Happy birthday Meg and Spencer!

Spencer turned 7 on the 21st and Meg turned 5 on the 27th. We celebrated on the 27th at JumpStreet (it was actually supposed to be a different indoor trampoline place, but the closed after we had booked our party – fortunately we were able to get into a different place at the same time).
Spencer and many of the boys played football for almost the entire party, in spite of being surrounded by all sorts of trampolines and what not. It was nearly 70 degrees, so we could have had the party outdoors, but you can’t really count on that in February. Meg had an Inside Out themed party; Meg dressed up like Joy, and Clare dressed up like Sadness. Spencer wore his favorite football jersey – Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Let’s do science!

Meg the scientist making coral reef
Meg the scientist making coral reef

After our first round of sledding today, I shoveled the driveway. About 30 minutes into shoveling, I heard Meg calling me. I went to the door to check what was going on. She had her lab coat on, and told me she wanted to do some science experiments. It’s hard to argue with that! I finished up the shoveling, and then we started working on some experiments. One of her science-related Christmas presents was a kit to make coral reef (something that looks like Coral reef at least). I still don’t understand the science behind this particular thing, but I could read the directions, and it involved stuff like using the thermometer to measure water temperature, reading a measuring cup and so on. It turned out okay. I think we should have cut the pieces smaller to expose more surface area.

I got a bit of a scare when Spencer asked me a question about the experiment while I was giving a bath – does the coral reef water have soap in it or something? I panicked, because he had obviously put his hands in the solution with sodium silicate, and the directions clearly said not to touch it. (He was playing video games while Meg and I were doing science, so he didn’t know). I read up on sodium silicate, and the solution was already about 7x diluted, so it didn’t seem too critical. We washed his hands well, and he didn’t report any burning.

The big storm

Playing tennis before it snows
Playing tennis before it snows

Snowy patio
Snowy patio

Watching the weather forecast the last several days has been interesting. It was predicted that we were going to get a big snow storm starting Saturday night. Saturday during the day it was beautiful – over 65 degrees. We rode bikes, went to the park, and even played some tennis. We did get a little bit of snow Saturday night, and it continued off and on Sunday and Monday, but not more than a couple inches at a time. Clare flew off to California late Monday night on time. But after midnight on Monday, it actually started coming down, and we woke up to about a foot this morning. School was cancelled. We had fun sledding.