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Monday, October 11, 2010

Grant's Farm Fun

Friday, September 24th, Kaitlynn and I met Tia, Mike, Annabelle and Alayna at Taco Bell for lunch. Kaitlynn and Annabelle were cracking us up. Kaitlynn asked Annabelle if she liked her hair. Annabelle, in the most excited voice ever, said she did. It was super cute! Before heading to Grant's Farm, Kaitlynn and I picked up MawMaw, so that she could go with us. Kaitlynn had to bring her (big) Cinderella doll in with her.
She had to sit next to Annabelle on the tram.
Kaitlynn and MawMaw fed the goats.
Kaitlynn and Annabelle brushed the goats.
They rode the carousel.
Had fun feeding the chickens.
Saw an owl
We went to the Bird Show. In the middle of the show, they asked for a volunteer and Kaitlynn raised her hand and was picked. This other older girl thought they picked her, so they let her come up too. They were going to let Kaitlynn stay out for the next act, but she followed the other girl out.
Kaitlynn wanted me to take her picture in front of this.
The girls got their snowcones and soon after it was time to leave because the farm was closing.

Later Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I ran some errands and ate dinner.

6th Week of Preschool and More Bad Driving

Wednesday, the 22nd I watched Max. Kaitlynn got ready for preschool after Max left. We packed her snack (popcorn and a granola bar) in her lunch box and headed to school.

While Kaitlynn was in school, I had a doctor's appointment. I picked Kaitlynn up from preschool. The daily schedule said they read "We Are All Alike, We Are All Different," stretched and cut GAK, used stencils at the writing center, went outside to play on the playground and in music sang / listened to "Mat Man."

I took Kaitlynn to get her "special drink" and then we went to MawMaw's, where we went to dinner and took her to get a flu shot.

This was just a week of bad drivers on the rode. On the way home from MawMaw's, this red truck ran a yield sign and almost hit us. I was furious because as if it wasn't bad enough that he almost hit my car with my child in it, he decided to be a smart *** and act like he was going to actually hit the car (ram right into it). I have ran into some real PSYCHOS on the rode. All I have to say is, if you dont know what YIELD means, then you shouldn't be driving!

Thursday, the 23rd I attended my Women's Bible Study at church. When I got home, Kaitlynn got ready for preschool. We packed her snack (popcorn and goldfish) and headed to school. Preschool sent home an Emergency Phone List for the class.

While she was in preschool, I picked up MawMaw and we did some shopping. We picked up Kaitlynn. The daily schedule said they read "Faces" by Shelley Rotner, added details to their face paintings by gluing eyes, nose, mouth and hair, worked together to build a Target store in the block center, went outside to play on the playground and drew a picture of Mat Man while singing his song.

Kaitlynn got a "special drink" and we ran some errands and ate dinner.

I can't believe this was Kaitlynn's 6th week of preschool. Time is flying by!

Your Invited to Elephant Brunch

Ringling Bros.® Invites St. Louis Residents to Elephant Brunch
Learn about Asian Elephants at free Oct. 15 event
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® invites St. Louis residents to join them at the Scottrade Center at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 15th to watch the circus’ largest stars – the majestic Asian elephants - snack on fruits and vegetables and to learn more about the elephants and Ringling Bros. conservation efforts to protect this endangered species.

The event will take place at the West Garage Plaza adjacent to the parking garage at Scottrade Center at 1401 Clark Street.

While the Asian elephant stars are treated to a healthy, nutritious meal of apples, bananas, watermelons and other produce, Children of All Ages will learn about these magnificent animals, their care, and the efforts Ringling Bros. has taken to preserve the species. Members of the famed Ringling Bros. Clown Alley will also be on hand to add to the fun!

The Asian elephant is the second largest land mammal in the world and one of the most intelligent animals on earth. Unfortunately, with less than 35,000 Asian elephants left on the planet, it is also one of the world’s most endangered species. Ringling Bros. is a world leader in the care and conservation of the endangered Asian elephant. The commitment Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has for this magnificent animal is demonstrated by the creation in 1995 – and the continued operation – of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation® in Florida, which is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the reproduction, research and retirement of Asian elephants. Since opening, 23 Asian elephants have been born at the Center. For more information, log on to Elephant Center.

And don't forget about....
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Barnum’s FUNundrum!, featuring 130 performers from six continents, almost 100,000 pounds of performing pachyderms, cowboys, pirates, and mermaids, performs Thursday, October 14th, through Sunday, October 17th, at Scottrade Center. The fun begins an hour before the show at the All Access Pre-show – FREE to ticketholders!

