Waking up with a house full of little ones to the first snow of the season will absolutely never lose its magic. Before they were even out of their rooms this morning, I heard squeals of delight followed by, “Mom…it SNOWED!” They just couldn’t get over the surprise of going to bed and waking up to a world of white. “It’s like magic,” they said. “God is magic.” Yes, sweet ones…yes, He is.
As one of his birthday presents, The Bug got tickets for all of us to visit the Mansfield Art Center to see Nathan Sawaya‘s The Art of the Brick exhibit. If you’re not familiar with Nathan’s work, he’s a fomer-lawyer-turned-full-time-artist who works in the medium of Lego to create large-scale, life-size sculptures.
It was super fun to take the kids to check out his work. As a kid, my family was really good about exposing me to all kinds of artistic and cultural experiences — art, music, theater — and it’s been really fun to share those kinds of things with my kids as well. This was the perfect exhibit for them because it’s all in a medium they’re familiar with and can relate to. It really inspired them to come home and try building with their Lego in a little bit of a different way.
The Bug with the life-sized Lego Nathan Sawaya
The Monkey interprets Sawaya’s work
The Bean’s interpretation
My favorite part of the exhibit was the section titled In Pieces where Nathan collaborated with photographer Dean West to create images of Lego creations set within real-life scenes. The way they arranged them was really cool, displaying the actual Lego sculpture in the museum next to the photographic collaboration so you could view both at once. I think my favorite was piece was Umbrella. Or Hotel. Or, or…they were all really amazing.
After we toured the art center inside, they had a tent full of Lego set up outside for the kids to go out and build whatever they wanted. Of course my kids were all over that! The Bug has always been a HUGE Lego fan, and it’s been really interesting to watch him grow and develop his imagination and his own unique style. He’s becoming a master at creating 2D Lego art, which I think is really creative…it’s almost like real-life pixel art. It’s been cool to see what he’s come up with.
In what seems the blink of an eye, we somehow went from this…
The Bean made birthday crowns for everyone!
This past weekend we celebrated the Bug’s first completed decade! DECADE!! How that is even possible, I can’t seem to figure it. This boy, I love him more than I know how to say. And I hope he feels even a micron of the love my heart holds for him. I’m so awed, proud, and thankful to the Lord for the person that He is making him to be. I can’t wait to see what the next ten years hold for my Bug. To give you an idea of his heart, when I asked him to make a birthday wish list, he said there was nothing he needed. I tried to tell him that it’s ok to want things, that people wanted to get him presents, and wanted to get him things he truly would enjoy. After much coaxing and prodding on my part, he did come up with a list. Of two things. I asked him to try one more time. He was able to come up with a few more things. So practical, this one.
He didn’t want a big party, just time to hang out with his closest buddies, and some time to have a family celebration. So that’s just what we did. I’m a firm believer that the birthday person gets what the birthday person wants on their birthday. That, and that birthday cake is what’s on the menu for breakfast the morning after a birthday. Two of his three best friends, the exact ones he celebrated with last year, came over and made the afternoon so fun! Gotta say, these boys are the answer to prayer in the Bug’s life…we’ve prayed that he would find at least one friend that loves him deeply and loves the Lord, and God has been so good to answer that prayer. The boys wanted to head over for some laser tag and then back to the house for cake, presents, and hang out time. Perfect.
Friends headed home in the evening, then it was family time for supper, more presents, and cake!
Everyone gets a turn to blow out the candles together!
I think he really had a great day. Happy birthday, Bug! I’m sure the next one will be here before I know it… :)
I kinda have a thing for mugs. Which is an oddity, because 1.) hot beverages aren’t my fave, and 2.) I don’t really own that many mugs. I’ve always thought mugs would be a fun thing to collect (my aunt has a mug collection, Husband’s parents always get souvenir mugs when they travel…I figure I come by it honestly), but seeing as how a mug collection would take up an inordinate amount of cabinet space, I’ve refrained from beginning said collection. However, I can’t stop myself from checking out the mugs everywhere we go. So, when Kim started her annual Mug Swap and I heard about it from Susan two years ago, how could I not participate? I mean, who wouldn’t love to get and give a mug?!
So, this was my second year with this gig. Here’s the rundown if you’re unfamiliar with it… You get someone’s name and info,
stalk them find out as much about them as your little heart desires, then pick out something just right and send them a mug! And someone does the same for you. That simple. But oh so much fun!
There really is a mug in there, I promise!
Let’s start with the person I gifted…this year I was so blessed to be matched up with Laura! I knew immediately when I read her About page and she labeled herself a “rebellious conservative” that I had found a kindred spirit! I often find myself feeling too worldly for the Jesus crowd and too Jesus for the non-church folks. AND…hello…she bakes! (There’s a good reason she’s known as Sugar Mama!) She’s quite the photographer, too, I might add. I loved exploring her blog and reading about her love for Peet’s coffee (still wish I could have found her some whole bean, and of course I since found out they’re opening a Peet’s store near me soon), her list-making prowess (I’m a list maker myself), her super amazing kid skills (she runs a daycare. in her house. brave woman!), and her love for the Lord and her family. She’s a gem. Seriously, go get to know her people!
The mug I made for Laura…of course I forgot to take a full-on completed photo!
Then, I was so blessed to be on the receiving end of a super fantastic mug from Teri! It’s always fun to me to see how people will perceive me if they only know me from my blog…what kind of person they see me as if they only know me from my writing. And boy did Teri nail it with this mug! Thanks so very much, Teri!
If you didn’t participate this year, I bet you’re wishing now that you had, aren’t you? :) Don’t worry, next August Kim will do it again. Right, Kim…RIGHT?!?! Hahaha, like now she has a choice! ;)
Lots of changes happening around here, and I think it’s hitting The Monkey hardest of all. With The Bug and The Bean both gone all day at school now, he’s kind of at a loss…he misses his partners in crime! Even at church he’s moved out of the nursery and into his own big kid class…another change he’s not too thrilled about. He’s all smiles when we pick him up, but dropping him off to his class? He’s not having it. Not at all. I’m so thankful though, for the opportunity for him to be gaining some independence, and although I know it’s scary for the little guy, I know he can do it. Being a parent has really changed me spiritually and helped me to think about my relationship with God from a different perspective. How I go through situations and decisions that are difficult, but ultimately grow me into a more mature person and believer. How it’s actually loving for Him to allow hard, even painful things in my life for my ultimate good, so that I might become more like Christ. And so many times I find myself like my own kids, digging my heels in, resisting, complaining…and then I think of being their mom. How I love them so much more than I ever thought possible, and how I want their good more than their comfort, and I know that God loves them, and me, even more than that. What a mysterious, wonderful love the Father has for us!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this
That caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul!