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Monday, October 11, 2010

Grant's Farm Fun

Friday, September 24th, Kaitlynn and I met Tia, Mike, Annabelle and Alayna at Taco Bell for lunch. Kaitlynn and Annabelle were cracking us up. Kaitlynn asked Annabelle if she liked her hair. Annabelle, in the most excited voice ever, said she did. It was super cute! Before heading to Grant's Farm, Kaitlynn and I picked up MawMaw, so that she could go with us. Kaitlynn had to bring her (big) Cinderella doll in with her.
She had to sit next to Annabelle on the tram.
Kaitlynn and MawMaw fed the goats.
Kaitlynn and Annabelle brushed the goats.
They rode the carousel.
Had fun feeding the chickens.
Saw an owl
We went to the Bird Show. In the middle of the show, they asked for a volunteer and Kaitlynn raised her hand and was picked. This other older girl thought they picked her, so they let her come up too. They were going to let Kaitlynn stay out for the next act, but she followed the other girl out.
Kaitlynn wanted me to take her picture in front of this.
The girls got their snowcones and soon after it was time to leave because the farm was closing.

Later Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I ran some errands and ate dinner.

6th Week of Preschool and More Bad Driving

Wednesday, the 22nd I watched Max. Kaitlynn got ready for preschool after Max left. We packed her snack (popcorn and a granola bar) in her lunch box and headed to school.

While Kaitlynn was in school, I had a doctor's appointment. I picked Kaitlynn up from preschool. The daily schedule said they read "We Are All Alike, We Are All Different," stretched and cut GAK, used stencils at the writing center, went outside to play on the playground and in music sang / listened to "Mat Man."

I took Kaitlynn to get her "special drink" and then we went to MawMaw's, where we went to dinner and took her to get a flu shot.

This was just a week of bad drivers on the rode. On the way home from MawMaw's, this red truck ran a yield sign and almost hit us. I was furious because as if it wasn't bad enough that he almost hit my car with my child in it, he decided to be a smart *** and act like he was going to actually hit the car (ram right into it). I have ran into some real PSYCHOS on the rode. All I have to say is, if you dont know what YIELD means, then you shouldn't be driving!

Thursday, the 23rd I attended my Women's Bible Study at church. When I got home, Kaitlynn got ready for preschool. We packed her snack (popcorn and goldfish) and headed to school. Preschool sent home an Emergency Phone List for the class.

While she was in preschool, I picked up MawMaw and we did some shopping. We picked up Kaitlynn. The daily schedule said they read "Faces" by Shelley Rotner, added details to their face paintings by gluing eyes, nose, mouth and hair, worked together to build a Target store in the block center, went outside to play on the playground and drew a picture of Mat Man while singing his song.

Kaitlynn got a "special drink" and we ran some errands and ate dinner.

I can't believe this was Kaitlynn's 6th week of preschool. Time is flying by!

Your Invited to Elephant Brunch

Ringling Bros.® Invites St. Louis Residents to Elephant Brunch
Learn about Asian Elephants at free Oct. 15 event
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® invites St. Louis residents to join them at the Scottrade Center at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 15th to watch the circus’ largest stars – the majestic Asian elephants - snack on fruits and vegetables and to learn more about the elephants and Ringling Bros. conservation efforts to protect this endangered species.

The event will take place at the West Garage Plaza adjacent to the parking garage at Scottrade Center at 1401 Clark Street.

While the Asian elephant stars are treated to a healthy, nutritious meal of apples, bananas, watermelons and other produce, Children of All Ages will learn about these magnificent animals, their care, and the efforts Ringling Bros. has taken to preserve the species. Members of the famed Ringling Bros. Clown Alley will also be on hand to add to the fun!

The Asian elephant is the second largest land mammal in the world and one of the most intelligent animals on earth. Unfortunately, with less than 35,000 Asian elephants left on the planet, it is also one of the world’s most endangered species. Ringling Bros. is a world leader in the care and conservation of the endangered Asian elephant. The commitment Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has for this magnificent animal is demonstrated by the creation in 1995 – and the continued operation – of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation® in Florida, which is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the reproduction, research and retirement of Asian elephants. Since opening, 23 Asian elephants have been born at the Center. For more information, log on to Elephant Center.

And don't forget about....
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Barnum’s FUNundrum!, featuring 130 performers from six continents, almost 100,000 pounds of performing pachyderms, cowboys, pirates, and mermaids, performs Thursday, October 14th, through Sunday, October 17th, at Scottrade Center. The fun begins an hour before the show at the All Access Pre-show – FREE to ticketholders!

Tickets are available at the Scottrade Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at Ticketmaster. Tickets start at just $11 for adults. All kids tickets are $10 to all performances! Additional fees may apply.

