Recently I’ve been writing fan fiction on a gaming site dedicated to my f’avourite ‘video game’, although it’s recently expanded: ‘The Tamriel Vault‘ (formerly ‘The Skyrim Blog’) if you’re interested.
I told Jake and Ellie that I’d been “writing on the Internet, about a game I like to play” and Jake insisted on doing it too.
Here is his story, almost verbatim as he dictated it to me, and with almost no prompting. The italics are my additions.
Personally I think it’s adorable!
I am Jake and I made this story.
I don’t play Minecraft very often. So I play all different games on the Xbox.
I play the ice game (Polar Panic), Mickey Mouse games, Fable 3, Sonic Boom, racing games.
I don’t often play this one but I do play it and it’s called Faery batman.
We do lots of fighting in Fable.
And in the ice one we do lots of pushing ice at bad guys.
In the Mickey Mouse games there’s lots of magic and puzzles and they confuse you.
He’s always insisted that it’s not finished so we may add to it later!
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It’s the best place for it, in my experience. ‘Outdoors’, that is. The clue’s in the name: Messy Play. It’s messy!
It all started with an old tin of Smash* I found in the kitchen cupboard.
It was spotted.
“What’s that, Daddy?”
Such innocent little faces. Such a loaded question. Continue reading “Outdoor Messy Play!”
My boy Jake is a thoughtful little fella, this much I have learned.
We were in the reception area of the children’s gym, where the 3 of us were resting between the running, climbing & jumping that we so enjoy there.
He was enjoying eating a ‘treat’: a little chocolate bar.
Thoughtfully, he said to me, between mouthfuls:
“Daddy, you know how I’ve said to you that I want to be a Scientist?”
(It’s true: he has, on many occasions.)
“Well, I think I know what sort of Scientist I want to be. Do you know what sort of Scientist I want to be?”
(An unusually talkative one, probably!)
“No, I don’t: what sort of Scientist do you want to be?”
“I want to be a Chocolate Scientist!”
He likes investigating things, & he likes eating chocolate: it’s just logical!
He was delighted to learn that it is actually a real job, that he can indeed be a Chocolate Scientist! Although I suspect the job spec may not involve as much chocolate eating as he probably expects…
Still, I wish him luck: watch this space!
We’ve had a lot of sun here lately. In fact over the last few days it’s been a bit too hot! I had trouble sleeping last night & had to keep the fan on, & I almost dread getting in the car for fear of being turned into a roast dinner!
And in case there are ever any doubts about my Britishness – I was after all born in New Zealand – here we are in the middle of a blazing sunny heat-wave, & I’m complaining about the weather!
(I love it, really…)
This being Wales though rain is never far away & this summer we’ve had our fair share.
Going outside in the wet stuff seems to bother me, & most adults, a lot more than it does my children!
During a recent shower Ellie insisted on going outside into the garden. And I insisted that she put on her raincoat.
Another creature who’s very fond of wetness is that little slimy thing beloved of all gardeners everywhere: the snail. We found millions of them! Mostly on the flowers, busily munching away of course.
We decided then that we would find as many of them as we could & put them in their new home.
We ended up having a lovely time! Ellie was giving each of her new pets their own names: first Daddy Snail, Mummy Snail, Jake Snail, then her friends, teachers, grandparents, cousins, aunts & uncles – anyone we could think of. It was a great little game!
She seemed really pleased with her little snail-house, full of her new pets!
I was also pleased that they were there & not eating up all the garden plants…
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The Mummy has had a routine op this week & we were going in to the hospital to see her for the first time.
We brought in chocolates, crisps & fruit, & there was even some left over for Mummy after Jake & Ellie had very kindly helped her eat them…
Ellie & Jake wanted to make a special effort for her. They crafted some beautiful cards for her (more on that later) & dressed up in ‘special outfits’.
Jake – who’s become a bit camera-shy lately – was Mike the Knight, & Ellie was, ummm… actually, I’m not really sure.
A Hippy Rapunzel? The next Pixie Lott / Rita Ora / Paloma Faith?
Whatever she was, she looked pretty funky!
And I’d love to see what captions you could come up with for her!
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Jake & Ellie turned 4 & we had a party!
Somewhat surprisingly it’s the first proper party we’ve held for them. Up until now they’ve just had quiet affairs with family: at 1 or 2 they were probably too young to appreciate a good knees-up anyway, & last year for their 3rd we’d only recently moved here to Wales & didn’t really know enough people to invite!
They’re very sociable now, especially since going to pre-school. We invited everyone in their class & a few others they’re friendly with from other classes & groups.
We hired a good-sized church hall & it’s just as well, as nearly everyone we’d invited turned up, plus the odd sibling or 3: many more than we’d had replies, which I hear is pretty typical.
Jake & Ellie were happy to turn up early while we were setting up, & enjoyed an early boogie!
I still don’t know how that happened; it doesn’t seem so long ago that they were cute, gurgling, helpless little babies.
And yet it seems a lifetime ago.
But they’re 4.
Their journey into childhood, on life’s great adventure, continues.