days. Kaitlynn played the shark pond game and won a butterfly push toy. She had 2 pony rides and then we left. It was so muddy that it was hard to enjoy any of it. Our shoes and jeans were so dirty, just from the short time we were there. It was yucky! We went to MawMaw's and had dinner with her and MawMaw Tommie.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Zoo Friends Day and Strawberry Picking

Friday, Dave, Kaitlynn and I went to the Zoo. It was wet and a little rainy, but we handled it because we wanted to take advantage of Zoo Friends Day. A little rain did not discourage people from going to the Zoo, especially Zoo Members. I guess we all wanted to enjoy "our" day. Something new this year at The Caribbean Cove, which opened last year, is that they have horseshoe crabs in with the stingrays. Kaitlynn wouldn't pet the stingrays (and couldn't reach the horseshoe crabs) because of them splashing her last year. That really scared her of putting her hands in the water now. Kaitlynn was totally cracking us up as we were near Big Cat Country and the zebras. She was walking around (with her backpack on) singing "I'm an animal doctor for my pets, my pets" over and over. Each time getting louder and louder until she was almost screaming it to the top of her lungs. It was just so funny! The song is from Barney's Animal ABCs and is actually "The vet is an animal doctor...". Kaitlynn saw her first sea lion show, which she really enjoyed. It was so cool to see them up close. They really are like dogs, as the keeper said.

Then we went to Eckert's for strawberry picking with MomsLikeMe.com. All the kids got to pick a pint of strawberries for free. Kaitlynn enjoyed picking strawberries, actually eating strawberries (once she fully woke up). Every time I would put one in her little tray, she would eat it! She did do a little picking, but mainly eating. They were delicious! After strawberry picking, we enjoyed some yummy frozen custard, then went to Eckert's market. Kaitlynn had fun pushing her own little cart around the market and even had her own bottle of Sparkling Cider.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Pray, Church, Walk, Picnic and Pony Ride

Sunday, in Kaitlynn's KidzMinistry class, she learned about Daniel always praying. The memory verse for the week was: "Always pray." Luke 18:1

Monday, Kaitlynn, Aidan and I went to church. I cleaned the KidzMinistry rooms with other moms while the kids played together. There were 3 other moms (Jana, Marlene and Colleen) and 3 other kids there. Kaitlynn and Aidan had a great time.

Thursday, Kaitlynn, Dave and Bailey went for a walk in the neighborhood. Kaitlynn also rode her jeep around the neighborhood.

Kaitlynn attended a Teddy Bear Picnic at the ECC. She brought a teddy bear and made a wagon for her bear, a bear coloring, a bear head wrap, a music shaker, a bracelet and painted a bear. MawMaw went with us.

Later that night we had to get some groceries. Kaitlynn enjoyed a pony ride first.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Kaitlynn's Dedication on Mother's Day

Sunday we had Kaitlynn dedicated at our church. What a special way to celebrate Mother's Day! To honor God that way and to make a commitment to raise her in the church community was so amazing. I look forward to the day that she is old enough to make the decision on her own that Jesus Christ is her Savior and she wants to be baptized.

Our families met us at church for the service. Dave, Kaitlynn and I had a family photo taken. We helped our families find seating. Then we waited in the lobby with the rest of the parents and children being dedicated. We talked with our dedication mentor couple, Dan and Carolyn. They were so supportive to us on Sunday. All of the dedication families processed in and stood in front of the church. Our lead pastor, Greg, talked about what dedication is. Then Randall, our associate pastor, introduced all of us to the church community. We were given a moment of prayer, where our families were able to come stand with us and pray with us. Dan said a prayer with us and our families. What a powerful moment!

We took Kaitlynn to her class and went back to service. After service, we sat outside of church with our families and talked. Kaitlynn had fun opening her gift from Hanna and Adam.

We went to Cheesecake Factory for lunch. After lunch MawMaw gave Kaitlynn a present. It was a beautiful cross frame that says "Bless this child."





