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May 17, 2011

I Had To Do It

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A couple weeks back I saw a white version of this Lego storage idea via Pinterest and knew it was only a matter of time before I did the same thing for Simon. I loved how the other one was painted white and I thought about doing that for this one and then decided that the wood went just fine in his room.

In Simon’s case he probably needs a few more of these to hold all the guys.

I’ve had this type drawer waiting for something special for awhile (found most likely at an antique/second hand store). I bought it a few years ago thinking I’d do another photo type case like this one:

photo type case

This specific one was great for photos because it had all the same sized square spaces. I haven’t seen another one like this since – I’m not actively looking but I do keep my eyes open.

I continue to be a fan of finding things to put things in.

REAL LIFE MONDAY STORY

This post wouldn’t be complete without a real-life-Monday-story thrown in for good measure.

While I was photographing the Lego-type-case, Simon was having a melt-down.

Actually it was more along the lines of experiencing withdrawal. Withdrawal from the Wii to be more specific.

This past weekend he got a new Lego Wii game (Pirates of the Caribbean) and he definitely wants to play it non-stop. The problem is that when he plays for longer spans of time his eyes turn bloodshot (I’m not sure that he’s blinking normally while playing) and he has a really hard time transitioning away from the game when it’s time to stop. Really hard.

He was able to play for a very limited amount of time this afternoon after some pretty yucky behavior last night but that wasn’t enough. There were grumpy faces, loud exasperated sighs, growls, and quite a few whines. And some stomping too. Can’t forget the stomping.

SIDENOTE NO. 1 | I had one of those Mom moments this past weekend where I told the kids if they didn’t stop asking about/whining about watching TV we were going to get rid of the TV. The first thing Anna said was “watch the singing show?”

Up in his bedroom he laid on the floor for awhile and said things like “what am I supposed to do now?” while Anna rummaged in his closet and came out with the Playmobile pirate ship that hasn’t seen the light of day for quite some time.

SIDENOTE NO. 2 | I love that I’ve kept some of these toys that Simon’s not into any more because she totally loves the Playmobile people. She had these pirates doing all kinds of fun stuff – especially jumping from the tallest heights.

After saying “no” and “how about playing with all these Legos you have in here” and “want to help me put some of your guys in here” and “we’re not watching TV any more tonight” what felt like at least a hundred more times he laid on the floor a little while longer and then noticed Dr. Seuss’ Ten Apples Up On Top book on his bookshelf. He pulled it down, sat up and started reading to Anna and me.

YES! Forward progress. Something to celebrate.

And then it was time to go downstairs for dinner. To a non-preferred foods dinner (chicken and rice) which he ate over the course of an hour or so. He ate almost all of it while telling me and Anna a variety of different facts about Scooby Doo episodes and asking me questions I couldn’t answer because I don’t know all the ins and outs of the episode about The Creeper. (He’s going to love that link to the Scooby files.)

Dessert was chocolate ice cream. Definitely deserved after only one loud complaint when we first sat down at the table.

Later in the evening, after I tucked him in bed, he read me a chapter in Fantastic Mr. Fox. He’s definitely enjoying it – it’s a movie we both enjoy quite a bit. He’s especially loving the book because it included the words to the song that the town kids sing about Boggis, Bunce, and Bean.

After I kissed him goodnight I could hear him singing it to himself and giggling away.

And really, that’s the way I’d like to remember the day.

Comments

  • 1.
    Kayleen said…

    It is so hard to stand strong sometimes, especially when there is emotion involved as a parent. I have worked with children for over 20 years and I never quite understood this until I became a parent myself and had to deal with some really difficult stuff that most parents don’t have to. I really admire your resilience and postive attitude, it is not easy to be that way, especially as I said when there is emotion involved. Thanks for being so open and sharing your story.

  • 2.
    Shawna said…

    Lovely…the first word that came to mind after reading your post. What a lovely end to a maybe not so lovely, but still lovely in its own right, day. I am so inspired by you to grab a hold of and make the best memories from the every day. And I don’t mean best as in ‘perfect’, but to remember our everyday as a perfectly lovely day for us. I have a 3 year old (today!!!), and we have our fair share of melt downs, especially when it is time to put away his trains (he is a FANATIC!!! and he is not picky…Dinosaur Train, Thomas, Chuggington, real, make believe…). I think of you and embrace those moments as just the everyday…and how lovely the everyday is.

