Saturday, April 25, 2015

Looks so natural, no one can tell!

I'm not always the biggest fan of kids' technology for the boys.  Some programs and apps are great, others are unavoidable... but most don't do much for me.  I'd rather see them read a real book, draw a real picture, or play with real toys.

Whim's friend recently bought books for the boys when they were in the hospital, both of which came with a free app.  I admit I wasn't exactly thrilled to see the app mentioned on the cover and every other page.   Can't we just read the book? But I was wrong.  Check it out!  It's awesome!

The dinosaurs "come out" out of the book and walk (or fly) around the room, and even climb into your lap.  The other book has 3D planets and heavenly bodies that you can hold and manipulate.  Only when you're looking through the iPad app, of course, but it feels so real!!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Greener grass

Growing up, Whim rarely got the name-brand shoes or sports equipment that he wanted.  Like a lot of us, his family got by ok, but didn't always have a lot of extra money for the latest trends*.

Because of that, he gets a lot of pleasure out of choosing "cool" backpacks, shoes, or clothes for the boys.  For Whim, cool pretty much= Adidas, and he isn't sending his child off to school with anything less. 

I don't mind.  I totally get it.  It's his "scholastic book order."

Over Songkran, though, in a pinch, we let the boys each pick out a pair of Tesco Lotus 89 baht Fraux. (I made that up.  Faux Crocs!)  Think 5 dollar foam slipons from Walmart, with a superhero decal.

They were overjoyed.

They both wore them all break, and M begged to wear them to school when we went back.

Go figure!  I wonder if they've been pining for garish polyester Masked Rider and Gundam tshirts, too?

*Hilarious side note: Fido Dido was hugely popular in Thailand when he was a teenager and you still see it sometimes.  What!??!

Earth day

After school today, the common areas were filled with tables.  There are always a dozen groups raising money for various projects, so it's a familiar sight. Shave ice, Krispy kremes, pork and sticky rice, icy sodas, kimbap, exercise books, t-shirts... Someone's always selling something.

Then I remembered: Earth day!  They had advertised "green and organic" goods for sale.  We always have to pass on everything (except lemonade, we get lemonade whenever we can!) so today I was eager to see what was available.  I was in the mood to splurge.

There wasn't much in the way of goodies, but they were selling organic eggs, dips and salad dressings, noodles, honey, soaps and cosmetics.

And M walked away with two cool, non-food items.  A plant (in his shirt pocket) and a three-minute shower timer!  I'm always saying everything doesn't always have to be about food.  Good on you, ICS!  Happy Earth day!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Back again

I'm starting to think that this is all just an elaborate scheme to get more Legos...

Monday, April 13, 2015

They don't lie?

L looks so tall in this picture!

Even his precious cheeks are almost gone!  But not from my memory (or my phone).

Oh how I loved this squishy, chubby baby!

And how am I supposed to reconcile this:

With my so-recent memories of this?