Category Archives: Kids

Lego Time

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The best thing about having kids is that it gives you an excuse to be a kid again. Preschool age is great because the toys get more fun and they still need your help. My kids are getting into that Lego stage. Now the blocks are getting smaller, they are more fun, but easier to loose and more painful when you step on them. My son loves Star Wars, my daughter likes anything her big brother likes, but she loves pink. Recently, as a reward, we told the kids they could go to the store and pick out a Lego set. My son went straight to the Star Wars sets and picked the Sith Nightspeeder set. My daughter went for the Olivia’s Tree House set. My son and husband were so excited about his that they went to work on it right away. My father-in-law started helping my daughter with hers but they never finished it. We kind of put them away and forgot about them… until today.

The kids really wanted to play with their Lego sets today, so I decided to sit down and finish putting hers together. I hadn’t played with Legos in a while. They have one of those Lego bins full of different blocks, but I am not very creative when it comes to these things. I must say though, I had a great time and loved putting this Olivia’s Tree House set together. I guess I’m a follow instructions kind of gal. (Note to self, must work on the whole outside the box concept.) The set had a ton of tiny pieces and to my surprise, we still had all of them. The instructions were great and very easy to follow. The recommended age group for these sets is 6 – 12 years, it’s good to know I can follow directions meant for a 6 year old.

The nice thing about these sets is that they can play with them after they are done with the building. The Star Wars set comes with lightsabers, missiles that shoot out and two detachable pods. The Olivia set comes with the Olivia doll, a cat and bird.

Luckily my kids play well together so Anakin Skywalker was friends with Princess Leia (Olivia was quickly renamed). Together they protected the tree house from the bad guys!

Did you get to play with Legos today? Were you a big Lego fan as a kid? What is your favorite Lego set? It’s great to know that after more than 60 years this company is still making fun, high quality toys.

Until next time!

Mariel

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Kid’s Quotes – The Career Consultant

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Today we were eating lunch and my four-year old and two-year old started talking. Have you ever just sat there and listened to kids talking to each other? They come up with the funniest things.

So if you are having a rough day just sit and listen, I’m sure you’ll smile at least once.

Today’s lunch topic…. Future Careers

4-year old – “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
2-year old – “I want to check my email.”
4-year old – “Oh so you want to be a programmer.”
2-year old – “Yes!”

Glad to know my daughter’s future has been all sorted out. Now we all know what programmers REALLY do. ūüôā

Until next time!

Mariel

The Library

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Have you discovered all the wonderful things your library has to offer? I love our library, but I must say it took a while for me to realize how wonderful libraries are.

Growing up the only library I knew was the one at my school. I found it so intimidating and somewhat uninviting with rows and rows of tall stacks full of all kinds of books. If I thought that was intimidating I should not even mention my college library. There are even super spooky stories of the basement stacks being haunted by the ghost of a girl whose murder was never solved. Not to mention librarians patrolling the aisles making sure we are being quiet.

That being said my feelings about the library changed after I had kids. The library is truly a wonderful place to spend cold winter days with your kids. They have everything from toys to story time, and while the librarians still like some level of quiet, they don’t mind kids being kids. Our library has such a big selection of children’s books that we rarely walk out with the same book twice.

Libraries have everything from the newest movies (VHS, DVD and Blu-ray), CDs, magazines and audio books to the classic novels. The best part is, at least in most cases, you can find the book online from the comfort of your own home and if it’s not available at your library you can request it and pick it up when it’s ready. They will even send you email reminders when your book is ready for pick up or when you need to return a book and you can renew your books online.

The newest thing I have discovered is that I can even borrow Kindle books from the library. This process is all done from home, all you need is a Kindle and a computer.

If you are not sure what the closest library is, here’s a link that lists every library by state and city.

http://www.publiclibraries.com/

So needless to say, I’m in love with our library! My kids love the big fish tank and the little hamster that lives in a tank in the children’s section. They have a table with printouts and crayons for them to color, a kitchen and a puppet theater area. I love all the wonderful programs they offer the kids from story time to craft time.

When was the last time you visited your library? ¬†What’s your favorite thing your library offers?

Until next time!

Mariel

Puzzled by the Puzzle

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So today we were puzzled by a puzzle, imagine that.

So far all the puzzles I have put together with my kids have pieces that that are all the same size. My daughter got a Disney princess ¬†puzzle for Easter. I believe it was one of those dollar ones. It was made in China and the company is called Cardinal. On the box it says it’s a 50 piece puzzle.

When we started putting together the outside border we noticed it was 9 pieces by 6. According to our math it was NOT a 50 piece puzzle, then I decided to count them all. Turns out that this puzzle does indeed include 50 pieces. They made the outside border pieces smaller than the inside pieces.

Very strange indeed, but I’m glad we solved that mystery! Have you been puzzled by a puzzle lately?

Until next time!

Mariel