After my son kept bringing up science kits and crystals at the toy store and then found more crystal stuff in a catalog we had at home, I told him that we could try making some from a kit I picked uup at the thrift store…IF he sat quietly and followed all the directions.  Crystals must be pretty important because both kids listened carefully.  We spent a good half hour outside looking for the perfect rocks to fit in our containers to use as a base for the crystals to grow on, then got the first (green) solution ready, poured in over one of the rocks, and carefully covered it and tried to forget about it for a week 🙂  The other types of crystals in the kit will need to wait for another day.


We went to the toy store the other day to look for a “Wacky Zingo” stuffed toy that has a code which opens up an extra Webkinz game.  They were sold out when we went there, but the kids had a good time looking around at the other stuff in the store.  My son in particular was interested in the circuits lab stuff and the chemistry sets.  I told him that I thought I had one at home and would show him when we got back from the store.  Luckily, I DID have one at home that I had found at the thrift store and stashed for the day the kids would be ready for it.  It cost $2 and had all the stuff inside.  The one at the toy store was $25.  It made for a nice side lesson in money matters for the boy.  Anyway, we have been slowly looking through the manual and trying out the less messy stuff. 

This morning, we tried out an experiment with filter paper and food coloring.  Basically, you put a drop of green food coloring onto some filter paper and then rest it in a bit of water.  Capillary action moves the water up the filter paper.  We set it up using green coloring and then decided to add red and yellow also.  We guessed that you might see blue and yellow on the paper that had the green sample because the manual asked what color would wind up on top after the dye was carried up the filter.  We also guessed that the red and yellow ones wold just be red and yellow.  Here it is in progress.  We were right!  The green actually separated into yellow, then green, then blue on top.

After we were done with the experiment, the kids used droppers to make beautiful coffee filters with more food coloring and water.


Purple Hair and Earrings

My daughter has been asking off and on for months to have her hair purple like a doll she bought last Fall.  I said she could and that I would look for some hair dye for her.  The other night on the way home from a McDonald’s ice cream cone run, I finally went to a Sally’s and bought some.  We did it that night and she now has a purplish/pink streak down one side of her head.  I talked her out of the whole head idea for now. I worked so hard at not letting any of it touch her scalp that not much dye took at the top of her head…it looks like it has been growing out for a while already.

She also asked again about getting her ears pierced.  Our deal had been that when she was ready, I would take her.  I let her know that it might hurt and she had put it off for months, waiting to decide she was all the way ready.  Today turned out to be the day.  She wasn’t afraid at all and she said it didn’t hurt.  She now has a brand new pair of flower earrings 🙂 

Sleepover, Furniture Sale, and the Natatorium

One of the kids’ friends ( My son’s favorite girl friend to be particular) came home with us after Thursday gymnastics.  All 3 kids played outside for a few hours after we got home, creating a miniature construction zone with our big pile of gravel and a bit of dirt.  The evening went pretty smoothly as far as all of them actually getting to bed.

After they woke up in the morning, I took off to explore a furniture liquidation sale while J. stayed home for the morning.  I found a great armoire and a matching table for the family room.  I didn’t find a dresser for either kid which was something else I was scouting for.  Oh well! 

After I got back from the sale, we had some lunch and headed out to the Natatorium for swimming and playing in the big tree.


Gorgeous Day Outside

I have a great appreciation for the fact that we are able to homeschool- especially on days like yesterday when the weather was fantastic and we were able to be outside pretty much the whole day.  The kids dragged their sleeping bags outside and then grabbed books and games while I figured out some snacks.  They spent some time feeding the ants and observing the other animals they could find, then moved on to playing the games. I have been working on a new quilt idea in my head and I started to work out some of the details on paper while the kids played on the front porch.  Then we read a few stories together.