Sunday, January 30, 2011

Blow it up!

Our motto since we were housebound, trapped by nearly 2 feet of snow in our drive way, has been, "when trapped, blow stuff up!"
But what could we explode?
A Volcano!

We taped a glass soda bottle onto a big pan, and covered it around, cone shaped with black shiny construction type paper.
We mixed up a slurry of equal parts flour and water,

ripped up newspaper,

and got our hands dirty.
We wanted to blow it up quickly.
First we tried a hair dryer.

It took too long for our liking, so we put it in a 175 degree oven for a few hours.
Next we put a base layer of black.

We wanted to like put trees towards the bottom, some brown rocks up the edges and snow around the rim.

That all changed drastically

 when the kids got the paints out!

It was painful waiting for it to dry.
So while we waited, we looked at the lava rocks we brought home from Hawaii.
We also checked out some pumice stone.

Looked at it even closer..

In the end the paint all mixed together and it was black again. Isn't that weird?
Finally it was time! There was definitely a learning curve. It took a few turns to get the consistency and color right.
First up Marlin,

Kinda pale and white.

 Not as lava-ish as we wanted.
Tweaked the formula for Kaya's turn.

Definitely an improvement,

but not good enough..

We needed way more color!
So we really loaded up on the red color for Ev's turn.

We liked it much better!

Basically, our lava is:
1/2 cup warm water
7-10 drops of dishwashing liquid ( we were never accurate)
5 teaspoons baking soda
A LOT of red food coloring.
Mix that up well and pour into bottle of volcano.
Measure about 1/2 cup white vinegar.
Pour into bottle.
Prepare for squeals of delight!
We used his volcano for about 20 eruptions. One night we over did it and got the outer layers all wet and it just kind of disintegrated. I am sure there will be another one sooner or later.
Go now.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Zoey got stuck in a drift.

Our dogs decided to try and chase a deer. It did not go so well. Odie, the big dog, just sat there for a half hour before he attempted to come home. The boys love watching this video and wanted me to share!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Another BIG snow day

In pictures!

 and a few words...
Another 18 inches. This was a 4 foot fence once.

 Kaya is not such a fan.

 It takes him a while to deal with the feel of snow clothes.
But he catches his mojo eventually!

 Marlin is ok with the snow,

she likes it the most out of the three.
 Ev needs some convincing,

But he is predictable.

He has a great time, until he tires. Then he is bear, and usually needs to be carried in.
 The dogs LOVE the snow!
They are so funny.

Mostly though, they love to be with the kids out there.
So it was feeding time and we had to trek up to the barn.

When you have to trek through two feet of snow in some areas, sometimes carrying water. It's invigorating to put it kindly.
Couldn't get the barn door open. Again.

So we had to climb the fence.
Good plan, and the kids are able to stay on the new snow. But I sink mid thigh.

There may have been explicatives uttered loudly.
 I made it over and had to crawl a bit. But it worked. I made it in through Carly's stall to open the usual door.
 You can see why it did not open,


 and with out dog:

A view of the horse stalls.

That is so much snow!
We made it back down.

Some of us.

Eventually, we did.
 Tunneled a little,

 And called it a night.
Hot damn.

Kaya's date

Kaya, has a few admirers around.
 You know, he is cute, kind, quiet.. Why wouldn't he be a catch?
He has two girls who adore him, one is away in Florida right now, so that left him wide open.  Another smart girl seized the opportunity and made her move.
She set a romantic table, and lured him in by decorating with his prized collection of sharks.

They conversed about stuff amidst background music.

She fed him frozen fruit with drizzled honey.
Nectars of the gods, I suppose..

I think she tried to get him to dance. At least that is what I was told when I discovered him crouched behind the couch...
 All in all, a fine date!
When I asked him about it, there were lots of giggles, eye rolls, and hand gestures.

"Mom, girls love to play this game with me! At least it's better than letting them do a make over on me!"
 What a guy!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Our up to's

Well, winter here has been well, very wintery. I can not remember a snowier one. We have been getting storms as much as twice a week. This one that is happening as we speak may leave us with another 14 inches. Then we have another on Sat, and again on Tues..
So we have had lots of indoor time. My kids are not big snow kids, so they go out on and off but not very often or for very long.
So we have been somehow making do!
With baking

Snow grafitti

Playing around with gasses

Cornstarch goo and popsicles...

slime gunk?

 Pc- ing



and THE perfect remedy for another snowy day,

time with friends at the pool!

Thankfully, the world is full of enough good stuff to get us through this season.
I hope...