Buddy, at the Mother-Son dance: "Why is my heart pounding so fast? Is the music making my heart pound this fast? Why do I feel like I just want to MOVE? Can we do this again next year? I never want to leave this place!"
Yaya and I are discussing Trump's recent use of concealer and base to cover his overly tanned, orange skin. Yaya: "Someone should say to him, you don't like people calling you a carrot or making fun of your skin color, so don't discriminate based on other people's skin colors!"
New little cousin J, age 4, out to lunch with a rubber duckie, throws said duck in the water glass (because it is a duck, after all) and when I comment to him "you can't drink the water after you put that duck in it" he responds, "Yeah I can - it tastes the same!"
Kids' pediatrician, once again scolding me about letting Buddy see Star Wars (I pay him for this, and I love him, but OMG, really?) "Buddy, they shouldn't have let you see Star Wars."
Me: "I used to be appropriate. The girls didn't see it til they were old enough, so that's 2 of 3 kids. I'm above the bar for those 2. It's just classic 3rd child syndrome. Plus, you know...it's Star Wars. It's a THING."
Yaya: "Yeah, well, I have oldest child syndrome, which means I wait for years to get anything and then both my siblings get it at the same time. Like this year, I got a phone, and so did my baby sister."
Doctor: "Well, I hope you aren't planning on letting her drive anytime soon. No cars, okay?"
We took the kidlets to the festival so they could not only enjoy the activities, but also so they could have the experience of being on a different campus. They had lots of little activities and some lectures. The kids get really fascinated with the cannon at the top right of this shot that made smoke rings out of dry ice. From where we were standing, the kids could touch the rings as they floated up to the balcony area, and they still felt cold.
Here the kids are learning about an aerospace engineering propulsion method that saves fuel by spinning magnets. Or something like that.
One of the coolest things we got to see I didn't take pictures of - it was a virtual tour of the Large Hadron Collider (CERN). A prof and some students working from A&M on experiments with the Collider connected to Fermilab in Chicago where they do some data analysis, and also to some A&M people working at CERN, and they gave a live tour of some parts of CERN, and talked about particle physics and basic things they are studying with the Collider. Parts of it were very interesting, but after an hour lecture, 5 of us were pretty tired. One of us was not - Kiki was thrilled by that whole experience, so that was cool, because we haven't heard her ever talk about physics as something she's interested in as a career. But she hasn't had very much exposure, either, so this was a rare opportunity and it's nice that she was interested.
Next up, the Physics Circus, which was pretty good. Here's everyone waiting - hahaha. This is our kids, everywhere we go.
Sorry, I don't know the name of the stuff they put in highlighters - but Buddy liked the light experiment room and he drew this brain and a box to show "thinking outside the box." Cute!
Depth charge explosion made with liquid nitrogen in a soda bottle.
This Harry Potter illusion was a favorite:
Final shot for the day:
Now here's hoping they all find they're bliss, wherever that is. Hook 'em.
So fun, so short, too long ago...this was a fun evening of music and bouncy houses and bubbles. These ladies are way too old for any of that, until they get there and forget that they are. :) Summer is right around the corner!