Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Volcano Eruption Time!

Today was volcano eruption day at our home and what an exciting day it was for us! Grace and Jack first filled their volcanoes that they made last week half way full with warm water. They also added a few drops of dish detergent to their bottles in order to make their volcanic eruptions extra bubbly! Next, Grace and Jack added two heaping spoonfuls of baking soda to the water. The best part came next, when they poured vinegar into the bottles to create some mighty eruptions. Grace and Jack went through two large boxes of baking soda and a very large bottle of vinegar so we had many, many eruptions at our house this morning. It was so much fun. RUMBLE!

Monday, August 30, 2010

More Baby Girl Names...

Here is one of Grace and Jack's sunflowers that they planted from seed on Earth Day

I'm sorry to report that Grace's name choice of "Fursack" has officially been ruled out for our baby girl. I know many of you out there were routing for that one! :)

Here is a new list from Grace on possible name choices for her baby sister:

A-A, Avery, Bowlie, Curl, Do-Re-Mi, Fruit, Gray, Keybo, Keywarro, Lar, Laylee, Naywar, Omega, Ray, Rhee, Row Your Boat, Scrambled Egg, Shayo, Waterway, Zaykar, Zero, Zheyar

Here is Jack's list for his baby sister: Mama, Mommy

I can say for sure that we have narrowed down our baby girl's name to two possible choices (to be revealed once she is born!). Her middle name will definitely be the same as mine and Grace's, which is
Mercie. Mercie was the name of my great grandmother on my Mom's side.

For those of you who are interested, had we had a baby boy his name probably would have been Will Walter Leger, although the name Oliver also came in strong at the last moment. :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Day at the Beach!

Our New Home

We are very excited to announce that we closed on a new house on Friday! We will be moving to our new Scarborough home some time in October. We were extremely fortunate to find this four bedroom home for our growing family so close to Portland. Our new home is perfect for us. It is surrounded by farm land and it located just around the corner from an organic farm, where our family can volunteer! Jack has been enjoying visiting the house because up on the playroom's third floor he can stand at the windows to watch tractors plowing the fields. Grace loves looking out the windows to watch the cows and to spot a blue heron that frequently visits the pond in the front of our house. Until our big move in October we will be quite busy cleaning, landscaping, organizing, reorganizing, packing, unpacking and picking out the perfect paint colors to make this house our home.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Making Volcanoes!

Grace and Jack have been learning about volcanoes this week. They ended their volcano week by making their very own volcanoes! Grace and Jack covered two glass jars with a dough mixture to make volcano shapes. They measured and mixed together the following ingredients: 6 cups of flour, 2 cups of salt, 4 tablespoons of cooking oil and 2 cups of warm water.

Grace and Jack LOVED mixing the dough mixture together with their hands until it was a smooth consistency. I love this picture of them working together with their heads and hands touching!

Here are Grace and Jack's finished volcanoes. There will be big eruptions at our house early next week. Look out for some explosive pictures. :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

We're Singing and Dancing In The Rain!

We headed outside to play yesterday despite the heavy rain that was falling outside. Grace and Jack found every big and little rain puddle to splash in and enjoyed every rain drop that fell on them. Grace and Jack are such a joy to watch together as they always make the most of every experience - even rainy days!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Today it has been raining all day long. We haven't had a rainy day since early spring so we filled our time inside this morning by baking muffins. Grace and Jack worked together to make whole wheat pumpkin bread muffins. They did a wonderful job scooping, measuring and pouring the ingredients and following steps of the recipe. Grace and Jack made such a cute little baking team!
This has always been one of my favorite sites -- seeing Grace and Jack standing side-by-side on their learning tower together at the sink. After making their muffins Grace and Jack had just as much fun cleaning up at the sink. After the big clean up we enjoyed going outside and playing in the rain as the pumpkin muffins were cooling.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It's a...

We are all so happy and couldn't be more excited!!!!

We're Back

We are back and full of lots of BIG baby and BIG house news! I'll let everyone know this evening in my post whether we will be expecting a baby girl or a baby boy in January! :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Cornstarch + Water = An Afternoon Full of Fun!

...and cleaning up is just as fun!

Glue Dough!