Can you believe that Kaitlynn's white dress was mostly white at the end of the day? I was amazed!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Mother

When you're a child she walks before you,
To set an example.
When you're a teenager she walks behind you
To be there should you need her.
When you're an adult she walks beside you
So that as two friends you can enjoy life together..
Author Unknown

Mother's Day Declaration

I wanted you before you were born. I loved you when you were born, I saw your face and I knew that I was in love. Before you were an hour old, I knew I would die for you. To this day, I will. This is the miracle of life.

This came from a friend on facebook.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Botanical Garden and Grant's Farm

Today we went to Botanical Garden and Grant's Farm for the first time this year. Botanical Garden has a dino exhibit. Kaitlynn was excited to look around the Garden for dinosaurs, even though there were only 2 exhibits (unless you actually went through the paid exhibit). We walked around the Garden and Kaitlynn fed the Koi fish. She loved feeding them. Then we walked around some more. Kaitlynn enjoyed taking pictures. At one point, she was actually taking a picture of every step she took. It was so funny! At the Botanical Garden, it was pretty windy, but thankfully the sun was out almost the entire time we were there. We went to lunch at the Bread Co. and then went to Grant's Farm. At Grant's Farm it was pretty chilly and windy. The sun wasn't out as much, but we still had a good time. Kaitlynn and Dave spent quite a while with the goats. First, Kaitlynn tried feeding them through the fence because she didn't want to go in the pen. Eventually, her and Dave went in the pen and after spending about a half an hour with the goats, they were finally able to get a few goats to drink from the bottles of milk. I guess the goats were very full from being fed by all of the people visiting. Kaitlynn rode the carousel and we looked at the other animals. Kaitlynn said the elephant was talking to her. When asked what about, she said something about the water. She had a snow cone, while Dave and I had our 2 samples of AB products. Yum! We walked around the stable and then headed home.

Kids in the Kitchen - Cinco de Mayo

Thursday was Kaitlynn's last Kids in the Kitchen class. It could very well be her last PCIP class ever as she will be going to preschool in the fall. I am not sure if we will continue with these other classes. The theme was Cinco de Mayo. First the kids made covers for their recipe / cookbooks. They decorated the covers with pictures taken in the class by the teacher's assistant. Inside the cookbooks, were recipes from each week of the class. At circle time, after singing the usual songs, the teacher read a book about vegetables. Then it was time for the kids to wash their hands, set their places and get cooking. They made root beer floats, tacos, chicken tortilla soup, pudding and guacamole dip. Kaitlynn liked the root beer float and the taco. She refused to try the soup, pudding or dip. I liked the dip and I am not a fan of guacamole dip. The pudding was good also. Kaitlynn brought the soup home for Dave to eat.

Cinco de Mayo

Wednesday, Kaitlynn played outside with the dogs. I cut some flowers from our Peony "garden". We have white and pink ones. They are one of my favorite flowers. Later we made a Mexican fiesta. We had spinach and cheese (and chicken on Dave and Kaitlynn's) quesadillas, rice and refried beans. Kaitlynn had sparkling grape juice. Dave and I had margaritas. We enjoyed a fire in the chiminea. It was a fun night at home!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

2 Years

May 5th marked 2 years of my dad's passing. I still can't believe that he is gone. I still sometimes think "Oh, I have to call him to tell him about..." Other times, I think "I wish he were here to see Kaitlynn..." Actually, there is not a day that goes by that I don't wish he was still here. I have finally stopped begging God to bring him back to us and almost stopped questioning God as to why he took my dad and not someone else. That is a question that I will not know this side of eternity. I cling to the fact that I know one day I will see him again. We will be reunited. I know he is better off, but it doesn't stop the fact that it still hurts. It is an emptiness in my heart, a piece of me that is missing. I have faith in God everyday that He will give me the strength to go on. I thank God for Kaitlynn and Dave because without them I don't know if I could face days like May 5th, Father's Day, October 5th (his birthday) and all the holidays. They make me realize that life has to go on. We were never promised forever here on earth, but we are promised eternal life if we believe and trust in Jesus.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Baby Shower and Engagement Anniversary

Saturday we attended a Couples Diaper Shower for our friends Jill and Emil. They are having their second child in July. The theme was lady bugs because they are having a girl and it goes with her nickname (Katy bug). Kaitlynn had fun playing with the other kids. It was nice getting to enjoy the day being outside. We are so happy for Jill and Emil!

