And Now…The End is Near

When I was a kid, my grandmother used to ask me to set the clock on the VCR. It was my job anytime I would visit her house because she had no idea how to do it.

Then, when I got a little older, I’d have to show her over and over again how to record shows. I’d write down on a little yellow piece of paper all of the steps she would need to remember when she wanted to watch what she managed to record.

It is always a privilege (and responsibility) of the younger generation to help their elders with emerging technology. Well, it is happening in our family.

I consider myself pretty geeky. I know a lot about new technology, and I try to stay on top of the latest trends. My son, apparently, has followed in my footsteps.

The other day we had company over and their son wanted to watch a movie we have a digital copy of. I tried and tried to get it to work on the Apple TV, but because I had recently changed the password, it wasn’t working (or so I thought).

My nine year old grabbed the remote, and after three quick presses of the buttons, Wreck-it-Ralph was playing on our TV. The kids were happy, but I was stuck thinking, “It has already begun.”

Next thing I know I’ll be asking him how to set the time on an Apple Watch.

Crossy Road – My New Favorite Distraction

Sometimes you need a distraction, and my kids introduced me to a game that reminds me of my childhood days of trying to get Frogger across the road.

Crossy Road is a new app for iPhone or iPad that has one simple point…get your character across the road, river, and train tracks without getting hit.

Here’s a video of the gameplay:

It is super fun and addictive. While you’re crossing the road, you can pick up in-game coins along the way. These coins let you buy new characters when you collect 100. I usually let my kids do that part, because they seem to like it.

My current high score is 384. Try it out and see if you can top me!

My Kids are Thankful

We live in a society that likes to blast through Thanksgiving to make it to Christmas. I love Christmastime just as much as everyone else. This year, though, I decided to help my kids try to think about Thanksgiving a little bit by making a video with them.

Here’s the video we made.

They didn’t go as deep as I’d like them to go about what they’re thankful for, but I know they understand that they are blessed and should be grateful. I’m looking forward to more making videos like these in the future.

What do you do to teach your kids to be thankful? Let me know in the comments.