Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic

There's a free Build and Grow Clinic at your local Lowe's this Saturday at 10:00 AM.  This week's project is a ball toss game:
As always, it's free, just head over to Lowe's and sign up.  The kiddos even get a free apron and goggles, and a patch for completing the project.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Toy Organization...or the Lego Collection that Took Over the World.

We are once again faced with the daunting challenge of organizing Kid Jedi's toys.  We are in the process of doing the usual get rid of things he's way too old for, pack away some things that he likes but doesn't play with so we can rotate things around in a few months...but then we have the Lego brick issue, you may think that your child has a lot of Legos, but I can honesty, without exaggeration state that Kid Jedi has thousands of Lego bricks, some in kits, some loose, they overwhelm me sometimes.

This is a picture of one of his Lego shelves.

He has 3 shelves, and that's from September, not including the Lavatraz set he earned at $2 a day on his behavior plan, or the sets he received for Christmas...or the sets he'll be getting for his birthday on Saturday.  Now, if it was just the sets, it wouldn't be that bad, but we also have 2 6-drawer craft carts with loose Legos in them, and a hardware sorter (the ones for nails, screws, etc.) with just his minifigures.

So, to tackle the Lego infestation is a whole other experience from just sorting toys because we can't put them away, he plays with them, he takes the kits apart, makes new things, maybe puts them back into kits...gets into fights with his father about them not being together.  He's very creative, and to be honest he's really good with his Legos, they give him a wonderful outlet and since he wants to be an engineer, it's kind of job training. So, I guess we're off to find yet another storage system for the Legos that better suits the growing collection we have.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Top 10 pieces of advice for the next generation

So, I follow the Women of Faith blogs and Anita Renfroe posted a Top 10 list of things to pass on to next generations...since I have cousins who are starting to plan weddings, and the rest of their lives, I figured I'd participate too.

1. Follow your heart, it knows better than your brain sometimes.
2.  Even if you don't believe in God, He believes in you, so PRAY!
3.  Listen to your Mom, you may not like what she has to say, but she's been there and only wants you to be happy and successful.
4.  If both of you are working, live on one paycheck and save the rest.
5.  Take time for yourself, even after you have children...you and they will be better for it.
6.  Choose your friends carefully, they are the family you choose and should be a positive force in your life.
7.  Take care of yourself, body, mind and soul!
8.  When making a decision, weigh your options, make a decision and never look back.
9.  Live like there's no tomorrow, because sometimes there isn't.
10.  Love with all your heart, the more you love someone, the more your capacity to love.

I know a lot of this has to do with love and family, but I really think that our lives should focus on God, and family.

Check out other Top Ten lists at Women of Faith.

Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic

 This Saturday, January 8, 2011, head on over to your local Lowe's with the kiddos and build this Game Box.  Kid Jedi loves going to the workshops, they are a little loud, so if you have a child with sensory issues related to sound, be forewarned, but if you sign up on the website, you should be able to just pick it up and build it at home.  The workshop is from 10AM - 11AM, and the kids get an apron and goggles, and a patch to put on their apron when they are done (pick up some liquid stitch, sewing them on is a pain).

Oh, and the BEST part about these building clinics...THEY ARE FREE!!!