Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Let's go fly a kite (I'm singing that, you know, like the song??)

This Easter we canceled the family egg hunt (for good reason, which I will get to later) and instead went to the farmer's market, yoga (just me), Fort McHenry to fly a kite, and then Matsuri in Federal Hill for a sushi dinner.

It was the perfect end to a very un-perfect and insane weekend. On Friday afternoon, Hannah passed out on the hallway floor. Since she has never been one to pass out easily even under ideal situations, this was shocking. Her friend Kylie was asleep in our room so I assumed she laid down there to wait for Ky to wake up and then just accidentally fell asleep. In hindsight, I realize it was a pretty strong indicator that she wasn't feeling well.

She got increasingly clingy and tired and whiney as the day went on, and I eventually smartened up and took her temperature. I have no idea how high it was because when it hit 103.1 I tossed the thing aside and raced her to the tub where I tortured her with a lukewarm bath and a dose of children's Ibuprofin. Of course Eric chose that day to not come home from work and not call and not answer his phone and that coupled with my crazy nerves in a stressful situation made for a completely frazzled mama. After a few hours her temperature was down to 100, and I put her to bed, but we were up and torturing her with another lukewarm bath at 2:00 in the morning...

We slept in the next day, and her fever was gone when she woke up. She seemed in good spirits and wanted to go to the zoo as we had originally planned so we did, but that was probably a bad idea...We stopped off at the Bunny BonanZOO event first hoping to participate in an egg hunt, but it was no egg hunt. There were tons of eggs scattered in this open area of grass and the kids just picked them up. Where's the fun in that?? I mean, Hannah still loved collecting eggs (and NOT trading them in for candy), but in my opinion, it was kinda lame. Amy was with us and Hannah was eager to show her some of our favorite spots so we rode the tram in to the main area and the two of them rode the carousel before grooming a few goats and then peeking in on the giraffes. After that we hightailed it home and Amy and Hannah passed out within minutes, all curled up cutely in Hannah's bed.

Hannah's fever returned that afternoon, and I got hit with a major sinus headache and watery eyes (allergies???) so we spent the rest of the day watching movies on the couch. We had plans to head to Hagerstown on Sunday to do an egg hunt at my dad's, but we were hurting and my brother already had other plans too so we rescheduled for the 21st and enjoyed a day of kite flying and sushi eating.

We didn't totally forgo Easter though; in addition to the zoo event, we dyed eggs. We had Amy, Shannon, Demetrios, and Atticus over for dinner last weekend and after filling our bellies, Shannon led the kids in egg dying. Atticus' favorite part was cracking and smashing the eggs, and really, I can't blame him. If I weren't conditioned to think of how wasteful that was, I think I'd really enjoy it too. I tried to take pics but my camera battery died as soon as I turned on the camera.

I'm super behind on my blogging so you'll have to forgive me, but I'm going to keep regurgitating our various insignificant activities all over this computer screen, and I'm warning you: there are very few pictures because I have been sucking at carrying around my camera.

The day before our egg dying extravaganza we met Kylie and her mom at the library for the kickoff party to the month-long Fairy Tale Festival. Hannah wore her belly dancing costume, and Ky dressed up as Snow White. The festival was cute with a few really fun activities including a huge arsenal of dress-up clothes that could be tried on and worn around the library and a great activity centering on The Little Red Hen book in which kids get to act out each part of the book from buying the groceries to mixing the ingredients to decorating the cake. The dogs that help people were also there and one was dressed as a princess which Hannah loved! We hung out with that dog for a long time...

Earlier that morning Grannah and Granpah hopped in their car and headed back to Michigan after visiting for the week. They were here Monday through Friday, and both Eric and I had to work most of the days so we didn't get in a lot of quality family time, but I think they got a lot of quality Hannah time. Every afternoon after quiet time, Grannah and Granpah took Hannah out for an adventure while I stayed home and worked. They went to the mall and the American Visionary Art Museum (which Hannah pointed out on Sunday when we passed it on the way to Fort McHenry).

Just before they arrived was the event that kicked off this blogging hiatus of mine: the circus! Eric and I are big fans of the circus and will probably take Hannah every year. This year we took Grammy too, mostly because they were running a special where if you bought four tickets, you got them all half price, but enjoying her company was also a factor! Apparently this was her first circus since I was Hannah's age so that made it more fun.  We arrived late, which Grammy will tell you is the usual for us, but I assure you that we are early on some rare occasions and that in general, we are right on time. This year's circus was not as amazingly awesome as last year's (last year's was their 140th anniversary so it was a bigger deal), but it was still a lot of fun, and our seats were right in front of the high wire which, in addition to the trapeze acts, was the coolest part. We kept telling Hannah that it was just like the balance beam in gymnastics; I'm not sure she believed us. I didn't bother bringing my camera since I didn't manage to get any good pics last year, but my mom took a few and although they turned out even worse than mine probably would have, I'll share them anyway.

Why are there doubles of us in this one??
That's it. Now you're all caught up in the none-daily activities of the Kellogg's, if you happen to care about being caught up. It's been a fun month, though we're getting to the point now where there are fewer and fewer first times, and as such, I'm carrying my camera around a lot less...

I've got another belated post brewing pertaining to Montessori which is where Hannah will be going in the fall, but I'll save it for another day. This is enough of a data dump for one day!


  1. And thanks to the title of this post I'm now sitting here singing at the top of my lungs "Let's go fly a kite, up to the highest height! Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring..Up to the atmosphere, up where the air is clear! Oh let's go fly a kite!" So yea thanks for that. Otherwise, adorable pictures.

    1. Wow. You're good. I seriously only know that one line. I couldn't have told you any other words from that song if my life depended on it! I think I should look it up and play it for Hannah; I bet she'd like it :)

      And maybe you can answer mom's question because I have no clue what it's from!

  2. Yup Mary poppins!! I love that movie so much, that's why I knew the words :)

    1. Mary Poppins is at the Hippodrome right now! Well, that or it'll be there soon--I didn't actually read the billboard....I was wondering if Hannah would be into it...I don't remember it very well....What do you think??

  3. Probably!! Especially with all the magical musical numbers :)

  4. Have her watch the movie - then see if she is hooked.


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