legos for the boys

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((SETH AND CALEB in the plane.  Caleb, a more cautious type, was quietly worried and gave up his window seat to Seth.  They were excellent travelers. Seth loved going to the bathroom.))

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The first thing Caleb did this morning was go to the table to continue working on his first big lego set.  He is 9 and the set has 738 pieces in it.  He has three older brothers and typically lets them put his sets together for him.  I am proud to see that he is getting old enough to follow the directions carefully and do it himself.  It takes some concentration and determination for a boy to put a lego set together, and it’s so healthy and good for their minds.  Before you know it, you’ve convinced yourself that fifty odd dollars on a box of plastic bricks is worth every penny!

My husband had to work in the Orlando office after lunch, so the boys and I walked to Downtown Disney.  They were already enlightened by the knowledge of a LEGO STORE, and I figured we may as well cross that off our list of things to do…..with springs in our steps we practically ran to find the legos.

Isn’t it funny how a girl’s mind changes when she becomes a grown up and a mom?  I’m so used to giving the children experiences that I almost forget what I myself enjoy!  If I was a little girl the last place I would want to go to would be the Lego store.  (I know some girls love them and that’s great and all, but not me).  On the last day in Orlando I went alone to a completely girlie store in Downtown Disney….I smelled every bar of soap and bath bomb in the place and treated myself to my own souvenirs…and everything was PINK.

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We stopped to give Buzz a pat.  I have pictures of this same Buzz with baby David (first trip), and then the older children, too (second trip).

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Caleb likes “How to Train a Dragon” (he just finished reading the book) these days, so he was thrilled to be greeted by a fire breathing dragon made of legos.

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We also found the seven dwarfs made of legos.

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While admiring the sea monster made of legos in the water, the boys excitedly told me there was a bird to take a picture of.  This happened all through our trip, they would point out bits of nature and I knew my family’s love for God’s creation was being was passed along to them, even if unintentional.  They collected a white feather to give to Grandma, and wanted me to pack palm tree bark to take back for Uncle Dave.  I am sorry, Uncle Dave but I never did pick any up for you.

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A somewhat disturbing image of Snow White.

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We entered the store of happiness.  My job of keeping my eyes on two little boys just got even more exciting.

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Seth had no trouble picking out his new set.  It kills me that he lost Bilbo Baggins before we even got home.  He still has the golden ring, though.

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They are always so thoughtful to point their fingers, grab my arm, and say LOOK! over and over because they know how much I appreciate the legos.

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This is 17 year old Jacob’s dream lego set.  Only three hundred and ninety nine dollars!  Awesome!

Actually, they have so many legos at this point that he put together a pretty decent death star with instructions off the computer. (=free)

( did I just say death star?  like I know what I’m talking about??  who am I??)

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Caleb really and truly wanted a Lego Movie set and at first I said no to the one he wanted because, if I remember correctly, it was 10 dollars more than Seth’s.  But then I thought, “this is Disney, where dreams come true” and said yes.  I can’t even show you a picture of it because I didn’t take one.  But it’s the “Lord Business’ Evil Lair” set which includes a tiny sign that says “Where are my Pants?”, and other fun things you will only understand if you watch the movie, which I have about five times now.

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I don’t know, they just pointed it out to me so I took a picture.

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The Incredible Hulk was there.

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Seth with Lego Woody and Lego Buzz, and trying to keep his lego set in his arms.

At the register I joined the lego VIP club, it’s about time, right?  We also received a free lego set (of a car) for spending over 100 dollars.

Next, I made them go to into a shop so I could get a sweatshirt.  I lost my anthropologie white sweater at the airport 😦

I made them go into the Ghirardelli chocolate store so I could get a frozen latte. (caffeine!)

Then we headed back to the room(s) so the boys could put together their mini figures.

The hotel messed up our reservations so we ended up staying in the best suite of the entire Hilton…the presidential suite.

It gave the boys plenty of room to spread out their lego sets without mixing them up.

Caleb was here::

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And Seth was here::

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If you have boys, perhaps they would like to see this blog post.  Tell them, when you go to Disney, there are legos there!

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After half a day of travel and an adventure in the Lego store, Caleb and Seth settled into their covers for a movie::Kung Fu Panda 2.  Seth fell asleep.

After their rest time, we left to go to dinner with Rich’s team.

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6 thoughts on “legos for the boys

  1. I enjoyed seeing your pictures yesterday! Y’all look relaxed and happy. I’m sure it was a much needed vacation, and I love the fact that you take a few kids at a time, in turn.

    I’ve never been to Disney. We had Astroworld, which was a hop, skip and a jump from where we lived, and that was where we got our amusement park fun. 🙂 I’m sure it was nowhere near as exciting as Disney. Maybe someday…

    I confess that I had a set of legos when I was a girl. I was very much a Tom Boy, and my neighborhood playmates were mostly boys. Legos were never as exciting then as they are NOW, though! I can see why the boys enjoyed the store so much.

    I’m looking forward to hearing about the rest of your adventure!

    1. That’s awesome about the legos Kara. For some reason, even though I have three brothers, and my girls have five brothers, none of us play with them.. But I know little girls who do. Did you know they make sets specifically for girls now? To be honest, I’m not sure if we ever would make it to Disney if it weren’t for Rich’s business trips. We figure if he’s going in that direction, we may as well make it a family affair.

  2. I can practically quote the Lego Movie, you know, so if we ever meet up and have nothing to say (lol) we’ll at least have that. I probably quote it 3x a day at least. It’s so handy. When you want a child to follow you “Come with me if you want to not die” and so on. I believe the unknown set you photographed was Lego Ninjago.

    I’m so glad you guys had such a great time!

    1. Your comment made me laugh, Beth. That movie is full of quotable quotes, it’s so clever and funny. (the kids are watching it today, as I type!!) I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t enjoy it. Thank you for enlightening me on the lego set.

  3. David says to watch your boy…sounds like that ring got to him, and he did away with Bilbo! Really, that would kill me too. Only thing I did think, they might have little figure sets that just have that character…and if not what a learning experience. You are such a great mom. My eldest was my biggest Lego fan, but all the boys did build sets. Funniest is that the next biggest fan was my sister Mary. We always told the boys when we went to the big H.S. rummage sale that they had to race Aunt Mary to the Legos 🙂
    So fun for your two boys to have this trip with you and Rich!

  4. Ah yes, the Death Star, quite the coveted set around here too. We also have so many legos the boys were able to create sets without really buying the sets! If we sold all their legos I think we’d be millionaires. or at least close to it. 😉 I love the creativity it brings out in them.

    We live close to two Lego stores…one of them happens to be right next to the American Girl store on Michigan Ave.
    One day when we were shopping downtown, I was all excited to take my girls to look at dolls while the boys went with Jeff to look at legos….to my great, big, sad surprise, the girls asked if they could go with the boys!!! My girls love legos…..however, they do love their dolls too.

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