Secret Lives of 4-Year-Olds (& Friday links)

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Secret Life of 4 year olds

This past winter, the UK’s Channel 4 aired a program called “The Secret Lives of 4-Year-olds,” where-in these little tots with adorable (to my American sensibility) British accents are filmed going about making friends and negotiating their day in a nursery school. Here’s the full episode, but perhaps one of the funniest moment is this phone call Jessica makes while playing mom. “Stop ringing me Richard. You’re not the dad.” Kids are such sponges!

This is of course of particular interest to me now that we have a 4-year-old (a wildly energetic, wonderfully sweet one). As he gets older, there are more and more activities for him that don’t require parental participation. He started the mini-program with Davis Swim Team and walked over to meet the coach and the other kids all by himself. So all glimpses into those worlds—like the preschool classroom—are fascinating.

Yesterday was actually his first day back at school—his last year before kindergarten; he’s one of the big kids there now. And I took him to a little social there they day before. I spotted a list of names on the wall, his included, and beside each was something he or she worries about followed by a possible way to “fix” it should the fear be realized. I took a picture, because it’s just so wonderful. There’s so much personality in each one. (And poor Sawyer.)

I’ll but transcribe it and change the names except Hudson’s.

Mike—worried that his paper heart will rip (art project) / Fix: see-through tape

Kalen—worried about his Captain America book ripping / Fix: read my ant-man book!

Hudson—my doggy dying / Fix: get a new doggy! 

Jake—monsters eating people!! / Fix: shoot the monster

Eli—that my shoes are going to rip / Fix: get someone to sew them

Candice—that my doggy’s hair would fall off / Fix: tell my mommy.

Shayne—nothing! 

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5 Things: Austin

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5Things_Austin

In “5 Things,” I’ll ask some of my favorite bloggers in cities all over the world to share insider travel tips on where to eat, shop, stay, and play in their neighborhoods (plus, what to pack to make the adventure complete). This week, Aimee Pruett of The Sleeper Car shows us the sights in Austin, Texas.

5 Things: Austin

Aimee Pruett of The Sleeper Car

I’ve lived in several cities, but Austin is the place that has always felt like home to me, which is why I’ve lived here for eight years. The laid-back culture, friendly people, and outdoor patios and pools just can’t be beat. In the summer, there are lots of places to cool down; and in the winter there are lots of places to warm up. Even as the city keeps growing, Austin strives to maintain its uniqueness, urging people to shop local and “Keep Austin Weird.” I love strolling around the city with my husband and dog, and seeing what fun things we can find to do!

EAT:

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Hillside Farmacy, 1209 E 11th Street, (512) 628-0168
Fabi & Rosi, 509 Hearn Street, (512) 236-0642
Contigo, 2027 Anchor Lane, (512) 614-2260
East Side King, Various Locations, (512) 407-8166
Peached Tortilla, Various Locations, (512) 330-4439
Sno-Beach, 801 Barton Springs Road, 3402 Guadalupe Street
Gelateria Gemelli, 1009 East 6th Street, (512) 535-2170

There are a lot of fantastic dining options in Austin. For brunch or happy hour, I love heading to Hillside Farmacy over in East Austin. The interior is so instagram-worthy and their punch is delicious! Fabi & Rosi is a hidden gem of a restaurant just west of downtown serving European dishes with a modern twist. And Contigo is the perfect restaurant to dine at when you want to spend some time outdoors on a patio while eating delicious, fresh food. They even have their own garden to grow a lot of their own veggies!

If you’re looking for more budget-friendly options, I suggest heading to one of Austin’s many food trailers. I personally love East Side King (launched by Paul Qui of Top Chef fame!) and Peached Tortilla. Both of those also have physical restaurants now, but I prefer the trailer experience!

For dessert, in the summer it’s hard to go wrong with a snow cone from Sno-Beach. For gelato that tastes like you’re strolling the streets of Italy, I always head to Gelateria Gemelli for a couple of scoops and a cocktail!

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