Monthly Archives: April 2014

The first “life talk”

Yesterday was a big day for the 4th year students in the Lower School. They had their first “life talk.” Parents were informed ahead of time, so I was ready for the discussion on the way home…at least I thought I was ready. I won’t share the entire discussion here, but I will say that Aidan’s description was 100% accurate and very detailed. Here is some of our conversation.

Aidan: So mom, we learned about *it* today.

Me: What is *it.”

Aidan: You know….s–x. Do you know how it works?

Me: What did your teacher tell you about it.

Aidan: Very detailed explanation around the fact that it can be done to make a baby or for fun (certain things are needed if just for fun….oh my). But “I am never doing that for fun or to make a baby. It is totally gross.”

His teacher did read this book, complete with illustrations.

ImageAidan asked for a copy of this book, but said that Samantha should not read it until she is in 4th grade.

Gone are the days that the book Are You There God, It Is Me Margaret being placed on the bed suffices as “the talk.” This parenting gig is no joke!

All jokes aside, I am glad that he has accurate information and feels comfortable talking about *it* with me. I did say that if he should ever change his mind and no longer thinks *it* is gross, we can talk about it more.

Kristan

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Stone Mtn camping trip

This weekend our family went on our first ever 2 night camping trip! Stone Mtn, the waterfalls, hanging out with friends was amazing. We hiked the mountain loop on Saturday (2.5 miles) and up to the mountain summit on Sunday (3.4 miles). Here are some pics of our super fun weekend. Already planning our next trip!!!!

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Easter 2014

Egg hunt, a visit to Duke Gardens and an early b-day celebration….whew, what a day!

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Aidan’s friend

Aidan has made a wonderful best friend this school year. It all started from a conversation with a friend at swim team practice last spring. When I shared that Aidan was going to Carolina Friends school, she asked if we knew the Brothers family that lives in Highland Forest. I knew “of” Mark (the dad) because he was president of the PHS PTA one year, so I emailed him asking if he would like to carpool. Not only do we have a great carpool arrangement, but we also made some amazing friends. Best of all, Aidan and Sam. Here they are at the Brothers’ house last night.

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early b-day gift

Samantha asked to take over the vegetable gardens for her birthday….really! She has always helped in the gardens, but to be in charge…what a big request. I happily obliged and said that I would be available to help anytime she needed me 🙂

First up, a personalized garden sign.

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2 new raised beds, now filled with tons of soil and new veggie plants. This girl is definitely my daughter…..

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time to plant perennials

I made a quick trip to the Home Depot today for some new perennials for the back yard. My first pick – Clementine Rose.

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Next up, Pincushion Flower.

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And, some ol’ standbys like hostas, salvia, and clematis. It felt good to dig in the dirt after the last few days of weeding and adding dirt to vegetable beds. I am determined that I will stay ahead of the gardening this spring (folks might remember last spring was spent trying to unsuccessfully train a big puppy named Smooch). What a difference a year makes!

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Her words….63 degrees did not seem like it would be that cold…..hahaha.

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