Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Fun: Minecraft-athon

With a new update for the so-called pocket version of Minecraft, the creative-constructive Lego-like computer game, which the kids have eagerly anticipated for weeks, we really did nothing but Minecraft today.  Mama had Bud set up, with the update downloaded, by 6:30 a.m. (he had been so excited that he woke up at 5 and read!  He didn't even know we were going to give him the update in the morning!)   He raved and exclaimed about all the new things:  roses!  lilacs!  peonies!  Aren't they beautiful?  Also granite. And emeralds.  He spent half the day building an "infinite world"--with treehouses and a rainbow, called Happy Land.

Of course, we did do a few other things, like eat meals.  And swimming, both my aqua therapy and his lesson.  He also spent a couple of hours with a neighbor boy (really, man, the college-bound older brother of our younger babysitter) playing ping pong and bean bag toss (more on this male-bonding experiment later.)   So really, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., he wasn't on the computer . . . but otherwise, Minecraft.
Sis, who spent a wonderful overnight at camp even sleeping in a pup tent (or really, not sleeping) and having "cotton candy slushies", came home with several horse trinkets (I think she's got horse-fever!  It's about the right age, right?) from the trading post in hand . . . and went right to Minecraft.  She also was very excited about the flowers.  And the "spawn villagers" and "spawn wolf" and "spawn chicken" and even some kind of "spawn zombie."  She only stopped to help make the gravy of her favorite meal, Gommie's baked chicken with rice and gravy, as well as green beans from our CSA (we thought of you, Pop!  No tomatoes really yet.)

I imagine they'll both dream in 8-bit blocks tonight and arise early in the morning for presents (some of which are even Minecraft themed.)

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