My current nemesis. And some other random stuff.
Friday, November 14, 2008

Oh...big, chunky, toddler-friendly Mega-Blocks. Perfect for little hands building simple towers. How I miss you.

I actually used to complain about cleaning you up day after day and putting you back in your storage-friendly zippered bag. I laugh at my naivety.

Now that Legos have invaded my world, I would happily pick up mega-blocks.

Legos. Blasted Legos. My nemesis. You have captured the heart of my six year old. And you have invaded every room of my home. You have embedded yourself in my carpet. You have found your way between the cushions of my couch. Your teeny, tiny little pieces are nearly indistinguishable to the human eye (at least the 30 year old human eye) and no matter how hard I try to put all of you back in your plastic storage tub...I can never, ever find you all. I can not take a simple stroll through any room of my home without stepping on a Lego.

When I babysit my friends' babies, they can crawl through the house and find fifteen Legos in the first 10 minutes they're here. Which means I keep my eyes laser focused on them the entire time I'm babysitting. No choking on Legos allowed.

But, alas, evil inspire the imagination of my beloved first born, so you can stay. For now.

(Ryan seems to do a pretty good job of building his fabulous creations only in the playroom. I don't know how those darn things migrate all over the house. Any hard core parents out there, who use the "If I find Legos all over the house I'm throwing each piece I find away" technique? I've heard of you. I admire your strength. I'm not sure I could handle those puppy dog eyes watching me throw away his most treasured possession.)

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Jonathan is out of town preaching at a men's conference this weekend.

This morning Ryan said, "Mom, can we get Daddy a little present while he's gone? To give him when he gets home?"

"Great idea! What do you think we should get him?"

"Oh...I don't know...[with great concentration; as if he hadn't given it a single thought until this moment]...maybe a new pet? A dog maybe?"

Nice try kid.

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I'm annoyed when buying gift bags, tissue paper, and cards. That stuff adds up. I would rather spend that money to give a nicer gift without any wrapping paper. But I would be embarrassed to walk into a wedding shower with an unwrapped gift. So I keep buying gift bags. And tissue. And bows. And cards. But I don't like it.

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I wonder....

When you make macaroni and cheese (the blue box variety), do you use measuring cups to measure out the necessary 1/4 cup of milk and 4 Tbsp of margarine? Or do you just "eyeball it", trusting you can pour the right amount of milk straight from the milk jug directly into the mac-n-cheese?

When making mac-n-cheese do you:
measure the ingredients
just eyeball it
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Blogger Lori had this to say:

I understand your pain about the Legos. My two sons who are 8 and 4 have a ton of Legos. I am always picking them up. But it keeps them entertained for hours and is great for them.

Do you get the Lego catalog in the mail? My sons study the Lego catalog and have a long list for Christmas. Those Lego people know what they are doing.

November 14, 2008 at 10:56 PM 

Blogger Cash Clan Japan had this to say:

I loved this post. Stray observations, for sure. Made me laugh more than once. :-)

November 15, 2008 at 12:16 AM 

Blogger Margo had this to say:

I hate to admit it, but I think I have vacuumed A MANY Lego know those little, itty-bitty tiny ones that don't even look like Legos! And, I eyeball mac&cheese ingredients...even the organic kind!

November 15, 2008 at 12:58 AM 

Blogger Lori had this to say:

Legos get thrown away at this house, but they were Nate's when he was a child(so I don't feel so bad). We have way too many.

Mac and Cheese is eyballed here as well.

Gifts-I often try to buy items that can be put together is some cute way that requires only a bow and a card. I have been to showers where they ask you not to wrap and put the money that you would have spent on bags, cards, paper, bows, etc.. on a money tree.

November 15, 2008 at 11:23 AM 

Blogger Vanessa had this to say:

Why do wrapping supplies have to be so expensive? I love a gift that is wrapped all pretty, but hate seeing the paper all balled up and in the trash later on. ARGHHH!

November 15, 2008 at 9:20 PM 

Blogger Gombojav Tribe had this to say:

Have you thought about how quaint and lovely brown paper with a sprig of flowers attached can be for wrapping? Or how about newsprint? Or let the kids make homemade wrapping paper. Especially if the gift is for a relative, I'll bet they like the wrapping as much as the present!

November 17, 2008 at 1:21 AM 

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