Pull Up a Lego!

Lego Table

found the pic at this post about "funfrastructure"... which I may yet do a post on http://ruk.ca/content/funfrastructure

It’s no secret that we are a Lego Family. We have a crazy amount of Lego, and the population increases with every birthday and Christmas gift-giving event.

But you know what I’ve discovered? EVERYONE likes Lego. Even those who *say* they don’t, end up mindlessly sticking bricks together, even if it’s to construct a simple box. There is something soothing about the simplicity of taking little squares and making big things. It’s sort of like coloring – it’s a creative outlet. A little piece of childhood in a crazy, stressful, mixed-up adult world.

So today, I invite you to belly up to the Lego Table. Let’s see what we can build while we’re talking.

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33 Responses to Pull Up a Lego!

  1. I WANT THIS TABLE. No, seriously, I want to have this in my room. It’ll be the best anxiety-reducing exercise in the world, I swear!

  2. Sue says:

    We also love Lego’s here and have a ridiculous number of them! Not too much happening to me this weekend. Had to stay home from work on Friday ( b/c we’re slow) but the only bonus to that was Joy and I got to the craft fair earlier! Saturday we went to the Swapper’s Meet to buy more peppers so Toby could finish the salsa. Sunday I washed windows, rearranged the living room and got my fall decor out. See, pretty boring!

  3. Just a Mom says:

    We had a pretty quiet weekend too. My youngest wanted to go see Shark Night so we finally went to go see it. It was stupid in my opinion, but she liked it oddly enough. My oldest daughter joined us to see it also. Oh we also had to bury, flush, my youngest’s fish this morning. Ironically his name was Sharky.

  4. SKL says:

    I remember enjoying legos as a kid. My kids aren’t really into them thus far. They will play with them when that’s the thing to do, but they are not passionate about them. We still haven’t upgraded from the big size to the regular (small) size blocks, because the kids just don’t use them that much. I figure if they ever do want to build something for their dolls or trains or whatever, bigger blocks will make for a quicker job. But maybe when they get older, they will want the smaller blocks in order to do more detailed work. (When I was a kid, they only had the small blocks – but I can’t remember how old I was when I started playing with them.)

    I am thinking of starting to use the blocks as math manipulatives, so maybe that will spark some interest.

    My weekend has been fairly quiet. Nanny didn’t come yesterday, so I had my sister take the girls to a farm-park which is a half hour from here. They were having a fall festival there. The girls got to milk their first cow, among many other things. They had a blast, and then we did the grocery shopping in the evening. Today was relatively normal. The girls have started official piano lessons, so we are now doing daily lessons, which is fun (so far).

    I have been relatively good about staying off the internet this weekend. I did check my main sites 2x yesterday and 3x today, but I didn’t allow myself to go there every time I felt the need for a distraction. It’s pretty scary to realize how often I get the impulse to switch over to the internet. I still kept getting distracted, but I did stuff like organize my room or my computer, or read stuff that’s been on my to-do list but at a low priority level. Not going to get me an Employee of the Year award, but it makes me feel a bit better.

    So I’ve been asked what I want for my upcoming birthday. Can’t I just skip this stuff? There’s nothing tangible that I want or need. I’d rather get rid of stuff than get new stuff. But I guess I’ll have to think of something.

    This week I don’t have anything exciting planned. I just need to get caught up with my work, and will hopefully continue to get organized with the books / learning toys in my basement. Other than that, just maintaining the status quo, and hoping for no new drama!

    Have a great week, everyone!

    • Joy says:

      Do you have Nook or Kindle? I think you may like that. I really like mine and I use it all the time and you also get away from having to deal with the books after you’ve read them. I’ve also gotten almost all my magazines on it too so I got rid of all that paper. Just an idea.

      I haven’t been to “that site” in a week and I really feel better. I’m just not going to waste all that time anymore and people are just mean there. I can’t stand the name calling and the personal attacks over there if you don’t agree with some of those people.

      • Joy says:

        I also forgot to mention that the books you can download on those gadgets are sometimes 1/3-1/4 of the price of buying a book.

      • SKL says:

        The Nook might be a good idea for next year. Right now, I have a lot of books, and I’m trying to get through them so I can then donate them. I don’t have a lot of time to read, and if you ask the people who want to buy me a gift (my business partners), I shouldn’t have any free time at all! But yes, someday. Especially if I ever get a chance to travel for fun. That would be a lot better than bringing or buying books – I assume.

        • SKL says:

          Obviously I am still on the internet this morning! But I just want to hit some favorite sites and then sign off until much later. Lord, give me strength! Work days are stressful and it’s nice to have a distraction.

  5. SKL says:

    So for Miss A’s birthday, we have picked out a gift, but we also want to go somewhere fun. I am thinking the Ohio Caverns, which would be a three-hour drive each way. I don’t suppose anyone here has ever been there? Wondering what else we can do to make the trip worth the 6 driving hours.

