Monday, March 22, 2010

Busy Week

We’ve had a pretty busy week…

On Sunday, we went to a Pirates game.  Afterwards, we went to the a party that all of the players and coaches attended.  Some of our friends from the games saved us a seat at Kyle Wanvig’s (one of the players) table.  Kyle and his wife were expecting their first baby (she had a scheduled C-Section for St. Patrick’s Day), so our friends thought they would get a kick out of Kaitlyn.  Kyle remembered Kaitlyn from all the games.  It is kind of hard to miss her.  She loves to bang on the glass and blow kisses and wave at all the guys.  One of the players, Travis Turnbull, always waves at Kaitlyn during practice.

Here’s a picture of Kyle, Kaitlyn, and I…

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Hanging out with Kyle on Sunday, definitely worked to our advantage.  A few days later at the next Pirates game, the puck went flying into the Pirates’ bench and just happened to land at Kyle’s feet.  He smiled at me and nodded and tossed the puck to us. 

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Kaitlyn has learned a new word.  It took almost 14 months for her to say “mama”, but less than one hockey season for “Cracker”.  Apparently, I rate below a mascot… Salty Pete is the other Pirates’ mascot.  Unfortunately, Kaitlyn can’t say Salty Pete yet, so she calls him “Cracker” too.  We’ll be watching the game and Kaitlyn will say “Mama, Cracker” and point at one of the mascots, wave, and blow kisses.  She apparently understands the word “hockey” too.  Kevin and I were talking about hockey in the car, and I soon as I said it, I hear Kaitlyn in the backseat saying “Cracker”.  I felt bad telling her we weren’t going to see Crackers.

Our good fortune continued as we found out on Wednesday that the Pirates would be staying in Portland!  Several months ago, the Albany River Rats were sold and their team will be moving to another city next season.  Since, the Pirate’s lease was up at the Civic Center, Albany set their sights on acquiring our team.  Senators from both states even got involved!  The Pirates came very close to moving, but at the very last second, the Pirates’ owner broke off negotiations with Albany and negotiated a new lease with the Civic Center!  We were already concerned about what we’re going to do without hockey over the summer.  We couldn’t imagine not having hockey at all.  I guess we’ll go to a few Sea Dogs games this summer and find out if Kaitlyn likes baseball!

In non-hockey related news…

I am finally back in contacts!  I’ve been wearing my glasses since Kaitlyn was born because my contacts were just too uncomfortable.  After a trip to the eye doctor, though, I have a new brand of contacts and am thrilled to be rid of the glasses again!

I have acquired my first “Mommy-Mobile”.  It’s a silver Ford Freestyle.  Kevin and I love the dual temperature controls.  My side is currently set at 80 and Kevin’s is at 65.  I have no idea how we got along without it.  Kaitlyn’s favorite feature is the moon roof.  She loves watching it open and close!

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Saturday, it hit 70 degrees here!  We went for a drive, stopped at the beach,  and even got some ice cream!

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Finally, yesterday, we went to another Pirate’s game… Imported Photos 00838 Imported Photos 00839

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Kaitlyn Videos

Here's a video of Kaitlyn snacking on Gold Fish and running around our hotel room in Niagara Falls. You can see the American Falls right outside the window. Our room was on the 37th floor (well, technically the 36th, but the hotel skipped the 13th floor)...

This video is Kevin and Kaitlyn walking along by the Falls...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Niagara Falls/ Buffalo Trip

Over the weekend, Kaitlyn became an international traveler.  We arrived in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada on Friday afternoon.  After Kaitlyn had a short nap, we took a walk to the Clifton Park area, rode the Ferris Wheel, had dinner at the Rainforest Cafe, then saw the Falls at night…

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Just in case anyone needs a present idea for me in the future, this Hershey Store sells a 5 pound Hershey bar…  It should last me a week :-)Imported Photos 00718

On Saturday, we walked along the Promenade by the Falls.   We also took the Behind the Falls tour… Imported Photos 00732 Imported Photos 00740  Imported Photos 00752 

During the summer months on the Behind the Falls tour, you can see the water falling.  However, during the winter it gets iced over.  You can see the huge chunks of ice behind Kevin and Kaitlyn.

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Kaitlyn enjoyed coloring at lunch.

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  We had dinner at the Brazilian Steakhouse in our hotel.  It was really good!Imported Photos 00762


On Sunday, we headed back to the U.S.  We stopped in Niagara Falls State Park and saw the Falls from the U.S. side.  Then we stopped at the Niagara Aquarium before heading on to Buffalo and the Pirates game…  Imported Photos 00777  Imported Photos 00783  Imported Photos 00785 Imported Photos 00802

Kaitlyn loved running around and making new friends…Imported Photos 00798Imported Photos 00795Imported Photos 00797Kaitlyn’s favorite was the penguins.  She ran back and forth in front of their window following them.  When one stopped, she’d stop too and wave at it…Imported Photos 00791 Imported Photos 00792 Imported Photos 00794She loved the Penguins so much, we had to get her a little stuffed one at the gift store.  They are now practically inseparable…        Imported Photos 00804 Imported Photos 00805

The Pirates lost, but Kaitlyn still had fun banging on the glass!Imported Photos 00808The coolest part was when we ran into the team in our hotel lobby after the game!  We even rode the elevator with Jeff Cowan!

We had a great trip and can’t wait until the next game!