Monthly Archives: May 2013

first swim meet

The kids had their first mock swim meet this afternoon. I like this idea, especially for new swimmers new to swim team. Swimmers swam free style and back stroke only (actually the only 2 strokes our kids know) and it was fun to watch them! Here are some videos of the fun.

Samantha’s freestyle. She earned 3rd place (unofficially since this was just a mock meet).

Samantha’s back stroke. 2nd place!

Aidan’s free style. 2nd place.

Aidan’s back stroke. 2nd place (sorry about the video on this one….my iPhone is super old and does not always work correctly).

Super proud of both kiddos since this is their first try with swim team.

Kristan

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Mtn getaway

The Beaulieu family invited us to their Mtn cabin in Banner Elk for the weekend. Here are just a few pics of our fun times!

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the best news ever!

We found out today that Aidan was offered admission to Carolina Friends School. To say we were all excited would be a gross understatement! His visit day was great. For more on that, click here. But we were not sure if there were any spots available in the Lower School. Here is Aidan when I told him the news.

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It feels great to know that his days of worksheet learning and EOGs are done. Meaningful learning, here we come!
We celebrated with dinner at Southern Rail in Carrboro. Aidan was fascinated with their collection of HO scale trains. Oh, and the food was good too (you actually eat in a train car).

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11 more days of 3rd grade. I can officially see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Kristan

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a special Tuesday

Rahul worked from home today, so we were able to get lunch and hang out some (such a fun treat at the beginning of the week!)

I did some work on the pool deck because it *finally* stopped raining mid morning. I put a towel down on my chair and then remembered I needed to shut the deck gate. When I returned for my seat, this is what I found.

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If she were not so damn cute, I would have booted her out my seat. Instead, I got another towel and sat in the seat next to my Smooch 🙂

Rahul and I took Smooch to lunch at Weaver Street Market. Now that soccer and GOTR practices are done, we will need to work harder to provide socialization activities for her. I could not believe how great she did at lunch! We took her for brunch a month ago, she did a good job, but today it was even easier. She just sat under the bench and watched everyone while we ate lunch. What a good girl (and even more of a reason to keep taking her out places!)

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Now for the most exciting news of the day – the first swim team practice for Samantha! I was a little worried because her swim school lessons were in a smaller pool, so she had never swam a full length of the pool. She was nervous, like she always is before a new activity, but she made a friend and was an AWESOME swimmer! She looked like she had been swimming her entire life – she swam freestyle and backstroke with ease (and most importantly, she had a big smile on her face the entire practice). Check out my special swimmer after practice:

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fly away chickens

The chickens have gotten braver about flying out of their designated area of the yard. Samantha tried giving them a talkin’ to, but that did not work.

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This is troublesome for 2 reasons (one more serious than the other):

1) Smooch can chase them and “play” with them.

2) They will poop everywhere.

I was trying to figure out how to keep them in their area and learned that you can clip one of their flying wings to keep them on the ground. Samantha and I read about how to do it, watched a youtube video and decided we could do it. Here is my future animal doctor after clipping one wing on each chicken (this makes flying hard because they are not balanced).

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It was surprisingly easy! I hope this helps with our flight problems.

Kristan

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Saturday activities

Like most of our Saturdays, this one was full of activities. Samantha and I headed to Archdale, NC for the GOTR 5K, while Aidan and Rahul went camping with the Cub Scouts. For more on the GOTR race fun, click here.

At the camping trip, Aidan graduated from the Bears and became a Webelos 1.

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Rahul was such a trooper about camping in the not so nice weather. The camp site shuts the gates at 9pm, so when it started pouring rain at 8pm they packed up and headed home for the comforts of a warm bed. At least the boys got in all the ceremonial activities before the rain started.

In other news, Banjo killed his first snake. A harmless garter snake, but this is a step up for him. He usually limits his kills to butterflies and moths.

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Great Friday

So, my friend Christa visited today while she is home from Belgium. Until I hugged her I did not realize how much I had missed her this year. Thankfully she will be home with her wonderful kids for the whole month of July. I cannot wait.

Samantha had a school play today as well. I signed both kids out after so they could hang out with Christa 🙂 I did videotape Samantha’s play but my iPhone video function has not been working well recently. Ugh. I did get this pic of Samantha and her friends in the Ice Cream truck prop she made for the play.

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She cracks me up these days….I only get “mom, I need cardboard, some poster board, and I have it under control.” I really have to just take her word for it. She wakes up at 6am and reads for 30 mins and does her spelling homework as well. She gets irritated if I try to check up on her. I guess I should be happy that she is so independent.

Lastly, our first pool party of the season. So much fun!

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