Thursday, April 23, 2009

Flower Power

It's spring and The Flower has begun her cyclical "sign me up for everything" phase. She starts out by signing up for everything at the local rec center that sounds interesting--which is just about everything--and then she gets overwhelmed and when classes are over, she just wants to sit and watch TV.

On Saturdays she has a baseball game--where she hits better than the boys--followed by tennis lessons and winding up with her dance troupe rehearsals.

She's also preparing for her birthday party. Traditionally we've spent a lot of money on it. It started as a joint party for her and The Boy, but The Boy's sort of outgrown the big party, or at least one that he's comfortable sharing with a bunch of 8-year-old girls. This leaves The Flower to pick a theme.

But for various reasons we're trying to cut down on the discretionary spending this year, so The Flower has opted for a "science party". (Two years ago was pirates, then it was princesses, and last year it was fairies.) In this party, everyone will wear a lab coat and goggles and get to perform experiments. Baking soda and vinegar, Mentos and diet coke, and so on. She's been testing all the experiments beforehand to make sure they work.

This is cute beyond belief.

She also beat The Boy at chess.

Moral of the story: Never underestimate the seven-year-old girl.

The lesson here?


  1. Tennis!!!!! *joy*

    Pics? Vids?

    Cute idea for the party!

  2. It's good thing we don't let kids (or most adults) around liquid nitrogen. Otherwise we'd all witness things like seeing a rubber nail pounded into a wooden board with a mercury hammer (one of the more remarkable science demos I ever witnessed).

    I love teaching my kids about science, especially about everyday things when they present. But it's not all about giving answers. The best thing we can all do is to nurture rather than inhibit their natural curiosity, because that is the very foundation of scientific inquiry.

  3. Tell the boy that in about ten years he is really gonna want to invite the Flower's friends to his birthday party. Better to lay some ground work now.

    So to speak.


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