Science is Fun!


This is your brain.
This is your brain in your (purple) skull.

This is your brain after dropped 18 inches with nothing between the skull and the brain.DSC_2523
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This is your brain with cerebral spinal fluid protecting it.

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We did find one small crack as we worked to get the brain/egg out…but nothing like the first time! (Cerebral spinal fluid was played by corn syrup).

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Last month we were studying the heart. Our book suggested making a heart model with graham crackers and colored frosting.

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Marshmallows were the veins/arteries, and red/blue were to show us oxygenated blood vs. hte blood needing to go to the heart. I made sure they knew they weren’t really blue/red! :) This was a tasty lab!

I Think I Remember How To Do This…


Yep, its been awhile since I’ve blogged….So, here’s a quick summary–Halloween, the week of was warm and we carved Pumpkins in our Tshirts, then it got super cold and Trick or Treating was FREEZING. And it was my turn to take the kids out. We let the older 2 go together and I went with the younger 2…they lasted much longer than I thought!

Then November, the kids had a Discovery Day at school and we celebrated the first Thanksgiving–here are our simple attempts at Pilgrim costumes.

Then we had an Open House to help Alex do a science experiment for his class project. He fed 15 adults and 15 kids 4 types of lemonade with various levels of sourness, to see if kids or adults were more sensitive to it.

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The 4th cup was really sour.

Will’s experiment was to extract iron from 4 types of cereal. It was super gross. :)

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Then it was Thanksgiving!! We enjoyed the weekend at my Mom and Dad’s.


And now, I need to go fold laundry, so I’ll have try December another night.  :)

Pumpkin Patch


Last Monday I took the younger two to a pumpkin patch…we didn’t go last year, so they didn’t remember it at all–it was so fun to watch them re-experience it!  We went to the same place I’ve taken the older two when they were young.

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As we walked up, they were amazed at all the little pumpkins just in the walkway.

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Attempts at nice pictures were hard with silly kids.

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I got a few nice ones as we waited for the tractor ride.

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They loved the tractor ride. We didn’t pick out a pumpkin in the field because we already had plenty from visiting Grandma’s the week before,  ut we had fun looking at different ones. Then it started to rain and we headed back to the tractor.

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We visited the petting zoo area as the rain got harder (there were several covered areas) and saw rabbits, 2 donkeys, several goats, a sheep and lots of chickens…we only pet the donkeys as we fed them.   The rain let up and we had fun with the pumpkin cutout and eating lunch. Then we played in the hay pile an the straw maze…until I heard thunder and saw dark clouds and I decided it was time to go. Neither child was happy, but it was time. We’ll see if we make it back before the season ends. :)

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Attempts At A Group Picture


We managed to find a Colts jersey that fit each boy and I wanted to get a picture of all of them. Here are some of the outtakes (James said I should post some to show what I go through to try to get a picture.)

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One of my favorite parts? Marcus’ identical stunned look for so many of the pictures, when I had the other three smiling so well–how did I not notice it and get him to smile?


Conversations with Marcus & David


Conversations with David

While we were out running errands on Friday morning, “Is it 2:00?” “No, its 10:00.” “Maybe at home its 2.”

(2 is very important to him now, that’s the time Marcus is home from preschool. Usually around noon, I start getting asked if its 2 yet).

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“Mommy, its 7-0 .” “That’s called seventy.” He replied, “It was seventy-one, now its seventy-zero. I’m going to call it seventy zero.”


We’ve been doing more baking as something for David to help me with while Marcus is gone (he LOVES to help). Last week I was making pumpkin bread. David decided he didn’t like the smell of pumpkin, but he still wanted to help stir…resulting in this hilarious picture!

Conversation with Marcus

Marcus was telling us about his day at preschool, “We saw a movie about Johnny Appleseed. He picked lots of apples, dat’s all he cared about!”

Science In Action


A few weeks ago, after we learned about the cell, we made edible cells, with jello and candy. There was no way I could leave the younger two out, so we made four.

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What we learned–aside from reviewing the parts of the cell, is the book’s recommendation for cytoplasm (yellow + plain jello) was gross. And very hard to insert things in, in the picture of David, he was having a hard time  getting his nucleus (giant gum drop) to stay in the cell.

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But it was a fun way to review!

Around the same time, we found caterpillars in our carrot patch. Thanks to goggle, we discovered these are black swallowtail butterfly caterpillars.


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We borrowed a butterfly container from friends and had fun watching 4 munch away on carrot tops.  They are now in their chrysalises and should hatch in the spring.