Monthly Archives: July 2012

Samuel’s birthday party

Samuel’s 6th birthday party was yesterday. It was at his Mimi’s house, complete with slip and slide water fun and a Magician. Samantha sat off to the side by herself for the magician show, and at first I thought she was just being shy around kids she did not know. Later on she came and asked to sit in my lap and whispered “I do not think it is really magic, how does he do it?” I told her to watch his hands and she would figure it out. One trick later she was whispering in my ear his strategy. It was only then that I realized the magician said for the kids to sit in front of him not look behind his curtain. My little non-trusting lady was not being shy, she just wanted to figure it out 🙂
Aidan on the other hand offered funny commentary during the show. When the magician asked what colors he had, this was Aidan’s reply: “well, you have 2 primary colors and 1 secondary color.” Smarty pants 🙂

Samantha was excited about the balloons the magician made for each party goer. She chose a monkey on a tree. Check it out:

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The slip and slide was a hit with everyone.

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summer soccer and grilling

For those that do not know, Aidan tried out for the CSL travel soccer team in the spring. He made the team, but for the longest time there was no one willing to coach and it was questionable that there would be enough players for a team. For these reasons, we held off on telling him. The first practice was a few weeks ago, so we decided to tell Aidan and let him check it out (and yes, there are enough players and 2 coaches now).

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Aidan getting a high five from Coach Frank 🙂

We are still learning about this higher level of play soccer stuff. This is what we know so far: kids start off playing rec soccer (what Aidan has played for 2 yrs) then move up to Academy, followed by Challenge. Academy focuses on skill development and Challenge is more competitive. So, this fall Aidan would be on an Academy team.

The practices are 1 1/2 hrs, so 30 mins longer than rec practice, which can be tough in the July heat, but Aidan has done really well in both practices. I could tell he was still not 100% better from his cold yesterday, but he never complained. What both Rahul and I have both noticed is that Aidan seems more serious about the game at these practices. During rec practices, I sometimes had to remind him not to get silly and goof off. I have always said that Aidan goes wherever the bar is set, which can be a bit frustrating as his mom. But, it is good to know that if the bar is set high, Aidan will too.

The biggest drawback of Academy soccer is that practices and games might overlap with Cub Scouts, which means Aidan could not do both. Unfortunately, we will not know practice and game schedules until closer to the start of the school year. So for now, Aidan will keep on going to the summer practices. Be on the look out for an update in late August.

Now for other summer news. Check out what Samantha picked from the garden yesterday.

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I invited the Aguiar family over for dinner and actually used the grill all by myself (Rahul is in NYC for the weekend). Michelle sent out a plea for help in decorating their cow for the NC Cow Parade (click here for more info) but seeing as how I cannot even figure out the American Girl knitting kit for girls ages 6 and up, I was not sure how helpful I would be. Instead, I offered to feed them dinner 🙂

Check out my burgers and squash:

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We divided up the GIANT watermelon (haha) and each kid got a few bites. It was small, but super sweet and tasty.

Kristan

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the end of camps and a sleepover

Camps ended today. Aidan was not able to make it the last day because he was sick (something that very rarely happens). To make it even worse, he had asked a friend from camp over for a playdate which had to be rescheduled. I got him spicy Chinese take out, hot and sour soup, and Sprite for lunch which helped cheer him up.

Samantha came home with all kinds of goodies from Writer’s Workshop and Crochet and Knitting camps. Here are 2 of my favorites: a writing scroll and a crochet gift only for mom 🙂
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Samantha had a sleepover planned, and because Aidan felt better by the end of the day, it went on as planned. Lucy and Samantha have so much in common. They bonded over their mutual love of *only* cheese pizza…haha

After swimming and dinner, they settled down to watch a girly movie. Here was the conversation –

Samantha: Lucy, where did you get that snuggie? Lucy: Justice, you know the store for girls. Samantha: I keep hearing about Justice. Me: who wants to watch the movie? Dang Lucy and her older sibling. I want 1 more year of Target and Old Navy!
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For readers not familiar with snuggies or Justice, I will elaborate. Snuggies are blanket-type shirts you wrap yourself up in. Justice is a tween store at the mall. Samantha keeps mentioning it, and I keep distracting her for as long as I can. A lot of the clothes (not the snuggies) are a little too provocative for young girls. I want to delay this as long as possible. I think my movie distraction did it tonight….score one more for mom!
As I type, the girls are doing a “spa treatment.” The Shimpi Spa is the hottest place in town for a pedicure for those 8 and under 🙂
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Aidan and I are winding down the evening by watching the Turtleman….haha. We both love random, extreme animal shows 🙂
Lucy came down after Samantha went to bed. It turns out she loves the Turtleman. Aidan is officially in love.

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garden update and Ninjas

We planted a few new things in the garden this summer. 2 that are doing well: jalapenos and watermelon. We had some cheesy grilled jalapenos at a cook out recently and want to try out the recipe for ourselves. Just a little bit longer.

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Camps continue to be a hit with the kids. Samantha is saving her knitting project to show us on Friday, but from what I have seen she can really knit!

I am sure it is not surprising that Aidan loves Ninja camp. He put together this costume this afternoon.

And by bedtime, he had recruited his sister to learn the ways of the Ninja.

If anyone wants 2 Ninjas that do not want to go to bed, give me a call 🙂

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the very bad storm

We had a really bad thunderstorm this afternoon, lots of wind and rain, and falling tree branches.

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Yes, that is a tree branch. Yes, it punctured the workshop roof overhang. Sigh. Our beautiful new workshop. We need to figure out how to patch it until we can get it repaired. I guess better the overhang than the workshop….or the pool liner. Living in the woods can be rough sometimes.

Kristan

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first ever European vacation!

I have been talking with our friend Christa about making a trip to visit them. We have decided a spring break trip will work. So, the week of March 25th the Shimpi family will be taking our first ever European vacation to…

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Now, it will be great to see the Barnett family and have them show us around Belgium, but there is more. Christa, because she is the greatest friend in the world, offered to keep the kids for a few days so Rahul and I can go to….

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Yes, Paris!! Of course Rahul has been to Paris, he has been most everywhere, but this will be my first trip. I cannot imagine a better way to spend spring break 2013 – good friends and good travels!

Kristan

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patio landscaping

Samantha and I were looking for places to put the chicken coop over the weekend (Rahul was initially against it being in the back yard since we will be landscaping and making it a *real* back yard once the new fence goes up). She suggested the patio area next to the house, which seemed like a good idea (shade from the trees, out of the fence like Rahul wants, plenty of room, etc). But as I looked at this area, I realized how we had neglected it over the years. I decided on my way home from working out this morning that I needed to freshen it up. And, yes I know I should have been using my time while the kids are at camp to work on my book, but my green thumb was calling to me 🙂

Here is the before pic:

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And the after pic:

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I found this frog in the leaves while mulching. I remember him from years ago. Still makes me smile.

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I wanted some plants around the patio, but what to plant that will grow in the shade and deer will not eat? Solution: wild ferns from the woods!

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Now for the best part. This owl bird feeder was on sale at the Ace hardware. I just had to get him. Pretty fancy, huh?
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It was hot and humid. I got really dirty and was happy the entire time.

Kristan

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