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Sneaking the Moments

I’ve learned a couple things in the last month.  Having four babies and all. In some ways I thought that having four would be easy, and I’ve ended up feeling like I’m drowning and then someone’s handed me a fourth child. In some ways it’s been as beautiful and natural as I could imagine.  And in still completely other ways, I’ve been in awe of my whole families ability to adapt and step up to the plate.
As our tribe grows, I remember as mama how important, and necessary it is to sneak those single moments away with each little.  How greatly needed is that 5 minutes after all the others are in bed with our biggest little.  How necessary the few minutes in the morning with the little formerly known as middle before the others wake up.  Even our not so littlest needs those moments snuck away for just her and I.
When I find those moments, their days are brighter.  My day is brighter. They are reminded they are precious and special and mean the entire world to me.  I am reminded they are precious and special and mean the entire world to me.
I forget so easily how important it is to reaffirm my heart for my littles. I can tell the world how much I care, but what good does it if they don’t know?  In the last month, since our Hallel was born, it’s been easy to ask the girls to push through, do hard things, accept long nights, and moments where mama just has to sit down a bit.  When I have forgotten to sneak away the moments, I can see it on their faces. It’s in their attitudes. It’s in my attitude.
But when I remember the importance of sneaking the moment, Oh how fantastic! On a trip with family to a waterfall this last week, biggest asked me to go back to the van with her for a minute. She needed to get a couple of things and it was one of those things that after six years of being entrusted to her care, I knew only mama could go.  It was somewhere along the walk back to the van I stopped thinking about the sleeping babe I was sling carrying around, over rocks and up an incline, and began recognizing the moment that had been snuck.
freedom Girl
I took in my budding young girl. I watched her adventurous spirit I’ve always loved and admired. We talked about life, her heart, her plans, our family. In the in between times, she ran up the highest rocks, and darted back and forth up trees and along the water.  It’s these sneaking moments that I smile, and thank God.  These babies truly are a blessing.  I’m not just saying that because I’m supposed to. It’s because in these sneaking moments, I realize how precious and special life is.  How honored I am to be a part of it.
Waterfalls and Dreadlocks
Mama’s,  sneak the moments with your littles. Your babies. You will never regret it.

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Exploding Soap!

We’re beginning a new series in our lives. I intend to blog about it, but I’m smart enough to not make any promises. The littles have been excited for science recently, and are all about trying different experiments. I had searched all over the internet for a good experiment kit, but in the end I think pinterest is going to do us nicely for a great resource. And so, thanks to Pinterest, I introduce, Experiment Wednesdays.–no, don’t expect any alliteration here. I’m not that fancy.

Our first go in, we discovered exploding soap.  Which translates to–perfect home experiment for a 6 and 4 year old, and their parents. I admit, I’m easily amused.

Unfortunately for pinterest and the blogs the idea linked to, I couldn’t find a good explanation of WHY the experiment worked like it did. It took me a bit of googling to find a good explanation. So before I go on, I’ll tell you now, that this blog–5 Orange Potatoes--goes above and beyond in explaining this experiment, with extra fancy ideas included. We ended up keeping her blog post up and basing most of our experiment off of her suggestions. ^_^

For us?  We began by creating our own science journals. The girls intend to use them to document every experiment they do, and as Z would have it in her fancy nancy fashion, they needed to be pretty.
the science journals

(I bet you’ll never figure out which one is Zuri’s)

observations

The littles then wrote down their observations–many to the suggestions of the 5 Orange Potatoes post, and some of our own as well. (if you’re interested, her post has a downloadable little booklet she made for the experiment)

We observed that the soap was white, it was easily molded–unlike the Irish spring soap bar we were also testing–it floated unlike the Irish Spring soap, and Z noticed that it smelled fantastic.

inside the science journal

Then the fun began:

Microwave Rays

For this experiment all you need to do is

  • put a chunk of the ivory soap in the microwave
  • Start the microwave with a couple of minutes on the clock –The results will happen immediately, and any time you stop the microwave you’ll be satisfied with the results.

If you chose to do this experiment don’t forget your hypothesis!  Hosanna hypothesized the soap wouldn’t change at all, while Zuri predicted it would melt.  Both were more then thrilled with the results.
exploded soap

and then to round things out, and per 5 orange potatoes suggestion we wet our hands and made fantastic little soap molds.–a word to the wise, don’t add to much water like some 4 year olds might be prone to do. All that will happen is you’ll have some thick soapy water in the end. BUT, it’ll be fun doing it.

taking experiments to another level

So WHY does this happen as opposed to other soaps?

The experiment is an example of Charles’ Law in action:

Charles’s law  (chärlzz)

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The physical law that the volume of a fixed mass of gas held at a constant pressure varies directly with the absolute temperature.

To translate into human terms that a mamma can explain to her 6 and 4 year old:

When the soap gets hot the water that inside the soap vaporizes making bubbles while the heat also causes the air that’s trapped inside to expand. When the soap is heated the air molecules move faster causing them to expand.  Making the soap changes it’s proportions and “explode.”–again, I’ll tell you now, that I might not be the greatest at explaining this but if you check out 5 Orange Potatoes, her explanations really helped me out.

I’d say for our first experiment we sure had a good one. ^_^ Stayed tuned for more–but I’m not making any promises…

Hermit Crabs

One year for Christmas my mom got my brother hermit crabs. Great as the idea was, my brother felt it unnecessary to feed them. And as it would turn out, food is a requirement for survival.

Rest in peace little hermit crabs.

I never really thought to much about hermit crabs after that. You know where they’re from. What they’re purpose is. What they should eat.

Until this week.

We’ve been camping at the ocean in between music outreaches. And me, being the very far northern girl that I am have sat in awe at the life that is supported by the ocean. So many birds. So many fish. ALLIGATORS!!! and even surviving, well fed, hermit crabs.

Thank God I’m a homeschooling Mamma, it helps to not feel like a complete weirdo when I’m excited to show my littles how to find a hermit crab while combing the beach. And finding out what they eat to share with my littles.–because, well, for next times sake.

And by homeschooling, we all know I mean unschooling. But let’s call it homeschooling so you don’t think I just let my littles run naked through the streets because they thought it sounded great at the time.

How awesome is it to learn life on the road? So awesome. And so necessary.

Just ask those hermit crabs.