Beware the Finger

While eating our picnic lunch on our family outing today, our five-year-old Ian informs us, “What I was planning for this adventure was different.” Of all the whines and groans he could have uttered, I thought this was a pretty fun way to express his opinion. So, we cleaned up and redirected our activities. He…

Robot Chickens

In the last few weeks, the boys were asking me for robot songs. One that I played was “Robot Rock,”  by Daft Punk. They were instantly hooked, and have requested it on every car ride. Today, Isaac made a fun modification. Listen to the clip below and imagine Isaac performing the guitar intro with, “Chick Chick Chick Chick Chick…

Because Seven Ate Nine

I’ve been lax on taking pictures these days. I’ve gotten into the nasty habit of “just” enjoying our outings, versus documenting them. But, I should be in my “right” mind again soon. We haven’t been very organized in our activities lately; I’ve been feeling a bit lackadaisical this week. I gagged at the boys enjoying…

Kid Chat

We’re having a fun day so far. It started off lazily, but I committed myself to going back to the gym. This is my second week of going every other day, and I’m hoping to the moon I make it a habit. It feels great and improves my outlook and sense of well-being. Today we…

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…

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…

What Babies Gotta Do

 “Mom, I was building and accidentally dropped some pieces, and I got down and looked all around, and finally said, ‘nevermind’ really quiet like that and went back to building, ” Ian just informed me. He found my Nanoblocks. They are eensy teensy weensie Lego-like toys – more like a splinter to step on. This…

Deep Thoughts by Isaac

My new “fwavorite” (as Ike would say) hobby these days has been collecting deep thoughts spoken by Isaac. They typically emerge randomly from silent observation, and they never can be elicited from baited conversation. If you ever ask him a deep question, in hopes of getting a cute answer, it will go something like this, “Isaac,…

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:…