Last Jr. FLL through Mythbusters

March started off with this years Jr. FLL Expo.  The challenge was to research an animal that lives in the habitat of a bee.  Our boys chose a veroa destroyer that is a mite that lives off of bees.  The boys went to the Children’s Museum to talk to the person that maintains their animals, Skyped with our friend who is a bee keeper and did their own research.  Their model showed a bee as small in the environment, going into a hive, a larger version to show a veroa destroyer on its back and a large version of just the back of the bee to have the veroa mite climb onto the bee.  They programmed the movement of the mite onto the bee.  The boys won the explosive ideas award.

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Afterward we took the whole team to Bounce to get their energy out.  The team of boys traveled in a pack and were hard to catch, but we caught Pearl. 

After Jr FLL 2017 at Bounce

The second weekend in March was Nithin’s birthday.  Munchkin had his teams first playoff match for basketball which they lost.  Munchkin was devastated for days.  We talked a lot about how to learn from it and how it is OK to not always be awesome.  This is a tough lesson for Munchkin.  Not sure how much headway we made.  Munchkin says that basketball will be his sport.  He improved a lot this season.

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Pearl and I made Nithin a cat cake from scratch.  This was the best I could pull off.  Pearl had her heart set on making a chocolate cat cake for her daddy. 

Birthday Cake

On Nithin’s birthday Pearl was invited to a friends science birthday which it took her a minute to warm up,  but she loved it.  The little boy had a NASA shirt on the invite so she proceeds to tell him this is a space birthday and not a science birthday. 

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In the afternoon for Nithin’s birthday we went to play old video games at an exhibit at a local museum for a few hours.  The kids loved it.  We went out to Nithin’s favorite burger place and then home for cake. 

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Munchkin and Pearl have taken to performing concerts for us.  It has gotten Munchkin to practice his violin more.  Here is video of one of the songs: https://youtu.be/GCE9Ev7mqcg  Pearl sometimes does a dance, but she likes to sit right next to Munchkin while he plays. 

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Munchkin had great report card.  He improved a ton and is doing many things above average.  He wanted to go to the beach for dinner, so that is where went. 

Munchkin Report Card Dinner

Pearl wore her butterfly leotard she got for Christmas to gymnastics last week.  She loved it. 

Gymnast

The last weekend of March was our last non-crazy busy weekend before Easter so we blew out a bunch of eggs and had the kids die and decorate them.  Pearl made Paw Patrol ones and Munchkin did Star Wars.

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The last Sunday in March we went to the newer Mythbusters exhibit at Liberty Science Center.  We have never been there, it is a great museum.  Munchkin loved the Mythbusters exhibit.  They had exhibits from the show of things they built like the duct tape canoe.  They also had things you could do, like see how much more rain hits you by walking fast or slow.  Munchkin liked the one where you could pull the table cloth off a table and the dishes remained.  It was a great exhibit. 

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