So we had a fun day, but I marveled to Cannon that afternoon that it never ceases to amaze me how the most benign of holidays can knock us down. I mean, it's the 4th of July, but all I could think about was the Chelsea fireworks 2 years ago with a 6 month old Livy wrapped in my arms and how she will forever be 9 months old in my head when I'm supposed to be able to see her as a 2 year old, bopping around in her frilly red, white and blue outfit. I never see these episodes coming...I don't anticipate that all holidays will be hard...I certainly didn't think this one would be...but somehow they are. Even the inconsequential ones. This is our new reality. But we just keep putting one foot in front of the other - not because we WANT to, but because we have no other choice. One day I hope that doing the motions of life will become easier and that it won't always be this raw. I hear from others that it gets better....I am waiting.
So I saw this make your own lava lamp experiment on (where else?) Pinterest. It seemed fairly simple and Parrish was game so we tried it out. The only thing I had to buy that I didn't already have was Alka Seltzer tablets. If you've got alka seltzer tabs, vegetable oil, water, food coloring and a clear empty bottle, you are good to go!
You basically tint the water with the color of your choice, top it with oil, then drop in a tablet and watch it go! When the fizz from the tab runs out you add another one to keep it going or you can store it for more lava fun later.
I followed the instructions from here and here if you'd like the step-by-step info or the science behind it all.
Parrish wanted to take the experiment further by seeing if it would glow in the dark. So we headed to my closet, turned out the lights and back lit it with his flashlight. Turns out it glows very well indeed!
To do this you'll need:
-1 roll mentos candy (any flavor is fine)
-1 2-liter diet coke (or regular, but I read regular is stickier than the diet)
-a rolled piece of paper to wrap around the mentos to (hopefully) get the whole roll in the 2 liter all at once (obviously I failed at this!)
-your running shoes on!!!
Place the 2 liter in grass or somewhere easy to hose down and open the top.
Wrap mentos candy in a roll of paper and use this to insert the whole roll of candy into the 2 liter at once
The mentos/dc volcano will only erupt for a few seconds so don't blink! :)