Friday, June 6, 2014

Pre-Columbian Societies, Non-Newtonian Fluids, and Natural Building

It's been raining hard and we were on hurricane alert
for a few days. 

Rain or shine, the boy is up and at 'em at 6am,
even though mama sometimes sleeps in until 7.
He's an early riser, no matter what time he goes to bed,
or how gray and cold it is outside.

We're still starting the mornings with guitar practice.

This week, Lu's been learning 
Metallica's Enter Sandman,
Guns 'n' Roses' Sweet Child O' Mine,
and The Beatles' Let It Be.

We've been using DK Eyewitness Books 
as history supplements for three years.

We're currently studying the Ancient Americas.

 Lu loves all the little info bits,
and I like the short-trip-to-the-museum feel of them.

We're usually in the same room when he's reading,
and he frequently stops to say something that starts with:
"MAMA!!! Did you know that......?!?!"

He did a great job on his map of Guatemala.

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I can't tell you how many times Lu has discovered yet another YouTube tutorial for making some kind of goo/slime substance that is then left in a HUGE tupperware, taking up way too much space in MY refrigerator, which after being played with a couple of times is never to be touched again until MAMA finally tosses it.

But this time, he nailed it.

This blue slime, aka a non-Newtonian fluid (aren't we smart?)
((lol. Well, I sure didn't know what that was until now anyway))

Lu brought it out a few times that we had (grown-up) friends over.
Everyone was playing with it. It's hypnotic.
And it doesn't even need refrigeration :mama happy:

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Cha had a group of university students from the U.S. 
come to learn about natural building, 
and Lu got to participate in the construction of this bamboo cabin.

Thanks for all the great learning experiences, Life!


  1. You guys are living the dream, I tell you! Except the 6am thing. Yuck. Blue goop - freaks my mama soul out! And who knew there were so many bits to Guatemala? I'd be lucky to point to the right bit on the globe, if I'm being really honest!

  2. Hmmm...something tells me there is some non-Newtonian fluid in my future...

    Building a bamboo cabin--what a great experience!