Space Design Camp

Posted in Molly on August 17th, 2014 by c-had – Be the first to comment

This week, Molly went to Space Design Camp at the nearby Robinson Nature Center which houses our local planetarium. She had a great time and packed in a ton of stuff during the three days of camp, including:

  • Learning about space in the planetarium, with two planetarium shows per day
  • Making a comet with dirt, sand, water, and dry ice. (Note that an adult, Star Doc, handled the dry ice. No children were harmed in the experiment)
  • Playing with a large parachute
  • A competition to “land” a water balloon dropped from up high like the Mars rovers. Molly’s team used:
    • a milk carton landing vehicle
    • a cloth parachute
    • suspension strings
    • straws and a paper plate for structure
    • some balloons
    They were the only team to successfully land the water balloon without popping it.
  • Engineering crafts like:
    • Making paper airplanes (including some pretty exotic designs involving rings of paper and straws
    • The air-powered car she is holding here after returning from her last day of camp

Space Design Camp

Here’s a close up of Molly’s car. You blow up the balloon, then let go and the air pushes out the straw to power the car.

Air-powered car

Company picnic

Posted in Family outings on August 16th, 2014 by c-had – 1 Comment

Figure 53 (the company I work for part-time) had a picnic at a Baltimore park. We don’t go into Baltimore as a family very much, so this was a bit of a change of pace. Molly was really happy that there was a girl a year older than her to hang out with in a tree. They spent a good amount of time up there.

Company picnic

After the picnic, we checked out the playground nearby. These ropes were fun to climb on.


Ropes are fun, but swings are these girls favorite. Especially now that they’ve figured out how to double up on them.


Bricks 4 Girlz

Posted in Molly on August 10th, 2014 by c-had – 1 Comment

Molly went to a LEGO camp this week, but it wasn’t just any LEGO camp. It was Bricks 4 Girlz, and no boys were allowed. Here’s Molly and Riley with some of the things they built.

Bricks 4 Girlz

They divided the camp up into groups that did all the activities together. Molly was in the Friends of Emma group with a bunch of her friends.

Friends of Emma

If you've seen The LEGO Movie, you understand this. Molly hopes one day soon to be a Master Builder.

Wylde Style

Reading in church

Posted in Church, Molly on August 8th, 2014 by c-had – 2 Comments

Molly assisted our guest preacher in church on Sunday by reading (along with another girl) an I Believe essay written by a 6 year old a few years ago for an NPR program. The girls did a great job.

Bowling with Dad

Posted in Molly on August 7th, 2014 by c-had – 1 Comment

On Saturday, Leah had a birthday party to go to. When one of the girls has a fun activity, I like to take the other for some fun one-on-one time with their dad. So, Molly and I decided to check out the bowling alley nearby for the first time since moving to our new house.

Molly’s the fastest bowler I’ve ever seen. From barely waiting until the guard rises up, to using two balls so she doesn’t have to wait for the first to return, she wastes no time. Once it is her turn, she sprints down the lane, giving her ball a little extra speed.

Running start

The second game we bowled, Molly started using the finger holes in the ball for the first time (instead of cradling the ball in both hands). She did really well.


Nice form! Molly looks like a professional bowler here. Impressive since she only started using the finger holes a few frames ago.

Nice form

Her new technique seems to be working. Nice spare, Molly. (Apologies for the blur. She was moving quickly in her excitement.)


Very recently, Molly has decided she really likes Coke. So, after bowling she asked if we could get a Coke from the vending machine at the bowling alley. I told her we could do even better. So, we went to historic Ellicott City and wandered around looking for somewhere to get a Coke float. We ended up finding we could get one at Southwest Connection & Silver Arrow Fudge, where they also sell fresh fudge and authentic Native American items. We then headed to a picnic table to enjoy our treat.

Coke float

The Coke float was big enough to share. Molly loved the Coke float, and wants to start making them at home.

Enough for two

Art camp

Posted in Molly on August 6th, 2014 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly went to Art from Nature camp last week. She created a bunch of pieces inspired by things from nature using copper, cardboard, pastels, and more. Here are a few pictures of her with some of her creations. Jen and Leah got to attend the art show at the end of the week to see everything.

Art camp

Art camp

Art camp

Happy Anniversary

Posted in Celebrations on August 5th, 2014 by c-had – Be the first to comment

This may be hard to believe, but Jen and I have now been married for twelve years.

The Vows

Bride & Groom finally eating

We were married July 27th, 2002. It’s crazy that we both still look exactly the same ;) (OK, I don’t, but Jen pretty much does).

To celebrate a dozen years of wedded bliss, we’re going on a cruise in October. But on the actual day we went out to dinner at Tersiguel’s, a very fancy French restaurant in old Ellicott City. We were excited about our soup and entree, but thought our dessert (ice cream and sorbet) would be less exciting. We were wrong. Jen’s butternut squash ice cream and my coconut sorbet arrived in bowls made entirely of ice. The presentation was very cool, and the desserts were delicious.

Happy Anniversary

Last minute fun

Posted in Family visits, Trip on August 4th, 2014 by c-had – Be the first to comment

After a few days in Tennessee, it was time to head back to Maryland. As we were packing up to head to the airport, Leah and Emmie decided to have some fun with the makeshift bed Leah and Molly had been sleeping on. It’s a nice cushion for cartwheels.

Last minute fun

And for somersaults.


Or to just have fun with your sister/cousin.


Children’s museum

Posted in Family outings, Trip on August 3rd, 2014 by c-had – Be the first to comment

As we did last year, and the year before, we went to the Children’s Museum of Memphis. The kids do love some toy fishing.

Children's museum

Leah found the Lego room and didn’t want to ever leave. Which was fine by me.


While Leah was building with Legos, Molly and Emmie were having some green screen fun. Not sure what they see behind themselves, but they’re enjoying it.

Green screen

Leah and I are still building. JJ even joined us for a short while.

Still building

JJ liked the Legos, though he had a little trouble snapping them together.

JJ and Legos

After a half hour at the Legos, we were finally done. Not because Leah wanted to stop, but because Mommy texted us saying it was time to leave to head to lunch.

All done

After the museum, we headed straight to lunch. We couldn’t go on a trip to Memphis without some barbeque. Lunch at Corky’s was definitely worth suspending healthy eating habits. Yum.


Evening activities

Posted in Family visits, Trip on August 2nd, 2014 by c-had – Be the first to comment

After a busy day, it was nice to relax at home for the evening. We had pizza for dinner, but not just any pizza. This was Papa Murphy's pizza, which we bake ourselves and, in the case of the kids, constructed from the supplied kit.

Pizza time

As they have done before, the girls had a disco dance party where they dance in the dark to music and a disco ball. This must be the belty part of the song.

Disco dance party

This was our last night there, and the girls wanted G'Mom and Grampa to read to them. The new stegosaurus from the museum helped.

Bedtime stories