Today it was Samantha’s turn to go on a field trip. All the Kindergarten students went to Hart’s Pumpkin Farm in Bear Creek, NC. It was raining early in the morning, so we were all worried the trip was not going to be much fun. Lucky for us the rain stopped, and it was just muddy. Samantha’s Hello Kitty rain boots definitely came in handy!
Here are some pics of our fun day.
Today Aidan’s class went to the Jordan Lake Educational State Forest. The class learned about predator and prey animals, how to make paper from trees, and hiked the Talking Tree Trail. Here are pics of Aidan’s class and the making paper activity.
One nice and one evil jack-o’-lantern at the Shimpi house this year. The best part of pumpkin carving – roasted pumpkin seeds 🙂
The triathlon training has officially begun!
I have re-learned how to ride a bike quicker than I thought I would. Rahul and I have been biking on the American Tobacco Trail, and last week we biked 9 miles in under an hour. I know, S-L-O-W, but not too shabby for someone who has not been on a bike since the 1980s. It is a place to start. My goal for the upcoming week is 9 miles in 50 mins.
I am also running outside again (1 year after the almost hit and run incident off of Manns Chpl Rd). I am running the 5K route close to the kids’ school, so I am not on roads with cars very much at all. It is a beautiful neighborhood called Harrison Pond. Lots of home sites, but not a lot of houses with the current state of the economy.
The next step is to find a place to swim indoors. I have 2 options I am looking into shortly. Now that our pool is closed, I am really missing the time in the water.
This school year has been incredibly stressful at work. My goal for 2011 (yes, I am already setting goals for next year 🙂 is less work/stress, more time for me/training. I know I can do it, I just need to be better about setting those boundaries and using the “n word” that is so hard for me to find sometimes (no, in case you were wondering 🙂
The triathlon training book has an awesome quote…”when was the last time you did something for the first time?” I think most people would benefit from asking themselves this question at least once a year.
Today we had gymnastics and a Halloween party for Aidan, and ballet and a birthday party for Samantha. Rahul and I divided up all of these fun activities. I was on gymnastics and Halloween party duty. Aidan’s friend Carl hosted the Halloween party, and it was loads of fun.
Here are some pics of Bakugan Aidan and dragon Carl, followed by the hay treasure hunt, and the finale…mini hay rides!
It is time for the Young Authors Competition this year, and this year both kiddos can submit stories. Wednesday was an early release day from school, so we used the extra time to work on their stories. Aidan wanted to submit a non-fiction story, Samantha realistic fiction. Here are their stories (typed by mommy per request of teachers) and their illustrations. What a fun way to get students excited about writing!
The Big Boy Locomotive
By, Aidan Shimpi
Long ago there was a special train called the Big Boy Locomotive. Engineers built 25 Big Boy trains in the 1940s. Big Boys are special because they have cow catchers that keep animals off the track. The biggest part of the Big Boy is the boiler. Big Boys have 16 driving wheels. The cousin of the Big Boy is the Challenger. It has 12 driving wheels. No Big Boy trains are driven today because they pollute the air. The Big Boy Locomotive is my favorite train. I am asking Santa Claus for a Big Boy Lionel train, but they are very expensive so I am not sure I will get one.
The Story of Slimy the Frog
By, Samantha Shimpi
One day I found a frog, and I named him Slimy. He is my best friend. He lives in the woods at our house. Slimy eats flies and bugs for breakfast. He likes to swim in our pool and have playdates with me. Slimy plays hide and seek with me too. Slimy hides from snakes so that he does not get eaten. I hope Slimy stays at our house forever.