August 31, 2012

Nothing, nada, zip

The title is exactly what we plan on doing for as much of the weekend as we can! Sounds awesome, right? Of course our definition of "nothing, nada, zip" includes mowing the lawn, baking bread, making cookies, knitting various gifts, school shopping, prepping for school next week, tidying, reading comics,  seeing if we can find 2 tap shoes in the same size anywhere in the house, planning meals and maybe, if we have some time, getting a few extra hours in at work when it is quiet.  Sounds down right lazy to me.

We had our big family party last weekend (it was great). I have no pictures to post yet. My nephew Quentin, who was assigned to take pictures, hasn't sent me the shots yet. So those pictures and details will come at some date in the future.

The girls did a week of gymnastics camp in Brandon. For the first 3 days they were very, very, very, very (x100 more) tired. They rode into Brandon with Scott each morning and had to get up early too. We were very proud of both girls for being part of such a challenging camp. They had three to five hours of gymnastics each day. My ab (singular) hurts just thinking about it! But Olivia gets bonus points this week for being brave enough to try something new. By the end of the week she was dropping into back bends and nearly doing the splits while Georgia was perfecting her front handspring walkouts.
yeah, this is me just thinking about how much
work those two did this week.
(picture courtesy of

Finn, ever the cool kid, just hung out at the baby sitter's with friends.

Happy long weekend. Hope your weekend is quiet and restful too.

August 23, 2012

It starts with a P.

Do you know what these are?

Olivia and Georgia have attended the Wise Kid-Netic Energy camp this past week and they do.  They built them, in fact. I am one proud momma engineer.

I love listening to kids as they learn new things and especially as they try to explain them to others. You can really see how their minds work. Our conversation went something like this:

Olivia & Georgia: Look! Look at what we made Mom! (Both pushing to put their own wooden item in front of me)
Me: Hey, these are awesome! Do they work?
Georgia: Yes! (pushing the plunger to make hers go up.) They are called cherry pickers.

Me: Are they now? How do they work?
Olivia: They lift stuff up.
Me: Yes, that is what they do but how do they work? What makes them go up and down?
Olivia: (pointing to this) This makes them go up and down.

Me: What is that called?
Georgia: A medicine giver. (smug and mischievous smile)
Me: Well, yes, that part is made out of something we have used to give medicine but what is that component called. I'll give you a hint, it starts with a P.
Olivia: No it doesn't. (shaking her head)
Me: Yes, I'm pretty sure it does. It's a piston. A hydraulic piston.
Olivia: That starts with an H not a P. (smug and mischievous smile)
Me: (Conceding the point to her smart/smart-mouthed child) Yes, I suppose you are correct. What's in the piston?
Georgia: Water with food colouring.
Me: Why water?
Georgia: Because water moves when you push it and it doesn't get squished by the medicine giver.
Me: I couldn't have said it better myself. (Beaming)

The girls LOVED this camp and it was money well spent as far as I am concerned. The only down side was that Finn was too young to have been able to have gone as well. Oh well, he'll get to go soon enough.

Tell me more Mrs. Science, indeed.