Saturday also marked our Engagement Anniversary. 6 years ago, Dave came to my apartment dressed in a nice suit and had my favorite car waiting in the parking lot (a black Jaguar). We drove to Creve Coeur Park, where he gave me a rose and got down on one knee and proposed. It was amazing! Then we drove around to our families' houses telling them. Our parents already knew. I was so glad that Dave respected my family enough to call and ask my dad for his permission to marry me / at least let him know that he was going to propose to me. That evening our parents threw a party for us. It was such a special day and evening. About a month later we had a "formal" Engagement party. It was held at a park.
Looking back at these pictures, really brings back memories. I can't believe how young we all were. My nieces and nephews were so little, they ranged from 4 to 13 years old. Dave was 25 and I was 26. What special memories, even though it seems like a lifetime ago!

Tornado

Friday, we took MawMaw to another doctor appointment. She may have to go back in the hospital. We are hoping / praying that this doesn't happen.

That evening, Hanna babysat Kaitlynn. When we got back home, Dave, Kaitlynn, MawMaw, Hanna and I went out to dinner. On the way taking MawMaw home, there was a tornado watch. While driving, the sirens started going off. We actually got "stuck" at MawMaw's house and had to go to her basement for a little while since the tornado was in the area. Thankfully no one in my family was hurt and no damage was done to their property. It was a scary kind of night.

Under the Sea

Monday the 26th, Kaitlynn and I took MawMaw to get a CAT scan and to a follow up doctor visit (from her hospital stay). Kaitlynn loves going with MawMaw to her appointments because a lot of times she is treated like a queen. At the CAT scan, one of the staff brought Kaitlynn out a warm blanket and gave her some candy. She just eats the attention up. Kaitlynn, Dave, MawMaw and I took Lever to the vet to have his stitches removed (from being neutered). Dave and I attended a class at church that evening while Hanna watched Kaitlynn.

Tuesday, I attended a class / group at church. I am really enjoying this class / group. There are some really neat people in it. Kaitlynn and I took MawMaw to another follow up appointment from the hospital. She also had to have blood work.

Thursday, Kaitlynn attended Kids in the Kitchen class. The theme was Under the Sea. First they made this really cool fish and then at circle time, Miss Michaela (sp?) read a book about animals in the sea. Then it was time to get cooking. They had cookie cutters in the shape of under the sea animals in which they used to cut out a piece of bread. The painted the bread (shaped like an under the sea animal) with milk and food coloring (pink, purple, blue and green). Kaitlynn chose a crab cookie cutter. The bread was toasted after painting it. Then butter was spread on it. Then she made a banana boat. The banana was sliced in half and mini marshmallows and chocolate chips were put in the middle. It was baked to perfection. Next, they took shelled noodles and put them in a baggie and mixed it with cheese sauce. Then put it in a bowl and added goldfish. Next, they cut a hot dog so it had 8 legs for an Octodog. And finally made a slushie, which consisted of orange sherbert, ice cubes, pineapple juice and club soda. The banana boat was my favorite. Kaitlynn said the drink was her favorite, which was good too. She barely touched her hotdog or anything else for that matter. She enjoys taking the food home, but then doesn't eat it.
After class, Kaitlynn, Dave and Lever played soccer. Sassy also played but I didn't get any video of that, unfortunately.
Kaitlynn kicking the ball.
Later, Kaitlynn played baseball Wii and had a blast. She loves playing.

Then, we went to MawMaw's. Kaitlynn likes waiting until the car is turned off and hanging out of the sun roof. I promise the car was turned off and the emergency break was on!
We ran some errands and she found this head band. She has become a real head band girl. She calls it her crown!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Planet Helpers

Saturday, April 24th we went to an event for Dave's work. They had a bounce house and face painting for the kids. Kaitlynn had StL painted on one hand for the Cardinals and Elmo on the other hand.
Then we went to a Kidgit's event at the mall called Little Planet Helpers. Kaitlynn received a tree sapling and got to spin the wheel. She planted Sweet Basil seeds and danced with the girls from Radio Disney. We ate lunch at Chevy's and walked around the mall.
That evening we went to church. Kaitlynn said she learned about praying and showed us how she prays.