Be yourself…or be Batman!

Mr. C: Hey Daddy, can you guess what song Killer Croc sings to Batman ?

Me: No, what is it? 

Mr. C starts to sing………..

“Did I ever tell you that you’re my herooooooo?!!!!….

Me:  Oh no!…

C: Everything I wish I could be!!!….

Me: No, no please stop…

Mr C: I can fly higher than an eagleeeeee!!!….

Me: No,no,no, please stop!… (puts fingers in ears) … La, la, la,la! I can’t hear you!

C: For you are the wind beneath my wings!!!!….

Me:  Great, thanks for the earworm!

Lego Advent Mystery Calendar

We finally were able to get a Lego Advent Calendar  this year, after years of having them sell out before we could find one. Among this year’s 24 little Lego sets was this mystery man. 

It looks like he’s getting a chocolate chip cookie ready on some kind of serving board.  Or maybe it’s a cake that he’s taking from the oven?  But why does he have a helmet with a face shield on?  And is that an oxygen tank on his back ?  Is this some kind of tradition that I’ m not familiar with?  Is he a fireman who also bakes? 

At least the Santa figure makes sense.

Is This Important?

Do these toy pieces left on the floor go up the vacuum cleaner tube or not?

I remember this one, it’s a part of a wooden catapult kit. We looked and looked for this for hours, finally giving up and replacing the missing part with a metal washer instead.  Up the vacuum cleaner tube it goes!

I used to think that stepping on a Lego was the worst thing to step on, but a marble is worse.   We spent some money on those marbles though, so, much as I’d like to reduce the number of marbles in the house, I am cheap,  and I don’t like the idea that they would be lost to the vacuum, so you’re safe Mr. Heel Killer.

We love Legos here, so all Legos get a pass.  You’re safe from the vacuum little Lego piece.  I think this one is from a Lego construction truck set.

This guy is missing an arm and his legs.  Tough call on this one.  Mr. C does like this one, hmmm… lets see if he can find the missing parts.  You’re safe for now, little guy.

I’m pretty sure this is a piece from a game.   If we don’t have this piece, it will be hard to play the game, so this one is safe.

The smallest possible Lego piece ?   Also safe, though Mr. C has to get these, I’ve done enough bending down for the day.

I have no idea what this is, and it’s not a Lego.  Mr C. doesn’t know what it is either.  Sorry, little part, it’s the end of the line for you.  We’ll probably need you six months from now when we’re playing with whatever set you came from but that’s a chance we’ll have to take. We must reduce the clutter!  Up the tube with you!

This might be a Lego, then again maybe it’s not a Lego.  Hmmm, the judge says it has to be clearly marked to be a Lego.  Sorry, you have to go, whatever you are.

Good job, Mr. C, you found his arm!   Now how about the rest of him?  OK, orange vest guy, you have 48 hours for us to find your pants.  Then it’s out the door with you, sorry.

Too Many Legos?

Mr. C loves Lego, and after six years of receiving Lego sets, Mr. C has a lot of them now.  

What we do is put together the set as soon as we get it.  Here’s a Lego fire truck. It has a ladder that can extend and rotate 360 degrees, and a hose on a reel.    

However, after a few months of hard playing, the set is taken apart and its pieces are scattered into the vast Lego bin of unattached pieces.


So we get out the huge pile of instructions and search for the pieces, and put it together again.  Usually, we can’t find all the correct pieces, so we have to make some substitutions. 

After a few hours of searching, it’s back together again.  Yeah!  The fire engine is back!  That set cost quite a bit, it’s good to get it back together.  
But then, a few months later, it’s all taken apart again and back into the vast bin of unattached pieces.  


After six years of searching for missing Lego pieces,  I’ve given up on trying to keep the sets together and accepted the idea that Mr. C is going to make his own creations. 

Here’s a “Traffic Control” vehicle he made.  It uses parts from the fire engine, as well as parts from about a dozen other sets, including the legs of a dragon. 


 It also has a magnetic rope that grabs the cars that cause traffic jams. 

This might be better than a fire engine anyway.  And ‘No’ you can never have too many Legos. 


Ikea Built-in Bookcase Part 2

See that gap on the bottom of the bookcase base ?  That’s there because the floor is not level in our 112 year old house.

It’s not very noticable, though a marble will roll across the floor if placed at the baseboard.  That gap is about 1/4 inch high, just the right height for Mr. C to loose a lego under.

