Clinic Tour and Tortillas

Today our friend Donna gave the boys a tour of the urgent care center where she works. It was a slow day, so there weren’t really any patients around. The boys got to see how vitals are taken, and got their height and weight and vision checked. They got to see treatment rooms and the…

He’s Got the Wipe Stuff

The *most amazing thing happened yesterday. I heard Isaac yelling from the bathroom. I assumed it was the usual, “I’m ready for a wiiiiiipe!” I took a giant breath and poked my head in the door. Isaac proudly beamed, “I just wiped myself!!” Wow! He had been steadfastly refusing to try for all time. I…

Doodlestruction

A clever friend told me about a drawing activity I could do with the boys. The idea is to give each one a paper and marking device. One person is the leader and draws, giving instructions to the others on what to draw. No one can look at anyone else’s drawing. At the end, everyone…

Bendy Bones

In a previous post, we started a chicken bone and vinegar experiment. The boys hypothesized that the bone would get soft if the vinegar dissolved the Calcium in the bone. The picture is a little gross, but here is the result after 3 days:                     The…

Bricks and Bones

Today, we started the day with a chicken bone experiment. It was so enthralling (not) that I failed to take pictures, but I’ll describe it. I prepared for the experiment yesterday by suffering through some delish barbecue wings during my I-give-up-it’s-a-pizza-night meal. We examined the clean bones and discussed the roles of their components: Calcium,…

Watch Your Tempera

We’ve been on an impressive “clean house” streak lately, so today I was motivated to pull out our kid concoctions book. I have most of what we need for experiments in one bag.  There is clear dish soap, shaving cream, sponges, drink mix, food coloring, balloons, starch, gelatin and corn starch. I keep all the…

The Dust Is Settling

Yes, the dust is settling, and we’ve been busy naming the swamp-like creatures that form as it builds up. I have blown past so many great adventures that have happened over the last couple of months: A fifth birthday, a trip to Missouri, a Christmas vacation to Florida, including three Christmas celebrations, a trip to…

Lava Goo

Yesterday, we made some crazy lava goo.  We got the recipe from The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions by John E. & Danita Thomas. It was very quick and easy and the boys played with it for at least an hour before it was time to clean up for snacks. We started with two solutions A:…

35 Candles, 1 Fantastic Guy

Today is the 35th birthday of the man of my dreams, who fortunately happens to be the guy I’m married to. We got to go on a once-in-a-lifetime date last night, while he was still a youngster (only teasing, my young buck). It wasn’t like we cruised on a billion dollar yacht and ate off…

Five New Ways to Make a Mess

Here are some fun projects we’ve done over the last month. Building with PVC pipes Sidewalk painting with a mixture of cornstarch, water and food coloring.   Construction at the mud pit. In the last shot, Ian built a bridge out of scrap wood and the boys had a blast crossing it over and over….