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Friday, August 27, 2010

Fun with Cousins and Super Brave

Saturday, August 21st Kaitlynn was playing with the Precious Moments ballerina ornament from Aunt Neese. We decided to fix her hair like the ballerina's hair. It's so cute, Kaitlynn will look at the ballerina and say "she is beautiful just like me" or "she looks just like me."

We watched Annabelle and Alayna that afternoon. Kaitlynn and Annabelle played with the shape sorter, hair salon, dress up, restaurant, pretended to go camping, ate lunch and then went outside. Outside they played on the climbing cube, in the jungle gym, in the castle, farm and cottage, played at the water table and looked for pine cones in the yard. They decided it was time to go inside and had to change clothes (their clothes were dirty and a little wet), played with the mega blocks, had a tea party, played with baby dolls, ate a snack and did some artwork (drew a picture on green construction paper and made a strawberry patch with red construction paper). The girls decided it was time to go back outside and played in the sandbox (made a castle, star, rake and circle), played at the water table, watered the plants in the yard, and then came back inside. Another clothes change and they played hair salon until Cynthia arrived. Alayna had fun crawling around after the girls and she also took an almost 2 hour nap.

We decided to go to Herculaneum City Park / Fairgrounds to see "The Princess and the Frog" that evening. We picked up KFC for dinner and had a picnic before the movie began. In the middle of the movie, it just stopped playing and the screen started deflating. I think it was some kind of generator problem. 15 minutes later it was back up and playing. Kaitlynn and Annabelle watched the movie from the back of Cynthia's van. Those girls have such a good time together. They were just laughing and cracking each other up!

Sunday, we attended church. I served on the Communion team (again). Our message was given by one of our pastors about what we would ask God for if we could ask for one thing (the life and times of Solomon). Before the message we rocked a Foo Fighter song "Best of You." The guy who sang and played guitar did an awesome job!

"Best Of You" lyrics (Songwriters: Mendel, Nate; Shiflett, Christopher; Grohl, David; Hawkins, Taylor):

I've got another confession to make
I'm your fool
Everyone's got their chains to break
Holdin' you

Were you born to resist, or be abused?

Is someone getting the best
The best, the best, the best of you?
Is someone getting the best
The best, the best, the best of you?

Or are you gone and onto someone new?

I needed somewhere to hang my head
Without your noose
You gave me something that I didn't have
But had no use
I was too weak to give in
Too strong to lose

My heart is under arrest again
But I'll break loose
My head is giving me life or death
But I can't choose
I swear I'll never give in
I refuse

Is someone getting the best
The best, the best, the best of you?
Is someone getting the best
The best, the best, the best of you?

Has someone taken your faith?
It's real, the pain you feel
You trust, you must confess

Is someone getting the best
The best, the best, the best of you?

Has someone taken your faith?
It's real, the pain you feel
The life, the love
You'd die to heal
The hope that starts
The broken hearts
You trust, you must confess

Is someone getting the best
The best, the best, the best of you?
Is someone getting the best
The best, the best, the best of you?

I've got another confession my friend
I'm no fool
I'm getting tired of starting again
Somewhere new

Were you born to resist, or be abused?
I swear I'll never give in, I refuse

Is someone getting the best
The best, the best, the best of you?
Is someone getting the best
The best, the best, the best of you?
Has someone taken your faith?
It's real, the pain you feel
You trust, you must confess

Is someone getting the best
The best, the best, the best of you?

These lyrics were taken from this website.

Kaitlynn attended KidzMinistry. Their message was "Gideon is super brave." Judges 6-7. Application points were: "God chose Gideon to fight a big army. God helped Gideon be super brave. Who will help you be super brave?" Memory verse: "Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power!" Ephesians 6:10.

After church we picked up MawMaw and went to Wendy's for lunch. We visited Great Grandma, Uncle Dale and Aunt Sue. Uncle George and Aunt Sam (Big Mama) came for a visit, too.

We went to MawMaw's and then went to Pasta House for dinner - kid's eat free on Sundays! We got a great deal on a 42" plasma flat screen TV thanks to my brother Jeff! It looks great in our house too!

