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Friday, February 19, 2010

Friends and Family

Tuesday we met Sarah and Aidan at Kangaroo Kids for a playdate. Kaitlynn had been asking about Aidan since the weekend. It was real cute. She would play with some of the kids her age and then tell them that she had to go to check on her friend (Aidan). She'd tell them bye and thanks for playing with her. She'd go check on Aidan for a few minutes and then go back to playing with the kids her age. We ran into my cousin, her daughter Annabelle and new baby Alayna. It's been a long time since we saw them. The new baby is about 8 weeks old. Annabelle and Kaitlynn enjoyed playing with each other. Kaitlynn refused to leave. I finally had to just carry her out after being there for about 4+ hours.

Thursday, I attended Bible Study. Dave received some very promising news! That afternoon Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I went out for lunch and errands. We visited Great Grandma, Uncle Dale and Aunt Sue.

Tonight we went to MawMaw's. Hanna came over and cut Dave's and Kaitlynn's hair. Then we all went to Pasta House for dinner.

General Hospital

I am so excited to announce that I am a General Hospital Brand Ambassador! I have been a viewer since I was a little girl. My mom used to watch this soap opera. I love the story lines on the show and the real topics that they address. They have talked about AIDS, mental illness and Post Partum Depression just to name a few. If you haven't watched this show, I encourage you to check with your local listings or go to ABC Daytime - General Hospital.

I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for ABC Daytime and will receive a tote bag or other General Hospital branded items to facilitate my review.

Valentine's Day

Sunday, we exchanged Valentine's gifts. Dave gave Kaitlynn some chocolates. Kaitlynn and I gave Dave some books, a Valentine's cookie and some crafts the she made. Dave and Kaitlynn gave me a couple Victoria's Secret bras and matching panties and some Godiva chocolates. We gave Kaitlynn some candy, a Bratz doll (Valentine's Day collector's edition), flash cards, notepad with pen, puzzle and activity book.

We went to the Zoo for their Mardi Gras Parade. We got to watch the March of the Penguins again. We were up really close this time. It was so awesome. Kaitlynn loved it! Penguins are one of her favorite animals. Then she had her face painted. She wanted a Mardi Gras mask. She made a penguin with a toilet paper roll. We had a good time, despite the weather. It was snowing and pretty cold out.

We adopted a king penguin for Kaitlynn. This is part of a Valentine's / birthday gift. With the adoption, she received a 12" plush king penguin, adoption certificate, color photo and fact sheet, car decal and t-shirt transfer, name on the Zoo Parents Kiosk for 1 year and an invitation to the Zoo Parents Picnic.

After the Zoo, we went to the evening church service. Kaitlynn didn't get to attend her KidzMinistry class. She really missed it, but it isn't offered at the Sunday evening service.

My Birthday Weekend

Friday the 12th, Dave and Kaitlynn went out shopping. Kaitlynn and I packed for the weekend. Packed for the weeked you ask? Kaitlynn spent Friday night at MawMaw's. They had a Valentine's / Mardi Gras party. Dave and I spent the evening at Cheshire Lodge. We took advantage of a Valentine's promotion they had going on. We had dinner and drinks at Fox & Hounds Tavern. Then relaxed in our room with more drinks, snacks and the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. Saturday was my 32nd birthday! My sister was the first to wish me Happy Birthday (via a text message really early in the morning). Kaitlynn called to wish me Happy Birthday, too. Dave and I went to the Mardi Gras parade. Cheshire Lodge offered shuttle service to and from the celebration. I pretended it was a big celebration for me! We had a great time at the parade and the hurricanes were awesome. We got lots of beads! It was much tamer at the parade than I remember previous years being, but it was still lots of fun.

We went to MawMaw's, where I got my birthday gift from her. She gave me a couple pairs of jeans and some Victoria's Secret bras. I really needed that stuff. My jeans don't fit (too big) and well my bras are too small.

My birthday dinner was at Casa Gallardo. I enjoyed sharing my birthday with the most important people (family and friends) in my life. The food was fantastic as well as the margaritas! Then we went back to MawMaw's and had cookie cake.

When we got home, Dave and Kaitlynn gave me a gift from them. They gave me tulips and a gift card for a massage. I had a fabulous birthday!

Valentine's Classes and Dave's Birthday

Thursday the 11th, Kaitlynn attended Be My Valentine at the ECC with MawMaw while I attended Bible Study. They made lots of crafts. After class, Kaitlynn and MawMaw played in the Commons area while they waited for me to pick them up.

We went to lunch, ran some errands, ate dinner and attended Sweets for the Sweet at the library. Kaitlynn listened to a couple of Valentine's stories and made 2 crafts. Afterwards we checked out more books and DVDs.

That evening, we waited for Dave to come home to celebrate his birthday with him. He turned 31. Kaitlynn gave him a Cardinals shirt and a box of vanilla wafers. I gave him a men's daily devotional and 2 pairs of his favorite socks. We celebrated with cheesecake!