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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Grandparents Day

Saturday night before bed, out of the blue, Kaitlynn said she remembered PawPaw (Dado) holding her when she was a baby and feeding her. It was a bittersweet moment. I am so happy that she remembers him. And while he never fed her a bottle (because she refused to take one), he did feed her puffs and other baby foods. After Kaitlynn was born and up until PawPaw Dado was hospitalized, MawMaw and PawPaw Dado came over almost every evening after getting off of work to be with Kaitlynn and me. I think their main reason for coming over was to be with Kaitlynn. To visit with their newest grandbaby and to get to know her and love on her. But I'm sure they also came over because they knew I could use the adult conversation and it kind of gave me a "break". They would also take us to dinner frequently. I am so glad she still has these memories of PawPaw Dado and hope she will always remember him and how wonderful of a grandpa he was.

Sunday the 12th, Dave, Kaitlynn and I attended church. We started a new series called Organic Christianity, which was designed to help give us skills to grow in our faith.
In KidzMinistry, they started a new "curriculum", so to speak. They are going to be looking at many stories and follow 2 major themes: the Bible is true and Jesus loves us. They also have a new stage in Kaitlynn's classroom, set up like a children's bedroom with Chloe the Closet. This week they learned about "the Bible has true stories." They learned of Noah and the Ark. On the back of the coloring sheet was a fun family activity which involved reading the story of Noah from a children's Bible and making an animal mask. The truth of the day was: "The Bible has true stories." In class, they sang "B-I-B-L-E," "Happy Dance," "Thank You Lord," and "Shout Hooray." It was so funny before leaving her classroom, one of her teachers asked Kaitlynn about the picture on the coloring sheet. Kaitlynn said it was Jesus in the picture and He said "get out of my boat!" Umm...ok so maybe she didn't fully understand the story. We have some reading to do!!

After church, we picked up MawMaw and went to Manchester Homecoming. We went by the EMS booth and then the SLC Library booth. Kaitlynn played the duck game again. She knocked down 8 ducks with 3 balls!! She chose another mini fish eraser as her prize. We met our old neighbors, Kris, Tim, Maya, Leah and their twin baby girls up there. This was the 1st time the girls had seen each other since their move in mid-August. Kaitlynn has so much fun with Maya and Leah. The girls rode the helicopters 3 times and bounced at the bounce house. We sat at a table and listened to some music, while the babies were being fed.

Kaitlynn, Maya and Leah danced and played around.
Kaitlynn played another duck game at one of the booths. She won a lolipop, a tattoo and a ring. The girls played the duck pond game and Kaitlynn won a stuffed duck.

Kaitlynn, Leah and Maya rode the motorcycles

and the worm.
Our old neighbors had to leave because the babies were getting fussy, so Kaitlynn rode the worm with Dave and then with me. Then Kaitlynn and I rode the school bus ride. We had a fun time!

Kaitlynn and MawMaw, as we were leaving the Homecoming.
We treated MawMaw to Applebee's for dinner and dessert. Kaitlynn gave her the Grandparents Day card she made for her.

The night ended with a bummer - I got on the laptop and found out we somehow had a virus that wouldn't let us access internet. I don't know how the virus protection didn't catch it before it messed up the computer.

Monday, I tried to do a System Restore but it kept stopping me and saying "multiple threat detection". When I tried to remove the threats it would say that it could cause the computer to crash. It was extremely frustrating!!!

Bubble Picnic and Manchester Homecoming

Friday, the 10th, I watched Max for a few hours in the morning. Kaitlynn and I built a house for Bailey with her mega blocks. We met Tara, Bailey, Taylor, Casey and Addison at McDonald's for a lunch playdate. We were originally supposed to meet at Schroeder Park but it was too wet for a park playdate. McDonald's was really noisy and had a lot of mean kids there. We came home and took a rest.

Dave, Kaitlynn and I met Cynthia, Annabelle and Alayna at Midriver's Mall for dinner nd then went to St. Charles Community College gym to watch "Toy Story 3." They had a free showing of the movie, along with free popcorn and cheap drinks.

Saturday, September 11th: where was I 9 years ago? I was dropping my brother off at high school and heard of the attacks on the radio. I was supposed to go to work, but instead came home (to my parents). I was too scared to go anywhere. I remember staying up all night watching coverage. I slept, ate and breathed the coverage for the attacks. We will never forget!

Dave, Kaitlynn and I went to the Bubble Picnic at the ECC. Kaitlynn received a bottle of bubbles. She had fun outside blowing bubbles and playing in the bubbles. She had a few bites of a hot dog. We went inside where she did some artwork. We saw her P.A.T. educator, Miss Amy. She played outside with the bubbles again until they started closing things down.