  • 3.
    dawn said…

    Ali, so glad your sharing this with us so we know it’s not just us who struggle with the tv/game times and have kids that melt down. The hardest part is keeping our cool and having patience to get thru this time. My Sam is the same way with his Wii time and throws a fit when he has to turn it off. I’ve wanted to throw the tv/games out many times. I’m not a tv watcher too much so it would be fine for me to just chuck it out the window,lol. I try really hard to only let the kids use the wii on the weekends only so there isn’t a daily fight about it at least. I like how Anna makes herself at home in Simon’s room. So great that you remembered the good ending of the day and keep happy about that. I do that often. Thanks again for sharing.

  • 4.
    Sarah said…

    oh, how many times have I made the ‘we’re getting rid of the TV (or XBox or Wii or PS2)’ threat? It just sucks them in doesn’t it? I’ve noticed that the days they start out gaming/watching TV, they seem to lose any creative energy – their entertainment for the rest of the day has to be handed to them. Very disturbing. So I try to put off the electronic entertainment as long as I can. AND – if they want more than an hour of screen time they have to ‘purchase’ it with time outdoors – doing something! (not just sitting on the porch waiting to go inside)
    How fantastic that Simon was able to turn his day around on his own. And kudos to you for giving him the chance to do that, himself.
    A good day indeed.

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Sarah,
      I was just coming back to leave Ali another comment and read this. I agree about the screen time taking away their ways of using imagination and being creative for the day. They don’t see it of course but I do. I was going to post about my new idea for using coupons for game time this summer and just like you said they have to earn it by being active not just sitting around waiting to use the tv/games. Good luck with this constant battle we moms have.

    • ….
      K said…

      Ditto to both Sarah and Dawn . . . I’ve often felt the TV/Wii/etc is sucking my son’s zest for life right out of him and I sometimes wonder if I’m the only one. Thank you both for sharing your concerns and making me feel less alone and more strong to stand firm on our house rules. And thank you Ali for getting a nice, sharey conversation started. What a calm and safe spot you have here–I really appreciate that.

  • 5.
    audra said…

    Ali, Simon’s room looks great! Is that a Star Wars poster with all the figures on it? May I ask where you have found that? I have the same thing going on here, a 9yr. old son totally into legos as well as Star Wars – I LOVE how creative they are with their “play” Thanks!

  • 6.
    Gwen said…

    I call it ‘screen brain’ and the Wii or the computer are the worst offenders. My 15 yr old cannot believe I ‘micromanage’ his life by telling him when its too much screen time. I find that after overdosing on the screens he has a hard time being civil to the rest of us for a long time. I tell him it rots his brain!

    • ….
      dawn said…

      Gwen, I’m so happy to see another mom of a older teen and still caring about his screen time. So many parents I know take the easy way out and let their kids play on games, texting, tv watching for hours just to keep them happy and out of their way. That really causes a argument with me and my girls 12,14 and what their friends can do. It is the hardest part right now in mothering but I tell them we have our rules and they have theirs. In your lifetime it will always be this way and you need to adjust to it and not let it get too you or it will wear you down the older you get. Sometimes it works and lots of times it doesn’t but I’m still standing firm. Good luck with your son and lets hope one day when they are older they will thank us.

    • ….
      Gwen said…

      And he still challenges me on it every day and the rule hasn’t changed for years! I agree its the biggest argument we have. Some days I really want to give up and just ignore everything he’s doing. Great to hear from another mom.

    • ….
      Jennifer L. said…

      I’m so glad I’m reading all of this…my daughter is 11, and she desperately wants an xbox and a wii; she doesn’t understand why I don’t just run out and get them both right away, as in now, because all her friends have one! I’m so afraid of the very issues I’m seeing, and it’s a chore to get her to put her iPod down as it is! I understand meltdowns, too! Thanks for this impromptu forum, fellow moms, Sometimes I think we all need this!

    • ….
      Debora Prass said…

      Tks, Ali, for giving us this space to share! I have the same strugles around here, far far away in Brazil, and it is just the same! My 13 year old girl is always complaining that her friends don’t have limited time to use the computer, and she does. She complains ALL the time, but she has read 13 books this year already, and her friends? Just the ones assigned by schooL! It is really hard because NONE of her friends have rules for computer/TV at home.

  • 7.
    Leora Henkin said…

    What a great snapshot of life!

