I have been gone so long. I don't even know where to start. But I must start somewhere so here goes.
I am going to start small. Lucy is in second grade. She is still so perfect and sweet. She has the sweetest heart. This morning she told her father that she doesn't know what she would do without him. My heart melted.
Lately she says how much she misses the lake. She is starting to be less shy and selling girl scout cookies has helped her with her assertiveness. She is showing such confidence in school and brownies. I am so proud of her.
She recently told me that she has good relationships with janitors. I think that what she was telling me was that she is kind to all. That was one of my most proud moments. Raising good citizens is one the most important things I can do as a parent.
Emma is currently very into space and gravity. The recent news about gravitational waves from 1.4 billion years ago has her very excited about space and Einstein's theory of relativity. She gave a presentation in class yesterday and felt like she had a great day. She is not a typical American teenager. I was recalling when she was five years old and said to me that it bothered her that people said "God bless America". She said that seemed very selfish of them to want God to just bless America. She wanted to know if there was a world flag we could fly. She is still this child of the world. Last Friday, she portrayed Malala Yousafzai in a play at school. She has such an appreciation of the world and other cultures. She has been turning her science experiments into sewing projects. She turned her genetics experiment into a stuffed monster.
She also turned her atmosphere project into a pillow.
This winter we have been going to a burger joint and dancing to the
jukebox. This will forever be one of my favorite family memories.
The morning of Lucy's seventh birthday, she wanted to get dressed all by herself and put on a fancy dress and surprise us. Unfortunately, she didn't untie the sash on the back and as she tried to pull it over her head, she got stuck. She must have struggled for a while because she finally came into our room in a state of distress. She had both arms up above her head and couldn't get the dress to go up or down. The tight waist was across her face and she was helpless and about to cry.
From the dead of sleep to helping my girl struggle out of a tight spot in 12 seconds. It took me quite a bit to recognize that she was really stuck. I think I would have panicked had I been in her predicament.
After she left our bedroom Mike said, "I'm glad she didn't get stuck 7 years ago."
I ordered a black periodic table poster from Pottery Barn, way back last October when they had their mad scientist collection. It is a black canvas poster on a black table. I cut the wood off the top and the bottom, so it was just canvas. Then I ordered glass from Tulsa Glass cut to fit my table. I simply placed the canvas on the table and put the glass over it. Simple, yet pretty.
Our Periodic Table
For the lamp, it was a bit more complex. Mike and I went to Best hardware on Brookside (if you're local) and this wonderful man named Leroy helped with all the lamp components. The bulb going down into the Erlenmeyer flask is by Bulbrite. Mike built a socket that goes up and a socket that goes down. (He is so handy!) He even put a switch on the wire that allows me to have a high and low setting.
Erlenmeyer Flask Lamp
Thanks Mike for enabling me to let my geek shine through!
I am a crafty, science mom. I love to sew, print, bake, knit, iron on,
hot glue and bake. I majored in Chemistry but no longer use it in my
job. Now I just use it in my crafts and bring it up in conversation as
often as possible. I am an anagram, palindrome, word fanatic. I have a
wonderful husband and two little girls who keep me busy. I am a
recovering perfectionist who is trying to accept that life is messy.