Sunday, June 28, 2009

Biggest Team in History!

We participated in the Koman Race for the Cure this year on Team Breadhead. We were officially part of the biggest team in Race for the Cure history! The race was two days after Keith Urban so I had a long couple of days. It was also the same day as my grandpa's memorial service so I was pretty spent by the end of the day.

We got up at 6 so we could get ready, pick Melissa up and head downtown for our 8:30 team picture. As soon as I woke up I rolled over and asked C why we were doing this again. He reminded me it was for a good cause as I dragged myself out of bed. Next time I think I will pay the extra $5 and sleep in for the cure!

We rode the Metrolink down, another thing we didn't think all the way through. We should have just drove in the interest of protecting baby Madelyn from getting squished by all the people crammed in the train.

We finally made it downtown and pregnant girl was on the search for a Johnny on the Spot. I found one and saw the lines 12 people deep and thought for sure we were not going to make the team picture. We went down to the end and somehow found one with no line. It was handicapped so I am guessing people thought they couldn't use it. It worked out great because Kendyl had to go too and I am pretty sure that was the only one we would both fit in!

We left that area and started racing to the library steps for our big team picture. We missed it by 3 minutes...quite disappointing. Oh well at least we got cool shirts that said Fight Like a Girl! We spent the rest of our time walking around the different booths and just enjoying everyone coming together for such a great cause.

Keith Urban

So less than a week after Rascal Flatts I got to go see Keith Urban. My friend won us tickets on the radio so we were back to free concerts! Let me just tell you that Mr. Urban did not disappoint. He puts on an amazing show. This was my third time to see him and I think he gets better everytime.

Sugarland opened for him. They are not my favorite, but I suffered through. Jennifer Nettles is just a tad too twangy for me. I do love that Stay song though and since they are played so much on the radio I found myself singing along so it wasn't all bad. I will say that a lot of their songs sound alike and I kept asking Melissa if they had already sang some of the songs they were playing.

The best part of Keith Urban was that it was an indoor concert so I didn't have to worry about the heat. It was at Scottrade Center instead of Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, but there was just not as much room in the seating area as the outdoor concert.

Our seats were decent. We were a few rows off the floor straight in front of the stage. A couple times during the concert he walked through the crowd and sang on a stage at the back of the floor area so I got some pretty decent pictures while I was there. Unfortunately they are still on my camera and I am not feeling like getting up to get them off.

Keith Urban definitely puts on a better show than Rascal Flatts so if you are given the choice of which one to see I would say without a doubt Keith Urban!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Rascal Flatts

I really enjoy going to concerts and I am proud to say that I generally don't pay for them. Quite often I seem to come into free tickets or I win some off the radio. Usually if I can't go for free then I am not going. I have a hard time spending $40 or more on concert tickets. So when a friend of mine suggested we go see Rascal Flatts, I was reluctant to spend the money. She told me tickets would be $37 so I gave in. For the record this was the first concert I have paid for in at least 5 years and I have seen some pretty good show.

Unfortunatly, as much as I love Rascal Flatts music, they just don't put on that great of a show. The best part of the entire night was when we got to upgrade from the lawn to real seats for $10 because they didn't sell out. This was good because we were closer to the stage and I was pretty sure if I sat on the lawn I was not going to be able to get up!

Here is my personal review of the concert. Cleetus T. Judd was the first act (by the way I am pretty sure I spelled that wrong, but its the best I can do). His songs were funny but I don't remember what the were called. Next up was Darius Rucker, aka Hootie. Hootie rocked. He actually sang old Hootie songs so that was cool.

Rascal Flatts ended the show. They didn't seem to stay on stage very long. The whole concert started at 8 and was done by 11. They sound great when they are on stage, but they could have stayed on longer. My favorite part of their segment was when they called Darius Rucker back onstage and they all sang Hold My Hand together.

Overall I don't think I will pay to see them again. Sadly this is the second time I have seen them (the first was free) and I left a little disappointed both times. Here are some pictures to enjoy.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

June 4, 2009

I had a doctors appointment in the afternoon. We set up the remainder of my appointments and scheduled a C Section date. I will be going to the doctor twice a week for non stress tests starting June 15. I still have to see the high risk doctor June 17, but hopefully he won't want to see me after that.

Hopefully I will go into labor on my own and won't need a C Section, but if Madelyn doesn't come out on her own my doctor will be going in after her the last week of July.

So in light of the upcoming birth of Madelyn, C and I thought it was time to crack down on Kendyl's sleeping habits. I am not ashamed to say we are bribing her to stay in her bed. I also used this same tactic with potty training and got the results I desired so I figured why not use it again.

So the big bribe was 10 nights in a row in her own bed all night and we could go to Chuck E Cheese. She accomplished this and only had to start over once. So off to Chuck E Cheese we went.

