"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Monday, February 16, 2009

Munchie and his machines

We've created a monster. Webkinz, GameBoys... whatever it is, Caden has GOT to have it/do it too. He's even caught on that Simone has been adopting his Webkinz for him, so after hours, we try to play around on the site. (Gee, who inherited Rich's giant feet and Mommy's MacBook?)He's pretty handy with the track pad though it's hard to double click sometimes, he doesn't give up!And don't even get him started on the "Nay Boy" as he calls it. I don't know what I was thinking when I didn't get him one for x-mas like the rest of the kids. Now he has to fight for one.
Only Simone has it in her to share her NayBoy. And let's just take a moment and thank the gods above for that!Because what would I do if I didn't get to see his legs do this!?!?

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