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.

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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.

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Lego Campground

Cadence built a campground scene out of Legos today.

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Mia is fetching some water from the stream.

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Emma is painting  what she sees around her.

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The Calm After the Storm

El Ni√Īo 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.

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

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

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Christmas

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

The tree had lots of gifts under it.

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

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Curiodyssey

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.

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

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