Monthly Archives: May 2012

Fireball is going to be a big brother!

I ran across some pics on the NC Cat Adoption Facebook page and fell in love with this little kitten.

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His name is Banjo. Siblings are Flute, Melodie, and Treble. Mom’s name is Harmony, which should explain the origin of Banjo’s name πŸ™‚

He is with the same foster mom that found Fireball. Here is a pic of him when he was one day old.

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Banjo is now 9 weeks old and even cuter, if that is possible.

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We talked as a family about adding another pet to the family, and we convinced Rahul that it would be good for FB to have someone to play with πŸ™‚

Banjo still needs a few more weeks with his mom, and he also needs to be neutered, which works out great b/c we have lots of summer activities starting next Friday. Check back after our beach trip for more pics of Banjo and his official introduction to our family!

Kristan

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veggies and Memorial Day fun

We harvested the last of the cool weather veggies this morning.

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Check back soon for updates on our squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers.

Memorial Day was super relaxing. Samantha and I put on the pool uniform for the afternoon: sun hat + bikini.

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The kids played “water science” all afternoon today. And by all afternoon, I mean ALL afternoon. Think 6 hrs. Basically this “science” consisted of coloring water in bowls with markers and mixing them up in other containers.

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Now for our garden veggies in salad form. They were super yummy!

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back yard flowers

I am so happy with my back yard flowers! So many colors, and we still have others ready to bloom later in the summer. Check back in July and August for another flower photo collage πŸ™‚Β 

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the Barnett family going away party

We had the Barnett family going away until we travel to Belgium party tonight. Everyone had a blast. I am so glad that the kids have Noah and Sophie’s email addresses, and Christa’s blog will keep me up to date on their adventures. I will miss them tons. Here are some of the pics of our fun evening.

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2nd grade publishing party

Aidan’s class hosted a publishing party for parents this afternoon. Students were stationed around the room and read their “All About” books to parents. Aidan’s All About book was actually not about trains (gasp) but instead, volcanoes. It was really interesting, packed full of facts. Rahul and I both learned a few things πŸ™‚

Here is Christa (Noah’s mom) listening intently to Aidan’s book reading.

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And, because we won’t have many more photo opportunities of Aidan and Noah, here is a pic of the buddies at the end of the party.

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Speaking of parties, we are hosting a going away pool party for the Barnett family tomorrow. And, after reading Christa’s new blog about Belgium I am already planning our first visit. She has already picked out a lunch hang out place for us. I am thinking of it as the Belgium version of the General Store Cafe πŸ™‚

Kristan

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The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

By 8:30am I wanted to put this day in reverse and start over.

It all started with the upstairs toilet overflowing. Cleaning up poop-filled water from the floor with only a half of cup of coffee in your body should never happen.

At 7:20am Samantha decided she was going to wear her fancy high heels to school (and she knows these shoes areΒ  for home only). I spent the next 20mins explaining, yelling, ignoring her protest. When I was called the “mean parent” I called Rahul on speakerphone. He said no before I even explained the full situation. 7 yr olds should not go to school in 2 inch heels, especially since she can’t even really walk in them. While I was in the ignoring phase of this tantrum, I visualized her scooting down the halls of the school. Sigh. I got both kids to school at 7:56am. That is the closest to the tardy bell the Shimpi family has ever gotten.

What happened next was worst of all – we were called by the company that installed our pool letting us know we still needed a final inspection on the pool. When I called the Chatham Co inspections dept, I was told that all incomplete inspections from 2006-2012 were being pulled and ours was one of them. So, almost 3 years after we put in the pool we failed the inspection. The reason we failed is below –

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Apparently, field fencing with vines growing on it is not an acceptable pool barrier per NC code. After a few phone calls, we went from having to replace the fence by June 1st to the other option of paying a $50 re-inspection fee and replacing the fence within 365 days of the failed inspection. While I am not happy we have to replace the fence, I am glad we have a year to do it, especially since we just spent a ton of money on the workshop.

Tomorrow has to be a better day.

Kristan

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more Fireball antics

Fireball has really turned into quite the hunter these days. Today I found him trying to take on this little dude.

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After a quick Google search, I learned this little lizard is an anole. Fireball persisted, and as I left to go work out the lizard was hanging from FB’s nose with him swatting at lizard, shocked that he was so brave. I am not sure how it ended, but the anole (AKA bearded dragon) put up a good fight.

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Never a dull moment (especially for Fireball) on Wild Azalea Lane!

Kristan

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