Monthly Archives: September 2014

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We had to say goodbye to George today. He started having difficulties breathing, and it was truly painful to listen to him take in a breath and exhale like it was the most he could do. I let both kids come home from school and say goodbye before taking them to the Brothers house before the vet came to put him down.

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Samantha and I decided that we will put his ashes on the front porch where he loved to sit and sun bathe. That way he can always be on the look out for us. My sweet Georgie Porgie. We will miss you.

Kristan

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Girls TALK update

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Things have been really busy with Girls TALK. I will officially have 501c3 status before Christmas! I have navigated a TON of paperwork and red tape to get this non profit organization off the ground and it is starting to feel worth it.

I am trying to get in on the Chatham Co Giving Party, researching crowd sourcing, getting the name out via different social media outlets.

2 sites up and running with 2 others in the works. Even better? A teacher friend in Charlotte wants to pilot the curriculum with her homeschooling co-op. This will be a safe way for me to let the curriculum be tested out and get good feedback.

My goal was to generate enough income to cover the CFS tuition for one of the kiddos. I can already do that. My loftier goal is to be able to cover tuition for both and be able to offer scholarship spots at each site.

It is definitely a roller coaster ride this starting a new business. Some days I am on top of the world, other days crash and burn. Having fun, though and it feels like the right fit for me professionally!

Kristan

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Mountaineer of the week

Guess who is the Mountaineer of the week?

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She gets to sit in a special chair for settling in time, share pics of her family, and later on this week….share her 100lb baby sister Smooch 🙂

I ran into her music teacher at Studio A this weekend, and she reported that Samantha looks like a student that has been at Carolina Friends School forever….a seamless transition! So happy both of my children have this wonderful school experience!

Kristan

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Strange….

It is strange that we are still getting tomatoes at the end of September. Even more strange? These 2 plants popped up spontaneously next to the walkway to the chicken coop.

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I have never had veggies of any type in this area. Before last spring it was just leaves. The plants have gotten so tall that they have multiples stakes to keep them upright….and lots of little green tomatoes! Now it just needs to stay warm long enough for them to turn red 🙂

Kristan

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More about George

So this has been a rough week for George. I noticed on Wed that he had stopped eating. I left a message for our vet and waited. George did not seem to be in any pain, but not eating was definitely not a good sign. But by Wed night he decided to eat again. It was as if he forgot that he should do it. Sigh. So, we wait it out. This end of life phase is so hard. Think of us during this difficult phase of owning a pet.

Kristan

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George update

Old man George has not been doing well lately. This summer he developed urinary incontinence, as well as becoming fully blind and deaf. He is, in fact, 14 years old….which has been hard for me. We have never had a pet enter into full on old age. All of the others died from something before we got to this phase. As I wrote today (more about that on my Girls TALK blog later on) I saw him sleep, not really ask to eat like normal, and he had to be outside while I was gone. He seems to be shrinking in size as well. Rahul and our vet have deemed him “happily demented” but I really worry about the quality of his life right now. Part of me said goodbye to him before our weekend camping trip. It is what I never had with Bear. I can still remember the morning of the day he died. I was in a hurry to get the kids to preschool then to work. Bear was outside at that point because he could not navigate inside with the hardwood floors. I remember taking him his food, thinking how cold it was, and then dashing back inside to make my morning meeting. He was dead when I got back home. Thankfully he died on a Wed and Rahul was working from home and with him when he died so he did not die alone, but he was my first baby. So, all to say, I want to say goodbye to George in some way. Here is my old man on his 14th b-day this summer.

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Beach camping trip

We headed to Carolina Beach State Park this weekend for one last beach trip….we do love the beach. Here are some cute Instagram pics of our Saturday fun.

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Britts is a Boardwalk legend. And it was closed when we visited during the week in August, so we HAD to make a trip for a dozen super, tasty donuts. I was pleasantly surprised that they served the donut, nothing fancy. I found that simplicity very comforting. A donut is a donut, right? The grown ups had to fight the kids to get ours….sigh. I titled the second pic as #beachlove on Instagram. Sister and friend piling sand on Aidan for completely different reasons 🙂

We headed back to our campsite to start working on dinner and things took a turn for the worse. Aidan’s tummy started hurting, which turned into a full on GI bug. He hates to vomit, but to miss out on beach fun with Sam and Samantha was too much. He was in tears in the camper. I headed to bed early with him for “belly rubs” and Samantha slept in the Brothers’ camper, so all was good. Thankfully Aidan woke up feeling better and we headed to Fort Fisher for some windy beach fun….you never know what to expect at the beach in the fall. Check out my favorite beach pic of the trip (haha) and some of my bird pics.

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