Twelve!

Today is Ladybug’s 12th birthday!

We got an early start to the day, so she could open her presents before breakfast. She received a lot of new Lego: Avengers sets, which she was very excited about. She had, however, figured out what our gift to her was before she opened it, which was disappointing to me.

She planned out every detail of her day, which involved watching a lot of Avengers movies (including Iron Man and The Avengers), plus the Lego Movie 2. I was a big fan of the dinner she chose, because it’s also my favorite…Reuben casserole. And she picked a very chocolaty cake for dessert, filled with both dark and white chocolate mousse, and topped with a whipped chocolate ganache. I couldn’t resist adding trick candles!

I think it was a very fun birthday…I hope she had as good a time as I did!

SIXTEEN!!!

Today is Turkey’s SIXTEENTH birthday…I can’t even believe it!

He wanted to get up early and open his presents before Moose went to school:

He got a car for his birthday…a Lego car. It’s a huge set, and he’s been working on it for a good portion of the day, and it still isn’t done. It has a lot of cool features!!!

In addition to the car and a Lego Movie 2 set from his siblings, he also received some Lego gift cards, so we went to the mall this morning, and he picked up a set he’s wanted for a long time. That one didn’t take so long to build:

He decided he wanted a trifle for his birthday, which included a homemade chocolate mocha custard…I think he enjoyed it!

I can’t believe we have a sixteen-year-old in the house. I know I say that about every new age, but 16 is getting awfully close to legal adult status, which makes me feel a tiny bit old!

Lego–Mission: Imagination

A few weeks ago, Legoland Florida tweeted about a Lego contest related to the new Lego movie that comes out this week. Turkey has always asked me to keep an eye out for Lego contests he can enter, so I told him about it, and he came up with a few models for his entries. It only took a few days from when he entered to when I got the phone call saying he had won! We think this is the winning entry:

Even though the rules said it could six to eight weeks for him to receive his prize, it was delivered today:

As soon as school was done for the day, Turkey got to work building Emmet’s Dream House/Rescue Rocket!

As always, it didn’t take him too long to complete the project:

He’s very excited to have his Lego-Building skill recognized by Lego, and to be rewarded for it!


Construo LEGOrum!

Lego has finally added a new line of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts sets to their store! We missed out on the Harry Potter sets the last time Lego made them, so we’re very excited about the new wave. In honor of this auspicious occasion, I’ve come up with a special Harry Potter style spell to assist you in your Lego building…Construo LEGOrum!

So far, our family owns three of the sets (Hogwarts Great Hall, Hogwarts Express, and Aragog’s Lair), plus some of the minifigs from the new series. The set we all hope to build someday, however, is the new Hogwarts Castle, which is as beautiful as it is gigantic!

Lego Main Street–2018 Edition

Now that the Assembly Square is finally completed, our modular Main Street has a different look!

I’m still undecided about adding the Downtown Diner to this streetscape. I don’t really feel like it “goes” with the current aesthetic, but I’m waiting to see what the 2019 modular building is before I decide for sure!

Lego Assembly Square–Night Six

The final set of bags for the Lego Assembly Square included builds for an upstairs apartment, the fountain in the plaza out front, a fun tower, and the addition of our very first Lego baby minifig!

The completed set is GORGEOUS! I love everything about it…the size, the colors, the great architectural details, the lovely homages to past modular buildings:

Since the Assembly Square has been released, there has also been another addition to the Lego modular collection…the Downtown Diner. Even though it has a cool, 1950s retro vibe that is right up my alley, I haven’t purchased it yet, because I’m not sure it goes with the overall look of my Modular Main Street. I am looking forward to seeing what the next building will be, though, and hopefully it will be something I’ll add to my Lego neighborhood!

First Day of School 2018

We have officially begun the 2018-19 school year!

Our first day of school is pretty much the same from year to year…the children get their new workbooks, and open their schultüte:

We do a little work (today that included religion, foreign language, and reading time):

And then build our first day of school Lego set…this year, it’s the Hogwarts Great Hall!

Tomorrow we’ll get into more serious work, but for today, we mostly had fun!

Lego Assembly Square–Night Five

I think the fifth set of bags for the Lego Assembly Square contained one of my favorite builds ever!

Yes, I really enjoy the ballet studio. But the real reason I love this part of the set is because I essentially built Joe Negri’s music shop! Seriously, the minifig even looks like him!

Almost done…but there’s still one set of bags left to cap the building off!

Lego Assembly Square–Night Four

On to the fourth set of bags for the Lego Assembly Square!

The pattern of the build continued here, with the second floor being added to only two of the three sections. This time, I added a dentist’s office and a photography studio, and that also meant the addition of two more minifigs…the dentist and the photographer, of course! The build for the patient’s chair in the dentist’s office was especially cool, and the details were spot-on, right down to the color!

It’s really starting to take shape!

I can’t wait to take a look at the next section of the build!

Lego Assembly Square–Night Three

The third set of bags for the Lego Assembly Square included the parts to finish the bakery and florist (I love the giant flowers!), plus the build for the cafe. And not only was there a cafe employee to build, there was also an adorable Lego dog! There are some great details here, including an homage to one of the original modular sets…that won’t become clear until I flip the cafe sign up correctly, however!

This brings us to the halfway point in the numbered bags, but as far as instructions, I don’t think we’re quite half done yet!