Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Mad Science Birthday Party

Miss Madelyn is absolutely LOVING grade two.  When I asked her what her most favourite thing about school was she said, "That's easy Mummy... Science".

And an idea began to form...

We began birthday talks months ago around here. [We're all kind of crazy like that. Make that, 3 of us are crazy like that. A certain someone else who lives here, thinks we're certified nuts.]  When I made the suggestion that perhaps we have a 'Mad Science' Birthday party, she was in. One hundred percent

Ahhhh and then I began to research.... Thank goodness for Pinterest. I found lots of awesome ideas, and I began to make notes and lists. Pages and pages of notes and lists.

Now I do have to say, that Pinterest can do one of two things, when you're attempting to plan something like this. It can either make you go totally overboard. Or it can make you feel completely inadequate. As long as you're aware of this, you're okay.

You need to remember: that you will always come across something else that would be perfect for your event, the day before you have your event. There comes a time, you just. Have. To. Stop.
You have to have your party. No more research. I don't feel like I went overboard. Like I mentioned before, I'd been planning this party for weeks. So I did little snippets of things here and there, and to be honest, it never actually seemed too overwhelming... 

What I love most about planning parties for my kids, is that they want to know very little about the details. They just want to show up and be 'wow'-ed, just like everybody else. They like the surprise. So aside from what flavour of cake they want, they're totally content to let me take the wheel. It's awesome.

And this year, was more awesome than usual. Last year I had a party for Madelyn, because I felt like she'd be scarred for life if I didn't. Last year we weren't exactly in a happy place, her and I. [I'm happy to report that things are much, MUCH better now] It's amazing what a difference a positive attitude can make.

Don't get me wrong. The day of the party, I thought I was completely insane. I'm pretty sure I even swore to the parents that arrived to pick their kids up, that next years party would take place at the nearest McDonald's Play Place... But as soon as the last party guests left, and Madelyn told me how awesome it was, the craziness of it, faded into the background.

Here is the Mad Science Party:

Party invites.

The poster on the wall, which evidently I forgot to take a picture of welcomed guests to the party, and they had to come in and 'sanitize' themselves and take an 'antibiotic' to ensure their safety. The were to Enter At Own Risk.

Each child had to sign a waiver before they could enter. It was a lot of 'have a lot of fun' rules. 

Our antibiotics were Mike 'n Ikes, each guest had to have 3.

I drew lines on all the plastic glasses to resemble beakers. They're horrifically expensive in real life.

Once the experiments started, everyone needed their safety goggles and name tags.

I made 'lab coats' out of white garbage bags. They served the purpose just fine.

 I used a plastic table cloth, cut into strips to create the green background. I did the happy birthday sign on the computer, cut it out an strung it up.

Each child had their name on the back of the straw. My attempt at keeping drinks sorted out. 

Miss Madelyn's 'Atom Structure'

Set up for experiments.

The only major disappointment I had, was the weather. I'd planned to have all the kids around a big table at once, outside, doing experiments at the same time. But it absolutely POURED RAIN the day of the party, so I had to come up with plan B. Plan B was doing them in the kitchen, but I had to do the kids in groups, rather than all at once. That made it take 3x longer for each experiment. While the kids were doing their experiments, the others were watching Bill Nie the Science Guy. It worked out pretty well actually, thankfully Barry was able to reign them in when they got a bit bored.

 The weather experiment. Simple and quick. This is the only picture I got of any of the experiments.

The birthday cake. 

Party attendees.

A quick look at the 'atom structures' that were being sent home. Some of them were pretty great.

We made slime. It was a highlight for sure. 

Goodie bags.

Because the day was so dark and dreary, unfortunately my pictures were a bit on the dark and dreary side. And I didn't get as many pictures take of the actual party, as I would have liked but what can you do?

