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, @LegoKidsFest 2012 - Aunt Heather Piper" rel="bookmark">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? ...
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