Sunday, October 26, 2008

Breakfast Pontification

This morning Hope asked me to make her soft-boiled eggs for breakfast. Tori doesn't really care for eggs and asked me to cut up an apple for her instead. After it was all done and we sat down for breakfast, Hope started to give Tori a little lesson about eggs:

"Tori, did you know that Dad and I are eating baby chicks? An egg is a baby chick, and when we cook it, we're eating a chick. I think the chick is in the yolk and that's why it's my favorite part."

Tori looked at her a little stunned and replied, "I don't think that we should be eating God's creation."

So Hope looks at her and says, "Well, we didn't at first, but things changed and people started eating animals. You ate a deer once and you didn't know that it was a deer!"

Tori just stared at Hope so Hope decided to continue on with her lesson. "Yeah, Dad went hunting and killed a big deer. And you ate it. You didn't know it was a deer and you liked it! He went to this place and they cut off it's head and gave us the meat."

Tori, seeming to have forgotten about her objections to eating animals got pretty interested and started throwing in her own adages.

"Yeah, and they cut off the legs too."

"Nu uh Tori! They didn't cut off the legs. We ate those too."

Tori, a little shocked, replies, "And the shoes too?"

"No Tori, they took off the shoes."

And that, my friends, is how the conversation went this morning over breakfast.


In just a few short weeks Addi has gone through an amazing transformation from barely crawling, to turbo crawling, and now on to pulling herself up on things and trying to take steps. Here's a picture of her unloading the dishwasher while I'm loading it:

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Mom's Work

Mom made this outfit for Tori some time ago. Now it fits Addi! Here you go Mom:

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Lately Nintendo has exhibited a lot of marketing genius. First, they created the Wii, a gaming system which bucks the trend of all of their competition. It doesn't have awesome graphics and increasingly complicated games. It's simple, fun, and appeals to a much broader audience including people who've never played video games before. This is clearly evidenced by the fact that my mother-in-law is now addicted to Wii Bowling.

Then, they came out with Wii Fit. Instead of going to the gym you can now work out with your family on your Wii. Now you can play video games and get exercise at the same time. WhoDaThunkIt?

Just recently Nintendo introduced the Virtual Console for the Wii. Now, you can give your Wii your Credit Card Number and buy "points" that you can use to buy and download old Nintendo games to your console. It's awesome! I spent $5 (500 Wii Points) yesterday to download the original Super Mario my opinion the best video game ever created.

I remember one Christmas Eve many, many moons ago when I first played Super Mario Brothers. We went to the house of some friends, Rudy and Mary Guttierez, for Christmas eve 1987- I think. They had a Nintendo Entertainment System. I think it was pretty new. Us kids were completely enthralled and I remember we spent HOURS playing it.

It's amazing to watch my own kids experience the same delight playing the same game which is very cheesy looking compared to the other games out today:

They had a blast playing this thing. Also, Anna and I had a lot of fun playing this too. We were both suprised at how many things we remembered, like where the 1-Ups (Extra Guys) are located on level 1-1 and 1-2. We remembered how to get to the warp zones on level 1-2 and 4-2. It took a little digging but we were also able to figure out how to get to the coin heavens in level 2-1 and 4-2. We had a blast playing Super Mario Brothers.

And then we downloaded Tetris Party, which combines classic Tetris with some new Tetris games, including the ability to play Tetris on the Wii Fit balance board. You want a work-out? Try playing tetris where you have to move your body to make the pieces move. Anyhoo, Anna pretty much whipped me in Tetris. I put up a really good fight, but finally about 1:00 AM she turned to me and said, "Joe, I don't think you're going to beat me."