When he dropped the lego and it skipped under the bookcase, he was very upset.  Will it be stuck under there forever like a time capsule, he wondered.  I didn’t see it happen, so I didn’t know what kind of lego piece it was.  Some of those pieces are very small, some are large, some are important and are needed to complete the lego model, others aren’t that important and a substitute can be found instead.  C said it was an important piece.

First, I tried a standard foot long ruler.  Moving it around, trying to move the lego piece to the edge of the wooden base.  All I was able to do was push it further away, down into the back of the base.  I tried a long pice of paper next.  That didn’t have the stiffness of the ruler to get under the piece.  Again, I just only managed to push it further away.  The dust jacket of a book didn’t work either.  Mr. C went out to the backyard to look for a stick.

I then remembered that I had a much longer ruler, a three foot metal ruler.   After about a half hour of moving that ruler around in the gap, out popped the lego piece.

An important piece.    I’ll have to finish this bookcase soon or there will be a time capsule of small lego pieces under it.

Everything is Awesome


We love Legos here, and here’s one reason why. 

 Mr. C received a Lego set that happened to be missing two pieces.  He spent a lot of time putting the set together and once he realized that two pieces were missing he was very disapointed.  He had opened the box and made it on the kitchen table so all of the pieces had to be nearby. He looked everywhere; under the table, under the refrigerator, under the stove, nope, nowhere.  One of the pieces was a tire axle, and since the set was a police truck that truck wasn’t going anywhere until we replaced thoses pieces. 

So i thought I’d take a chance and email the Lego people.  Every part has an inventory number on Lego sets, so armed with the appropriate numbers I searched the Lego website, was soon able to find the customer service email address, sent them the message about the missing pieces and assumed I would never hear back. 

To my surprise, in two days Lego sent me an email in reply.  Their email said they would be happy to replace the pieces but that it might take six to eight weeks.  Seemed fine to me, I was happy they replied at all! 

About a week later a package arrived with the missing pieces along  with a letter apologizing for the wait!

As the title of the theme song of last year’s Lego Movie, says; “Everything is Awesome!” 


1 Day 1 World Project: 8:00pm – 9:00pm


We took Mr. C to see his first movie in a theater this weekend, and considering that he loves Legos, that first movie was ‘The Lego Movie’.  I was surprised to find out that it was still playing, considering that it had been released about six months ago, but there is a second-run theater not too far away from us that was still showing it.

We went to an afternoon showing, partly to get away from the heat of the day, but also because it would most likely be a fairly empty theater.  We weren’t sure how he would react to seeing a large screen movie for the first time, would he squirm around, would there be scary parts that he would not want to see, would he get bored, have to go to the bathroom, not be able to see the screen over the seat in front of him, and on and on like that.  So we thought that the 4:10pm showing would be a good choice since we could get seats without having to worry about anyone sitting in front of Mr. C.  It also helped that since it was a second run theater it only cost $3.75 each to get in!

The movie was much better than I thought it would be, it could have been just a long commercial for Legos, but it is actually quite good and very funny at times.  I have no idea how much of it Mr. C understood, but he sat still from start to finish and was  fully immersed in the story.

What does a 4:10 showing of ‘The Lego Movie’ have to do with the 8:00pm – 9:00pm hour ?   Well as soon as we got home, he emptied out his huge Lego bin and began to try to build the sets and characters from the movie, and continued to do so well past his usual bedtime.  So from 8:00pm to 9:00pm, we were all building various Lego creations as directed by Mr. C, until our fingers bled, or until he collapsed from exhaustion, whichever came first.

Anyone who saw the film might recognize ‘Lord Business’, pictured above, the evil nemesis of our Lego hero from the film; Emmet Brickowsi.  He’s a little Lego man, who puts on large stilts and has a large hat that may have shot flames out the top when he wants to intimidate his foes. At least that’s what Mr. C remembered him doing.   Or perhaps the pirate boat of Silverbeard, below.  Both entirely made by Mr. C.


Of course, he eventually did go to sleep, it might have been close to 10:00pm.   I however, was still awake for a several more hours, it may have been the Summer heat and humidity that kept me up, or it may have been the theme song for the Lego movie that has been stuck in my head since we saw the film.  ‘Everything is Awesome!’.  An ingenious song meant to parody catchy pop songs that get stuck in your head, that manages to actually be an awesome pop song that really does get stuck in your head.

This is part of the 1 Day 1 World series on the Northwest Frame of Mind blog.  For other posts in the series click HERE  .