Tickets are available at the Scottrade Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at Ticketmaster. Tickets start at just $11 for adults. All kids tickets are $10 to all performances! Additional fees may apply.

Dates are as follows:
Thursday, October 14 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 15 –10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 16 – 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 17 – 1:00 p.m.
•All Access Pre-Show one hour before each show EXCEPT Friday 10:30 a.m. performance.

Don't forget to use the MOM code when you purchase your tickets from Ticketmaster!

*Feld is providing this blogger with a set of tickets to the event as compensation for posting this information.

Bad Driving and Flies

Tuesday, September 21st, I babysat Max. Max went with us to Kaitlynn's dance class. This was Kaitlynn's 3rd week (actually 3rd class) of dance. She still really enjoys it and I love watching her. All of the girls are just so cute. I am so glad the class is so small, with only 4 students total. On the way to class, Kaitlynn had her little Princess Belle figurine and was talking about how Belle was a princess just like her and had the same hair color as her. I corrected her and explained that Belle had brown hair and she had blonde hair. I mentioned that Miss Julie (her dance teacher) has brown hair like Belle. After class, she said "Miss Julie has brown hair and dances with me. And she likes apples, apples, apples."

After dance, Kaitlynn talked me into taking her to McDonald's for lunch. We ran home to pack up her school clothes, snack (goldfish and raisins) in her lunch box and book bag and then went to McDonald's. She ate lunch, but didn't decide to play until she only had about 5-10 minutes left. She ended up meeting a friend that she didn't want to leave. I was eventually able to talk her into getting her clothes changed and leaving. We were a little late for preschool (about 5 minutes), but it worked out.

As I was heading back home with Max (to meet his mom), this white car totally cut me off. He was in the wrong lane and decided at the last minute he needed to be in my lane. No signal, no nothing, just swerved in front of me. I honked and he flipped me off! I have no idea how it was my fault that he almost missed his turn and cut me off, but for some reason he felt the need to flip me off. Why is it that when people cut you off or almost miss their turn, they flip you off or cuss you out? Hello people, watch the road and know where you are going! And it's not my fault, so don't flip me off or cuss me out. Psycho!!!!

While Kaitlynn was at preschool, I got some computer stuff done.

I picked Kaitlynn up from preschool. The daily schedule said they read "It's Okay to be Different" by Todd Parr, scooped and shoveled glitter sand at the sensory table, began painting self-portraits, went outside to play on the playground and in music sang / listened to "Mat Man." We received the preschool September Newsletter, which mentioned that School Pictures would be taken in the next few weeks and also listed some of the classes favorite books / books that they are currently reading. Kaitlynn told me about David (a boy in her class) not liking school. She said Max (another boy in her class) threw sand in her hair and knocked her down. She also told me that Liam (yet another boy in her class) picked flowers off the trees. When I asked her if she ate her snack, she said "goldfish again?" I reminded her that that was one of the snacks she chose to bring. It was her choice, not mine.


On our way to get a special drink, Kaitlynn started freaking out because there was a fly in the car. She kept screaming and was hysterical because she was afraid it was going to bite her. I'm not sure who told her that flies bite, but I was not (and am still not) happy with that person. I spent 10 minutes trying to get the darn thing out of the car. I realize that some flies do bite, but I feel if someone is going to take the time to scare her (inform her), then they should take the time to help her figure out how to differentiate between the biters and non-biters and what to do when she sees one that does bite.

It was also Kaitlynn's 3rd week of Tadpole swimming class. There were 5 kids in her class. They worked on diving for rings, popping the bubble and pouring water over their head with a cup in the shallow water. In the deep water, they worked on swimming with a noodle, floating with a noodle, floating with the instructor and jumping in to the instructor.
For some reason Kaitlynn's swim top rode up above her tummy, so it looks like she has a bikini on. It's actually a tankini.
The parents of the other kids in her swim class are so friendly! I don't know what I enjoy more, watching Kaitlynn or talking to the other parents. Actually, I do enjoy watching Kaitlynn more, it's just an added bonus getting to talk to the other parents!

Kaitlynn showered and got dressed at Riverchase because we had dinner plans immediately after her class.

Greatest Show On Earth

The Greatest Show On Earth just got Greater with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Barnum's FUNundrum! Featuring 130 performers, from 6 continents, almost 100,000 pounds of performing pachyderms, cowboys, pirates and mermaids. Barnum's FUNundrum! is a super-sized spectacle so massive you just can't miss it!

