Sunday, November 18, 2012


My sister and her family gave Charlie a rocket for his birthday and yesterday was the big launching day. Had a bit of a screamy trip to Hobby Lobby first to buy the launch pad and ended up with an extra rocket for Wes. Also had to stop for donuts which gave us MAYBE a five minute reprieve from the non-stop bickering in the car, but once we arrived at the park, a.k.a. Cape Canaveral, everyone was happy again. Except James who pretty much wasn't allowed to touch anything even though we failed to bring along anything for him to do.

Charlie with his rocket:


And a brief demonstration of what the launch would look like:


James, fooling around with the launch pad when he lost interest in the inflated Hobby Lobby bag I tried to tell him was a ball.


Flight checked the atmospheric conditions on his Leap Pad.


When everything was ready, the crew retreated to the safety of the reinforced bunker nearby. They chanted FIVE-FOUR-THREE-TWO-ONE!! And Ryan pushed the button and it was MAGICAL.


There was smoke! And a satisfying whooshing noise. And it went SO high! And then it flipped over and the parachute popped out. Kids were jumping and cheering. The team ran off to recover the fuselage.


Then returned ready to do it again. We did four launches in all. I'm not sure who was more excited, but it may have been me. We will be doing this again very soon.


Sarah said...

so cool!

LL said...

Love this!!

Chiconky said...

That sounds so fun!

Brooke said...

Your family wins adorable, yet again.

Kyla said...

Awesome! The cub scouts do a rocket launch every year and it is always good fun.

Candy said...

Ohh, this takes me back! D and I went through a rocket phase too, eventually we broke all the rockets but had leftover rocket "engines". Even "Mr Safety" determined that the vice in the welding shop was probably a safe place to light off the rocket indoors, to use-up the extras you understand... I was on the light switch, observers each had a place to stand, 3,2,1 blast off. In the clutches of the big vice the thrust rocket ran about 5 seconds, then the 'chute-end went "pop". Never have I been so entertained by a science demo. PS: let your boys figure it out later, my D was in his 40s before he realized! hugs and happy T-day to all y'all!

sarah said...

that looks so fun!!!

Stumbling Towards Perfect said...

"Screamy trip" -- lol!!! What rocket was that? (We've had a couple duds. It's hard to get the right one for kids that age.)