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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

8th Week of Preschool

Wednesday, October 6th Kaitlynn slept in until 10. She must have had a dream that her and I were in jail forever because when she woke up she kept talking about us "going to jail forever." I think she gets it from a few Spongebob Squarepants episodes.
I babysat Max. Kaitlynn got ready for preschool and we packed her snack (granola bar and popcorn) in her lunch box. While Kaitlynn was in preschool, I went to the gym and worked out for an hour. Working out went much better than the day before. I enjoy getting to watch my soap operas uninterrupted while exercising. I picked Kaitlynn up from preschool. The daily schedule said they read "The Mummy Book," made playdough faces, scooped and poured rice at the sensory table, went outside and played on the playground and in music sang / listened to "Sticky Bubble Gum."

We went to Circle K and then to MawMaw's. When we arrived at MawMaw's we met her new dog, Miss Daisy. Daisy is a Pomeranian and is only a few months old. Kaitlynn was instantly in love with her.

On Thursday, I attended my Women's Bible Study. I love the ladies in my Thursday group! They are just awesome! When I got home, Kaitlynn had to get ready for preschool. We packed her snack (popcorn and goldfish). Kaitlynn played in the Commons for awhile before preschool started. While she was in preschool, I worked out. I picked MawMaw up from work and then we picked Kaitlynn up from preschool. The daily schedule said they read "Families" and wrote down what each child likes to do with his / her family, scooped and poured rice at the sensory table, played a button matching game, went outside to play on the playground and learned Yoga (tree pose, mountain pose, cat pose, cobra pose, and bumblebee breath).

We went to Circle K and then back home so I could call At&t over issues with my phone (again)! This time it decided to not make anymore calls! I ended up having to go to the mall and purchase a temporary Go phone while waiting for a new replacement.

PawPaw Dado's Birthday and Picture Day

October 5th my dad would've been 66 years old. I really think that our experience at our current church has helped me to be more comfortable / accepting of my dad's death. Don't get me wrong, I still miss him and think about him everyday. I know that he is in a better place and is without pain. That is comforting.

Tuesday, I watched Max. Kaitlynn had dance class. There were 5 girls in the dance class because 1 was doing a make up class from Saturday. Ms. Julie gave Kaitlynn a red bracelet from Eckert's. She was in heaven!

After dance, we rushed home to eat lunch and get ready for preschool. We packed snack (raisins and oyster crackers) in her lunch box. We needed a little extra time to get ready because it was Picture Day. Kaitlynn's first Picture Day at school! Dave and I scoured through the picture packages the days before since you had to order the package before picture day. Kaitlynn looked adorable! She wore the same dress that she wore her first day of school. Actually, it wasn't the same one. I had to go buy another one because that one was too short for her. This girl is tall!

While Kaitlynn was in school, Dave and I had an Exercise Date. We met at C.F. and exercised together, then went to my doctor appointment. Dave picked Kaitlynn up from preschool and I met them there. The daily schedule said they read "The Family Book", made family portraits and construction paper frames at the art center, had their school pictures taken, played outside on the playground and during music sang / listened to "Sticky Sticky Bubble Gum."

Dave, Kaitlynn and I went to get drinks. Then Kaitlynn and I went home to rest until swim class.
Kaitlynn attended her 5th level 1 / tadpole swim class. Then I attended Love, Limits and Laughter, while Kaitlynn and Dave spent time together.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Grant's Farm and Monday Makeover

Sunday October 3rd, we went to church. We started a new series called Unfrozen: How the prayer of Jesus changes us. This week was about the opening words of The Lord's Prayer. Kaitlynn attended the KidzMinistry.