This once in a lifetime event celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of the legendary P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman on Earth! and can only be experienced at The Greatest Show on Earth, Barnum's living legacy!

You are invited to go on a family FUNtastic adventure to meet exotic characters and witness thrilling performances that attempt to answer Barnum's FUNundrum, "What special wonders create The Greatest Show On Earth?"

This show is running from October 14 - October 17 at Scottrade Center. Enter the code: MOM when you purchase tickets at Ticketmaster. This code will default to Opening Night Prices on Thursday the 14th as well as $11 on Friday at 10:30am and $4 off all other shows. Includes everything except Circus Celebrity, Front Row and VIP.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

School of Rock (Free Week of Music)

School of Rock is the national leader in music education and has been teaching kids how to amaze audiences for more than ten years. They offer lessons in guitar, bass, vocals, drums and keyboards for kids ages 7 – 18.

School of Rock is offering a FREE WEEK of music and is available NOW!
* Includes one private trial lesson (30-45 min) and one Rock 101 group class (90 min).
* To redeem call 866-371-0557, use code SORBLOG
OR
* Complete the online form and input the SORBLOG code in the Questions/Comments field and the school will contact you directly.
* Free week must be completed by Oct. 31, 2010
* Offer available at participating locations and is subject to scheduling and availability.
* Must mention code SORBLOG when contacting the school to receive the free week.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Zoo Parents Picnic

Sunday the 19th, we went to the early service at church. Didn't think that would ever happen! The Organic Christianity series continued with a "look at why experiencing worship of God is a vital element to maturing our faith." Kaitlynn attended and enjoyed her class.

Thankfully the rain stopped so that we could attend the Zoo Parents Picnic Zootennial Celebration. We adopted a King Penguin for Kaitlynn for her birthday / Valentine's Day in February of this year and we also adopted an Amur Tiger a few months ago. Kaitlynn was excited that she was able to ride in one of the Zoo's strollers. We got a free rental. We went to the bird house and then big cat country.
Looking at the tigers. You can hear Kaitlynn doing her karate. She has really been into karate kicking, chopping, etc in the last few months. She might have picked it up from SpongeBob.
We were treated to a Sea Lion show and a train ride. They also gave us free soft drinks all day. Kaitlynn fell asleep shortly after the train ride.
We saw the Orangutans enrichment - pinatas were put in their "homes" for them to find and open. Inside were nuts and fruits for them to eat. Unfortunately Kaitlynn was still sleeping during this time.


After Kaitlynn woke up, we pet the stingrays and then Kaitlynn rode the carousel (which were also complimentary).

We went through River's Edge and got to visit the Orthwein Animal Nutrition Center and the Veterinary Hospital and Research Center (which are both normally closed to the public). We had a fun and educational time!

After the Zoo, we visited MawMaw.

Monday the 20th, I watched Max. Kaitlynn, Max and I went to Monday Makeover at church. There were 4 of us scheduled so we got done pretty quickly. Kaitlynn had fun because there were 2 other kids for her to play with (2 of the ladies didn't bring kids with them).

After getting home and Max being picked up, Kaitlynn and I were just relaxing when I noticed a car stopped in front of our house and the passenger was taking pictures of our house. The driver and passenger were older and were dressed extremely casual. I went outside to ask them what they were doing, but they drove away. I wrote down their license plate number in case anything happened and because I thought it was weird. Then I was putting 2 of our dogs in a crate and they got into a huge dog fight and took down the crate. It was so surreal. Eventually I was able to get them to calm down. I took Kaitlynn to Circle K to get a frozen drink. I couldn't get any of the machines to work. None of the lights were on indicating that they were out, so I asked one of the workers. He was able to find one that worked well enough and said it had to do with the temperature outside and the set temperature of the machines. It was such a weird hour!

Dave, Kaitlynn and I went to the pediatrician's office to get our flu vaccinations. Kaitlynn received the mist and we received the shot. She did really well with the mist, but thought we were crazy when we were demonstrating to her how to breath it in through her nose. My arm was sore and bruised for a few days.

Kaitlynn and I went by Trader Joe's to purchase some snacks and then came home for naps. Later we made Cheesy Spinach Treats from the July High Five magazine. MawMaw has those magazines sent to Kaitlynn.
They were delicious!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Balloon Race

Wednesday the 15th, I was able to get the viruses (multiple threats) off the computer with our anti-virus protection finally. We still weren't able to connect to the internet though.

Saturday the 18th, I called our internet provider and they were able to walk me through getting connected back to the internet. Yeah!!!

