Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween 2007

This was Austin in 2003 as an almost five year old.

Now Reece is wearing this outfit as a four year old.

He and his siblings had a great time tonight. It was great to get out in our neighborhood and see our neighbors!

The kids made out pretty well too. Mommy and Daddy can't wait for bed time so we can pillage.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Kid Cameras

Did anyone know that there are digital cameras for 4 year olds? I didn't know that but Aunt Nar knew and couldn't resist treating all the kids to their own digital camera for Austin's birthday! This picture is for you Aunt Nar!
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Austin's Birthday

Austin really wanted to go to the North Carolina Zoo for his birthday so that is where we took him with his good friend, Caleb. The kids had a wonderful time and it was the perfect "birthday gift" for


North Carolina State Fair Pictures

You gotta love fair "food"!
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Marbles Museum

Raleigh opened up a new museum called "Marbles". The opening day was crazy, but the kids sure had fun. They had an art center, a music room, "be on t.v.", children all around the world, water play, and an entire floor of hands on fun for little kids like Reece. We'll definitely be back for more fun!

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Chemical Reactions

In Chemistry, recently, we did experiments with lemon juice, vinegar, milk, baking soda, and water. We had fun discovering that vinegar and lemon juice are similar kinds of molecules and that milk and baking soda are not similar. Also, even though lemon juice and vinegar are not identical, they behave in similar ways because they are similar kinds of molecules. As you can imagine, History and Science are some of our favorite subjects around here.

Sumo Wrestling

In history lessons, recently, we learned that sumo wrestling allowed Japanese warriors to fight without blades or bloodshed. So, of course, we had to try out our own 'sumo wrestling'.
We made a "dohyo" ring with colored paper representing the pillars in the North, South, East and West. Lindsey wore her hair in the "mage" sumo hair style. Austin and Lindsey marched into the circle, squatted and clapped once (called a chirichozu ritual). Then they did the "shiko" ritual of exaggerated foot stamping. After that they drank water to purify themselves and tossed a handful of salt into the ring. They did a "glare-off" and then lunged at each other (called a shikiri). The kids had a memorable history lesson and we parents were glad that we only saw one neighbor on this Saturday morning.