If you got to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you to to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us. ~Jim Rohn
Kyle, even at eleven years old, ready to go into the seventh grade, still has a love for Legos. Mentioning it a time or two, or three or four (Another Lego Christmas, Kyle’s Lego Dream @LegoKidsFest 2012, Shopping Spree, Kyle Asks for Prayers, Happy Lego Birthday Kyle – 11 Years Old!, Seattle – Twilight Pilgrimage Part 4 and the list goes on and on), Kyle’s love of Legos is even stronger now than it ever has been. This past Easter was no exception, as well as our last camping expedition. In fact, just about everywhere we go and everything we do includes this building block activity.
Let’s start with Easter. Unfortunately, I missed this past Easter. I was seriously sick and just laid there like a slug. Actually, I felt bad for two big reasons. One, because I wanted to enjoy the holiday with my family and two, because I promised Kyle I would wake up with him at the crack of dawn, like I have done every year, to watch him find the Easter eggs. Yes, he instructed us to hide the eggs, even though he is well aware the Easter bunny is not real. The kid didn’t want to miss out on anything and that included looking for the pastel colored plastic eggs, usually filled with change. Kyle is anything if consistent.
Side story! Kyle’s youth group held an Easter egg hunt. While they were setting it up, Kyle had to serve mass and missed being apart of the assembly of the event. They let him participate since he didn’t know where the eggs were hidden. Naturally, Kyle found the golden egg, which allowed him to take this chocolate bunny wrapped in gold foil embellished with a dangling collar ornament. Mom, who picked our little man up after he was done said, “You should have seen Kyle. He was so excited about participating he forgot he was upset. He showed me his chocolate bunny. He even pointed to the collar and said ‘OOo Gigi, look!’. I tell ya what, that kid! He always manages to come out on top.” And he certainly does.
Kyle and the rest of the family enjoyed Easter, while I laid on my death bed. I’d like to call out an observation I made. Easter used to be a celebration of Jesus and it is, but it has certainly taken on another form, an almost Christmas gift giving quality. To counter act this new trend, I make sure I take Kyle to the Stations of the Cross during lent. I even reviewed the Stations of the Cross with him independently, in addition to CCD class and going to church. Kyle knows the true meaning of Easter and Christmas, however he also has this affinity for those Legos.
Easter, arriving on Sunday, March 31st of this year was the same. Kyle was at no shortage of Legos to put together and play with. Did I break down and fall into the Lego frenzy? Nope, I purchased Kyle a few books on how to play chess and an Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. I must say, even though he loves his Legos, that goes without question, he did like the books. Since then we’ve made a few recipes out of the cookbook and we’ve perused the chess books while playing a few mean games, picking up new tips. Even though he appreciates his supply of Legos, I think the chess books took him off guard and was a pleasant surprise. He loves to play chess and he’s pretty good at it. He even wants to join the chess club at school, if they have one. Knowing that, I wanted to encourage him.
Did he use the chess books as much as he played with the Legos, nope but that’s fine. At least he plays with his Legos and still uses his imagination and enjoys himself.
I’m just going to discuss his Lego love from this past spring. Nicole and Kyle have this on going deal. When he gets A’s on his report card, she slips the kid some cash to spend on whatever he chooses. Can you guess what he had his eye on this report card? Yep, more Legos! Seriously, I thought he owned them all! I guess not.
The ordering process is down to a science. Kyle picks out the Legos he wants, emails the Lego name and sku number to my sister and Nicole usually orders the goods to be delivered to the house. That way he can track the packages and there is no hold up waiting for my sister to come home to drop off the Legos.
However, this one particular time there was a flaw in the system and the Legos never showed up. Even though the online receipt was claiming it was delivered. Kyle was stressed! Who had his Lego? Is he ever going to get another one? And so on and so forth. That sparked emails back and forth between me, mom and Nicole. It was really funny, even though I know Kyle was sincerely stressed over the situation. Eventually, Nicole had me go to the store to pick up the Lego to cool his horses. I did, reluctantly. I don’t think we should jump every time Kyle says how high, although he wasn’t pushy with us, just distressed. Also, he did do a great job on his report card and earned that money fair and square.