  • 8.
    Darla said…

    Ali I think you are so awesome. I remember an episode with my son when I was at the end of my rope and was afraid I would lose my temper. Instead I told Perry that I was having a bad day and really needed a hug. We sat on the fireplace hearth and hugged each other for a couple of minutes. He then went off to play and was happy and content the rest of the day. I will never forget that moment and how a really bad day turned into one of those awesome memories I’ll always treasure.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I think that’s such a good reminder – a wonderful lesson for our kids that we are all human.

    • ….
      Michelle Elaine said…

      I’ve done that too. I just sat down and said ‘mommies need hugs too.’ They come to resuce often.

  • 9.
    christen said…

    there are sure ups and downs with being a mom (and dad) – thanks for sharing! it helps make me feel me feel more normal :)

  • 10.
    madeline St onge said…

    So happy we didn’t have all these games when my kids were little, it has to be so hard to pull him away Ali. Good for you on standing your ground
    Here is to a happy Tuesday

  • 11.
    dawn said…

    Hi again Ali, I came back to tell you of my new idea you might want to try for Simon. Just reading Sarah and Gwen’s comments are what I agree with too and glad they shared them here.
    My idea for this summer while they are home all day meaning more time to play on tv which doesn’t set well with me. I’ve been thinking of doing some coupons that will earn them extra time on the wii or computer. If they want more time they will have a list of 45mts active activities they can choose from and once they finish one of these it will earn them 1/2 hour of game time. I’m only going to give them a chance to earn 2 or 3 cards extra a week. I really don’t want them on it too much and they will not be able to save up their cards each week either. Every week will be new cards. The only time I might cave in a bit more is when it’s super hot out and it’s safer to be inside then out. I’ve read somewhere that letting them have a little more control of their game time makes them more willing to listen to us when we say it’s turn off time. Hope that makes sense. So I’m giving it a try and thought you might like to do something like this too or your readers. Good luck to all of us.

  • 12.
    Kerry said…

    It really is hard to stay strong sometimes isn’t it, Baba is really pushing the boundaries at the moment, and is real hard work. Some days are so difficult and then you remember something lovely that they have done, and that is what you have to hold onto xx

  • 13.
    Cynthia said…

    Wow. Sounds like a great day – no matter how hard it is on us Moms isn’t nice when our kids can pull themselves back together in spite of whatever went on before. We raised our son with the concept of unconditional love with clear boundaries and it was so hard sometimes. Your patience and unconditional love are so evident and good for you for remaining strong and clear…it can be so hard. We still find (and Nick just turned 18) that if Nick plays video games for too long he tunes us out and can become isolated (I think that is the bigger impact of any of these games and/or TV); we have always and will continue to monitor this as long as he lives in our house – we would rather have his charming, funny personality interacting with us than with the screen. It is a balancing act for sure.

    I love the lego man holder; I am sure he will have some fun with it. Thanks for sharing the story! You do deserve a Mom medal for that one (although the satisfaction of hearing him singing and giggling to himself is the best reward one could imagine!).

  • 14.
    Kim Ryden said…

    We have meltdowns when there is no more TV time in the day too! Oh my! She’s only 2…I think it will only get worse!

    And we also love the book, Ten Apples Up on Top!

  • 15.
    Kim Shimer said…

    I have commented on your type cases before and have 2 pending to be decorated but those small slots are killing me, I am thinking of cutting out some of the dividers to make the spaces bigger. I am still in search for one like yours with the larger squares but great posts like this will make it that much harder to find lol. I found my last type case at a flea market and only paid $7 for it. The man was using it for displaying some jewelry and was surprised I wanted it. My husband thought I was crazy but literally every 20 ft, someone commented on it when I was walking around. I was feeling great by the end of the day :) Also mentioned before how much I love your project life. The “Put on your Happy Life” is that something you made on your own, or is it available somewhere. You seem to have lots of those and I really like them.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Kim – “put on your happy life” is an ad for Old Navy from a magazine ;) .

    • ….
      Kim Shimer said…

      thanks Ali, it was a good day, just followed your link to bananafish studio and ordered a bunch of stuff, looked through a couple magazines and found some great saying to clip our and then just won TWO of the letterpress trays with the squares on ebay for $25.49 for both of them!

    • .
      Ali said…

      That’s awesome!

