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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

4th of July Weekend

We enjoyed the beautiful warm weather by playing outside. Dave and Kaitlynn played in the pool. We also had Turtle out to enjoy the day. Then Kaitlynn and Sassy looked for animals in the "jungle."

Later MawMaw, Hanna, Brandon and Adam came over. We had a great dinner - barbeque, grilled corn on the cob, pasta salad and baked potatoes. We walked up the street to watch the fireworks. They were awesome! Then we headed home for dessert - lemon cake with lemon icing! Yummy!

We went to MawMaw Tommie's. Kaitlynn had so much fun riding on the 4wheeler, first with Adam, then Hanna and then Dave! Kaitlynn also had a lot of fun going down the water slide. She said she's "been wanting to do this her whole life!" When she would slide off the bottom of the slide, she would jump up and say, "I ok!" Super cute! Kaitlynn and the other kids did some pops, snaps and sparklers. After dinner they did more sparklers. Kaitlynn, Hanna, Adam and Brandon had fun swinging on the hammock and relaxing. We watched the fireworks display after dark. We had a great family holiday weekend!

Park and Jungle Boogie

Earlier this month, we enjoyed the beautiful weather at the park! We had a great time - swinging on the swings at the playground, skipping rocks at the creek and a little hike! Kaitlynn has such a great heart and love for Jesus! While on the hike, she had to stop several times to "Thank Jesus." What an awesome child God has blessed us with! I wish I had a heart like hers.

Lately, whenever Kaitlynn gets into trouble she tells us it's her "bad hand." I don't know how she came up with that, but it's so funny.

Dave, Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I went to Jungle Boogie. It was a pretty warm night. We rode the train and Kaitlynn had fun "taking pictures" with her camera. Kaitlynn and Dave rode the carousel and then we listened to the music by the sea lions. MawMaw and Kaitlynn enjoyed a Tiger's Blood snowcone and danced to the music. We ran into Teri at the end of the evening.

Beauty and the Beast

A few weeks ago, Kaitlynn and MawMaw attended a SpongeBob Party. They painted / sponged a picture and made an octopus.

Dave, Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I went to see Beauty and the Beast at The Muny. On the way there Kaitlynn said, "Daddy I need your money!" I thought we had a few years before we got to that point!
After finding our seats and getting settled, Kaitlynn said "Hurry, put my tiara on before the prince comes out!" The production was awesome!

Febreze Party and Swim Class

Last month I hosted a Febreze House Party. I was amazed at all of the wonderful goodies Febreze and House Party sent me. I was able to give all of my guests some amazing gift bags. They were completely shocked by the generosity of the gifts received.

For most of the party, Kaitlynn and Dave were at an event called Mini Chefs. Kaitlynn got a sucker for spinning the wheel, a zipper bag with measuring spoons, whisk and spatula, an apron and a small Strawberry Shortcake doll and DVD. They had a good time at the event.

Kaitlynn and I attended Monday Makeover twice last month. MawMaw, Kaitlynn and I had dinner at El Nopal and then went to Kaitlynn's swimming class.
Kaitlynn had a great time with MawMaw at class! They sang songs, worked on floating, kicking, blowing bubbles, walking like an alligator and diving for rings. The teacher told us that Kaitlynn is doing great. She said she has had such a huge turn around from the first night and that you would never know she was the same child. She said Kaitlynn is such a fish now. It was wonderful to hear the teacher brag on Kaitlynn. I think she really likes Kaitlynn and I know Kaitlynn really likes her. We really like her too and are so appreciative of her. She really got Kaitlynn comfortable with the pool and learning to swim.
MawMaw and Kaitlynn played in the pool until closing time! MawMaw told Kaitlynn she was pooped and Kaitlynn said "You pooped in here!" Kaitlynn thought she meant she pooped in the pool! Such literal thinking. It's so cute!

In the car on the way home, Kaitlynn was putting on lip gloss. I asked her who she was getting all fixed up / gussied up for. She said "I gotta look good for daddy!" Isn't that sweet?!

Dave and I watched Paranormal Activity. It was an interesting movie. I thought it was supposed to be a true story, but wasn't sure because of the different endings.

Ticket to the Beatles

Several weeks ago Kaitlynn, Nick and I met some moms and kiddos from church at Suson Park for a playdate. Kaitlynn and the other kids interacted a little. The kids had fun running around and playing on the playground while us adults got to know each other. We ate lunch and then most of us started leaving for naps and such. Kaitlynn and Nick tried rock climbing, then Kaitlynn helped Nick swing, Kaitlynn climbed the wall to the big slide and before we left Kaitlynn and Nick had fun swinging.

That evening Kaitlynn, MawMaw, MawMaw Tommie and I went to Jungle Boogie. Ticket to the Beatles was the band playing. It was really crowded. This band has drawn the biggest crowd so far. We met up with some friends and had a good night!

Grant's Farm and the Zoo

Last month Kaitlynn, Nick, MawMaw, MawMaw Tommie and I went to Grant's Farm. We went early to avoid the extreme heat. Kaitlynn fed the goats. Kaitlynn and Nick rode the carousel. Kaitlynn, Nick and MawMaw Tommie ran through the mister. Kaitlynn and Nick pet the donkeys / ponies. We stopped for lunch and a snowcone. We walked through the stables and called it a day since it was getting unbearably hot and the kids were ready for naps.

Kaitlynn did the cutest thing and I wish I would have captured it on The Flip. She picked up her Brittany Chipmunk from Build-A-Bear and started singing along with it to "All the single ladies!" It was super cute! I have to get that on video.

Kaitlynn, Nick, MawMaw, MawMaw Tommie and I went to the Zoo. It was a beautiful day for a Zoo trip! Kaitlynn was very concerned about a sick sea lion. We saw the donkeys, giraffes, zebras, camels and big cats, went to the Zootenial Exhibit and then rode the carousel. Kaitlynn played in the water fall outside of River's Edge while Nick napped. We went through River's Edge. Kaitlynn was in amazement when she saw her reflection in the glass at Hippo Harbor.
What a great day at the Zoo!

Graduation and Swim Class

I am so proud of my niece, Hanna! She graduated from beauty school on June 21st. Only her and another girl graduated on time. For graduating on time, she got a netbook from her school.

One day while getting ready for swim lessons, after Kaitlynn put on her swimsuit, she said she looked like a ballerina!

In swim class, they sang songs, worked on floating, kicking and using a floating board. They practiced blowing bubbles in the water and walking / crawling like an alligator.

After swim class, Dave told Kaitlynn that she did awesome. She said, "I'm not awesome! I'm a princess!" Dave told her she was an awesome princess, but she wasn't buying it. She just wants to be a princess!