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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Hello Old Friend

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. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pop's 92nd Birthday

We were invited to Blue Doors for a birthday celebration.  Mike's Uncle was turning 92.  I had never heard of this place before but it is on my list of places I must go back to. 

It was magical.





The kids went tubing and swimming with Uncle Matt.




Mike was the king of the grill and we had a delicious dinner.  



We had beer and homemade ice cream and watermelon.


Emma captured these pictures.  The one of the hummingbird is amazing.







Thanks Myers family for inviting us.  And thank you Blue Doors for the amazing retreat.  We will be back!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Evening of Lucy's 7th Birthday

This was a busy day at our house.  The evening of her 7th birthday, Lucy learned to ride her bike without training wheels.  It was super exciting and once she got going, she did not want to stop.



Daddy and sissy were very encouraging.


She was brave enough to look over at me for this picture.  But most of the time she had a very serious look of concentration on her face.


Doesn't big sis look cool on her beach comber?

Lucy's 7th Birthday Pary

It seemed only natural that we have a science birthday party this year for Lucy's 7th birthday. 
The periodic table was the inspiration for the invitations and decor.


I pulled out all my beakers and flasks for this party.  I think Mike was surprised by my inventory. 




The girls and I had fun making the cookies for the party.  I baked but they helped ice them.  I used a edible pen to mark on the dried icing.


We also made these great petri dishes filled with Jello, but I forgot to get them out of the refrigerator until after all the guests had gone.


But the real fun began when the guests arrived.

We made large bubbles out on the driveway.


We made lava lamps in the backyard.  I didn't get any pictures, ugh.

We made dry ice bubbles inside.


We also played with dry ice outside.


We did the mentos and diet coke experiment.


I also attempted the elephant's toothpaste demo but it was an epic failure.  Oh well.

Lucy opened presents and got lots of Legos, which she wanted desperately. 



Thank you to all the little scientists that came to Lucy's party.


Lucy, you are such a kind hearted girl.  Happy birthday sweet princess.  I am so glad you are my baby.  I love you more every day.

The morning of Lucy's 7th Birthday

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."

Indeed...so am I.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

How we made our Periodic Table-Table




 Many people have asked, so here goes:

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!