Monthly Archives: July 2013

Banjo vs the black snake

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We rescued the black snake from Banjo. Come on, something has to help Fireball kill all the moles and voles that make tunnels in my precious green grass! And, as long as they leave the chickens and eggs alone they are welcome in our yard. Sorry Banjo.

Kristan

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weekend updates

The kids got a surprise in the mail yesterday….their NCAC swim team suits. Check them out.

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Rahul and I worked on our new fire pit area in the front yard this morning. For more about this new project idea, click here.

We chopped down 3 more trees and cleared out the debris. Here is the area right now.

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Like the little path I made?

We have been looking online to figure out what we want the fire pit area to look like and have decided on pea gravel.  Like this look?

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Now for the fire pit. We are liking this one.

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What do you think? Once the side wooded area is re-graded so that the water drains *away* from the house vs creating a little pond next to our house, we will actually be able to enjoy hanging out in the front woods.

Check back for updates on our newest project.

Kristan

 

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Guess whose birthday it is?

George is 13 years old today. Wow, time sure does fly. I can still remember the day I brought him home. He celebrated with some of his favorite wet dog food (Cesar) this morning. He might be an old man, but he still jumps up and down every morning for his Cesar 🙂   

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puppy camp

I came to the realization yesterday that I have failed miserably with the job of training our puppy. It is not from a lack of effort, believe me. For 5 months, I have worked diligently to try and house train Smooch. Other areas I have completely failed at: getting her to leave the cats alone and stop eating her poop. My breaking point was while in the shower yesterday. With no warning at all, Smooch pooped and peed. I had to get out of the shower, soap still on me to prevent her from eating her poop. I lost it, and I am not proud of myself. Keep in mind yesterday was Wednesday so Rahul was working at home. I could hear the “I told you so’s” before he even said them. Sigh. He did not want the dog, Samantha and I did.

After I finished my shower and regrouped, I decided we needed some professional help (please do not laugh). I called Hook’s K9 Training and signed Smooch up for puppy boot camp which will overlap with our upcoming beach trip.

Surely, surgery and boot camp will help our issues. For those that pray, please keep us in your prayers. It has been a long 5 months of training. And, I was reminded once again that there was definitely a higher power that put Aidan Tilak in our family. That peaceful little guy helped 2 frustrated and hot headed parents work out a plan without resorting to violence 🙂

Kristan

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Samantha is a vegetarian

It happened a few weeks ago, of course when I had a rotisserie chicken prepared for dinner. Sigh. We are meat eaters as a family, but this was not a shock for us. Samantha has always preferred fruits and veggies, but with no meat we worried about her protein intake.

After a chat with the pediatrician and the fact that she will still eat fish and animal products (i.e., eggs), we decided she could give it a go.

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We switched her yogurt to greek yogurt and as pictured above added a snack of edamame.

She has been really into it and really wants to not eat meat. I think it is because of our chickens. She loves her pets and cannot imagine eating them. I do love that thoughtful gal…but will still be a meat eater.

Kristan

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summer Sunday

Look what I found in the garden today. Finally, one of the red peppers is turning red! Good old fashioned summer sunshine. Maybe the tomatoes will be next 🙂

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Swim team pics were tonight. The kids were super excited to get their medals.

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Champs

Today was the Chapel Hill Summer Swim League championship meet at the Koury Natatorium. All 8 swim leagues participated and the kiddos were super excited. (They will be swimming year round starting at the end of August with NCAC at the Koury Natatorium).

A seed time is submitted for each swimmer. This is the swimmer’s fastest time in previous meets. I am proud to report that both kiddos earned personal-best times for freestyle and backstroke! Here is the breakdown (keep in mind, they had very few practices this summer with vacations, rainy weather and overlapping camp schedules. We will plan better next summer).

Samantha – she was the most proud of her freestyle dive. Not a belly flop 🙂

freestyle: seed time 28.13, final race time 27.18 (.95 sec difference)

backstroke: seed time 31.05, final race time 28.34 (2.71 sec difference)

And she earned Heat Winner for backstroke!

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Aidan –

freestyle: seed time 22.71, final race time 21.51 (1.26  sec difference)

backstroke: seed time 29.65, final race time 27.63 (1.72 sec difference)

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Aidan even asked to work on his stroke after his last race. These kids definitely have the racing bug! I cannot wait until they learn breaststroke and butterfly.

I promised a special lunch if they were cooperative this morning. We had warm ups starting at 6:45am. YUCK. But even morning grumps Aidan kept his end of the bargain. Samantha asked if it was still the middle of the night when she came downstairs for breakfast. Hahaha.

How awesome that we have found an activity that both kiddos love (and are good at!) I call that winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Kristan

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