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Busy Start to the Year

12509816_10156499284445341_1335422937708619311_nUgh…where has the time gone?  It has been so busy the first 3 and a half weeks of 2016 I’ve barely had a minute to do anything, never mind writing in this blog.

Few things have been going on.  My Oldest daughter (grade 1), who is diagnosed ASD (higher functioning) has started medication.  Turns out she may also be ADHD as well and met all the criteria for it so we’ve been trying her on meds to help her focus.  Well I have to say so far that it’s been an unqualified success, at least so far.  She’s more focused, fewer outbursts in class, and her Occupational Therapist has made comment on how impressed she was at her improved focus and willingness to learn as well as her printing has improved greatly.  Another thing we’ve started is a math program called Dreambox to help improve her math.  Again it’s amazing how technology can help with stuff like this now.  If you have a child who struggles with math I highly recommend that you speak to your child’s school about this program.  It’s amazing

On the more Geeky side, I’ve seen Star Wars The Force Awakens 3 times and loved it.  Obviously.  ***spoilers follow if you haven’t been to see it stop now** The first couple of viewings the only real problem I had was how Rey, a non trained force sensitive could defeat (completely Bitch slap really) Kylo Ren.  Then I read THIS ARTICLE.  After that I saw the movie a third time and it completely changed the final battle for me.  I enjoyed the movie even more after this.

I do have to admit I was a bit disappointed that Ep VIII won’t be coming now until December 2017 but at least we’ll have Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to tide us over.

That’s about it for now…

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M.I.A. Due to the Empire

Sorry everyone.  I’ve been MIA the last few days.  I’ve been busy, boarded up in my basement, sitting in my easy chair….Playing tb1bxvwifxxxxbaxpxxxxxxxxxx_0-item_pic

Really really good.  There’s a couple of the online Multiplayer modes I don’t particularly care for but there’s lots of content here.  So I may actually be a while before I resurface

KIDDING.  Of course.  I have two small kids..both of whom have been sick all weekend.  I have been playing a lot into the nights though and I LOVE it

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU

 

I’m a kid again

Yesterday we had “parent observations” in my youngest daughter’s JK class. While there I had kind of one of those “ah ha” moments.

Having kids means becoming a kid again yourself

We started the day with roll call and a couple of little poems and alphabet games. Then it was outside for some play to, as the kids and teacher recited melodically, “exercise our bodies and wake up our brains”.  While outside my wife was busy talking to the teacher about this and that.  Me? I was there to play.  I played catch, did some bean bag tossing and ran around like a 5 year old.  So much fun.  Then when they were lining up to go back inside they did this little popsicle song that involved dancing to which my wife and I happily joined in with.

Inside we went for some circle time, more letter learning, another song and dance.  After that there was some tabletop activities where I was quite content building cup pyramids with the kids and stringing beads on strands of gimp. (do you remember gimp?…late 80’s kids whats up!!).  After that wifey and I slipped out to avoid the inevitable tears if my daughter knew we were leaving.

Afterwards It dawned on me how much fun I had and how often I have felt like a kid again since having kids.  From being able to show my girls my favourite cartoons from when I was a kid like Scooby Do, Bugs Bunny and comic book cartoons to playing games that I enjoyed like Operation and Hungry Hungry Hippos.  Heck we even Played Candyland the other day and it was actually fun.

Running around outside, lying in the grass and looking at clouds talking about what they look like, bikes, scooters, tobogganing in winter, skating…all these thing that I once enjoyed as a kid I’m enjoying again.

I even had a little conversation about this with a friend on Facebook while talking about my SplashN Boots post

I didn’t realize this at the time..but I think maybe a big reason people have kids just may be to feel like a kid again themselves.  Maybe kids, and later in life, grandkids, are the fountain of youth?

Geek Vs. Chic

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I have a love of pop culture.  I like to be up on (best as an almost 40 year old geezer can be) the latest coming and goings of celebrities I like, actors, musicians, all of that.  I have to add that I only give a hoot about the ones with real talent, not these pseudo-celebrities who have no talent other than being on reality tv, followed by millions of twitter followers or in tabloids every damn day…(I’m looking at you Kardashian/Jenner families)

So, with the constant media coverage of these idiots and their duckface selfies, I am growing ever concerned with the kind of role models my two daughters are going to be growing up with in the years to come.  I mean look at what it’s like now, I can only imagine how things are going to progress in the next 10-15 years. I just don’t get what the appeal is for the people who follow and emulate these idiots and copy their selfies, their fashion,  These girls who put all the value into physical appearance and having the latest and greatest cell phone, best clothes, coolest online personae.

As a parent this scares the poop out of me.  I don’t want kids who place more value on material or shallow things than they do on honour, honesty, bravery, willingness to fight for what’s right.

This is why I love the geek world and I have been showing my girls the geek world.  Many of the female characters tend to be strong, independant, tough, fighters, leaders.  They aren’t usually the type to wait for the man to save them.  No damsels in distress for my girls.  Granted…they’re only 5 and 3 so they still love Disney Princesses, Barbie, My little Pony and others.  But I always encourage exposure to strong female characters.  Anna and Elsa (Frozen), Astrid (How to Train a Dragon series), Merida (Brave) to name a few, as well as many of the characters in the Marvel and DC universes…well most of them…sorry kids..no Jessica Jones until you’re older.  Yes she’s a strong female character but a little dark for my kids’ age range…hehe.  When my youngest daughter’s Halloween choices were Maleficent and girly Darth Vader (she has a thing for villains) well I know I’m doing something a little bit right.

