Soda Bottle Rockets

Today I was reminded about the joy of soda bottle rockets as the kids were watching an episode of The Magic School Bus about air pressure. I decided to build some with the girls.

We used bottles with different shapes. Aurora’s rocket (left) is the Flower Power, using a 2-liter Sprite bottle. My rocket (center) is the Citrus Blaster, using a 1-liter Smart Water bottle. Cadence’s rocket (right) is the the Lightning Bolt, using a 1-liter CocaCola bottle. The fins are made of foam core board and the nosecones are made out of poster board. I used generous amounts of packing tape to attach the parts and protect them from water. By the way, the trick to removing the adhesive left behind when you remove the bottle labels is butter. Just rub butter over the adhesive and then clean with dish soap.


Our launch pad was a small cardboard box I cut a hole in and covered in packing tape. Aurora’s Flower Power rocket flew the highest, Cadence’s Lightning Bolt rocket had the most control. My Citrus Blaster flew the lowest and least straight. Blaise was pretty impressed with the launches, and eager to use the pump some day. Next time we want to try taking slow motion video of the rockets launching.


Lego Campground

Cadence built a campground scene out of Legos today.


Mia is fetching some water from the stream.


Emma is painting  what she sees around her.


The Calm After the Storm

El Niño has really done a number on Pacifica.

Storms sent waves crashing well over the sea wall.

John Green/Bay Area News Group via AP

It was so bad that a section of the sea wall collapsed.

Photo: Eric Risberg/AP Photo./ Published: 01/26/2016 1:09:03

Now that it’s sunny again, we decided to head around the corner to see for ourselves.


The storm created enormous piles of sand where there once was flat beach.


The kids were very happy to finally get out of the house, as they’d been mostly staying indoors with all the rain.



Today was Christmas. Without doubt, our kids’ favorite holiday.

The tree had lots of gifts under it.


Which later turned into a sea of recycling in our kitchen.



I took the kids to Curiodyssey today to give mommy, who’s sick, a chance to get some needed rest.

They really enjoyed playing with the sand table.


Basically anytime they get to play with anything wet or dirty they’re having a great time.


Lego Modeling

Cadence has been doing a lot of modeling with Legos lately.

This is Cardcaptor Sakura’s Sealing Wand.


These are some My Little Ponies, Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash.


Blaise’s 2nd Birthday

We celebrated Blaise’s 2nd birthday today.

He woke up to find a new bike, ready to go.


And later this evening he had a great time with his cake. Some of it even ended up in his tummy.



We took the kids trick-or-treating tonight, just around our block.

However, because very few people were trick-or-treating in our neighborhood, people were especially generous and we ended up with more candy than we expected.