Monday was Kaitlynn's half birthday! I can't believe my baby is 3 1/2!

I started watching Max, a 7 month old, who's mom is friends with one of the moms in one of our playgroups. I watch him part-time in the mornings.
He took his morning nap on my lap.

I signed Kaitlynn up for Flip & Dip at Riverchase. It starts in a few weeks. Kaitlynn and I went to MawMaw's to take her to a doctor's appointment. After the appointment, Dave, Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I went to dinner at El Maguey's.
Kaitlynn throwing pennies in the fountain before dinner.

Preschool and Jungle Boogie - Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats

Wednesday the 18th was Kaitlynn's 2nd day of Preschool. Kaitlynn took a bath before getting dressed for school. We packed her lunch box with her snack before leaving for school. We packed raisins and an apple. We got to preschool a little early, so Kaitlynn could play in the Commons at the train tables. When I dropped Kaitlynn off, she ran right in to her classroom. We hung her backpack and lunch box up in her cubbie, got her name tag and checked her mail box. Miss Maureen asked me if Kaitlynn told me about playing with a boy named Shea. I told her she hadn't. She said Kaitlynn and Shea played all day together the first day. Miss Maureen informed the parents of a fairly new policy: Before the kids come into the classroom, they are supposed to wash their hands. Miss Maureen and Miss Ellie said this was a policy they started last year because of H1N1 and it really kept the sickness down so they decided to keep it this year. It's nice because they have a sink (with soap and paper towels) in the classroom as well.

When I picked Kaitlynn up, we got her backpack, lunch box and checked her mail box. Miss Maureen stopped me in the hallway and said that Kaitlynn got bit. Her and a boy were fighting over a toy and he bit her. There was no mark on Kaitlynn's right hand from him biting her. Miss Maureen said they talked to him about using his words and not biting. I talked to Kaitlynn about not taking things away from others. Typical preschool stuff, I guess. Kaitlynn's schedule was in her backpack. They sang "The Hooray Song" to practice saying each other's names, built with dinosaurs in the block area, explored with magnets at the science center, went outside to play on the playground and sang "The Hi Dee Ho Man."

After we got in the car, Kaitlynn asked if I vacuumed while she was in school. She asked that because I vacuumed on Tuesday. I told her no that I did laundry and checked my email. We went to Target looking for a bigger size in her white sandals, but they didn't have anymore. We ended up buying a pair of tan shoes for her to wear to school. Oh and she got a "special drink" - an icee and some popcorn. She was so hungry. She had some popcorn and had me open some chips in the store.

When we got home Kaitlynn played outside in her sandbox.

Thursday, Kaitlynn took a bath before getting dressed for school. Kaitlynn and I packed her snack before leaving for school. She said she wanted raisins and an apple again. I asked her Tuesday and Wednesday if any of the kids brought any snacks that she would like to have and she said no. Half way to school, Kaitlynn started crying about her baby doll not being in the car. I tried to explain to her that we could not go back home to get the doll, but she was upset. When we got to school she saw her friend Bailey coming from a screening. She started whining about Bailey not being in preschool with her. I had to carry her into school. I asked her if she wanted to play at the train tables and she said no and that she wanted to go to her classroom. She got upset when she saw the door was still closed to her class. I told her we needed to wash her hands before going into class anyway and she said she wasn't going to. Then she acted like she didn't know how to wash her hands. She whined while waiting in the hallway. When she saw Shea she pointed and told me that he bit her. She whined all the way until she got into her classroom and then she was fine! I really thought it was going to be the day she didn't want to go to school, but thankfully it wasn't. I am glad being bitten didn't make her afraid of school / not want to go back. I helped her hang up her backpack and lunch box in her cubbie and Kaitlynn grabbed Miss Maureen's hand. We went to find her name tag and she reminded Miss Maureen that Shea bit her. Miss Maureen reminded her that he was not going to bite her anymore, he was going to use his words. When I left Kaitlynn was still holding Miss Maureen's hand.

