Friday, January 18, 2019

The Great Science Experiment of 2019:  Did You Drop Your Cookie?

Bennett's science project was designed to test the validity of the "3 Second Rule".  This future scientist wanted to know if your food really did get more germs the longer it stayed on the floor.  To test his hypothesis, Bennett dropped cookies, leaving them on the floor for various amounts of time.  He then tested each cookie, swabbing it for bacterial.  The swabs were put into petri dishes and set under a heat lamp to fester for 14 days.  Observations were performed each day and photos taken to document the growth - or lack thereof - of the bacteria. 

Germs were most certainly detected on the cookies, and interestingly enough, the cookie with the most germs was the control cookie, that was taken directly from the box and spent 0 time on the floor.  Hmmmmm...  This may lead to several other experiments.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

"Mom...."  On Sunday evening, Bennett slipped his hand in mine, as we sat on the couch watching Shark Tank.  I turned to him and said, "Yes?".  His voice was reminiscent of that little boy voice of the past, and it got my full attention.  
"You're probably going to say 'no', but do you think we could all go up to the big bed?  Watch TV like we used to - you know, before (to this he whispered) Harper."
I smiled, "Well... is she invited to join us?"
Per Harper's face, she and I did find this whole gathering place for the family a bit strange, but those snuggle loving Scorpios had never been happier.  Thank goodness we have a king size bed, because it wasn't long before the cats joined in on the fun.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Safar Family Fun Day 2018
 First Generation
Second Generation

Third Generation

Fourth Generation

Pretty certain that Andrew and Francis Safar are smiling down on us, proud of themselves and their children, and grandchildren, and great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bennett often gets annoyed with the question "What sports do you play?".  It's asked by people who don't know him very well, and he is quick to point out that people never ask Harper what sports she plays.  (Interestingly precise observation, I must say...)  Bennett's extracurriculars tend to lean toward the academic end of the scale, including the speech team.  Bennett and Andrew have been preparing their version of the classic "Who's on First" bit by Abbott and Castello, and last night they received their first ribbon at the Ricori Speech Invitational - and it was not a participation ribbon either.  These future linguists came home with top honors.  Way to go, Abbott.  Or are you Castello?

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Crushing goals, this little girl, she is crushing her goals!!  "Getting on the chairlift with mama" has been written on her goal sheet since we got in skis, and today was the day to check that off the list! Harps, you were pretty nervous.  Scared into silence one might even say, but you were more brave, than scared.  You rode that lift, looking straight ahead, and holding onto Daddy with both hands.  Once at the top, you cruised down the big hill, skis straight, arms out.  At the bottom, you took off your facemask, and that smile is something I will always remember.  You were so proud, as were your Daddy and me.

You did it, and there was never a doubt in my mind that you could, and would.   Today's lesson:  Write down your goals.  Then, check it off and write down another.  No mountain is too tall for you, Harps.

ps:  Happy happy birthday, Hazey Dazey!  #3!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Smiles of 2018 
video cred: my google assistant
First day back in Room 75, and I learned something even before the ringing of the first bell.  Another sign of the good tidings this year holds, and makes me want to go find some otters.