    • Joy says:

      No. I’ve never been there. Would you stay overnight or make the drive the same day? It sounds like it could be a fun weekend away.

    • Laura says:

      I’ve never been to the Ohio Caverns, but I can remember, as a kid, my parents taking me to Merrimec Caverns (MO), Mammoth Cave (KY) and Carlsbad Caverns (NM). We always stayed a couple of days, because we managed to find cool things to do. Some of the most enjoyable included… watching the Great Bat Exodus (I think that was at Carlsbad) at dusk. You gather near the mouth of the cave, and listen to the Rangers give their educational talks, but they’re really there just killing time, until the bats start coming out. Then it’s this giant cloud that just keeps coming and coming. It’s very cool.

      I particularly enjoyed the “kiddie Spelunking tours” – tours designed especially for kids to explore an “undiscovered” cave. We were given spelunking helmets – the ones with the headlamp on them – and taken on a tour of a cave that wasn’t part of the public consumption. They were always very cool, educational, and had a lot of cool activities that accompanied them. Sometimes we even got to keep rocks and stuff.

      I recommend staying at least overnight – bring a tent, have a fire, kick back, have a good time.

      • Just a Mom says:

        I went to Carlsbad Caverns when I was a kid. I loved it! That is where the Bat Exodus is. I was about 10 years old and when the bats came out one of them skimmed my head and I freaked out! My brother still picks on me about that!

  6. Jenny says:

    Hunter has the big legos still. He’s been asking for the smaller ones. I keep telling him, not yet! I can just see all those little pieces all over the floor everywhere.

    This morning SUCKS!!!!!!!! Go to feed Hunter’s fish this morning, he got 2 fish maybe 3 weeks ago, and 1 is dead! He is heartbroken. We had to flush it down the toilet. Its hard explaining to him well thats part of life, when he’s crying so much.

    This weekend we went and bought a little container with drawers in it to put our winter gloves & hats in. Yes- we’re thinking about winter already!! We each have a drawer. I was tired of looking through bags of stuff to find everything.

    Have a good week….Hunter is feeling better already!

    • Joy says:

      That sucks about the fish. The only “good” that can come of that is teaching him the cycle of life. Fish don’t live very long and I think it’s good you didn’t lie to him and try and pull a switcheroo on him and try to sneak a new one in the bowl. Sad to say, he’s growing up. Just think how much fun he’ll have when you take him to pick out a new one. Where they goldfish? The mall in Cloudy has an excellent choice of fish. You’ve made me want another aquarium!!!!!

      • Jenny says:

        yes they are goldfish. He has a gold one, which is quite big and he had a black smaller one and that one died. Of course Grandma Vicki told him tomorrow we will go pick out another one….arrghhhhh…. I knew this was gonna happen!

    • Laura says:

      My solution to the great Lego Spread… (and lemme tell you, we have TONS of them here) Go to your local appliance store, and ask them to cut off the bottom 4″ or so of a washer/dryer/refrigerator box. I did that, and it’s been a LIFESAVER. When he wants to play on the floor, on a table top, etc., we pull out the box, and dump all the Legos (we’re talking thousands, here) into that box. It contains them pretty well. Once he’s done with them (sometimes he’ll keep it out over a weekend, or a week, if I’m particularly generous), we pull out the big pieces he’s built, and dump the rest into a giant rubbermaid tub. When we’re not using it, the fridge box stands against the wall in the play corner of the living room. Note: you might have to seal the edges of the box with duct tape – ours is folded over somehow, I think it was actually a “cap” on the bottom of the main box, and the lego were getting stuck in the fold of the box. I lined the edge with Duct Tape and voila! No more lost bricks!

  7. Joy says:

    Another Monday is upon us. The “dreaded weigh in” doesn’t feel so dreaded today. I’m down a fair amount. A little over 2 pounds and that’s just where I like it to be but let’s hope during the day that doesn’t flex too much. Vicki and I have been working really hard though. I did 4 hour workouts this week and in a little bit I’ll be going over for another one so that makes 5 this past week which I feel is very good. I feel good. Everything’s good.

    Like Sue mentioned, we went to a craft fair and I got some really nice things to hang on my wall. My living room is now starting to come alive. I’ve been waiting since May for this craft fair because I knew the people selling this stuff would be there and their workmanship is above and beyond what you can imagine buying in a store. I also have one of their pieces in my kitchen. So I’m pretty happy with everything.

    Today after my workout I just want to take a few things to the barn for the winter, feed the birds and finish up with my Halloween (fall) decorations.

