Beating the Winter Doldrums

IMG_1542I think we’ve finally have found a way to stave off cabin fever / winter doldrums.  We purchased ski passes this year for the first time.  We don’t have mountains, but we do have ski hills.


We had our first lesson on Sunday.  C had a difficult time on the skis.  We went back on Monday and the boys gave snowboarding a try.  That went much better!

I’m having a great time learning something new.  It’s frustrating at times and we all agree there are grandmas going faster than me, but I’m gaining confidence!  We went again Tuesday afternoon and we’re hoping to go again Friday afternoon.  This is one of those times our flexible schedule is so appreciated!  There’s plenty of time to go to the ski hill for a couple of hours and still do our school work.

We wrapped up our FLL season this week.  I was proud of the kids because they stayed enthusiastic and happy despite having troubles at the robot table.  I’m already excited about next years’ topic – “TRASH TREK”.  I checked out several books about trash this week, but the boys tell me I need to give them a little more of a break.

I wasn’t too disappointed that our FLL season ended, because we are working on Science Olympiad.  This month we need to build a mousetrap car and some paper airplanes as well as learn how to track animals and identify simple machines.  We’ve already worked with C’s Simple Machines partner and his mom is doing a great job coaching that event.

The boys are reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.  It’s the perfect time of year to dive into a good story and they are flying through these.

Dean Kamen, the founder of FIRST and FLL, was on CBS Sunday Morning.  If you aren’t familiar with his work he is the inventor of the Segway, medical devices, a wheelchair that can balance at standing height, and an amazing robotic arm.  I loved this quote from him, “I don’t read novels. I like reading old physics books and old math books, ’cause I can read a page of differential equations as quickly as I can read a comic strip.”  Like so many inventors and innovators he struggled with dyslexia.

Snow Leopard Twins

I was a good sport last week and let the boys take me back out into the cold (10 F, -12 C) after zoo class to visit the snow leopard cubs.  It was super cute to see the cubs jumping and playing in the snow.   The red panda and penguins were also very active and happy in the cold.

E is about to finish Singapore Math 6B and I’m looking for some “fun” math to do for a month or two.  Thankfully Lucinda at Navigating by Joy has some suggestions.  E is especially interested in doing more geometry so I’m hoping to do some art projects.

Hope you are having a great week!

6 thoughts on “Beating the Winter Doldrums

  1. Aww, I’m so glad you all had a good time. This makes me so excited for my son. You see, I was born and raised in Alaska, so snow was my life! But my children were born and raised here in California, BUT my son is going next weekend to ski/snowboard for the first time in his life.

  2. Skiing is a great way to ward off the winter doldrums. My 6 year old had declared that she wants to be more of a risk taker, and wants to learn to ski. LOL. How could I deny her??

  3. Sounds like fun! I love learning new things alongside my kids. Our thing this year has been ice skating. We have lessons every Friday. So fun, and exercise too – win win! Are you skiing while the boys snowboard? I snowboarded throughout my 20’s but switched to skiing when we had the children. (Much more civilised to be able to stop standing up instead of on your knees or bottom!) How lovely to have snow hills nearby. Thank you for linking to my maths posts. 🙂

    • I am skiing. Like you say the kids don’t mind spending time on the ground, but I do. They also don’t have as far to fall. I love the chance to get exercise with them.

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