Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Week 16

Dance selfie!
I took some extra selfies (above the daily requirement) this weekend, and this was my favorite. Yay for long nights dancing with many friends!

Time for ice cream
In my current round of attempting to be less cranky with the kids, we went out for ice cream after the library and the park. Moira is collecting new favorite flavors after a couple of years of being a strict vanilla person. She liked two of the three flavors we had this day.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Week 15

Lunch time with friends (and chalk)
Moira and Davis are very excited that the weather is getting nice and we can have lunch outside at school. I am less excited that Moira (and her friends) are old enough to care about who they sit next to, and have preferences, which never line up, but I guess it's a thing that happens, and it will sort out eventually.

Date night
It was Seattle Restaurant Week, so Walker and I got to go to the restaurant his company's holiday parties used to be held at, when he worked in an office of 4. It made me feel all grown up in the right ways.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

What we did last week

Davis painted a lot of butterflies at school.

He also read a lot of books. He really likes whatever Moira checks out at the library and the learn to read books she brings home from school.

Two pants!
Davis made some interesting fashion choices. Shorts AND pants, of course. He is a master of layering.

And two shirts with leg warmers on his arms. I talked about how if he wears the button up buttoned up over his tshirt, then no one can see the shirt, but he refuses to believe me. He also refuses to believe that the leg warmers can also be worn on your legs. I'm a little worried about toddler-self inflicted heat stroke this summer.

Daisy wreath
Moira collected enough daisies for me to make her a daisy chain. She was super sad when she found it all wilted the next day. C'est la vie.

Watering the watering can
We remembered to water the garden a few times. And then the kids decided it was more fun to pour water from one watering can to another.

Moira has figured out how to balance on her bike! Time to put the pedals back on. And also get her a taller bike.

Moira loves to draw on the cardboard that comes with frozen pizza. Davis decided to make this one collaborative and add some tape, because all good art needs to have tape.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Moira's (and my) first science fair

One of our homeschool groups does a yearly science fair. Last year we were unable to make it, but this time it was a date and time we could go. I've never actually participated in a science fair. I don't think my school had them. But I've seen it referenced enough in pop culture, and Moira saw one earlier this year at the school where she takes some classes, so she had some ideas for what she wanted to do. Her suggestion was that we should look for ideas on Pinterest, and she settled on making candy dissolve, fortunately we still had a big bowl of leftovers from Halloween that no one wanted to eat.

Colored water
We didn't look at any instructions, preferring to create our own plan. We talked about what we wanted to try, and what Moira expected to happen. Moira decided that we should put each candy in it's own cup and cover it with warm water. We noted the time we poured the water and then checked every so often to see how much was left. Some of the candies made the water cloudy, so we had to swirl them. Moira's hypothesis was that the Twizzlers would dissolve last, and the milk duds (there were three in the package and we used them all) would be first, because they were lightest.

Everything but the Milk Duds and Twizzlers had dissolved by dinner time. I actually left right after dinner and was gone the next day, so the next morning when they were exactly the same level of dissolved they had been at dinner the night before, Walker talked to Moira about saturation being the possible reason why they weren't changing any more. We had leftover Twizzlers, so they put one in a whole pitcher of cold water to see what would happen. We left it for a few days, and it looked puffy and lighter, but that was it. Moira was interested in seeing if we could get it to dissolve, so I suggested we try boiling one. It took 50 minutes for the darn thing to dissolve.

Will it dissolve?
She wanted to try some other liquids. We had five left, so we picked vodka, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, and vinegar, and the kids ate the last one. We assume the stomach acid fully dissolved them, but obviously we can't check. None of these had fully dissolved the Twizzlers, when I threw them away after 5 days. The hydrogen peroxide got closest, and broke it down into separate strands first, but the vodka was working almost as well. The rubbing alcohol did nothing. We shook these a few times to help things break down.

Still not dissolved
Here's what they looked like after a few hours. By today the pieces in the ones that were dissolving were all smaller. Interestingly, the vodka is the only one that is actually turning red, the hydrogen peroxide and vinegar were both light pinks. I did keep the vodka, since I figure it might get drunk at Norwescon. It does taste like liquid Twizzler after all.

Moira's presentation
Here is the presentation Moira and I made for the science fair. She wanted to tell them EVERYTHING, so it's very wordy. I have a slightly different conclusion then Moira did, which is that Twizzlers are terrifying, and we probably shouldn't eat them.

