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What We Did On Our Summer Vacation

My birthday falls at the end of July, and the timing of it has always made me a bit plaintive. Growing up in the South, my birthday was tainted by the realization that there were only a few short weeks of carefree summer days left before school started up once…

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“Is that weird beastie in my yard a mole, vole, or gopher?”

While swinging on the swing set one blissful afternoon, The Twelve-Year-Old noticed a furry beast with a rather fine set of long yellow teeth staring at her from his burrow. Naturally she wanted to know what was watching her. “Mommyo is that weird beastie a mole, vole, or gopher?”

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Wordless Wednesday: Obligatory lizard post

It wouldn’t be summer if we didn’t post at least one lizard pic here on Caterpickles. With school starting this week, we cut it a bit close this year.

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The book that has my 12-year-old bubbling over with joy this week

This week, my daughter discovered the Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat books by Johnny Marciano and Emily Chenoweth. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard so much joy coming from her part of the world, so I thought I’d tell you about it.

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“How much did that plastic bottle shrink in the dishwasher?”

I got lazy this week so ran my daughter’s plastic (I know) reusable water bottle through the dishwater. It did not survive the experience. (I know.) But it did make for a fabulous opportunity to do a little science (and math — ssh!). Join my daughter and I as we figure out why our plastic water bottle melted in the dishwasher, and by how much.

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“Snow White was filmed in 1937? Did they even have TVs back then?”

One of the wonderful things about having both Netflix and a child is that you get to introduce her to all of your favorite childhood movies in the comfort of your own living room. This week’s movie was the 1937 edition of Snow White, and as usual, my daughter had questions about it. “This Snow White was filmed in 1937? Did they even have TVs back then?”

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What’s The Eleven-Year-Old reading this week?

The Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem What The Star Diaries is about I was more than a little surprised to see The Eleven-Year-Old pick up this book this summer. Lem’s Star Diaries seems like a rich read for adults, much less eleven-year-olds. And yet, there she sits, by turns giggling…

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What’s The Ten-Year-Old reading this week?

This week, The Ten-Year-Old reviews Planet Tad by Tim Carvell and Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise and Sarah Klise.

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“Did a cow invent the doughnut?”

One afternoon, while we were watching old episodes of Murdoch Mysteries, The Ten-Year-Old had her mind blown by a stray comment from Constable George Crabtree. “Did you know that a cow invented the doughnut?” Crabtree asks Detective Murdoch at one point in the investigation. Curiosity trumps TV, even in the summer, so The Ten-Year-Old immediately stopped the action. “Mommyo, is that true? Did a cow really invent the doughnut?”

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What’s The Nine-Year-Old reading this week?

This week, The 9 year-old dives into Adrian Dingle’s The Complete Periodic Table and Dan Green’s Physics: Why Matter Matters. Both books are from the Basher Science Series.

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