We spent the rest of the afternoon at Grant's Farm. Tia, Annabelle and Alayna met us there. It was a special day at Grant's Farm. On the tram ride, we found out that they were doing free pictures with a Clydesdale (as long as you had your own camera) and free Budweiser in the aluminum bottles (as well as the usual free 2 samples per person 21 and over).
This is not the greatest video, but there is a cute shot of Kaitlynn and Annabelle. The Flip software is still not fixed so I can't get still pictures from the video.
Here is a video of the Clydesdale we had our picture taken with. We have a video shot of us in front of the Clydesdale, but again I can't get a still picture out of it because the Flip software is not working.
Kaitlynn and Annabelle making wishes in the fountain!
Kaitlynn and Annabelle
Kaitlynn and Annabelle brushing the goats after feeding them.
Riding the carousel
After the carousel ride and looking at some animals (and petting a box turtle that one of the workers had out for the kids to see and pet), the girls had a snowcone. They no longer have Kaitlynn's favorite, Tiger's Blood, so she just got a red one, which I think was strawberry or something. It was a gorgeous day! Kaitlynnn had so much fun with Annabelle!

Monday, the 4th I babysat Max. He went with Kaitlynn and I to Monday Makeover at church. We had a huge group - 4 moms and 9 kids. It was chaos!

Later, Kaitlynn attended a doctor's appointment with me. We had Chinese for dinner and my fortune said "an unexpected event will soon make your life more exciting." Dave had a late softball game, so Kaitlynn and I didn't go.

Family Circus and Fall Fest

Saturday, October 2nd, Kaitlynn and I went to the Family Christian Store for the Veggie Tales Premiere. Kaitlynn colored some pictures while I looked around. She also got a couple Veggie Tales' balloons. We went to another store before coming home. Kaitlynn got the Sleeping Beauty barbie.

Dave, Kaitlynn and I went to Morning Star Church for the Family Circus. It was a fun, free event. Kaitlynn bounced in a bounce house, petted the animals at the petting zoo,

rode a pony, participated in a book walk a few times, played the duck pond game, played the lollipop pull game, got attendance / game prizes, did a craft (made a star) while I waited in line for her to do a tye-dyed shirt and
made a tye-dyed shirt. We had a great time and wished we had arrived earlier than we did!

After the circus, we picked up MawMaw and went to Concord Baptist Church's Fall Festival. Kaitlynn checked out the fire truck and didn't want to leave it. She normally doesn't take as much interest in fire trucks.

She also liked the ambulance. She really enjoyed exploring the fire truck and the ambulance and asking questions about them.
She had a balloon animal made. She asked for a bunny and they said they couldn't make it. Then she asked for a goat, but they couldn't do that either. So she settled for a brown dog.
Kaitlynn had her face painted like a dog as well, at least that's what it was supposed to be!

We ate some lunch.
She rode a pony.
She played some games and won lots of candy. We had a fun time, it was just really chilly.

Afterwards we went to dinner at Pasta House.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Camping Out

The last week of September I had nothing but trouble with the new Flipshare software (for the Flip Video). I have been emailing with the Flipshare support people and they have yet to fix the issue. I downloaded their newest software and since then I have not been able to view any of my current or past videos. I can't do anything with the videos except receive error messages. It sucks!!!! I do not recommend downloading the new software. Bad idea!

Friday, October 1st, I babysat Max. Kaitlynn and I didn't do much. I had a quick doctor's appointment. While at the appointment, Kaitlynn and Dave put up the tent in the backyard for our camp out. Hanna came over. She cut Dave's hair, trimmed Kaitlynn's bangs and cut my bangs (side swept bangs). We grilled out. Adam came over. We hung outside by the fire (in the firepit) and roasted marshmallows and made s'mores. We also had pumpkin beer. It was my first time drinking pumpkin beer. It was pretty good!

After Hanna and Adam left, Kaitlynn, Dave and I dressed in our warm pajamas and went to bed in our sleeping bags in the tent. It went really well! Kaitlynn was asleep in no time! The ground was really hard, though. We need an air mattress for next time!!

7th Week in Preschool

Wednesday September 29th, I didn't babysit Max because he was sick. Kaitlynn and I relaxed, she took a bath, got ready for preschool and packed her snack. We got to preschool a little early, so she could play in the Commons area.

