Thursday, December 30, 2010

Our Christmas

We did our Christmas well over a week ago. We did it on the 20th since we were leaving on the 22nd and we wanted the kids to be able to play with their toys (and it worked out that way).
Tyler made us special drink for the occasion.
Since we can't put any of the syrups in Asher's drink we stuck a cinnamon stick in instead. It was pretty good.
Family photo in front of the tree.
Asher opening his first gift. It's one of those boppers that you punch. We thought it'd be fun for him to punch his bopper while Daddy punches his punching bag.
Addilyn showing off her "paints."
Why do they strap everything down so well? Asher was very confused as to how to get his truck out of the box.
Addilyn right after she opened her new book light. She had not a clue what it was.
Yay...she figured it out!
Attacking the bopper. He doesn't so much punch it as tackle it.
Elias trying out the kids' new bouncy thing. He really wanted that ball. He talked to it and tried to wiggle toward it. He even just stared at it and kind of willed it to come toward him.
Addilyn demonstrating the new bouncy thing. She likes to run and jump in it from across the room.
Christmas #1 down and many more to go...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Santa Claus: An Engineer's Perspective

Though I share this perspective this is not a Tyler original. Enjoy!

There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18) in the world. However, since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist (except maybe in Japan) religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million (according to the Population Reference Bureau).

At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per household, that comes to 108 million homes, presuming that there is at least one good child in each. Santa has about 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 967.7 visits per second.

This is to say that for each Christian household with a good child, Santa has around 1/1000th of a second to park the sleigh, hop out, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left for him, get back up the chimney, jump into the sleigh and get on to the next house.

Assuming that each of these 108 million stops is evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false, but will accept for the purposes of our calculations), we are now talking about 0.78 miles per household; a total trip of 75.5 million miles, not counting bathroom stops or breaks.

This means Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second--3,000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a Poky 27.4 miles per second, and a conventional reindeer can run (at best) 15 miles per hour. The payload of the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium sized Lego set (two pounds), the sleigh is carrying over 500 thousand tons, not counting Santa himself.

On land, a conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds. Even granting that the "flying" reindeer could pull ten times the normal amount, the job can't be done with eight or even nine of them, Santa would need 360,000 of them. This increases the payload, not counting the weight of the sleigh, another 54,000 tons, or roughly seven times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth (the ship, not the monarch). 600,000 tons

Traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance-this would heat up the reindeer in the same fashion as a spacecraft re-entering the earth's atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer would absorb 14.3 quintillion joules of energy per second each. In short, they would burst into flames almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team would be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second, or right about the time Santa reached the fifth house on his trip.
Not that it matters, however, since Santa, as a result of accelerating from a dead stop to 650 m.p.s. in .001 seconds, would be subjected to acceleration forces of 17,500 g's. A 250 pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force, instantly crushing his bones and organs.

Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Elias at 2 Months

Elias is 2 months old today.
And he's huge!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Early November

I'm getting caught up. These are a bunch of photos from the first half of November.
Asher in Daddy's NASA T-shirt.
Awkward.
Addilyn and Aunt Courtney scrapbooking pictures from the summer. Courtney was here at the beginning of November to visit and meet Elias.
Yawn.
Asher and Addilyn enjoying each other's beds. (A little less fun considering Asher's big fall last week)

Playing with Daddy.

A different kind of playing with Daddy.
Go, Daddy, go!
Cheese.
Asher enjoying a little time in his cabinet. He and Addilyn trade off emptying out and shuting themselves inside it. Easy entertainment, I guess.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Elias' first bath

We gave Elias his first bath...a long time ago. Here are pictures from the experience.
Peacefulness beforehand.
Hanging out...checking out the dishes.
Just a little concerned.
Really, really concerned.
The survivor...very clean survivor.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

I hate to post things out of order but I'm backed up about a month and a half. I don't want to post the Christmas pictures after the new year so what choice to have? I guess I could just post the other pictures really quickly but it seems impossible to get that much uninterupted internet time. Alas, here are the pictures of our beautiful tree and all the decorating fun.
We got our tree at the ever-so-exciting Home Depot. It was surprisingly cheap for the city so...yay! After our family trip to pick out the tree, we came home and got into our pajamas, had some special drink and started decorating.

video

A video of the decorating fun.

Addilyn helped me make my gingerbread army. She got to help me cut them out and then she got to decorate all the ones for eating. She managed to only eat a little of the frosting in the process. I was impressed.Beautifying one gingerbread man with some sprinkles. So pretty!

Gingerbread army.

The finished product. It only took 5 days to finish decorating it. Apparently three small children can make it a little more difficult to devote time to craftiness or baking.