sparklers, bombs, smoke and fire

At only 46 seconds and plenty of fire and explosions, this video is worth watching:

Fire, Bombs, Explosions from Michelle Lehnardt on Vimeo.
Happy Birthday Xander!

Every time I go to the grocery store, Xander pleads, “Can we get dry ice?”

And sometimes I do. Just for fun. But for his fourteenth birthday we decided to go all out with his favorite things: a diet coke and mentos volcano, giant sparklers and dry ice for experiments and bombs. We even borrowed Grandpa Fritz’s BB gun to shoot balloons.


creating carbonated milk — NOT tasty

If anyone was born to be a scientist,  it’s my Xander. He loves to assemble, experiment, take apart, create and study. Home with a cold the day before his birthday I gave him an old printer to dissemble. He spent the entire day oohing and aahing over the various motors, gears and sensors. For entertainment, he watches math nerd videos on YouTube. You’ll love this one: Hexaflexagons 


 Oh Xander we love your fantastically creative mind and your kind heart. Happy Birthday!

February 4, 2013
February 12, 2013



  1. Tracy

    February 7, 2013

    Love him. And the movie. Happy Birthday!! xoxoxo

  2. jen

    February 7, 2013

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  3. jen

    February 7, 2013

    This might be interesting for Xander. Explain that he is not allowed to try it.

  4. Shelah

    February 8, 2013

    Oh wow! That movie is excellent!!! Can’t wait to show my boys, but I know they’ll be begging for some dry ice.

  5. Hot Hot JJ

    February 9, 2013

    That video is awesome!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Xander and all your beautiful family members (including you!) that has had birthdays these last few weeks!

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