Monthly Archives: March 2012

workshop update

Check out what the workshop looks like after one week of construction!

The loft continues to be a big interest area for the kiddos. They asked if they could sleep there last night. I suggested they wait until we have some electricity 🙂

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2nd grade field trip

All of the Perry Harrison 2nd graders went to Duke Gardens today to learn more about insects. Here are some pics from our spring day at Duke Gardens.

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construction day 4 and FB update

The workshop construction is going speedy fast. Today the loft and roof were added. Now, Rahul and I have done enough projects not to get sucked into the idea that the entire project will be this speedy. Projects always start off super fast, then slow down, then pick back up at the end. But for now it is fun to watch it change day to day.

The kids had fun checking out the loft. It is a lot higher than I thought it would be. We will need to be extra safe with the ladder.

Fireball went back to the vet to see what his eye looked like once the swelling went down. There appeared to be some damage to his cornea, so I took him to Animal Eye Care so that an ophthalmologist could check him out. I don’t think we will ever know really what caused the eye trauma, but it looks like the corneal abrasion is superficial and the infection can be treated with pain medication and antibiotics. Send Fireball get well vibes!

Kristan

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construction day 3 and a kittie scare

It is hard to believe it is only day 3 of the workshop construction. Check out the progress (complete with 2 little people waving out of one of the windows 🙂

And now for the scare. We were sitting down to eat dinner when I noticed that Fireball was on the deck with his eyes closed. At first I thought he was napping, but then I noticed that he was foaming at the mouth. I raced outside and saw that his left eye was swollen shut with blood oozing out. I was convinced he had been bitten by a snake, so I rushed him to the vet down the street (our vet is in Italy this month). The verdict: bee/wasp sting and allergic reaction. Fireball got some antihistamines and antibiotics with a follow up appt in the morning once the swelling goes down.

Crossing my fingers that FB is better tomorrow.

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let the construction begin!

We decided instead of a garage, we actually needed a backyard workshop. Our goal with the garage was storage space, and there is no real good space for it, so we opted for a workshop. Construction started yesterday. Check out the progress –

There have been many names tossed around for the workshop. Here are the most popular:
a) little house
b) man cave
c) secret hideaway

There will be a loft (for extra storage) but the kids think this is their secret hideaway area. And for now, I am fine with that. I look at it as their Magic Tree house 🙂

I am most excited about the extra freezer storage. Dang, I really am lame. We are who we are, right?

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the end of the season and running update

I stressed to Samantha most of the day that the Heels were probably not going to win against Kansas. Surprisingly, Aidan decided to cheer for the Heels. This meant we needed another t-shirt. Our neighbor happily let us borrow one of Mary Clare’s, along with some yard decorations. Check it out –

The Heels played well, despite not having Kendall Marshall in the line up. In the end, Kansas won. Samantha took it harder than the rest of us.

On a more positive note, we had our first family run today in Briar Chapel.  For more about this fun run, click here.

Kristan

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good eats and stressful basketball

One of Aidan’s Cub Scout leaders recommended a new Indian restaurant – Saffron. I think it has actually been around for a few years, but it is new to us (we usually go to Tandoor or Mint). The grandparents are in town for a visit, and Aidan invited them to go to Saffron for dinner. In honor of his grandparent’s visit, he wore his Indian clothes to school. Check out it –

The food at Saffron was excellent. P Pops, who has eaten at many, many Indian restaurants in Maryland and DC declared Saffron was the best of them all. Aidan loved the decor. After the waiter shared that the furnishing were all shipped from India, Aidan took Mema around the restaurant to show her the “decorations.” After eating about 4 plates of food, Aidan told our waiter it was the best food he had ever eaten. For more about Saffron, click here. It looks like we might have a new favorite family restaurant.

Now for an NCAA tournament update. Samantha was ready in all of her lucky clothes and accessories (2009 championship shirt, 2005 championship hat, Ramses pillow pet, and pom pom). Look who joined her to cheer for the Heels….Fireball! That is one smart cat 🙂

The game was super stressful. I think I am getting too old for basketball games that go into overtime. Sigh. The Heels pulled out the win, but I am already dreading playing Kansas.
Kristan

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