Building another Christmas full of memories, one Lego building block at a time. ~Aunt Heather Piper
Well, it’s happened again. This Christmas turned out to be another Piper Lego Fest for Kyle. By default, everyone was expected to participate and gaze upon the Lego creations, starting from a large pile of tiny Lego building blocks, all the way to the final Lego creation. Not to mention stopping in to examine and re-ensuring Kyle of his progress throughout the development. In Kyle’s mind, Legos make everyday better!
Kyle knows I only buy him unconventional gifts. This year’s theme was books. The selected novels included the Lord of the Rings book set, Diary of a Wimpy Kid -The Third Wheel and Lincoln’s Last Days by Bill O’Reilly. He seemed pretty thrilled to start Lord of the Rings, ever since he quickly wrapped up The Hunger Games series announcing, “Finally, another book series I can start!” Although he was also excited about the last Wimpy Kid book, keeping up with that series since its conception. However, Kyle didn’t seem so thrilled with Lincoln’s Last Days, saying, “I just don’t really like history.” To not torture my young Kyle and yet introduce him to anther genre of books, I ensured Kyle that I will read those pages to him. Being pretty satisfied with my comment, Kyle instantly agreed knowing that was the best deal he was going to get. He likes to read on his own, especially exciting books, but he does save a place for me to read to him. It’s our together time and we both really enjoy it, plus I like to keep tabs on what he’s reading. I always want to stay involved so I can answer any of his questions or guide his curious mind in the right direction.
Having nothing against Lego’s, they are great to satisfy Kyle’s need to build and shape his engineering mind, I also know he gets plenty of Lego’s to last him a lifetime or at least to get him through the holidays. This year was nothing short of his dream Lego sets. Since seeing The Hobbit with me in the movie theater, Kyle now wants to collect all The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Lego sets. I remember the days of the Indiana Jones Lego sets and the Star Wars Lego sets. There was a time when that’s all he wanted, now it’s onto sometime new.
Kyle’s Christmas list did include something out of the ordinary. Kyle requested Lego Mobile Devastator Exo-Force. Apparently, this Lego has been discontinued and according to Kyle was “Rare”. What did that mean to Kyle? Nothing. It meant that he would ask his Aunt Nikki for it, giving it five stars on his Christmas list, and she would deliver. In fact, there was never a time when Kyle didn’t think he was going to get his requested Legos. You know what? He was right! Nicole did pull through and find him his outlined items.
Before Nicole arrived home, she asked Kyle if she was expected to wrap the gifts. He reassured her that all gifts needed to be wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree. He wanted to be surprised and he “Didn’t want to be tortured seeding the box!” Yes, I am being serious, that’s our little man. He wants to be surprised but wants to be in control of what he wants.
About a week ago, Kyle was complaining about his socks again. Mom snapped and said, “I’m going to buy a a dozen bushels of socks for you for Christmas!” Later, Kyle questioned me about mom’s statement saying, “Would Gigi really buy me a dozen bushels of socks for Christmas?” I confirmed the words spoken by saying, “O yes, don’t put it past Gigi, she’ll do it! She’s done it before. I’ll be surprised if she doesn’t get you a load of underwear too.” A little stressed out Kyle said, “Ya but she’s also going to get me Lego’s too, right?” I laughed and ensured him he will not be at a shortage of Legos for Christmas.
By the time I got to mom and dad’s house on Friday night, Kyle had already inspected all the boxes, sized them up, looked up the Legos he wanted and review the dimensions of the boxes on the Lego website. This way he was doing an accurate comparison with the prizes under the Christmas tree and the outlined Christmas list items. What? Yep! That’s how Kyle works. He wants all gifts wrapped, so he can be surprised, but he wants to ensure his victory even up to the last minute! He not only did that mom and dad’s gifts, but he really examined the gifts hauled into the house by his Aunt Nikki. Naturally, he never felt a need to closely examine the gifts supplied by me. Note to self, I should throw him off his game and purchase a Lego set for Easter. He would be truly mind-blown!
Christmas went off without a hitch, keeping to our tradition of attending mass on Christmas Eve, where Kyle served. He loves serving mass and helping father out, well maybe not with the incense, but being apart of the blessing of the manger and especially the assistance with the Eucharist. Kyle is at that age where he is getting older now, but is still just a kid who likes to play with his Legos. And he does! Once the Lego sets are build, he sets up his battles and literally plays with the figures and the scenes. This year it looked like the Mobile Devastator joined in on The Hobbit- Battle of Helms Deep, another five star favorite. Upon closer inspection I saw some Star Wars Lego’s were also included on the epic battle in the living-room. Legos, fun for hours and hours!
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you built your Christmas memories, as Kyle has done for us!
I’ll post some pictures of Kyle’s Lego sets when he takes the pictures.