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October 31, 2006

Halloween 2006

For several weeks we've been talking about Halloween. We kept asking Kate what she wanted to dress up as this year. We were pretty certain it was going to be a Disney princess, but we didn't know which one. The minute we walked into the Disney store Kate went over to the Minnie Mouse costumes and picked one out with shoes and ears to match. I made sure she saw all of the princess costumes afterwards, but her mind was made up in seconds. I even had a hard time prying away the items she picked out in order to exchange them for the correct sizes.

With no hurricanes and only hot, muggy weather to burden us this year, we had our Halloween all planned out. There was a costume parade at school in the morning with songs, stories and sugary snacks. Notice how she licked the icing off the cupcakes without taking one bite from the cake part. And later in the evening there was trick-or-treating around the neighborhood with her friend Tyler. She also helped Daddy pass out candy to our Halloween visitors.

Kate absolutely loved being Minnie Mouse. She was so proud of her costume. She even liked the little foam nose I got for her wear. The whole ensemble looked really cute.

As a side note...without any other symptoms Kate told me her ear hurt yesterday. I took her to the doctor a few hours later. Sure enough she had an ear infection. Thank goodness the doctor said she would be fine to particpate in any Halloween activites. I'm not sure anything would've stopped her at this point anyway. In some of the pictures, though, she is looking a bit tired and under weather as compared to her regular cheery, active self.

October 26, 2006

Writing Practice

Kate loves mail. At our daily mailbox trip she asks, "Is there something for me?" I try to keep the mail flowing with DVDs from Netflix and subscriptions to Nick Jr., Sesame Street Magazine and My Big Backyard (we just upgraded from Wild Animal Baby). But nothing compares to a letter or a card. Luckily, Mimi and Omi surprise her from time to time with a card.

Omi has been sending Kate those $.99 Hallmark Warm Wishes cards. Apparently they haven't gone unnoticed because when we were in Walgreens Kate pointed to that card section and said that those were the cards Omi sends to her. Anyway, she decided she wanted to pick out one of her own to send to Omi.

It didn't stop there. She also wanted to do all of the writing in the card. Kate kinda knows how to write her own name, and it gets better and better with each week, both in legibility and her independence to do it. She's still working on other letters and words though. So I wrote "Omi" on a piece of paper for her to see how I write it letter by letter. Then she wrote the it on her card. Omi isn't the hardest word to write, but I still think she did a pretty good job. And she was quite proud of herself. Of course I had to scan it so I could show Ken when he got home from work later in the day.
Posted by Jean-Marie at 09:23 PM

October 24, 2006

Tuesday in the Park with Mimi

For her birthday, Kate got a couple of cool outdoor toys: a Little Mermaid scooter and a pair of Barbie rollerskates. I had promised to take Kate to a park to try them out as soon as we got the chance. Today was a gorgeous day and we were both in the mood for some outdoor play time. We called up Mimi in the morning to see if she wanted to join us as well. Everyone was on board so we packed the car, picked up Mimi and went to a park close to Mimi's house.

Kate got to play on the playground, as well as ride her bicycle, scooter and roller skates. She had tried her scooter around the house but this was the first time she gave her skates a whirl. She did a pretty good job. There were only a few falls, but she found them to be pretty humorous, especially when she tried to get up on her own.

Afterwards we drove to the park's nearby nature center to check out the exhibit and take a narrated ride on a covered boat through the mangroves. Kate had a great time and Mimi did her best to keep up with Kate. We're all going to sleep well tonight!
Posted by Jean-Marie at 10:29 PM

October 14, 2006

Oktoberfest 2006

(Video is in Windows Movie Format.)
Fun with Uncle Kevin at Octoberfest

It's October. Kate's half German. So of course it was high time for her to celebrate Oktoberfest. But instead of the polka and beer, Kate had fun with a hot dog and some rides. She really did have a great time. She especially enjoyed going down that big slide with Uncle Kevin.
Posted by Jean-Marie at 11:55 PM

October 09, 2006

Ode to Daddy

Today I picked Kate up from school and on the bulletin board was Kate's latest work, "Daddy."

I supposed I can see the resemblance if I close one eye, tilt my head and squint with the other eye. Hold on. It does kinda look like this picture of daddy though.
Posted by Jean-Marie at 11:08 PM

October 07, 2006

Happy 3rd Birthday, Kate!

Kate's 3rd Birthday Party
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This year for Kate's birthday we hosted her party at an indoor inflatable extravaganza featuring a bounce house, 2 obstacle courses and a big slide. She loves inflatables, so it was perfect. Kate and her friends got the chance to run, bounce, slide, dance, laugh, play and climb until they were good and worn out. Then, of course, it was time for pizza and cake. You can tell by Kate's disheveled hair and clothes and the food all over her face that she had a great time.

Kate selected Mickey Mouse as her theme. I custom made the invites this year. I printed the images as 4x6 photos at Wal-Mart and affixed them to colored 5x7 craft greeting cards. (This is a general template for the front and the inside ). Since the location wouldn't allow for any hung decorations, there wasn't much decorating to be done. We kept everything to a minimum -- themed balloons, table cloths, plates, cups, etc. And don't forget the Mickey Mouse cake.

For party treats each guest got a Mickey party hat, a blow horn, stickers, a Make A Friend Mickey (that I found online for $3.99 each) and a Mix CD that Ken and I made featuring a variety of Disney party songs as well as Kate's favorite Disney tunes. We played the same CD during the party while the kids were bouncing around in the inflatables. The playlist included: The Unbirthday Song, Following The Leader, It’s a Small World, Yo Ho, Blow The Man Down, I Just Can’t Wait To Be King, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Mickey Mouse March, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, If You’re Happy And You Know It, Row, Row Your Boat, Clubhouse Birthday Party, Winnie The Pooh, JoJo’s Circus Theme Song, Take A Bow, “The Little Einsteins” Theme Song, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Theme, Mousekedoer, Hot Dog!, The Hokey Pokey, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Wiggly Medley, Wigglemix, Mousercise, Mickey’s Countdown, Under The Sea, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Hakuna Matata, I Love To Laugh, A Spoonful Of Sugar, Happy Birthday To You and Happy, Happy Birthday to You.

After the official party was over Uncle John, Grandpa John, Lisa and Grandpa came back to the house to open gifts. Gifts are a favorite part of the celebration for Kate. She loves to unwrap them and see what's inside. Little by little, though, Kate started to come down from her high. She showed signs of a party girl that had a really exciting, but exhausting, day. Kinda like a day at the Magic Kingdom.
Posted by Jean-Marie at 10:47 PM

October 05, 2006

Gymnastics Class

About 2 months ago Kate joined her friend Ava's gymnastics class. She loves it. I haven't been able to get any pictures because parents aren't allowed in the gymnasium. We can only watch through the glass windows, and glass windows don't make for good pictures.

I did, however, get a few end of class pictures. At the end of each class the kids line up for stamps on their hands and feet. It's very exciting for them to get stamps. Kate loves running out to the waiting room to show off hers. And since this was an end of session class, she was also pretty excited to show off her certificate.

After each class we usually have lunch and a playdate with Ava and her brother. Today we had lunch at Wendy's. Isn't it funny how a greasy ol' fries box can be fun to preschoolers? They have quite the imaginations at this age.
Posted by Jean-Marie at 11:40 PM