Video fun with my son

So I don’t post a lot of the stuff I do with the kids. I’m not sure why, I just never got into it, besides a few “Talking with Tots” podcasts a few years ago. Today, however, I had a conversation with my son thta was a lot of fun, and really showed me how the three year old mind works. His favourite song is “Take a Minute” by K’Naan, although he calls it “Nosey Nose” (from the lyric And any man who knows a thing knows He knows). He was sining it, and I was trying to record it. This it what followed.

Living with kids, man, they are never not interesting.

Talking With Tots #5

It’s not that I have forgotten about Talking with Tots, but for the longest time Tarquin was reluctant to record. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Ephraim, but between you and me, he just can’t carry the whole show.

In this special, special episode, Tarquin regals us with not one, but two stories he wrote today. Now, the more astute of you might notice that the first story bears a passing resemblance to “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?” To those of you who think his is a plagiarist I say: Shut up! Were you able to plagerize a story at two years of age? No? I didn’t think so, smart guy.

The second story, about his cousin Aurora, originally had Aurora waking from a nap, seeing a mouse, crying and crying about the mouse until the family cat caught it and put it in the compost. It loses something in the re-telling. Like about half the story. Nevertheless, it is included here.

Background shouts and bangs compliments of Ephraim.

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone is haveing a wonderful holiday season. In our household we are still figuring out how best to celebrate the season. I was able to find a beautiful tree this year, and we spent part of today getting some new ornaments at Ten Thousand Villages, an amazing store that sells fair trade crafts. Some amazing things there.

After that, we recorded a brief Christmas message. Enjoy.

Talking With Tots, Episode #4

Welcome to Talking With Tots Episode Four. The recording of this was a little bit piecemeal, so the quality is not the best. But, it is one of the better conversations we have had in a while, especially when we get to the contents of our ears (last third). Tarquin also divulges the identity of his best friend!

A Special Story from the Failed Cities!

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Happy Holidays from the entire crew of Variant Frequencies!

Talking With Tots, Episode #3

A special snow theme, since the snow has hit Toronto like a fluffy white fist the past few weeks.