Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Is So Much Better With Kids. And Princesses Can Ice Skate?

I do think Christmas is much better when a kid is around; at least it is for me. And even better now that my daughter, now nearing 2 and a half is really beginning to understand the concept of Santa.

She made cookies with the wife - chocolate chip as requested by Santa and colored him a picture. In return I… I mean ‘Santa’ left her a big sketch of Santa eating the cookies and feeding some to the reindeer with a big note that said “Thank you! Make more chocolate chips cookies next year and maybe I’ll leave a bigger gift!”

It also included a small “P.S” on the bottom that said, “Poop on the Potty and you can have Rudolf.”
Gifts! Gifts! What did everybody get from Santa?

The wife got an iPhone from Santa since she’s been envious of his since he got it. My daughter got a “Fisher-Price Kid Tough Digital Camera” primarily because she always wants to use his expensive Canon camera and is always nervous when she just looks at it.

She absolutely LOVES her new camera and hasn’t put it down all day. The wife and I are quite entertained by her pictures (hmm... I’ve never considering taking 12 pictures of the ceiling fan or 30 of my feet…)
I’m thinking of setting up her own Photo Blog and maybe calling it “The Unknown World of Those Under 37 Inches” or “What Happens When You Give a 2-Year Old a Camera Project.”

Princesses Can Sing, Dance, Control Animals Actions, and Now Ice Skate...

We took my daughter to the Disney Princesses on Ice show Friday night – she loved it.
The last “On Ice” show I’ve been to was “Sesame Street on Ice” back in the late 70’s. All I remember was a huge Grover on skates, a disco ball, and an uncomfortably large Cookie Monster.

This show was a much better experience, except for the $6 crackcorn… or ‘Popcorn’, $10 cotton candy, or the $20 spinning light toys.
The only unsettling part of the show was when prince Eric and Ariel were doing a skate duet -- he picked her up by the legs and spun her with her head disturbingly close to the ice.
All of the parents covered their kids’ eyes as if they were about to have sex.

Christmas Picture Gallery

"Off-White Ceiling Fan: circa 2003""Lonely Unwatered Poinsettia"
"Paul Frank Socks on Little Feet"
"Self Portrait"

Merry Christmas: I hope you and your family had a great Holiday!

41 comments:

metro mama said...

Merry Christmas!

painted maypole said...

looks like a fun day, ceiling fans not withstanding.

Whirlwind said...

They mush have improved those FP camera's - we brought our oldest one last year and it sucked! The pictures were very grainy, it ran through batteries like every other day and then died for good about 2 months later.

When I got my new digital camera yesterday, her first words were "can i have the old camera?".

Santa left a nice hand written/drawn note here as well.

So, what did you get? You left that part out.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Love your daughter's photos---our three year old got a digital camera this year and has been taking pictures of the floor ever since!

Merry Christmas! It does get more fun with kids.

dennis said...

a budding artist!

congrats to the little imp girl!

Kelly Malloy said...

I remember Sesame Street on ice! Sounds like it was a fun Christmas!

creative-type dad said...

Whirlwind -- Amazon said it was the "new" version. The pictures aren't the best (the examples are online) but they work for a 2-year old who dropped it 50 times in one day.
The batteries do suck though. I'm going to pick up rechargeable's today. She burned through 4 in about 2 hours.

As for my gifts: books, a balloon animal making kit...

Fairly Odd Mother -- Maybe your three year old needs to talk to mine. They can trade techniques.

charlotta-love said...

...so one day we will be lucky enough to see pictures of balloon creations!

nonlineargirl said...

I'm all for starting a short-pants photo blog, or maybe a flickr group, so that other people can add pictures.

Mitch McDad said...

Too funny. We hit the Princess Ice show in Denver a couple of weeks ago. The girls freakin loved it. When my wife ordered them $12 snow cones (mind you it was 12 degrees outside) I had to become the bad guy. But we did end up getting some of that bargain popcorn.

And every time my wife uses my iPhone she hounds me to get her one...You're making me look bad.

spain dad said...

