When I introduced my children to high-class* Norwegian music…

By on Oct 10, 2014 in Animal Kingdom | 0 comments

We’re on a  Brain Scoop bender, which involves a lot of  “AAAH CHECK THAT OUT” and “Ooooh, I didn’t know that!” and sometimes, “YES! YES! THE GROSSOMETER!” Please tell me that my children are not the only ones psyched every time the meter points to HOLY F****! Please.

So we were watching the episode Ask Emily #6 when the question popped up, “What does the fox say?” Check it out:

When my kids didn’t laugh uproariously, I knew that I had to share the joke. First, I primed them by showing them what foxes REALLY say.

Then, I introduced them to the best Internet meme in September 2013. Behold Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis.

I also pointed out that part of the lyrics talks about elephants “toot”ing – which is not the sound we make for elephants, so a discussion ensued about how children around the world are taught and make different animal sounds.


*Yeah, yeah, it’s not really high-class Norwegian music. It’s comedy… but it is pure gold, baby. Pure gold.


October 8, 2014 “Blood Moon”

By on Oct 8, 2014 in Astronomy | 0 comments

We (the adults and the Bigs) had the pleasure of waking up at 6 am today in order to catch a glimpse of the so-called “Blood Moon.” The total lunar eclipse was was the second red moon of this year.

Blood Moon - October 8, 2014

Nate thought it was “amazing” and said he’d never seen anything like it. Sammi only lasted a few moments in the cold before she was inside under some covers. It is most definitely Autumn.

Also exciting was getting a really good look at Orion!



Aaron originally heard about the event via Minnesota Public Radio. The Bigs and I enjoyed watching a ScienceCasts from NASA video yesterday in preparation for our morning viewing.


Ant Farm – Day 4

By on Sep 9, 2014 in Animal Kingdom, The Peep Show | 0 comments


Ant Farm Day 2

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By on Aug 27, 2014 in Animal Kingdom | 0 comments

Our new morning routine involves watching CNN Student News and then a YouTube video over breakfast to discuss. I really enjoy the Smarter Every Day channel, so I queued up two videos about how fish eat.

By the time we got halfway through the second of the series, this is what our faces looked like.


Our spectacular “Holy…WHOA!” faces

Check it out. If you have an awesome “Holy… WHOA!” face, please feel free to link it up in the comments. Oh, yeah – kid-friendly educational YouTube channel recommendations are always appreciated, too.