Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Rock Candy

Sawyer and I like to do science experiments and since this one is so easy for everyone to do, we thought we would share it with you all so you can try it out yourself.  We have been learning about crystals and how they are created, etc. so we decided to make rock candy.

The first thing you will need is a clean medium size jar, two popsicle sticks, and some string.  Just make sure that the popsicle stick hangs and does not touch the bottom.

Like this...

Next get a medium size saucepan and add 8 measuring cups full of water.  Our measuring cup is 25 millileters.  Bring the water to a boil.

 And don't forget your safety gear! And apparently shirts are optional, too.

Next, while keeping the water boiling, add 16 measuring cups full of sugar and stir until all the sugar has dissolved.

 It helps to have a cheering section!

With the water still boiling and while stirring, add 8 more measuring cups full of sugar.

Take off the heat and let cool before adding to glass jar.  We are a little impatient, so we didn't wait too long...maybe 5 minutes.

When completely cooled (or you get impatient excited) add solution to glass jar leaving undissolved sugar in pot.

Wrap string several times tightly around the vertical popsicle stick.  Then tie it to the horizontal popsicle stick.  Next, place it in the solution.

Oops, take it back out again and add some food coloring of your choice.  We chose green.  Add how ever much you want.  Sawyer liked doing this so we added a couple dropper fulls.

It looks pretty cool going in...

NOW, you can place your stick in the solution.

And don't forget to chart your findings like all good scientists do!

Let stand for 24 hours (Let your sugar crystals stand longer to grow larger crystals).  One thing to keep in mind is that crystals will form on the surface of the sugar solution.  Just gently break up these crystals every time they appear so that crystals will form on the popsicle stick instead. 

You will notice the rock candy forming after 24 hours but we recommend waiting for about 4 or 5 days so it gets bigger. And here is the results after 5 days.
 All that is left to do is enjoy!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Six months old

She is sweetness, and smiles, hugs and open mouth kisses.  She's blue-grey eyes searching me out where ever I go.  "I'm here Cora, I'm here."  Her hair is still dark, as are her eyebrows.  Her dad calls her Cora Karen in an Irish brogue and I call her Coraline and when she hears her siblings cry she worries. She is sensitive and soft and in need of affirmation, touch, love. Her eyes tell stories. And in her sleep she pats my chest, to reassure herself I am still there.   She is mostly serious, intense and serious, when others are around.  At home with her favorites though she is smiley, goofy, and on occasion a firecracker. 
 She is finally the owner of her very own high chair and loves being included in meal time.
 She is a whopping 15 pounds 6 ounces, sitting up like a big girl, and is sporting a lovely bald patch on the back of her head, as her favorite mode of transportation is to lay on her back, push off with her feet, and slide.  She also sports some lovely rug burns, too on occasion.
 She has the house wrapped around her little finger.  All she has to do is complain once and someone is there to scoop her up.  She is lucky to be number 4.
It amazes me to think it has been 6 months since I brought her home.  The months seem to go faster than the days at times.

And here is a look back at some other 6 monthers I have raised.

Jonnie-who I still think Cora resembles the most.
and Sawyer

They all look a little similar and yet different.  I see Cora in each of them.  I am a lucky mom.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Hanging out with daddy

"Hey mom!"

The stare down...

"Hey dad, I think you need to shave!"

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 

 I am looking forward to see what the new years brings for us.  We had a pretty great 2011 that was full of lots of changes in our house.  One being the birth of our precious little girl who we cannot love and adore any more than we do.  It's amazing how fast we all adjusted to her little presence in the house and I can hardly remember what it was like before we had her.  Second, is Jon's accident.  It has been both a challenge and a blessing.  A blessing in that it has allowed him to slow down a bit and spend lots of time with us as a family.  Not many people get that opportunity in their life and for that we are grateful. 
The challenges are only temporary and I refuse to dwell on all that.

I have a feeling this will be a great year. Bring on 2012!