Monthly Archives: February 2013

new friend, an impromptu soccer drill, and a surprise!

A friend of mine connected me with her cousin that adopted from Guatemala. She is a part of a group of families from the Triangle that have adopted from Guatemala. We got together this afternoon and Samantha was really excited. She asked me on the way home from school – will she have brown skin like me? Will she have brown eyes like me? Will she have brown hair like me? She and Lucia hit it off immediately! I often feel guilty because we have so much more in terms of cultural connections for Aidan. I am so glad we have found this connection for her!

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Now for the soccer drill. Aidan has not had a lot of practices this spring because of all the rain we have been getting. Add in 4 new players to the team and the need for practice is even more important. One of the coaches sent an email asking for the boys to practice some drills for ball control. I have had the email posted on our reminder board for a week. Tonight Aidan created a drill series to practice ball control. Rahul and I were both impressed.

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And, last but not least, the surprise. Today I did my very first unassisted chin up! This is a big deal for a girl. It requires a lot of upper body strength. I am so proud.

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the new president and a funny story

Samantha is the new class president. Check it out –

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Students were asked to vote for someone who was a good leader and a good listener. I think they made a good choice 🙂
She showed me all the things she would do as a part of her responsibilities…very important!  Next step, the White House.

Now for a funny story….Ginny and I were in a K-1 combination class today for lesson 10 (More Than Me Problems). As we were starting the lesson, the asst principal announced that the school was having a Code Blue drill. The kids went right to the classroom bathroom as they had been instructed to do. I was a little reluctant….a tiny bathroom with 3 other teachers and 22 little kids? I could feel the germs flying around in our dark, confined space. The kids did their best to be quiet, but that is a big request to ask of 5-7 yr olds. At one point a kid passed gas, then I could hear the toilet seat being touched, oh and I got lots of legs hugs and squeezes. I did feel sorry for one student when he told his friends “shhh, this might not be a drill.” Poor thing, he obviously understood the real meaning of the drill. We spent about  20 minutes in the small, dark bathroom before reviewing with the kids the importance of being quiet and then starting our lesson. My friend Liz said between the well child check up at the pediatrician’s office and my 20 minutes in the bathroom I should be sick with something in a few days 🙂 So glad I love what I do….makes the germs worth it 🙂

Kristan

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Blue and Gold Banquet

The Cub Scouts Blue and Gold banquet was this weekend. I helped coordinate with 2 other moms. One task – mom and son cake bake. I realized as I was trying to figure out what to bake that I had never actually baked a cake before. I made tons of instant cheesecakes as a kid but I never recall baking a cake. When I shared this with Aidan, this was his reply – “so, you have never done this before. Wow, our cake is really going to suck.” Nice, huh? We were supposed to use blue and gold in our decorations. Check out what we made.

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I was on camera duty and learned a really important lesson… I need to sit down and read the  photography “how to” book that has been sitting on my desk since Christmas. Sigh. The lighting was not great, the spotlights on the speakers kept changing, and then I needed to shift to action shots. Here are a few of my good pics. Enjoy. It was a fun time for all the boys.

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Girl Rising

I got an email about the Girl Rising Documentary today. Check it out. Super important.
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Aidan has a soccer game in K-ville on March 10th, but I am committed to making it back to Chapel Hill to see the screening. I wish Samantha was a bit older so she could come with me.
Tickets went on sale today at Girl Rising Documentary  (http://gathr.us/screening/1471).
 
The screening of this must see – educational and powerful film — Girl Rising — will be at the Regal Timberlyne 6  at 5:00pm on Sunday, March 10th.  Tickets are $10.00 each.  The movie will begin promptly with a moderated discussion to follow.  The film tells the stories of 9 girls from around the world who face – and overcome – unbelievable obstacles on their path to the basic right to an education.
You can watch the trailer here: http://10x10act.org/girl-rising/.
We think this is a perfect opportunity to introduce this sensitive subject to both boys and girls — 6th grade and above. While addressed delicately, please be aware that topics related to human trafficking and rape are in the film so use your judgment about appropriateness for your children.  The film has been rated for ages 12 and up.  A knowledgeable facilitator, Leila Hessini, will lead a discussion after the film.  Here’s a little info about Leila:
Leila Hessini is Director of Community Mobilization and Youth Leadership at Ipas and board chair of the Global Fund for Women.  She has worked on women’s human rights issues – including girls’ and women’s education, empowerment and leadership – for over twenty years.   Leila’s global experience is informed by extensive residency in Egypt, Morocco, France and the United States and engagement with women’s human rights advocates in over 40 countries.  Leila serves as advisor to the Urgent Action Fund and to the Center for Women’s Leaderships’ 16th days of activism against gender-based violence.  She also serves on the board of the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights coordinated out of the Philippines.
 
In addition to the moderated discussion, we plan to provide any teacher interested with professionally developed curriculum which supports the film.  Both teachers from Smith and Phillips have expressed interest in the film.  Please plan to attend with your child(ren).   Our goal is to help spread a simple, critical truth: Educate Girls and you will Change the World.  Proceeds from ticket sales will help fund non-profit partners who operate girls’ education initiatives around the world.   Simply seeing the film has a direct impact on the lives of young women who don’t have access to education.

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sickness!

I am finally back on track. I had an appt with a pulmonologist a few weeks ago and was diagnosed with cough variant asthma. Turns out I have had it all my life. I have a couple of inhalers, one to use at the onset of a cold and another to use if I start coughing. Hopefully the sickness with cough that lingers for months is gone for good!

I am so glad to be better. Whew. Then Aidan woke up this morning with a high fever. He cried because he knew if he missed school it would end his 3 yr perfect attendance record. Poor guy. We took Samantha to school, I canceled my workout and my meeting with the Willow Oak curriculum person and had breakfast. Around 8:30am I got a call from the school that Samantha had thrown up. Ugh! So back to school we went to pick up a sick Samantha. She threw up a few more times during the day but perked up this evening.

I made arrangements to get Aidan’s classwork and homework so that he does not get behind. 3rd quarter grades were updated last night and it was the first time he did not have any missing or incomplete assignments. We need to keep this positive trend going!

Our house had trash cans around “just in case” and lots of crackers, Sprite and soup to eat.

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Hopefully the kids will be back on track soon. For now, I will be washing my hands a ton!

Kristan

 

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Sunday activities

We went out to lunch and then to see Escape from Planet Earth as a family today. Later on the kids had a double playdate with 2 of the Kurz kiddos. Samantha and Marissa fashioned bows. Check them out (and be afraid….I was!)

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Rahul has been reading the “Who Was….?” biography series with the kids. We went to Barnes and Noble and they were on sale – buy 2 get 1 free. It was hard for the kids to decide which ones to add to our collection. Rahul reads a chapter a night, and for that he is a rock star dad. Now that the kids can both read, it is easy to skip reading to them (especially on crazy busy days with tons of HW and after school activities).

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All the snow has melted and I am hoping for some warmer temps this week so the chickens can come out and do more back yard exploring!

Kristan

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surprise snow!

Samantha came downstairs this morning super happy….it was snowing. She went out in her robe to try and catch some snowflakes 🙂

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It snowed, snowed and snowed some more.  Since it was in the 60s yesterday, it all melted as soon as it hit the ground. As the day went on, the flakes got bigger and bigger. Aidan tried to catch some outside of Trader Joe’s.

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This was my kind of snow….pretty but nothing sticks!

Kristan

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