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.
El Niño has really done a number on Pacifica.
Storms sent waves crashing well over the sea wall.
It was so bad that a section of the sea wall collapsed.
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.
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.
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.