Saturday, March 17, 2007

Making a rubber bone

Dylan took a drumstick bone from our chicken supper. Mom washed it and then we put it in a jar of vinegar. We left it in the jar for 3 days.

What does it make??? A rubber bone!!!

We had fun doing this experiment. FYI, the vinegar acts as a mild acid, but is strong enough to dissolve away the calcium in the bone. Once the calcium is dissolved, there is nothing to keep the bone hard - all that is left is the soft bone tissue.

This is a great experiment to show our kids why they must drink milk!!
I broke my wrist twice when I was younger and they told me that my drinking so much milk was the best way for me to heal my bones!! I love a nice cold glass of milk with my supper!!


Happy St. Patricks Day!!

We have been so busy with Derby racing every weekend that I am soooooo tired!! Last weekend we went to Lakeland. Katrina is the only one who placed, she got a 3rd.

We took this weekend off, only because we are traveling all the way to North Carolina for a two day race next weekend!! We will be taking Friday off from homeschooling to travel there and Monday off to travel home!! My mom has agreed to
take Patches for the trip.
We had a great day today. We went and had "lunch" at Chilis. We ordered 4 appetizers and had fun talking and laughing as a family.

Then we made a stop at the mall. Dave got some jeans and I purchased some much needed bras. Mine were at least 3 years old!!! Isn't it terrible how women neglect themselves!!
Then we went to the $1 theatre and watched "Happy Feet"!! What a wonderful family movie!! I couldn't stop my feet from moving!!!! It makes you want to take tap lessons!!!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Derby Races




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Not sure why I can't see photo's as I am posting, but the first picture is a good Derby Mom friend with Dylan and Katrina.
The second one is Dylan getting his 1st place trophy.
The third photo is of Trina racing....her car is the pink and in the left hand lane.
The fourth photo is of Dylan racing....his car is blue and in the right hand lane.

It was the most miserable day of racing. It was in the city of Ocala, which is 2 hours away. I packed two changes of clothing for everyone, it wasn't enough. We were at the track at 7:30 and by 9:30 the kids clothes were soaked, by 10:00 we had no dry clothes. I was giving the kids my dry clothes for them to use. Even Patches was miserable. I wanted to leave after the morning race.....which didn't end till 4:30 p.m., but everyone in my family wanted to stay. Needless to say they are happy we did. In the afternoon race Dylan got a 2nd place and Katrina got a 3rd place.
This weekend we are off to Lakeland for another round of racing. I had paid for Zoo classes today, but Dylan doesn't feel good, and I need him well for racing.

School is going okay. Katrina is the one child I have to hound to do work. But as my therapist says....where she is in school or homeschooled she would fight me...might as well be at home!!! LOL!!!
Dylan has started a space unit with the unit study from Dinah Zike. It is a great unit and we are having fun with it. We are also still taking our time with SOTW and MOH. We are having way to much fun with Ancient Egypt. I found some great folder units at Lakeshore to use with it. He is doing well in reading and is greatly improving on spelling. We are learning multiplication and he has started cursive writing. No wonder I have no time to blog....we are tooooo busy learning.

Katrina is learning about the Great Depression and has fun dressing her American Doll to that time. Last week she learned about the 1920's and the flappers. She had a flapper dress for her doll and dressed her up in it. I will let her do anything to help her enjoy history. She soooooo hates it. I didn't enjoy it in school, but only because of my teachers!!! My Dad had arrested their sons, and they took it out on me!!!! Now I find history very interesting. She has started Math in Abeka and is happier with this than Saxon. I decided to do Science with her over the summer. It gets so hot in the afternoon, it will be nice to spend time indoors.

I guess that's all for now....I will try to find more time to blog daily.
I hope everyone is doing great, is healthy and remembers to LAUGH daily!!!
Love ya all