Sunday, May 27, 2012

Thank You

It is Memorial Day weekend again and my thoughts are still the same as they have been the past three years since the older of my younger brothers joined the Navy.  Now with both brothers in the military, my youngest brother is in the Army, those thoughts and prayers are cemented in my brain.

Thank you.

Thank you to all the soldiers who have given their lives for people they have never met.

Thank you to all the soldiers serving for people they do not know.

Thank you to all the military family members who live their lives with their heart on the line every moment of every day.

Being a member of a military family was never something I thought I would be, easily one of the hardest things I have ever faced.  Loving my military men?  Easy as breathing.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Through Techies Lens

Techie stayed with us this weekend, while she was here she and her phone took pictures of my irises and my roses.  So pretty, thanks Techie!



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Crocodile Soap

I never liked chemistry, always loved biology and physics, hated chemistry. As far as I am concerned atoms meet and will continue to do so without my knowledge of how it works. The reason I switched from Physical Therapy in college to Linguistics was six chemistry courses. I didn't want to go there. Instead I started learning dead languages, because knowing Sanskrit is as helpful as loving to diagram sentences syntactically.

My daughter loves learning. As a proud lingustical Mama, I love it when she reads a word in English, says the word in Spanish while using ASL to sign it. I do a "yay, my baby had a trilingual moment" dance, emphasis on moment. When Pixie was starting to make sounds, my husband thought I was crazy when I would get excited as she made the sound of a voiceless bilabial stop. "English, Karly. She made the p sound, sweetheart." I think he added the sweetheart to soften the blow of nobody getting as excited as I did about her making stops.

As she has gotten older, Pixie Pie has definitely remained a verbal child. Along with her love for words, she has a love for science and math (as much as a 6 year old can have). When we started homeschooling, I had no idea how much I would learn teaching her. Science projects are a must in our house. After having a blast making a lava lamp, there as no stopping her. This morning we blew up a bar of soap in the microwave. Previously we had blown up a marshmallow, the soap is far more fragrant. My house smells like a cleaning facility.

Watching her eyes light up as the soap expanded in the microwave was an incredibly cool moment. The excitement and curiosity she bubbled forth was well worth the soap smell in my kitchen. We talked about how the heat from the microwave made the molecules in the soap go very fast, thus making the soap expand. When we took the soap out of the microwave she pronounced it crocodile soap.

We started with a bar of Dial soap. Of course I didn't take a picture of it when we before we blew it up, that would have been way to forward thinking for me. I would never blow up a bar of Zumbar, it's way to pretty.

The soap was microwaved for about a minute and fifteen seconds. The web site I read said to microwave for two minutes, but I was afraid of an explosion of soap in my microwave that I would have to clean.

On of the funniest parts of the experiment was my daughters description at the end of it. "The heat made the little molecules (motioning with her hands for the size of the molecules) go very very fast (hands flying). Then the soap became CROCODILE SOAP, wha, ha, ha". AH says Pixie has a bit of a demonic laugh, she was using it.

She might make a scientist of her Mama yet.