30 January 2011

Bouquet of Balloon Flowers for a Special Friend

We are celebrating a very big birthday with a very good friend. Hubs has been honing his balloon making skills lately (YouTube ... an invaluable resource!) and we hoped that a balloon bouquet would make our friend smile today.

Spud has been practicing too. His specialties so far are windmills and indescribable kitchen instruments. Hmmm. I feel another post coming ... in the meantime ... Happy Birthday Kiley.

29 January 2011

Spud's Modest Life List at Age 6

Spud's list is rather small. And that is no accident. He's afraid if he makes it too long, he won't get it all in. He's already cautioned me about my life list; he thinks it's far too ambitious.

1. Become an architect
2. Have around 10 kids (This doesn't necessarily include marriage. He's not committing to that one yet.)
3. Learn to play a brass instrument
4. Learn Spanish
5. Go> Disney World, Florida
6. Go> The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Florida
7. See the Pyramids in Egypt
8. Either watch in person OR participate in a Summer Olympic Games
9. Fly in a plane without walls (e.g. ultralight)

21 January 2011

Photo Friday #35


Our last trip to Seattle, Washington included the much anticipated tour of Boeing's The Future of Flight Aviation Centre, where we saw the detailed assembly line of commercial jets. Since we were not actually allowed to take cameras on the tour itself, these photos here are in the Materials Zone, which was a fun way to wait for the official tour to start.

Thanks to Delicious Baby for hosting Photo Friday each week. Share your travel pics there or check out what other people have been up to.

10 January 2011

Making Slime

Why not make Magic Mud and Slime on the same day. Both use pretty basic around-the-home ingredients with pretty different results! It's amazing what white glue does when combined with borax. Dare to compare!

I found this helpful pdf online, by chemistry teacher Dr. Jim Hebden, which takes you through the process of making slime and carefully cautions you about the dangers of ingesting borax (therefore this project needs high supervision, especially for your little mouthy folks).

Here's the gist:
1. In one container dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 Tablespoon water
2. In a separate container, mix 1 Tablespoon water with  1 Tablespoon white glue
3. Pour the borax solution into the diluted white glue while stirring slowly (about 20 seconds)

08 January 2011

Making Magic Mud II

It's been so long since we've played with the magic cornstarch /  water concoction, a favourite of mine when I was wee, that I thought I would bust it out again on yesterday's very rainy morning. It's been so long in fact, that Spud does not even remember playing with it before.

And this time, he actually touched it with his hands! For those of you who know him, you will be impressed.

For the original post including the recipe (we doubled the recipe this time) see Making Magic Mud.

While we were at it, we tried a new concoction, Slime, which I will post about soon!

07 January 2011

Photo Friday #34


In Seattle for a few days recently we went to Delicious Baby for some advice on things to do. Day 1: the Conservatory in Volunteer Park. We spent the better part of an hour spotting various plants for the mini scavenger hunt. The cactus section was particularly alluring.

Thanks to Delicious Baby for hosting Photo Friday each week. Check it out!

06 January 2011

weelife Robots on Nerdy Pop's Kindle Covers

I am SO honoured that the lovely and talented Lizz over at Nerdy Pop made one of her hoochie Kindle covers using our little wee robot friends! Isn't it adorable? Check out her Etsy shop for even more designs!

(Images: nerdypop)