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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

First Tadpole Class

Tuesday the 7th was Kaitlynn's first Tadpole / level 1 swimming class. I was worried about having everything on Tuesdays (dance, preschool and swimming), but swimming is only for 7 weeks and we couldn't commit to the other days it was offered. Swim class was much more organized this time. We were met at the swimming pool door by the aquatics director (I think), Eric. He introduced everyone to their different instructors for the different levels and made sure everyone was at the right class. Kaitlynn has 2 instructors, Tori and Cassie, and there are 6 other kids in the class. In the shallow pool they worked on diving / picking up rings / toys in the water. Then they all sat on the steps and "popped the bubble" with their faces, poured water on themselves and on their heads, worked on kicking and swim strokes. They went to the big kid pool where each kid took a turn swimming with one of the instructors on a noodle and then floating on their back. They ended the class by going back to the shallow pool and going down the slide. Kaitlynn just played in the shallow water, she wouldn't go down the slide. We know she can because she did it in the Parent / Tot swim classes, but she just refuses to go down it now.
Kaitlynn and Tori

Kaitlynn met a little friend named Helen in class. At first, Kaitlynn was kind of oinery to her. Helen said "hi" to Kaitlynn and she refused to say "hi" back, so Helen just kept following her and kind of getting in her face. Kaitlynn kept giving her dirty looks. I tried to explain to Kaitlynn that she just wanted to be her friend, but she wasn't buying it at first. At the end of class, Kaitlynn seemed to warm up to the idea of Helen being her friend. They asked what each other's names were and told each other "bye." Kaitlynn told her she would see her next week. Helen's parents are very friendly. We talked during the class while the girls were swimming.

Kaitlynn talked Dave and I into getting Fritz's after swim class, even though we hadn't had dinner yet!

First Dance Class

Tuesday, September 7th was Kaitlynn's first dance class. We were both so excited! We got her pink tights and pink dance leotard on. I put her hair in a bun. She looked adorable! We had a photo / video shoot before leaving for class.

We got to the dance studio and bought her ballet and tap shoes from Mrs. B (the studio owner). Mrs. B talked to all the parents and gave us an information sheet about the studio and dance class. There are only 3 other girls in dance class with her. It was so cute watching the girls on the monitor. Although the monitor is small and at times difficult to see, it's still fun to watch. They started with ballet first and started at the bar. They learn the french words and meanings. As I was watching the monitor, I remember thinking, who is that little girl doing the plie? It was Kaitlynn! I couldn't believe how good she did for her first ballet class or dance class for that matter! Each girl got a turn at being the "princess" wearing the crown and holding the wand. It's so cute, the "princess" taps the other girls one at a time, then does a little ballet dance before passing the crown and wand off to the next girl! Watching her tap dance was just as adorable! They warm up, loosen their ankles, shuffle, heel - toe, and march. At the end of class, Kaitlynn came running out saying "That was awesome! Can I come back?" Miss Julie talked to the moms about the girls and dancing. She said they all did great! Before leaving, Kaitlynn gave Miss Julie the apple she picked for her at Eckert's. Kaitlynn was so excited. She said "She likes me! She really liked it!"

Labor Day - Eckert's Barnyard Olympics

Monday the 6th, Dave, Kaitlynn and I went to the Belleville Eckert's for Barnyard Olympics. We were blessed with a beautiful day for apple picking. We picked Jonathon and Golden Delicious apples. Kaitlynn got to pick for free. She picked apples for all of her teachers. We purchased a dutch apple pie for dessert at MawMaw's. We didn't go over to the kid's area, instead we ate some frozen custard and Kaitlynn played at the smaller kid's area in the play houses. Kaitlynn can be so confident sometimes and I just love it! She was the only child at the play houses for awhile. As soon as she noticed another girl in the play area, she immediately went over to the house she was in. The girl left that house and went to the other play house. Kaitlynn just followed her. It was almost as if to say, "you are going to be my friend or at least have a chance at it." I just thought about all the times, I have felt "snubbed" by someone and let that opportunity of a friendship go by. You smile at someone or say "hi" and they don't reciprocate, so you think "what a jerk!" When in actuality maybe they are shy or just didn't notice you smile at them or hear you say "hi" to them. I hardly ever go out of my way to make friends with someone. I can learn a lot from Kaitlynn. She was determined for that girl to give her a chance and she got that chance and they played together for a bit. What a wonderful friend she is and is going to be (as she gets older)!

As we were leaving Eckert's, Kaitlynn told Dave, "Thanks daddy! Your the best daddy ever!" What a little sweetie! That totally melted my heart!

We went to MawMaw's for Labor Day dinner. Hanna and Adam also came over. Dave, MawMaw and I did most of the cooking. We ate dinner, had dessert and Kaitlynn played and did some artwork.

Later that evening, we purchased a Britax car seat for Kaitlynn. I couldn't wait to have the car seat installed so we could get rid of her Evenflo car seat (that I absolutely detest)!

Six Flags - Season Passes

Sunday, the 5th, we went to Six Flags with Hanna, Brandon, Adam and Grace. We ended up buying season passes because they had a great deal where if you purchased 4 or more season passes you could get them for $50 each, plus a free parking pass. The passes are good for the rest of this year and all of next year.

Kaitlynn, Dave and I went to the Hurricane Harbor. We rode the Big Kahuna first, then relaxed on the Gulley Washer Creek, only it wasn't so relaxing. Kaitlynn didn't like it because the water was too cold. We went to Hook's Lagoon where we spent the rest of our time before the water park closed. Most of that time was spent laying out on lawn chairs. Thank goodness we only had about an hour to play at the water park because it was way too cold for Kaitlynn and me! At that point, Kaitlynn was ready for some Dippin Dots, so we took a break. We we went to Bugs Bunny National Park where Kaitlynn rode Bugs Bunny Ranger Pilots and played at Bugs Bunny Fort Run. Dave and I rode Yosemite Sam's Tugboat Tailspin with Kaitlynn. We left the kid's park and rode the Tommy G. Robertson Railroad and finally met up with Hanna, Brandon, Adam and Grace. Dave, Brandon, Grace and I went to ride Tony Hawk's Big Spin while Hanna and Adam took Kaitlynn to get more Dippin Dots and then Hanna and Kaitlynn rode the Grand Ole Carousel. Kaitlynn and I rode the Grand Ole Carousel and had a pretzel with cheese while Dave, Hanna, Adam, Brandon and Grace rode The Boss. We walked around with the group while Brandon looked for some games to play. After the park closed, we hung around in the parking lot talking until the traffic died down. Dave, Kaitlynn and I had a late dinner at Applebees. Kaitlynn worked on matching the clip-on earrings Aunt Neese gave her.

Greek Fest and Kirkwood City Park

In my post about September 3rd, I forgot to mention that the battery in one of our cars went out. It went out 3 years ago almost to the day the last time. So remind me to get it looked at or replaced 3 years from now!

Saturday, the 4th, Kaitlynn watched some cartoons. We put most of her puzzles together (and organized them making sure all of the pieces were with all of them). I organized her tote that she has some of her books in. We read the July High Five magazine and did the hidden pictures in it.

Later Dave, Kaitlynn and I met Cynthia, Mike, Annabelle and Alayna at the Greek Festival in the Central West End. Good food, good company, fun time!

Afterwards, we took the girls to Kirkwood City Park. There was a wedding reception at one end of the park, so we enjoyed listening to their music while the girls played on the playground.

Annabelle brought Kaitlynn a red gift box with a picture in it. Kaitlynn was so excited about her gift. She carried it around with her the whole week!