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March 26, 2011

A (geeky) secret sewing project recently resulted in an empty spool of thread.


"What to do with an empty spool?" mused Auntie Janice.  Clearly we needed to make a balloon hovercraft.  The balloon's air pushes on the floor to create an air cushion, reducing the friction against the CD and making it go Faaast!


Supplies needed:

One balloon

One empty spool of thread

One old CD

Glue gun or Blu-Tack


Glue the spool of thread to the CD, such that the hole in the spool of thread is aligned with the center hole of the CD.  Make sure that any extra holes in the spool of thread are blocked; there should just be a solid tube. 

Inflate the balloon, then attach the balloon to the other end of the spool of thread (this is easiest to do if you twist the bottom of the balloon to prevent the air from rushing out). With a little practice, you can reinflate the balloon by blowing through the hole of the CD, too.


Beware, if your child is not old enough to blow up her own balloons you might find yourself doing more lung capacity exercises than you intended.  Brendan is thinking we should modify the design to take an air pump!


March 25, 2011

Our Auntie Mary always knows how to make a household of sickies feel better!


And loved!


March 23, 2011

Daddy needed some peace and quiet to try and get some work done, and I am feeling somewhat better. Elizabeth's been asking to go visit the Agriculture Museum every day since she got better.  Multiple times a day. So when she asked me today if she could go "walking outside to see the animals", I agreed. 


Elizabeth was so excited she didn't take a proper nap.  Oops.


We arrived to discover BABY PIGS!  It's true.  Mama had twelve babies around noon today.  Apparently she just popped them out one after the other.  One baby immediately tried to get back in!  By the time we arrived they were all happily nursing.  Elizabeth was fascinated.  Perhaps not as fascinated as her Mommy though.  It's a good thing piglets grow up to be less cute, or I'd never be able to eat pork again.


When the museum closed, I explained (as I do) that the cows had to go to bed. Elizabeth agreed to go home and find Daddy.  But we didn't even get out of the parking lot before Elizabeth suddenly piped up:  "Mommy!  Mommy dear! Mommy!"  "Yes, Elizabeth?" I replied.  "I NEED to see the cows!!!", she said.


Of course, when Auntie Janice asked her what she had seen today, Elizabeth claimed to have seen "AIRPLANES".  Kids.




March 21, 2011

Elizabeth appears to have completely recovered from her recent bout of sickness. That must mean it's Daddy's turn. What better way to celebrate Spring?  It's a new family tradition! 


I was scheduled to look after cousin Erika while little sister went for a follow-up appointment at CHEO. Since I was feeling fine, I thought everything would be fine as long as we didn't bring Erika to our house. BAD idea.


Despite my desire to see baby pigs I decided to avoid the animals (and smells) and took the girls to visit the Aviation museum.  Erika and and Elizabeth had a wonderful time.  I did not.  Shortly after we arrived I started to feel unwell. Luckily Auntie Janice was working and I was able to leave the girls with her while I visited the facilities.  I can now report that of all the places to be taken violently ill, the Aviation Museum is not bad.


Auntie Janice drove poor moaning me home at the end of her shift, complete with large garbage bag "just in case".  Luckily I didn't need it.


The two girls fell asleep in the car on the way home.  Elizabeth didn't notice Erika was missing until saying her prayers at bedtime.  "Hey!" she said.  "Where Erika go?"


March 20, 2011

I can't resist putting Elizabeth's hair "up".  She doesn't always let me, but asking her if she wants "princess hair" usually works.  Luckily she still thinks my efforts are cute!


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