Jason loves pushing buttons – elevator buttons, baby toy buttons, doorbells, and the list goes on and on. But surprisingly, he’s never been that interested in playing with the tv remote control (or ‘remote and the troll’ in his vernacular). At least, he wasn’t interested in remote controls before I invented the game ‘Remote Control Mommy.’ You can probably see where this is going. So, Jason pushes a button and I say, “oh, you pushed the walk backwards button. mommy has to walk backwards.” This was fun for the first five minutes. But as all parents know, once a child finds a game he/she likes, five minutes doesn’t cut it and they want to repeat the activity endlessly. It wasn’t long before I invented new actions prompted by the buttons – things like “the coffee button: mommy has to make coffee now” and “the silent button: we can’t talk for 2 minutes.” Those didn’t go over as well so Jason took it upon himself to dictate what action the button should elicit. Usually this resulted in the standard turn round-and-round or clap your hands, but then he got more advanced, referring to buttons as “the leprechaun button” (um, what am I supposed to do?) and the “chirp-si-doe button” (um, the what?). And then it occurred to me why the remote control never held much interest for him: when he pressed the buttons without pointing it at the tv (which was nearly all the time) he didn’t get any feedback, nothing happened. But with Remote Control Mommy, not only was he getting a response, he was getting the best response of all: my undivided attention. I guess I can’t regret the game too much.
I guess the outcome of constantly photographing your children is having children who constantly want to photograph you. Yesterday I gave Jason control of the camera (for a change) and let him shoot to his heart’s content. The camera lens was pointed at me when most of the following were taken, but as hard as I tried to smile and say ‘cheese,’ I couldn’t seem to land myself in the frame.
We set up Jason’s new bed last night. He is thrilled with his “big bed” and the tent that can be created underneath. Surprisingly, I was able to convince him to sleep underneath in his toddler bed last night. I guess mommy is still a little afraid of the height.
Anything music themed is a huge hit in our house. Jason loves to hit the ‘hi-hats’ and the ‘bass drum.’ At three-years-old, he can name more musical instruments than his mother. For today’s art activity, I created collages of Jason and Jenna using recent photos and illustrations found online. I think they were a little hesitant to color on the pictures.
Each day we try to take at least a few minutes – more if attention spans allow it – to focus on simple creative endeavors like painting, coloring, sticking and glueing. This series will capture the moments we spend together making messes, pretty pictures and objects that inspire imaginative play.
Here’s a look back at the past week:
My husband bought me a new camera lens for my birthday this week, and I’ve hardly stopped photographing the children ever since. I haven’t experimented much with the technical aspects yet, and still have much to learn about how to achieve the effects I’m going for. Instead, I’m learning mostly through trial and error, and luckily for me, my kids seem happy to indulge me in the constant flashing lights. Here are a few of my favorites so far:
What a great Valentine’s weekend! Jason and Jenna hosted their first annual (maybe) Valentine’s Day brunch for several friends, we celebrated Daddy’s 30-something birthday, we built our first family snowman and Jenna charmed us all in her new (and first) tutu.
Here are a few highlights:
My son loves to run around, jump up and down, climb up things, crawl over things, chase people – you get the idea. But sitting still for “art time” is still a bit of a challenge. So nearly every day I try to invent new and unique ways to capture his attention and encourage him to focus on something other than running around, jumping up and down …
For today’s craft activity, I continued my trend toward “button and arrow crafts” (two ingredients that top the list of things Jason finds engaging) with the Robot Collage. I started with some basic shapes – rectangles for the body and limbs and a half circle for the head. Then I added a spinning arrow and cut circles for the eyes and buttons. I let Jason and Jenna assemble them as they saw fit, not sure if the resulting images would look like a robot or more like a car, refrigerator or abstract art.
In the end, they looked quite a bit like robots.