Monthly Archives: April 2011

veggies gone wild!

So, we were only gone for 3 days, but wow, the garden has grown in our absence! The snow peas are now taller than the kiddos. The broccoli plants have doubled in size, and have little florets. Carrots, lettuce and spinach also doing well. I do love square foot gardening!



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Lake Norman – day three

And the fun times continued today…

We were out at the dock from 7:30am-7:30pm only coming in for lunch and a quick dinner.

The dock swings were a hit with everyone.

We made smores in the fire pit.

And, we found this little fella outside the screen door. Aidan was quick to remind us that this was a *male* black widow spider (only the females bite). Samantha was ready to kill it with a long stick she found, but b/c of Nana’s black widow book, he was spared.

We are already planning our next trip back to this lake house. So much fun was had by all. But, we must get home to get ready for Samantha’s birthday party on Saturday.

Kristan

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Lake Norman – day two

Awesome weather again today (except for the major thunderstorm during lunch/quiet time). I have to admit it was nice to take a little snooze with the rain falling and the sky getting darker.

Samantha and I made a quick trip to the bait and tackle store this morning for some good ol’ live bait. As I suspected, that did the trick in terms of catching fish. Here is a picture of the first catch of the day. He is a GIANT, huh? And, I even got to keep my bait 🙂

We all kayaked, but Aidan and Samantha had to be roped either to another kayak or to the dock. I still remember my brother floating out into the middle of Santee Cooper Lake as a kid, and PPops having to drive the boat out to get him…haha. I have had a lot of family lake memories during our trip.

Of course, the slide continued to be a hit, as was jumping off the dock and seeing how fast you could get to the ladder. Aidan is still a bit leery of the lake water. I reminded him that daddy is the only one that has not gotten in…maybe tomorrow will be the day.

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Lake Norman – day one

Wow, what a fun start to our spring break vacation!

Here are some of the highlights –

1) Both kids went down the lake slide, but guess who was the bravest? Samantha! Watch both videos if you do not believe me.
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2)We did a lot of fishing, but did not catch any fish. I think we need some live bait. The white bread just did not do the trick.

3) I attempted my first OWS (Open Water Swim) thinking I was the super triathlete trapped in a swimming pool…ha ha. The joke was on me. More about that on I will Tri!

4) We had all kinds of weather – super sunny, super cloudy, and heavy rains. But we were out on the lake the entire afternoon.

Stay tuned for more tomorrow….

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Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, Aidan’s class performed an Earth Day play for the parents. I took part of one of the songs to share here since the entire play was over 15 minutes. Aidan and his best buddy Jack sang their hearts out, while Lucy in her hat and cool shades had some neat dance moves.

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And Ms Smarty Pants Samantha brought home a ton of work in her back pack today. Included was the book below. She wrote all the sentences!

The long-awaited spring break started at noon today with an early release school day. Really looking forward to our trip to Lake Norman next week!

Kristan

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sad day


I found out today, officially, that my position with Chatham County Schools is being cut next school year. I really thought the senior leadership team would try to find a creative way to fund my position, but it does not look like that is going to happen. I am really sad, and I do worry about the students on my caseload that do not have parents who will advocate for them. I also know that everything happens for a reason.

I will miss driving all over Chatham Co. The many cow pastures, behind all the chicken trucks, the skunk crossing signs, and waving to the turkey vultures sitting on the fence posts.

I learned so much about working with teachers and administrators over the past 7 years. It is an experience that I will always cherish.

Kristan

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Sunday activities

Aidan joined Cub Scouts a month ago. Today’s troop activity with dad was to go to Touch A Truck at University Mall. Aidan and his new friend got in almost every type of vehicle you could imagine and had a blast. Face painting was also on the agenda, and Aidan was transformed into Frankenstein. Aidan’s favorite vehicle was the Duke Life Flight helicopter. He got to fasten himself right into the front seat! He gets his Cub Scout uniform at next month’s pack meeting. Needless to say, he is a big fan of Cub Scouts.

Samantha and I spent some time hanging out swimming and weeding the gardens this afternoon. We were so surprised at the flowers she planted from 2 packs of seed in the raised beds last spring…they did what we thought they would do…re-seed, re-seed, and re-seed. There was supposed to be room to plant some tomatoes for daddy, but I can already tell the beds will be full of flowers in just a few months. Samantha definitely has a green thumb 🙂

And, guess who ventured off the front porch today? Yes, that would be George! He came out of the side gate, but went straight to the front porch. As Samantha and I were weeding, he decided to try and sneak off to the neighbor’s house. I heard a yelp, and he darted back for his safe zone (the front porch). But, I think we are making progress….AND, he stayed in the invisible fence! I guess we are officially in the supervised probation phase of training.

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