Thursday, April 28, 2011

Gravity and Friction part 1

It was a great day for the park.
An ideal place for a lesson on gravity and friction!

Summer up high

But gravity brought her down low.

Brookie using her friction to climb up the slide...

And gravity brings them back down.

Max thinking about using friction...

He fell right after I took this picture. More gravity.

She wanted me to get a picture of her in the air.

And I missed.

Summer said she was fighting against gravity so she could stay up high.

Savannah enjoying a lollipop after her practice run. Obviously Dad was along...

And one little guy we found before we left.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

First Aid Kit

Here is a site to make kid's first aid kits.

We go through Band-Aids very quickly, so I rely on the nurse to tell me when we are out.

What's your policy on Band-Aid usage? I used to fight it, but covering up the ouchie, blood or not (at least for a while) seems to discourage drama. That makes a happier mama here.

Anyway, we went to Target last night to buy stuff to fill two kits, one for the house and one for the car. The more kids I have with me, the less intelligent I am. I came home with two items I didn't really want since I didn't read the labels. grr.

For now, we are stocked up on first aid supplies.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Bleeding can be a dramatic experience here.
The tiniest scrape warrants a Band-Aid.

Our nurse is responsible for washing wounds and applying Band-Aids.

We wash to prevent infection.
And explain what will happen to the ouchie and how it amazingly fixes itself. This knowledge typically helps alleviate the drama, and they get to learn something about the amazing body!

It hurts because of your ouchie touched a nerve. Your nerves and your brain work together to send you a message. Yes, ouchies hurt.

It bleeds because your ouchie cut a blood vessel. It looks scary but a little blood is part of healing.

At first, your blood is thin, but will thicken and clot to stop the bleeding so we usually won't need to replace the Band-Aid. You can check it every once and a while to see if it has stopped. Just be sure you wash your hand before you look!

White blood cells are like soldiers that come to the rescue and fight germs and prevent infections that our washing may not have caught.

After the bleeding stops, it is important to take off the Band-Aid and let a scab form. This scab protects the wound while new skin is formed. It is important to leave the scab there! It will go away when the new skin is ready!

You might see a scar after the scab falls off. That's okay!

Do you have any scars? A have a few from the chicken pox.

Monday, April 25, 2011

This Was Not What I Planned On Posting

But I must.

I gave up blogging for lent because I thought it would be great to take some extra time from the computer to pray. I've never actually done lent before. I've always thought it was a great idea...halfway through...and thought, "I'll do that next year".

I told God, "Help my faith". And did He ever.

I didn't realize how weak it was. I didn't realize how legalistic I still was.

I read this book                    and this one

But what I want to say is a bit of a challenge.

We say things. We sing songs. We read verses. We believe in God. But how often do we really pay attention to what is
said? Do we really live like we believe this?

I'm not talking about legalism. I'm talking about verses like:

 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with Thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ. - Philippians 4:6-7

How about this song? These words are chilling. How many times have we sung it and passed right by the meaning?

So many of us Christians (myself included) have misrepresented what Christ was about and why He did what He did, why He was willing to, why He was excited about it, and why it had to be done.

I can't at this time explain it myself. But I hope I am closer to living in true victory. I pray my life can be some resemblance to what Christ meant it to be.

I also challenge anyone who reads a verse or sings a song that doesn't add up with what they are living, that they would take the time to ask for wisdom, for their eyes to be opened. I know. For a fact. My God welcomes this request. He answered mine.

Saturday, April 9, 2011


I gave up blogging for lent- so worth it..but I have to share this.

I was searching for dirt in my compost pile- not really wanting a break. But they insisted. Real tea, sugar bowl, and a wreath of dandelions around mine. They were so proud. For three minutes I was having fancy tea with the most wonderful company I could ask for. It's moments like these I wish to cherish. I shall return in a few weeks...