Friday, March 29, 2013

Coloring Eggs

XOXO - Jessica

Hanging The Flag

XOXO - Jessica

Family First

I hung small white boards on the kids' bedroom doors this week - for the purpose of posting their daily chore checklists and other memos.  Right away they started doodling, quoting song lyrics, and writing other sayings with their new dry-erase markers.  

My favorite surprise was Monkey Boy's clean board with the exception of one small statement scribbled on the bottom of his board.  It read:  

family first.

I love that he spontaneously wrote this on his board where everyone could see it.  I'm such a proud momma.  Our kids are awesome and wonderful and such a blessing to our family.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

All In The Name Of Science

For Monkey Boy's fourth grade science project he chose to experiment with carbon dioxide... the classic dropping Mentos mints into carbonated cola drinks - resulting in a sticky, messy explosion of foaming soda.  He did a great job doing the research and learning all the "scientific" stuff behind the experiment, and was excited to get to work on the actual fun parts of the project - the EXPLOSION.  He learned that companies add slightly more carbon to the diet sodas to make up for the bitter taste - making the diet sodas have a higher reach in the explosion.  So, we bought several brands of diet and regular sodas and set to making it happen.  The winner, and not coincidentally the worst tasting soda was: Walmart's generic brand of Diet Cola.  The loser of the explosion-height race was regular Royal Crown Cola.  Some of the sweeter tasting versions like Pepsi and Coca-Cola Classic were the better tasting, but not very high in their mint-reaction measurements.

We did this same experiment a couple of years ago with all the neighborhood kids in attendance.  Military Man dropped in several mints per soda bottle, resulting in enormous explosions... the kids all thought it was so cool!  We scaled it down quite a bit since we needed to have a more accurate measurement in the height of the explosions, so we only used two mints per bottle.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sunset Over Pima Mine

Southern Arizona sunset over Pima Mine
Pima County

Monday, March 25, 2013

Old Mines + Jeep Adventures

Last weekend's Jeep adventure:
Copper Creek Trail
Pima County, Southern Arizona

See other Jeep adventures HERE

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pinewood Derby ii

Freckle Face's Young Women's group joined the Young Men at a Pinewood Derby activity this week.  She was SO EXCITED to be able to make her own car and race it.

Monday, March 11, 2013

New Growth

Signs of SPRING are everywhere.

Monday, March 4, 2013

It's March! And time for fundraising!!!

Time for Red Nose Day fundraiser fun!  To participate, see the schedule for Rancho Sahuarita's week on the Spanish Sky Photography blog HERE.  For all other locations please contact me asap for availability.

See some of my favorite images from past Red Nose Day events on the Spanish Sky Photography website HERE.