Would you believe months later, the neighbor realized they had the package all along and returned it to Kyle? I’m not sure how someone doesn’t recognize a package delivered that has LEGO, written clearly across the top in bright letters. I mean didn’t the sound of a million tiny little brick pieces give it away? Not to mention, Kyle personally called and stopped over to see if Kyle’s mail found its way to the wrong house. Whatever.
After the missing package resurfaced, I guess Kyle called my sister and asked what he should do with the Lego, since she already paid for this one and he got the same set, when I picked it up. Another side note. That was a nice gesture, Kyle could have just assumed he was getting that Lego or not mentioned it at all. Yet, instead he called my sister right away to keep her in the loop. Nicole told him to keep the Lego and have two. A comment that sent pure happiness through Kyle. A random surprise for the day. For once no argument came from our little Lego lover.
Now let’s discuss this past report card, for the third quarter. Yes, my little man got all A’s and a B in writing. I’m perfectly fine with that! He worked hard and did a great job! His reward? Ask his Aunt Nikki, who seems to be his Lego supplier. He was rewarded with more Legos to build and play with, at his request. His theme of choice for this batch? Lego Star Wars.
On May 17 – 19, just a few weeks ago, we went to Parker Dam for camping and fishing. (Fishing Towards Independence, Just Had to Take It to Parker Dam, Parker Dam State Park Story) Mom and dad left earlier on that Friday before us. I had to wait to get Kyle off of the bus before making our journey. While we were packing and making our preparations, the Legos Nicole ordered came in. All along prior to this time, Kyle would call Nicole and mom to check and see if the precious packages arrived. Can you believe him? Yep, it’s true!
Mom instructed me to put the new, highly anticipated Legos in my car. What? Are you kidding me? We were going camping and fishing, not hanging out putting together Legos! Reluctantly, I did as instructed and added the Legos to the contents of my car. As Kyle got off the bus, he peeked inside the windows to see the huge boxes, a total of three were present. The smile that erupted from his face was contagious and truly delightful!
As soon as we got on our way, Kyle did his usual inspecting of the packaging and reading the number of pieces in each box, the characters supplied in each Lego set and so on and so forth. I think he does that on purpose to build his excitement even more. He couldn’t wait to bust open the boxes and go to town.
Once we got to Parker Dam on Friday night, after Storm took off for the woods to play Jeremiah Johnson, Kyle opened a box of Legos and began to assemble. He didn’t want to head down to meet up with his pap to fish, he didn’t want to help me look for my missing cat, he didn’t even want to get out his bike and go for a ride. He wanted to build! It’s like an addiction for him. At least it’s a healthy learning one!
Literally, I had to pace him with the Legos and force him to think about other things while camping. Once Kyle is involved or introduced to something else, he has a great time. It’s just getting him to that point that can be tricky. Throughout the weekend, we did manage to get our bikes rolling and explore the campsite a bit, as well as an unmarked dirt road. On Sunday, we took the dogs for a walk in the nearby woods. Even though we weren’t suppose to separate them from their leashes, we did so the boys could stretch out their legs. After all, they were used to running free in the woods while we hiked.
But I bet the highlight to Kyle’s weekend, besides trudging through the creek and splashing with the dogs and getting all wet, was building and playing with those Legos. Ok, maybe out fishing me made the top of his list too.
Saturday, after fishing in the morning, became the Lego building time. Our camp fire was positioned by a large rock. Kyle used that to play on. It was his base of his Lego war. As we hung around the campfire shooting the breeze, Kyle played with his Lego characters and their flying transportation devices. He really enjoyed himself!
I guess any situation is a perfect situation with Legos, and any situation can be made a Lego good time. Even if it was an enjoyable one without the primary colored building blocks. I’m looking to sign Kyle up for Bricks for Kidz camp. I bet he would enjoy that!