Friday, May 27, 2011

First Science Fair

Carter came home a couple of weeks ago with the packet for his first science fair.  We looked through dozens of websites for ideas, printed out top favorites and he eventually selected the Diet Coke Explosion.

Find out which candy makes diet coke explode.  Carter selected several candies to try (with Luke's input, some based on which ones they like to eat).  It was decided to try:  Smarties, Sour Patch Kids, M&Ms, Reese's Pieces, Mentos and Skittles.

Carter set up his Scientific Method, hypothesizing that Smarties would explode the most.  But Mentos creates as massive explosion, shooting up into the air.

Carter then had to create his board for the science fair.  He carefully typed out each piece for his board (oh it was soooo slow and I had a lot of self control not to just do it for him).  He created a graph which I did replicate on the computer for him.  He worked hard and glued the pieces on.

Science fair day and all the school came to view the projects.

Carter received an A for his first ever science fair project.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

A Hot May Day

What to do when the weather outside is an unbearable 100 degrees and it is only May?

The boys dug out the wonderful Christmas toys (really annoying singing things that their great-grandfather keeps giving them).  Line them up one by one, play the songs and dance crazy.  After a couple of dances it was requested for their show to only appear in the basement.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Luke has his cast

Luke has his first cast.  He was incredibly nervous before the orthopedist appointment, I think he was worried about them hurting him.  The orthopedist carefully unwrapped the temporary splint, poked around a bit, looked at the x-rays.  Luke broke both bones in his forearm, between the wrist and the growth plate.  One break, in the radius, was all the way through and the other almost all the way through in the ulna.

Luke selected his cast color to be blue.  Once the cast was on, he let out a big sigh of relief.

Then we headed to school where his kindergarten class signed his cast.  After school he had some treats waiting for him from a sweet friend from church and others in the neighborhood...he was spoiled.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Luke's break

After school, the boys on the street have been playing outside in the great weather.  It was a day to play dodgeball.  They were setting up a dodgeball court in our driveway.  While they were waiting for a car to be moved (so the car was not collateral damage in the game), they decided to be silly and play duck-duck-goose.  It was Luke's turn, he tagged someone, ran around the circle and dove right into a spot.  I was standing in the driveway watching them.  Luke immediately popped up and said, "It is broke!"  He has never broken anything before and he has certainly never declared that he broke something (at least not on his body).  His left hand was limp and started to swell.  He immediately went inside, not crying much, but wanted to go to bed.  He was not acting right and could not/would not move his hand.

We decided to take him to the ER.  He was brave and recounted the story of what happened to anyone who asked.  Some x-rays and it was easy to see he broke his arm, just above his wrist, in two places.

Right now his has a temporary splint and sling until he sees the orthopedist for a more permanent caste.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

AWANA Awards

Carter and Luke finished up their AWANA program for the year.  Jeremy was a leader in Luke's age group.  The boys both finished their books, review, a review book and additional memorization of full chapters in the Bible.  They were called up on stage and even their ribbons, plaque and certificates.

Even Great-Grandpa, Great-Grandma and Aunt Janine came to cheer them on.

To celebrate their hard work, which has become a tradition, they are treated to ice cream with Jeremy's parents.

Mother's Day 2011

Saturday night with Jeremy's side of the family.  The boys and their cousins are always so good together.  The rocks entertained for quite some time.

The Sunday was the five of us, trying to enjoy the day despite Brayden being pretty miserable.

Friday, May 6, 2011

It's like a Zoo!

Carter's class had a field trip to a local area zoo.  I was a chaperone.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hatteras Style

Our crew has made it into a publication.  Perhaps you were browsing the local Outer Banks magazine and came across the Hatteras Style from Surf or Sound Realty.  Open it up and you will find a little article about our fishing trip last year.

After our fishing trip last year, I emailed the boat's captain, sent some pictures and thanked him for a great time.  This is what came of that email.