A Special Birthday Card


We are now on our 3rd Mission Monday.  It was so exciting to hear BroBro ask this morning what it was we were going to do for our Mission day.  He was ahead of me though, because I didn’t really have planned what it was that we were doing.  Things were even more complicated by the trip to the pediatrician for a bad case of poison ivy that just doesn’t seem to be going away and the hour wait we had while we were there.  Somehow the idea of the steroid medicine they recommend he start just didn’t seem to be an exciting treatment after managing all three closed in a small doctor’s room for that length of time.  Note to self:  Never, ever, ever schedule an appointment so close to the time that you have to walk out the door without grabbing the snacks/toys/distractions that are often needed in situations such as this.

So after the crazy morning, Mission Monday required something that could be done at home and was possible to implement without a trip to the store for supplies. I searched my pinned service ideas and came across the site Hugs and Hope for Children.  This website was created as a ministry of encouragement for children battling critical illness. Each month features new stories and photos of sick children. The idea is to pray for, encourage, and send these children cheery postal mail.



Since there were no new kids listed, we pulled up the birthdays for May and decided to make a few kids on the list Happy Birthday cards.  Jaxson used this crumbled paper technique to decorate the outside and wrote each kid a special note inside.  To extend this project we also wrote the name of each child for which we created a card on our calendar.  This way when their birthday rolls around we can say a special prayer for that child.

I am really happy with how today’s mission turned out.  I am sure we will revisit this one often.


Balloon-Powered Lego Car

It’s a motorcycle?  No, it’s a plane?  Wait, it’s a car?  No, it’s a balloon-powered zoom machine!

Frugal Fun 4 Boy’s most recent Lego challenge involved 3 fun things in this house:


Daddy and BroBro worked together to make this balloon-powered contraption.


First BroBro wanted to learn how to blow up balloons.  I was quite surprised at how well he did with this.  And because Pretty Girl wants to do everything her brother does, she too tried.


Once the balloons were finally put to the side, BroBro became interested in how this new toy was going to work.


A plan was put into place.


Daddy and BroBro combined two motorcycles and two triangular pieces (that looked much like airplane wings).  BroBro was interested to know if his special car was actually going to fly.


Finally, the car was set into motion.  There were a handful of unsuccessful attempts.  Including this one where Daddy  tried to pop the balloon for an added affect.


But in the end, our balloon-powered zoom machine moved quite well.  Our longest track went about 17 feet and was only stopped by the wall that it kept hitting because it continued to drive in a rightward direction. BroBro tried to remedy this by setting it off on the neighbors sidewalk but quickly realized that this just wasn’t going to work the same way as it did on the hardwood floors.  He learned that although pavement looks smooth, on closer observation, it is quite rough and this hinders how fast and far small lego wheels travel.

BroBro has brought the car to me several times the last couple of days, so he is eager to try it out again.  Next time we need to try a different model to and see how it compares.


Mission Kick-Off

Did you know that today is National Library Worker’s Day?  Neither did the library workers at two libraries where we dropped off cookies and home-made cards today.


We have kicked off our Mission Mondays and the kids are ready to serve.  Yesterday BroBro and Pretty Girl worked with me to make cards of appreciation and chocolate chip cookies.  Today we were able to deliver those to two local libraries where we often visit.  They were very appreciative and the kids loved seeing the smiles on their faces.  Thank you library workers for all that you do to serve us and our community.

Lego Fun

As I mentioned in my recent post Jericho and Legos, I have been trying to introduce BroBro to the unending fun of the Lego.  The Jericho Wall video and building, did lead to more frequent playing of these fun building toys but they still haven’t quite made it to the top of his must-do list.

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a blog post on one of the blogs I follow.  Frugal Fun for Boys had posted their most recent Lego challenge and had presented their new challenge of creating as many different things as you could with the same 25 pieces.

I thought following these challenges would be a fantastic way for BroBro and I to have some Lego fun together and continue to introduce him to the creativity of Lego play.  The very next day we sat down and began pulling out 25 pieces of the same kind.  We had 25 pieces of small blocks, 25 pieces of long blocks, 25 pieces of flat blocks.  We figured we’d challenge ourselves with different groups of 25 pieces and see what types of structures we could construct.

We started to come up with fun patterns.  This is one example of what we did.


We were enjoying it while we were doing it but it began to bewilder me just how the kids at Frugal Fun for Boys “just couldn’t put it down”.  It seemed to me that there was just so many cool and interesting patterns that could be created with the same 25 pieces.  Recently, they posted their pictures and ah, ha, I quickly realized my mistake!  The intention was to use the same 25 pieces in different ways but not necessary the same type of 25 pieces.  As Pretty Girl, always says. “Silly Mommy!”

So we attempted the challenge again.  This time BroBro pulled out 25 random pieces and off to building he went.  Once his first creation was created he reached into the box for a guy.  No, no, that would be 26 pieces.  So he picked one of the pieces to substitute. He made…

DSC_0594animal being ridden by a guy…

DSC_0595a speedboat…

DSC_0596a space rocket…

DSC_0597a lookout tower…

DSC_0598and a helicopter…

BroBro and I enjoyed this Lego challenge.  We look forward to the next challenge.  I haven’t yet told BroBro that the next challenge is to create a balloon-powered car.  I wonder if we can get Daddy involved with this one?

Check out Frugal Fun for Boys Lego Fun Fridays and take the challenge yourself.