Friday, February 20, 2015

5 for Friday: Exploreum

Once upon a time there was a 3 day weekend thanks to Presidents' Day but it was WAY too windy to enjoy our regular activities & besides I desperately needed to do and go.  I was not made for this 9 yrs in one small (tourist) town gig!  We really wanted to go to Atlanta but had to use our Hilton Honors points for a hotel in March (long story) and my cousin wasn't going to be around anyways thanks to it also being Valentine's Day weekend.  So what to do? ...

Then I remembered we have a membership to our local science center entirely for this reason.  See it is the worst excuse for a "science" center I have ever seen in my life, a grade school science fair is far more interesting & informative, BUT you get reciprocal membership to hundreds of other (better) science centers!  So we packed up the kids and headed to the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

The only problem was we forgot to take into account it was also Mardi Gras Mobile the birthplace of Mardi maybe not our smartest move travel wise but totally worth it for the "It's a science center, YAY!!!!" exclamations upon arrival.  Yes my kids are geeks and yes I'm very proud :-D

Dillon: "Is this like Figment's [Journey to Imagination] lab?"
Erin: "Let's "ride" the coaster to get in & see!"

"Mom I can make the light bend around!"

She worked so hard on this set-up, determined to make that funnel connect to the other pipes ;-)

"Mom how long do I have to hang here like a monkey?"

This day trip was also a great break from my massive dig-out-the-study & (re)organize my supplies that I'm still in the middle of but hopefully I'll be done soon & back to crafty fun.  Have a good weekend!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Five for Friday...make that Saturday ;-)

A lovely friend of mine, Emily, came up with the concept of "Five for Friday" 5 pictures (or any quintet really) that sums you right now.  Easy enough correct? - Well I keep seeing it & making a mental to do it but never seem to come back to it (haven't even commented on hers - fail!).  But I'm determined to do something productive today so here goes (all off my phone so quality isn't there at all):

#1 This is the first entry in a new project of mine which deserves a full post but I;ll just say that this is EXCITING because is the first thing I've done just for ME in YEARS

#2 My sweet, loyal pup :-D ... why does he look so exasperated? See #3

#3 Dillon has outgrown his Fisher-Price Wheelies & Hexbugs aren't quite exciting enough (he still loves them though) so John decided to get him a Hot Wheels track set.  Which is awesome & he LOVES it but it is LOUD.  Thankfully he loves it just as much without the "super charger" so we can disconnect that 95% of the time for quiet play.  (oh & I promise my son isn't naked here, he has shorts on & refused to put a shirt on if we were not going anywhere!)

#4 Recently while going through the Youtube videos covering CHA 2015 I saw a video of Wendy Vecchi (designer for Ranger) embossing metal which is a thought I've often had but could never get it to stick smoothly.  A few years I did custom metal mailboxes for Erin's pre-school valentines party but they were very difficult & amateur-ish (yes I realize by definition I am an amateur but still...).  So I abandoned the idea for awhile until now - 

This view is the answer to the equation: (Cold, windy, wet weather + asthmatic, pneumonia prone son) + post book fair exhaustion + Crohn's flare (that almost has me willing to go back to Dr) + sinus/ear infection - yeah fun times.  But at least my wonderful hubby gave me $50 to one of my favorite (online) craft stores for my birthday so I have lots of new things to play with.  Mostly it has just been play without any real product produced but I've found that it's just as fun (if not more) to have no end goal other then what will happen if__?  So hopefully I'll be more productive (& able to eat regularly)) soon but until then I'll just keep playing ;-)