Thursday, October 27, 2016

Planetary Intergalactic

Today was a bit of review for Madison's intergalactic test tomorrow.  She's learned the planets of the solar systems, and characteristics of each.  Of course, there's the complete and utter disregard and disdain for Pluto.  As noted on this blog some time ago, Daddy and Mommy learned the planets by reciting, "My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies."*  Now, since Pluto is off the roster of nine**, I guess the kids have to learn it by saying "MVery Educated Mother Just Served UNothing!"

She does know the planets though.  She knows that a year on Mercury is only 88 days.  So therefore, using some quick calculations, Madison is already 34.727 Mercury years old!

Another thing she knows is what the Hubble telescope is.  She already knew that though:  we went to Kennedy Space Center to see a life-sized model of it (bigger than a school bus, the study sheet says).  Well, Madison saw it for herself.  And tonight, we went to the computer to the Hubble site to see all kinds of movies and imagery from the Hubble telescope itself.  It was really fascinating to all three of us:  we were watching video after video, and Madison was telling us how amazing it all was.

Tonight was ballet for her, which has been going late as of late.  Afterwards, Mommy and Madison picked up Daddy from work.  It was a quiet clean-up day, one where we were all pretty exhausted, but had to press on anyway.  We also had a meeting about the upcoming Christmas play - we're doing a "Living Christmas Tree" with the kids as part of it!  Madison is invited to be a part, but we just don't know, given that she's so involved with "The Nutcracker" that same weekend.  It's going to be a busy weekend!

This morning, by the way, the Tooth Fairy did apparently come by our place.  You could see golden glitter along the nightstand and the window sill, and the fact that some of Madison's quarters are gold-colored:  she got $2.00 this morning, and was quite happy to share it with us.  The story, not the money!

She did have a math test today, one with multiplication.  She's so relaxed about those tests though:  she's fairly confident about math.  And she should be.  She practices a lot, and does her homework, and spends some serious time studying (see first couple paragraphs).

Anyway, it was a good day for us, with a early night for Madison, considering that last night was so late.  We read from the devotional, we prayed, and we also read from that QwikPick book - the story is approaching the end, so we'll see what's up soon:  are they going to really kick a corpse?  And why is that port-o-potty suspended fifty feet in the air?  These questions and more will be answered soon enough, but until then, bedtime has been fun reading.

After Madison went to bed, Mommy and Daddy watched the new "Ghostbusters" movie.  We give it two thumbs up.  The cameos were great, as were a lot of the jokes.  It is nowhere near the epic nature of the first movie - how could it be?  The first was just perfect.  But neither are something we'll be showing Madison quite yet.  Maybe a few clips, and the video game.  But that's about it, honestly.  We might be getting that for October some day - although right now we're getting geared up for Christmas. Yep, that's just around the corner already, and we're already planning for it.  The Christmas play meeting really got us thinking about the greatest season of all coming up, and we even watched a few cowboy Christmas videos today in preparation for that new series just around the corner.  It'll be here before you know it!

* Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto

** A baseball line up has nine.  So did our solar system.  Now our solar system will lose games by forfeit.  Thanks a whole lot, science.

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