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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Speaker Series, Chipotle and Ballwin Days

Sunday the 27th we attended church. Kaitlynn learned of the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42). "Mary was a BIG listener." The verse for the week was: "I can do all things through Christ because He gives me strength." Philippians 4:13. The Lil' K Map Book talked about "Big listeners stop, look and listen." Kaitlynn was totally focused on the "stop" part and not the "listening" part. Dave and I joked that she needed to go for another hour of her class to get the entire message.
Our message was great. We are doing a Speaker Series this summer. Our first speaker was Steve Gillen, who gave a message on "The Good Samaritan." This definitely has me thinking of that parable in a different way. I also served on the Communion team. As newly baptized Christ-followers, the church invited all that were baptized to serve on the Communion team. I was pretty nervous about it at first, but it wasn't bad at all.

After church, we went to lunch at Chipotle - very yummy! Lime in Diet Coke is really good. It makes a good summer drink!
Kaitlynn enjoyed sucking on a lemon and tried a lime, but didn't like it.
Kaitlynn asked me to take her picture.

We made a quick visit to Ballwin Days. Once we got there, Kaitlynn didn't want to do anything. She didn't even want to ride the ponies. She did have fun chasing the ducks /geese.

One thing we have really been struggling with is how to teach Kaitlynn about strangers and the importance of staying close by us in public without scaring her. She seems to take our talks as jokes. She will ask if the stranger is going to strangle her. Basically what we tell her is that she should stay close to us because someone could take her and hurt her and that she would probably never see us or her doggies again. Any suggestions or advice?

Kaitlynn must have had a pretty vivid dream / nightmare. She fell asleep on our way to MawMaw's. When she woke up she was in a hateful mood. She said something about MawMaw putting her head in the toilet or something like that. What a dream!

At dinner, it was so funny because Dave was telling Kaitlynn a story and she said, "That could be not true."

After dinner we went to The Muny to see Beauty and the Beast. It started raining as soon as we got there. We waited for a few hours to see if the rain was going to stop, but it didn't. Kaitlynn was so upset that it was canceled.

Febreze House Party

Saturday June 26th, I hosted a Febreze House Party. I was amazed at all of the wonderful goodies Febreze and House Party sent me. I was able to give all of my guests some amazing gift bags. They were completely shocked by the generosity of the gifts received.

For most of the party, Kaitlynn and Dave were at the Mills Mall for a Kidgits event called Mini Chefs. Kaitlynn got a sucker for spinning the wheel, a zipper bag with measuring spoons, whisk and spatula, an apron and a small Strawberry Shortcake doll and DVD. She had a good time at the event.

That evening I had a horrible headache and kept having sneezing attacks. I realized I forgot to take Zyrtec for the last few days.

While watching SpongeBob, Kaitlynn told me to be quiet and "shut my lips!" She was actually trying to be polite because she was watching TV and couldn't hear it because I was talking. She had already asked me nicely / politely to be quiet. I started whispering to Dave so that I could finish my story and that's when she told me to "shut my lips!"

Ticket to the Beatles

Friday the 25th Kaitlynn, Nick and I met some moms and kiddos from church at Suson Park for a playdate. We met 3 moms (Elizabeth, Jill and Jillian). Elizabeth has 2 kids, Jill has 3 kids and Jillian has 1 kid. Kaitlynn and the other kids interacted a little. The kids had fun running around and playing on the playground while us adults got to know each other. We ate lunch and then most of us started leaving for naps and such.
Kaitlynn and Nick rock climbing.
Kaitlynn helping Nick swing.
Kaitlynn climbing the wall to the big slide.
Kaitlynn and Nick swinging.

That evening Kaitlynn, MawMaw, MawMaw Tommie and I went to the Zoo for Jungle Boogie. As we were heading down to pick up MawMaw and MawMaw Tommie, Kaitlynn called to let them know we were on the way. Kaitlynn told MawMaw Tommie that we had water, soda and beer for them. Then she asked her if she would drink a beer with her. I busted up laughing and told Kaitlynn she was too young to drink beer and that MawMaw Tommie doesn't drink beer. My girl is so silly! The band playing at Jungle Boogie was Ticket to the Beatles. It was really crowded. This band has drawn the biggest crowd so far.
We met up with Teri, Hayden and Quinn.
Teri helping Kaitlynn climb the tree.

Kaitlynn had to check on the sea lion, too! He / she was doing much better. We had a fun night even though Tiger's Blood got spilled all over Kaitlynn's stroller. It's a snowcone flavor - don't worry!

The Zoo

Thursday the 24th Kaitlynn, Nick, MawMaw, MawMaw Tommie and I went to the Zoo. It was a beautiful day for a Zoo trip!

Kaitlynn was very concerned about this sick sea lion.
We saw the donkeys, giraffes, zebras, camels and big cats. Then went to the Zootenial Exhibit.
Kaitlynn and Phil the gorilla
Carousel time
Kaitlynn played in the water fall outside of River's Edge while Nick napped.
We went through River's Edge. Kaitlynn was in amazement when she saw her reflection in the glass at Hippo Harbor.
What a great day at the Zoo!
After Nick's daddy picked him up, Kaitlynn and I went down to MawMaw's. On the way, she came up with a good idea and said, "Good idea thinking!" I love it when she puts things together like that!

All the Single Ladies

Wednesday the 23rd, Kaitlynn and Nick played outside. It was a beautiful morning. I spent the day waiting for my "new" refurbished LG VU, which didn't come. Since I upgraded in December to the LG VU, I have had nothing but trouble with it. At first it was tolerable, but then it got to where I couldn't make or take phone calls with it because my voice mail would keep dialing in. I also couldn't retrieve voice mails because the voice mail would keep calling itself over and over. Very annoying and difficult to deal with. I also had charger / battery problems and sometimes couldn't open text messages because the screen would freeze.

Kaitlynn did the cutest thing the other day. I wish I would have captured it on The Flip. She picked up her Brittney Chipmunk from Build-A-Bear and started singing along with it to "All the single ladies!" It was super cute! I have to get that on video.

Grant's Farm

Tuesday the 22nd Kaitlynn, Nick and I drove to MawMaw's. On the way there, Kaitlynn asked me if my bones were cracking. I don't know where she got that from. Then she asked if I was going to be 4 or 5. I told her I was 32. She asked again so I told her I am going to be 33. Then she told me she wants me to be a doctor like her to help her pick up the babies because they are heavy!

Kaitlynn, Nick, MawMaw, MawMaw Tommie and I went to Grant's Farm. We went early to avoid the extreme heat. It really wasn't too bad out. We left before it got too hot.
Kaitlynn fed the goats.

Kaitlynn and Nick rode the carousel.

Kaitlynn ran through the mister.

Kaitlynn, Nick and MawMaw Tommie ran through the mister.

Kaitlynn and Nick pet the donkeys / ponies.

We stopped for lunch and a sno-cone. Kaitlynn loves the Tiger's Blood sno-cones!

We walked through the stables and called it a day since it was getting unbearable and the kids were ready for naps.