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Naruto was in a grumpy mood the other day.

Jamie: You know it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile.
Naruto: I like to keep fit.

Is it too easy to change musical tracks?

An incident with the car stereo today got me thinking. Tinkerbell asked for CD #5, Track 10 while we were waiting in the car for Jamie to return from the shops.

Cars, as far as I can recall, used to come with an AM radio with front speakers and that's it. Early models required you to manually tune the radio each time you wanted to change stations. Eventually someone came up with the idea of pre-sets so you could quickly change stations if you didn't like what was on.

Basketball Shots

Naruto plays basketball. I missed his last game so I inquired as to how he went. His team won. Then I asked if he scored any points. "No." he replied, "I had three shots and I missed them both." Much hilarity in the kitchen. To be fair, he did correct himself pretty quickly.

Trouble in the Travel Section

Jamie popped into the supermarket while I minded the kids in the car. I grabbed the SMH News Review to pass the time. Tinkerbell decided to get in on the act and asked for something to read. I passed her the Travel section. She began reading, mainly the headlines and turning the pages. After a while she complained that someone had used a bad word in the newspaper. Wondering what it could be, I turned and asked her to show me. "Look Dad," she pointed, "Phuket."

The Big Eye

Tinkerbell's pre-school has a video monitor that lets the staff and children see who is ringing the front door bell. For some time now, when I drop Tinkerbell off, I wave to Tinkerbell on the monitor on the way out while she remains inside. It helps ease the separation.

One day I looked into the monitor up close with my eye. Tinkerbell liked this, so I kept doing it. Eventually other kids wanted me to do the "big eye" as well (which is how it would appear on the monitor inside). I'd also do requests for the big ear, etc.

The Birthday Girl

It's Tinkerbell's birthday today. When she awoke she announced, "The birthday girl would like some breakfast now." And so it went for most of the morning. "The birthday girl will now ..."

Cricketing Debut

Naruto played his first competitive cricket match in the Under 9s today. Each batting pair gets six overs. Each bowler a maximum of three. Naruto took a catch as wicket-keeper, got a wicket, top-scored with 21 and was voted Man of the Match. All in his first game! It took me forever to reach some of those milestones in my cricketing career. Truly, it is a parent's destiny to be surpassed by their children.

The Dressing Gown Snatcher

Tinkerbell left the living room wearing pyjamas and dressing gown. She returned, from the bathroom I think, sans dressing gown. About a minute later she exclaimed, "Hey, who took my dressing gown off?"

The Modern Child

We watched a quiz show on TV tonight. One of the questions asked for the name of a common communications device. Naruto jumped in with "comlink". The correct answer was "telephone".

Face Off

Tinkerbell finished up with a very dirty face following a bowl of spaghetti for dinner. The following conversation ensued:

Jamie: Oh Tinkerbell, look at your face.
Tinkerbell: I know where it is Mummy. It's right in front of me and I can't see it.


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