Friday, February 25, 2011

Mad Scientist Party

We came up with an amazing birthday party for Jack this year. We had a Mad Scientist Party!

The invitations were simple but awesome (I sure wish I had taken a picture of them)! I printed a page with some of the info on them, like "Date:" and "Time:" and a little paragraph explaining that in order to view the invitation, the kids had to use science. They were instructed to hold the piece of paper over a light bulb, stove, or match and that the missing information would appear. I had used and invisible ink (mixture of baking soda and water) and written the information in. And it seemed to have worked... all of the kids showed up at at the right place and at the right time :)

The kids came dressed in their lab coats (or dad's white dress shirt). They looked great! We started off with a home made Lava Lamp, using just water, oil, food coloring, and Alka Seltzer tablets.

Did you know that you can make metal scream if you press it on dry ice? Neither did we, until we did this experiment! The kids experimented with all sorts of things. I think that quarters and spoons were the favorites.

Next we experimented with sound waves. By simply flattening one end of a drinking straw and then trimming it to a point, you can make a duck call. This was certainly the noisiest thing we did all day!

Next up: Sucking and egg into a bottle. You need a hard-boiled egg, a glass bottle, a piece of paper, and a lighter for this experiment. After lighting the paper on fire with the lighter, you drop it into the bottle. Immediately set the egg on top of the bottle. It would not normally fit inside, but it gets sucked right into it! This was certainly the stinkiest of the experiments :)

How do you make slime? It's actually quite simple. White glue, water, Borax, and food coloring. Wah-La!

The Fantastic Foamy Fountain was next. A yeasty mixture is added to a peroxide mixture to create this crazy foam. The boys loved it!

Mmmm... Dessert. Reeses Cupcakes to be exact!

Next Jack opened his presents. His friends were so generous! He was a happy boy, that's for sure!

We finished off with my very favorite of the experiments, the Flying Orb. How did I not take any pictures of that one? I'm going to make my kids do it again ASAP so that I can show you how cool it is.

Like I said, amazing party. The boys had a blast and most importantly, Jack really enjoyed himself. It was another great day :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Jack's 8!

Wow! I am having such a hard time believing it, but Jack is 8!

We celebrated his birthday in St. George this year with Grandma Roxy and Grandpa Will. Aside from the snowy weather and a sick Cohen, the trip was great! Jack chose to eat at Pirate Island for dinner and Roxy made him a birthday cake. He is in love with Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, so he got a couple of those for his birthday, along with the Karate Kid II movie, Lincoln Logs, Knex, and a cute outfit. He was well taken care of.

At 8 years old, Jack:

Loves to play basketball, and plays every chance he gets.
Has a best friend named Jake.
Enjoys reading (especially those Diary of a Wimpy Kid books!).
Is doing wonderful in school, it seems to come so easy to him.
Loves LEGOS.
Is a great big brother and help with Cohen.
Takes Break Dance classes every week and is learning awesome moves!
Loves to eat Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwiches, Raisin Bran cereal, apples, chicken nuggets, yogurt and hot dogs.
Enjoys eating at Taco Time above all other restaurants- He orders a Bean and Cheese Burrito.
Is kind, loving, helpful, trustworthy, and an over all great kid.

I sure love Jack and feel so lucky to have spent the past 8 years as his mother! Happy birthday Buddy!