Every time we go to Costco and eat samples my kids ask me to make snowflakes out of the little coffee filter-like papers they come in. It's quite easy, and it makes them happy as they wait (im)patiently for me to finish ripping the edges to create a masterpiece.
My simple creations are nothing like these real snowflakes that have been photographed at a very high magnification. Check them out:
A few weeks ago, we took our kids to Disney World to start our vacation. We had a blast even though we could only stay for one day. We rode the rides, saw the parades, and left with that magical feeling you get from such a special place.
It was funny, then, when this past Sunday as we were walking into church, my five year old was talking about Mickey Mouse. He said to his brother, “Yeah, Mickey is everywhere and he sees everything, but he's invisible.”
His older brother responded, “Um…I'm pretty sure that's God, not Mickey Mouse. Right, Dad?”
Looks like we've got some work to do with the little one.
One of my favorite musicians is Andrew Peterson. His music just puts me in a happy, relaxed mood. I saw this video yesterday of one of his newest songs. It’s an incredible reminder of how I am trying to relate to my sons. I want them to follow the old roads.
We were in Orlando last week for somewhat of a vacation, and we found out about the Jedi Training Experience at Hollywood Studios at Disney. Our 4 year old was so excited to do this. He was going to get to wear a Jedi robe, use a light saber (like the 3 we have at home), and fight against Darth Vader.
So we signed him up and let him participate in the 20 minute show. Janell wrote about it on the i.seekissimmee blog here, and here’s the video:
As we were waiting for the training to start, they were doing a backstage trivia game on Star Wars. My four year old doesn’t know that much about Star Wars, but he was absolutely the cutest one in the room. He was sitting up next to the girl who was asking the questions paying extra special attention. All the other kids were sitting on the floor in front of her, and there were some pretty big Star Wars geeks in there.
As soon as the girl asked about Hans Solo’s friend, Benjamin jumped up with that “Oohh…I know this one” look in his eyes and shouted out, “Chewbaca!!” He was so excited to get one right, and I think he was even more excited to get to participate in this thing. He made me proud and definitely stole the show.
We just got back from vacation, and one of the places we went was Legoland Florida in Winter Haven. We had a blast.
At Legoland they have this attraction called the “Ford Driving School.” Basically, the kids get to drive around little electric cars through a town that feels like a Lego City. It’s pretty cool for them. My boys loved it.
The highlight of the Ford Driving School for me was the life sized Ford Explorer that is sitting in front of the building. It is made entirely out of Legos, and it took 22 people more than 2,500 hours to make it. I’m guessing this one isn’t available in the gift shop.
They show this time-lapse video of the assembly of the Explorer while you’re waiting to get into the attraction. It is impressive.
I’m not sure I would have the patience to put together this model.