Grace and Jack worked together today to make glue dough! Here is the recipe:


1/4 cup white glue
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cornstarch
10-15 drops of food coloring

  • Mix white glue, water and food coloring in a small bowl
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour and cornstarch
  • Add the flour & cornstarch to the water & glue mixture and mix really well
I love when Grace and Jack make mixtures like this one because it provides them with lots of opportunities to practice measuring. I recently read an article written by a high school science teacher that said many middle and high school students are unable to measure accurately and it is this lack of skill that causes difficulties for them in school. Grace and Jack had the best time playing with this sticky dough. In addition to practicing measuring, the glue dough was a terrific sensory activity too!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Science Experiment: Lava Lamp Reactions!

Grace and Jack each filled an empty water bottle 3/4 full of vegetable oil. Next, they added water to fill up the rest of their bottles. It was a fun learning experience for Grace and Jack to see what happened once the water was added -- the water and oil did not mix together. Grace and Jack then added about 10-15 drops of food coloring to their oil and water mixture. They each chose their favorite color, purple for Grace and green for Jack. This step of the process was also very fun to observe. Finally, Grace and Jack were given Alka-Seltzer tablets, which I broke into several tiny pieces. They each dropped the Alka-Seltzer pieces into their bottles and were amazed with the reaction...and what a reaction it was! Grace and Jack absolutely loved this science experiment. They ended up using an entire box of Alka-Seltzer tablets. This is definitely an experiment we will be doing over and over again! How did this work? Here is how I described the experiment to Grace and Jack to help them understand the process:

Oil and water do not mix. The molecules of water do not like to mix with the molecules of oil. Even if you try to shake up the bottle, the oil breaks up into small little drops, but the oil doesn’t mix with the water. Also, food coloring only mixes with water. It does not color the oil. When you pour the water into the bottle with the oil, the water sinks to the bottom and the oil floats to the top. Oil floats on the surface because water is heavier than oil. The Alka-Seltzer tablet reacts with the water to make tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide gas. These bubbles attach themselves to the blobs of colored water and cause them to float to the surface. When the bubbles pop, the color blobs sink back to the bottom of the bottle!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Back To Pineland Farms!

Memere came to visit us this weekend so we took her to one of our very favorite places on Saturday -- Pineland Farms. Grace and Jack loved showing Memere all around the farm. We had such a lovely day there together. Thank you, Memere, for all of the fun times we shared together this weekend!
Grace & Memere

Jack & Memere

Thursday, August 5, 2010

An Update!

We have been VERY busy over the past few weeks. Our house went on the market this week and we have started the process of looking for a new home for our growing family!

We will be finding out whether our sweet third baby Leger will be a boy or girl on Monday, August 23. We can't wait!

Grace is very, very excited to become a "bigger" sister and I can't believe Jack is going to be a BIG brother! Grace has come up with a list of names for her new baby brother or sister. I LOVE Grace's list and how creative and very unique each name is! I wanted to post her name choices on our blog so we can share some of her names with everyone, so Grace can look back at her list a few years from now and so we can share the list with our new baby once he or she gets older too! Here are just a few of Grace's name choices in alphabetical order....I guarantee this is like no other baby naming list that you have ever seen before! :)

Baby girl names: Appoh, Block, Blueberry, Cream-vah, Even, Faf, Fursack, Furtee, Gem, House, Jenny Rebecca, Kels, Peas, Plummer, Purse, Sap, Seagull, Setta, She-kur, Shurtle, Sur, Tall, Ursul, Vinna, Window, Z, Zcheemba, Zick, Zimble

Baby boy names: Boy, Boy-keys, Bulldozer, Cement mixer, Daddy, Dozer, Far, Fee, Feel, Feelar, Feelsir, Field, Front Loader, Gravel Pit, Keelsir, Seven, Talter, Zap


We have been spending most of our week outside going on long walks in search of blackberries! Grace and Jack have become expert blackberry finders and pickers. We just can't seem to get enough of these delicious little purple berries. In addition to eating lots & lots of blackberries, the time we have spent together on our blackberry walks has been priceless and it is a summer memory I will always treasure.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Messy Art!!!

I love "messy" art projects. I feel "messy" art gives Grace and Jack a sense of freedom, control and endless creativity. Today, Grace and Jack got to explore gravity when plops of paint landed on their toes, they had a great sensory experience by painting their hands and feet (and eventually their faces, legs and arms too!) and discovered color theory by sheer trial and error! This kind of joyful, messy, and limitless play allows children to grow and develop by integrating the whole child; mind, body, and spirit. Furthermore, the best part of "messy" outdoor art is that you can just wash it all away with a hose and sprinkler, which only adds to the fun!!!

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