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What's Up Wednesday: April

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It's just about the end of the month and time for another What's Up Wednesday post.  Today I am linking up with Shay and Shafer and all their blogging friends to talk about What's Up.



Let's dive right in!
What We're Eating This Week: I plan the menu around our family's choices and then make small modifications for me and my Weight Watchers plan (often substituting the carb at dinner with a second vegetable).

Sunday: Turkey cutlets with egg noodles and broccoli
Monday: Weight Watchers American chop suey casserole with salad


Tuesday: Ham steak, corn, and couscous
Wednesday: Cheat meal with REAL Chicken Parmesan with spaghetti sauce, garlic and salad
Thursday: Chicken fajita chili (zero points!) and corn muffins



Friday: Baked Haddock with asparagus and rice pilaf
Saturday:Healthy chicken and vegetables with roasted potatoes in the air fryer.





What I'm Reminiscing About: My oldest son turned 15 this month-- 15!!  I just can not believe how fast the time went.




What I…

100 Days of Science #68-- Index Card Tower

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My boys did such a wonderful job with their spaghetti bridges and popsicle stick bridges that I decided to look up some other fun STEM challenges. 
I found a fun index card challenge that I thought they might like.  I handed each of them a package of index cards from the dollar store and asked them to build the tallest tower they could just using index cards.  


Evan struggled quite a bit at first not thinking about folding the cards in any way but once we saw what his older brother's were doing he hatched a new plan. 







Every now and then they'd stop to measure their towers.. being very careful not to knock them over.




Ian build his tower on our coffee table making sure to use a nice wide base.






Ian's tower was the tallest by just a few inches and Evan had the shortest.

This challenge really got them thinking about structural integrity and they had to be real careful of how they moved about too.

Have you ever tried a fun challenge like this?

100 Days of Science #67-- Movies We're Watching

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While science is one subject that I just love to make sure we're getting plenty of hands- on experience with it's also a great one to cover with lots and lots of movies.

We use everything from documentaries to science fiction and even some historical fiction based movies to give us a broader understanding of our world.



Here are some of our favorite movies we've been watching for science:

1.  The Science of Disney Imagineering Videos-- They have long since been our favorite science series and with another trip to Disney in the works I thought this would be a great time to re-watch them.  (We can rent just about every DVD in this series through interlibrary loan)



2.  DisneyNature films-- We can not wait to see Penguins (released last Wednesday!).  We have really enjoyed this series of movies and began making it a tradition a couple of years ago to spend our school day watching these nature videos as a celebration of Earth day. (most of these are available on Netflix)



3.  H…