    Our house was so sad yesterday with another Vikings loss. I don’t care as much for myself but it’s a kick in the pants to all the men I know who wait and wait for these 16 games and are punched in the gut. Not only didn’t they win but they’d been ahead right till the end of the game and it’s snatched away. Don’t get me wrong, I love the team and I love the sport and I do feel bad when they lose, I’m nowhere near close to how Paul feels. I was so hoping we’d have a decent year but to start off losing our first two games, it’s a drag. I do want to add my 2 cents about once again taking someone’s else’s throwback qb who’s in the winter of their career. Why do we do that over and over? Warren Moon, Randall Cunninngham, Brett Farve and now McNabb? Why can’t we just get a nice young qb who will stay with us and grow WITH us instead of taking someone for the “sake” of it. McNabb was pathetic last week and he did a little better yesterday but jeeze, he’s been on three teams the last three years!! Hello!!! Any problems getting along with others?????

    Sorry…..Have a great Monday all. Nikki, how’s Bailey’s throat?

    • Nikki says:

      He feels awful today, he’s upstairs resting. I knew it would happen. It happens every September, might as well get it out of the way. I wasn’t that upset that the games were rescheduled. He would have been in rougher shape than he is now. Hopefully he’ll make it back to school tomorrow.

      Our weekend was pretty good. Friday night our high school had a football game. Bailey wanted to meet some friends there, so we took him. Jason and I ended up having a good time too! It’s nice to know the good people in your community, and not the low lives you see at the bar occasionally! That seems pretty judgmental, but if you know and understand how our lives and the people in our lives have changed, you’d agree! LOL

      Saturday, my mom picked up the kids and went to visit her boyfriend who is in the hospital. He has cancer, and has started his radiation/chemo treatments. He’s supposed to come home Friday nights and go back Sunday nights, but he wasn’t feeling good enough this weekend. They had to put a feeding tube in and that wasn’t healed enough. He was very happy to see the kids-they’ve (especially Bailey) have grown to really love him.

      Sunday, we were supposed to have baseball but the weather was pretty dreary, and nothing lined up right for us. We had 1 kid out due to a concussion, 1 out of town, and 1 playing for another team. Bailey was sick, and it was just wet and cold all day. I’m glad all the coaches agreed to reschedule. We ended up doing, NOTHING! It was so nice to lounge around and be lazy.

      Tonight is our big board meeting for baseball. It’s the night where everyone voices their concerns and we vote new members on to the board. There are people we want off, and certain people we need on. Jason will be nominated for President, VP, and member at large. We’ll see how that goes…wish him luck! He has a big support system, lets just hope they show up like they say they will.

      That’s all from me! Have a good Monday!

      • Nikki says:

        I didn’t mean to put my entire comment as a reply to you, only the 1st paragraph-I got carried away! lol

      • Joy says:

        Well I’m one to know what it’s like to get carried away!!! LOL!!! Love and kisses and hugs to Bailz.

      • Laura says:

        I just hope Jason doesn’t get elected to ALL those positions! You never know, though…

        Hope Bailey feels better. It’s juts a bug, I hope?

        I getcha on the FB game. We aren’t bar folk, but we LOVE going to our HS football games. There are generally only 5 or 6 during a season, so we plan Friday Nights around them. We go, have dinner, see friends, cheer for the band, and look for improvement in the team. We missed the game this weekend, but heard that they only lost 28-14!! That is SO exciting! They never lose that close. Seriously, it’s always like 40-0, so I’m thinking we missed a good game…

        • Nikki says:

          We’ll vote for President first, then VP, treasurer, and then 5 members at large. If he doesn’t get Pres, we’ll go for VP, and if he doens’t get that we’ll hope for and settle for M@L. The problem is the ones that hold President and VP titles are baboons! We have to get them voted off…it’ll be a heated fire station! 😉

  8. mssc54 says:

    I’m not too sure what is on my agenda for this week. The only thing I know for sure is that I will be taking the kids to the first home football game at the highschool on Friday night.

    I also have to go and get fitted for a pressure garment for my burned ankle.

    • Joy says:

      How is your ankle coming along? The last picture you posted, it looked pretty healthy.

      • mssc54 says:

        My ankle is mending remarkably well. I try not to be up on it too much and elevate it when possible. A couple of days the skin towards the back/bottom of the wound was feeling tight.

        The burn doctors told me to massaage it with either Lubriderm lotion or sunscreen with a higher SPF of 35. So I have my Lotion Massage Stations set up upstairs next to the bed and the downstairs LMS is next to my favorite place to sit. 😉

        Thanks for asking!

  9. Laura says:

    We pretty much chilled this weekend. The weather was really gross on both Friday and Sunday, so there wasn’t much we could do. It was rainy, cloudy, drizzly, cold… you know those days where it just seems like the weather doesn’t know what to do, except let the sun come out?

    Saturday, Josh had a buddy over for much of the day, so he was thrilled. They trashed the basement, so I guess they had fun. :/ I didn’t notice until he’d gone that our command of “clean up before you come up” had been ignored. Guess I’ll have to watch closer next time.

    Gotta pick The Boy up from the bus, and we’re off to Tae Kwon Do. We’re back into full Fall swing. Later!

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