Sunday, June 15, 2014

Kyan's Chalk Art

Kyan's chalk art drawing that he did on the trampoline yesterday.



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Monday, June 02, 2014

Rock Hounding

A couple of months ago, per Kyan's request & Damek's approval, we signed up for a few free rock hounding trips through the Rockpick Legend Co.  

On saturday the boys and I got up very early & drove out to the desert near Bonneville/Wendover to meet up with others and go hunting for Agate & Jasper.

Damek was collecting rocks without attachment saying that anyone could have them, that he just liked hunting for them.
Kyan was putting the ones he thought were extra special in his pocket, then at the end just dumped them in with all the others that we all found.


We saw these funnel shaped spider webs all over while rock hounding.
An older couple spotted this horned lizard and told Damek about it while he was down at the car getting some water.  Later when we all came down to get a snack he/she was still there hiding from the sun under some sagebrush.
We found lots of cool rocks with Agate, crystalline & jasper in them.  










A view while rock hounding, the tall peak in the distance is Pilot's Peak in Nevada.


When we were just getting about ready to head out, Damek spotted this beautiful lizard, that once we were back home looked up and identified it as a female Great Basin Collared Lizard.
Can't believe she let me get so close!  Yes, I did have my 100m macro lens, but I also took a very close up one as well with my iphone.  As we were collecting out rocks she ran up the hill.
On the drive out, you can see the Bonneville Salt Flats
Kyan spotted this really cool mountain and thought it was so cool it almost didn't look real.
We decided to drive out on to the Salt Flats while we there.  Almost too bright to look at while your out there, but beautiful none the less.
 Our car and shoes were caked with salt by the time we headed for home;)


I love driving in the car with the boys, especially when it is a longer trip, the conversations we have could not be replicated in any other place and we talk about all sorts of things.  On our drive home we were lucky enough to catch an episode of one of all of our favorite radio shows 'This American Life', and lucky still that since it was a rerun it wasn't one we had heard before.

Kyan took a quick cat nap and then he read Damek & I a couple of books that we had checked out from the library early in the week 'Henry Climbs A Mountain' and 'Henry Hikes To Fitchburg' by D.B. Johnson.  We checked out all the books in this series, which are based on the work and ideas of Henry David Thoreau and Kyan really enjoyed all of them.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Unschooled Life

A great description of unschooling.

Astra Taylor on the Unschooled Life

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Dreamathon Art Exhibit

Yesterday we heard about a themed/interactive art exhibit titled 'Dreamathon' near to our house in an old building that was previously a high school and since it was the last day of the exhibit we decided to attend.  Wish we would have heard about it earlier so we could have attended on one of the other days where there were speakers and/or live music as well, but it was definitely worth what we did get to see.


Photos of a few of the exhibits

 



 Fun with confetti and a fan:)


 Trying out different voices on a microphone

"the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" - Eleanor Roosevelt


 Kyan especially had fun with the mirrors;)


 Human kaleidoscopes

                           


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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Experiments, Tricks & Pranks

For the past few weeks Damek has been trying out different science experiments, card tricks & pranks that he comes across on YouTube.  Two weeks ago it was changing the colors of flowers using food coloring.  He picked flowers that we either had on hand or out in the yard, which wasn't a huge selection.  Every experiment that I've come across says to use carnations for this experiment, but alas we didn't have any of those on hand, and when Damek gets an idea he is motivated to do it right now, so he did.

The flowers he used for the experiment were a white wild rose, an orange poppy, a yellow dandelion, a lavender lilac and a weed that is prolific in our yard that has tiny little white flowers that we don't know the name of.

It took 1-2 days and the changes were subtle, but the flowers definitely took on some of the color that they were soaking in, mostly around the outside edges.  The only flower that didn't take on any color was the small white flowers from the weed.

On sunday our next door neighbor friend brought me a white carnation for mother's day, so we decided to experiment with it also.  The changes were a bit more dramatic.
A couple of the other experiments he has done are

-Pepper & Water Magic Trick

-Instant Ice

as well as various card tricks and pranks.



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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Window Portraits

On Mother's Day morning, Lee made "breakfast potatoes".  After boiling the potatoes the kitchen windows were covered in condensation, which makes for a great canvas when it comes to drawing according to Kyan:)
                       

                       

                                    

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