I may have mentioned on here once or twice about that my 6 year-old Tucker has, for some time now, had his sights set on a future career as an astronaut. The dream lives on, and so I was really excited to be able to share with him yesterday in the excitement over the successful landing of the Philae lander on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
Part of the reason Tucker was excited about this mission is because the ESA (European Space Agency) created a fantastic animated series about it, that we have watched together a few times.
I don’t know why it just occurred to me to share this here, but if you have a kid who is curious what all the excitement is about, give these a watch together. You just might learn something too. 🙂
Part 1: Fabulous Fables and Tales of Tails
Part 2: Once Upon a Time…
Part 3: Are We There Yet?
Part 4: Preparing for Comet Landing
Now that Philae has landed on the surface, hopefully they put together some adorable animation about that too soon. If they do, I’ll be sure to add it here!
Sometimes the things that my boys end up fighting about are astounding.
“He told me to put in PANTS!”
“He keeps singing ALONG with me!”
“He said I’m NOT a NINJA!”
“He ALWAYS gets to hold the Costco receipt!”
“But I wanted to finish lunch FIRST!”
And of course
“HE HIT ME BACK!”
What crazy things do your kids fight about most?
Bedtime prayers are something we do every night around here, and it was certainly pretty special when the boys both started saying them on their own. We encourage them to not just say something by rote, but to actually think about what they are thankful for, or what they want to talk to Jesus about.
Of course, sometimes this backfires…
Tucker: “Dear Jesus, please please pleeeeease don’t let Coltrane have any dragons. Amen.”
My son asked me to make Valentine’s Day cards, and what happened next will BLOW YOUR MIND! We made it printable, free.
It turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself.
So cute that I thought — what the heck, let’s share it with parents who could use it too.
The worst part is I’m not sure if it was totally innocent choice of finger, or if he actually meant to give me the finger.
Not that he knows what it means, but I think he may have picked up that it means something that makes Mama and Dada look at one another wide-eyed and then talk in code…
Me: But where is your power ring? You can’t be a Green Lantern without a power ring!
Tucker [giving “the finger”, pixelated]: Here’s my power ring.
Poor kid. Now I want to take him to Chuck E. Cheese just to make up for the Geico Gecko not being real…
“Yeah? Where did you hear that?”
“It was in a commercial!”
“Oh. Listen, Tucker, here’s the thing about commercials… they–”
“I already know commercials aren’t real, Dada. Geckos don’t talk and drive cars either.”
Happy that Coltrane is talking enough now that he’s starting to contribute to these things. Even if I do have to wash his mouth out with soap now.
“Oh no. No no no no. Where did he learn that!? He’s only two!”
“Anna is going to KILL ME.”
“What do I do? WHAT DO I–”
“We all fall down!” *THUMP!*
“Oh. Well, carry on then.”
“Hehehe. Okay Dada.”
How do you know you’re a modern day parent? When your 4-year-old already knows these things.
“How do you know that?”
“I can’t get Netflix to work.”
“Well… okay. I’ll go up to the office and take a look to see what’s wrong.”
“Just unplug it, wait a minute, and then plug it in again!”
My son, the dreamer.
“Oh? What was it about?”
“I was on a playdate with Jesus. We went to my cousins’ house, and watched their turtle. Then it was time for lunch, and we had cheesy quesadillas! Only, there was only one quesadilla for everyone, so Jesus used his powers to make one hundred quesadillas!”
“Wow, Tuck, that’s a really great dream.”
“I know, that’s what I told you already.”
As much as I enjoyed being in Houston for Dad 2.0, before I headed there and the entire time I was away I had one particularly ongoing thought: I have never been apart from my kids for this long. My in-laws picked the boys up on Wednesday afternoon. My flight didn’t get home until very late Sunday night. That felt like an eternity to be apart from the two people I spend the most time with each and every day.
Somehow, I got through it, but not without experiencing a Kübler-Ross-esque “Five Stages of Missing My Kids.”
Denial”Oh, it will be fine. I know I have never been apart from them for this long, but it’s not like we’ll actually be out of communication, right? I mean, it’s 2013. I’ll call to say hi a couple of times each day, and I’m sure we can get on Skype every night.”
“What do you mean they’re already in bed? I’ve been waiting all day to talk to them!”
“If you nap really good for Mama, yes, I will bring you back a special treat.”
“My children are going to forget me.”
“I could get used to this ‘sleeping in’ thing!”
How do you deal with it, when you are away from your kids?
Have I mentioned that I’ll be at the Dad 2.0 Summit in Houston, Texas in a couple of days? I totally will! I’m going as a representative for the National At-Home Dad Network, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m really looking forward to getting to meet and hob-nob with a chorus-line of my favorite dad bloggers from around the interwebs, not to mention people from various brands who want to “discuss the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood.”
For a long time I’ve considered both of my boys to be, all things considered, “good eaters.” Battles over food are fairly few, and they’ve both been willing to try (and sometimes end up liking a lot) many different, sometimes surprising foods.
That said… they are still toddlers. And given the choice, what they want to eat seems to be the same thing every toddler wants: something other than what I’ve made.
I imagine even the most adventurous toddler’s meal selection would look something like this.
Does this look familiar? What sorts of foods are the “go to” requests for your kids?
We got a flat tire this past weekend, and had to kill some time at the tire repair shop as they worked on trying to fix it. Ultimately, they decided it was not repairable, and had to install a new tire.
Tucker wondered why that was, since the way to fix it seemed to clear to him: “Have the garbage can spray it with water, and then put some pants on it.”