Friday, November 30, 2007
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Today, Mom was reading a book about aeroplanes. Apparently she didn't exactly know how the planes lifted off the ground. In a nutshell, the wing is build in such a way that when it is propelled forward, more air travels underneath the wing then on top. The stronger air pressure underneath lifts the wings which in turn lifts the plane. The jet engines are used just to propel the plane forward so that the air pressure stays consistent. Anyway, Mom didn't know this. The idea that I just explained is called an aerofoil. Professional skiers when going off ramps assume aerofoil shapes so they can maximise their distance.
The book said that too much weight would cause the plane to malfunction. Mom asked me how it would malfunction.
We interrupt this story to go back to the story of Rainbow valley. So there is this ride for kids that involves 4 fake airplanes with iron crosses on them that are attached to a giant motor in the middle. The fake planes are elevated by giant metal poles attached to the motor. Sam and Matt wanted to ride the planes but wanted Mom to ride as well. Mom asked the ride operator and the guy said, "yeah, but don't expect to get very high". We had lots of fun watching Mom trying to get some lift in her German Messerschmidt but to no avail.
We last left the other story when Mom was asking how an overweight plane would malfunction.
I answered, "one of three things could happen. One, the wings would snap off and the passengers would plummet to their deaths below. Two, the plane might get a little bit of lift but not enough to travel. And three, the plane might not lift at all. I findan overweight plane does not go up a this the most likely because if you recall from Rainbow Valley, your plane didn't go up at all.. Mom started laughing. She was laughing so hard that I could only just hear myself saying, "I'll bet that there were some statisticians in Rainbow Valley recording what happens when the weight limit is too high for a plane. Then they came and wrote the book that Mom was reading right now!"
Monday, November 12, 2007
As we were getting ready to leave Sam came down the stairs and continuing to justify his decision said, "And kids are hyper"!
I love these thought processes. I guess I better stop complaining about how much they cost and just pay the stupid bills. These interactions are more than worth it.
Oh, and yes, I am still alive, but just barely, I have too many kids!
Friday, November 09, 2007
1. I hung out the laundry this morning off our back deck & turned on the heat. I came into the kitchen feeling like Ma in Little House in the Prairie. Yes, it is cold outside, but I have the laundry drying & it is warm near the stove. (Well, really it is a small heater, but the kids do bring their chairs up to it in the morning & sit there reading their books). Imagine my shock to see a mar on this idyllic scene. Someone had left the back door open - so all that warm air was rushing out the door. This is such a typical Abarba-house kind of thing to happen.
2. Sam came to me with his "learn to read" book. He was learning that when there is "ea" or "ee" together, the "e" says its name & the second vowel stays quiet. He was asking for clarification about the rule on a single "e" ... would it be a long or a short vowel? I said, "well, think about a word that has an "e" in it. He said, "like edible?" I was thinking "bell". This doesn't seem as funny as when it happened. It struck my funny bone that he would think of a 3 syllable word.
3. I have gotten in trouble from my kids about facebook. "Mom! Did you add the Top Friends application?" Yes, I had. "Mom! We hate that application. It is like saying some of your friends are better than other friends. Why did you add it?" I explained that Telle had invited me. I thought whenever someone invited you to anything on Facebook you are obligated to say yes. "Mom! No. You just decline if you don't UNDERSTAND it. We are going to have to talk to Telle."
So this morning when I checked Facebook I had the following message:
Marsha's Ensign Zombie Newbie was attacked by Telle's Undead Hunter, but Marsha drop kicked Telle's Undead Hunter in the teeth! Marsha won an additional 3 Zombie points. Oh the humanity!
I did WHAT? Are my kids hacking into my account? I didn't drop kick any one's undead hunter & kick them in the teeth. I wouldn't do that. I know how much teeth repairs cost.
I fear my kids are going to take my Facebook account away from me altogether.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
See this picture? I'm sure that you have learned all of this about the earth's core and what it is made of. Apparently the earth's crust is floating on a ocean of magma which is floating on more magma which is floating on a mass on iron and nickel. But you need to ask yourself if this is true. What if the core is a mass of ice 8,000,000,000,000,000,000 degress below zero?
We don't know. Volcanos tell us that there is magma underneath the crust in some places, but that doesn't make it homogeneous does it? Anyway, I'm wondering if there really is solid proof out there.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Now, of course the theory in the previous paragraph was a load of dried orangutan droppings but me and Katelyn though it was pretty funny so we have decided to make a Facebook profile of this Mohammed Chang. He will drive a Toyota and will speak Mandarin Chinese and English and will live in the Royal Chinese Embassy located in Tokyo. He will only fly in a Continental Boeing 747-200 (economy class) and will only take off or land at Heathrow airport and Chicago Airport. He lives in a hut. His favorite book is the Bible and Harry Potter. His favorite website is Google.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
I have the top bunk currently. Sam is very happy with the bottom bunk right now because he loves his mattress. I love my mattress too. He has a Double spring mattress. I have two futons stacked on top of each other. Matt has a single bed all to himself and he loves it. Usually when there is a bunk bed only one person is satisfied and the rest are weeping. But the Abarbaboys are happy right where they are. Sharing a master bedroom. One double bunk bed and a single crammed in with a dresser. And yet there is more than enough room to just chill.
Monday, November 05, 2007
But more sweet revenge is coming. We are going to leave Bop-It! in the mail box of the friend that originally gave Bop-It! to Mary's family. We thought about writing, "ashes to ashes, dust to dust ... Bop-It! returns to its roots." But instead we are going to write a little note that says, "thought your kids would like this new Extreme Bop-It!" Luv Mary.
In other news I saved Matt from a terrible fate. He got a boil on his thigh. Ron wanted to wait until he fell asleep & then lance it. But thanks to the trusty internet I read that you are supposed to soak boils 3X per day & they will eventually go away. Lancing them makes the infection spread - plus I think it might have woken him up.