So, I found this awesome blog post with fizzy sidewalk paint. How great for my boys! Outside, paint, mess, and science fizzing. I set to work one lovely morning!
The recipe called for 1 box of baking soda, 1/2 cup of corn starch, and warm almost hot water to get the thickness. I put a bit of water in, too thick. A bit more, still a thick paste. A little bit more….super thin. What? Oh well. Poured it into a few cups, added food coloring, and set the boys loose.
It became immediately evident that it was too thin, as anything they painted was a slightly tinted wet spot. But hey, they were having fun.
Once the painting fun wore off, I filled up a squirt bottle with about 1/4 water and 3/4 vinegar. I took it out to test spray…and the end of the bottle that makes it spray like we need instead of a thin squirt is missing. What? Ugh. Ok, so we’ll squirt and get some fizz. And we did. A teeeny, tiny bit where they painted, because duh, very little baking soda made it into the paint they were using.
So, I improvised. I stirred up the paints I could find (um, where did the red go?) and dumped them. Read the rest of this entry »
Back in February, I was in charge of putting on our district Science Fair. Over 300 students (high school and middle school) from across our district come present their projects and over 130 judges interview them. It is a long day that is the product of months of planning.
It is held at the state university in town and we use the ball room in the student union for all the displays and interviews. There were 2 other nursing moms — so when the “mommy time” came around, I set out to find us a place to pump. I asked the nice gentleman at the help desk.
“Excuse me, sir. This is a bit awkward, but I am wondering Read the rest of this entry »
This is a photo of me, my mom, and her mom, my Gram Melva. We took this photo on a Mother’s Day weekend trip to Cambria in 1996. If you’ve had the opportunity to read my piece in the Moms Are Nuts humor anthology, then you are already quite familiar with my Gram Melva. If you have not read the Moms Are Nuts book yet, stop with the waiting. Leave a comment below and I will choose one of you guys at random and send you a free book. I will post the winner on Saturday.
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Adam and Eve
Needlepoint, Ruth Rosenberg, circa 1970s
“Mom, who’s your very best friend?”
“I’m lucky. I have Dad, and Aunt Jen, and Auntie Karen…”
“My best friend is God.”
I used to make fun of my grandma and grandpa who were as religious about their coffee as my grandma was about Jesus. When we would go on family road trips, fueling them with coffee was as essential as fueling the car with gas. There was always a pot brewing in their kitchen – or ours when they would visit. Their love affair with coffee was cute, yet hard to understand when I was younger.
Life has since schooled me. I get it now. Like – I reallllly get it. Coffee is my BFF. Just like that graphic says, I would still be in bed were it not for coffee. The invention of the Keurig stands as the greatest invention in the history of mankind. I say coffee is more important than the wheel, for without coffee, I would not be able to spend as much time in the car as I do.
This is what my coffee area looks like mid-day.
Some may say I have a problem.
Me? I say I have found the solution.
“Mom? Time for the plan for tomorrow, please. Number one.”
“First we get up.”
“Then we do morning things.”
“I take you to school.”
“You’ll do school and I’ll see you there for a little while because I’m volunteering for reading groups tomorrow.”
“Cool. Number five.”
“I’ll pick you up from school.”
“We’ll come home and then I don’t know what the plan is until dinner.”
“We’ll have dinner.”
“Take a bath and get ready for bed.”
“Stories, prayers, and bedtime.”
“And then we make a new plan.”
“Correct. How’s that all sound?”
“It’s okay, I guess, but the plan kind of falls apart around number six. We should work on that in the morning.”
I know that for years- even when I was a little girl I prayed for the day I would become a mother.
You heard me and in Your infinite wisdom You knew it was something that I would NOT have been ready for in my 20′s. Read the rest of this entry »
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