The Science Lesson

It was Easter Sunday & we were chilling out after a typically active day, watching ‘Despicable Me’ on TV.

Gru was zooming towards the moon in his rocket (to steal it, of course) when Jake noticed that bits of the rocket were falling off as it left the Earth. He thought it was broken & that Gru was in trouble.

Cue a Daddy Science Lesson!

Jake is already a fan of science, & wants to be a Scientist when he grows up. Mind you, at 1 point I wanted to be a hairdresser (they seemed to have good social lives), then ended up working in the Post Office – so who knows? 

I tried to explain that a rocket needs most of its power to get away from the Earth, & doesn’t need the same power to go back again, & that’s why it was losing the bits it didn’t need.

I went on to explain that this was because of something called ‘gravity’, which the Earth has, & that the rocket needs a lot of ‘oomph’ to get away out into space.

To illustrate I grabbed the remains of a cream cheese sandwich he’d been eating.

“You see this? The reason it doesn’t just float when I drop it is because of gravity. In space it would just float”.

As a demonstration I dropped it onto the plate.

Ellie, who’d obviously also been paying attention, then joined in.

She picked up the sandwich and – in the interests of Science of course – threw it across the room: Gravity did its thing.

And I had to clean up a glob of cream cheese from off the carpet.

Sigh 

I like to think though that they may have learnt something. In any case, I’ve learnt that the next time I want to be Mr. Educator I should probably demonstrate with something a little less messy!

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Wot So Funee?

Mmmm: Crunchy!

Conversations here seem to be getting more surreal by the day.

Jake & Ellie have figured out that we can be more relaxed on what they or we  eat when unwell: depending on what the malady is, of course. Not being so insistent on their eating if they don’t want to, extra treats where appropriate: that sort of thing.

“We can eat anything when we’re poorly can’t we?”

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Getting Crafty for Mummy

We were sent a crafting kit by Family Investments for us to make something nice for Mothers Day. When it arrived I was really surprised: it’s a very generous selection!

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Saturday is a “Too Funky!” Caption Day

The Mummy has had a routine op this week & we were going in to the hospital to see her for the first time.

We brought in chocolates, crisps & fruit, & there was even some left over for Mummy after Jake & Ellie had very kindly helped her eat them…

Ellie & Jake wanted to make a special effort for her. They crafted some beautiful cards for her (more on that later) & dressed up in ‘special outfits’.

Jake – who’s become a bit camera-shy lately – was Mike the Knight, & Ellie was, ummm… actually, I’m not really sure.

A Hippy Rapunzel? The next Pixie Lott / Rita Ora / Paloma Faith?

Whatever she was, she looked pretty funky!

And I’d love to see what captions you could come up with for her!

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4-Year-Old Funees

They’ve been in good form recently! Must be something to do with this ‘turning 4′ thing.

Jake & I were having scooter races in the garden; Ellie would normally join in but she was trying to get her ‘baby’ (dolly) asleep in the swing.

He’s fast, & was winning most of the time. Have you tried cornering in 1 of those things? Not easy!

The times I was winning were when I had a bit of a ‘head start’. Hey, it’s not my fault if he’s too slow off the mark!

Even then though I was out of luck: he’d shout “I’m pausing the game! I’m pausing the game!”. That meant I had to stop.

That Temple Run has a lot to answer for…

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Party!

Jake & Ellie turned 4 & we had a party!

Somewhat surprisingly it’s the first proper party we’ve held for them. Up until now they’ve just had quiet affairs with family: at 1 or 2 they were probably too young to appreciate a good knees-up anyway, & last year for their 3rd we’d only recently moved here to Wales & didn’t really know enough people to invite!

They’re very sociable now, especially since going to pre-school. We invited everyone in their class & a few others they’re friendly with from other classes & groups.

We hired a good-sized church hall & it’s just as well, as nearly everyone we’d invited turned up, plus the odd sibling or 3: many more than we’d had replies, which I hear is pretty typical.

Jake & Ellie were happy to turn up early while we were setting up, & enjoyed an early boogie!

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