October 26th, 2003

happyfindus

SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS

It's another gorgeous crispy cold day. I got to sleep in an extra hour because of daylight savings turning back the clock. But I still forgot and had a panic later in the day until I was told that the clock I was looking at was still wrong.

Karin seems to be completely recovered from whatever bug she had yesterday. The kids went to Scouts this morning with Anders and they fished for bugs in the lake, but it's been so cold they didn't find any. They were also filmed by Finnish TV while they sat reading a story under a tree at the end of their outing.

I've got the AWC website ready to go except for one activity that is missing dates/times for next month, and am working on the newsletter. Seems kind of stupid to put so much work into a printed edition that only 3 people get, but I figure that they pay their dues and a copy of the newsletter is included in the dues, and giving them a copy of the website isn't fair, because they can't make use of quite a bit of the information in it when it links to external websites.

Went and got the pumpkins out of the garage and discovered one of them had rotted completely through all around the top :( So, have sent an email to our pumpkin lady in hopes she can bring a replacement to the meeting tomorrow night. I have another pumpkin in the garage but it technically belongs to someone else, so don't feel I can just appropriate it.

Martin has been very interested in math lately, and we've been playing pluses and minuses. This means Anders or I set him simple addition and subtraction questions and he paces around with a serious expression for a few seconds before coming up with an answer and a delighted grin. He's quick, and was very excited to realize that you could arrive at the same answer from several different ways. Anders was impressed because he was able to work out questions like "what's 4 + 3 + 3?" really quickly, as he understood to put the first two together and then add the third. Last night before bedtime, I gave him a series of questions where the answer was 15, and as he got in bed, he asked for one more, so I left him with "what's 20 - 5?" About a minute later, while I was folding laundry on the other side of the house, I heard him calling, "Mama! Mama! FEMTON!" :) As far as we know, they haven't had math yet in school, except for simple counting. I've never been good with numbers since getting set back with a major block in 5th grade (story problems, ick) and have always regretted it. I find math fascinating (now), even if I can't do it myself without a calculator, and see a harmony in numbers that I hope my kids will pick up. Anders is a whiz at math, and finds my disability quite amusing.
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