Friday, April 30, 2010

Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day!

Go to http://www.freecomicbookday.com/ and find your local comic shop.  Each person can choose four comic books for FREE!  They usually have a pretty good selection of kids' titles and lots of other giveaways as well. 
If you've ever been interested in checking out your local comic shop, want to get back into comics or have no idea where to start, this is the day to check it out!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Our Geeky Easter Wrap Up.

I hope you all had a fabulous Easter holiday. Easter always reminds me of the time when Nate, who was five and in Catholic school, was getting a lesson about Jesus' Resurrection. He raised his hand and in all seriousness asked the Nun "So Jesus was a Zombie?". I heard the story later from the nun herself who seemed pretty amused.

Anyway...

Nate's Easter basket was actually a Yoda Tin Box that he can use for lunch box.  He also got some Graham Crackers, Peeps and a Hershey bar so that he could try an experiment he's been wanting to do for weeks...

Peep S'mores.
Oh my goodness they were good!
Nate felt like I needed an Easter Basket of my own, and he bought the stuff with his own money (awwww).  I had given up soda and chocolate for Lent, so my Easter treats were fittingly a Hershey Bar and a bottle of Diet Dr. Pepper.   Yes, that's Ralphie in Aunt Clara's Bunny Suit watching over the goodies.


Next we went to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.  It was beautiful, but way less educational than I thought it would be.  Granted, we were only there for about an hour and spent most of that time taking pictures, but save for an "experimental garden" where they were growing new types of tulips, there wasn't much in the way of tulip info.  It was just a lot of  "Look at all the pretty flowers!"
After that we headed up to Super Grandma's and had a nice egg hunt (I supplied the super hero stickers and smencils!) and then we headed back home. 

We ran out of time this year and did not dye any eggs, which was sad.  It's one of my favorite projects to do with the kids and I wanted to do all natural dyes from vegetables and fruits this year, but it just didn't work out.

How was your Easter?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Happy Easter!

You'll all soon learn that one of my Geeky obsessions is The Muppets (especially the Sesame Muppets).  I've been so happy to see Muppet Studios cranking out video parodies lately, and the one they put out this week does not disappoint.


Watch out little rabbits, That's Carl the Big Mean Bunny singing to you!


Meet GeekBaby!

Our new addition was designed by the fabulous Jessica Hunggar who runs Design Dream Custom Logo,Branding, and Photo Cards on Etsy.  What do you think?

I think he needs a name.  Kitty wants to call him Sun Sun, but I vetoed that option.  I need something better than whatever a three year old can come up with off the top of her head.  So, I think we'll have a "name the mascot" contest.  Details will be coming soon, so get your thinking caps on!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Favorite games for young gamers?

My kids love video games, as does Super Dad.  I have to admit though, that the games my kids play are not games made for kids, and we're pretty liberal about what we allow.  We have frank discussions about reality vs. the video game world and why behavior that is appropriate in an MMO is not necessarily appropriate in real life.  We feel confident in the way we've raised Nate to be confident, to understand right from wrong  and to look for non-violent solutions to his problems.  We don't feel like letting him play more mature games is going to suddenly change character traits we've been helping him cultivate since birth.  (I feel that I should clarify that we screen all games he plays before he plays and that there are many titles that - even with his whining and begging - he is not allowed to play.  So no GTA or Left 4 Dead for Nathan....

There are also many age appropriate games Nate loves.  Scribblenauts, Drawn to Life, and anything with Mario are big hits.  So when I was tasked with buying a video game for my nephew's upcoming tenth birthday I thought I'd have it under control.  It's turning out to be harder than I thought.

So, dear readers here's where you come in...what are your favorite video games for kids?  Nephew has a DS and a Wii, would need something that's no too reading/writing intensive (hence Scribblenauts being out of the running) and is relatively simple to play.  Suggestions?
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