Thursday, February 18, 2010

About video clips

I just found out that there seems to be some technical problems with uploaded video clips on this website.
You can watch the video clips one day, and then you cannot next day (or vice versa)... This issue seems to be known since late January (a lot of people have complained/reported the same problem), and the staff of are trying to solve the problem now.

It seems it doesn't matter which computer or browser system you are using to watch these videos. For example, I could watch these videos on my Mac computer about 3 times out of 6 times, trying at different time and day, and I used two different browsers (Firefox and Safari), but it didn't make any difference.

So, the chances are, even if you couldn't watch the video yesterday, you may be able to today. So if you don't mind trying again, please do so.

I am sorry for the inconvenience and frustration this problem may cause... I hope that the Blogger staff will solve the problem as soon as possible!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Playgroup at BABS

I took this video a week ago (Feb. 7th).
This playgroup at BABS (Bloomington Area Birth Services) is a great mix of about 10-15 children of the same age range (18 month - 24 month), and like-minded moms and dads.

Benjamin particularly likes playing with Lara (our Turkish friends Yesim and Muzo's daughter), perhaps partly because he knows her since he was 3 months old.

So Benjamin always calls out for "Lara" whenever I told him that we are going to BABS playgroup on Fridays, as well as he repeats her name just like some magic word (;-) here and there throughout the day, every day.

But Benjamin also started remembering other friends' names recently, and now Ivan's name is on the list of his mantra (:-), among other kids we regularly meet at the BABS playgroup.

In this video, you can see both Lara (in yellow cardigan) and Ivan (a blond-haired and blue-eyed boy). Another girl with a camel coat is Hannah, a German-American girl.

I titled this video as "Building a Tower Together", but actually, maybe I should have titled it "Building and Destroying" ;-) You can see that when you see the video. Enjoy!

p.s. Please take a note that Benjamin is saying to Lara, "Up here. Up here," to tell her where to put the blocks. This phrase "up here" is one of his favorite words ever since he learned it from his Nanny during her last visit in December :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Lara and Benjamin Playing Together

A short film clip of Benjamin and Lara, one of his favorite girl friends, playing together at Barnes & Noble book store (at its children's corner).

An elder girl (about 4 years old) and her little brother (about 1 year old) are in the video too. This girl was very friendly and very "big-sister-like", probably because she has a younger brother to look after :)

And this one (below) is another short film clip of Benjamin and Lara playing together - they are running and chasing after each other around the kitchen, so happily.