I picked up Kaitlynn from preschool. Miss M said that Tuesday Kaitlynn wanted to be in front of the book the teacher was reading, but the kids behind her couldn't see so they had her sit down. She almost immediately started playing around with other kids near her. Miss M said that this could be a focus / attention thing. She said it's really good if Kaitlynn already knows what she needs to be able to pay attention / focus on something. We are keeping track of this due to the original vision screening in August (even though the school nurse re-screened her and had no concerns).

We got our usual drinks and went to MawMaw's. Kaitlynn fell asleep in the car, which she typically does since Tuesdays are so busy, so by Wednesday she is wore out. When she woke up we went to dinner, which was not a good idea because she had a major temper tantrum at the end of dinner.

Thursday the 30th, I attended my Women's Bible Study at church. When I got home, I got Kaitlynn ready for preschool and packed her snack. While Kaitlynn was in preschool, I toured Club Fitness and Gold's Gym. I picked up MawMaw, so she could go with me to pick up Kaitlynn from preschool.

We picked Kaitlynn up. The daily schedule said they read "The One and Only Special Me", sorted bears by color in the water table, used the puppet stage to tell the story of "Five Little Monkeys", went outside to play on the playground and did yoga (learned the bumble bee breath).

We got our drinks and went home. Kaitlynn didn't want to leave the house, so I just picked up dinner and then later some ice cream. She was perfectly content relaxing on the couch (with MawMaw).

Dave signed a contract for us to join C.F. He got "special" pricing through his work. He has been really good about working out, going like 2 - 5 times per week.

Busy Day Just Got Busier

Tuesday, September 28th, I watched Max. He went with us to Kaitlynn's dance class. It was observation week. I kind of felt bad because Kaitlynn was the only girl who didn't have other people (besides the usual person) there to watch. She didn't mind though / seem to notice. She did, however, notice that the blinds were open and that all these people were starring at them. Between looking at herself in the mirror and looking at the people watching her, she was a little distracted! Can't say I blame her!! It was super cute watching Kaitlynn during the observation class, although because she was distracted, I can't say it was a good guide as to what she has learned so far.

We came home for lunch, got dressed for preschool and packed a snack. When I dropped Kaitlynn off, in her cubbie was information about her first Scholastic Book Order and Picture Day. Picture Day was October 5th and the Book Order was due the 6th. I was so excited about both of these things!

I picked Kaitlynn up from preschool. The daily schedule said they read "Cookies Week", started working in journal writing groups, made a cellophane collage at the project table, went outside to play on the playground and in music sang / listened to "Mat Man." They worked together to draw Mat Man.

We went to Circle K for our usual drinks and then came home to rest.

Kaitlynn attended swim class. Both instructors were present and 6 kids were in the class. They dove for rings, poured a cup of water on their heads and popped the bubble in the shallow water. They went to the deeper water and swam with a noodle, floated and jumped into the water (to an instructor). They went back over to the shallow water to slide down the slide. Kaitlynn hit her knee while going up the ladder.

Dave came home with 2 week trial passes to Club Fitness for both of us!

Kaitlynn and Dave spent time together while I attended a class at the ECC called Love, Limits and Laughter (for children 3-5 years of age). It's a 4 week class.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Six Flags and Sugar Creek Park

Sunday, September 26th Kaitlynn, Dave, MawMaw and I met Tia, Annabelle and Alayna at McDonald's for an early lunch and then went to Six Flags. We had free tickets with our Season Passes that Tia and Annabelle used. It was a chilly Fall day, but we had a lot of fun!
Kaitlynn and Tweety Bird
Kaitlynn and Daffy Duck
Kaitlynn and Annabelle on the Screaming Eagle seat
The girls rode the airplanes
and the Boogeyman's Twister.
They rode Elmer's Ghost-Blasters and then went to play on the playground / treehouse area.
They went down the slide
and climbed.
Kaitlynn met Granny.
We rode the train around Six Flags.
The girls rode the Skeletons Playground.
We all rode Marvins Alien Invasion.
The girls rode the Black Cat Forest, which Kaitlynn didn't like.
As Dave was taking Kaitlynn and Annabelle to ride the carousel, Kaitlynn fell and hit the platform at the carousel. She was OK, but sat out the first carousel ride.
Then she went on with Dave, Annabelle, Tia and Alayna.

