November 17, 2013
Quinn chose well, recognizing that you only buy the holes once, but can buy the earrings anytime.
October 16, 2013
October 09, 2013
September 26, 2013
July 19, 2013
- Poseidon's obstacle course
- Sea creature splash bowling
- recycled bottles, filled with a little bit of sand, with cute sea creatures adhered to the front and back with packing tape
- Knock them over with splash bombs
- Splash buckets with sponges
- Paint a fence with water
- Soak a ship, using melting corn starch peanuts
- Kiddie pool
- Water table
- Mermaid and sharkfin towels as favors
- octopus hot dogs
- dolphin banana's (split the stem end, add a grape and draw an eye)
- Oysters (jumbo pasta shells, with meatballs )
- 2 dozen cupcakes painted to look like water
- Octopus cupcake - dum dum + gummy worms
- Jellyfish cupcake - smushed gum drop + gummy worms
- Small fish cupcake - swedish fish
- shark cupcake - gum drop crescents
- large fish cupcake - skittles for scales, Rips for tales
July 17, 2013
July 10, 2013
She was listening intently and asked several questions. I think that she got it.
One of the questions that she asked went like this.
"My friend is always mean to me".
I said, "yes, by you saying that, it is a true statement. You won't be able to see any of the times that he is nice to you, or even not mean to you. If there is a rare case that you do discover that he is nice to you, you will think that something is wrong or unusal, as you have declared the truth that he is always mean."
Quinn then revised her statement to be "he is usually mean to me, but sometimes he is not"
By Jove, I think she's got it!
P.S. She hasn't yet declared that she is good at talking to people.
July 03, 2013
June 25, 2013
Ice cream must be mixed: peach ice cream - no good, peach and strawberry ice cream - good*. Entree's must be separate: hot dogs good, pasta good, hot dogs on top of pasta- no good. Lunches have to be finger foods, no utensils, and not messy (eliminates most leftovers, even pizza). Breakfast is limited to yogurt, cereal, pancakes or bacon; french toast, eggs, sausage, everything else is excluded. Cakes / desserts must be chocolate or have chocolate chips.
* (this is what she said, haven't tested the mixed ice cream yet)
May 24, 2013
May 11, 2013
Here is a quick rundown for the year to date
2/23/13 - Librarian. Quinn categorized and organized all of her books. Age appropriate books were given to Brock, and Quinn came up with a system for finding the books on her shelf. She even created a (short lived) system, where Brock could check out books from her room.
3/5/13 - Computer Programmer. We tried to animate a flower. Quinn expected that you could draw a seed and press "go" and it would become a flower. (Sounds like some of my clients). She didn't realize that you had to draw the seed, the sprout, the seedling, the little flower, and the big flower. We lost interest before we could finish. Sigh
4/2/13 - Chef. Quinn choose the recipe and chopped all of the veggies for it. She even got to use the big chef's knife all by herself. She also made a birthday cake for Popo, all by herself, minus actually putting it in the oven.
4/20/13- Plant Operator. This one was great. She had the opportunity to spend the day with Ms Brown, Kolter's Plant Operator. Quinn got to unlock the playground gate for her friends, turn on the lights for the teachers, go into special places that no students are allowed, and replace the paper towels.
4/27/13 - Shelf Builder. Due to a power outage - refrigerator cleaning - utility room organizing, we removed a built in ironing board and added shelves for the kids paints. Quinn helped build the shelves. Mommy had her out in the garage, wearing a bright yellow swimming mask as safety goggles, helping cut strips of wood with the radial saw. Quinn did most of the drilling and screwing to get the shelves in place too.
April 27, 2013
April 03, 2013
Last night she was trying to teach it to Brock with great success.
She was giving me instructions about when to start / stop the video.
And every couple of measures, she would show Brock the corresponding arm gestures.
Then she tell me to play the song from the beginning and they'd go through each part to that point.
It was awesome.
The only blind spot, was that Quinn was not able to recognize when Brock was done with the task and ready to move on. But hey, sometimes we parents even have a hard time with that.
Here is the reference video and song.
"Ok", I said, "but can you think of any other options, maybe any that might be faster?"
She said, that "that [putting on shoes] takes too much time."
So while I mentioned that I disagreed with her, we went to the garage to get the brooms.
The kids happily swept the driveway, and Brock and I had a great time of chase and choo-choo trains and singing Mary Poppins.
Quinn had made it through 3 sidewalk squares, when she went back inside, got her shoes and joined us in our games.
I believe I got my point across, AND Quinn got to be right.
March 27, 2013
I cooked five types of pasta, all from the same brand. The goal was to determine which pasta shape tasted the best.
We had rotini, bowtie, penne, elbow, and linguini.
We guessed and proved that they would / did all taste the same.
She even surmised that the reason was they were all from the same materials (ingredients).
We further gathered that adding a meatball to the top pasta, that the meatball was still good.
Going further we buried the meatball in the pasta, that was still good too.
The final step, was we cut up and buried the meatball in the pasta, that was still good.
The experiment fell apart when we mentally tried to substitute the meatball with chicken. Apparently chicken buried in pasta is no-good.
But the chicken results are inconclusive, as we had reached our attention span for the experiment.
February 11, 2013
"Dear tooth fairy, today my tooth (h)as come out. Can you hlpe (help) me fide (find) it. Love Quinn")
This is the stuff the warms the soul. :)
January 31, 2013
Halfway through eating her cornbread animal muffin, I made the mistake of asking to pass the cornbread. Quinn puts the half consumed muffin down and cries out that she doesn't like cornbread.
No amount of discussion could convince her that she was enjoying eating the cornbread just moments before.
When does rationality kick in?