Kids Reviewing Books

The boy never ceases to amaze me.

Today, we picked up a couple books that were on hold at the library. Among them was a 160 page, chapter book called “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” It has a total of 6 pages with pictures.

Before we even got home, Asher had started reading. We got home, ate lunch, and Asher grabbed his book and went straight into our room to read. A few hours later he finished the book… the WHOLE BOOK!

Needless to say, I was blown away. After quizzing him on the content, I asked if he wanted to to a video book report. Of course, he was game:

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=10501154&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1

And, of course, his sister wanted to make a video too, so here is Grace’s video report on “Dora the Explorer: Super Babies.”

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=10493338&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1

The Haircut

Warning – If you get dizzy easily, the pics at the end of this post might not be good to look at. Opa, you have been warned :)

I’m sure Jenn will fill you in on the whole story later, but she got a haircut today. The main reason for getting the haircut was to donate her hair to a charity that makes wigs for little kids with cancer.

We managed to remember to take some before and after shots. I added some animation so you could get the full gist of how dramatic the cut is.

Dizzy yet?

A Blender to Make Eggs and Ice Cream

I had a discussion the other day with my office mate about the Vitamix blender and I mentioned that not only did it make amazing smoothies, but it makes scrambled eggs and ice cream. And by makes, I mean it does it in the blender. To dispel any disbelief, we headed to youtube and watched the following two videos. Thought I’d share with you so that you can see the wonder of blender eggs and ice cream.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycXOBayr-C0&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-43TLMqcymA&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0]

2010 Oscar Nominee

A few weeks ago I was puttering in the kitchen while the kids played in the dining/living room area.  I wasn’t really listening. They were playing one of their many imaginary games but I don’t know what the characters were.  Eventually I tuned back in see if there was play arguing or real arguing going on.  I looked over and Asher looked a little bewildered while grace was sitting on her knees, head in hands weeping.  It sounded like a fake cry, a very very sad fake cry, and I couldn’t really tell if it was fake or not.  I walked over and asked Asher what he did to his sister what was going on, but he didn’t seem to know.  They were “just playing and then she started crying”.   I knelt down and asked Grace if she was ok and head still in hands she sobbed, “I’m just sooo sad…”  Giving Asher the “you better not have lied about not doing anything to her eye” I asked why she was sad.  Looking up at me wide-eyed, tears streaming down face, “Because I am just a poor kid and don’t have any parents.  They died and no one has adopted me.” (or something along those lines.  It’s been a common play scenario for the past 6 months).

“Grace, are you really sad and crying or are you just pretending?”

Complete composure, wiping tears from face, “Just playing with Asher.”

Following that was the oh so common, “please do not REALLY cry when you are just pretending” speech (it sounds very similar to the “you may only scream if you are seriously injured or about to die” speech), and sheepish apology to my son.

Is this a common 3 year old skill or should I get the girl an agent?