    • ….
      Kim Shimer said…

      oops sorry for all those typos I was still excited about winning the auction :)

  • 16.
    Revlie said…

    i so love your real life stories. the best. and Anna is so cute with her Playmobil. Sanne plays with pirates also, the fun girls can have with the boys toys!
    love,

  • 17.
    Ginny said…

    We have the same battles at my house. My 7 and 9 year old sons who love Scooby Doo, Legos, Wii, and Star Wars are really into the 39 Clues books at the moment. I think Simon would love them!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thanks Ginny – I’ll check those out!

  • 18.
    MichelleR said…

    Our kids should get together! My Anna is 3 and knows every old Scooby Doo episode by heart. She doesn’t watch the new ones, though, because the music isn’t right and the clothes are not what they are supposed to wear. Even the older ones that have different singers for the intro really make her mad!

  • 19.
    Gabriela said…

    That is the beautiful thing about being a mom… there are many moments of crazy, a few moments of awful, but in between it all there is one tiny moment of pure joy. That joy is what makes us do it all again and again.

  • 20.

    Best thing we ever did was get rid of our TV.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Chris and I lived without a TV (by choice) for a few years after we got married. It’s always a possibility…

  • 21.
    {vicki} said…

    what a great story!

  • 22.
    Iman said…

    We have a tv in the family room and the boys have been begging for one in their room. It’s such a problem to get their attention sometimes so I know if I put one in their room, I’m just begging for problems. I go ballistic when the 7 year old says “i’m bored, what am I supposed to do now” I need to stay calm. Thanks for sharing this and not going ballistic.

  • 23.
    Kerry said…

    well done, great mom-ing.
    love real stories. thanks.
    i have too many real stories to share right now. but feeling a little more normal reading yours.

  • 24.
    Kendra said…

    WOW! This sounds a lot like my house!! We have toys and Legos but they seem to prefer the sqwak box (ie – TV). I tell them over and over that they have lots of toys and puzzles and games and crafty stuff they don’t touch. Then I suggest getting rid of and dismantling their play area so *I* can have a scrapbook area. Sometimes…..that’ll do it :) Good luck, stay strong ….and pick your mommy moments to remember….it makes all that fuss worth it.

  • 25.
    Christina said…

    First, love the display case for the Lego minifigs. I bought a few since seeing your post with the photos inside and now that my oldest son (almost 10) is into Lego people, this would be a great idea to keep them out to see but also, off of the floor!
    Second, congrats to Simon for eating stuff he doesnt normally like and reading books he really enjoys. Small victories are still VICTORIES!!!

  • 26.
    Monika Wright said…

    Sidenote: My little Spunky {along with my other 2 kidlets} loooove Scooby Doo and she says, “Creeper” in the same exact voice as on the show. I find it amazing that somehow, eventually, my kids, too, seem to find something better to do than watching TV. They don’t always like it.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Anna says it too Monika – totally hilarious.

  • 27.
    Debbie S. said…

    So cool that Simon’s reading Fantastic Mr. Fox…it’s one of our faves, and the movie! Well, I put it in my top 5 all time favorites. It truly fills me up. Bulpus bulpus!

    I am thinking spaghetti and meatballs tonight because last night I served lamb chops and quinoa casserole…the fam was not cheering to say the least.

    Have a great day, Ali. Thanks for the sweet story…I loved reading it. :)

  • 28.
    Jes Sotier said…

    i wish there were a “like” button for blogs ;) it’s lovely to be able to see what a typical day is in anyone else’s life, especially a parent. thank you for sharing with us Ali, as always you motivate and inspire me!

  • 29.
    Lesley said…

    Hi Ali,

    My 6 year old son is the same way about our Wii. He gets the bloodshot eyes too (and never wants to quit playing). Love the idea of the lego men in the case. Can you tell me where you got the poster on Simon’s door with the Star Wars lego characters? Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Lesley – it’s a limited edition 10th Anniversary Star Wars poster that came out in 2009. There’s a few listed on ebay here: http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=lego+star+wars+poster

    • ….
      Lesley said…

      Thanks again Ali! My son will be thrilled!!

  • 30.
    AudreyV said…

    Yay for you for limiting TV and video time. I have 2 teenage boys and that’s one of the best things we have done. Not easy but so necessary!

  • 31.
    Libbi M. said…

    love this post! thank you for sharing. i saw your “photo life instagram” you posted. love it too. i’m new to this i-mac world and would love a tutorial on how to print out a photo strip for my project life album. i’ve played around with the program and can’t figure this out. on another note, i’m starting on week 11 of my p.l. and i love the process so much. just like you, i’m totally amazed that i’ve kept up with this project consistently. every day, i’m looking for something that i can incorporate into my album. thank you for all you do. you are such an inspiration to so many people.

