Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Naked Egg Experiment Begins!

Our friend JoAnn posted that her family was trying this experiment on her facebook page and I had always wanted to try it but had never done it, so I remembered to grab vinegar yesterday at the grocery store and THE NAKED EGG EXPERIMENT is underway!

We decided to add some variety to the experiment...
Sophia, being the OLDEST scientist conducting this experiment chose the OLDEST egg in the refrigerator (expiration date less than a week away)

William chose the organic, free range, farm fresh egg that we purchased from a family at our homeschool co-op.  We figure since these eggs have a thicker shell that it will take longer for its shell to dissolve (our hypothesis!), we shall see!:

And Luke, being the YOUNGEST scientist conducting the experiment, chose the freshest store bought egg we had on hand (expiration date 2 weeks and 4 days away):

Awaiting results....we will keep you posted!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The PERFECT season!

Jacob's basketball team finished the regular season 10-0! Way to go!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mardi Gras Dance!

Our 4-H club secured the 4-H hall and invited other homeschooling families and friends to join us for a MARDI GRAS DANCE!  Quick, easy and pretty much STRESS FREE!  I think the kids had a GREAT TIME and I am thinking it might become a tradition!  Not only did we have a lot of fun, but we collected items to donate to a local food pantry and Wrapping Clermont Together (, so it was definitely a WIN-WIN situation!

What: Homeschool family MARDI GRAS dance!
Date: Friday February 17, 2012
Time: 7 PM to 10 PM
Location: 4-H Hall Clermont County Fairgrounds 1000 Locust Street Owensville OH 45160
Who: Homeschoolers, their friends and family!
Admission: 1 canned good to be donated to a local food pantry or paper plates/cups or toilet paper to be donated to Wrapping Clermont Together AND a snack to share!
Questions/RSVP: contact Kim 
Join us and celebrate Mardi Gras! We are asking all guests to wear a Mardi Gras mask (can be purchase at a party store or Dollar Store or make one yourself!), wear your beads (we will have some available for purchase), dress in Mardi Gras colors (purple, green, yellow/gold) and dance the night away!

Please bring a snack to share, drinks will be provided!

We will be drawing for a Mardi Gras KING AND QUEEN during the dance! Everyone attending will be eligible to WIN the crown!

Split the Pot raffle: In an effort to help offset the cost of the dance, we will have a SPLIT THE POT raffle....the winner will get 1/2 of the money taken in during the raffle and the other 1/2 will be used to cover any expenses incurred hosting this dance with the remainder going to a future dance!

Thursday, February 16, 2012


It has become a tradition--SNOWTUBING AT PERFECT NORTH with our homeschool group.  The kids look forward to it each year and the promise of "tickets" to participate are part of their Christmas gift each year.  It was overcast and rained for about 45 minutes while we were there (we were there from 1 PM until close to 9 PM) so we pretty much had the place to ourselves!  This year D joined us for the first time, he had never been sledding, let alone snowtubing, so it was great fun to watch him go down the runs!
Tori also had her first real tubing experience, we took her to the baby slope and pushed her down a few times, she absolutely LOVED it, but refused to leave her gloves on her hands, so since it was rather chilly we didn't get to stay out there for a very long time, but she went down at least 5 times!  She is now a seasoned "tubing" pro at 16 months old!

Snow Tubing at Perfect North

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2012

1:00 pm - 9:30 pm (they close at 9:30 but you don't have to stay till then)

Cost: $20.00 per person YOU MUST PAY ME IN CASH

Who: Homeschoolers of all ages (From Perfect North website: Not recommended for toddlers or younger.)
I have seen two children as young as 4 do it but these kids were the second youngest of large families.
Also please note that your child MUST ride ALONE in their tube. Perfect North will NOT make exceptions to this rule.

We always have a great time doing this! Last year most of us stayed
from 1-8:30PM!! To get the group rate of $20.00 a person then we have
to pay as a group. So we are asking everyone to try to arrive no later than
1pm so we can collect the money and waivers, pay and get on the tubing
slopes as soon as possible. If you can't get there until after 1pm then you
can pay me before hand and I will have your tickets for you when you arrive.
Once I pay for our group there are NO REFUNDS.

You are welcome to bring your own food. They have a heated tent with
picnic tables, outlets for anyone wanting to have hot food and/or drinks,
and a concession stand for those who choose to buy. They also have nice
heated bathrooms located just outside the heated tent. Dressing in layers is
recommended because you never know what kind of snow tubing weather
it's going to be. Last year most of us were down to our t-shirts it got so warm!
But it got colder as it got darker and so it was nice to have something warm to put back on.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day Window

We took down the winter window and decorated for Valentine's day!

The first craft we did we found at the Mommyapolis website, really simple valentine's day suncatchers made with tissue paper and contact paper.  The kids loved making them.  I ended up covering both sides with the contact paper once we were finished because Luke decided he liked "space" between his pieces!  Sophia already has plans to expand upon this idea for both St. Patrick's day and Easter!

The second craft we did we found over at the Adventures of the Smith Family blog and involved making collages out of paper pieces cut from magazine.  We went through a stack of magazines and cut out all the red, pink and purple pieces and then made heart shaped collages with them. I also put out some scraps of scrapbooking paper to add to the variety of papers everyone had to chose from. I was surprised at how well they turned out!  We will probably attempt some shamrock collages for St. Patrick's day!

We also made some cool heart shaped inspired snowflakes.  I found the pattern at Hawaiian Snowflakes,  I saved the pattern to my computer and then printed it off the size of a whole sheet of paper.  We opted to use red paper for our snowflakes!

And our final craft, a wreath for the front door.  We snagged this GLITTERY wreath at an after Christmas sale for 75% off and embellished it was craft foam hearts and a bow!  Cade took the picture of the wreath for me!