Me and my iPhone

30 November 2010

 Ah….my beloved iPhone. I have no idea how I ever lived without it and I would hate to know what would happen if I ever lost it!

Being a diehard Nokia fan, I’ve resisted the iPhone (of course cost was also a factor) until the launch of iPhone 4 and my ‘hefty’ phone/internet package enabled me to upgrade to an iPhone 4 free of charge.

My first impulse was to upgrade to a non Apple smartphone especially with the rumours surrounding the reception issue for iPhone 4. However I finally succumbed to the lure of what the iPhone had to offer. Needless to say, I haven’t looked back since. For those who have yet to change to an iPhone or other smartphones, I say to you………don’t wait, you won’t regret it.

My iphone has been a very welcome addition to our lives……

My daughter has an endless source of entertainment when we’re out, be it a long bus ride or a long wait at the doctors. She reads on it, plays music on it and of course games on it.

I on the other hand have an endless number of apps to play around with. The temptation to download paid apps is great but I generally prefer those with a lite version I can try out first. In subsequent posts I hope to list out the pros and cons I’ve found with certain apps I’ve tried or bought and hopefully trade reviews on apps I have yet to try.

I’m learning new tips and tricks for the iPhone daily and I look forward to exploring the phone further and to what else I can do with its seemingly limitless potential.

More on that in my subsequent posts………

Santa and my 5 year old

30 November 2010

My daughter told me she’s sad & disappointed because her Sunday school teacher told her Santa Claus isn’t real. I think it was totally unnecessary to say that to a 5 year old. Some people think I’m overreacting because I’m upset by it……I say I’m glad they are not my mother and Bleh! to them.

I want my daughter to develop a strong faith but not by sacrificing her childhood. I believe it is possible to nurture children properly to balance the two…….faith & fantasy at such a young age. They grow up soon enough anyway so why take away their childhood early?

I’ve always believed in Santa Claus, not the modern Santa but Saint Nicholas and his spirit of giving. I would like to encourage her to believe in what Saint Nick stood for but clearing understand that it is a supplement to Christmas with the main focus being the birth of Christ. In the meantime it never hurts a child to believe in fairytales while they are still young enough to.

I’ve done some reading..yes on our ever wonderful resource ‘the web’ and here are some of the quotations and links I find appropriate and relevant to this topic.

“The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It’s also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older.” ~ Chris Van Allsburg

“One of the virtues of being very young is that you don’t let the facts get in the way of your imagination.” ~ Sam Levenson

“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.” ~ Rachel Carson