Doris Mae II

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Fun with atoms.

Bug is using a new science program this year and we LOVE it. We're using R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey and are studying chemistry. Yesterday she built 10 atom models out of marshmallows.

The large white marshmallows are neutrons, the pink ones are protons and the little green ones are electrons.
Here we have Hydrogen, Lithium and Beryllium:

Here are Helium and Boron:

Next up, Carbon (Bug's favorite element) and Nitrogen:



Lastly, we have Neon:

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fun times with old friends.

Bug's dad didn't work on Friday so that we could go to the Twin Cities to see our friend, Garnet Rogers, play. On the way we stopped in our hometown for lunch. We used to have lunch at this Chinese buffet every Wednesday. The owners are so nice. When we moved they marked Bug's height on their wall. See her shoulders? That's how tall she was when we left.

While eating, our old mailman came in. We found out that he's retiring at the end of the year. He delivered mail to Bug, me, my mom and my grandma. When I remind him of this he says it makes him feel old.

When we got to Minneapolis we went to Jack's house. He just turned 4. He & Bug had a great time playing together.

We went to see Garnet Roger's show with Jack & his folks. 5 other friends showed up, as well. It was fun to see everyone. The following morning we met up with Garnet for breakfast before heading back to our hometown. Bug was happy.
The weather on Saturday was perfect. There were some civil war reenactors there. Bug loved the cannon. She got to see/hear it get fired twice.

My old high school counselor & his wife were participating. I got them to pose with Bug.

We met some new authors & illustrators. This is Tim Kehoe who wrote a pretty cool book and has invented some very cool toys. While waiting for him to do his talk Bug started reading the book and discovered that there's a character in it with her name! Oh, be sure to check out the colored bubbles that he invented. They are crazy cool!

This husband & wife duo wrote and illustrated a Civil War alphabet book. It turns out that the wife, Pat Bauer, was at the Garnet Rogers show the night before and recognized Bug. Small world.

Though not on the schedule this year, David LaRochelle let us know that he might be at the event. Bug made a dragon quiz for him. (he passed)

We had gotten a copy of his latest book the week before and brought it with us in case he was there. Not only did he sign it, but he drew a "number dragon" in it for Bug.