Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Science Projects

So yesterday I got a fun delivery.  I got the box of science goodies I ordered from Steve Spangler Science.  Really fun stuff and the kids and I are having a blast playing with everything.  The rocket balloons are incredible fun, highly recommend!  There was one issue with an item though...I ordered the fog blaster and after filling it with the fog fluid, putting in new batteries, and turning it on it began to have a funny smell.  It started making the fog rings (which were really cool by the way!) and then about a minuter later I hear a 'pop' and the filament inside catches fire!  OK, that's probably not supposed to happen, right?  This morning I call the company and the woman who answered was incredibly nice and apologetic.  She wanted to know did I want a new one, a refund, or what.  The kids were loving it for the minute it was working so I asked for a new one to be sent out.  She said she'd have Steve look at the one that caught fire and keep in touch with me on the safety of these things.  Overall I'm really impressed with this company and am kinda sorry I didn't chose to become a science teacher!  So many fun things out there to teach kids about science. 

I hope we don't have the same problem with the new one, but this is obviously a parental supervision only product! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

How cool to have goals?

I'm spending the day going through my office organizing and purging and came across the beginning of a list I made 12/31/02 titled, "Goals in Life List."   I just had to share it!

  • To pay off the Durango - DONE, we no longer own it either!

  • To ride with the dolphins - still working on this one

  • To run a race longer than 2 miles - DONE, as of last November!

  • To have another baby - DONE, have you all met Ella?

  • To create a web-page - DONE, I think this qualifies!

  • To travel cross country - PARTIALLY DONE, I don't think this one will ever be completed because there is so much to see

  • Own a piece of jewelry from Tiffany's - DONE, 2 actually...thank you Aaron!

Wow, I'm pretty proud to say that I was able to accomplish most of these in only a few years but really this list is pretty pathetic!  I think it's time to work on a new list of life goals.  More with meaning and a real purpose.

I also came across this quote I love....
"Above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that's why I made works of art." --Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Monday, February 20, 2006

Beautiful Day for the Park


Click here for some more pictures of our day in the park

80's night...Like Totally Rad!

Saturday we had our monthly Dinner Club night and it was like so totally rad!  Everything 80's all night long, what could be better?  So much fun, but I just can't get over the fact for the most part we all ACTUALLY dressed that way!  And from the sounds of it, it's coming back in fashion....NOOOOOO! 

Check out our awesome pics.... 80's Dinner Club


I recently saw a link to this European commercial on another blog and think it is so cool.  Jacob loves it too and is constantly asking me to play it for him.  If you explore the site you can also see video clips of how they did it.  The song is really cool too....'Heartbeats' by Jose Gonzalez. 

Check it out here!!  Bouncy Balls

Friday, February 17, 2006

Just testing some stuff...

I've seen other people add video and sound to their blogs, I just wondered if I could too. 

If this works, here's a short video of Rob doing David Bowie's, "Let's Dance" in Australia the other night.  (!  Just happened to have it handy...I'll post video of the kids if it works later!)
Download RobThomas_15th_feb_081.MOV

Now here's some audio....
Download 02_long_day.wma

If you care to, give it a try and give me some feedback on whether it worked, took a long time to load, etc....
feel free!  You can either email me or post in the comments section.

EDITED:  Ok, now I see when it posts, it shows a link to download the video and audio.  My next trick will be to format it so that you get a button right from the page to view and listen.  Wish me luck!  :-)

Fun with Photo Booth

Yeah, sometimes we've lost our minds! 

Photo_23 Photo_25

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Nifty Trick!

I was just playing around with my computer and found this cool feature I didn't know it had.  It's called Grab Screen and it takes a snapshot of the computer screen.  Just thought it was cool!  Here's what my screen looks like right now....

Can I just say I love my Mac?

Totally cool website for kids (and adults too!)

I'm always on the lookout for fun projects for the kids and I to do together.  The days are VERY, VERY long without some kind of activity!  Being housebound by a sprained ankle is maddening for me.  Yesterday I took advantage of Aaron being home and we took a trip to Toys R Us to look for art supplies and Play Doh for the kids...very sad, our Toys R Us is closing down and everything is at major discounts, unfortunately they didn't have much of anything left.  I thought I'd check online for some ideas and found this great website of educational projects (and some not so educational!) for the kids.  Steve Spangler Science Projects 

Now I just need to narrow down my choices.  So far I think we're going to go for the Smoke Ring Launcher and Instant Snow!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Just for fun!!

Happy Birthday to Rob Thomas today!!  Hehehe!!!

Monday, February 13, 2006

My Evening Views



Fun New Discovery

I recently discovered a really interesting and fun website.  It's called Pandora.  What it is is a group of music lovers and musicians who studied thousands of songs, broke them down into melody, harmony, lyrics, arrangement, etc. and created something called the Music Genome Project.  You can then go to the website and type in a favorite artist or song and a playlist will be created for you based on other artists and song similars to ones you love.  You can then have that playing in the background and best of all, it's free!  Through this site I've been introduced to some artists I never would have found otherwise. 

Check it out!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Thursday, February 09, 2006

So funny!

Check out this funny Back to the Future mash up with Brokeback Mountain.  I thought it was very clever and hilarious!  Brokeback to the Future

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Monday, February 06, 2006

The Real Reason the Steeler's won the Superbowl....

Look how cute their cheerleader is!

Jacob even got into it a little bit...


Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Tuesday Adventures, gone wrong....VERY wrong....

My new weekly date with the kids is to take them to Open Gym at one of the local gymnastics places in town.  They love going and it's usually a struggle to get them to leave when it's all over.  T
his last Tuesday was no exception.  We had a wonderful time playing on the trampolines, foam pit, balls, scooters, etc., until I decided to get a little too tricky on the trampoline.  By the end of the day I had these....


Yep, I now have a badly sprained right ankle and pretty much have to stay off it for the next week.  It's gonna be fun.   

Here's a link to some of the photos I took while things were still happy.  Click here for photos