Monthly Archives: February 2014

a day in a mom’s life

Rahul and I have been planning tonight’s date night for months. For folks that know us well, we do not do weekday date nights hardly ever. With work, school, and after school commitments it is just too hard to do. But Alton Brown from the Food Network was at the DPAC tonight, so we took a chance that we could a) see the show and (gasp) b) have dinner with friends beforehand. I had the babysitter coordinated, Samantha was going home with a friend after school, and Aidan’s braces consultation was only supposed to take an hour max. The first problem in our plan – Samantha’s friend did not come to school because she was sick. At this point, I was still convinced that it would all work out. I signed Samantha up for drop in after school care and took Aidan to his braces consultation. After school at a dentist office is not a speedy place to be. Plus, Aidan (and mom) had questions about this whole phase one braces process and I wanted Aidan to feel comfortable with what is going to happen with his teeth for the next 12 months. Then there was the contract and payment plan process, oh and our dentist goes to Saint Thomas More so she wanted an update on Samantha’s Rite of Acceptance. All to say, we left the dentist consultation almost an hour after we expected to. I called Rahul knowing there was no way I could get Samantha, the sitter, and to Durham before dinner/the show.

I took a deep breath in when I realized things were not going to work out. Braces are important and Samantha’s friends get sick. It is what it is. What made it all laughable was the dance party I had with Samantha and Smooch after dinner. My side *really* hurt afterwards.

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I also left a note for Rahul with the lunch I packed for him….we need to schedule a *weekend* date night soon!

Kristan

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weekend round up

I finished my spring course today, and in some ways I am relieved. Teaching non-traditional students is very different than graduate students. I had a small group of students who consistently showed up to class late, turned in assignments late, rolled their eyes during lecture, and in other ways just behaved in an uneducated and disrespectful manner. It makes me sad because most are already teachers. The majority of the students, however, were great to work with, but that small group can make a lot of noise when they want to.

So, once I finish grading final exams, I will have a break and will *finally* take some time to read this book (it has been on my to read list for over a year!!!)

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I am determined to learn how to use those complicated settings myself instead of relying on Rahul to help me do it. I know I can become a *real* photographer!

Samantha has expressed some interest in blogging, and so after some discussion we have decided to allow her to have her own blog, as long as it is set as private and only folks with a formal invite can view it. Be on the lookout for an invite to her blog soon.

The title: Samanthapuglove.wordpress.com

She is my mini me 🙂
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Last but not least, Aidan had his Blue and Gold Cub Scout banquet tonight. He is officially a Webelo!

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some updates

I had Aidan’s mid-year parent/teacher conference today. Wow, I continue to be impressed with his teacher and Carolina Friends School. He is doing amazing work, and his teacher’s ability to know so much about him is fascinating. I honestly felt like I learned more about Aidan at school during this one 30min meeting than I did in all of 3rd grade. One area that Aidan does need to improve on is self-advocacy. So, contributing in class and seeking out teacher help when needed. I think this has been hard for him because of the expectations in public school. If he went to a teacher during recess to help solve a conflict in public school, he would have been told to leave them alone. And, if he knew the answer, just write it down because that was what was expected. No more. I hope this makes sense…just a totally different learning environment. Aidan’s strongest academic area is reading, and he does have some splinter skills in math, so we are going to work on that at home and during the summer so that he is prepared for middle school in the fall. It is such a relief to know that he is both supported for who he is, but also challenged to work at a higher level because his teacher knows that he can.

One more Carolina Friends update – art and music have been combined for a unit over the last 3 weeks. Click here for a link that has an overview of what students learned and a video of students in action!

Tonight is the big game between DOOK and Carolina. Samantha got out all of her gear in preparation. Guess who is also a Carolina fan?

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And, for different reasons Rahul and I both decided on no screen time for kids after 7pm. Tonight was the first night. I found them playing some card game…totally worth it!

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Last but not least, click here for some updates on Girls TALK!

Kristan

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Happy Commerical Love Day

Sorry, I am late. The snow and unexpected work for the weekend has gotten me behind with my V Day post. As most of you know, we do not put a lot of importance on Commercial Love Day. At our house we try to show how much we love each other on more than just one day a year 🙂

I did get Samantha some love tokens and one went to our sweet Fireball.

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snow day 3

Today I got to do what I LOVE to do more than just about anything in this world. Here I am on the hill at Stonehill in Highland Forest.

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Check out my pics from today. Needless to say, I had a blast (oh, and so did everyone else…haha).

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snow day 2

Check out our snow ruler on day 2 of snow!

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More sledding fun for us…. and some racing. First mom vs Aidan.

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Aidan vs Sam –

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Samantha decided to do some tricks on our boogie board 🙂

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Then something really cool happened. A woman approached me asking if I was Aidan and Samantha’s mom. She was a reporter from WUNC radio and wanted to interview them about their fun snow days. Their segment was going to be sometime during the All Things Considered show that airs from 4-6pm daily. After listening for 1.5 hours, it was finally their time. I tried to record the audio with my phone but was not fast enough to get it 😦  The basic rundown was the reporter asking Samantha if she liked being out of school for snow days. She said she liked the snow but also really liked her school and that she was having fun “ice sledding.” Aidan said he still had some homework to complete and when the reporter asked if his mom would make sure that he did his homework he said “absolutely.”  She also asked me if I had to take off work this week and if it was hard to balance work and family commitments on snow days. Apparently my responses were not newsworthy because I did not make the broadcast 😦 Anyway, neat experience!

Then something really uncool happened…..we lost power. We were prepared with a tub full of water (remember we are on a well, so no potty flushes when the power goes out) but not so much in terms of non perishable foods to eat. Rahul braved the roads for a grocery trip for food to grill (what an awesome dad!!) I am proud that I survived yesterday afternoon, not only without my precious Starbucks, but also NO COFFEE at all.

Power was back on later in the afternoon (whew) and we had tasty grilled steak and veggies for dinner.

Day 3 will be another fun day of sledding. Check back for more pics!

Kristan

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the big snow!

Wow, yesterday’s snow was no joke. I am so glad Rahul was home since many, many, many folks got stuck in the snow trying to get home. We did take a trip to the neighborhood next to us for some sledding fun.

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Samantha and I kept track of the accumulation with Aidan’s school ruler.

Our first measurement was at 4pm.

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Our next measurement around 5pm.

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Smooch trying to catch snowflakes 🙂

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Fireball was *not* a fan of the white stuff 🙂

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More about day 2 in a bit!

Kristan

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