Archive for October, 2014

March 26, 2014: The 4th graders had to participate in the school’s science fair this year. They had well over a month to come up and execute a science fair topic. Z’s topic was “What to Water With”. Basically he grew three sets of beans and watered each plant with something different. He recorded his findings over a three week period of time. He was to create a journal and a display board showing his finding. What did he water with? Funny you should ask. Water, capri-sun, and milk were his choices. Everything was fine until the plant watered with milk rotted and the house smelled like SHIT. Literally! It smelled like SHIT! But we decided to powered through for science. Well, after three weeks of it, I couldn’t stand it anymore and that dang plant being watered with milk had to go! Of course my boy thought the smell of SHIT in the house was funny! Silly kid.

Back to the serious part of the project. The best thing to water plants with is …. water! Z did an outstanding job in his project! He got the top score he could get for his project! I am so proud of him!

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After school treat

Posted: October 20, 2014 in General Information, School

March 20, 2014: Hot chocolate and a double chocolate brownie from Starbuck’s fixes a bad day at school! EVERYTIME! I love this boy!

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Den Meeting Time

Posted: October 20, 2014 in Cub Scouts

March 19, 2014: Another Cub Scout den meeting at our house. I think this time they learned about circuit boards and sonograms. I can’t remember for sure but they sure have a lot of papers on the table 🙂 Webelos hard at work!

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Kitchen Helper

Posted: October 20, 2014 in Around the House

March 17, 2014: Z wanted to help me make dinner. Veggies and scrambled eggs. I love my kitchen helper!

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March 16, 2014:  Literally! But first, a little back story. We were driving to take C back to Portland on of the times he came to visit and Z saw the advertisement on the marquee at the Tacoma Dome that the PBR (Professional Bull Riding) would be there in March. And since he did a big presentation on the Rodeo when he was in 3rd grade he really wanted to see bull riding (one of the events in rodeos). So we bought tickets to go and the countdown until PBR started.

So March 16 finally arrived and we had to rush home from zoo camp so we could get cleaned up in time to drive to Tacoma for the PBR. We had the best seats and were so close to the event floor. We sure had a great time and it brought back so many memories of when I used to go to the Houston Rodeo when I was younger. Boy do I miss Texas now! Z thought it was super cool and the event was on ESPN too! And don’t get me started on the crazy rodeo clowns, love those guys! After the show, the bull riders went around and signed autographs for all the kids. These group of young men were so polite and kind to take time out for the kids. Z talked about how cool the show was the whole way home. And when he got home he proudly displayed his autographed program on his dresser and it is still there. (I am a bit late in this posting)

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March 15-15, 2014: Our Cub Scout Pack did another overnight camp at the zoo but this time I got to go with Z. It was so much fun! We got to meet and sleep in the Zoomazium and got to go tour the zoo at night. The program was called “a Zoo Keeper’s Life” so we got to experience some of the behind the scenes that the zoo keepers get to do. We also got to see where all the food is stored for all the animals. We even got to go into the freezer there they keep freeze dried animals that they use for food. The biggest frozen animal we saw was a big bunny but they said they have frozen horse parts for the lions, etc. Creepy huh! The kids loved it! Well, at least my kid did 🙂

We got to eat dinner in the Zoomazium and had a close encounter session with a snake and a blue tongued skink. Yes, I touched them both. The boys also got to make enrichment boxes for some birds that they put out for the birds the next morning. After the zoo tour the kids got to play on the playscape and then we settled in for the night. We woke to some silly music that the tour guides played and after breakfast we went on another tour of the zoo. This time we got to see some animals just waking up. The wolves were the coolest part.

We couldn’t stay and hang out at the zoo after the program because we had tickets to another activity. See next post 🙂

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March 9, 2014: Z and B decided today would be a great day for us to go out to geo cache for the first time. So B loaded a geo caching app on his phone, we leashed the dogs and off we went to a local park. Ok, geo caching takes patience and I am not the best with patience! We only found the first cache right away! How cool is that! Z was so excited! So, we were off to the next one. Only this one wasn’t so easy to find. We spent a ton of time looking for the second one in the freaking rain and never found it. I think someone moved it and didn’t report it. Regardless, we did have a fun time walking around the park and even let the dogs run around in the dog park area of the park. It was a win-win for everyone 🙂 I certainly see more geo caching in our future – just not in the rain 🙂

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Pinewood Derby 2014

Posted: October 20, 2014 in Cub Scouts

March 4, 2014: It is Pinewood Derby time in Cub Scouts! This is always such a fun time for everyone! The boys build their own cars (most build their own) and some of the siblings and parents also build cars. Each race is fun to watch. But this year the cars hit the finish line bumper so hard that there were a lot of cars that got mangled. Some cars even lost parts because the cars hit the end so hard. Unfortunately, Z’s car had troubles this year. It started out going really strong and doing well but the wheels got all jacked up causing drag and his race time to worsen with each race. The bummer part is we had no idea the wheels were all jacked up so we didn’t know to fix them before racing again. Z ended up in the top 16 in the Pack, but he was a bit upset because his dad’s car finished in the top three of the parent race.

No matter the outcome of the race, I am proud of Z for designing and building a totally awesome derby car! He did win the Best Wood Carving award in the Pack!

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February 28, 2014: Yep, these guys waited until last minute to get their cars made for the Pinewood Derby 🙂 Personally, I think these two work best under pressure and love to watch me self destruct because of the stress they cause me by waiting until last minute.

B makes Z take a major role in making his car each year. Z always comes up with his personal spin on what his car should look like. This year he wanted his initials craved out in the center of the car. What a great idea! I love his design! Z had to be very careful when he worked with the dremmel tool. SInce he carved out so much of the car, they had to load liquid weights into the back of the car. Hubby makes Z do the melting. I know I should be nervous watching Z work the torch but instead I am all in the way trying to get the perfect pictures. Because it is all about the pictures, right!

The other car shown below was B’s car, he named it “Biohazard”.

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Den Meeting – lots of work

Posted: October 20, 2014 in Cub Scouts

February 26, 2014: We had another den meeting and this one had a lot of work to get through. Here is a quick picture to show they actually do work at these meetings 🙂

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