1. these boys are growing up. I just rearranged their room to make space for Andrew to work on the kits we got him for his birthday. The main kit we got him was expensive and huge and will take him a few weeks to finish one of the seven projects that the kit is designed to make. Investing in this kit felt like we were welcoming a much older boy into our lives. To top it off, part of the room reorganization was to hang a shelf by the bunk beds, which gave Andrew a spot by his top-bunk-bed for a lamp. Now he reads in bed at night and turns out his own light when he’s done reading. He’s really getting older!
2. But…he still has a hard time unbuttoning the button on his pants. ha! We had an argument about that this morning. He said it hurt his fingers to try to button that button and I should just do it. I said “nice try, pal. It’s time for you to master that button.” How is it that this same kid whom we gave a book on computer programming for kids…can’t work his own buttons?! sigh.
3. Isaac is more and more jealous of Andrew. He’s always wanted to be like Andrew…but it’s SO intense right now. Isaac tries to measure up to Andrew in just about every way. BUT…he doesn’t even realize that there are things that he can do that Andrew can’t do. To him, those things don’t count. He has to be able to do the things that Andrew can do! There is a way that this is benefitting him though. The other night Dave invited one of his friends over and Andrew introduced himself and Isaac came right up behind Andrew and said “and I’m Isaac!” Usually I have to bribe him to say hello to a guest. :)
4. Last night Andrew had to write about the similarities and differences of land animals versus sea animals. We were talking about how both need oxygen. He knew land animals breathe in oxygen through their lungs, but he had a lot of questions about how fish breathe. I told him fish use their gills to get oxygen from the water. “Well, if they get oxygen from the water, what happens to the hydrogen?” “Hydrogen? I don’t think there is any hydrogen involved.” “But mom, water is made of hydrogen and oxygen atoms, you know H2O? So if the fish are getting oxygen out of water, there must be hydrogen molecules left over. What happens to that?” ummmmm….anyone want to take on that one?
5. Andrew is a huge fan of the show “Cosmos” and Neil DeGrasse Tyson mentions on the show that answering a question in science just leads to other questions. Andrew loves this idea. He reminds me about this all the time. I love that line of thinking! Thank you, Neil DeGrasse Tyson! :) Now fill us in on what happens to the hydrogen when fish breathe.
6. We are off to the beach today! So, see you later, alligators! :)