Oliver at 5 years 11 months, Patrick at 3 years 7 months Christmas morning, opening stockings while waiting for the cinnamon rolls to cool. After we opened presents we went for a walk at the beach to test out the new rain gear. Neoprene boots are great, but they’re not really designed to be submerged. … More a few photos from Christmas Day
Today is the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. A day when the sun won’t rise until well after seven, and will set around four. We’ve been talking with the boys about these natural phenomenon — the earth and the sun, axial tilt, the longest night, and the eventual lengthening of days. The … More the Winter Solstice & the Christmas Pyramid
A friend recently tagged me on facebook asking if I’d ever heard of the Christmas Spider. The short version of the story is about a spider that came down after the Christmas housecleaning was done, and made an elaborate web all over the tree, Father Christmas took pity on both the spider and the housewife, … More Our Christmas Spider
The beautiful (and often infuriating) thing about our Winter Village is that it is not a static display, it is regularly taken down and played with. It also grows and changes daily with new additions from the Lego Advent Calendar. The boys enjoy playing with it, and on occasion, the Advent Gnomes get ambitious and … More Lego Winter Village in action & transformation
Up until now, our Lego Winter Village has been made entirely out of parts we already had on hand — yes, we have a wide variety of part, and largely built without the aid of directions or building guides. On the afternoon before Thanksgiving, Grandma and Oliver built the Christmas Tree Lot Truck. On Thanksgiving … More our Lego Winter Village – Santa’s Workshop
No Christmas Village would be complete with out Santa, as we didn’t have an “official” Santa, I put one together, I’ve nicknamed him “Mall Santa.” Mall Santa wears a pirate hat, a wizard beard, a costume borrowed from knights, and white “gloves” from a waiter. Mall Santa needs elves, so I found some mid-90s forest … More our Lego Winter Village – Mall Santa & Renaissance Carousel
Here are a few more of my homemade Lego Winter Village buildings. Every winter village needs a post office, complete with Lego flag. I also built a bus and bus stop so people could get around the village, and see the lights.
The boys have been really into Duplos for some time now, and Oliver is showing an active interest in Legos. Ever since our CraigsList Lego haul, I’ve been on the lookout for instructions, and design inspiration. Inspiration hit really hard when Grandma Dulce and I decided the boys needed the Lego City Advent Calendar. One … More our Lego Winter Village – Tree Lot, Gluhwein Stand & Horse Drawn Carriage