Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday | Finding Nemo

“Let’s Name the Zone, the Zones, the Zones!
Let’s Name the Zones of the Open Sea!!”

More Wordless Wednesday here and here.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Must Love Legos

There must have been a note accompanying him when he was born inscribed with “must love Legos” but I missed it.

legos collage 1

Maybe the love of Legos is just embedded in the male DNA like leaving the toilet seat up, hogging the TV remote or watching Star Wars over and over again.

lego diptych

All I  know is that he discovered them at age three and it has been an unceasing love affair ever since.
lego love

BUT…as much as he loves them [and I get lost for hours building the sets - only to have them torn back down, brick by brick], they are also the bane of my existence.

lego diptychlego storage

Organizing them in the old house was bad enough, but the new smaller space? UGH!

I swear they multiply at night and strategically place themselves about the house so that we step on them in the morning, cursing the people who created them. Every. Single. Person.

Everything I tried to organize them so far has failed, deep bins mean a dump onto the floor is eminent on any given day. [even I had to dump Legos out to find small pieces for sets I was reconstructing] I knew I needed clear, shallow boxes that were easy to manage and would fit in Harrison’s existing closet shelves. So after AH-LOT of internet searching in vain;  I finally stumbled upon the perfect container – ON SALE for 40% off! Joanne’s Fabrics carries Protect N Store boxes,  normally used by scrapbookers and crafters but they are perfect. Oh the beauty of organization!

lego storage

They even have inserts that fit inside the box for further organization, perfect for the 60+ mini-figs floating around the house.
lego storage
lego storage

We have since filled up three (Ikea Expedit) cubbies below, 
lego storage
five containers deep.
That’s a lot of storage

I’m thinking I LOVE Legos.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Dear Aunt Chris,

A few weeks ago we went to a party for our friend, the #1 Lucy Fan and thought of you so we saved you a special candy bar!

I forgot it was being saved for you.
You see…

I ate it! [even though I wasn’t supposed to and didn’t ask if I could]

I’m so sorry! I couldn’t help myself, it sat there for days, beckoning me to feast on it. Finally, after mommy told me no more snacks - I had to wait for dinner, I spotted it. I tried to run; but my feet were caught in the quicksand of temptation! AND it called to me.
And I was SO hungry! So when no one was looking at me, I grabbed it, and sat under the table, and savored every bite; or should I say BOTH bites since I only had two bites before I felt really guilty and told mommy what I did right away.

chocolate-0169{this is my sad look}

I can tell you for sure, that mom and dad were NOT happy with me for eating your “I Love Lucy” candy bar. (but as I marched to my room in defeat for not listening and waiting for dinner or asking first before eating candy, they were secretly giggling that I sneaked  under the table to eat it in the first place.)

If it’s any consolation… It tasted really good.

The good news is that we have another one! Although Mom and Dad have hidden that one from me quite well; I don't know why, I learned my lesson. I always ask first
well almost always.

Your God-Son, Harrison

Thursday, March 17, 2011

There be Leprechauns Out There!

Harrison’s kindergarten class had to make leprechaun traps; I don’t remember making leprechaun traps as a kid. Ever.

Apparently, being of Irish descent…
I was deprived.

A Lego Mini-fig got a jump on the trap before it went to school, “Ooh, Gold!” he exclaimed.
[No seriously, He did]
Uh-Oh! Trouble!


“It’s a Trap!”


Did you really think he could keep Star Wars out if it?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Dear Harrison,

Today you turn six years old. And there has not been one dull moment since you entered this world – early. 

I love and adore you. You already exhibit a fierce passion and strong personality; but you are kind-hearted and sensitive, too. You see beauty in the world and you never hesitate to let people know about the beauty you see in them. You love little babies and always want to make them smile and laugh. You pray for your friends, but you also pray for their parents and I love that about you.

I look forward to what your sixth year will bring. As you went to bed last night, there was a peace in my heart. Like coming out of the five-year-old storm. Last year had so much change and I know it was challenging for you sometimes… It was challenging for me sometimes. I know you miss the big blue house with the “blue flower wallpaper” in your room and the church bells chiming in the afternoon; but I hope that when you are older, you will look back cherish this chapter in our lives.

What does the beginning of six look like? Walking to and from school as a family. Playing with Legos all. day. long. Learning to read and write. Listening to music like John Williams, Mandy Patinkin, Abba (Mama Mia), Laurie Berkner, Disney Soundtracks and the audio tracks of Adventures in Odyssey. You look forward to Saturday Morning Cartoon time watching “the bible channel” and '”Disney Jr.” with your favorite shows; “Agent Oso” and  “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” as well as Kubo with “Jane & the Dragon” and “Babar”.

You love your Kindergarten teacher and wrote her notes while we visited Grandma & Grandpa in St. Louis. You love listening to us read books to you and you narrated your own story to your cousin.  I only hope that I can continue to nurture in you a love of reading and learning, art and music and keep your creative instincts awake and alive as you grow.



Today you turn six-years-old.  And there has never been a dull moment.

I love you.