Dates are as follows:
Thursday, October 14 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 15 –10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 16 – 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 17 – 1:00 p.m.
•All Access Pre-Show one hour before each show EXCEPT Friday 10:30 a.m. performance.

Don't forget to use the MOM code when you purchase your tickets from Ticketmaster!

*Feld is providing this blogger with a set of tickets to the event as compensation for posting this information.

Bad Driving and Flies

Tuesday, September 21st, I babysat Max. Max went with us to Kaitlynn's dance class. This was Kaitlynn's 3rd week (actually 3rd class) of dance. She still really enjoys it and I love watching her. All of the girls are just so cute. I am so glad the class is so small, with only 4 students total. On the way to class, Kaitlynn had her little Princess Belle figurine and was talking about how Belle was a princess just like her and had the same hair color as her. I corrected her and explained that Belle had brown hair and she had blonde hair. I mentioned that Miss Julie (her dance teacher) has brown hair like Belle. After class, she said "Miss Julie has brown hair and dances with me. And she likes apples, apples, apples."

After dance, Kaitlynn talked me into taking her to McDonald's for lunch. We ran home to pack up her school clothes, snack (goldfish and raisins) in her lunch box and book bag and then went to McDonald's. She ate lunch, but didn't decide to play until she only had about 5-10 minutes left. She ended up meeting a friend that she didn't want to leave. I was eventually able to talk her into getting her clothes changed and leaving. We were a little late for preschool (about 5 minutes), but it worked out.

As I was heading back home with Max (to meet his mom), this white car totally cut me off. He was in the wrong lane and decided at the last minute he needed to be in my lane. No signal, no nothing, just swerved in front of me. I honked and he flipped me off! I have no idea how it was my fault that he almost missed his turn and cut me off, but for some reason he felt the need to flip me off. Why is it that when people cut you off or almost miss their turn, they flip you off or cuss you out? Hello people, watch the road and know where you are going! And it's not my fault, so don't flip me off or cuss me out. Psycho!!!!

While Kaitlynn was at preschool, I got some computer stuff done.

I picked Kaitlynn up from preschool. The daily schedule said they read "It's Okay to be Different" by Todd Parr, scooped and shoveled glitter sand at the sensory table, began painting self-portraits, went outside to play on the playground and in music sang / listened to "Mat Man." We received the preschool September Newsletter, which mentioned that School Pictures would be taken in the next few weeks and also listed some of the classes favorite books / books that they are currently reading. Kaitlynn told me about David (a boy in her class) not liking school. She said Max (another boy in her class) threw sand in her hair and knocked her down. She also told me that Liam (yet another boy in her class) picked flowers off the trees. When I asked her if she ate her snack, she said "goldfish again?" I reminded her that that was one of the snacks she chose to bring. It was her choice, not mine.

On our way to get a special drink, Kaitlynn started freaking out because there was a fly in the car. She kept screaming and was hysterical because she was afraid it was going to bite her. I'm not sure who told her that flies bite, but I was not (and am still not) happy with that person. I spent 10 minutes trying to get the darn thing out of the car. I realize that some flies do bite, but I feel if someone is going to take the time to scare her (inform her), then they should take the time to help her figure out how to differentiate between the biters and non-biters and what to do when she sees one that does bite.

It was also Kaitlynn's 3rd week of Tadpole swimming class. There were 5 kids in her class. They worked on diving for rings, popping the bubble and pouring water over their head with a cup in the shallow water. In the deep water, they worked on swimming with a noodle, floating with a noodle, floating with the instructor and jumping in to the instructor.
For some reason Kaitlynn's swim top rode up above her tummy, so it looks like she has a bikini on. It's actually a tankini.
The parents of the other kids in her swim class are so friendly! I don't know what I enjoy more, watching Kaitlynn or talking to the other parents. Actually, I do enjoy watching Kaitlynn more, it's just an added bonus getting to talk to the other parents!

Kaitlynn showered and got dressed at Riverchase because we had dinner plans immediately after her class.

Greatest Show On Earth

The Greatest Show On Earth just got Greater with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Barnum's FUNundrum! Featuring 130 performers, from 6 continents, almost 100,000 pounds of performing pachyderms, cowboys, pirates and mermaids. Barnum's FUNundrum! is a super-sized spectacle so massive you just can't miss it!

This once in a lifetime event celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of the legendary P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman on Earth! and can only be experienced at The Greatest Show on Earth, Barnum's living legacy!

You are invited to go on a family FUNtastic adventure to meet exotic characters and witness thrilling performances that attempt to answer Barnum's FUNundrum, "What special wonders create The Greatest Show On Earth?"

This show is running from October 14 - October 17 at Scottrade Center. Enter the code: MOM when you purchase tickets at Ticketmaster. This code will default to Opening Night Prices on Thursday the 14th as well as $11 on Friday at 10:30am and $4 off all other shows. Includes everything except Circus Celebrity, Front Row and VIP.