Remember how I wrote that the amount of time a child spends on the computer differs for every family and we have to be sensible about what is right?
Today Little Miss Techie probably spent over an hour on the computer while we slept in. Oops. My husband, feeling no guilt due to his well rested state, reminded me that there was a time in our childhoods where we watched lots of TV with our siblings. “And what do you think our parents were doing?” he asked. Oh yeah, sleeping. Sleeping is definitely what made sense for our family this morning.
Why in the world were we so hungover on a Sunday when there was no alcohol consumed the previous evening?
We started our weekend on Friday with a 24 hour trip to the grandparents’ which included a marathon of all thing fun- block building, cookie baking, tea parties, water play, and general frolicking on their farm with 3 Labradors, 6 sheep, and houseguests who included Aunt Amy who is adored by both Little Miss Techie and Captain Computer.
After leaving the grandparents and Aunt Amy, we stuffed both sleepy kids in the car and drove home in a torrential downpour/tornado watch to get fancy and head into DC to meet up with the fabulous DC Metro Moms at a Dreamworks Kung Fu Panda Hewlett-Packard event at Zola.
We scored rock star parking right across from Zola, walked in and were greeted by the most luscious pink frosted cupcakes. In Little Miss Techie’s eyes, the event had her at the cupcakes until the warm buttercream slid off her cupcake and plopped itself on the floor completely intact. I wish I had a picture of such perfection on the floor. It was tragic but luckily there was no shortage of cupcakes. Bellies full of pink buttercream, both kids parked themselves at the Play-Doh table for most of the afternoon mashing Play-Doh and decorating Chinese take out boxes with as many stickers that could possibly fit on the surface before claiming containers of Play-Doh as their own to take home.
Little Miss Techie and Captain Computer were mostly oblivious to the other activities until dancers started dancing to Kung Fu Fighting right next to them. After the event, Captain Computer, in his limited not-quite-2-year-old vocabulary told us that his favorite part of the afternoon was the dancing and the song. If you were there, I can hear you groaning. If you weren’t there, just picture Kung Fu Fighting (apparently the only song that references kung fu) playing over and over again the entire time. No, Kung Fu Fighting will not be added to Captain Computer’s iPod playlist. Ever.
Between the Play-Doh and bopping along to/tuning out Kung Fu Fighting, we ate, folded a fortune teller (you know the thing that you used in middle school to help predict who you would marry), ate some more, took some pictures, and played with the super compact HP photo printer. While I waited for our pictures to print out, I envisioned this little device helping me liberate pictures from our growing iPhoto library. I could see myself sitting at my desk, camera in hand, inserting the memory card into the printer, touching the screen, and having a ready to frame photo in no time flat.
Upon leaving, Little Miss Techie exclaimed that she loved everything about the event. Tech Savvy Daddy clearly loved the food. His pasta creation was amazing and his cupcake casualty count was 4. And well, you already know Captain Computer’s favorite part of the afternoon.
If you weren’t there or want to relive the fun, photos can be viewed here via Snapfish and you can access all of Little Miss Techie’s favorite Kung Fu Panda crafts here. Just imagine Kung Fu Fighting playing over and over again as you view the pictures and make your fortune tellers or decorate your Chinese takeout boxes!
Thanks to Dreamworks, HP, and DC Metro Moms for including us in the Kung Fu Panda mania!
If you would like to get in on the Kung Fu Panda action and would like a HP/Kung Fu Panda Activity CD containing The Panda Dance video, photo and print projects (frames, cards, labels, stickers), ringtones, screensavers, and more send me an e-mail at techsavvymama (at) gmail (dot) com with your name and mailing address.
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