“Hey, Papa! Look at me! I’m a robot!”
We are avid readers. Our home is full of books that are read and re-read. iDevices have eBooks and apps for borrowing books online. Yet one of our favourite places is the town library, a place that feels like a second home. Today, a PD day for the Sprouts, we decided to visit the library, a place we had not been to in a while. The librarians were happy to see us. The children’s librarian kept pulling new books off the shelf for Sprout Two, “Check this one out!” The older Sprout spent time upstairs looking through teen literature (I can’t believe she’s a teenager already!). When we checked out our pile of books, the “upstairs librarian” didn’t even bat an eye. She printed off the receipt, a long list of book titles, smiled, and wished us well on our reading adventures. We love reading.
The pile of books (minus one or two):
Well, technically is was a “the buses aren’t running because of freezing rain” day, but it the Sprouts’ minds it was a snow day. For Sprout Two, this meant coding with Sphero, eating snacks, learning how to make miniature a 3D paper Christmas tree, eating snacks, playing outside in the snow with the hounds, eating snacks, bothering Sprout One, creating an imaginary world with his “stuffies”, and, um, did I mention eating snacks?
The younger Sprout’s room has bare walls. Rather than buying art, my spouse asked me to create art utilizing my love of photography and my son’s love of Lego. So, discussions led to online research, which led to Stuck in Plastic, which led to lots of enjoyable reading for myself and the younger Sprout, which led to this post, which led to robots on walls, which led to hours designing and building robots and robot props (in red), which led to a frustrating photo shoot in the garage, which led to a number of images like the ones below. I still have a lot to learn about taking toy images, especially lighting. And the dust! Dust everywhere! Need a blower next time…