Moira presenting (with help)
And here she is giving her presentation. We forgot to bring the jars, which was sad. And I forgot to prepare her for talking about her project, she was worried that she had to READ the whole thing, and so she got nervous and didn't fully manage to get over that. But she did talk about it a little, and her friends gave her a big round of applause.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Norwescon is coming!

And there has been frantic work in my costuming group to get everything done.

I'm finally at the stage where I am putting flowers on my costume. As requested by the person in charge this year, I put big pink ones where my nipples would be. I'm also done with my wig, beads, and brooches.

Awesome sun!
Sika and I have been having some extra sewing sessions together because she had a bunch of not optional work travel that meant she missed a lot of sewing days. I'm super excited about her sun!

I am 100% done with Sika's boyfriend's wolf costume. What's that you say? This doesn't look at all wolfy? Not pictured are the fur cuffs for his arms and legs. I also made him a little pouch and he's getting himself some ears.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Week 14

Tutu hugs
Davis wants all the tutus.

I took my roomie to the college she's been accepted to for the informational tour. It was a long, but fun day.

We saw this nifty poster while we were there. Yay for striped triangles and also all shapes and all patterns!


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What we did last week

Tutu dance party
We settled into being sick and taking medicine, and the kids enjoyed the downtime at home, with a tutu dance party. Davis insists on wearing both tutus at once, because it's a "two tutus."

We bought some plants for the former pond in our front yard, and this ladybug visited both kids while we were at the plant store.

I was cranky so I pretended dinner prep needed 100% of my attention, and the kids spent a long time coloring in this giant velvet coloring book.

Spreading the dirt
I poured the dirt into the rock filled pond and the kids spread it around. I let them do it by themselves, and they did a great job.

They also decided where to plant what. I expect most of these to die because I'm horrible about remembering to water, and the kids aren't going to be any better.

Bear crawl
I signed Davis up for toddler gym at the same time as his friend. He was nervous for a few minutes, but he got used to it and remembered most everything he'd learned last time. Moira gets to take a class at the same time, score!

Moira fixed it!
This music box has been broken for a couple of years. I went to find Moira one morning and she announced that she had fixed it! Turned out, she found the on/off switch.

Moira suddenly started bringing the easy readers home from school again, AND wants to read them to me. This week she grabbed such a large stack they gave her a bag to carry them home in, and she wants to read them ALL. Davis likes to read them too.

Moira sewing
Moira's doll's tights got cut, and she asked me to fix them, so I suggested that she fix them. She did it almost entirely by herself and is very proud.

Moira's poem
Moira had to write a poem for school. It reads "Jewels are shiny, candy is sweet, you'll be my best friend forever."

I took my roommate up to Bellingham for a college tour. We had fun, and learned a lot, but there was a LOT of walking. We also had exceptionally good Korean food for dinner.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Learning about?

Looking for library books.
We had plans this month with our homeschool friends to do a month of learning about the nation of Gabon. One of our friends was in the Peace Corps in that country and had a lot of great plans for a lesson and we were super excited about it. Unfortunately, this was a horrible month for us with Walker traveling, and working extra and the kids being sick, and my Norwescon work ramping up. We ended missing the celebration because Davis got an ear infection, and we didn't do anything to learn about the area other then check out books from the library.

That's where the big mistake was. It turns out there are no books about the country of Gabon, at least not in English, for this age range. I tried to research which section of the country it was in, but I did my research wrong and instead of checking out books about Central Africa, we got ones from East Africa. Moira and I talked about the mistake we made, and why, and that it's possible that Gabon shares some cultural similarities with the coastal East African countries because of it's location. But, we enjoyed some of these books so much, I wanted to share the list, even though I have to publicly admit my mistake to do so. Specifically, we loved the Anna Hibiscus series, and are waiting till we can get a copy of the 5th chapter book. We also really liked some of the Anansi stories we read.

West African Kids Books

Hooray for Anna Hibiscus!
4 of 5 stars
by Atinuke
Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus!
4 of 5 stars
by Atinuke
Anna Hibiscus' Song
4 of 5 stars
by Atinuke
Anansi and the Talking Melon
3 of 5 stars
Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock
4 of 5 stars