Monthly Archives: September 2012

Saturday soccer

Today’s travel soccer games were in Wilson, NC. It was cold and rainy, but we tried to have a good attitude. The boys played at 2pm and 4pm. The girls at 3pm and 6pm.

The first boys game was fabulous. 110% improvement from their first games a few weeks ago. I was so proud of how much progress they have made in such a short time! Here is Aidan getting some tips from Coach Steve.

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One of the girls played in the boys first game, and she is also doing Girls On The Run with me. Meghan was a damn good goalie for that first game. Oh, and she got her first goal of the season in the final girls game.

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By the second boys game it was raining steadily. Poor Samantha was a good sport (and had no friend to play with today). Check out her rain set up:

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For the second game, the coach made Aidan one of the team captains. We were super proud!

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Now for a few action shots. Keep in mind I broke our good action shot camera last week at my GOTR practice, so all I had today was our small camera.

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Now, after the game we decided to treat ourselves with some Eastern NC BBQ. We drove all this way, why not?

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We had BBQ, fried chicken, okra, green beans, biscuits, and of course sweet tea and banana pudding! The cultural aspect of having dinner in Wilson was very interesting. We ate in the buffet part of the restaurant which had long tables. As soon as we entered the restaurant I noticed that people with different color skin sat at different tables. No joke, in 2012. We did get some stares from older patrons, which does not happen where we live. We proudly sat at the same table and enjoyed some good Southern food. We like to think we brought some culture to Wilson tonight 🙂

Kristan

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progress reports

The kids got their first progress reports of the school year yesterday. This was big for Aidan since this is the first time he gets letter grades. The work that has come home has been good, but not sure about all of his classwork. Students were also asked to do a self-report card. Check out Aidan’s:

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Not sure how accurate the behavior part is…always good behavior, always listen to the teacher? Maybe he thinks if he writes it out, it will be true…haha

His actual progress report was close to his report – 3 As and 1 B. I emailed his teacher to ask about the B in Language Arts, not because I am the kind of mom that does not think a B is a good grade, but because I am the kind of mom that knows Aidan and students like Aidan. I know writing is difficult for him, and his handwriting when he does not really try is horrible. To my surprise, both of these areas are fine for Aidan. He made a 7/11 on one quiz and that pulled down his Language Arts grade because they do not have a lot of grades recorded right now. Also noteworthy, his behavior and work habits section. The only comment made was staying on task was checked as fine but “usually” written next to it. At our house we call this an exceptional first report for 3rd grade.

Now for Samantha. I am sure readers will be shocked to hear that she has no areas that need improvement, is reading on a 3rd/4th grade level, and is reported to be a great asset to the classroom. Samantha was born to do school! She told me yesterday that we did her homework assignment incorrectly (directions were not that clear, so I used my best guess to figure out what to do). Before she was even asked, she corrected the assignment (and also showed me the right way to do it).

So, all in all, 2 happy parents and 2 smart kiddos 🙂

Kristan

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Aidan’s new friend

Aidan has been asking to have a playdate with his new soccer buddy, Angel. Today was an early release day from school, so I planned it with her mom. Aidan had a blast, and was an amazing host. He let Angel pick the afternoon snack at the grocery store, showed her all of his trains (and she was actually interested in all of them!), gave her his juice box when hers was empty, let her borrow some of his soccer shorts for the Girls On The Run practice….I could keep going. Angel is a great friend for Aidan. She loves sports, has endless amounts of energy, and is a super great listener. What more could you want in a friend?

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Raingutter Regatta

Tonight was the Raingutter Regatta, the first Bear activity for Aidan. For those not familiar with all things Cub Scouts (like me), this is pretty much the sailboat equivalent of the pinewood derby race car event. For more information, click here. Rahul and Aidan have been working hard on his boat, and tonight was the race.

Check out Aidan and his boat!

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Because Samantha is friends with so many siblings of Aidan’s friends, she begged to go. Little Miss Social had fun too 🙂

Kristan

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yard work

I was finally able to get out in the yard and do some yard work. Our crazy extra curricular activity schedule plus lots of rain has kept me from working in the yard the past few weeks.

Aidan volunteered to help me rake the leaf piles I started a while ago, quickly asking if it would earn him bonus allowance. Sigh, help is help, right?

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Rahul also helped rake leaves, even on call. Raking leaves with a pager in his pocket. Just another reason he is a keeper 🙂

Aidan found 6 snakes while raking. Don’t worry, all good snakes. Here is one.

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With the lawn mowed and leaves raked, it was time to start putting out grass seed and thinking about landscaping options. Aidan and I went to Lowes and got 10 bags of garden soil to help out our back yard clay and some shade grass seed. I used my favorite garden tool, the garden weasel, to till up the soil.

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Samantha was home from her marathon playdate/sleepover with Lucy by now, so she put out grass seed after I tilled up the soil. We did a pretty good section in front of the workshop area as a test run. If we cannot get grass to grow in this area, the other areas we have been considering will definitely not work.

So, seed out, soil spread, everything watered, and now we wait. Oh, and Nana sent me a list of shady plants that can be planted in the fall, so I need to get started looking into those tonight.

I am the happiest girl while digging in the dirt 🙂

Kristan

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the high dive

We went to the Heritage Hills pool with Lucy today. This is the last weekend the pool will be open. Samantha was determined to jump off the high dive, and had been working up the nerve to do it all summer. Aidan on the other hand goes off in multiple ways – the regular dive, the painful belly flop, the cannonball….I could go on.

So, here it is….Samantha’s first attempt off the high dive!

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Fall on Wild Azalea Lane

I snapped a few pics this afternoon. All signal that fall is here…. writing spider (with his prey), turtlehead, camelia, and pineapple sage.

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