I love being home with my girls. I love letting our imaginations run wild together. I love soaking up their laughter and warmth. And I also LOVE a big ol’ break.
Today was awesome. Not only did my sweet husband cover for me in the morning while I was in the studio, but when I came home, it was time to go on a field trip. This means I actually did nothing except for take pictures today. Mama needs days like these!
Aside from reading, watching Liberty’s Kids, and hanging out/learning with dad this morning, the girls learned all about carbon dioxide and rockets from Mr. Bond the Science Guy… Well, not the actual Mr. Bond, but one of his assistants. He did a fine job of demonstrating the power of carbon dioxide gas to a room of curious homeschoolers and their moms.
I didn’t want to post too many kid pics without parental permission, so these are just a few of what I caught that day.
The above “rocket” is fueled by dry ice, which is solid carbon dioxide. Only adults were allowed to handle the ice and they had to wear gloves. Ice kept spilling out onto the tables and Mr. Bond’s assistant (can’t remember his name) just kept reminding the little ones that the ice is very, very cold. So cold that it may burn.
I just kept picturing tiny fingers being seared off. I’m not sure that is actually based in science, or if it is another irrational fear (along with my extreme fear of botulism) that I picked up in my high school science class. I didn’t want to be the worried mom who yelled, “Careful that your fingers don’t freeze and shatter into a thousand pieces, Johnny.” So I just kept my mouth shut and hoped for the best. It wasn’t until later that I remembered that liquid nitrogen was what I had been thinking of. Not dry ice.
It all worked out. Rockets launched. Children learned and giggled. Fingers stayed in tact. Plus I basically had the day off. A successful day in my book.
Subjects covered today: Reading, History, Science