Thursday, May 29, 2014

Merry at Merrimack

Who wouldn't be merry when the pool is open for the summer!  We were so lucky to score a membership at Merrimack Pool a few years ago.  We must have spent half of Memorial Day Weekend there, and brought along many friends to share in the fun.

Joseph really impressed me by swimming from one end of the pool to the other without stopping multiple times!  He needs work on his technique, but it was still pretty awesome to see.  It's also much more relaxing to not have him hanging onto me the entire time since he can swim pretty well, and it helps that he's gown so much and can touch the bottom pretty easily now.

You know what I'm not so impressed with?  Instagram.  I mean, it's OK, but so far all I see are people posting pictures they then post on Facebook, so I get to see everything twice.  Maybe I'm not doing the social networking thing right?  Then again, Ben and Jerry's , as in the Ben and Jerry's , did like my ice cream snap.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Professor Turns 7

Joseph went mad for Jack's Mad Science birthday party last weekend!  Not shocking, since he's currently enrolled in a Mad Science enrichment program after school on Fridays.

The professor and his little brother, with help from the best lab assistant a boy could hope for (their mom, Missy, of course!), prepped all the guests for some wacky experiments with safety goggles and photo  ID's.

Dr. Jack was caught cooking up some chemical reactions of his own until the professionals arrived.  Joseph was front and center, often on the edge of his seat, and happily volunteered to help out any chance he could.

Making slime is always a favorite with 6 and 7 year olds, but not before taking an oath to not eat it and to keep it off of the furniture and carpets at home.

But not much compares to launching a real rocket!

The lunch tables were set with all the amazing details Missy always dreams up: a periodic table back drop, a birthday banner made of beakers, H2O bottles, petri dishes with Jello and gummy worms,  gum ball molecules, and lots of biohazard signs.

Dry ice was procured at the last minute for some bubbling centerpieces, and the kids couldn't get enough of it!

Mr. Matt came through with some explosive fun of this own at the end of the party, making a geyser out of soda bottles and Mentos candy.  Twice!


Joseph had been talking about having an art party for his own birthday come July, but now he's focused on Mad Science!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Pan Asian

If the world ever runs out of Mexican food (most notably steak quesadillas with a side of rice and beans), we should be OK, since JT does mighty fine with Asian cuisine as well.  "Peanut chicken" (aka Kung Pao), fried rice, and spring rolls are all favorites from our local Chinese place, Mei Wah.

He loved the satay, curry, and noodle dishes at Tara Thai.  For months now he's been stealing sushi off our plates and insisting one of us get some for lunch on the weekends so we can share with him.  We finally ordered him his own California rolls when we had dinner at Passion Fin last week.  So much fun to see him use kiddie chopsticks now!

I love that he's become even more of an adventurous eater over the past year!  The fun cocktails don't hurt either.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

For the Birds

Remember how I said Joe Joe's class had eggs in an incubator?  Well, chicken eggs hatch after 21 days.  For the past week there have been six adorable little chicks peeping away all day long in the classroom.  They go back to the farm to live long, happy, productive lives tomorrow.

Chicks dig him.

While on the topic of birds, we also happened to discover a nest tucked up right on top of one of the posts of our pergola last week.  If you look closely you can see a little tail sticking out between the rafters,

which belongs to a mama robin.  Maybe we'll have chicks at home soon too!