Sunday, March 16, 2008

Happy Pi Day

March 14 is Pi Day. Those who have high school geometry students may already know this. March 14th is Pi Day because of the 3-14 date being the first three numbers of Pi 3.14.... It is also Albert Einstein's birthday. My oldest mentioned this on the way to school on March 13th. They were celebrating Pi Day in his math class and could earn extra credit for making and wearing a Pi T-shirt and bringing Pi food (circular foods). We bought a large cookie and had a Pi symbol frosted onto the cookie.

The picture above is Doug and my suggested T-shirt for Pi Day. The oldest found the number Pi that starts out large and row by row the numbers get smaller, much like an eye chart. We ironed this on to his t-shirt.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Some Funnies About Me

I'm always telling stories about others. Here are some of mine. One of the many nice things at our school is that most of the teachers have an office in their classroom with a phone. I guess some of you need some background information about my position. I have a wonderfully crazy teaching assistant that I am so grateful to work with. We joke that we spend more time with each other than we do with our spouses.

One day our classroom phone was ringing and I was close to the office so I grabbed the phone. I answer, "Kindergarten room, Mrs. N. speaking". (Duh, I'm not Mrs. N. I'm Ms. Hatch)

As soon as the last sounds leave my mouth, I realize that I goofed. Ever the optimist, I'm thinking/praying that the person on the other end is a stranger and does not know that I'm not Mrs. N.

Well the other person at the end is strangely silent. I'm think that they realize Mrs. N's voice had changed and maybe they are thinking they called the wrong number. NOT!

After the pregnant pause, I finally hear this man say, "Really?!" It's my husband on the other end.

Of course I had to tell Mrs. N the story. One more thing for her to blackmail me with. Both our spouses said we spend too much time together.

Second story:
During Lent I enjoy playing my Easter music. This is comprised of the Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar CDs. When I'm driving the van I like to play these CDs. Well every school morning the oldest drives us to school. He plays his CDs and pops mine out. Then when he get to his school, I take over the van pop out his CDs and either put mine back in or listen to the radio.

So after a particularly long day Doug and I headed out to the grocery store with our girl to do the family shopping. My feet were killing me and I was dog tired. I'm drooping and dragging as we wrap up shopping, pay, load the groceries in the van to go home. I'm the last to get in the van and shut the door. Doug has already started the van. I lean my head back against the headrest, snuggle into my coat, listening to the music coming from the car stereo and say "Wow this sounds like Jesus Christ Superstar." Now I'm thinking the radio station is playing this music.

Well the girl leans forward in her seat making eye contact with me and Doug turns his head and stares at me. They both say, "Yea?!" I'm like that great [meaning the radio station is playing this type of music]. They are still looking at me like I'm crazy and Doug finally says, "It should [sound like Jesus Christ Superstar] it's your CD.

So those are my stories for the month.

Mostly Quiet Here

Thankfully we haven't had anything new or exciting here to report. We go to school, take the girl to dance, she and the baby boy do circus, go to church, work, and repeat the cycle.

We did have a few weeks of illnesses. The baby boy missed a couple a days of school in January which is unheard of for him (really for any of the kids). He hasn't missed school in literally years. He ended up at the doctor's with a respiratory infection and had to have some prescription meds. One of his friends had walking pneumonia and of course my baby was convinced that he was misdiagnosed and had it too.

The girl had an ear infection and was able to be given meds. I was surprised because so many of my students are no longer being given antibiotics for ear infections. The doctors want to wait and see if it clears up or get worse. She hasn't had an ear infection since she had tubes put in her ears when she was a baby.

All five of us were sick in February with a bad cold. Again that is unheard of in our family. I can't remember a time when we have all been sick at the same time.

I continued with the cold until I got the fever to go with it and missed a day of school myself. Then this past week the girl got sick at school and had to come home.

We now have a few sniffles, occasional cough, and a bit of hoarse voices. But we are feeling much better. My neighbor blames the crazy weather we have had on the illnesses. He says if it wasn't for their trips to the doctors, they would have any fun (they are retired).