In the beginning Jai had a fascination for Octonauts. So we acquired every plastic figurine, ‘Gup‘, and related underwater construction.
Then he discovered Thomas the Tank Engine. For a while we had almost every available aluminium train in the series, most which magnetically connect end to end. That included a boat on a carriage and the fat-controller in his car, both non-magnetic!
A year ago Paw Patrol was spotted on ABC iView. Thanks to his grandmother every character is a stuffed toy in Jai’s bed AND she created a large Paw Patrol patterned pillow case. It is still his favourite and carries him off to dreams of firefighting dogs each night.
ABC4Kids have a new show which has captured Jai’s vivid imagination.
• Andy’s Historic Adventures.
It is fun to watch him make dinosaur bones out of duplo, a tall T-Rex with his teepee, and a Time Machine with a milk-crate and training-clock. I have also created Andy’s techno-tablet using plastic lid and stick-on velcro!
The only suffering we have to endure is involuntary coercion to be Museum staff!
To date there have been no AHA franchise toys and books added into toy collection. Whew.
I only hope our boys can part with all these toys when the the day comes. There’s only so much toys a house can hold and a parent can endure!
Last night we took the kids to see a cacophony of colourful Christmas lights on family-ish property on Kangaroo Island!
Jai has a new favourite kids program:
Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures. Synopsis: Andy jumps into a grandfather clock back in time (get it!) to the dinosaur age, thrn brings back something for the museum he works within.
So tonight Jai asked for a ‘Time Machine’. I smiled with glee, but his mother frowned.
Jai now has what I am calling ‘a TARDIS whose clocking device is stuck in cardboard box mode‘. Jai doesn’t yet understand the reference. Sarah is adamant he won’t know for a few years yet.
I can and will wait to make him a DrWho fanatic. Let’s hope the series is still going!
Peter Capaldi’s recent departure as The Doctor cannot be in vain. But I have a strong feeling the Christmas Special will reveal him waking up, yet then changing into his new incarnation.
Oh dear, Jai is quite ill. Read about it here.
Aidan can now talk. Quite eloquently at times.
i.e. “Thank you Mummy, you saved me”
Just found both boys chatting about cleaning up mummy’s books … and two shelves of Anne McAffrey on the lounge.
Aidan: “I need more books. MORE BOOKS! MORE BOOKS!”
Oh dear. I gotta go clean up.
Now that 2yo Aidan no longer has a dummy/pacifier, his English skills are improving every day.
Jai (weeks away from 5yo) likes to test his English.
“LIFE IS NOT PERFECT!” is yelled from the toy room. Learned probably from me.
A smaller voice mimics “Mi’ is no berfect!”
But that’s nothing.
Whilst I was ‘otherwise indisposed‘ early today, a small hand knocked on the door and the question was asked “Where are you Daddy?”
“Buddy, dude, I am busy.”
“Why?” Oh dear, it has begun.
“I don’t wear nappies…” Is two too young to teach about the toilet?
“Why?” Still outside the door.
“Because society frowns upon wearing poopie pants in corporate environments…” I paused and listened as he plodded back to the lounge room.
Always employ big words when you don’t really want to be disturbed.
Aidan wanted a chicken crimpie. Got him four.
With two shoved in his mouth, he muttered “Manku.”
Now finished eating, getting ready to shove another one in, “Yeaaah.” Then shoves the next two in.
Didn’t even stop to look at me.
He’s only two.