Thursday, October 18, 2018

Busy busy

I came back from parent teacher conference to find that all three of the kids were in T's room assembling her new bed!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Goodbye to grandpa

This is just a quick note for archival purposes (as I'll probably eventually print out a book version of this for the kids):

Grandpa (the kids great-grandpa) died early yesterday morning at the age of 96, a week before he would have celebrated his 97th birthday with T (they share a birthday, 91 years apart). Despite suffering two heart attacks the previous day and being in the hospital, I'm told that grandpa was cheerful and able to talk on the last day. My sister says that what he was telling everybody was how proud he was of the kids and grandkids.

Grandpa was one of the best people I have ever known. You often hear people say that they put their family first, but that's what my grandparents really did--put their family first.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Baby Girl loves cats

Baby Girl was in the tub and she said (apropos of nothing), "Clicker training is easier for cats."

She also really wants to replicate the video with two cats dinging bells to get treats.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

T's budget

T has saved $6 or $7 now.

Yesterday, she was saying, "Mama, I can have budgets. What should I do with my money?"

Thursday, July 5, 2018

4th of July

We had a fantastic fireworks show that we watched from some college green space.

My husband did a dry ice ice cream project with the kids. The last time we did this was before we lived in our current house, so 6+ years ago. We were a bit put off by the fizzy flavor at the time. Also, it overflowed like a science fair volcano.

This time, my husband used a Ben and Jerry's recipe book and did two different flavors: a creamy orange ice cream and a chocolate Reese's pieces ice cream. He also only did the dry ice step with half of each flavor, which prevented the overflow.

Some conclusions:

As expected, the creamy orange ice cream was fine with a little fizz (it's like orange soda pop). We let it rest a bit in the freezer before eating, as we did not want to accidentally ingest frozen CO2. As the dry ice fizzes out, it gets less carbonated tasting and more creamy tasting.

We let the chocolate Reese's pieces ice cream sit until after lunch the next day. Everybody loved it. It had very good flavor and texture. It was ever so slightly fizzy tasting, but the chocolate was the dominant note.

We are thinking about doing this as birthday party entertainment for an upcoming birthday, and our thinking is that fruit or soda flavors will work well if the idea is to eat same night (because people are used to a little fizz with those flavors), but that it's best to wait longer for a lot of other flavors. I'd like to try strawberry.

We also had dry ice shenanigans/experiments (READ ONLINE SAFETY WARNINGS--there can be some unexpected issues with the expansion of CO2 gas).

The supplies cost a lot, but as I noted, Ben and Jerry's is $4 per pint, and there was a lot of entertainment. We are thinking of inviting a family of little girls to join us for CO2 hijinks for T's birthday in the fall.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Rocks and shells

I just brokered a deal between C and T and D and T whereby the big kids got $2.25 each from T and T got a nice little stash of geodes, amethyst, quartz crystal, amber, pyrite, shells, shark teeth, etc.

I got the idea from visiting the children's museum and seeing T's interest in the gift shop rock table.

Husband's thought is that we can repair the rock tumbler, order some tumbling rocks and grit, and do a rock tumbling project with T. T is at exactly the right age for enjoying this.

I also, come to think of it, have a rocks and minerals book that she would enjoy.

Thursday, June 14, 2018


I've been thinking of getting T a nice xylophone (i.e. not Fisher Price). I was at the music store for C's lesson earlier in the week and impulsed a nice 25-key child's xylophone, after having a store employee check it out for me. I've got it set up in T's room now.

I've asked C to work a little with T on the xylophone (for the usual financial consideration--$2 per 15 minutes). C has never had a xylophone lesson (!) but it's a fun little instrument, and I can hear her picking out a Star Trek theme right now.

I'll probably also have C teach T a little ukulele later in the summer when C has less going on.