Saturday, December 20, 2008

Mario Kart Snow Track

So Jonah, our 4 year old, has loved having Uncle Mark live downstairs as that gives him direct access to Mark's Wii and his games. Most importantly it gives him access to Mario Kart which he has been loving! If I could use a stronger word I would. Maybe 'obsessing about' would be more appropriate. For example, he had trouble sleeping recently and when we asked what he's been lying in bed thinking about he says Mario Kart. Also during meal times to help him finish his food I once told him a little about the history of Mario Brothers and Nintendo. Now he's constantly asking me to tell him more about it!

Don't get me wrong here. We limit the boy to 30 minutes per day of playing time but it seems like that's enough to still take him over the top. I'm not sure how much is too much. I know I played way more than that when I was a kid but I was older than 4. Either way, I still think it's better for him to be playing outside or with his Tinker Toys and drums rather than a video game.

After the large snowfall yesterday we decided to go out this morning to watch our neighbor with his snowblower. He cleared the ends of I don't know how many driveways this morning. The part the snowplows leave too. Thanks Rohan!! We eventually ended up in the backyard as we always do. I cleared a path to the compost (I'm still filling it by the way) which Jonah was loving to use to run back and forth. I thought he might have fun if I cleared a larger path for him. So I did. Sure enough it turned into a Mario Kart race. Here's a video from one of our races.

Here's a picture of Jonah after "slipping on a banana peel" or being hit by a "green turtle".


Denise 12/20/2008 4:39 PM  

Haha! That's great!
It was a good idea to mix the game with your adventure outside - allowing Jonah to use his imagination and get some good exercise at the same time!! Also helps that you seem to have a pretty large backyard - that's some track you've got there!!

frequ3ntliblond3 12/20/2008 4:48 PM  

That was hilarious and adorable! haha! I agree with Denise. Great way to keep the idea going outside to keep him active! It looks like a ton of fun!

kathryn 12/21/2008 1:27 AM  

ha ha! Donkey Kong wins!! What an adorable video of you and Jonah, complete with Sherri doing the count down!! This maze of yours reminds me of the time you and Joel made a snow maze in our backyard for Maggie. . and you put in dead ends that were too high for her to jump over --then we let her out and watched her come up against a dead end and not know what to do!!

Electroluminescence. 12/21/2008 11:58 PM  

PHENOMENAL. talk about a BLAST & a HALF!!! :]

reagans ridge 12/22/2008 10:24 AM  

Glad to see you geting that much needed family time! Road trips gotta be tough. I'm jealous of all that white substance in your backyard. Mostly coooooooold in St. Louis. No snow yet. Could you fedex some so that my family may also have a white Christmas?
PS thanks for photo credit
and yes Jeremy was texting Erin at the drums!

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