Kids these days are so tech savvy, it’s pretty scary. I gave Andrew and Nathan a small $60 Flip camcorder, about the size of a deck of cards and thought maybe they’ll have fun recording little “hi, I love you Grandma” type of messages. They quickly learned the camcorder’s very simple interface and let them loose. I thought I’d let them play with it for a few days, then upload videos to grandma and grandpa. Well, I totally underestimated my kids. In a span of three days, eighteen videos were already up on You Tube. Most of them were short one-minute clips starring their Lego figurines, namely R2-D2 and Darth Vader. Another video showed an intricate maze that they built with plastic, bendable Hot Wheels racetracks that curved around corners, up and over furniture and under the tables. The video camera followed a series of cars as they started on a track elevated up high from the breakfast nook, made a free-fall down the track and zoomed across the floor. I had to put on those motion sickness wristbands after watching those segments as the kids have yet to learn the art of smooth transition.
The last video was quite interesting, and I learned something new about my children. They pretend to be me when I’m not looking, okay, more like MOCK me! I must have gone out to the garden in the back to grab some herbs, when Nathan grabbed a stool, stood up at the counter, and Andrew turn the camera on to his brother, “hi-ho, I’m mommy. I do lots of cooking and you better eat your vegetables or I’ll hide broccoli in your ice cream.”
Then lots of giggles, the camera pans to the floor then you see little feet running. And that was the end of it.
So, I thought if they want to be me so much I’ll put them on television. A call to the producers at the Daytime show and explained that instead of my regular segment, I’d like to have the kids cook a couple of pizza dishes that they learned at a kids cooking class at Club Med Punta Cana last December. They were so excited that they created three different types of pizza recipes, a mini pizza with an English muffin, a larger pizza made on a pita round and little pizza racer cars that we found in a cookbook called Silly Snacks. Andrew and Nathan taped two segments, one which aired this morning and another sometime later this month.
I think this works out really well. The sooner than I teach them to do my job, the earlier I can retire. Maybe I’ll start having them write my blog posts and columns in the paper too.
Here’s a start, as I’ve just posted one of their pizza recipes, Kids Pizza Racers