Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Holidaze pt. 2

Meals were made, start to finish, entirely by Noor who was inspired by the many versions of the folk story Stone Soup

Change was counted and used to buy the full version of.......

K'Nex robotics were explored (thanks, uncle Jeff and Krissy!)

Paint was mixed

cat-creatures were built

machinery-habitats constructed


While we're enjoying the hustle and bustle of our new business endeavor, we're also looking forward to life slowing down a bit soon! In the meantime, another whirlwind post that highlights a few of the interesting things that Noor has been learning about.

It was messy and fun and we learned about the Sapodilla tree that grows in the rain forests of Central America.  The kit came with chicle, the sap from the Sapodilla.

We heated/melted the sap and then mixed in corn syrup, powdered sugar and flavoring and then Noor kneaded and pulled, kneaded and pulled

We added a new family member to our clan


We adopted our sweet boy, an 18-month-old Great Pyrenees (mix?) from the La Mancha Animal rescue, which led to a brief introduction to Don Quixote (great retelling by James Baldwin for kids), and also a lot of interesting and heart-breaking scientific exploration.

Aslan limped when we adopted him, and he also had a very infected incision and scrotum from being neutered. The woman at La Mancha thought his limp was due to the swelling, but we took him to our vet anyway to have him checked out.

A stool exam found Coccidia, an intestinal parasite similar to Giardia in humans.
This is what Noor saw when she looked at the sample under the microscope

Aslan was sent home with an additional two weeks of antibiotics and a stronger anti-worming medication. Once those two issues were dealt with, we brought him back in for X-rays.

Our veterinarian thinks that he was likely hit by a car about six months ago. The bone had healed, for the most part, and is now encased in muscle mass. He doesn't appear to be in pain, although he probably experiences soreness after a lot of running.  During the visit, we learned about Wolff's Law, which states that, "bone grows in response to the forces that are placed upon it. After injury to bone, placing specific stress in specific directions to the bone can help it remodel and become normal healthy bone again."

On delicious math fronts, Noor got a 9-ounce gummy bear for Christmas, and she's going to see how much she eats every day

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Life has been a whirlwind of activity the past few months, so this is a photographic catch-up of events:

A new year at Open Connections; this time, Noor is in the Group Tutorial

Helping dad tune the new serger

Sewing bags for Crabby

Massive flooding at the Brandywine

Big storm=lots of downed trees on the path

edibles, and not-so-edibles

a game of Noor's invention with ever-changing rules

Dragon-Cat-Vampire Halloween costume

Graph of the Halloween candy haul

Riding the subway in NYC

Museum of Natural History NYC

Gems and minerals have replaced dinosaurs as the most interesting exhibits

A visit to Occupy Wall Street

Sign at Zuccotti Park

Occupy Wall St.'s Library

 That's Noor on the second-to-the-highest level!

Autumn salamander

 Earth Explorer's rock identification

Bowl maker at Chadds Ford Day's

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Living math

Noor decided she wanted to visit the acorn (plastic bubbles filled with stretchy fish and amphibians) machine at the grocery store today because she wanted to try to get another octopus.  I asked her how much of her $8.00/week allowance she was willing to spend to try to get that specific toy from the ¢.50 machine.

$2.00 she said, thinking for a minute--I'll get four acorns for $2.00

We headed out to the grocery store, and as we drove down the driveway Noor asked how long it would take to get to the store.  I asked her if she wanted to time it, and she did.  From the end of our road, the trip took 8 minutes and 54 seconds.

Unfortunately, the grocery store had switched out their toy machines since the last time we were there, replacing the amphibians and fish with monkeys and teddy bears.  Noor wasn't interested in either, so she spent her money on a package of Halloween Peeps (already?) ¢.88 and a new comb for Crabby ¢.97.

I didn't think of clocking the milage until we got home and Noor asked how far away the store was.  We looked at Google Maps, which calculated our trip as 3.7 miles, taking an estimated 13 minutes, but I didn't speed, honest.

The drive home took almost a minute less: 7 minutes and 4 seconds.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Anatomy, Plate Tectonics, Walking Stick and Thank-You Notes

It's been a wild week here on the top of the hill. On Sunday, Noor's birthday party was relocated to the indoor swimming pool at the hotel grandma was staying at, due to torrential storms. On Tuesday, Noor's birthday, we were treated to a rare 5.8 earthquake, and now we're awaiting hurricane Irene.

The kids didn't get to go fishing, they got to be fish instead!

Noor got this cool human body puzzle

And she finally found a walking stick

Halfway done writing thank-you notes

After the earthquake, we looked at lots of diagrams of the Earth's plates and talked about the different kind of plate boundaries.  To illustrate what happens when two plates collide and/or shift, we used a pan of pudding covered in crumbled cookies to model the flexibility of the Earth's mantle and crust:

Noor used two spatulas to replicate moving plates...it is hard to see, but the pudding (mantle) made the crust shift causing "mountains" and valleys"

Monday, August 22, 2011

Drawing with Feeling

Daniel, Noor's art mentor, suggested that Noor try drawing on the largest sheet of paper she could find and acting out the emotions of her subjects while working.

Having a cutting table in the basement studio, meant Noor got to work with a very large sheet of paper!