Saturday, October 3, 2009

Science at our house...

My 2 oldest are doing a science experiment on osmosis that spans over 3 days. The first day started with them immersing an egg in vinegar for 24 hours. When they checked it today, at the end of that time, here is what they found:

An intact egg, without the shell! Wow! I didn't even know you could do that! The next step involves soaking the egg in a corn syrup solution, so we'll see how that turns out. John, on the other hand, decided to investigate the prevalence of fire ants in our front yard, when he went outside with no shoes to play. Well, he discovered there were many of them, when he came back in about 10 minutes later with one foot looking like this:

Poor guy-apparently he didn't learn from Eden's incident just a few days before. Lest you think we're awful parents, letting our kids get bit like this-rest assured, we have treated our yard for fire ants for the past 2 years. As soon as you close down one nest, though, they just pop up with another one somewhere else! Almost worse than roaches! At least our backyard doesn't seem to be a problem., so the kids can have a place to play. Fortunately, this time wasn't as bad and since we treated it quickly, it didn't seem to bother him much. I have to say, I think I'm ready for winter, when those ants hibernate!

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