Saturday, October 31, 2009

Birthdays approaching

Thomas and James both have birthdays in November - James's comes first, on November 12 (Dean was so relieved that we didn't have a baby born on Remembrance Day). He doesn't care much for cake, except to demolish it - I've gone on a cake- and pie-baking hiatus right now, because James was getting obsessed with destroying the lovely smooth surface of a new cake or pie by plunging any nearby available object into it. I decided to wait a few months before making anything new, so that he could get that little quirk out of his system. It's very demoralizing.

As for presents, it's usually quite easy to get things for both boys - any Thomas the Tank Engine video or book is sure to be a hit, and this year there are more cartoons available on dvd that they'd like: I saw a collection of Scooby Doo episodes, which would probably be very unpleasant for the rest of us, but Thomas or James would LOVE them.

But this week James has gotten into a few fights with Thomas, and yesterday he decided that all his problems would be solved if only he could get a Death Ray. Since I mentioned birthdays next month, that's what he's been asking for. "Oh no! Death Ray Thomas goodbye - oh nooooo!" Despite precedents....

I think he had in mind something that would be a little more personally hands-on, like the famous Death Ray in 'Chandu the Magician':

But what I think I'll probably get (if it can arrive in time) is something called "Magic Dust".  James has been obsessed with a picture of this barbecue spice rub for months.  Something about the colours and the arrangement of the font. He really just wants the bottle, so we'll take out the spice mix and give him the empty bottle, which should make him very happy.


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