Dave and I picked Kaitlynn up from preschool. Miss Maureen said she had a great day. She played with Shea, but before she would play with him, she reminded him not to bite her. I thought that was cute! They went to the gym instead of outside. They must have went for a walk outside, though, because Kaitlynn showed me an owie on her right knee that she said came from the walk. Kaitlynn got her backpack, lunch box and checked her mail box. Miss Maureen forgot to make copies of the schedule, but there was one hanging outside the classroom. Kaitlynn brought home a picture that she said Shea made her.

Friday Hanna and Denise came over. Hanna cut Dave's hair and trimmed Kaitlynn's hair and bangs. Aunt Neese brought Kaitlynn some gifts - a Precious Moments Cross that says "Jesus loves me," a Precious Moments ballerina ornament, a hula skirt, flip flops and a sand bucket.

MawMaw, Dave, Kaitlynn and I went to the Zoo for Jungle Boogie. We ate dinner and then hung out with Teri, Hayden and Quin. The kids had fun playing with a big umbrella by the mister fan until this girl (about Hayden's age) came over and started causing trouble with them because they wouldn't let her have the umbrella. Teri and Dave took the kids over to the craft table and they made cat masks.

First Day of Preschool

Tuesday, August 17th was Kaitlynn's first day of Preschool. Before getting ready for school, she wanted to play tag, a game she has really gotten into playing lately. After she took a bath and got dressed for school, we had a photo shoot. Before we left for school, we put her snack (blueberries and a string cheese) in her lunch box.
Walking from parking lot to school building
We got to school early so she could play in the Commons at the train tables.
Walking down the hall to her classroom.
Kaitlynn and I hung up her backpack and lunch box in her cubbie, found her name tag and she ran off to paint. As you can see from the video, she was not concerned with me leaving. I basically had to force myself to leave!

So I did it! I was able to drop Kaitlynn off without crying in front of her. She did awesome! I was really proud of Kaitlynn and myself! I cried a little in the car and then a little when I got home. I think most of all I was crying happy, proud mama tears. Dave and my mom called to check on Kaitlynn and me. My niece and sister texted to check on us. It was a bittersweet day for most of us. My mom left a really nice message for me saying that Kaitlynn is a big girl now and she will be just fine. She said it was hard on her my first day of preschool, too. I didn't cry as much as I thought I would. I think it really helped that she went right in to her classroom with no problems or apprehension. Thank You God for that! It's so awesome to see her so confident and independent!

When I went to pick her up, they were having circle / story time. Miss Ellie told Kaitlynn I was there. She got up, ran to me, saying "mommy" and gave me a big hug. I love that kind of greeting! We gathered her backpack and lunch box, checked her mail box and Miss Maureen said she had a great first day! I was happy to see a copy of their schedule in her backpack. They sang "The Hooray Song", painted at the easel, built together in the block center, played dress-up in the pretend play center, went outside to play on the playground and had a "Silly Dance Contest". In her mail box, was 2 newsletters about latex and peanut allergies and any papers / artwork she did that day.

Dave and I each made Kaitlynn a card for her first day. She was so happy to open them and have me read them to her. I still can't believe my baby is a preschooler!

After school, I took Kaitlynn to get a "special drink" - a smoothie / icee. Kaitlynn was talking about needing Tylenol for hiccups (only she says it "hipups"). She watched some SpongeBob while laying on the couch because she said she was tired.

Dave, Kaitlynn and I went to MawMaw's for a quick visit. Kaitlynn, Dave and I went to dinner at TGI Fridays and then to a Cardinals' game. Dave said I am good luck because every game I've been to this year, Albert Pujols hits a homerun! We went by Wendy's on the way home for Frostys.

Monday Makeover and Softball

Monday the 16th, Kaitlynn and I went to Monday Makeover. Only 1 other mom showed up to help. Kaitlynn was the only child again, but had fun playing with the toys and helping out.

After we got home, we prepared for Kaitlynn's first day of preschool. I ironed her outfit, labeled her backpack and lunch box, packed and labeled a change of clothing and packed snack for Tuesday.

That evening, Kaitlynn and I attended Dave's softball game. He's on a league through our church. Of course, Kaitlynn met a group of girls to talk to and play with. Unfortunately their dad's team was playing the game before Dave's team.

