As posted many times, our boys are Lego FREAKS. Mainly the 2 bookends, for Sammy-in-the-middle enjoys them but has stopped short of making them his life’s purpose. Since we are planning a vacation to Legoland in February, Caleb suggested a family building contest. Once Mom and Dad agreed (Caleb, in his patient manner, calling Dad’s cell phone 4x until he got the yes he needed) the boys spent all of yesterday, preparing.
It was their idea, their party and I didn’t do anything! They set the party for “after dinner”. They brought out Lego drawers to the Living Room and had baseplates set up around the coffee table (Caleb thanking me sweetly for being “nice” about using the broken one, and offering to help me since “its probably been 30 years for you, huh Mom?” umm. yeah. at least.
It was hilarious to hear the debates as they decided on the rules…no pre-building or planning ahead. Then they debated the categories for judging, with a lengthy and heated discussion between #2 and #3. It took #1 stepping in as mediator and explaining they were BOTH right, because Creativity and Originality are “close enough” to the same thing. Whew. Ok. we can move on now to the fun stuff: Prizes. 1st place-choosing from a Wish List (borrowed from the Chatter Matters board game) 2nd place-you choose the dessert one night. 3rd place-30 minutes of electronics.
Uncle Tommy is staying with us for awhile and was invited to jump in. More than an hour passed, with the three adults still happily digging for bricks and adding to their creations and the three boys sitting there, finished but waiting patiently. I was glad we had done this little activity
“for the children”.