Once we left Chuck E Cheese Kendyl and I went to my grandma's house to visit with my grandpa. He had not been doing well and the hospice nurse thought he only had a couple of days to live. Once I got there I found out she had told my grandma they didn't expect him to make it through the night.

My grandpa has been sick for quite a while. I think it was 9 years ago that he had a bunch of strokes in one day and he hasn't been the same since. When I would see him he knew who I was, but couldn't remember my name. He went on hospice a little over 2 years ago right around the same time I got married but he was doing better and they took him off. About a month ago, they called hospice back in; they brought in a hospital bed and grandpa hadn't gotten out of it since.

It wasn't too long after the nurse left that he passed away. I am so glad I was able to get there before he died. I will miss my grandpa terribly but I am glad he doesn't have to deal with all the sickness anymore. He was an amazing man and I know I am not the only one that misses him.

Dance Recital

I am not sure if I have mentioned Kendyl's dance class on here or not, but she has been taking class since January. She wanted to be a ballerina like Barbie so I told her that once she was potty trained she could take dance classes. So she has been dancing her heart out every Saturday morning since in preparation for the big recital. May 30 was recital day and dress rehearsal was the night before.

So I am pretty sure Kendyl's favorite part was getting her hair pulled in a bun and getting makeup put on. Let me just say I was not too thrilled with the whole makeup part at all. It felt like I was turning my sweet child into one of those girls on Toddlers and Tiaras, but she loved it and it was only a couple of days so I got over it.

She didn't do a whole lot of dancing at the dress rehearsal, which did not surprise me at all. I took video and I will try to put it on here but I have not had any luck with videos so far so don't hold your breath. I just tried to upload the video but it didn't work. If I ever figure it out I will come back and add the video.

Kendyl had so much fun at the dress rehearsal. She found a friend her age and they played like crazy until I told her it was time to go. I was hoping that if she was very familiar with the building she might open up a little more during the recital and actually dance.

I was wrong.

My little girl was so freaked out by it all that the only movement from her on stage was the twirling of the bow on her costume.
Lucky for us she has decided she doesn't want to do dance anymore. She starts swimming lessons in a couple of weeks and she wants to do gymnastics in the fall.

Memorial Day

So I have decided I am really bad at posting! Memorial Day was like 3 weeks ago, but this is the first time I have been motivated to post what we did. So basically we went to McPherson, KS to visit with the hubby's extended family. They have a tradition of getting together Memorial Day weekend and putting flowers on the graves of all the family members that have passed away. Since this was the first year to put flowers on Granny's grave we wanted to make sure and go.

So we headed out Friday afternoon about one and we arrived in McPherson about seven. That night we had dinner at Applebees and laid low in our hotel room. The next morning we headed to C's aunt's house so they could all get their flowers together.

We went with the group to the cemetary in McPherson, but they also go to some out of town places that we skipped. It was nice to let Kendyl pick some flowers for Granny and she enjoyed helping to put flowers on the other graves as well.

Once we split up from the group we headed to McDonald's with C's cousin and Kendyl. They played in the play area and we all had lunch. We left there and headed to Wally World to try and find Kendyl some Crocs but struck out again. I am really having a hard time finding her some this year and I am not willing to pay full price for real ones so I will just keep looking.

After Wally World we took the girls to a park so they could play outside. Of all of our trips to Kansas I would have to say we had the best weather for this one. It was beautiful and not too windy so we enjoyed ourselves.

That night we had barbecue at C's aunt's house with all of his extended family and Kendyl had soo much fun playing with the kids. She was so sad when it was time to leave but we finally drug her away and we all headed back to the hotel for some much needed sleep.

The next morning we headed back over and took the girls to the playground down the street so they could play. We taught Kendyl how to swing on the big girl swing and she was very excited. Eventually we headed back to the house and waited for everyone to start showing up.

Once everyone got there we enjoyed some fried chicken and other yummy food for lunch and all the kids (big and small) got ready for the water balloon fight. This is one of the things they all look forward to. Kendyl was fighting her nap so bad but I promised to wake her up before they started.

They all had a blast getting soaked. Kendyl is not a huge fan of getting balloons thrown at her, but she loves to throw them. Lucky for her she had a little protection because Daddy held her the whole time. I think it was partly because he wanted to have a shield but who am I to judge.

After the water balloon fight we split into groups for their version of the Amazing Race. This is always fun, but it is very challenging for those of us that are out of towners. They always balance the teams out pretty good though so we were off.

My team finished last once again, but we all still had a good time. After the race we enjoyed some homemade ice cream and visited until it was time to head back to the hotel. Kendyl was so upset when it was time to leave, but we let her stay as late as we could.

We headed back home the next morning and made it back by early afternoon. We spent the remainder of the afternoon hanging Madelyn's name in her room and lounging around the house. Her room is coming along quite nicely and we are getting so excited to meet her.

And by the way her name is now official...Madelyn Dixie Heitland.