Thursday, December 22, 2016

Sea World, 2016...

Good times... but I did learn a lesson. Don't show "Blackfish" to your spouse the night before you go to Sea World, it will ruin her day...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Watching Star Wars Episode 1 with my 5-year-old...

So, to get ready for the new Star Wars, I'm re-watching the first 6. My 5-year-old, Maia, decided to watch it with me. Half the fun has been her reaction to it all.

This is just the first fifteen minutes of Episode 1:

  • The first time the evil Sith Master is shown: "Is that Jesus?"
  • When the battle droids are landing on Naboo: "Why are they going there? Oh, I know, they are having a parade!"
  • When she first sees Jar-Jar Binks: "Who is that horse-thingy? Is that a girl?"
  • When the Jedi follow Jar-Jar to his underwater home: "I think this may be a bit too scary for kids like me."

This is going to be an interesting marathon...

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Family Superlatives....

Out of the blue the other day, Benji says to me, "Dad, I'm stupendous."

"Really? You are? How do you know?"

"I just am," he replies matter-of-factly.

"Ok," I pursue, "so if you are stupendous, what am I?"

"Hm," he thinks for a second. "You are just normal."

"Oh, so what about Maia? Is she stupendous, too."

"No," he declares with authority. "She is fantastic."

"I see. So you are stupendous, Maia is fantastic and I am 'just normal'."


"What about Mommy? What is she?"

For this one he takes a long time to consider his options. "She is... stinky balls!"

Honestly, I have no idea where he gets this stuff, but just for the sake of those who are keeping track, here's the breakdown:

Benji = stupendous
Maia = fantastic
Dad = just normal
Mom = stinky balls