We rode the Scooby Doo ride, which Kaitlynn also doesn't like. It's too scary of a ride for a preschooler.

Monday, the 27th I babysat Max. Kaitlynn and I delivered Avon and then took a nap. Dave mowed the lawn and Kaitlynn played outside. We went to Sugar Creek Park with one of the dogs, Bailey. Kaitlynn had so much fun walking Bailey on the leash, especially at the playground (when other kids / people were interested in Bailey). After playing on the playground for a bit, we went for a walk and then came back to the playground. On the walk, Kaitlynn and Bailey ran ahead, Bailey saw another dog and got loose from Kaitlynn. Dave was able to catch up and grab Bailey's leash.

We came home and ate dinner, then Dave went to his softball game.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Rombach's and Church

Saturday, September 25th after leaving Millstadt Eckert's, we picked up lunch and went to MawMaw's. She went with us to Rombach's Farm. We were there for about an hour.

We put Kaitlynn up on this tractor to take a picture and after we took her down, we noticed a sign placed on one side that said not to climb on. Ooops!

Walking through the pumpkin patch

Kaitlynn picked out a mini pumpkin that she wanted and carried the basket with MawMaw's gourds. We had a fun time!

We headed to church after Rombach's closed. We got there a little early, so we sat outside.
Kaitlynn attended her class. Their lesson was "God helps me. The Bible has true stories." They heard the story of Joshua. God told Joshua to march around the walls of Jericho. They sang "B-I-B-L-E", "Happy Dance", "Thank You Lord" and "Shout Hooray."
This was the last in the Organic Christianity series and was about taking some crucial steps to making our faith organic. After the service different stations were set up for the 3 E's (Explore, Express, Experience) and for community. Handouts were given available on different Bible reading plans. We enjoyed some kettle corn made by one of our church families. It was delicious!

We went to Target and then to
Applebees for dinner. Kaitlynn had to bring in her Cinderella dolls to dinner, a late dinner. MawMaw spent the night at our house.

Apple Fest

Saturday, September 25th, Dave, Kaitlynn and I went to the Millstadt Eckert's for Apple Fest. Originally, we planned to go to the Grafton one, but the leaves hadn't changed enough to make the drive on the River Road beautiful. We had 2 coupons for free admission to the Millstadt farm so it only cost $8 for all 3 of us to get in.

Kaitlynn looking at the pumpkins
Riding the swings
Kaitlynn and I riding in the Spinning Apple
Airplane ride (this plane didn't have a wheel). Kaitlynn was so upset that she got stuck with this one. I agree that it was crummy!
Getting on the camel to ride all by herself! What a brave girl!!
Riding Sinbad the camel. Didn't realize how tall camels actually are until I saw my baby riding on one!
Pony ride. Kaitlynn asked the guy what the pony's name was but we couldn't understand him, even after we asked for clarification several times.
Riding a tricycle
Playing on the green tractorFeeding the buffalo. Kaitlynn didn't like their tongues.

Eating an apple
Picking Golden Delicious apples
Picking Red Delicious Apples
Kaitlynn rode the airplanes again, but this time we made sure she got one with a wheel. That really needs to be fixed. What kid wants to ride in a plane that is missing the wheel?
Getting ready to go through the Corn Maze
Kaitlynn paid for this mini pumpkin on her own. She went up to the cashier and asked her how much it was. She was so freaking cute! If I was the cashier I would have just given it to her! Melted my heart!