Thursday, September 26, 2013

Going Green Without Grass

I've had a hankering for a no-grass front-yard landscape for awhile. I think I was just waiting to be referred to the right person & company before getting started.

Our front yard didn't look too shabby before. It was definitely green and lush, but the flower bed area was definitely overgrown. I was sad to take down the crepe myrtle tree, but it was eventually going to grow into the power lines, it blocked the house, and it was in the way of the newly designed pathways to both driveways.

Before...

And the after: cleaned up flower bed (some existing plants stayed), new flowers, 2 geometrically shaped pathways to both driveways, and pebbles in the place of grass. Our house really seems to "pop" now.

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At first the front yard looked so stark compared to what it was previously. I took this picture of my sisters the day before the landscaping began. I love crepe myrtles, but this one just wasn't placed right, especially given the power lines.

Sister date!


Killian in August:
Savoring the last bits of summer

However, the clean look has definitely grown on me. I love having a solid path to each driveway. And I love not having the grass to mow and feeling like it constantly looks shabby or overgrown.
Front yard chillin'

Mick and some of our new flowers...
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which he has enjoyed watering daily!
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Romare Bearden

Love this city. #uptown #clt

Evening at Romare

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Charlotte just got a beautiful new "interactive" park, because Charlotte is awesome!

The park is located where parking lots used to be behind the TradeMark building.

It's named "Romare Bearden" after a local artist. The park opened Labor Day Weekend for Romare's birthday (9/2), which just so happens to be my birthday too, so the city of Charlotte really hooked me up this year!

Danger Duo Update

This month has flown by!

In general, Monday - Friday is a blur. I try to fit most of my 8 hour work day into the slightly less than 7 hours I have in between dropping Killian off at school and picking him up, so the days really fly by.

Everyone is enjoying their new work and school routines. Killian won't talk about any details of what he does in his new Montessori classroom. I hear a lot of "I don't know" and "I don't remember" but there is no doubt that he is happy there and the environment has had a positive impact. Even though I don't hear specifics, he is so very happy (even joyous) when I pick him up from school. He comes running down the sidewalk to me every day with a huge smile on his face, and his disposition this past few weeks has been so agreeable and pleasant.

He signed up for his first extracurricular activity. The school sponsors a few different before and after school activities, such as swimming, karate, basketball, Spanish, and art. Killian chose art. On Friday after school, he takes a bus from school down the street to the NoDa YMCA for a special art class. He also has art once in a week during school as well.

Killian always used to come home from pre-school at Plaza Presby with sheets just like this:

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I always appreciated the colors, but didn't think much about the fact that he painted at school (just assumed that's what kids do), until other moms (of boys) commented on his paintings, saying how nice they were and how their boys didn't come home with artwork. So I realized his interest in art might be a little special and I'd love to encourage it.

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Killian: "This is the scrotum bottom." It's not a big deal...something like 8% of all kids do it. #mykidislikethatkidfromsuperbad

He has only been to one art class at the Y so far, and he was introduced to fuse beads, which was new to him. So I'm hoping he'll continue to be exposed to some new things!

Mick started "Open Door School," one of the city's oldest progressive pre-schools. He loves it (and so do we!) It is very similar to Montessori school and when you visit you'll see a peaceful environment with kids concentrating. Every week, he receives a new job, and he beams when he talks about his job that week, such as, feeding the birds.

Mick's been really into doing marble tracks at home lately.

Ahhhhh an engaged kiddo

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I returned to my Bank job after a 90-day mandatory leave over the summer (during which I worked part-time for my contracting company). I have a new role, am really enjoying it, and am extremely grateful every time I step out the door to pick up Killian at school at 4:15 that I have the flexibility to do that!

Mike continues to make awesome things at work and work himself out of a job! There may be a 2 year plan in place for him to start working reduced hours, so he can volunteer and be more involved with the kids' school and extracurricular activities :)

In other news, I have been sick for most of September and was diagnosed with bronchitis yesterday and given an antibiotic to prevent it from turning into pneumonia. (Asthma tends to make me prone to respiratory issues during the change of seasons.) In the middle of sinus and respiratory craziness over the past few weeks, I also had a full week of menopausal symptoms: hot flashes, night sweats, chills, aches, and general fever-like symptoms and disorientation. Turns out, when you are either pregnant or breastfeeding (or both) for the past 5 years, your hormones go a little haywire when your two-year old finally does completely wean. Surprisingly, there is little information about this on the Internet, but other women say they had this experience too. Filed under #themoreyouknow. So I am very much looking forward to returning to good health at some point in the near future!


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mick Walker, Handsome Young Lad

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This face...

Somehow I didn't get a picture of the alpacas,  llamas, giraffes, zebras, longhorns, deers, potbelly pigs, rhinoceros, horses, or goats, but the kids had a blast at Lazy 5 Ranch today

Mick got his first professional haircut and actually enjoyed the experience too!

Who is this handsome young lad? He looks familiar, but I don't recognize him. @fayecheadle you have a $5 credit at Snip-it's now because I said Henry referred us.