Saturday, February 20, 2010

Playing in Pasadena!

Last week we saw the program Ecopolis - Powering the Future at Cal Tech in Pasadena. The show highlighted solar power, wind turbines, nuclear fusion power and carbon recapture and storage. This is the third program we've seen there this year, and so far they've all been terrific! Two more are coming up: Galapagos - Born of Fire and The Human Body.

One of the best things about going to Pasadena for these fantastic shows is we get to pick up Uncle Brad on the way!

And play at his house afterwards. We had fun swinging and climbing on his enormous fig tree.

Playing around with his turntables!

And hanging out on his yoga ropes!

Here is a fun poem Carly wrote for Uncle Brad when she was eight years old!

Monday, February 15, 2010

It's Presidents' Day!

Here is our favorite OBAMA SONG in honor of Presidents' day!!! Enjoy!!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Trampoline Tip

An Allie idea...

If you have a trampoline and you get tired of bouncing, try this:
Grab a few books,
some blankets,
a bowl of popcorn,
a little brother (or a sister if you don't have a brother),
and bask in the warmth of the afternoon sun!

Monday, February 8, 2010

HeARTs of Love

(by Micayla)
We made paper heart quilts with Grandma Nancy (our friend Maggie's grandma) who is an artist! We painted 6 squares of a piece of watercolor paper in the same color -for the background (when you're done put it aside to dry, you will be putting your hearts onto it later).

Then with another piece of watercolor paper (that has 6 squares drawn with pencil) we painted different abstract art in each individual square. Then with a heart stencil we traced 6 hearts over each painted square and cut them out.

When you're done you can rip the edges of the hearts or cut little slices around it to give it a cool look! Then you can take little double sided sticky pop dots and stick them on the back side of the heart; then press onto a square of the watercolor paper (the one that you did not cut the hearts from); this makes for a 3-D effect. If you want to you can do little sewing dashes around them, and then frame it in a mat (ours were white frames you can get at Michaels).

Many thanks to Grandma Nancy for coming to do this art project with us; we had a great time! (You might like to try it too!)

Friday, February 5, 2010


This one has been around for awhile; if you haven't already seen it you may find it worth a watch...