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Month: January 2018

Science Center Fun

We were back at the Maryland Science Center last weekend for some space and aeronautical themed activities. The biggest hit was definitely making rockets out of pool noodles, foam squares, and duct tape. After the kids designed and assembled the rockets themselves they got to shoot them using a baseball pitching machine. Elise’s (she might have had some assistance from Mom and Dad) sailed down the straightaway being used as the launch zone, over the second-floor railing, and down into the dinosaur display below, much to everyone’s excitement!

Harlan launching his pool noodle rocket
Elise playing with the rockets in the building zone post-launch


There were plenty of other activities as well. Here are some more photos from the day:

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How we weathered the “bomb cyclone”.

GOES imagery of
GOES imagery of “bomb cyclone”

We had a small snow storm come through here this week. The storm seemed to have touched all of our family except those that had previously escaped to Canada (go figure). By the time the storm made it this far north, the storm had already left several inches of snow on the ground in Charleston, SC (at Nana and Papa’s house) as well as doing the same in Plymouth, NC (at Grandma and Granddad’s house). Word from the great northeast (at Uncle Benjamin’s house), as of 7:30 last night, was that they had received eight inches and that it was very windy.

We didn’t get as much snow here as they did at those locations. As of Thursday morning we had accumulated just shy of three inches of snow (as observed at CoCoRaHS station MD-CV-20). We added another inch of snowfall to that over the day, yesterday, but with settling and some melting we stayed at around three inches (with more in drifts).

The kids went out playing several times and Amanda cleared up an old foot trail that turned out to be a really good downhill sledding run. No pictures were taken of the action but I think a fun time was had by all (including Alex and Ava, our friends from up the road, who came over with their mom to play). I think everyone took turns on one of the sleds or the snow scooter.

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And there are pictures from Charleston:

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Oh, and don’t crowd the guy with the snow blower…

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