In the morning and afternoon, it was kind of hard for me to talk. I had some sinus / allergy stuff going on and was losing my voice. I'm sure Kaitlynn loved it though because I could hardly talk to her to correct her / discipline her.

Dave and I were supposed to go to a wedding. It was a really tough decision, but we decided not to go because of my allergies /sinus issues and because of a situation that happened with the bride's father that was very disrespectful.

We ended up going to the Balloon Race. We hoped we would find Kaitlynn's lost shoe, but they didn't have a lost and found. We ended up meeting Cynthia, Mike, Annabelle and Alayna there. We walked around for a bit, ate lunch and watched the race.

Skydivers
Kaitlynn and Annabelle with the Energizer Bunny ears on

Balloon Glow

Friday, September 17th, I babysat Max. Later that evening, we were going to go to the MLM playdate at the Millstadt Eckert's but instead decided to go to the Balloon Glow. We were Balloon Glow virgins and decided it was time to take the next step. We met Cynthia, Annabelle and Alayna there. We got there early and got a great parking spot. Traffic wasn't bad either (we avoided the Hampton area). We brought the wagons for the girls and our stuff. Kaitlynn and Annabelle had fun in the bounce houses. They played a game and then we found a spot to have a picnic dinner.

Kaitlynn and Annabelle after we first arrived.





Kaitlynn said the Beemster was her favorite balloon.
We had so much fun! Although somehow, Kaitlynn walked out of one of her blue mary jane shoes and didn't tell us until we got back to our picnic spot. It was a lost cause trying to look for it. The Balloon Glow ended with a fireworks display.

We decided to go to Ted Drewes. Kaitlynn fell asleep in the car before we got there, so she didn't get to enjoy any frozen custard. It was yummy!

Disney On Ice: Princess Classics

Thursday the 16th, Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I went to Disney On Ice: Princess Classics at the Chaifetz Arena. Feld treated us to a Meet and Greet Preshow along with dinner. They also provided tickets for us to see the show. At the Meet and Greet, Kaitlynn got to meet and have her picture taken with Cinderella. She was super excited about that, especially since she was wearing her Cinderella costume! She also received a goody bag before heading to the show.

Kaitlynn really cracked me up - she kept calling the princes the princess' daddies! I love her innocent mind! I guess it makes sense though. A little girls first prince should be their daddies.

During the Beauty and the Beast scene, Kaitlynn was sitting in the row in front of us and she got startled when the Beast came out. She almost jumped over the seat and hurt herself. She started crying and yelling "I hurt my vagina!"

At this event, I met and talked with some really nice people. I'm looking forward to staying in contact with them via their blogs and seeing them at future Feld events / shows.

Kaitlynn fell asleep in her Cinderella dress. She refused to take it off.

5th Week in Preschool

Wednesday, September 15th, Kaitlynn and I were watching one of her morning shows and they were talking about what they were going to be when they grew up. I asked Kaitlynn what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said "a pillow so I can sleep!" I was surprised by her response. I thought she would say a vet and a baby doctor. I didn't know that being a pillow was an option! Maybe that's what I want to be, too!

I babysat Max. We thought about going to the library for story time, but changed our minds. Instead, we just hung out at the house until it was time for Kaitlynn to get ready for preschool. Kaitlynn did some artwork and then we played doctor with her vet kit and she told me that I'm going to be an amazing doctor! Isn't she sweet? Full of compliments! She dressed for school and we packed her snack, which she chooses each day, (goldfish, apple and raisins) in her lunch box.

I picked Kaitlynn up from preschool and her daily schedule said they read "Mouse Paint", mixed paint colors at the easel, painted with marbles and "Mouse Paint" colors - red, yellow and blue, went outside and played on the playground and played "Step on the spot".


We went to Circle K to get our special drinks. I dropped my debit card in the parking lot and this man found it and turned it in. Thank God for honest people!

Kaitlynn and I went to MawMaw's. We ran some errands and went to dinner.

Thursday, after Kaitlynn and I woke up, she told me that she loved me and was not going to call the police on me to come get me! Nice to know!!! I attended a Women's Bible Study at my church. I will post more about that on my other blog. As soon as I got home, Kaitlynn got dressed for preschool and we packed her snack (goldfish, apple and raisins). We picked up MawMaw and then Kaitlynn went to school.

MawMaw and I had lunch at Jimmy John's and ran some errands before picking Kaitlynn up from school. Her daily schedule said they reread "Mouse Paint", played "Mouse Paint" (a new board game), drew pictures in their sketchbooks, went outside to play on the playground and did "Jump Up, Turn Around."