Later, we went to the Manchester Homecoming to see Briscuso's Dance Studio. Kaitlynn loved watching the girls dance. She was clapping, "woohoo-ing" and dancing for them and with them.
She's bribing me that I can video her dancing if she can have some gum!
Kaitlynn and Dave grabbed some popcorn at the EMS booth before Dave had to leave for work. After Briscuso's Dance Studio was done performing, Kaitlynn and I went to get some water and she played a game at the St. Louis County Library booth. She knocked 4 ducks down with 3 balls! She won a fish eraser. Then we went over to Mrs. B and Miss Julie to talk to them. Mrs. B gave Kaitlynn a ticket for the rides and Miss Julie took Kaitlynn's picture. Kaitlynn was super cute! She went up to Julie and said, "Hi Miss Julie!" Kaitlynn got some cookies from the Little Caesar's girl. She played the duck pond game and won a medium prize, so she chose a princess tiara. She jumped in the bounce house 2 times, rode the helicopter 3 times and the worm 1 time. Dave picked us up after being there a little over 2 hours.

4th Week of Preschool

September 7th started Kaitlynn's 4th week of preschool. After dance, we came home and ate lunch. Kaitlynn got dressed for school and we packed her snack (apple and tortilla strips) in her lunch box. Kaitlynn brought apples for Miss Maureen, Miss Ellie, Miss Angela, Miss Suzy and Miss Stephanie. After I dropped Kaitlynn off at preschool, I went to the Family Christian Store to pick up a book, came home and did some of Kaitlynn's laundry and called about car seat safety checks. Several years ago, we had Kaitlynn's car seat checked by St. John's, but they no longer do safety checks. They directed me to my local fire department, who directed me to the highway patrol. I was able to get an appointment scheduled for Thursday the 9th.

I picked Kaitlynn up from preschool. Her daily schedule said they listened to "Pete the Cat I love My White Shoes", made Pete's shoes at the art table, played Snails' Pace Race at the puzzles and games center, played outside on the playground and in music listened to "The Silly Dance Contest" and "Five Little Ducks."

Kaitlynn had a flower that she said Liam gave to her. She told me he wanted it back, but she told him "no." She said that Liam and her boys were digging in the dirt for her. She also said she played with Lauren. I asked Miss Maureen how Kaitlynn did with dance class right before preschool. She said she did fine, but she was laying down on the circle time rug right before I came to pick her up (which she said wasn't a big deal). Kaitlynn continued singing the "Hooray" song. She's been singing that since last week. We went to get a special drink from Circle K before coming home.

Wednesday the 8th, Kaitlynn and I met Emily, Ella and Beatrice at McDonald's for an early lunch playdate. Ella continued to look for her prince and wanted to get married. That girl cracks me up! Kaitlynn and Ella played with a little girl named Sarah and a little boy. The girls seemed to have fun with each other. I enjoyed talking with Emily and seeing Beatrice. Kaitlynn got dressed for preschool before leaving for McDonald's. We packed her snack (apple, tortilla strips and fritos) in her lunch box before we left that morning. We got to preschool a little early, so we read a book in the Commons area. Kaitlynn checked her mail box and gave me some memos to take home. One memo was about the PTO and the other one was about when you shouldn't send your child to school.

While Kaitlynn was at school, I had a doctor's appointment, then went to pick MawMaw up from work (since she got off early). We picked Kaitlynn up from preschool. We saw her on the playground since we got to her school early. It was super cute seeing her run around with the other girls! Her daily schedule said they listened to "Pete the Cat" and sang along, worked together to assemble a dinosaur puzzle, read their first class book together "Children, Children What Do You See?", went outside and played on the playground and in music sang / listened to "The Color Game."

Kaitlynn said she played on the playground with Lauren and the girls from the other preschool class. Miss Maureen said Kaitlynn played with Liam and Max with rocks and sticks. Kaitlynn said David is nice.
Kaitlynn took a nap in the car. We had dinner at Ginghams (Kaitlynn's favorite place) and then I cleaned the car out (in preparation for Kaitlynn's new car seat).

Thursday, the 9th, Dave and I got up early to put Kaitlynn's new car seat in the car (for the safety check). I am so anal about the car seat that I wouldn't let her ride in it until it was checked for proper installation. I was exhausted because I only had 3-4 hours of sleep and didn't get to go back to bed. Kaitlynn got dressed for preschool and we packed her snack (apple, grapes and crackers) in her lunch box. Dave and I took her to preschool. It was her last time riding in the Evenflo car seat. Thank God!

Miss Maureen complimented Kaitlynn on her pony tail holder. While Kaitlynn was in school, Dave and I went to the Highway Patrol to make sure her car seat was installed properly. Thanks Sgt. N for making sure the car seat was safe for Kaitlynn to ride in! Kudos to Dave for putting it in properly!

I picked up Kaitlynn from preschool. Miss Maureen said Kaitlynn loved cutting lettuce (strips of paper) for the animals. She said she got frustrated at first until she cut the paper into strips for her. Kaitlynn's daily schedule said they read "The Color Box", made pretend vegetables to feed animals in the block center, cooked pretend pancakes at the play dough table, played outside on the playground and in music sang / danced / listened to "Jumping and Counting."
As soon as Kaitlynn got in her new car seat, she said, "I can see everything! I can see you!" We got our special drinks and went to MawMaw's.