Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lunar Eclipse!

Dec 20 and 21, North America was treated to a full lunar eclipse on the solstice.  The kids and I stayed up late, heading out every half our or so to watch the skies while it happened.  (And yes, it was COLD.  I drank many many many cups of tea.)

It was cloudy/foggy, so we did not get the best view, but were able to see the earth's shadow move across the face of the moon.  Once it was covered, it was pretty near impossible to see the moon, we did not get the glowy orange moon that many other places saw.

Here are a few (not wonderful) pictures.

This is actually one of my favorites, taken as the moon was entering the penumbra.  There was a lovely ring around the moon.

Entering the umbra.  You can see the shadow moving across on the lower left corner.  

The night got much clearer as the moon was moving out of its eclipsed state, as you can see.

Don't know what this umbra, penumbra stage thing is about?  (I didn't either)  Check out this article on the 12 Stages of a Lunar eclipse for an explanation.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Creative Arts Workshop

The kids recently participated in a Creative Arts Workshop at the Old Town Actors Studio with Bridget Close.

They created masks and full size poster self portraits including things they like and dislike, which they presented in a show and share at the end of the class.

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Goat Whisperer

Went to our local zoo.  Had to spend time in the petting zoo, of course.  All of the goats converged upon my daughter.  She has a way with animals - we're going to look into the teen volunteer program they have next summer. 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Banana Bread

When you've got a bunch of bananas rapidly heading to becoming a pile of mush, what do you do?
Mash Mash Mash Mash!

A litte mashing, a little measuring, some stirring and some cooking until you have...

Yummy Banana Bread!  (I only got a quick picture of it on my phone, so it's not the highest quality. )

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Toes in the Ocean!

On our Oregon trip, since it was only an hour away:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Boise Trip

It might look like magic, but it's...SCIENCE!

The power of the pulley!  Hoisting himself up.

Checking out the eyes - watching the pupils do their thing.  (I, the ever-squeamish about all things to do with eyes, skipped this one.)

A couple of pictures from our trip to Boise.  (For hockey, what else?  Although these aren't hockey pictures)

We spent a couple hours at the Discovery Center of Idaho.  So much fun!  Just as much fun for the adults as the kids really.  And once again I wonder how I ever found science to be a dull and dry subject.  It's so very cool!

 I would love to have a hands-on museum like this close by.  This also inspired our ventures into stop-motion animation, because one of the exhibits was a set-up where you could make your own 20-frame video.

Sunday, July 11, 2010


This is our second attempt at stop-motion animation.  75 frames this time, music created with Garage Band

Fourth of July

So, um, it's a bit past the fourth - but this is the stop-motion animation that Zoe and I threw together while waiting for it to get dark enough for real fireworks.  We were kinda rushed, since we were trying to beat encroaching shade!  Still, it was a very fun first try:

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Beaverton, Oregon Hockey Trip

So, yeah, long time no blog.  We've been extremely busy, of course, so what ya gonna do?

Here's some pictures from our trek over to Oregon for a hockey tournament:

Ready to Play!

At the Zoo!

Zane and an alligator!

Zoe really liked the bats!

We all rather loved the penguins.

Did I mention how very, very pretty Oregon is?