Today Kai was playing Skylanders. When he chose to play with one of his characters – Trigger Happy – the character said its catch phrase “No gold! No glory!”. Kai turned to me and said “He says ‘Don’t Go, don’t hurry’ – isn’t that funny?”
Yes, it is.
Kai has recently started playing Star Wars Lego on our XBOX. Now, Kai has never seen Star Wars – and knows next to nothing about Star Wars. To him this is the “outer space Lego game”. He is doing okay, and learning to play the game well enough (though there are certain levels where he frequently requires help from Isaac or me). What I do find amusing is his name for R2-D2. To the best of my hearing he calls R2-D2 “Arr Dee Tee Toe”.
This is made all the more obvious, as R2-D2 is actually his favorite character to play, and he talks to him all the time while playing.
As I was writing this sentence I heard Kai Say “Arr Dee Tee Toe, where are you going!?”
I have tried to correct him saying “His name is R2-D2!” - To which Kai responses “Yes! He is Arr Dee Tee Toe!”
I have been reliving the past a lot over the last two weeks.
Kai is now 4 and a half – and has suddenly started discovering many of the computer games that I played with Isaac.
This started when we were down at the local GameStop and Kai found a copy of Super Mario Galaxy for sale. Kai was very excited about the idea of a computer game that combined one of his favorite characters (Mario) with a recently discovered interest (Outer Space) and immediately asked if we could buy it.
When I told him that we already had this game, he was very confused.
You see, Super Mario Galaxy was released in 2007, before Kai was born. Isaac and I bought it when it was new and played it through together. Since then it has been put away in storage, and Kai has never even known it existed.
So, Super Mario Galaxy (and Super Mario Galaxy 2) have been dragged back out of the closet. It is now (once more) my daily routine to play a little bit of Super Mario Galaxy each day with my son.
On the plus side – this time around I can ask Isaac to help Kai out with a level or two if I am trying to get some work done around the house!
My two youngest children – Elizabeth and Kai – have a tendency too argue a lot. They both have short tempers, and they both have a desire to always be right. The result is that small disagreements rapidly spiral out of control. Tonight, before dinner, there was a dispute about who should be playing the piano. Within 5 minutes it had all escalated to the stage where both children were in their rooms sulking – while their freshly prepared dinners were going cold.
That said, a small moment of progress was made tonight.
Usually, when Elizabeth or Kai throw a tantrum, they get so caught up in the passion and the fury of it all that they have forgotten why they got upset in the first place by the time the tantrum is over. This makes it very hard to have teachable moments when problems happen. But tonight was different.
After Elizabeth had calmed down she came downstairs. I asked her why she had got in trouble and she was able to say “because I was fighting with Kai”. We then had a rational discussion of what she could have done differently. Progress! Yay!
Finally I suggested that Elizabeth find Mum and give her a hug and an apology, which she did. Elizabeth also offered to make me a coffee (as a peace offering) which I happily accepted.
I did not have the heart to tell Elizabeth that the coffee was quite bad – it is the thought that counts after all
Kai came into work with me today for a couple of hours. He thought that this was great fun. Surprisingly, I was able to get a lot of work done with him there. I have a number of toys in my office and he happily played with them while I worked at my computers. The only real interruption was the frequent requests to change my various transformers to and from their robot form.
I did take him along to a couple of one-on-one work conversations – which I started off by telling people “This is my 4 year son. He repeats anything he hears – so if you use profanity my wife will know about it” followed by a glowering look from me.
When we did walk around the offices – Kai discovered that Daddy walks a lot faster at work than he does at home – so I had to give a number of piggy back rides to help him keep up. He was very happy when after one meeting we wondered past the office of a developer who had cookies out for people to help themselves to (which Kai did – of course).
At the end of his stay – Werona came in and we went for lunch together.
Tomorrow is Kai’s fourth birthday. But, seeing as that is a Monday – we have had the party today (on a Sunday). I have spent a lot of today playing with Kai, and playing with his new toys with him. We have been discussing various things while playing – and the subject of his age has come up a couple of times now.
However, we just had an important conversation:
Kai: “Now that I am four – do I still start with a ‘K’?”
Me: “Yes, you still start with a ‘K’”
Kai: “Yay! Mummy, I still start with a ‘K’!”
Of all my children, Kai is definitely the most enthusiastic about remote controlled toys. Tonight I was requested to get down the tank that Granddad Joe had sent us:
I rather like this tank, for a couple of reasons. First, it runs on AA batteries – which means that I always have batteries ready to go. Second, the tank makes an electronic engine noise – which means that it is never left on by mistake when the kids are done playing with it. And third – it is a tank 😆