Sunday, June 16, 2013

Nuffer Family Summer Camp, week 1: SPACE

I was so excited to get started with our camp!  The first week went really well!  I had to move a couple weeks around to fit different attractions in Lubbock, so we started off with Space Week.  

First, we watched a video about the planets on YouTube and then we made our own solar system and rocket.  They absorbed more about the planets than I thought they would.

Tuesday we visited the space section of the Science Spectrum.  We saw a real astronaut suit, a real space shuttle engine, meteorites, and a satellite!  The boys weren't as impressed as my mother and I were...  It was really cool stuff!

And then they pretended to be weather men.  Hey, weather is brought to us by satellite so it's still a space activity!

Wednesday we made constellation cards and a constellation craft.  The constellation cards were kind of a fail for several reasons, but the craft was a hit!  The even named their constellations all by themselves.

Thursday we watched a moon phases slide show and made the different moon phases with Oreos!  They loved the Oreos part!
Austin was upset about something, I just think he's a cutie pie even when he's upset.

Friday we played with galaxy dough!  Just FYI, this stuff was a HUGE mess to make!!  HUGE!!  It was dough made from corn starch and shaving cream which I made blue with a little food coloring.  It smelled great and easy to clean up, but making the stuff was very messy and time consuming (getting the right consistency).  Austin wasn't sure about it at first, but he caught on and got into it-

Overall, there were a few hiccups, but it was a really fun week!  Jackson told everyone he saw (in the store, or at the post office, or people that came over) that it was space week day 4 (or whatever day it was).  They really got into the crafts and the theme.  Pirate week is coming soon!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

What's that sound!?!

Look at this adorable face, don't you just want to squeeze this boy and smother him in kisses?!

For weeks Austin would put his little hand to his face and say something that I could not understand.  I felt terrible because he would repeat it over and over again hoping I might catch on, and then he would give me the saddest heartbroken face when I didn't understand him.  He would talk about dinosaurs afterward, so I thought, what is he saying that involves dinosaurs...?  Then, one day, after about 3 weeks of being frustrated that I didn't understand him, he was playing with a toy computer that makes a sound and then says, "what makes this sound?".  Austin immediately put the computer toy down and put his sweet little hand up to his face just like in this picture and said, "what's that sound!?".  His face was frozen, anxiously waiting to see if I finally understood what he was saying, and I DID!  I was so excited to finally know what he was saying for so long-  "What's that sound?!  Dinosaurs! ROAR!".  What a relief to know what he's saying and not to disappoint him any longer.

Now, all day every day, he still puts his little hand to his face and says, "what's that sound?!".  Notice he doesn't cup his ear, just puts that pudgy little hand right next to his face.  He's so adorable!  But now, instead of hearing dinosaurs, he hears a baby crying, so the routine is:  "What's that sound?! BABY!  Oh no, ah crying!".

I love my tiny baby boy!

Here's a video.  I couldn't get him to say "what's that sound" though.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

I made the "big chop"!

For years I've wanted to donate my hair.  It's so flippin thick that I know it'll go farther than the average donation.  I have been growing it out for about 18 months, but I just could not take all this hair in 100+ degree weather for another summer.  Soooo, today was the day for the "BIG CHOP"


(Sorry, the next couple pictures are stretched- I don't know what's wrong with Blogger)

My hairdresser, Mary Jane, and my first ponytail donation-


I'll be honest, I don't love my hair after the cut, I don't even like it.  It's TOO short and I look like a mushroom head. BUT I am finally able to donate not one 10" ponytail, but 4 ponytails of hair.  WOOT WOOT!  So, yeah, I look like a mushroom head and I hate it, but it's just hair and it'll grow back; and I, hopefully, helped give a little something to someone who's fighting a great fight.

PS  I really wanted my hair to go to a cancer fighter and I learned from a little research that Locks for Love mostly makes wigs for kids with Alopecia, which is a VERY worthy cause, but not what I was looking for.  The American Cancer Society only accepts donations through and Pantene's Beautiful Lengths.  I chose to donate to Beautiful Lengths since they only need a minimum of 8" and Wigs For Kids requires 12".  Visit the links if you'd like to make a donation as well.