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While Mama Is Away

One of the greatest benefits of technology is that I can receive these little gifts from home while I'm away.

I'll be boarding the first of a few flights home in just a couple hours. I'm looking forward to getting back into the routine of home and family (with lots of hugs + kisses + love) and am especially looking forward to getting some pumpkins.

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  1. Julie L says…
    09/27/2010

    Such cuties! Safe travels home!

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  2. terri bonnette says…
    09/27/2010

    Safe travels. I know you will be happy to squeeze those children!

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  3. Allison Waken says…
    09/27/2010

    Hope you have a great trip!

    I have a question for you - how do you store Legos? We are trying to find a good system at home, they aren't staying in one bin they just get dumped out to find the perfect piece as soon as they're put away.

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    1. Tammy B says…
      09/27/2010

      There is no easy way to store Lego unless they keep every set they've ever received put together on a shelf some where!! We have four Rubbermaid bins full of Lego as well as things that are built here and there and everywhere. Lego truly is amazing!!

    2. tania smith says…
      09/28/2010

      Do you ever buy those premade veggie & dip trays or fruit trays from the grocery store? The rectangular ones work best. I repurpose them as drawer organizers and sorting trays. I like that they are clear so even if you stack them you can see whats in them. Great for lego, jewellery, scrap supplies, hair accessories, first aid supplies, the "junk" drawer.....

    3. Kelly says…
      09/28/2010

      We have a 40-drawer plastic chest, that we bought at the hardware store. It's made for nuts, bolts, etc. It was perfect to sort according to my son's preferences. However...they are still all over his bedroom floor most of the time!

    4. deborah says…
      09/28/2010

      We've found that those under-the-bed storage boxes work well because they're big and shallow. That means my son doesn't have to dump to find the piece he likes. They do take up a lot of room, though!

    5. kim says…
      09/28/2010

      In my son's room the sets that are put together are on open shelving, the extra pieces and disassembled sets are sorted by color in shoebox size plastic bins with lids and labled, and some boxes are filled with the same piece sizes in various colors, he also has a large tackle box that is referred to as the "people/parts box"- it contains all the hair-hats-heads-arms-torsos, etc. with some small containers inside for more detailed organization. and most days this system works. needless to say my 8 year old son and husband are serious Lego guys and enjoy making their own sets and sorting Legos into boxes (which is nice for me).

    6. Allison Waken says…
      09/28/2010

      Thanks for all the tips! Guess there are lots of ways but no "perfect" way huh? We are gearing up for a Lego birthday party at the end of the month should be lots of fun but a lot more Legos to store!

    7. Deirdre says…
      09/29/2010

      Loved finding this mini-discussion here as we are currently searching for a better way. We try to keep kits in separate ziplock baggies and all the baggies in one large basket...but invariably pieces go stray and then I have no idea which baggie it belongs in (though my 5 yr old would!). I'm leaning toward the one big sheet that you tie up/untie on the floor or the underbed box. I'm afraid if we started sorting by color or type, we'd end up spending more time organizing than playing (sorta like my scrapbooking!).

  4. KENDRA says…
    09/27/2010

    WOW!!! That's A LOT of Lego mini figs!!! My boys would be quite jealous. That had to take him mounds of patience to set them all up!

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  5. Kelly Massman says…
    09/27/2010

    Fantastic photos!!!!! :-)

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  6. Jessica Woodford says…
    09/27/2010

    Save travels! Such sweet little gifts you got! :)

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  7. Avital says…
    09/27/2010

    Simon is adorable as always and Anna becomes prettier and prettier :)

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  8. Bridget =) says…
    09/27/2010

    that lego table is amazing! did you custom make that or what? what a fantastic idea!!!!!

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  9. Shelley says…
    09/27/2010

    Love, love, love the LEGO set up!

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  10. christen says…
    09/27/2010

    technology makes being away from loved ones so much easier. have a safe trip home.

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  11. Jackie Bremer says…
    09/27/2010

    Great photos - how special and a reminder for me to send my Grandkids in NM photos more often.

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  12. Sandi M says…
    09/27/2010

    How wonderful to get such sweet pics sent to you. Are those cookies bigger than you would let Simon make them ;)

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  13. Gabi says…
    09/27/2010

    Safe travels, Ali! Adorable photos :)

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  14. carriep says…
    09/27/2010

    Love the lego shot.As a mother of a 21 who still builds with lego, many many memories.

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  15. Noelle says…
    09/27/2010

    So lovin the Lego line up! My son does that with all of his cars...and he's even done it with his Halloween candy...and yes I did make a scrap page with both of these shots!

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  16. Melissa L says…
    09/27/2010

    Hi Ali,
    so cute. Love the Lego guys. They actually have some Lego minifigs at Target they were 1.99 a few weeks ago, but are now 2.99. They are in the Halloween section. Would love to see more photos of you Lego storage.

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    1. Beatrice says…
      10/11/2010

      I will be running to target this week to see if I can find some!!! Thanks!!

  17. Lain says…
    09/27/2010

    Awww... Adorable! Love the Hanna jammies. safe travels home!

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  18. Kim H. says…
    09/27/2010

    Simon is so tall. I have a 16 year old who is 6 foot 4 and my 8 year old is probably going to be taller. Yay for tall boys!!!

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  19. Denise says…
    09/27/2010

    Have a safe trip home!

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  20. dawn says…
    09/27/2010

    Thank you so much for posting this pictures for us, I've missed seeing what's new with them. They look like they are having fun and are cuter then ever. Love the lego table and Anna in the boots. Have a safe and easy flight home and enjoy your hugs. It is truly amazing that we can send these photos to love ones when we can't be there.

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  21. Jan Davis says…
    09/27/2010

    (clicking of shoes)

    "There's no place like home,there's no place like home."

    safe travels Ali :)

    Jan from Canada

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  22. Linsey H says…
    09/27/2010

    Oh my goodness - they are growing like weeds!

    Have a safe trip home Ali!

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  23. Juju says…
    09/28/2010

    Such sweet pictures from home. Love simon in his stripes pj. :)
    Safe journey home.

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  24. Peggy - Small Steps to Giant Leaps says…
    09/28/2010

    Anna = precious! Simon = gettin' so big!! Legos = I'm sensing some hand-me-downs (possibly from Daddy??) with a stash that big. That's a collection to be quite jealous of!!

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  25. Leora Henkin says…
    09/28/2010

    Have a safe trip home. Your kids are SO cute!

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