Bridal Shower and Brithday Party

Saturday the 14th we went to Target to purchase my cousin's bridal shower present. Then attended church. Our message was given by one of our pastors about telling a story: sharing our faith with others. Kaitlynn attended KidzMinistry.
"Queen Esther is super bold." Esther 4-6. Memory verse: "Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power." Ephesians 6:10. Application points: "Queen Esther had to be bold to talk to the king. God helped Queen Esther be super bold. Who can help you be super bold?"

We went to MawMaw's and had dinner at Outback Steakhouse. After dinner, Dave and Kaitlynn found a little snake on the porch. Uncle Jeff put it in a small cage for Kaitlynn. She had fun watching it and touching / petting it. She named it Snakey. MawMaw and Dave convinced Kaitlynn to let Snakey go and after she did, she cried for him to come back. Later that evening at bedtime, she prayed for Snakey and decided to change his name to Wormy.

I continued to read 1 Psalm and added reading 1 Proverb at bedtime.

Sunday Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I went to my cousin Jamie's bridal shower.
Kaitlynn enjoying a piece of cake!

Dave, Kaitlynn and I went to Kaitlynn's friend Addison's 3rd birthday party at New Ballwin Park.
Kaitlynn sliding
Kaitlynn, Addison, Bailey and other kids playing
Kaitlynn and Bailey

This was the first birthday party that Kaitlynn had a hard time with the concept of giving a birthday gift. She thought the gift we brought was hers to open, even though she already has the Zhu Zhu pet and tunnel at home!

MawMaw stayed at our house while we went to the birthday party. After the party, we went to dinner. At dinner, one of the workers gave Kaitlynn a stuffed animal.

Open House and Jungle Boogie

Friday the 13th, we attended Kaitlynn's Open House for preschool. She had fun playing at the sand table, doll house, making an alphabet bead bracelet, painting 2 pictures, reading a book, playing at the train tables in the Commons and playing with the play kitchen. We showed her her cubbie and the daily schedule, which she wasn't too interested in. We saw her artwork on the wall along with the other kids' artwork from the home visits. We met the teacher's aide and speech therapist. We saw the special ed teacher and teacher's aide. We met (again) and talked with Miss Maureen (her teacher) and the director (Miss Jeanie). We also met and talked with many of the parents. Unfortunately, we didn't meet any that had kids in the same class as Kaitlynn.

Dave and Kaitlynn took me to Victoria's Secret to treat me to a few things for my 1/2 birthday! We had a late lunch / early dinner at Qdoba. Then went to the Zoo.

While waiting for our cousins / friends to get there, we renewed our Zoo Family Membership and watched "Dora & Diego's 3-D Adventure: Catch that Robot Butterfly!" It's a cute little 10-15 minute movie about protecting the rainforest. We met up with Cynthia, Annabelle and Alayna and rode the train.

Then Kaitlynn, Annabelle and Dave rode the carousel.

At that point, we decided it was just a little too hot to stay at the Zoo. Yes, even for us it was too hot. We decided to take the girls to McDonald's play area, so they could still play and get their energy out.

While waiting for Annabelle to get to McDonald's, Kaitlynn walked up to an older girl and asked her if she would be her best friend. The girl said yes and they went off holding hands! Seriously, who could refuse my girl's request?!! Kaitlynn and Annabelle had fun playing. These big boys were running around and getting really rowdy / wild. One of them knocked Kaitlynn down or hit her. She came over crying. This other lady and the boy's mom got into a huge argument over the boy hitting / running into Kaitlynn. I didn't even have to get involved and was able to just comfort Kaitlynn. Thankfully she didn't get hurt.

While getting Kaitlynn to bed, I started reading one Psalm every night.

CBW Playdate at Olympiad

Thursday, August 12th Kaitlynn and I met one of our playgroups at Olympiad for a playdate. This Olympiad playdate was different than the MLM one. All the parents went in with their kids and we had a Mommy / Tot Class (also known as Tumble Bees). We had a pretty decent size group, so we met in a circle to sing some songs and play games, then broke up into 2 groups so every kid would have a chance to participate in the activities. Kaitlynn seemed to enjoy it, but was being stubborn with me. You know typical 3 year old wants to be the boss!