Sunday, June 28, 2009

tech savvy

"There is no hope of us being more tech savvy than our kids." said Roy after I informed him that Sophie bought a movie on pay per view. In the 15 seconds it took for me to go outside, close the gate, and let the dog out, Sophie had bought 101 Dalmatians for $3. As Roy said, at least it wasn't 101 Dominatrix.

Sophie plays this game on the computer, often without help, and has no trouble navigating with the mouse as long as we turn off the right click.

Nowhere is her ability to use technology more apparent, however, than with the iPhone. She knows where the applications to color are, how to pull up and watch Cinderella, and she loves going through the music on my iPod. Her favorite ap, though, is the camera.

Here is a view of the world from my daughters perspective. (I have deleted the many photos where she covers the lens with her finger.)

In other news, our summer is progressing beautifully. Last night we went to a pool party at a friends house that did not disappoint. The kids - oh who am I kidding - we all had a blast splashing around in the pool, playing monkey in the middle and Sophie did so well that I think I'll put her into swimming lessons in July.

My hanging tomato plant is covered in yellow flowers and I have my first little green tomato beginning. I am so happy to have found a way to garden in my small space. We have enjoyed lettuce and fresh herbs; the mint is taking off in the container by the fence, and I think I still have time to put in a pepper plant. It's more than enough for us and there's always more to share with the neighbors.

We still have a couple of trips in the works - we're hoping to go to North Carolina in July to see the area where Roy's Grandma and her family are from, and then there's South Dakota in September to meet the newest addition to the Waltner clan, due to arrive in just a few weeks.

I'm giddy with anticipation for the bounty to come!


kristin said...

first of all, thank you for the link to the games...

second of all, i'm not sure why THIS post makes me wish we could hang out.

must be the child's point of view.


AnnaMarie said...

Kristin, the game website is amazing. Rachel Stutzman turned me on to it and I love it. What I love most about it (besides the language, the puzzles, the art, on and on and on) is that Riley and Sophie - 9 years apart - are equally entertained playing together.

I wish we could hang out too.

Claire said...

me, too!!! i want to hang out with everyone!!!

jenzai studio said...

I have been horribly remiss lately on checking up on blogs, but I am thoroughly enjoying catching up on yours! I can't believe how big and grown up Sophie is. She is absolutely beautiful, too.

I love the pictures she took. I have a separate folder on my computer for all the photos that Georgia took when she was about three and four years old. No camera was safe from her in those years. I always found her compositions fascinating. Really? That's how you see the world? Amazing.

How sad that we are going to miss you in South Dakota again! One of these days we are going to have to coordinate our schedules. It would be so fun to see you and to meet Sophie and Roy. I love getting sneak peaks into your lives there - it looks like you have surrounded yourselves with lots of beautiful friends, and a vegetable and herb garden to boot. That is awesome...

jenzai studio said...

... and Riley! I want to meet Riley, too!

AnnaMarie said...

I know it, Jennie! Next time we need to talk BEFORE we make plans. We're only going to miss each other in SD by a couple of weeks. Drat!