Monthly Archives: June 2014

week one update of the Wal-Mart challenge

It turns out that I only needed one week with my challenge to see some BIG savings. I averaged a savings of $10-$15/day. The biggest surprises? Dog food and contacts cleaner. Dog food was $5.52 MORE at the Harris Teeter. Renu $5.61 MORE.

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We could save almost $5000/yr by purchasing most of our groceries at Wal-Mart. Completely shocked. That is 2 weeks at the beach (and some!).

It was interesting the items that they do not have at the Wal-Mart, and what was more expensive. Not a pleasant experience to shop there (Aidan witnessed a mom spanking her 2 yr old there), but for $5000 a year, we will suck it up for the savings!

Kristan

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back home!

My sweet kiddos are back home!

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This was the dialogue with Aidan when he got home…. Mom, I really missed you but you are probably going to kill me. Me – why my son? Aidan: I had 2 Sprites every day at Mema and PPops house. Sigh. Back to normal for these two 🙂

Now for my weekend project. I started working on cleaning out the attics. I am known for hiding junk. If others cannot see it, it does not exist. Think boxes from Christmas gifts, lego boxes, old toys, oh and 3 bags of Aidan’s 3rd grade worksheets.

Check out my work so far.

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Lots more to be done, but this was a good first step!

Kristan

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end of the week

Yesterday Ginny and I did some great planning for the Girls TALK summer program. Click here for updates. Today Rahul and I went fishing, took a FAT nap, did some chores around the house, then headed out for our last date night.

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Earlier our hawk came back for a visit and I got some serious close up shots. Check them out.

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Cannot wait for the kiddos to come home tomorrow!

Kristan

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Thurs with no kids

My day started with my annual mammogram. It is a pain, but Wake Radiology makes it super easy. With that done, I headed to Winston Salem to have lunch with the Jones girls.

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I have not seen these gals in WAY too long. It was great to catch up. Part of me cannot believe that Mel and I are moms…and Lynn is a *gasp* grandma. I still sometimes still feel like that teenager hanging out in Melanie’s basement (where all the kids hung out as teens). So many memories….

Kristan

 

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The hawk debate

Rahul and I were having a quiet dinner with the kiddos at their grandparents last night….until this big guy came swooping down from the sky to pay us a visit.
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We knew it was a hawk, but what kind? I guessed broad-winged hawk, but my birding friend Andy said that was a good guess, but they only pass through this area during migration. His guess? Red-shouldered hawk.

Regardless, it was a beauty (but we did bring the kittie cats inside just in case it was hungry 🙂 )

Kristan

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Broody chicken

Guess who has decided to be a broody chicken? RG4, that’s who. She sits in one of the nesting boxes ALL DAY, not laying any eggs. After this went on for a few weeks, I decided an intervention was needed. According to backyardchickens.com, hens sit on eggs (or just sit on nothing) wanting to make a chick hatch. I guess it is a mom thing? But it can last for months, and after purchasing eggs at the grocery today because RG4 is sitting and preventing the other 2 chickens from laying eggs in the nesting box, I was done with the broodiness.

This is what RG4 looks like if you open the nesting box and disturb her….

ImageSome chickens peck at anyone who disturbs the broody process, but not RG4. She just puffs up and clucks at me.

The solution: the broody box.

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Mine is a small dog crate with chicken wire on the bottom, elevated so that air gets underneath the chicken. Apparently a few days like this and the broodiness is done. I guess we will wait and see.

Wish Farmer Kristan luck!

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week with the grandparents

I met the grandparents halfway so the kids could spend a week with them. My MIL tried to get a few extra days with the kiddos, FIL had a print out of all the fun things they were going to do this week. It was still hard for me to say goodbye. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE that they want to spend time with the kiddos (they only have one functional set of g-parents) but I really do not like the house being so quiet.

ImageI am sure they will come home happy and spoiled, but I am super grateful they have one set of grandparents that want more than anything to hang out with them.

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