Category Archives: Fun

How Smart is Your Brain?

Since Anna has finished her science book, and we still have 3 or 4 months of school left, we decided to let her choose the topics that interested her most from her book and research them online.

Today’s topic was the eye. We found a really cool site that teaches about how your eye has a blind spot. To compensate for this, your brain automatically fills in what it thinks should be there based on what is surrounding the object in your blind spot.

Go ahead. Check it out. But I suggest not doing it near bedtime. Not only will your brain be mostly sleeping and may not feel up to “filling in,” but (if you can get your brain to work) you might find yourself staying up later than you had intended. πŸ™‚ Anna’s response to the science lesson: “This is fun!” Cool!

A Snowman With Personality

During our last snowfall, the kids and I built a snowman together. I rolled the bottom ball, Anna rolled the middle one, and Peter rolled the head. Phillip busied himself dusting snow off the van (not sure why, but he was more interested in that than the snowman).

Luke agreed to help stack the three balls, so as soon as we got the balls as big as they needed to be, I came in to let Luke know we were ready. He took a glance outside and said, “That’s not big enough. Make it as big as you can manage, so I did.

Now that snowman may not look very big to you in the pictures, but I tell you, rolling that ball was no easy feat! It got so big that I was literally laying across it, pushing with my feet and hoping it didn’t roll the wrong way and dump me on the ground! Then I noticed that I had to move it about 5 feet over to where we were planning to have the snowman stand. Of course, inΒ  a foot of snow, it grew quite a bit in that distance. Talk about some exercise as I used my whole body to roll the huge snowball across our driveway, wondering with each push if it was going to budge. It was fun, though!

I helped Anna make the middle ball bigger because the size ratio for her was about the same as for me with the bigger one. We had very little trouble working together. And I had no trouble at all making Peter’s head bigger. Unfortunately I dropped it and broke it twice before I was done. So, I guess you could say Peter’s head was a remake. πŸ˜€

After Luke helped put Mr. Snowman together, he was taller than me and almost as tall as Luke. And best of all, he seemed to have a bit of personality. He had a bright smile* and rosey cheeks that just brought life to him! He also seemed to be leaning comfortably to the side as if to say, “Aren’t I cool?” And he really was….until he melted.

But never fear, the snow is falling again as I type, and you never know. Mr. Snowman might just return with all his coolness and give us another bright, crooked, frozen smile!

*If you are wondering, Mr. Snowman had jelly bean eyes, a carrot nose, a gummy worm mouth, skittle buttons, and broken sponge mop arms. And he didn’t complain a bit about having broken arms!

Christmas 2008

Tonight we had our family Christmas time and then we got to spend the rest of the day with two other families from church. We don’t seem to get the opportunity to get together often just to enjoy each other’s company, so today was a big treat! We ate finger foods, played board games, and joked with each other! Thanks to the Reynolds’ family for having us over and being very hospitable.

I have to tell you that playing board games is one of my favorite things to do with a group. If someone pulls out a board game, it is hard for me to say “no.” I am a fun-aholic and actually have a difficult time stopping once I have started. Anyone else have that problem? What is your favorite thing to do with a group?

Premature Family Night

We are having family night a day early this week because Luke was sick and thought a movie sounded good. Since we had already gotten library movies for Family Night, we decided it was a go. πŸ™‚

We started out with a Christmas chain to help the kids know how many days until Christmas without asking Mom or Dad. They can just pick up the chain and count the days.

This is the first year Bethany got to help with the chain. She actually colored little designs instead of scribbling all over the links like I expected. I was quite impressed with the personality and artistic ability that each child’s work showed!

Now that I have taken this break to get my daily blog post taken care of, we are off to put the two little ones to bed and watch Eragon and eat rice krispy balls with the older three!

Five Stones

While visiting with friends from Singapore last week, we were introduced to a new game similar to jacks. It is called Five Stones. It is a fun game that can be played with stones or can easily be made. The game would be a cool gift idea this season. It could also save you money to put toward something more useful.

A video really can’t capture the game well because it is done so fast, so watch closely. If you want to try playing, go ahead and read the rules. Have fun!

Walking on Water (Almost)

Mom Unplugged wrote a post about a cornstarch and water mixture that has a wet, yet very solid consistency. She called it “oobleck” from Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss.

I have to admit that when I saw the mess made with this project on Mom UnPlug’s post, I didn’t think it was worth it. But then I clicked on the link to watch this video and was quite impressed. Maybe it’s worth the mess!

Which is the Turkey?

Luke worked really hard to make this pinata look like a real turkey. He did a good enough job that he convinced a friend’s chocolate lab hunting dog that it was real. We had quite a battle with the dog while getting these pictures. If you look close on the second picture, you will see her.

Note: Not only was this posted with permission from my hubby, but he actually suggested the title. What a sport!

Making Pinatas – Part 4

If you haven’t read parts 1, 2, or 3 yet, feel free to go catch up before (or after) you continue. If you don’t like ketchup with your blogs, just continue reading. πŸ˜€

When we were making the pinatas, we put on many many layers because we were afraid the home made pinatas might not be as tough as the store bought ones. They were, after all, only put together with flour and water. We went light on the one the little kids would be hitting, though.

Let me tell you, the strength of those pinatas was a big surprise! The kids had a hard time with the one we went easy on! When we got up to the next age group and saw how hard they were hitting the pinata and only making dents, we decided to let a few adults try. Three different men whacked the pinata with all they had and still only left dents!

For the toughest pinata (for the oldest kids), the guys finally gave in and cut slits in it. Even then, the pinata still held strong. Finally, they raised it all the way to the ceiling and let it hit the concrete. That worked! The only downfall was that some of the candy took quite a beating (but it still tasted good, I’m sure)! Needless to say, we were quite pleased with the strength of our pinatas! I must say, though, I am now curious what flour does to our bodies when we eat it if it is that sticky! πŸ™‚

And now for the moment you have all been waiting for! The finished pinatas!! I will tell you ahead of time that they are a turkey, a pie, and 2 pumpkins.