Saturday, November 12, 2011


We started off the day with pictures and music.
Delicious, both.

Early this afternoon we found a few interesting things in our email inbox.
One was something from Steve Spangler Science... and the particulars of putting a drinking straw through a potato.  You know.... air pressure.  You just have to cover the top of a sturdy straw with your thumb, then jab it into the potato.  Course, everyone had to get in on that action.

Another email was from Young Science Explorers (Home Science Tools), and involved rocketry.  We're still working on that one.

A third email was also something very interesting... an invitation to request tickets for our beloved museum's opening! 
One of our favorite places was the Utah Museum of Natural History.  It's been closed for over a year, due to a new fabulous eco building being built.  It's supposed to be bigger and better... (I have something like the American Museum of Natural History in my head, so I'll try not to be too disappointed!) and Grand Opening is November 18.  Which we've known for a while (we're counting down, believe me), but evidently opening day is going to be free... did we want to request tickets?
Ordinarily we'd run from something like this... crowds and hoopla are definitely not our thing.  But I called to the children and told them about the chance.  Told them it would almost certainly be crazy busy, and noisy, and crowded... but that we could go, if they wanted to.  Yes!!!  They do.
So our plan is to go right at lunch time, and before the children get out of school on early day... then we'll stay downtown for lunch and play.  (Our tickets are for 11:30.)
Our thinking is that we can leave at any time (since it's free), and go back when it's more quiet and usual for us.
So we get to be involved in something cool... the first day ever of (the name has been changed) Natural History Museum of Utah.  We're actually all pretty dang thrilled at the prospect.

Wrote secret messages with invisible ink.  I had no idea that milk worked also (besides lemon juice) but it sure does.  And vinegar!  Just hold it over the toaster to "cook" the message and reveal it.
Learned that in World War I a German spy named Courtney de Rysbach traveled Britain as a very popular entertainer. He wrote messages in invisible ink on sheets of music. He was eventually caught and spent the rest of the war in jail.  :) Terrible at the time, no doubt, but it still made me smile.

We played with color.

And played with silly.
(Which went on for well over an hour.)

And played Jurassic Park (Operation Genesis).

Jumped with Dad.  (Lots of tricky maneuvers involved in that play... all three of them are getting their game on for skiing and 360's.  Beloved resort opened on Thursday!)

A quiet, slow, meandering sort of day.
That will do.

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  1. Is the museum opening back up? YAYYYY!!!!!!! May be time for another field trip! :)

    Can't believe it's almost ski season. Wow.

  2. You know, we are thinking about going out to Washington next year and I keep wondering how feasible a trip to Utah might be. Although sadly I think it's too far; that just might have to be another trip. All your museum talk gets me so excited; we have so little around here. Enjoy your time there. Like you, we'd be more inclined to go when it was quiet. xo

  3. My kids love Steve Spangler too :)Will have to add invisible ink to the "list" of projects, I think the girls would like that.

    I Love your Jutes, one more project added to "my" list.

  4. I just learned the milk as invisible ink thing...forget where?

    Amazing, crazy world, huh?


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