Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Argos - The Shop That sells everything

Yesterday Callum started at a new school. Sadly we haven't been able to get into a school within walking distance to our new home but we have managed to get into one that is nearer and an easier journey than what we were doing. The best thing about this new school journey though is that we now have an added companion in the form of Daz or in Callum's case "DADDY!!". It's been great!

This morning upon opening the front door we were greeted by the typical weather England is famous for, yep that's correct, RAIN!! Callum and I grabbed our umbrellas and Daz "I'm a Man I don't need no umbrella!" got wet. We took the short walk up the road to wait for our hail and ride bus. While waiting Daz and Callum mucked around and took turns to have the umbrella (yes the"I'm a Man I don't need no umbrella!" talk didn't last long) and pretend they were a Buzzy Bee (that's what Callum's umbrella is). On Daz turn Callum turned round and said "I'm going to zap you with my gun." and Daz replied "Where did that come from?" Callum's reply? "Argos!"

It is funny the things kids say.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Cloud Spotting

Yesterday while Callum and I were on our way to the supermarket we stopped off at the park for a bit. One of Callum's favourite things there is the swings, he loves for me to push him as high as he can go and see if his feet can touch the sky, he's also now becoming fairly good at swinging himself using his feet. We were lucky that yesterday morning was a lovely spring morning, a little fresh but beautiful sunshine and those big white fluffy clouds. So what better thing to do while sitting on the swing looking at touching the sky than to do a bit of cloud spotting. I'm sure everyone knows what this is but in case you don't it's where you look for a picture/object etc of something in the cloud. I love this and it seems so does that son on mine (yes another way that I can't deny he's my son. ;) ) What I love most about this though is that it shows the imagination that someone has and imagination is something Callum has an abundance of. I was once told by a group of Health Visitors just before Callum's third birthday that he had amazing imagination and imagination way ahead for his age and that if he kept it up he would be someone who would set the world on fire. I hope they didn't mean that literally though. LOL.

The great thing about yesterday though was that I could clearly see what Callum was saying when he said the objects he did. There was a Father over there with his two children, one of them being on the opposite swing to Callum, who was listening to Callum's descriptions and (I'm never one to boast so I don't mean it if that comes across here like that) you could tell he was clearly impressed by what he heard, looked for himself and then saw. Sadly I didn't have time to take any photos of the cloud shapes that Callum pointed out, I was too busy having to push him on the swing to do so, but I do remember what he saw.

Firstly there was a car (no surprise there), it wasn't how you or I would draw a car but how Callum would draw one of his sports cars.

Then came a Lion, lying down a bit like this picture but with it's tail up in the air. Next was a horse, rearing with it turned to look at you a little this this picture , that horse then changed into a Dragon. There were other shapes Callum saw like a Rocket and a Penguin but I myself couldn't make those out although I didn't dampen his enthusiasm just said I wasn't as good at spotting things as him maybe.

All in all it was a lovely 30 minutes spent which made up for the monkey monster he was in the Supermarket.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Snips and Snails and puppy-dogs' tails.

What are little boys made of, made of?
What are little boys made of?
Snips and snails, and puppy-dogs' tails,
That's what little boys are made of.
What are little girls made of, made of?
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice, and everything nice,
That's what little girls are made of.

While out enjoying a little bit of sunshine today and playing football Callum proved why this nursery rhyme is so true. Every Snail, Ladybird, Worm, Bug was picked up, examined (in a nice way not a dissecting way) and then placed back after a good handling. Oh and lots of questions asked. "What Do Snails Do? " "Why are Ladybird's Red? " Why do worms live in the dirt?"

Eventually we came indoors and as per normal Callum mode his jumper was taken off and left on the floor while he ran up to play with his toys. As I picked up the jumper I noticed lying on the floor something long, thing, gray and moving. Yes it was a worm. He had picked it up and put it in his pocket, probably knowing Callum to keep it warm. The poor thing had wriggled it's way out of the pocket and was trying it's hardest to bury itself in our carpet. Callum wasn't too hot on telling me if anything else was in the pockets so I had the unenviable task of sticking my hands in a four year olds pockets to see what was in there. Thankfully nothing. Mr Worm is now safely outside in a good old bit of proper dirt and said jumper is in the washing machine waiting for a good wash.