Saturday, August 23, 2008

Notebook Experiment

One of the sites that I enjoy visiting is This is the site that has Freebie Friday, which is a great place to get lots of free stuff. Amy has a Notebook where she has hundreds of bookmarked links of crafts, ways to save money, and organizing ideas. She is encouraging others to choose something from the Notebook and post it on their blog.

Experiment: Make clay dough.

Experiment taken from Notebook entry 07.31.08.

Materials needed: flour, salt, oil, and water.

Results: Costas and his cousins, Tierra and Julian, spent hours making beads, letters, and other shapes. It was a great activity for a rainy day.

Conclusion: The clay dough could also be used to make Christmas ornaments. Lots of fun for all ages.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


There are lots of big slugs at my parent's house. Costas loves these slugs, even though they leave slime on his hands which is extremely difficult to remove. Notice the slugs on the stick he is holding and in his hands. Costas collected well over 100 slugs in a bucket and then fed them to the ducks. I had the lovely job of cleaning his hands. Yuck!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Fair

We went to the fair in Lynden, WA with Grandma, Kai, and Julian (my nephews). The kids had a great time on the rides. They also saw the farm animals.

Monday, August 18, 2008


My letter is "H" so I choose the word "hands-on." We went to the Exploratorium in San Francisco for some hands-on science. A great place to learn and lots of fun.

Here is a fun challenge that Katie started called 26 Things. The idea is to take one picture for each letter of the alphabet through a game of blog-tag.

Here are the rules/directions:

1. If you are tagged, you are responsible for taking 1 picture of an item that begins with your letter. Be creative! Anything goes.

2. Post the picture on your blog.

3. Tag someone new with the next letter of the alphabet.

4. Since there are 26 letters, someone may be tagged multiple times. That is perfectly fine, but try to spread the love if you can.

5. If someone doesn't want to play, they should pass. Tag someone else in their place.

I am tagging Jo Ann - your letter is I!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Monterey Bay Aquarium

We stopped at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on the way to San Francisco. It's a great aquarium.

There was a great jellyfish exhibit.

Actaeos enjoyed watching the fish.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Boyden Caverns

Costas was nervous to enter the cave. He thought that a bear lived there.

He quickly got over his fear and enjoyed the cave.

He really wanted to wear these socks.

Afterwards we had a picnic near the river. Costas threw in rocks and Actaeos played with the sand.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Farewell Fishy

We have had a pretty blue beta fish, named Fishy, for well over a year now. Today I went upstairs to take care of Actaeos. When I came downstairs Costas was hiding and there was water on the counter by the fishbowl. I then noticed that poor Fishy was resting on the bottom the bowl. Costas then admitted that he took Fishy out because it looked interesting. I was hoping that it would be OK, but the fish was obviously dying. At this point I am crying (pathetic to some, but it's a living being - WAS a living being). We then flushed Fishy down the toilet because I couldn't watch it suffer anymore.

What was most upsetting is that Costas wasn't sad at all. I explained that Fishy was a living being created by God and that we are sad when anything dies. I guess he didn't get it because he was pretty excited that we were flushing Fishy down the toilet. We did say a little prayer before we flushed it. Farewell Fishy.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

2008 Summer Olympics

The opening ceremonies last night were amazing! I let Costas stay up late and we watched them together. My favorite event is swimming (I used to be on the swim team in high school) and gymnastics. I'm Costas excited about the Olympics too. We made a medal out of playdough for him to wear. Go USA!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Making Pizza

Our playgroup went to California Pizza Kitchen last week. The kids were given a tour of the kitchen and then they made their own pizzas with any toppings that they wanted. Costas chose pepperoni, sausage, and olives. Later, the kids ate their pizzas and were given soda. Because we are a non-profit group, the whole adventure was free. The manager and staff were really nice and friendly. We had a great time!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Middle Finger

Costas and I were talking about things in the middle. He said, "Like this finger is in the middle," and he flipped me off. OK, he didn't know what he was doing, but his middle finger was distinctly up while the other fingers were down. Definitely no picture on this one.

Friday, August 1, 2008

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