Saturday, March 26, 2011


Yup, that's the beginning of the number pi and it never, ever, ever ends. On March 14 we joined all the other math geeks in the world and celebrated pi day.
We played pin the radius on the circle. Anna won!

Of course, we ate lots of pie, after finding the circumference and area.

And what's pi day without a pie eating contest?

We also sang pi day carols and had a contest to see who had pi memorized to the most digits. The winner had 109.

Salt dough maps

The girls finished their Salt dough map of the Roman Empire and the boys finished their maps. Can you tell which states they picked?


Thursday was a sad day in our home. Our Cougars came so close to making it to the elite 8! Oh well, it was still a GREAT season!! David was able to go to several games this year taking different kids along and just David and I went to Vegas for the MWC tourney. (Thanks Grandma for watching the chickabidees!)

Jimmer scored 52!!! Unbelievable!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Going once, going twice.....SOLD!

The kids have been earning drachmas this last component for doing things like Latin, piano, math, being ready for school on time, etc.  Today all their hard work was rewarded as we had an auction with a couple of other families.

Anna followed in her father's footsteps and held close to her money, only buying a banana bread kit, and still having more than half of her drachmas. She's got a good head start for the next auction!

Alahna came home with fresh strawberries, Bath and Body Works body spray and lotion, 2 bracelets and a pack of gum. She was a little more liberal with her money but still has some left over.

Robert bid on almost everything and came home with Sour Patch Kids, golf balls, and a little LED flashlight.

William was constantly bidding with money he didn't have, but still managed to end up with play-dough, a coloring kit, and some candy. I think he may have had a generous benefactor. (and, no, it wasn't me.)

It was SO much fun, I'm already looking forward to the next one!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sick day

William and I skipped church today and spent the morning in bed. He wasn't feeling well and I am exhausted from last weeks busy schedule.

Now the rest of the family is at a baptism, William is snoozing on the couch, and I am off to read a good book. I am sad to miss the baptism, but enjoying the rare peace and quiet.

More BYU

Because David is a sucker for all things BYU, Friday night we took our kids plus 2 of their friends to the #2 BYU v. #1 USC volleyball game. In spite of driving around for 45 minutes trying to find where to park and BYU losing, it was a great time! Me, David, plus six kids all decked out in BYU gear earned some looks that made us smile. Tickets were only $3 and we packed a dinner to eat on the way down so it was a cheap night of family fun that I would be happy to do again!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

More fun with Archimedes

We have been reading "Archimedes and the Door of Science". It is great because it tells a story then tells you how to do an experiment that goes with the story. We read about Archimedes running around naked shouting "Eureka" when he discovered how to prove the kings crown wasn't made of solid gold. Then we did some experiments with density, specific gravity, and buoyancy. We are supposed to be finishing up with this component this week, but we are having so much fun with it we might have to extend it a little.

Puppy Love

Yes, it's another post about the dog. What can I say, I just love her. I think she is so cute and I especially love the happiness she brings to my chickabidees.

William likes to tell me, "I always wanted a Cookie pet."

We call her Cookie, Cooks or Cooksie, but to David she is still "that dog". :)

Happy Hands

I remember when this little boy wouldn't get his hands dirty for anything! He HATED being messy. Today we were working on salt dough maps and I gave him a bowl full of dough ingredients and asked him to mix it up. He looked at me and said somewhat incredulously, "with my hands?" I said, "Of course with your hands. Getting messy is half the fun, right?" He politely disagreed and asked for a mixing spoon. But the next thing I knew he was laughing and squishing the flour, water, and salt between his little fingers. I'm glad he decided to get a little messy. Sometimes messy is good.