  • 32.
    Marti Richards said…

    Totally sounds like a day in the life at my house with my 2 kids- a 2 year old daughter and almost 6 year old son (who is an AVID Scoob fan!!). It is always nice when the day ends on a happy note, especially when my son holds my face in his hands and tell me that he loves me! My daughter loves my son’s old toys, too!
    Love your photo case, btw! What a wonderful idea!

  • 33.
    marisa said…

    Oh boy we are going through the same thing with our 10 year old son.

    Because his interests are so intense and he is very rigid, cutting back the computer time has been very hard. We brought in a ABA therapist to help us with this, reinforcers, not being so rigid,picky eating, etc. I pray this will help him. If it was up to him he would be on the computer and Wii all.day.long. I know this because after a meltdown MOM had with 4 other kids it turned into that. I felt so bad.

    He just sits on the couch lost, not sure what to do with himself since the computer and researching an viewing movies is his interest. That’s when I grab the other kids and engage them all. It’s starting to work!

    Thank you for posting this. I needed to see that our household is not the only one who goes through these days :)

  • 34.
    Roberta said…

    Oh boy did this bring back memories of our Tim…the Taz as we called him back then…short for the Tazmanian Devil because the fits he’d throw. Like you I chose to concentrate on the good parts of the days and learned that I couldn’t control anything so I just stopped trying and he helped me learn to not react to his actions and reactions. Feeding into it only made it worse. Some days were easier than others for sure…but afterall we are human…lol I have also kept some of my kids toys…even after downsizing to the Love Shack (all 687 sq. ft. of it ;) I’ve got their Legos and Construct tucked in storage for my grandbabies. Now that Tim is married I’m hoping to have them in a few years ;) Hang in there…it does get better with age and now the Taz is a happily married, rocket scientist!!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Always love hearing stories about Taz Roberta :) .

  • 35.
    Dawn said…

    ugghhh…can definitely relate to the kid(s) not wanting to quit doing something. When my youngest was little everything was a battle – especially bath time. She’d be in the tub for an hour if I’d let her, whether the water was cold or not. I finally got a kitchen timer and sat down and explained to her that we have limited time and that 20 minutes was her allotted time for bathing. When the timer went off, it wasn’t Mom yelling at her to get out, it was the timer letting her know it was over. It took the battle away from “me vs. her” to the timer being the bad guy. Maybe you could try something like this to limit the Wii gaming time?

  • 36.

    Thanks for sharing your Monday story. We have very similar Wii issues and experiences in our house. Thanks for the Scooby Link, my son will love that. I too am shockingly under-informed on important Scooby, Star Wars, Pokemon and Mario Brothers details.

  • 37.

    TV is a tough one. I sometimes let mine watch more than I intend to because it allows me to get my work done. (I’m a part-time work-from-home mom, but she stays with me all day.) I know if I just left it off she would find other ways to amuse herself though.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I think it’s tough too Deanna. Right now we’re working on moderation -

  • 38.
    Julie C said…

    Love the idea of the print shelf…need to dig mine out to help with my 11 yr olds legos! We have many issues with executive functioning and need storage ideas that are right in front of him for what’s important to him. So know those fits/moments….persistence pays off! We can now identify behaviors and reminders of what will happen if we don’t follow the household rules or limits, and what the consequences are for fits around them (particularly video games and tv time). Amazing what it took us 6-7 years to accomplish but it is so worth the tears and grey hairs to get there! Thanks for sharing.

  • 39.
    Cheryl M said…

    Reading about the meltdown makes me appreciate that I’m in an empty nest now and those type games weren’t available when my kids were young. We lived in the country and they made games out of sticks or playing ball outdoors, taking hikes, etc. Hmmm, might make for a great blog post……you jogged my memory Ali!
    I love your use of the printer’s drawer for the legos. I had one of those filled with tiny animal figures that my kids would pick me up for birthdays and Christmas. I decided it was time to pass it on down the line to my oldest son.
    LOVED everything about your post!

  • 40.
    Amy Albert said…

    Love Anna’s dress….can you share where its from?

