Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Love of God," Ensign, Nov. 2009, 21–22
Yes my friends, Valentine's Day will be here soon! Ever since we took down all the Christmas decorations, Joshy has been asking me what holiday comes next, because he wants more decorations! So, he will be happy tomorrow afternoon when we go get the Valentine's box out of the garage!
Some of you may remember the St. Patty's Day swap I coordinated last year, and that it was inspired the a Valentine's swap I participated in with my cousin and her friends. Well, I'm trying to stay on top of things this year by announcing it early, so hopefully we will get a good group of friends to participate!
Here are the details of the swap:
- Put together a fun gift box/bag/basket/etc. full of Valentine's Day themed goodies (i.e. decorations, traditions, recipes, games, etc.)
- Don't spend more than $20
- Deliver it to your person within a week of Valentine's Day
- HAVE FUN!
If you're interested in participating (and remember we're keeping this local (FV/HB) sorry out-of-state friends/family!) then leave a comment on this post, or email me at sharibeth78 AT hotmail DOT com by Friday, January 22. I will draw the names on Saturday, January 23 and notify everyone by email who their person is. This will hopefully give everyone plenty of time to plan, purchase, package, and deliver by the week of Valentine's Day! Oh yeah! It's up to you if you want to reveal who you are or if you want to remain anonymous!
I hope to hear back from a lot of you...it will be really fun!
Next we went outside and did an experiment called "Color Collisions." You put a small amount of milk in a bowl, one drop of food coloring, and then you dip a toothpick in dishsoap and then dip the toothpick in the center of the food coloring and it immediately spreads out making a ring. It looks really cool...the kids were amazed!
Next we went back inside, and did a static electricity experiment, rubbing balloons on their heads, making their hair raise and seeing if the balloon would stick to the wall on it's own.
Their next experiment was "Discovering Geodes." Brad helped by cracking the rocks open with a hammer, and then the boys examined them using their magnifying glasses. Some of the geodes actually had some really pretty crystals inside...thanks Lakeshore!
Next we went across the street to a grassy area and got ready to watch some Mentos/Diet Coke explosions...we had never done this before so we weren't sure how messy it would be...the boys loved it...the only thing I didn't like was how short lived it was...oh well!
Then we went back and made snow...and also checked on our sealife capsules...you can see some of them had popped out while we were gone. The boys loved the snow...it was really fun! We still have it in a ziploc bag in the freezer!
After everyone got cleaned up from the snow experiment, we came inside to sing happy birthday and have cupcakes...of course Jakob had to examine the cupcakes first... :)
Brad got some dry ice and made this punch look like a smoking potion...it was cool...the boys were kind of afraid to drink it though...
After cupcakes all the boys gathered around Jakob as he opened his gifts...he got some really fun things...and had fun reading the jokes in this card...all the boys were giggling!
Here are all the Mad Scientists...aren't they cute?! Joshy actually looks mad... ha ha!
Here's Jakob's impersonation of a real "Mad Scientist" -- I think he hit it on the head!
Since we only plan friend parties every other year, it was really fun to make this extra special for Jakob...after everyone went home, he said, "Thanks for the best birthday party ever!"
I can't believe I have a 7-yr-old!!!!!
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(tears streaming down my face as I type this...)
p.s. maybe throw in a little bit about the missing Utah mom, Susan Powell too! I'm sure Heavenly Father wouldn't mind listening a bit longer...
Can't wait to tell Brad the good news when he wakes up!!!
Here's the address:
24312 Rockfield Boulevard
Lake Forest, CA
Anybody want to make it a fun group date night????