right now, i’m lost in a transition. the old is dead, and i don’t know what the new is. the only way to find the new is to start different things and see if there’s something that can come out of experimentation. it’s somewhat unsettling, but it’s a hopeful thing in a way. i’ve been here before, lots of times.
pssst…Felix. You turned 2 today. And started school. An incredibly big day in your rapidly expanding world.
We had pancakes for breakfast. Dad ran to Walgreens last night at 11:45 to get candles so that he could poke them in your short stack. I’m glad he did. You blew them out before the song was over. Nailed it.
Your backpack was bigger than you, but that didn’t deter you from strapping it on and wobbling your way down the elevator, through the parking garage…and right into school. A little ball of sunshine. You looked so sweet.
You were excited for school. Ready. Not a moment of hesitation (already familiar with whole program thanks to your older sis). Hazel tried to give you an apple to give to your teacher, but you were too busy cuddling a baby doll. Hazel handed it to Ms. Val on your behalf. You said thank you.
You got a great report from the teachers. And from Grandma A (who spent the remainder of the day with you) And you were all smiles tonight - still radiating from the excitement of today. You took the first step of this crazy life adventure with such joy, such delight.
Felix, I was so, so proud of you. I love you from the bottom of my heart.
(on the big days like this. and on the small days too)
Just because I’m just totally curious what screen time looks like in other households, here is a fairly comprehensive list of what plays on the screens in our home:
YouTube. YouTube easily earns the largest share of screen time Lots of musical clips. Current rotation includes: Matilda, Miss Saigon & the performances from the Tony awards back in June.
Hazel also likes….sort of dramatic, random stuff. Surgeries, Bot-flies…or last night, for instance she was glued to: Baby Jessica’s rescue coverage And 2 episodes of rescue 911. (The one where the babysitter collapses and the 5 yr old calls 911, and the one where the mom collapses and the 4 yr old calls 911.)
Curious George (Netflix)
An occasional Disney princess movie (DVD). They are partial to Cinderella, but I like when they pick Beauty - Belle was my JAM as a kid.
Les Mis, the movie. I swear to God this is Hazel’s favorite. She is OBSESSED. She puts on the Les Mis vinyl while eating her cereal in the morning (always the side with “One Day More.”) Last weekend, apropos of nothing, she asked what Jean Valjean’s last name was.
Sound of Music. This one is in our HEARTS. Felix sings Cuckoo-Cuckoo like a champ. And tonight while getting ready for bed, I heard Hazel tell Felix that she could be Liesl…and Hazel was going to be Gretl.
And, of course, NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL!!!
Through the screen, we have found a way to share our passions with the girls. And while I am totally not down with letting them veg-out regularly in-front of the tv or anything…I do think that there are ways that screen time can be used for good. :)
What do you watch with your littles? On what Devices? I’d love to hear!
This Friday, a new movie opens in theatres called Sex Tape. In the film Jay (Jason Segal) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are a married couple still very much in love, but ten years and two kids have cooled their passion. To get it back, they decide to try out every position from THE JOY OF SEX and film it. Bold Choices.. Their very private film is leaked and hilarious adventures ensue.
Oh god, can you imagine!
In the movie Annie is a successful mommy blogger (thumbs up) and I was thrilled to have the chance to contribute a guest post on Annie’s blog, Who’s Yo Mommy about how my own relationship has evolved over time and the ways that tech has helped/hurt/reflected our evolution.
Simon & I fell in love while living in different cities, and our long-distance relationship unfolded over email. Thousands of notes, 10 years and 2 Children later - the tone of our emails has shifted towards….well, life. As we have grown, so have our emails. Love poems replaced by pdfs of Mortgage statements.
But not all romance is gone. Click here to visit Annie’s blog and read about our beginning and the little thing Simon still does that reminds me of the early days. (Swoon!)
And definitely check out the Sex Tape Trailer here.
*This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Sony Pictures