  • 41.
    AngieS said…

    I am so glad you decided not to paint the printer’s tray/type case. It looks wonderful against the green of Simon’s wall. That is a fantastic shade of green by the way. I bought a printer’s tray earlier this year after seeing your photo display idea and while I haven’t done anything with it yet I am definitely not considering giving it to my son and his Lego men (in fact, I made sure my son didn’t see your previous post when you first came across the idea, I didn’t want him getting any ideas!!). But now I think I might have to buy another printer’s tray for that very purpose. Initially I thought I don’t want to paint this great piece of history, but seeing how Simon’s printer’s tray works so well with the Lego men even in it’s original state, I think my son might just be in luck!! Thank you for the inspiration, again…

  • 42.
    Jessica B said…

    Thank you for sharing your Monday story. I love the everyday stories you share.

  • 43.
    amy isley said…

    Must be the day for meltdowns. I had to pick up my son from school today because he had a meltdown and was unable to transition back from the cool down room to class. I am glad that my son is not the one with meltdowns.

  • 44.
    Jana said…

    Our girls are in their 20′s now, and mostly off on their own, but this post reminds me of when they were smaller… We didn’t get a tv until our oldest was 5 & youngest 1, but finally bought one mostly to edit video we’d been shooting and for watching movies. It’s always lived upstairs, in our bedroom, out of sight, out of mind, so it was an “event” to watch anything. The zombie/glazed eye thing happens so easily with screen time – whether tv or computer, and so hard to prevent without having some kind of limits… I remember how “bored” they’d become when screens were turned off, but after a period of “withdrawal” they’d start using their brains again, and figure how to entertain themselves once more. It’s an ongoing struggle all parents get to deal with! Now, my youngest has a tv her grandparents gave her but it’s not hooked to cable & the antennae doesn’t seem to help, so it’s used for just movies too. Our oldest uses her computer for tv & recently bought a Wii – but as a new full time college student, it doesn’t seem to be a distraction since she’s pulling in “A’s” in most of her classes. Staying strong with screen time as kids I believe has made our girls aware of needing limits themselves. So keep up the good work everyone! It’ll pay off!!

  • 45.
    jenn said…

    way to persist! we have talks from time to time with our 16.5 yr old about needing time away from stimulus (online video games), so don’t think it will get easier with time. i love how you persevered, even though there was pushback, and were rewarded with some beautiful moments to capture as the day progressed.

  • 46.
    Kate Burroughs said…

    You might be interested in checking out a syndrome that is just beginning to be researched about users of video games called “game transfer phenomena”. There was an article in the New York Times by Jesse Singal that talks about the research done which is being published in the “International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning” by Mark Griffiths, Angelica Ortiz de Gortari and Karin Aronsson. The research says that gaming could trigger “intrusive thoughts, sensations, impulses, reflexes, optical illusions and dissociations.” Just saying there might be some down sides to too much video action!
    Aloha, Kate

  • 47.
    Jan said…

    When my boys were young, they were allowed 30 minutes of gaming and 30 minutes of television per school day and on Saturday one hour each but none on Sunday. We would set a timer and if there was complaining when the timer went off, no playing tomorrow. It wasn’t long before there was no complaining. As they got older they lobbied for one hour of whichever so that they could watch an hour long television program if they wanted to, but more often than not they gave up tv for gaming! Now they are grown and pretty well rounded, although there are times when they have marathon gaming or movie nights with friends. Bottom line – you know your children and what they can handle better than anyone. Hang in there – it’s all worth it.

  • 48.
    Jamie said…

    Hi Ali, I just have to ask where you got the poster of the mini figures, I can see just a bit of it off to one side of the top picture! I just re-did my sons room and have been looking for some cool pictures/posters to hang up and he would love that one!! I looked on the lego site and can’t seem to find, so if you remember where you got it I would really appreciate the info! Thanks so much!!

  • 49.
    Amy said…

    thanks so much for sharing your day! it is easy for us blog readers to assume you have a perfect life without these moments. especially love how you all worked through it, still had dessert and ended the day on a sweet note :O) thanks for your honesty and reminder to find something to celebrate.

  • 50.
    Fiona said…

    Love the lego figures in the tray.

    Have you seen this Lego Photo a Day site: http://legomyphoto.wordpress.com/

    Maybe Simon could start taking photos of his creations?

    As for the Wii.. we have the same problem with the Xbox and are in fact having an XBox free month of May… which is especially hard when our son hasn’t had the new Star Wars Lego game for long. But just tired of being asked all the time if he can go on it. We also do time limits on these things. Good to hear others ideas.

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      Lynne said…

      Fiona, thanks for the link to the lego photo a day site. I hadn’t heard of that before, and my 8 yo son will LOVE it!

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