Sunday, September 27, 2015

She blinded me with science!!

So this was a big week... I turned six! Six has found me in Kindergarten.  Although I still gravitate to Pink and Blue, when asked, I say I love all of the colors, especially black and grey because they are interesting.  When I grow up I want to be a Doctor... to help people and because I am totally fascinated with innards.  I love Kindergarten, though remain quiet/shy sometimes, I have already made some great friends.  I love copying my brother, and he tolerates it reasonably well... and I LOVE a party.  
 Owen generously put together a science kit for me from his own precious stash, I loved it!
 and then I added it to the Chemistry kit Uncle Ry sent... Thanks!  We have already gone through several of the experiments this weekend!
 I came home from ballet to a beautiful bouquet from Great auntie Gigi, and a ton of wonderful other things to wear and read and play!  Thank you sweet family and friends for making turning Six so special!

 
 Owen really got to start as part of the safety patrol and has been getting up early to make sure that all of the kids get to school safetly !  The joys and responsibilities in fourth grade are working well for him.
 We got to see all of his work at back to school night, where he did a great job showing us his entire classroom.

 I also got a turn to show off my classroom, especially our turtle Gump.
 and all of our books!

A lot of my excitement this week was building up to my birthday party.  It was a real treat to get friends from so many parts of my life together.  My bestie from Preschool, my wonderful and fun family friends, and my new friends from Kindergarten!  We had a super awesome Science Party!
 Lots of activities were planned, including a pH art project
 of course, safety gear for all...
 Dad helped us put together toothbrush robots.



 and we made flubber... with glitter glue to make it extra sparkly and fun!

Owen helped lead us all in lots of bubbly, foamy fun.  First of course, baking soda and vinegar explosions.  


 Owen did a mentos and soda demonstration for all of us




And for my birthday this year, I wanted ice-cream sandwiches (Auntie donna style)  They were a big hit! 
 
To chill out, after all of that research, creation and fun,  Val kindly read us a mad-scientist story
 and pshew!  You would that that would do it for the day, but we actually cleaned up pretty quickly, and Owen and I got out my new chemistry set and got to work making salt crystals.


 We were lucky to have such a beautiful day to spend with our wonderful friends.
 Of course playing with flubber just gets more fun...
 Dad's convinced with the sparkly pastel that we have recreated unicorn boogers pretty accurately.
 Today we headed over to the Woodstock Farmer's market for the first time this season (before the season is over!)
 Mom thinks this is the exact look Uncle Ryan gives her, often.
 he also practiced riding without his hands and claims he was better during bike camp but still can make it a little ways hands free.
 Mom working hard waiting for us to finish racing.  She got the story of the buddy bench from Owen.  If you are on the play-ground and want to play with people, but are alone, you sit on the buddy bench, and other kids will see you sitting there and come over to sit with you or ask you to play!  Owen says K-2 kids pile up on the bench sometimes, but the bigger kids don't use it as much.  Still, a pretty sweet idea.
 With my birthday comes fall.  It is super special because that's how Mom and Dad told Owen what my birthday would be... when the leaves started to fall from the tree.  This week our first bright red and yellow leaves started drifting down.  Happy Autumn!
 We snuck out in our pajamas to see the super moon, lunar eclipse!  It's hard to get a real photo with our camera but it was fun treking up the hill to hang out with the neighbors admiring the red moon!

Happy Autumn and lunare eclipse all!  It was a pretty perfect weekend.

Mom just got word that her Uncle Teddy passed away, and is a bit sad, though he had a long and magnificent life.  He was a discerning guy, much like Great-Grandpa Jerry with a great smile and great love for his community.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Swifts

This weekend we had a great week at school!  I got trained to be a safety patrol volunteer and am excited to start next week!  
 Friday night, after wushu, we walked down the street to Chapman elementary where they have the Vaux Swifts roosting in their chimney this month.
 We set up our picnic with hundreds of other people and our friends J E and V who came to join us.  We hadn't seen this event since Grace was born, so it was pretty fun to share it with her too!  
 we had our dinner and the kids ran all around
 until the sunset, and the swifts all came home to roost.  It was pretty fun, a hawk set up camp right on the Chimney and waited, scaring off the flock for a while until she finally caught one and flew off to enjoy her meal, then finally the rest could come home.
 We gathered under the tree with the hawk, and about a dozen other kids catching swift feathers.  Saturday we got to celebrate our friend's birthdays!  Happy Birthday Linda, Alex and Ellie!
 It was a great day of running all around in the inside gym, and later outside as well.
 Our sweet friends put on a super fun party!

 Happy birthday buds!  While we were celebrating, Dad was out fishing with heroes on the water, and managed to bring home one crab... (and had a beautiful day on the water, the vet he was with caught a big ol' wild salmon though, she was pretty thrilled but had to let it go).  Anyhow, Dad picked up some squid and big mushrooms and made a fantastic seafood chowmein for dinner tonight!  The sun has been good to us this weekend, and it is hard to say bye to summer, but Grace and I are ready for fall!