Monthly Archives: February 2011

gardening update

Time to plant potatoes in North Carolina. Samantha and I cut potatoes that had been in a bag in the pantry yesterday and let the cut side dry over night. We were careful to get organic potatoes from Trader Joe’s so the pesticides would not prevent growth. Aidan was ready to help plant them this afternoon (cut side up). We had so many potatoes last year. I am hoping for even more this year!

And, guess what was peeking out of the ground in our square foot gardens? Yep, that would be a snow pea. It was sunny and warm today, and the gardens are getting a lot more sun with the big oak gone, so it is definitely time to start planning for some additional raised beds.

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Run for the Woods

I ran my first 5K race today. Here are my stats –

My goal was to finish in under 30 minutes, so I was super proud of myself.

I was a little intimidated when I got to the race. Lots of “real” runners walking around getting ready for the race. But, I put on my snazzy new ear buds and decided to focus on going as fast as I could.

It felt great to run fast behind a herd of faster people. It really motivated me to keep going and push myself to go faster. I think I might just be addicted to races 🙂

Kristan

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down go the trees

We had several trees that were worrisome, so I finally decided it was time to do something about them this month.

2 trees had died b/c they were in the swampy area next to the house and were leaning on good trees.
1 tree in the back yard was injured when we put the pool in and never recovered.
1 tree in the front blocked the morning sun for my square foot gardens. I decided in the fall that if we actually got veggies to grow that I would take it down to give more sun. Remember, there is only *one* spot on our property that gets close to 6 hrs of sun, so this decision was not made lightly.

When the tree guys came to give the estimate, they discovered one of our biggest oaks had a fungus and was rotting at the bottom. This tree was around 175 years old, so I was bummed about it having to come down.

So, here are some pics of the fungus tree and before and after in the front yard. I took the after pics tonight when it was getting dark, but you get the idea…lots of little trees cleared out too, along with some stumps and a down tree left on the ground from hurricane Fran before we moved in.

I am super excited to see what kind of sunlight we get in our woody area, and I am sure Nana is reading this post and sketching out what she wants to do with the front area 🙂

Kristan



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a week with the Shimpi family

I know it is early in the week, but sometimes by the end of the week I completely forget about some of the little things that make me happy about my family.

2 sharing things so far:
1) I am teaching at NC State on Monday nights this semester. This means the kiddos have to stay in after school until Rahul can pick them up. I feel super guilty when they have to stay late, but Rahul took this pic to make sure that I knew that life was not that bad when a kid has to stay a little late in after school.

2) This morning I asked the kids what they wanted to have for dinner. The unanimous vote: breakfast for dinner! I picked up some fresh fruit and eggs at the grocery after work. They were so happy to help out by making a fruit salad while I worked on the eggs and turkey bacon. We all “took a cheer” for doing good teamwork, as Samantha says.

I do love my family.

Kristan

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American Tobacco Trail


Rahul and I bike on the American Tobacco Trail once a week. Today we decided to take the kiddos on this trail for a family bike ride. They had a blast. Samantha’s trailer bike is hooked to Rahul’s bike, so I could only see her smile and waves. Aidan rode behind me and all he said (over and over) was “this is awesome! I love this trail.”

We kept it a short ride today, only 5 miles, just to make sure the kids were ok with the trail. The kids said next time they want to ride all the way to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. That would be 22 miles round trip, so I am thinking we will have to work up to that distance 🙂

Here is a pic of my biking buddy. I am determined to get a picture of everyone next time!

Kristan

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Friday fun

It is hard to believe, but it was in the upper 70s today. We all spent some time hanging out on the pool deck after school and work. Samantha and Aidan decided the warmer temps warranted some swimwear (and some Nerf gun play :-). Summer, how soon can you get here?


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after school fun

We hosted another playdate with Aidan and Samantha’s best buddies this afternoon. This time around the weather was perfect for some outdoor fun. Jack and Aidan had the most fun jumping off the swings at the Mazzocchi park (AKA our neighbor’s house 🙂
Samantha and Jane were eager to pose for some precious pictures.

Kristan




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