If your daughter starts a photo blog, you can tell her I'll look at it!

After all, Picasso said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."

Merry Christmas from Madrid!

creative-type dad said...

charlotta-love -- Absolutely! I have weird hobbies.

I'm hoping to get a Banjo next year so I can start my 80's heavy metal hair band.

Mitch McDad -- Wow, $12 snow cones? I bet they sell refrigerators to Eskimos too.

Lisa said...

Setting her up with a photo blog is a great idea! Now where did you get that camera? I need to get one for the little man.

HRH said...

I think you may be on to something with Rudoloph and the poop in the potty. My kids have been obsessed for days by the digital camera...the pictures are well, artistic?

Heather said...

Do it! Do it! Start your daughter's blogging experience! Can't wait to see what she creates!

Poor Rudolph. I gave him a scarf 30 years ago. Now he's a bargaining chip for pooping in the potty. Sad day for reindeer in the North Pole...

Denguy said...

My son used to take the same type of pictures when he was two. Now he snaps car tires mostly.

Maureen said...

Aw, love daughter's photos... and you're so right about Christmas being special with little ones around. Enjoy it while it lasts. Before you know it, they'll be grown up and the wonder and charm of the holidays will be gone.

BookMomma said...

Great blog! Saw you on Suburban Turmoil and lurked around a while... looks like you had a great Christmas!

Dad Stuff said...

I suppose you will have to lock the bathroom doors now that the little one has a camera.
Glad you had a nice Christmas.

Scarlett Wanna Be said...

I went to a Sesame Street thing once...I remember throwing my panties at Big Bird. Oh don't judge!

Aniche said...

an iphone?? fuckin hell!! hmm...where do ya live?....just want to..umm..bring a free tree...i wont steal the phone. i swear.

Jenster said...

The pictures are very artistic. Look how she captures light and shadow. I see a future for this girl.

Christmas is much more magical with small children. Not so much when they're teenagers, though probably a lot more relaxing. Still, I'm starting to see the alure of grandkids. NOT TOO SOON, THOUGH!!

Momish said...

Totally agree, Christmas is so much better with a wee one around. She has quite an eye, your daughter. The moodiness of that ceiling fan bestills my heart!

Sarcastic Mom said...

The PS on the Santa Note is priceless! You better come up with a rudolph by next year....

Also, I love the sharing of her pictures. How fabby!

creative-type dad said...

Scarlett Wanna Be -- Wow! Was Tom Jones playing the part of Big Bird?

Dad Stuff -- I've had to lock the bathroom doors since she started walking. I need that alone time.

Lisa -- Amazon. But somehow it's gone up in price to $88. I got it for $50. Looks like Target has it for $50 now.

Darren said...

Does Ariel ice skate with legs or the tail fin? Ice and fish would make me crave a raw bar.

Tismee2 said...

Yeah what did you get? I was offered an iphone but decided to go with a Nokia N95 as the iphone doesn't do 'organising' to the exent I need. But they say there will be an update next year.......Santa - maybe you could bring me one next Christmas???

Are you are getting obsessed by the pooping thing? I'm thinking it may lead to you demonstrating it in public or something - LOL. Have you tried reverse psychology yet? If not I guess the Easter Bunny might be of some use.
Gail

Kerrie said...

So, my 5 year old son was 'playing pennies' (a game everyone should have to endure) while I was reading your post. As pennies were whipping by me - I was laughing. He'd say "What are you laughing at? Are you laughing at what my pennies are doing?" I assured him I wasn't. I laughed again. He said, "WHAT are you laughing at?" I said, "This guy cracks me up!" He said "That's Disney on ice - we've been to Disney on ice. Remember when we went to Disney on ice?" For the love of Pete - YES! He went back to playing the horrid penny game and I contuned to laugh. He again asked what was so funny. I said "This guy cracks me up!" He said, "What's his name?" I told him that I didn't remember and he said "Why would you laugh at someone you don't even know?"

See what you have to look forward to. =)

Shaping Youth said...

