Category Archives: Imagination

Type A Lego…

I might have mentioned before that I love Lego, & in October the Imagine Nation Lego tour is coming our way & guess who just bagged tickets? Hubby is away that weekend so just the 3 tickets purchased (that’s ok he hates Lego anyway) & there is a big crowd of friends from school going too. I’m really excited – I know that’s really sad, but I am currently building the Mini so I’m kinda in the zone. Not only that but the boys & I a having a major sort out of the obscene amount of Lego that they own.

It all started after they’d had a sleepover with school friends who have their Lego separated into colours. My type A tendencies have wanted a better system for ours for a long time, but boys being boys no matter what I tried it still ended up in one big bin all jumbled up. However, they were really taken by the colour coding so that’s what we are currently doing. I had an old set of plastic drawers from my early crafting days, you know type with castors & 2 sizes of drawer? Well, we easily filled that in no time & didn’t have enough drawers for all the colours – & there is NO WAY I could mix of course. So today while younger child was at soccer camp, elder child & I did the grocery shopping & found an even bigger version of these drawers in Canadian Superstore.

This afternoon the 3 of us sat (again) sorting it all out & thankfully we are nearly there. This has now prompted them to rebuild some of the sets that have long been broken up, like the police station & airport. However, when I walked in the younger child’s room this evening I was not happy to find that the booklets were all over the floor from him trying to find the one he needed. As you can imagine I have also tried several methods of keeping them tidy, but again to no avail. My type A’ness took over leading to the 3 of us (again) sitting down & sorting out all the booklets into categories. Then, we got Ziploc bags & a sharpie, bagged them all up, labeled them & put them back in the box the same box (which is also a Lego storage box, of course!). Hopefully now that they are older they will continue this type A’ness & keep everything a bit more organized… but then it’s possible that hell will freeze over first!

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… possibly pink!

It’s hard work getting organized to go on vacation but I think we are finally there. This time tomorrow we will be relaxing in a lakeside cabin drinking something white, or maybe red, or possibly pink. The sun will be setting on the other side of the lake turning the mid summer sky vibrant shades of orange & red – possibly pink. Sadly it is not our cabin, but when I’m there I pretend it is. I love it so much that not only do we return every year at some point (usually in summer) I also based my 4th novel around it. I hope hubby’s work colleague never finds out what I get up to in his cozy holiday home as my other self!

The week ahead will hopefully be spent down by the lake. The boys love it too; kayaking, canoeing, & swimming are just a few fun activities they enjoy. Their imagination never ceases to amaze me, & what they can turn a jetty into. This is how kids should spend summer, in the great outdoors covered in Mother Nature & glowing through the dirt of the day – possibly even a bit pink from the strength of the sun. They eat & sleep well, enjoying slightly later nights playing family games & creating memories – even the dog crashes out easily. The cats come too, appreciating not being left out & abandoned in the vet with a fraction of the space. They love watching the wildlife & then curling up on a comfy knee at the end of the day.

There is no phone signal, no Internet & no TV. It is what very few kids appreciate these days, encouraging good quality family time & teaches our boys how to enjoy the company of those around them without always relying on technology for entertainment. And yes, they complain about only being allowed a very short time to play Minecraft, but once we engage them in something we can all play a part in they soon forget, especially with a bowl of chips & a glass of Lemonade close by – possibly even pink!

I’m signing off now, for about ten days – I’m officially on vacation…

 

Around the dinner table…

This evening we ended up discussing what we would name an extra day of the week if we could have one. We all agreed that we would likely want that day to be part of the weekend because it’s too short, maybe in-between Saturday & Sunday. I named this ‘Nutherday’, as in another day. As the conversation developed, & remember this is with a 9&7 year old, we decided that you might not always want that extra day in the weekend. Some people might need it in the middle of the week, or on a Tuesday to make an extra long weekend, or a Friday.

Now of course if we all want a ‘Nutherday’ on different days of the week, & not every week of course we would only be allowed so many a year, that’s going to completely screw up the calendar etc. So, these ‘Nutherday’s’ need to be enjoyed along side the real days, in a sort of parallel universe. That way everything carries on in your absence, but your not really absent because you would slot right back into life exactly where you left off, you’ve just had a little mental holiday to recharge or catch up on something.

With me so far?

Anyway, hubby then announced, & thank god we were all finished eating at this point, that he would name them ‘Pudays’, Parallel Universe days – only he pronounced it ‘Pooday’. Well as you can imagine the entire dinner table were in tears & suffering severe bellyache. I think we all laughed for a good 5 minutes. Then laughed at each other, laughing.

So now if you hear me declare that I need a ‘Puday’ it has nothing to do with what you might think. I simply just need an extra day in the week to either catch up with myself, or just take some time out to recharge my batteries, you know like a duvet day without having to lie to the boss!