May the 4th Fun

Hello Friends,

Yes, I know we are already days past, but May the 4th be with you! We had such a fun, full weekend that I couldn’t get this out to you all on Saturday. Our May 4th plans weren’t extensive, but they were fun, so I thought I’d share.Our main Star Wars celebration was heading to the local Barnes & Nobles for a May 4th Star Wars Lego build event. Bins of various pieces greeted the children, who had free reign to build.There was product on display, of course, as if the kids needed motivation to join the fun. They also had an activity booklet for the kids to color and complete. Sweetie and I ventured in while Cricket napped in the car.So here’s Sweetie’s finished escape pod. All MOCs were turned in to the staff for photographing and posting on their Instagram feed. It was kind of a bummer that the kids couldn’t keep their builds, but a giant poster of Star Wars alphabet helped ease that pain.The girls are Star Wars fans and Lego fans. They are not quiet to the convention/public cosplay level just yet, so the Barnes & Nobles event was just right. It was great to be out and about, and attending the event helped “launch” an adventurous afternoon.I hope you guys had a good weekend, and today started your week off well. We’ll see you out there!

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Twelve Day Experiment-Day 7

Hello Friends, While finishing some gift items today I built a couple of ornaments and thought I would share. Talking yesterday about our Star Wars decorations also helped set up this segue.

So this is Lego polybag 30497 , the First Order Heavy Assault Walker. Totally says, “Merry Christmas”, right? No – no it does not. But I thought I could change that and maybe give the girls a craft to occupy their time/hands/minds/insatiable need to do something. So add some holiday stickers, some ribbon for hanging and:

Whoa, I know – fiercely festive. Tidal wave of good Yule tidings. Merry Craft-mas (as in, Spanish, for “more”).

Alright, enough silliness. Much like that last sentence, this altered-toy ornament is alright, bit not epic. So far the reception has been good though; people think they are neat. Downside is that the kits are just outside Sweetie’s abilities, and Cricket was lost at the dump of the polybag. And forget the sticker placement and ribbon tying. So I have been building these and decorating them, not the girls. Not as sweet as I intended, but the girls love them! Lesson learned (again); craft in the age-appropriate range (it’s usually on the packaging). So if you like this ornament idea for your favorite Star Wars fan, have at it. If you think it’s silly, well, you’re probably onto something.

I want to take a minute to acknowledge Greg and Clarkman of the brickitect youtube channel. It was Greg’s review of this polybag that got me thinking about the ornament idea. If you’re a fellow former “Lego Maniac” looking to share your love of bricks with your kids, you might dig their channel.

Happy Holidays to all of you out there, and Happy Holidays to Greg and Clarkman!

Twelve Day Experiment-Day 6

Hello Friends,

Are you all having as much fun with this as I am? At times this challenge has felt like yet one more thing that I need to do each day. Overall, though, it’s helping me stay present during this fast moving holiday season. Our Advent calendar has filled up fast.

Our family decorates post-Thanksgiving, flexible anytime after turkey. We are trying hard to keep the girls focused on each holiday in order. This is getting harder each year.

I don’t think we go overboard with our decorations, just enough. And after being out of the house for last Christmas, our decorations feel right on.

Big JC, the reason for the season

One thing that is steadily increasing is our Star Wars themed decorations. I’m not just pointing these out because of the new movie. We’ve been amassing ornaments and such for about 12 years now.

This years’ exciting addition is the Death Star tree topper. For those of you who don’t know, it plays the beginning seconds of the theme song as well as the beginning of the Galactic Empire theme. And before any conjecture starts, let me be clear that this tree star came home with Wife after she conspired with a co-worker – not my doing.

Again, it’s so nice being back in our home for the holidays. And the decorations go well with all of the woodwork and renovation in the house. Yet one more thing in our lives that stokes my gtatitude.

R.I.P. Carrie Fisher

While we are big into recycling and re-purposing in our daily lives but I don’t usually re-use photos on the blog. Today is an obvious exception, as this photo of Sweetie from Halloween 2015 pays homage to Princess Leia Organa (Skywalker), as portrayed be the late Carrie Fisher.

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I find Carrie Fisher’s life fascinating. From fame to relative obscurity back up to sci-fi royalty; fighting battles with fictional villains and real-life mental health ones. There is admittedly, more to her than just this one character.

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We talked about this in front of the girls. And even though Sweetie chimed in on the conversation, she didn’t get what was going on. We try to talk about death as just another part of life, but it is still sad. Thankfully, fan response has been strong. In one tweet I read, the author wrote “Be Princess Leia in 2017…be a [general]”. And wife’s sentiments were, “In a world of Barbie dolls and damsels in distress, thank goodness there was Princess Leia.”

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October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016

May the 4th…

Yes, we are a little late in the day, but we still wanted to say, “May the 4th be with you”!

Together we can rule the galaxy...

Together we can rule the galaxy…

The cricket was all about it, but Sweetie not so much. Okay, so the Cricket is down for pretty much any opportunity to get in front of a camera. Sweetie was into it until it was time to get dressed for school. Oh well, maybe next year. We can forgive it – I mean, she killed it on Halloween as Princess Leia!

Reppin' our house

Reppin’ the dark side

Hope you had a great day! (Sorry, I don’t have any space puns here)

Happy Halloween!

Tricks and treats, spooky ghouls and ghosts – it’s time. Happy Halloween!

Daddy's Little Monster!

Daddy’s Little Monster!

So 45Âș and rainy does not make for a great Halloween, but you have to make the most of it.

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We decided against the local treasure hunt, but stopped in at a couple of stores to eat and run some errands.

Mos Eisley Cantina?

Mos Eisley Cantina?

 

And really, what fun is running errands if you can’t bring your wookie with you?

Bring your wookie shopping day!

Bring your wookie shopping day!

This is the first year for our family costume, so we all got in on the fun. And here is probably the best part – that is Wife as Chewbacca, DIY suit and all.

All in!

All in!

It seems like the rain has stopped for now. The trick-or-treaters are starting to come around, so maybe we will get rid of some of these 200 juice boxes. Have a Happy Halloween and stay safe out there!