### easter 2010 & the weirdest day ever

we did a little easter egg dying last week and i learned how much better it is to make your own dye using vinegar, hot water and food coloring. those little dissolving tablets they sell just don't even come close!

also, it was so fun to have the johnson cousins over for some easter egg hunting action. aren't the facial expressions are priceless in these group shots? they were all so annoyed with the photo session because it was keeping them from stuffing their faces with candy!

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we had an amazing day last sunday at hermosa beach. shockingly enough, this was our first beach trip since the move last august. it was mighty windy and chilly, especially compared to our beach trips past. but, the chilly weather gave us plenty of time for beach football and a nice stroll up the strand so i could look into the windows of all the schmancy beachfront homes :)

about halfway into our visit & seeing other kids splashing in the waves, owen decided he wanted to get in the water. he had fun dipping his feet in, but soon found himself declaring "this is the weirdest day ever! beaches are not supposed to be so cold!" mar made the most of the day by devouring an entire bag of honey pretzel sticks and snuggling close to mama.

Misspudding said…
I love your little hobbit door! Haha!

Seriously, cute kids!
mama mia said…
Cannot wait to come back to see you all again...gotta make those plans this weekend!
blissful_e said…
Looks like a lot of fun! The facial expressions are priceless, and Marcus had the right idea snuggling next to Mama!
Amy Pousson said…
That beaches are not supposed to be cold comment is right up there with, "What's wrong with the water at your beach, mama?" about Galveston water in the old photos! Too funny.

### On the Height of J.J. Barea

Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea standing between two very tall people (from: Picassa user photoasisphoto).

Congrats to the Dallas Mavericks, who beat the Miami Heat tonight in game six to win the NBA championship.

Okay, with that out of the way, just how tall is the busy-footed Maverick point guard J.J. Barea? He's listed as 6-foot on NBA.com, but no one, not even the sports casters, believes that he can possibly be that tall. He looks like a super-fast Hobbit out there. But could that just be relative scaling, with him standing next to a bunch of extremely tall people? People on Yahoo! Answers think so---I know because I've been Google searching "J.J. Barea Height" for the past 15 minutes.

So I decided to find a photo and settle the issue once and for all.

I then used the basketball as my metric. Wikipedia states that an NBA basketball is 29.5 inches in circumfe…

### Finding Blissful Clarity by Tuning Out

It's been a minute since I've posted here. My last post was back in April, so it has actually been something like 193,000 minutes, but I like how the kids say "it's been a minute," so I'll stick with that.
As I've said before, I use this space to work out the truths in my life. Writing is a valuable way of taking the non-linear jumble of thoughts in my head and linearizing them by putting them down on the page. In short, writing helps me figure things out. However, logical thinking is not the only way of knowing the world. Another way is to recognize, listen to, and trust one's emotions. Yes, emotions are important for figuring things out.
Back in April, when I last posted here, my emotions were largely characterized by fear, sadness, anger, frustration, confusion and despair. I say largely, because this is what I was feeling on large scales; the world outside of my immediate influence. On smaller scales, where my wife, children and friends reside, I…

### The Force is strong with this one...

Last night we were reviewing multiplication tables with Owen. The family fired off doublets of numbers and Owen confidently multiplied away. In the middle of the review Owen stopped and said, "I noticed something. 2 times 2 is 4. If you subtract 1 it's 3. That's equal to taking 2 and adding 1, and then taking 2 and subtracting 1, and multiplying. So 1 times 3 is 2 times 2 minus 1."

I have to admit, that I didn't quite get it at first. I asked him to repeat with another number and he did with six: "6 times 6 is 36. 36 minus 1 is 35. That's the same as 6-1 times 6+1, which is 35."

Ummmmm....wait. Huh? Lemme see...oh. OH! WOW! Owen figured out

x^2 - 1 = (x - 1) (x +1)

So $6 \times 8 = 7 \times 7 - 1 = (7-1) (7+1) = 48$. That's actually pretty handy!

You can see it in the image above. Look at the elements perpendicular to the diagonal. There's 48 bracketing 49, 35 bracketing 36, etc... After a bit more thought we…