Yesterday I shared something fun and wrote about a side project of mine and mentioned a few other updates all in one post. If you haven’t read it yet, you probably should (use the link at the end of that last sentence).
Late last night I uploaded the videos I promised and I’ll embed them here. One is long (nearly six minutes long) and the other is short but cute. Also, there’s a great video about not being proud or showy… The family web album also has new photos under Family Stuff.
First, though, a quick look at a product that isn’t for sale and we want it! It uses innovations on existing technology to burn images and text onto bread. It is only a working prototype for now, a finalist in a design competition. Hopefully, if it wins, we’ll begin seeing them in stores before I get tired of eating toast.
Another great reason we’re tempted to hold our breath for this one has to do with Micah. He loves toast, but doesn’t realize it. Every time we give him toast he picks at it and takes forever to eat it. We figure that if we had a toaster that could burn images and text onto the toast we could make it more interesting for him. His toast could have “Eat Me” burnt right into the surface, or it could have a big picture of something he enjoys eating, like a doughnut or a cookie. As you can see, the possibilities are endless, and even though we don’t seriously expect the gimmick would actually achieve anything for Micah, we like the idea.
Clicking on the image takes you to the article where I read about it, and clicking on the same image at that article takes you to yet another article with even more information and a diagram of how it works (for if you’re interested).
It sure is a nice looking little appliance though, isn’t it?
Sophie has begun trying to use simple sounds and words to communicate, but so far her efforts have been only sporadically successful. She can say “dada” though it usually comes out “dadada” or “dadadadadadadada” and we discovered this morning that half the time she says it she is really referring to her mother. When she gets upset she will often call out to her mother in no uncertain terms with “MA!” or “maaaam.” This morning we spent a few minutes trying to set her straight that I am “dadadada” and my wife is “mam.” I think we made some progress, but in the end she still went crawling off in mom’s direction chanting “dadadadada.”
When eating something she likes she will say “yum” and while playing with her big brother, Micah, she will call out “aiga,” which is close enough (and it tickles Micah to histeria). Many times, when we ask her if she needs a new diaper, if she’s hungry or if she want’s to be picked up, she responds with a loud and enthusiastic “YEAH!”
She will also say “Hi” occasionally and “will you kindly cease all personal activity and pick me up before I make your life miserable.” Well, it sounds something like that anyhow. Sometimes her babblings do seem to make little phrases (like “I like that” or “I did that”), but I’m sure that’s just our imagination.
Even without words she is very expressive, as I am sure you will see in this video titled “Almost Six Minutes of Heaven” starring Sophie, Rochelle and Micah.
Sophie is also doing some serious practice for walking, pulling herself up and getting up on her feet. The first time this happened we didn’t have the camera ready. We rushed to get it going and in my hurry I forgot that only photos should be shot in portrait mode (with the camera turned on its side) – videos shot on their side are no fun to watch. So, later she pulled herself up onto a short box and I got it recorded. The box isn’t is tall as the other things she was pulling herself up onto, but you can see how good she’s getting at being on her feet.
The only problem is, she’s got pretty sweaty feet most of the time, and those don’t stick to wood floors very well.
Finally, a lesson in pride. I was going to embed this video like the other ones, but it is hosted from a site whose embed code doesn’t work here as well as YouTube’s does. If you need a good laugh and a reason not to show off, click here. Parental guidance recommended, video contains an act of violence (but no blood or cursing) that may not be suitable for children who will not understand the context.