Monthly Archives: October 2015

fall camping

We headed to a spot that I have not been to since the mid 1990s this past weekend – Linville Falls! We wanted to see the leaves changing colors and with warm fall temps scheduled (oh and the kids were out of school on Friday) we packed up and headed to the mountains! Samantha asked if she could take a friend camping since we do a lot of camping with the Brothers, which means Aidan has a built in friend to camp with. We had an amazing time, despite no showers at the campsite…we were all racing to the showers when we got home 😉

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the chicken update: part 2

There were some doubts after we had a plan to re-home Godzilla, so we had a family meeting tonight at dinner to make sure we were all on the same page. The biggest concern was trying to get Godzilla to assimilate into a new flock at age 3 (older for a chicken). Samantha and I saw what can happen to a chicken when introduced to a new flock when we took horseback riding lessons this summer….the dominant chickens pluck feathers from the weaker ones, sometimes making them partially bald. We figure that Godzilla would do better with the stress of being introduced to new chickens in her safe established environment.

The vote was 4-0. Keep Godzilla and add some started pullets (chickens old enough to lay eggs) to our flock.

So 3 of these lovely ladies will be joining us around Nov 3rd. Fingers crossed for an easy transition. I guess our mantra of “once in the family, always in the family” holds true.

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Oh, and I have an alarm set on my phone every night at 7:30pm to make sure all chickens are LOCKED in the coop (not just roosting inside). I hope this fixes our predator problem.

PS – I love my husband extra b/c he was the first vote for keeping Godzilla. That city boy really does love me and my farmer tendencies.

Kristan

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chicken update

We lost another chicken this week. After Buffy was taken away by what we think was a coyote, I started locking up the 2 Austalorps at night. After a while I thought our coyote had surely given up on our back yard for dinner and with the hectic after school schedule I did not lock them up on Thursday night. RG4 was only a few feathers Friday morning. I have always read that chickens are social creatures and are not happy living alone. We had a family meeting and decided that we should find a new home for Godzilla (Aidan’s chicken) vs trying to add more chickens at our house.

I went through a “need to nurture” phase when I turned 40. I think we got chickens, 2 kittens and a puppy over the course of a year. My poor husband. I do not feel that need right now and would like to make it easier for is us to travel.  Our friends the Upshaws have chickens and are veteran chicken farmers and offered to take Godzilla to add to their flock. She will join her new home tomorrow night. I hope it goes well. When I feel guilty, I try to remember what Andy said…. better to try and join a new flock vs trying to befriend the neighborhood coyote.

We had a good run at raising chickens and enjoyed the eggs. Bye Godzilla, keep on being a good layer!

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the middle school dance

Well, the big night was last night. Aidan had a friend come home with him so he had someone to go to the dance with. Samantha went home with a group of girls. An elaborate plan for pre-dance preparations was coordinated by those girls. All I wanted was one pre-dance picture. Here is my conversation with Samantha pre-dance.

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We did get that pre-dance pic, and she looked beautiful.

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I also managed a pic of my handsome son before he headed out for the dance and post-dance sleepover at a friend’s house.

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And now for the post dance report! Aidan’s special girl asked him to dance and then he asked her to slow dance at the last slow dance of the night. He has like, liked her since last fall. Samantha wasted no time at the dance, starting off asking a good guy friend to dance, followed by 3 other boys.

I am strapping on my seat belt. We are entering a new phase of this parenting gig. I am not ready, but here we go!

Kristan

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The Bloggess: part 2

Wow. I think I might be officially obsessed with Jenny Lawson (AKA the Bloggess). I just finished her first book Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. I love her writing style and her message.  I even have a mini Rory from her second book on my desk.

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You might ask who is Rory?

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But here is the message that Jenny wants us to get:

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Jenny makes me keep on keeping on, fighting to be positive. Super grateful to her right now.

Kristan

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weekend round up

Our weekend in pictures. Enjoy.

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new opportunity

I have finally found a professional outlet to complement my work with Girls TALK. Some background: I am starting year 3 of my non profit work and have decided that I want to keep it small with only me running the program. Why would this be a problem? Girls TALK is a non profit, and we are entering year 2 of having 2 kiddos at Carolina Friends School. We made it work last year, but realized that I need to work more than just for professional growth.

It was not was not easy to find work that I could add in addition to my work with Girls TALK, oh and being a mom!  I have been looking and looking. And then a fateful meeting at Starbucks, of all places.

I first met Susan at the funeral of our mutual friend Stacy. I can still remember her eulogy and how it made me feel so much better about such an unfortunate loss. A few months later we were in line together at Starbucks. I approached her and asked if her name was Susan. Who knew at that time that we were connected by more than our friendship with Stacy. She is a school psychologist who at the time was running social skills groups in her private practice. We exchanged business cards and became friends on Facebook.

Fast forward to this fall. We met for coffee, and Susan shared that she was devoting herself full time to her private practice and would I want to join her. She has a great set up in Briar Chapel. She and her husband live in a 3 story townhouse, and the entire first level (with separate entrance) is devoted to her practice.

How could I say no? Right now I only have time slots on Monday and will be focusing on ADHD coaching…. what  I started out doing professionally in 1995 and the focus of my doctoral dissertation.

This feels like the right move for me professionally. Fingers crossed it helps me contribute to our giant private school bill each month!

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And click here for my services section.

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