On Sunday morning, Lila, Eva and I visited the 4-H Children’s Garden at MSU. It was a beautiful day, and there were a few other small groups of people strolling around.
In the back corner of the garden, obscured by the large tree in this photo, there is a play train. On the other side of the wooden wall, to the right in the photo, there are train tracks. When trains came by, the girls clambered up to the roof of the play train and watched the real trains roar by.
The second train only had a dozen or so cars, and it was going very fast. Eva crouched defensively and covered her ears, mouth and eyes open in awe when it finally sped by, horn blaring.
On the same night as the Eastman Party Store commentary, Lila, Eva and I were at a restaurant. I have Lila bring her homework in to work on after dinner.
She had some books to read, so she read to us. The story was a fairy tale and there was an inn and an innkeeper in it, so we discussed what an inn is and what an innkeeper is. In the picture in the book, the innkeeper was standing in the doorway to the inn. Above the door was a sign that read, “Ye Olde Inn.”
Lila pointed to the sign and said, “Oh, Spanish.”
I corrected her, “No, that’s actually Old English. It was spoken many years ago, so you see it in old-time stories.”
“How do you know it’s Old English?” she asked. “Oh right! You’re an old man.”
We were just eating our dinner of mac and cheese and baked beans, and Lila saw the piece of pork in the beans.
“What’s that?” she asked.
“Pork,” I said. “Do you know where pork comes from?”
So ensued a conversation of how ham and pork are meat from a pig and how hamburger is meat from a cow.
Lila, for the record, was not impressed. She quickly claimed, “I will not eat any more of those sandwhiches!” But then I reminded her about her favorite sandwhich, a hamburger with extra pickles. “Extra pickles….” She bemoaned her decision and I thought she was reconsidering.
I turned to Eva and asked, “What about chicken nuggets, where do they come from?”
She turned her head slowly to me, her eyebrows furrowed and nose wrinkled, making a face at me.
Lila (my five year old daughter) painted this line art using Photoshop CS 2 on the Mac laptop I have from work. Yes, I I’m bragging a little.
She used the color-picker, paint bucket, eraser, swapped the foreground and background colors a few times, used the Undo command and generally used the basics of the program. Oh, and I helped her use the zoom tool so she could fill in the stars with yellow. I think that’s pretty good for a five year old.
This is a video that I just found on my hard drive. I had put it together a few years ago, from when Lila was painting (it washes off) in the bathtub. On the first clip, you can see her mouthing “Where my hand go, Mommy?” She hides her hand under the towel.