May 29, 2010

Star Wars and Legos

My kids are turning into Star Wars nutballs.  It started with the new Lego sets, of which I've spent countless hours on the floor putting them together, sorting, and searching for those *!@%$ tiny pieces that always get lost in the bottom of the bucket (or in the carpet fibers). 

Then, they discovered that there were short, animated 'movies' on Lego's website.  Plus video games.  And then, they learned that there were actual, full-length feature films.  Six of them!  Well, they wanted to watch all of them *right now*. 

I haven't let them watch all of them, but we have watched the first one.  They are completely hooked.  So now I listen to them have duels with pretend light sabers (which Youngest calls lifesavers), complete with the sound effects.  Youngest is the king of sound effects.  I think I will need to get the video camera for the next one, because it's hilarious.  :)

Their birthdays are coming up, and all they want is more Star Wars stuff.  More lego sets, action figures, and (of course) their very own light sabers.  They wanted real ones, but when I told them that wasn't possible they sighed and said the toy version will have to do.  :)

Part of me is hoping they don't take this too far and decide they're going to follow the Jedi religion.  But the rest of me is enjoying the excuse to re-live Star Wars, and see it the way I saw it when I was a kid.  :)

May 19, 2010

Hickory Dickory Dock...

Youngest came home the other day telling me that he learned Hickory Dickory Dock at school.  He told me all about how the story goes, in detail, and then wanted to recite it for me.  So I smiled and said okay.  He recited the first line:
"Hickory Dickory Dock, the mouse ran up the clock."
Then he got a confused look on his face and said he couldn't remember any more.  I smiled and said that, if he remembered, he could come back and tell me.  He said okay, and then skipped off to the next room.

For the next hour, he recited that first line over and over and over and over.  I have no idea if he was trying to remember the rest, or if it was just his way of enjoying himself as he put together some legos.  But he never got past that first line, and it was all I could do to distract him and get him onto something else.  He eventually stopped reciting, but that line is now seared into my brain.  Even now, days later, it's still stuck in my head!

Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock