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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fairy Tales

Sunday, October 17th, the laptop shut off and wouldn't turn back on. Thankfully a friend on facebook gave me a name of a computer guy to call to get the laptop fixed.

Monday, October 18th, I babysat Max. Kaitlynn and I attended Fairy Tales at ECC. They had free play, then circle time, and then started on the crafts. I was a little frustrated that they started putting some of the crafts up before asking if everyone got to do them. It seemed like it was rushed to do the crafts, so they could get to snack time. At snack, the kids ate the gingerbread cookie they made while one of the teachers read a story. It was difficult for all of the kids to see the book that teacher was reading to them. I liked the crafts that were made, but this was one of the few I thought wasn't put together so well.

Afterwards, Kaitlynn and I went to get a special drink. In the parking lot this guy started talking to Kaitlynn and after he went inside she said "I'm a beautiful princess and everybody likes me!" I love her self-esteem! Wouldn't it be great if we could all feel this way about ourselves? (I do realize some people feel this way and it's called narcissism. That's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about genuinely thinking you are worth something and special.)

Kaitlynn and I ran some errands then met Tia, Annabelle and Alayna at Larson Park. The girls played awhile and then we went to Yo My Goodness for dessert before dinner!

Fright Fest

Sunday, October 17th, we ate lunch at McDonald's and then went to Six Flags for Fright Fest (again). Hanna and Adam met us there. Kaitlynn wore her new Alice in Wonderland costume. There was a Zhu Zhu pet table and play center set up that Kaitlynn had fun going through. She had fun doing the kids crafts (decorating a cookie, pumpkin, making a mummy and a bookmark). She did the Trick or Treat trail, rode some rides with Hanna and participated in the Kids Costume contest. She won the contest, but they gave prizes to all the kids that participated. She got a Wiggles DVD. She has never even seen the Wiggles before, but she had a fun time. We watched a show, but Kaitlynn was a little afraid of it. She rode some more rides. We had a great time! It was such warm beautiful weather we were blessed with!

Forest Park, Ottertoberfest and Pumpkinland

Saturday, October 16th, we went to Forest Park. It was a beautiful day to walk around the park!

We went to the Zoo for Ottertoberfest. Kaitlynn made a River otter, dressed up as a River otter and played a game and got a bag of candy for completing 2 crafts / games. We went through River's Edge and had a snack before leaving the Zoo.

We went to Pumpkinland at Thies Farm. Kaitlynn fell asleep after we left the Zoo, but woke up when we got to Pumpkinland. She had a blast. We looked at the animals first. Then Kaitlynn and Dave went down a slide together, she swung on a tire swing with 2 boys pushing her, she went down another slide like a million times, played on the pirate ship, climbed up the pyramid / haystack, did the zipper line, swung on the horse tire swing, rode a tricycle, went through a maze, spun in a tire with some other kids and swung on another swing. She really had a great time!

We went to church after that. As we got closer Kaitlynn was saying "I see my church!" and then kept repeating "I'm going to church!" We continued our series titled "Unfrozen: How the prayer of Jesus changes us." We started a conversation about forgiveness. We talked about how we can really learn to forgive ourselves and each other. I served on the Communion team this month as well.
Kaitlynn enjoyed her class. They learned that "The Bible says "Jesus loves everyone." They heard the story of Jesus and the little children. They worked on remembering "Jesus loves everyone. Jesus loves our families."
We ate dinner at Qdoba. When we got home I had a headache, so Dave and Kaitlynn went to get some hot chocolate while I showered.

Grant's Farm Halloween

Friday, October 15th was Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It's a day where we remember all babies born sleeping or those we have carried but never met, and those we have held but could not take home.

I babysat Max. Later Dave, Kaitlynn and I picked up MawMaw and had dinner at Bread Co. Then we met Tia, Mike, Annabelle and Alayna at Grant's Farm for their Halloween event. It was a fun night. We rode the tram, Kaitlynn and Annabelle fed the goats and we watched the Halloween show (which Kaitlynn was scared the entire time). The show wasn't scary, I think she was just fearful because of the train ride from Fright Fest. Kaitlynn loved having a Grant's Farm stroller. She loves those big strollers and they were free to rent that day. Kaitlynn and Annabelle rode the carousel. We walked around looking at the animals and decorations. Kaitlynn stirred the witch's brew pot. Kaitlynn and Annabelle decorated a pumpkin and then we went to the Beer Garden, where Hanna and Adam met us. Hanna brought Kaitlynn some SpongeBob silly bandz. Kaitlynn's first set of silly bandz. Kaitlynn's costume was shot. I can't believe she only wore it 2 or 3 times and it's already ripped. Oh well! We ate, drank and enjoyed the music at Grant's Farm. We had a great time!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Thursday, October 14th, Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I met Tia, Mike, Annabelle and Alayna for dinner at Denny's before heading to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Barnum's FUNundrum. I was hoping to get there early enough for the preshow, but we didn't. Kaitlynn got a program (from Feld). Our seats were pretty high up (higher than last time). We had to buy a ticket last minute because we had someone else want to go with our group, so that's probably the only place where there was an extra ticket so we could all sit together. The show didn't keep Kaitlynn's interest at all. I'm not sure if it was because we were so high up or because Annabelle was with us. But she just wasn't interested in watching the show. I thought it was a good show. The animals didn't seem to be out as much like in previous shows we've seen, though.

Thank you Feld for the complimentary tickets!

9th Week of Preschool

Wednesday, October 13th, I had another early morning appointment then babysat Max. Kaitlynn ate lunch and got ready for preschool. We packed her lunch (popcorn and raisins) in her lunch box. We arrived early so she played in the Commons area. When she saw Dominic (a boy in her class), she told me he was her "favorite friend at school."

On the 12th, I received my new cell phone that I had been waiting on. ‎It's my 6th cell phone in less than a year! What the heck is up with that? These phones are not my friend! ‎I've had 3 LG VUs, 1 Samsung Impression, 1 Nokia Go phone and now a Samsung Solstice. I just want a working phone! I just started using it on the 13th and seem to like it so far. Hopefully this one lasts.
Pictures from my new phone

The 12th, we had received some news that really had us feeling very overwhelmed. It seemed to be a time we needed to start thinking big because big decisions = big changes! Everything was kind of on the table at that point.

When I went to pick Kaitlynn up from preschool, I got there a little early. It made my day to see Kaitlynn playing on the playground with her classmates! The daily schedule said they read "Talk and Work It Out," built with Duplo blocks and pretended to have "emergencies", played a pumpkin patch collection game, went outside to play on the playground and in music gave clues and solved the "I Like Somebody" guessing game. Ms. Maureen gave Kaitlynn a thank you card for all the special treats she has brought into her. We received another memo regarding the hearing screening later in the month, the October newsletter and a fact sheet on the Flu.

We went to get our special drinks and as we were driving there it became apparent to me that Kaitlynn may be watching too much Dora. She said "I see Circle K. Is it this path or this one? Path 2 that's correct!" I felt like I was in a Dora cartoon, even though it was cute!
We went to visit MawMaw. She watched Kaitlynn so I could attend a Pediatrics First Aids Basics class at the ECC. I received some really great and helpful information from this free class.

On Wednesday the 14th, I had my Women's Bible Study. I am so thankful for this group of women. When I got home, Kaitlynn had to get ready for preschool. We packed her snack (chips and an apple) in her lunch box. Kaitlynn was doing something while getting ready for school and I said something to her. She told me to "watch and learn!" Where do they get this stuff from?

While Kaitlynn was in preschool, I picked up MawMaw. MawMaw and I went to get Kaitlynn's special drink for her, then picked her up from preschool. The daily schedule said they read "Making Friends," had a puppet show - Five Little Ducks, practiced writing their names in salt trays, went outside to play on the playground and had Yoga. They learned a new pose - the Down Dog.