When I got home from work this guy had a little surprise waiting for me:
It is, well, his first in-depth work of art and it is all over my living room chair:
The proud artist, displaying his talent:
Okay, it is a much better surprise than say, oh, a pile of vomit courtesy of Loki. It is also better than a chewed up diaper, courtesy of Loki. It is also much better than multiple piles of vomit, courtesy of Loki. It is not, however, anything close to the awesomeness of an ipad, which, incidentally, I wasn't expecting, don't worry.
After I got over my disappointment - really, all things considered, this was nothing...the chair is Ikea and it is currently covered in a handy Ikea slip cover that is machine washable - James and I goofed off with the camera a bit:
He loves looking at the pictures I take. He loves it even more when I let him operate the camera controls, which is never. And this brings up an interesting debate that Christian and I are having. Luz turns 5 on the 19th. She, too, loves taking pictures and is pretty handy with Christian's Canon point and shoot (who isn't, the thing is fool-proof). So, Christian suggested a camera for her birthday and I totally agree, of course. The problem is, Christian doesn't want to waste any time on a kid's camera and has opted for this guy:
which I think is ludicrous - it is pricey, filled with functions I don't even know how to use, and sets the bar incredibly high for future birthdays (I mean truly, what comes next, an iphone?). His point, and it is a valid one, is that she knows how to use it and, consequently, it doesn't make sense to get her a "toy" camera.
On the other hand, my "toy" camera suggestion seems just right for a 5 year old. It looks cute, is designed with kids in mind (on both the durability and usability front) and seems like a more age appropriate present. Take a look:
Am I being a scrooge here? Am I worrying about something that is silly? I really don't want to budge on this one but I will if all votes are in favor of the Canon. Oh yeah, there is about $100 difference in price.