Saturday, October 25, 2014

Balloon in a Balloon

Physics...the screaming balloon

Thanks to the laws of inertia and some centripetal motion, the hex nut flips up on its edge and spins around the inside of the balloon. and you get a screaming balloon! The unique shape of the hex nut vibrates the walls of the balloon to produce a wonderfully annoying sound.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Dan and Becky (and Kim and Luke's First Pinata)

We have entered the birthday blast weeks. 
We have 4 birthdays in 3 weeks.  Dan and Becky's birthdays are one day apart. 
Beautiful Becky celebrated her 26th birthday.
Dan is celebrating his 22nd birthday...He was born one day before Becky.  Becky was not so thrilled to receive Dan as her birthday present when she was 4 years old.  (She also received various hospital soaps and lotions)
Not many 22 and 26 year old get to have a piñata to help celebrate their birthday.
Gracie-13 next week-and the piñata zip tied to the broom handle.
But when we were out shopping yesterday for dinner supplies and balloons, poor Luke and Kim mentioned that they had never, ever, experienced hitting a piñata.  I thought about it and realized that this was true.  They had been denied a vital piece of childhood.
So, wonderful sister Amy purchased a piñata and the candy to fill it. 
These kids are crazy...they all got into smashing the piñata.
And if you notice, we are using the bottom section of Pat's crutch for a "whacking stick".
Dan, getting ready to be blind folded (a pillow case) by his father (who was a very good sport with the unexpected chaos)
Grown children had to kneel down when they whacked, especially since Dan can't even stand under the ceiling fan without hitting his head.
26 years old and having her turn at the piñata---Becky
Way to go, Becky!
Daddy giving Luke instructions.
Mark's cheating!

The final whack.  Poor Kim and Luke didn't know they were supposed to dive for the candy...they were surprised when we told them this fact mid-whacking. And if you notice, poor Kimmy didn't know she could remove her blindfold once the piñata broke. 
This was fun.
Yes, I had a migraine the next morning, stayed in bed until 10 o'clock, and then knit for the rest of the day.  I may be getting too old for all the fun!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

It's Luke's nameday...Pray for Us Saint Luke the Evangelist

Today is the Feast of Saint Luke.  My little Luke's nameday.
I found this great printable coloring page over at Color The Bible.
We colored them with our Prismcolor colored pencils and when they hang on the back door they look just like stained glass.
Then Luke got to make his first cake, all by himself.
He made a Betty Crocker Cinnamon Bun cake. (Of course I didn't get the mix from Amazon...I spent $1.28 at Walmart)
Luke cracked all three eggs without allowing one piece of shell to fall.
The best part of baking.
Into the oven.
Frosted and decorated.
Saint Luke, pray for us.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Our Lady of Fatima---the Miracle of the Sun spinners

 We made this years ago to commemorate the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima.
I found this fun activity over at Catholic Icing.
They turned out great!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Soccer season is in full swing

 Mark in goal and Gracie on defense....they make a great team!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Harvest time sunset

Photo credit:
Mark Collins

Excavation Saturday

We received  these two excavating kits in the mail this past week, and Kim and Luke have been very eager to start working on them.  In fact, I told them they could open them on Saturday...well, I was awakened at 8 am with news that the kitchen table was all ready to start their projects.
Mark and Grace did kits like this years ago and loved them, so I knew they would be a hit with Kim and Luke. 
This was fun because after you excavate the dinosaur bones you get to put together a t-rex model.
 Kimberly wasn't left out, she received the Crystal Mining Kit.
This kit contained 9 hidded crystals to discover and a little pouch to keep them in.  There is also a guide to included so you can find out what kind of gems you have found.
These aren't tidy activity fact, I found this next to Kimberly on the bench.
It was a gorgeous day outside and smart daughter Becky wondered why I didn't have the kids do this on the picnic table...Duh!!!  That would have been too easy. 
It took several hours for both kids to uncover  all the secrets.   
A little bit of a t-rex ribcage. 
A great book to add to this activity is a Let's Read and Find Out Science...Archaeologists Dig For Clues.

Messy, messy!
Putting together his t-rex model.
Kim and Luke both loved these kits.  Kim wants a dinosaur kit for Christmas and Luke wants a pterodactyl.