The girls were so excited last week to attend Apple Camp iMovie (there's a book one also) at one of the Apple stores here (it's for 8-12-year-olds.) I've been trying to get them into this free camp for some time - but it fills up SO FAST that you have to be right there when it opens - and I finally lucked out! Yay! They spent the mornings last week learning to use Garage Band to make music & plotting storyboards for their 1 minute masterpieces, and they spent the afternoons making props, scripts, and recording video to edit in their class, then Friday morning they shared their creations with the group. The whole experience is really well done. Now if I can just get Buddy into one of their preschool storytimes, which are legendary in the preschool set. Someday...
In prep for Apple camp last week Drewdad transferred some of the kids pictures to my computer and looking through them is so awesome. I always love seeing what they think is important and interesting, and these are a treasure trove of experiences over the last couple of years. I think the first of them dates back to the summer of the move - so not last summer but the summer of 2012. In no particular order...here are some of my favorites:
Yaya, to Cici: If you ever have anything embarrassing to talk about or any things you want to know, you can always just say it right to my mom because she's a psychologist and it's impossible to shock her. Right, Mama?
After settling several arguments among Yaya, Kiki, Cici and Buddy at the jumpy place, I finally told them to either go play separately or figure out a game that they could all play and get along and sort out themselves. They disappeared for about 10 minutes, which was a fairly long time given their quibbling that afternoon, and then returned to the table. "Mama, we need help again!" Yaya announced. Okay...what's the deal? "We're playing a game and I'm the mom and Buddy's the dad and Cici and Kiki are our kids, and they keep coming to me to settle their arguements, but that's too hard for me so I need you to tell me how to help them figure it out."
Yaya, on hearing the song "Wiggle" on the radio: "Mama! Turn that off for a minute! Is THIS what modern music has come to? REALLY? Like, all there ever is is music about butts and sex and drugs and twerking and acting stupid? Could we not just have some good 80's electronic music like "Pump Up The Volume?"
Buddy, referring to a song by Joe McDermott (currently a clip on the "now playing" link on that site): Can we have a baby kangaroo? The song says if we get one, Daddy won't have to work so hard because grass won't ever grow in our yard.
Me: True, but the song also says pretty soon our house would look like a zoo. Do you think that would be good?
Buddy: Yeah! That would be great! Then we could have lots of animals!
Buddy, on same boring car trip: I want to go on a Halloween hunt for candy.
Me: That's a long time away, but we could imagine what you want to be for Halloween.
Buddy: An engineer
Drewdad: A train engineer?
Buddy: No, Daddy, that's a conductor. An ENGINEER. The kind that that is a chemist.
Drewdad: A chemical engineer?
Buddy: Yes! That's good knowing what I mean, Daddy.
Me: Buddy, a chemical engineer would wear cargo shorts and flip-flops in Austin. Wouldn't you like to be something with a costume, like a dinosaur or a superhero or something like that so you could wear something fun?