Monthly Archives: January 2014

dentist appt

The kids had their 6mo dental cleaning today. I found out what I have been expecting to hear for a while….Aidan needs braces. Apparently there are 2 phases, and phase 1 for some children starts before all the permanent teeth are in. I am guessing since Aidan’s teeth look like the ones in the picture below, phase 1 is needed:

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Phase 1 will be approximately one year, then we wait until all of his permanent teeth are in to see if phase 2 is needed.

Aidan is super excited about the idea of braces. Hoping that continues once we start the process next month 🙂

Kristan

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#tbt

In light of the recent snow, I thought a snowy throw back Thursday pic would be appropriate. Check out the kiddos during the snow of 2009. Could they be any cuter??

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The snow of 2014

Well, it finally started snowing last night. Predicted accumulation was 3-6 inches…we got a big fat one inch of snow. That did not stop the kids from enjoying every minute of it this morning. Samantha had snow cream for breakfast.

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Smooch had a snowy playdate with Chato, the neighbor’s dog.

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Smooch’s snow face….how cute is this?

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Sledding.

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And, when sledding no longer worked with our snow Aidan got creative. Those Southern children have to be persistent 🙂

 

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the snow that wasn’t to be…..

So, just like last week a “big” snow was supposed to come our way. It was supposed to start at noon. Samantha had an early release day from school and came home waiting for the big snow. I think we cursed the snow by purchasing a sled. It is a common Southern bad move as a parent….if you purchase anything for an upcoming snow that is actually snow-related (boots, sleds, vanilla extract for snow cream…damn, I had 2 strikes against me today!!!) then it will not snow.

Everywhere else around us got snow this afternoon. Here was poor Samantha waiting for snow with her shiny new sled.

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Sigh. As we wait and hope for some snow, I will post a quote from Thomas Wolfe that a fellow Southern friend posted on Facebook. “Snow in the South is wonderful. It has a kind of magic and mystery that it has nowhere else. And the reason for this is that it comes to people in the South not as the grim, unyielding tenant of Winter’s keep, but as a strange and wild visitor from the secret North.”

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funny Smooch pics

Just a couple of funny Smooch pics to share. We call her our 90lb toddler, still such a baby in so many ways. We love her, but she will definitely be our last “baby.”

Smooch with her Kiss Me stuffed animal.

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And today, I gave her a pear she was begging for. She is super oral and loves chewing on any and everything. Imagine my surprise when I busted her after digging a big ol’ hole for said pear.

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Right now we are in toddler mode…your best defense is a good offense (i.e., prevention is better than correction).

 

Kristan

 

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the crazy, busy weekend!

First, Aidan’s Pinewood Derby car. Check it out.

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Rahul was on call today (oh and tomorrow) but he was able to go to the Pinewood Derby Race with Aidan. For that I am grateful. Aidan went home with his friend CJ after the race. For that I am grateful for good friends 🙂 Aidan won his first 2 races, but lost his last race. Impressive car performance.

Samantha had a swim meet in Raleigh. This was her first swim meet swimming breaststroke. A super hard stroke where most swimmers get disqualified in their first meet. Samantha was paranoid about this…you get a yellow card from a judge indicating why you DQed. I am proud to report that she beat her freestyle and backstroke times and did not DQ on breaststroke!

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She won her heat for backstroke….which meant a snow cone!

For the second half of the day, Samantha went to work with me. She was excited about going to “college” until she realized at the mid-class break that we still had another hour and a half to go 🙂

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She was a good sport, but we were both super tired by the end of the day. Sunday will be more of the same, but not a full day. Wish us luck!

Kristan

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special day

Today Rahul and I have officially been married for 11 years (for those that do not know, we eloped on my 30th birthday). So, I turned 41 as well. I love Rahul more each and every day. I cannot imagine my life without him.

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I was greeted with tons of homemade gifts from Samantha this morning, and Aidan said he would volunteer to do the morning calendar in Spanish as a gift for me. This has been hard for him since his classmates have been taking Spanish since preschool and know more than he does. When I picked him up today, his teacher said “happy birthday, Aidan did the calendar today!” Best gift ever…..other than a fried green tomato, pimento cheese sandwich from Tyler’s.

 

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