I can’t force them to like everything I like, Lord knows I’ve tried….but when I give them the choice between watching something fluffy and simple or something more in the “geek” vein and they choose to go geek…I always smile

Kids are F’ing Weird part 2

So today after school I did what I usually do. I take the kids’ lunch bags, open them up to see what’s left and take the empty containers out to wash. Upon first inspection it appeared Parker didn’t eat her apple sauce. No big deal, rarely does a day go by that one or both of the kids don’t eat something we put in their lunches.  So I grab the pouch out of the bag….HMMMM

Does it look full??


Looks full right?  Wrong Brother!!.


EMPTY!!  She actually took the time to eat her Apple sauce, re-inflate the pouch at some point, and carefully put the lid back on for the trip home.

Kids are F’ing Weird

But as they say…the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Parker’s First Concert or “Kids are F’ing Weird”

So this past weekend I decided to surprise my youngest daughter to a live concert.  I’m a very musical person, I’ve sang my whole life, play guitar, played some tenor sax in Highschool Jazz Band, constantly have music on at home, all types (except Rap and Dance..yuck) Naturally my kids have picked up some of my musical love over the past few years.  In particular we’re talking about Parker in this story.  She watches Treehouse a lot when we do have TV on so she’s become quite enamored with the group Splash N’ Boots who seem to be on there a lot.  In case you don’t know who they are here’s the description from their website

Splash’N Boots was started as a class project at Queens University, in Kingston Ontario…After their first show (which had an audience of two people one of which was Boots’ Dad) they decided to take Splash’N Boots fulltime! Since then they have released 9 albums and 3 DVDs, have traveled across the world performing live shows, and live in their Big Yellow Boot on Treehouse TV!

I have to admit, they are fun to watch…Splash (the dude) is quite the musician and he’s also very funny.  And Boots?  Well she’s just a ball of energy…seriously I don’t know how she does it but it’s something to witness, I feel like I need a nap after watching her.  Also, if I can take off my “Dad Hat” for a minute and don my “Dude hat” for a minute, no disrespect, she’s kind of easy on the eyes too. (Sorry Splash, she’s just cuter than you)

Splash’N Boots

Anyway to continue the story.  Parker was very excited to go, had an outfit picked out (Yellow and Blue of course) and she kept bugging me asking if it was time to leave “Can we go dad” “Can we go now” “is it time yet” and on and on.  Finally the time came, we put on our shoes and coats, loaded into the car and went down to the show.  I was a bit excited too, both to see Parker’s reaction to seeing her favourite Treehouse duo live and in person, and because I love live music of any kind.

We arrive at the theatre that’s packed with kids, parents, grandparents.  Seriously I haven’t seen that many kids in one place outside of the girls’ school.  We check our coats, grab a booster seat and head inside.  First the obligatory photo with the blow up sign in the lobby. IMG_1880Aww look at her little face.  She’s so excited.  Rightfully so I’d have to say, I loved going to shows with my parents when I was a kid.  We then go inside the theatre to find our seats and wait for the show to start.  She starts again with the “Where’s Splash’N Boots Dad” “when’s it start” etc thing again, obviously excited.  To eat up some time we took a couple of selfies with my phone.  IMG_1881Aren’t we cute.  Please excuse the creepy mustache, I don’t usually have that on my face.  Usually I’m more of a nicely trimmed beard guy.  It’s there because I’m trying to raise money for Movember…to which you can donate to me HERE  (hint hint).

The show finally starts.  They enter from the rear of the theatre and come up the aisles singing and dancing away.  Parker was thrilled to be given a very enthusiastic High 5 from Boots as she passed.  Her little face lit right up and she was all smiles.  And then things kind of changed…in a 180 degrees kind of way.  I don’t know why, whether it was the volume or the noise of the crowd, the darkened room, the lights, if she was hungry, or tired or what, but her attitude changed completely..”Dad is it done” “Dad can we go now”  I explained we would leave when the show was over.  She got whiny and clingy.  Occasionally participating in the songs but for the most part after every single song finished she would ask if the show was done.  Poor kid, she was so looking forward to this and now she was acting like I was forcing her to watch documentaries.  I just kept telling myself “she’s only 3, she’s only 3” but I was kind of annoyed.  Like come on kid, Dad paid good money for these tickets and you don’t appear to be having any fun at all.  Grr.

The show was great too, they sang and danced, got the audience involved, Splash was Hilarious, and even threw in some Audience participation for the grown ups “If I had a million dollars” was a big hit.  Still through it all Parker continued with the whining and crying and kept asking to leave.  I should probably add that she wasn’t the only one who was crying, but there weren’t many.  I don’t get how a kid can go from excited to wanting to go in a nanosecond.  Kids are F*&@ing weird.  Can 3 year olds be Bi-polar?

The one bright side was after the show they did a little meet and greet where you could get a picture taken with them.  That Parker was up for.

IMG_1890“dad she held my hand” “dad she was so cool”…What?!? seriously?  Just spent almost the entire show asking if it was done, if we can go, is it over yet?

I will never understand women, and 3 year old women are even worse.