Jayce had another snow day this week, and it only took a few minutes of watching the Food Network for him to decide that he wanted to invent a new snack, and make a video showing how to make it. Here are the results. It is so wonderful and he is very proud of it, and rightly so. Enjoy!
Jayce has really been into climbing trees lately. The trees in the yard beside the flat have really low trees, which could maybe even be called sturdy shrubs and not trees, and he is all about climbing them, climbing down them, balancing on them, and hanging from the limbs to show everyone just how strong he is.
The other afternoon he suddenly declared that he wanted me to film him, and being the dutiful mother that I am, I promptly pulled out my cell phone and told him to go. Little did I know that I was about to to receive a lesson. The short (edited) video below is the result of this session.
People periodically ask me if I think the kids will pick up British accents.
For Jayce, I think, yes. He is in school all day, surrounded by the various accents of his teachers and peers, and it seems pretty inevitable that he’ll pick up some of that.
For Hannah, I have always thought, no. She is home with me all day, so presumably she should sound like me.
But I wasn’t thinking broadly enough. She is exposed to tv.
The other morning, Peppa Pig’s mom said, “Oh dear” and then Hannah parroted her perfectly.
Ooo dee-uh. Oowwhh dee-uhh.
All morning she did this. It was like she was testing the words out. She said it sweetly, a bit high-pitched, calmly, and sometimes almost angrily. And I just grabbed my camera to get video of her in action.
30 seconds of “English Hannah,” with a little Will.I.Am and Britney just because. Enjoy. 🙂
We were so excited for Jayce’s Christmas play at his school this year. I go crazy for things like this.
We found out a few weeks before that he would be playing Joseph, and we practiced his lines each night. On the morning of, he was prepared.
I was prepared too. I had charged my battery, brought an extra memory card and my tripod, and stood at the door early to get in and get a good seat to record the performance to show the grandparents. I didn’t bring my flash because I doubted that I would need it, since I’d be filming the event. I grabbed a seat in the middle near the front, set up my tripod, revealed myself as “a crazy camera lady” to the other parents and was ready to go. But, my plan didn’t really work out. It turns out that I didn’t need my tripod because I was running around trying to actually get Jayce into the picture, and I definitely needed my flash. Oh well.
The program started with the kids singing, and Jayce sang and did the motions enthusiastically. (In the video I put the play first and the songs second, but it was actually reversed.)
By the time that he moved onto the stage for the nativity play, I think he was a bit spent, or just spaced out. He said his lines well, ushered Mary around the stage, knocked on the doors of the inns, and patted Mary’s shoulder reassuringly. But he was spaced out, big time. He didn’t sing or really do the motions onstage, he just kind of looked around, wide-eyed. After the play was over we went to give Jayce hugs and tell him how proud we were, and he was still completely spaced out. I guess he was “stage struck?” (Is that a thing?) Anyway, he just kind of stared all around, even when he was with us. Eventually we let him go back with his class.
(Video disclaimer: I thought I was so prepared, with my tripod and a great seat in the middle of the room, but when the kids came in and got in their spots, Jayce was seated at the very end of the row away from the center of stage. So despite my efforts we couldn’t see him at all. So I ran over and filmed him on the side, and by the time he made his way back to the middle, I didn’t have time to set up the tripod. So, sorry that it’s a little shaky!)
This video could more aptly be named, “Hannah making animal noises along with her books,” but that is just not concise enough for me. But it is precious.