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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Adopting a Tiger

Tuesday morning / afternoon, Kaitlynn was pretending to paint my face. She painted a butterfly, a tiger and an elephant. Then she used her vet kit to doctor on Bailey and then I used it to doctor on her.

Since I didn't believe the school / district calendar, I called Kaitlynn's preschool. I was so shocked to find out she starts in 1 month! It's so bittersweet! I think she is so ready for preschool and will absolutely love it, but I am also sad about it. She is growing up. She is starting her school career! Makes me cry everytime I think about it.

Kaitlynn and I went for a quick visit to the Zoo, at least for us! We normally try to spend all day or at least 3+ hours there. Since we went late in the afternoon, it was only open for less than 2 hours. We adopted an Amur Tiger. They had a great promotion where you could adopt any big cat and get 4 tickets to The Muny to see Cats for the weekend. Kaitlynn actually wanted to do Zoomagination Station, but they were already closed for the day. The first animals Kaitlynn wanted to look at were the bears.
Kaitlynn touching bear fur.
I was surprised when she didn't want to look at the penguins. We skipped that and went to ride the carousel. Since I had to pay for 2 tickets, I got on 1 of the animals right next to Kaitlynn. The guy told me I had to get off and stand next to Kaitlynn. I told him that they have been letting us ride next to Kaitlynn and since I had to pay for a ticket it was only fair. He said she wasn't tall enough to ride by herself. I was not happy with that policy and the guy knew it. When the ride was over, he had me measure Kaitlynn. She was 41 inches. 1 inch shy of being able to ride by herself. I told him that if it is policy that I have to stand next to her, I should not have to pay since it is their policy. He said he understood and that I needed to tell the main office. Believe me, I will be calling them.

We went to see the orangutans and this teenager / young adult got right in front of Kaitlynn (who was sitting in her stroller) so she couldn't see. Yeah, I am sure it wasn't intentional, but it was rude no less. Well I let him have it. He just looked at me. Probably thought I was crazy. I do not like when people do things like that. Like he couldn't see over her stroller!
We saw the prairie dogs, sea lions and went into the Bird House where we saw daddy's favorite bird (the toucan). Kaitlynn told me her favorite bird was the kookaburra. We saw the big cats and went to look at the other animals on Historic Hill, but they were already put up. We went back by the penguins and then Kaitlynn played outside the Living World.
She threw 3 pennies into the water and I asked her what she wished for. She told me Mickey Mouse. I have no idea what she meant.

We went to The Muny and redeemed our tickets for the weekend. I can't wait to see Cats! Since we were so hot amd sticky from our short visit to the Zoo, we treated ourselves to a Frosty from Wendy's!

Kaitlynn and I met MawMaw and MawMaw Tommie for dinner. While waiting for them to get to the restaurant, Kaitlynn entertained everyone by singing Old MacDonald and then her ABCs!

Swim Class and ER

Monday Kaitlynn, MawMaw, MawMaw Tommie and I went to Target because I needed to buy a new swimsuit for Kaitlynn's swim class that evening. I found a swimsuit that everyone seemed to like. I asked Kaitlynn if she would like me to wear the suit to her swim class and she said she thought I should keep looking! Well, I didn't because I didn't have a whole lot of time. It's a tankini which I was hoping to find. We took Kaitlynn to South County Mall to play at the play area (and I was hoping to check out a few stores in the mall for suits).

My younger brother called to ask if I could take him to the hospital because he was having chest pain and trouble breathing. We immediately left the mall and picked him up. MawMaw, Kaitlynn and I took him to the ER. I figured Kaitlynn would miss her swim class since we were at the ER and Dave couldn't take her because of his back.

My brother was put in an ER room and so I figured it was a waiting game. They did a chest x-ray, an EKG and some other tests. Since it was just a waiting game and there wasn't anything Kaitlynn or I could do, I figured it would be OK to go ahead with her swim class. MawMaw stayed at the ER.

We got to swim class on time. After changing into our swimsuits, we got into the shallow pool. Kaitlynn's teacher called to her to introduce her to her youngest daughter Kristen (10). Kaitlynn was ready to head over where her teacher and teacher's daughter were in the deeper pool. We went over there and Kaitlynn practiced climbing out of the pool by herself and jumping back in over and over. Swim class started with singing Duke of York, then they worked on floating (which I have to say Kaitlynn did fabulous with), then kicking and then climbing out of the pool. The teacher said that an 8 month old was actually able to save themselves from drowning because they learned this. I am so glad she is learning some possible life saving techniques. Hopefully it will never come into use. We sang Wheels on the Bus, then swam for toys (worked on swim stroke and kicking), and sang Popcorn. While swimming for toys, Kaitlynn asked the teacher if they could go to the shallow pool. Her teacher said they would before the end of class. Kaitlynn was so excited! Her teacher said she is ready to move to the next level and is actually already ahead of the next level. I really do love her encouragement! We went to the shallow pool where the kids dove for rings and other toys. We played for a bit after class, then got dressed to head back up to the hospital.

Once we got in the car, I called MawMaw to let her know we were headed back up. She said my brother was being released. It appeared to be an inflammation in the lung. Thank You God! We picked them up and had a late dinner.

Something I did before the craziness of the day ensued was, I signed Kaitlynn up for gymnastics. I am so excited about it and hope she enjoys it.

Relaxing Day of SpongeBob

Last Sunday, we had a relaxing day at home. Dave hurt his back and needed to rest it. Kaitlynn was up early again, but fell back to sleep and slept until late morning. It was a SpongeBob kind of day, since it was on Nickelodeon almost all day.

Kaitlynn told us she missed Pumpkin because MawMaw killed her! I don't know where she got that idea. MawMaw had to get rid of Pumpkin, but she didn't kill her!

For lunch, Kaitlynn told us she was going to eat 40 chicken nuggets! But only put 2 on the baking sheet. Guess she backed out of the 40!

I felt bad for not getting to go to church. It definitely felt like something was missing from the day / week. Thankfully I can watch the service on podcast.