Being a 'creative type dad,' I've gotta forewarn you that writing notes to Santa is a lifelong commitment...;-)

As a 'creative type mom' (writer) I somehow started a few lines left by Santa, then...the tooth fairy in full rhyming prose, then it ended up a full-on tradition of poetry & prose to the point that I joked about needing a storyboard or shooting script because they were becoming mini-children's books each year...

She's pushin' 13, yet STILL plays along ...whether it's riffing off the Polar Express 'bell' each year w/a different storyline, (this year the 'reindeer had the blues' so he left a blue 'believe' bell, with a blue-white-ice theme, since our beloved dog recently passed away and the whole house has been icy cold & blue...believe me, at 2am I smacked myself on the forehead thinking, 'aw crud, I haven't even written my annual ditty yet'...so beware...Realize you could be creating a 'monstah' when she ends up expecting Santa to 'talk' to her every year! heehee...

Nothing like kids to spark one's own imagination, n'est ce pas?

Your daughter/director in-the-making, clearly has an eye for the lens with some of those camera angles and framing shots...wow...What would Coppola say?!

Thanks for bringing back memories of wee ones and fun times...and yah, even Disney On Ice...

Here's to keeping our sense of humor in 2008...Kids sure help! ;-)

beta mum said...

I considered getting a digital camera for my son, but decided against it as I couldn't face the prospect of yet more competition for time on the PC.

creative-type dad said...

beta mum -- That's true. Mine is too young to realize that her pictures go on the computer.

Shaping Youth -- Wow!

Kerrie -- That's hilarious!
Playing Pennies - do you mean spinning them or gambling. Because when I was a kid that's how I use to gamble with the cousins.

Tismee2 -- I'm completely obesessed with the pooping thing. I just want this to be over.
And my big, weird gift was a balloon making kit.

Darren -- She skated with two legs with half a fin each. She did come out with a larger fin later but ripped it off to reveal a dress.

Redneck Mommy said...

I used to give my kids my camera to play with at that age...they never grew tired of taking pictures of the ceiling or their toes! LOL.

Now I give them my camera to take pictures and they do a bang up job. They are better photographers than I am! LOL.

So much for all that tuition spent on photography lessons....

Have a happy new year!

IzzyMom said...

I'm so getting my kids one of those cameras. They're always messing with my little Nikon and my BIG Nikon and it makes me more than a little nervous.

Happy New Year!

carrie said...

Her pictures are awesome!

Happy New Year!

Jackie said...

Christmas is without a doubt more fun with kids!
Glad you had a good one!

Tiff said...

my two year old usually takes pictures of nostrils. i'm not sure what's up with that. .Maybe he is a budding ENT. HMMMM

kittenpie said...

You know, I was considering one of those cameras, but already had other things... Perhaps in a year or two when she can aim straight! Though it might not be quite so amusing.

Rick said...

What a face on that child. I love my girls, but they keep growing up. The oldest just got engaged this Christmas - a new phase of life.

I've visiting the blogs of people that posted on my sight and inviting them to sign up for a give-away I am having. No gimicks - just fun. It's my way of celebrating one year of blogging.

http://organizeddoodles.blogspot.com/

wayabetty said...

A little late in reading this but Happy New Year to you Tony! May the New Year brings you lots of KFC from the Colonel!

And loved the photos of your future Georgia O'Keefe (sp?). And that ice show just reminds me of that movie "Blades of Glory"! Hilarious!

Becky said...

Jimmy crackcorn and I don't care ...

sugeeandersyn said...

lol this is a great post, had to comment. toddler pics are the BEST!! I let my nephew (will be 4 in September) snap a few pics with my digital camera. he took some pics of my dog that were so funny. all crooked, up close, far away. it's great to see the world through their eyes and the small things that fascinate them. let her try her hand at film. do you have a video recorder of some sort? those are always awesome too. my sis was like 3 when she got a hold of the camcorder and filmed the dog through the back glass sliding door, with awesome commentary. you could hear her talking under her breath saying things like "that's a good shot!" She was like 3!? so funny.