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Hair Poll!

Well, it’s been over 1.5 years since my stroke (and therefore since my head was shaved down to the scalp). I’ve seen my hair at all kinds of lengths, and am now ready to settle on my next style. I’m torn between two choices, so I’d love the opinion of my readers (if you’re still out there!).

So, here’s what I’m trying to choose between:

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Choice #1: Pixie Cut

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Choice #2: Sleek Bob

Vote here!

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This morning, I was talking to Evan about just the two of us going to the store so he could pick a gift for DH for Christmas.

He immediately knew what he wanted to get! A leaf blower, of course! (DH wanted one in the late stages of fall when he was totally over raking the leaves).

Evan and I then had the discussion about lack of money this year due to DH being the only one who is working and therefore making money. He’s actually pretty good about it and often reminds DH and I of the fact when we talk about wanting to buy things that we might not necessarily need (I might often talk about getting a Corvette, for example).

Then, he turned to me and said, “I can make money!”

Intrigued, I asked him how. He began to explain something — to be honest, I wasn’t listening all that closely because Carter was throwing his breakfast all over the floor and squealing in delight.

When I tuned back into Evan, he was talking about how they glue it together then colour it. Huh? I had to ask him to repeat the story because I had forgotten what we had been talking about.

So, he went over the process how they “make money” at school by cutting pictures out, gluing them together, and colour them.

It finally dawned on me that after all this time of telling him that DH goes to work to make money, he thought that was completely LITERAL and that DH sits there and MAKES money! LOL!

Nothing like a 4-year-old brain to show why the English language is so confusing for others to learn!

Point Pelee

We took our first vacation as a family of four in mid-July! We rented a cottage near Point Pelee (southernmost tip of Canada) and had a blast!

The cottage had it’s own private beach so we did a lot of rock hunting/throwing.

We showed the boys how to light a fire and how to make s’mores.

We saw the “supermoon” (I hope that term dies soon).

We played inside and watched movies if it was raining.

We went to Point Pelee park.

We tried our hand at geocaching (something we all really liked!)

We took a ferry over to Pelee Island and went for a family bike ride.

And otherwise just hung out and enjoyed our time together as a family of four!

Up A Tree

There is a new cat in the neighbourhood (from a couple houses down, we found out). It’s black, very young, and super friendly! So friendly, it has tried to come into our house on a number of occasions. Our male cat, Isaac, who is a big and old boy, considers himself the alpha around these parts. He does not like this new one poking about, but he’s pretty calm about the whole thing, as long as he asserts his dominance once in a while.

It’s (Evan called him “the new Isaac”) a very adventurous cat. The other day it decided to chase a bird, who was perched in the highest branches of one of our trees in the backyard.

That silly bird thought it was safe that high up.

After some coaxing, and a few scrambles to not fall to his death, he made his way down low enough that I could grab him as he was dangling from a not-so-stable branch by his claws.

At least it made for some good entertainment for the kids (even though I practically had a heart attack, thinking I was going to have to clean up cat guts from the lawn if he did fall).

End of Summer

Well, it’s the Monday of Labour Day weekend – what I always consider the last weekend of summer. So, looking back at our summer bucket list, how did we do?
– Plant a garden – Yup! Though not many things grew very well. A green-thumb, I am not. But, we’ll try again next year.
– Get deck built – Yes! This was done in May, and we’re very happy with it. 
– Furniture, planters, and flowers for deck – Partial check. We got a patio set, but are waiting until next year to do planter and such. 

– Paint and decorate Jelly Bean’s room – check!
– Thomas the Train event – nope. Decided it was too expensive.
– Vacation at a lake with the ILs – yup.

– Swimming at the local pool – yes! We went to the public pool once, and got invited to friend’s homes with pools a couple times. He really enjoyed it, and I wish we could do this more often.
– Pick strawberries – yes, and blueberries too!
– Chalk-board wall in kitchen – no, but it’s on our to-do list.
– Garage sale – yes! We did okay, and we ended up selling more online afterward. 
– Beach visits – yes! We went to the beach twice this summer, and Evan loved it!
– Visit 5 new playgrounds – yes!
– Farmer’s market – not specifically, but we did buy produce from local fruit/veggie stands, so I’ll say yes.
 
– Local festivals – Yup! We hit up a few of them, and will do another today.
 
– Fly a kite – didn’t do this. Maybe in the fall!
– Go for bike rides – we tried a couple times, but Evan is still a bit young for this. 
– Finish knitting Jelly Bean’s blanket- not yet. I’m about 60% done. It might end up becoming a Christmas present at this rate :S
What were the highlights of your summer?

2013 Summer Bucket List

Not sure what it is about the summer – I guess from being cooped up inside for months on end in the winter, and dreaming of having warm enough weather to do stuff –  but there are always tons of things I want to make sure we do. Inspired by MJ’s post at her blog, Living the Dream, here is our family bucket list for this summer (we did one a couple years ago too):
– Plant a garden
– Get deck built
– Furniture, planters, and flowers for deck
– Paint and decorate Jelly Bean’s room
– Thomas the Train event
– Vacation at a lake with the ILs
– Swimming at the local pool
– Pick strawberries
– Chalk-board wall in kitchen (again, inspired by MJ’s post)
– Garage sale
– Beach visits
– Visit 5 new playgrounds
– Farmer’s market
– Local festivals
– Fly a kite
– Go for bike rides
– Finish knitting Jelly Bean’s blanket
What are your must-do’s or hope-to-do’s this summer?

Fun Science Friday

Since I do a lot of outreach, I thought it’d be fun to share some of the activities we do in classes. These can easily be done at home, and could be fun on a rainy day.
Make Your Own Impact Craters!
A fun, and very messy (so, FUN!) experiment to do is make impact craters! 
 Materials
– Some sort of wide, shallow bin (tin foil roasting pans or kitty litter pans work great)
– Flour
– Hot chocolate powder
– Sifter
– Various “impactors” (balls of various sizes, clay if you want to change shapes)
– Plastic sheets, garbage bags, or similar
– Paper towels
– Ruler and meter/yard stick if you want to be more scientific
Set-up
– Put down a large plastic sheet or a view garbage bags/newspapers/whatever (or do it outside!)
– Fill the bin about 1/3-1/2 full of flour
– Using the sifter, put a thin layer of hot chocolate on top
– Choose an impactor
Experiment
– What happens when the impactor hits? (A hole is made, obviously, but you should also see flour get ejected out of the crater – these are called ejecta rays)
– What happens to the crater if you change things in experiment? You can change things about the impactor (size, shape, mass), how you drop it (height, angle, speed), the material you drop it into (gravel, sand, jell-o, water, ice, etc.) – you can get very creative! Just see where it goes 🙂
Extension
If you want to be more scientific, you can go over dependent variables (things you measure as a result of the experiment: depth and width of the crater, length of the ejecta rays) and independent variables (things you change in the experiment: size/shape/mass of impactor, height of drop, type of material, etc.). You can then go over how to set up an experiment: chose ONE dependent variable to measure and ONE independent variable to change – all other independent variables need to stay constant (that way, you know what is causing the change). They can even come up with a hypothesis statement and take measurements.
If you want more information, just email me and I have additional resources that I can send!
Have fun!

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