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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cardinals Build-A-Bear Game

Saturday the 31st, Dave and I got some sad news. I haven't decided if I am going to write about it on here or not since it is pretty personal and we aren't sharing the news with everyone. It was a hard day to say the least!

We went to church and that helped comfort my soul. Our Summer Speaker Series was supposed to continue with a speaker named David Hawkins. He is lead pastor of a church in East St. Louis. He received some bad news a few hours before service was supposed to start and had to go back to his church. Thankfully our lead pastor was in town and had a message prepared.
In Kaitlynn's class, the Bible story was "Moses obeys God and talks to Pharaoh." Exodus 3-4. The memory verse is: "Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power." Ephesians 6:10. Kaitlynn said they learned about superheroes - Bible superheroes.

Sunday we went to the Cardinals game. It was a Build-A-Bear game, so Kaitlynn (each kid) got an Ozzie Smith bear. Fred Bird came out to see the kids in the section we were sitting. Kaitlynn was OK with him, but said she doesn't like him putting his mouth on her head. She was fine with him this time because he was near us, but not close enough to touch. It was a hot day for a game. We wished our seats were just a few rows back because we would have been under cover and not had to deal with the sun so much.
After the game, Kaitlynn and Dave went on the field to run the bases. We waited in line for about 45 minutes and the line barely moved. Once it started moving, it went really quick, though. It was worth it!

We had Chinese for dinner. My fortune cookie fortune read "listen these next few days to your friends to get answers you seek." I think with the news we got Saturday, I am going to need my family and friends' support and prayers, so it was fitting.

Monkey Joes

Friday the 30th, Kaitlynn slept until about 12:30. She was up a lot Thursday night with her allergies. I was kind of freaking out that she was still sleeping. The weird thing was that her allergies were fine all day Thursday, but then hit her at bedtime. Anyway after she woke up, Dave got home and we went to the lab because I had to have some blood drawn. What a crazy trip that was! Kaitlynn was acting silly and playing with the water cooler. She spilled a cup of water in the waiting room, so Dave took her outside. They came back in soon after going outside because Dave got stung by a hornet / bee. It was pretty bad - red, sore, swollen! I had to wait quite a while for my turn at the lab, too.

After all that excitement, we went to MawMaw's and had dinner at El Maguey. We were going to meet Cynthia, Annabelle and Alayna at the Zoo for Jungle Boogie, but it was raining pretty hard. We changed plans and went to Monkey Joes. Cynthia's sister, Jen met us there with her 2 kids, Conor and Caitlin.



Kaitlynn, Annabelle and Conor
They had so much fun playing. Kaitlynn and Annabelle were wrestling around and being silly. After Monkey Joes closed, we took the kids (except Conor and Caitlin) to McDonald's to play. We needed to tire Kaitlynn out since she slept so late in the day. It worked! She fell asleep in the car on the way home!

Jammin' at the Zoo

Wednesday, July 28th Dave and I had an early dinner and went to Happy Hour at Casa. Casa's margaritas are the best! Then we went to Jammin' at the Zoo, which is an over 21 event. They have wine tasting, bands playing, etc. It was a lot of fun, just extremely, extremely hot. We ran into my friend Casey. Dave ran into someone from high school and I ran into someone from high school. Marlene and I ended up talking for quite some time. It was fun catching up! We, then, also ran into and ended up hanging out with Teri and her niece the rest of the evening. Dave won some yummy bucks for some restaurant and I won a free appetizer or dessert certificate for TGI Fridays. We had a great time, lots of wines to taste, good music and great company. Here's a link to view a photo of us taken by the Ladue News: http://laduenews.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlargePopup.asp?image=30790280&event=1049517&CategoryID=57459&pSlideshow=1

We ended up just staying at MawMaw's house instead of driving home after picking Kaitlynn up.

Thursday, we slept (as much as Kaitlynn would let us). Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I went out with Hanna, Brandon and Denise. Kaitlynn loves hanging out with Hanna and Brandon. Brandon gets a little tired of her hanging on him, but that's the curse of being an older cousin!
We went to Denise's. Kaitlynn and Brandon played in the kiddie pool. We ordered Imo's for dinner.

Kaitlynn has turned into quite the singer. I love listening to her sing to her baby dolls! MawMaw started singing to her and she told her "that's enough singing your giving me a headache!"

First Gymnastics Class

Tuesday the 27th, Kaitlynn had a hard time sleeping because of coughing from her allergies and was up at 2:30AM. As if that wasn't enough to deal with, one of the dogs (Sassy or Lever) chewed up something of Kaitlynn's. Kaitlynn said "I'm so confused why the dogs would chew this up?" Needless to say, we were late to a pool playdate. We went to Gail's neighborhood pool. There were 5 other moms and their kiddos at the pool. Kaitlynn had fun playing in the pool. We ate lunch, played in the pool a little more and then headed for home.

After showers, we went to MawMaw's. We decided to take Kaitlynn to play for a bit at McDonald's play area and ran into Tabby and Hailey.

Kaitlynn fell asleep on the way to Gymnastics. I was afraid that it was going to be a bad thing, but as soon as we go into the gym, she ran right over to the mats. After the teacher (Becca) and the kids introduced themselves they got started on doing warm ups.





They were so cute running on the black line around the gym!
Summersault / flip
Back flip
Kaitlynn tried really hard to do this other flip, but said it hurt her tummy. She did end up having to leave the class to use the potty.

I thought Kaitlynn did pretty decent for the first time ever walking on a balance beam.
Her teacher really tried working with her on having the proper pose / stance.
High beam
At the end of class, everyone got a sticker for participation.
It's a small class - only 4 kids (including Kaitlynn). Kaitlynn really enjoyed it!

We went to dinner and ran an errand after class.

Swim Class - Teacher's Pet

Monday, July 26th Kaitlynn and I were supposed to attend Monday Makeover. Both of our allergies have been really bad and just had us exhausted, so we didn't make it. I felt really bad not going, but we needed the rest. Thankfully, Jana understood.

Kaitlynn had swim class that evening. Dave and I both got in the water with her for this class. Kaitlynn was excited to have us both in the water with her. They sang "Popcorn", used a noodle to practice kicking, reached for a toy by practicing their "swim stroke" (the teacher has Kaitlynn actually working on a real swim stroke!), used a noodle to practice floating, sang "Wheels on the Bus", practiced jumping into the pool with a noodle, and then went to the shallow water to dive for rings and swim sticks. Kaitlynn went down the slide by herself again. The first time she did it (when she first began swimming in June) she bumped her head, but now she has learned how to go down it without hitting her head or going under the water. Her teacher said she is so ready for teacher instructed swim class (and not the parent-child classes). Kaitlynn is quite the teacher's pet! She was used to demonstrate using the noodle to practice kicking, floating and jumping in the pool, which she demonstrated perfectly. She really has a bond with Lauren!

At dinner, Kaitlynn told me I make the best food ever! Wasn't that sweet?

Kaitlynn's Story

Kaitlynn made up a cute little story several weeks back at dinner. She said "Once upon a time, there was a little girl who was stuck in a tree and the police got her out. The end." I thought that was pretty good of her. I mean it has a beginning, middle and end. A problem and a solution.