People thought I was nuts, for having a 3 hour party. And guess what, we did run out of time. There is one experiment we didn't get in, the volcano experiment. Perhaps it was a hidden blessing... I blame the weather, and the fact that I had to do kids in groups of 4 at a time. Had we all been outside and done the experiments together, we could totally have got them done. I also had 3 experiments, that they would have just watched me do, and we didn't get to those either. 

I would recommend [of course, now that I've done this] to have one major experiment, that all the kids can do, like making slime. And then do the rest of the experiments myself, and have them all standing around the table watching. They were able to get 3 out of 4 experiments in, and everyone seemed happy. [That's also the bonus of having my kids not knowing what I'm planning. They're not disappointed if we don't get to something!] Ha!

The good news, I have some fun experiments to do with them this summer!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Catching Up - Project Life Weeks 15 - 17

I've still got week 14, half completed... Isn't that sad? And because it's wasn't finished, I haven't posted any of the other weeks, because I wanted them to be in order. But enough is enough, here are weeks 15 - 17.

[to see the images larger, click on them]

There... That's a relief. I don't see week 14 happening any time soon!

Right now I'm busy as a bee getting ready for Miss Madelyn's birthday party, which is happening this Friday. We're doing a 'Mad Science' theme. It's been so much fun to plan, but ever so time consuming...

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Playing Catch Up... Project Life Week 13

Oh, but I'm behind... I'm catching up, slowly but surely. Here is week 13, which seems a long time ago. It was a long time ago.

This particular week does not include a lot of words, just pictures.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

My Exciting News!

First things first, my exciting news is this: I've been selected to be on the Sahlin Studios Creative Team! I have to keep pinching myself, because it seems like a dream! If you follow the link above, it will lead you right to the announcement. Read through, and you will see my name! So. Excited!

I've been asked to be on the Project Life Creative Team, which is right up my alley! Now this announcement has come at a time, where I'm in a behind of a slump with my Project Life. Eeks! So I had lots of plans to catch up this weekend.

It would seem that the stars were all aligning... The boys left Friday night for Cub camp, Madelyn went Friday night to Brownie Camp. I had the house to myself. To myself. I was going to spend the entire weekend catching up... And I began to do just that.

I started Friday night, savoured the quiet. Relished the fact that I could stay up as late as I wanted. I worked away like crazy. I got up Saturday morning, and resumed by position in front of the computer. And the around lunch time, the phone rang...

Could I please come and pick Madelyn up... She's not feeling well...  Suddenly my weekend changed a bit.

But I did get the majority things on my 'to do' list accomplished.

Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

And... This little muffin turned 8 on Thursday... How can it be, that my baby is 8 years old?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

So Far Behind...

I think I'm first...


Project Life has taken the back burner in recent weeks. I need to do some major catch up. It's funny, because as much as I love this project, every once in awhile I seem to get into a bit of a slump with it. I'm slump'in big time right now... I need to pull up my socks and get caught up. My last post was Week 12, we're currently on Week 20. I do have Week 13 completed, and pictures printed for Week 14.

When I get behind, I begin to feel overwhelmed. I'm not going to stress about it though. I'm going to do what I need to do to get caught up, and move forward. Just like that.

I'm going to be busy as a bee this weekend, I can tell that already.

And, my baby is going to be 8 years old tomorrow. Eight. And I'm saddened by it and joyful at the very same time.

I have decided that if I ever meet a Genie, and I was given 3 wishes, 2 of my wishes would be to go back to when my kids were infants, and spend a day with each individual child. Just done day. A day that I would and savour every second and every snuggle. [Fingers crossed, that I wouldn't get a fussy day]

My 3rd wish... Easy-Peasy, I'd love to be able to speak and understand every language on earth.

Here's a quick stroll down memory lane... Just one photo. Can't believe that tomorrow will mark 8 years of your life with us. I love you to the Moon and Back Sweet Girl...

I have some exciting news to share... It relates directly to my word for 2013, which was ACTION. I will explain more in the next few days.