Monthly Archives: June 2012

camp week 1

Week of summer camp was a hit!

Aidan came home with a Jrย Palaeontology kit. It was actually really neat. He had to chisel away the rock to get to the dinosaur bones. He was quick to add that he needed to wear his safety goggles ๐Ÿ™‚ Today his camp took a field trip to the Museum of Natural Sciences…fun!

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Samantha LOVED Color Magic. She came home with so much art today. It was super cute to listen to her tell *all* the details about each piece. Here is my favorite: a self portrait with a snazzy Color Magic t-shirt.

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Next week we have a break from all summer activities….I think we need it after our super, busy start to the summer. The week of July 9th, Aidan is doing Total Soccer Experience and Samantha Down on the Farm (complete with 2 field trips to local farms). I wish I could go to camp!

On another note, It is really hot here right now. Today’s temps were over 100 degrees.ย  Along with a dip in the shady pool, the kids feasted on some yummy watermelon.

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Tomorrow is a special day…we get Banjo! Crossing my fingers he has a smooth transition to our family.

Kristan

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The Barred Owl

I heard a strange bird sound last night. I went in search of it and found a Barred Owl. Tonight Samantha and I went to get the mail (delivery is now close to 6pm each day…sheeesh!) and heard the same strange sounds again. As we were walking down the driveway, we looked up and saw this guy.

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There was another Barred Owl, and Samantha kept saying “maybe they are going to mate!” I asked what that meant and she said “you know, lay eggs.” I returned to taking pictures at that point.

They hunt at dawn and dusk, so I am guessing this guy was looking for some dinner. They nest in old hawk’s nests, which are plentiful in our woods. I do love living in the woods. Even going to the mailbox is interesting ๐Ÿ™‚

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well hello there….

…Mr. Watermelon!

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I cannot wait for you to get much bigger so we can eat you up!

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camp, a hair cut, and a surprise

The kids are doing summer camp at Woods Charter School this summer. They have so many fun options for kids with all different kinds of interests. This week Aidan is doing the Dig This! archaeology camp, and Samantha is doing Color Magic. The instructions said that if students attending Dig This! were staying for an afternoon camp session that a second set of clothes would be needed. These were Aidan’s clothes after the am session so those instructions were right on ๐Ÿ™‚

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I was SUPER proud of Samantha today. She is really reluctant to do new things, so going to camp where she will meet all new people is really hard for her. She came downstairs with a piece of her Guatemalan baby blanket and asked if she could take it with her to camp. She was a little worried because her blue shorts (had to wear blue on blue color day) did not have pockets. I safety pinned the tiny piece of blanket to her shorts and she was good to go.

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I think it helps that these camps are more structured than Camp Clearwater (i.e., she knew exactly where to go as soon as she walked into the school, and activities were with small groups all morning).

After camp Aidan had a Dr appt and then we went for a much needed hair cut. A lot of his friends have “faux hawks” (AKA fake mow hawks). He has been asking for one for a while, well he really wants a mow hawk, but Rahul and I were a definite no on that. I finally caved and let him get a faux hawk today thinking it is not permanent. He was sooo excited, and had the stylist show him how to make it with gel. Since we have no hair gel at our house, we had to get some for him. An almost 9 yr old with hair gel….sigh. Check out the faux hawk:

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After dinner the kids said they had a surprise for us. When we went upstairs, Samantha gave us admission tickets to her room. It was a rock performance. We got t-shirts, sea shells, and autographs ๐Ÿ™‚

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Summer, summer, summer fun!

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back home

Today I fell back in love with our home. I will admit I was lured by the idea of living at the beach. I think Rahul and I both think the “grass is greener” when we are at the beach. But, I realized this afternoon that our house is our home…for life. And, for silly reasons that I will share now ๐Ÿ™‚

Samantha and I went out to get the car washed (goodbye beach sand!) and came across this guy trying to have lunch.

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At first I explained that this was nature’s food chain, but then we saw the toad croaking. This prompted me to get a stick and rescue the toad from the harmless garter snake. He was harmless, but quite big for a garter snake. The toad made a quick getaway, which made Samantha happy.

Another good find today – some early girl tomatoes were ready to eat!

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We had to fight Samantha for some of these at dinner.

A really big garden surprise – the watermelon. Check out out vine with lots of flowers (the vine is very large, taking up 4 squares of our garden).

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Now for the back yard…I do not think I have posted about our pool fence issues, maybe another day. But, we need to re-fence our back yard and Rahul and I have been thinking about options. We are thinking we want to do a privacy fence since we do not need the fence for pet containment only. Here is what we are liking right now:

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It would give us privacy (meet pool code) but still allow air in our back yard. We will pull the fenced in area closer and are excited about the landscaping options ahead!)
Overall, a great day. Glad to be home.

Kristan

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one last fishing trip

We headed out this morning for one more hour of fishing. Guess who finally caught a fish?

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Rahul even finally wanted to try. It was super hard to leave this beautiful place today….sigh.

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Some good news about being home: Banjo is coming home next Saturday! Here is an updated pic of him. According to his foster mom, he is the sweetest and most affectionate of the litter of 5 ๐Ÿ™‚

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last day at the beach

What a great last day at the beach! I went fishing around 6:30am and caught this little guy.

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Kevin told me he was a pin fish. Big guy, huh?

Check out the sky this morning during surf camp. Man, I will miss seeing this next week.

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Samantha and her friend Lilly played together almost the entire day. We had fun hanging out with their family too. And, the best news: Lilly and Samantha are going to be pen pals ๐Ÿ™‚

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After the traditional last day at the beach dinner at Oceanic, we went out for one last fishing trip. Look who caught a spot fish!

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Another super big fish ๐Ÿ™‚

Sad to be heading home tomorrow, but anxious to see FB and George.

Kristan – the girl who wants to call Wilmington home…..

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