Friday, December 14, 2012

Jacob's Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar 2012 - Day 9-14

Hi! Never fear, Jacob's Advent calendar is still being opened on a daily basis, but my entire household has been struggling with some kind of plague and between that and work being stressful I've not had the time or energy to post.

Today though I've got some free time and I'm here to show you the mediocre magnificent treasures Jacob has uncovered thanks to the good people at Lego, George Lucas and my dad.

Feast your eyes on these beauties.

Sorry, you're going to have to squint a bit.
So, looks like we've got some kind of army guy from the Dark Side, one of those big walkie things from The Empire Strikes Back, some kind of satellite doohickey, a rebel pilot, a box droid and a federation weapons depot.

I LOVE the walkie thingy, I forget what it's technically called, but I love it. It's got to be my favourite so far. Jacob, on the other hard, was really stoked about the box droid (they always made me think of moving McDonald's trash cans) and the weapons depot. You can't see it, but the weapons depot came with enough pieces for a double-ended light sabre and even though we all know that Darth Maul (the best thing in Episode I!) was a baddie he had the coolest light sabre.

A pretty decent offering from Lego this week. Well played sirs (and ladies too).

I saw this online yesterday and it made me giggle, especially since it feels like October around here and Christmas cheer, as well as sales seem to be a bit low considering the date on the calendar. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Jacob's Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar 2012 - Day 6-8

Oh my goodness it's been so busy here!
Alright so here's the last 3 days of Jacob's advent stash. I am happy to report that they all actually look like stuff and are not nearly as disappointing as day 5's "troop ship" or "poop ship" as I like to call it.

Check it out!
More about our crazy week later.
Have a good one!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Me and Santa - It's Complicated

Alright, I promise this is a real blog post with no pictures of Lego or rants about George Lucas. 
I promise.

Remember back at Halloween when I wrote about how I had a complicated relationship with the holiday?
Yeah, it's kind of like that at Christmastime, only with Santa.

I kind of feel like Santa is that weird uncle I'm not sure how to act around. You know the one who wants to give you lingering hugs, drinks a bit too much and occasionally makes comments about how your legs "go all the way up". Let me tell you why.

My parents were anti-Santites. Not the crazy "adjust the letters in Santa and you get Satan" kind of anti-Santites, but still, I knew very early on that there was no Santa. I had a roommate in university that likened this kind of child rearing to abuse, but it really wasn't. Santa wasn't made out to be a bad guy or anything, we just didn't get presents from him, get our pictures done with him or write him letters. Other than being disciplined for telling other kids he was fake, he was basically just ignored at our house.

Who dat?

My parents had a couple of reasons for not incorporating Santa into our Christmas traditions. They felt that there was almost too much going on at Christmastime and that adding Santa to the mix would be too much. Christmas is my birthday, we do the presents and the tree and we were very heavily involved in what our church was doing during the Christmas season. All of that makes for a very busy time of year. Throw Jolly Ol' St. Nick into the mix and things get crazy. The main reason though was that they really wanted to raise my sisters and I in a home built on faith and Santa kind of makes that awkward. Think about it, Santa sees you all the time, knows if you're good or bad, gives you good gifts and can't be seen except sometimes. Santa's modus operandi really mirrors that of God. Right? God sees you all the time, knows everything about you,  including your sins, gives you good things and is most often not seen. Except, as you get older you find out Santa isn't real.  My parents just didn't want our faith to get muddled by the man in red. Makes sense to me.

Now I'm married though and trying to raise a family and my husband (who's family is huge into Santa) and I have agreed to incorporate the idea of Santa into our traditions. We get Jacob's picture taken with Santa, watch Santa movies, and up until last year Jacob got at least one gift from Santa. I was awkward about it first. I mean, I didn't know how to act or what I was supposed to do with this whole Santa thing. Was there letter writing protocol? How long is someone's list supposed to be and how old is too old to sit on Santa's knee?

I have know idea who these kids are, but that's pretty much how I felt.

Last year, Jacob figured out that Santa was a fake. Neither my parents or I had anything to do with his discovery, although my husband did cast some suspicion my way for a bit. Santa brought joy to Jacob and we didn't just want to give Kris Kringle the boot because Jacob knew that he wasn't real, so we decided to move away from Santa and towards St. Nicholas. We explained to Jacob who St. Nicholas was, that he was a real person who lived and died along time ago, we went over why people still thought about St. Nicholas and how Santa Claus was modeled from him. What we wanted to instill in Jacob was that St. Nicholas exhibited kindness, charity and generousity and how those are things we need to have in our hearts towards others all the time and particularly at Christmas. We thought it went pretty well until we got a note from Jacob's teacher letting us know that he was telling kids that Santa was dead. *facepalm*

Things are better this year. Jacob has a firmer understanding of St. Nicholas/Santa and I am slightly less awkward about Santa. I still don't know if I'd run over to give him a hug, but I'd at least nod and smile at him from across the room.

What up, Santa? How you doin'?

Jacob's Lego Star Wars Advent Calendat (2012) - Day 5

Welcome back to the blog posts with what my possibly be the longest tiles ever!

Today Jacob, who is very excited that I put his Lego Star Wars toys on the vast and mysterious Internet, got this.


Um...when I saw this I did one of those things parents do, I nodded and smiled and said, "That's nice honey" because frankly, I had no idea what this was. Then Jacob rolled his eyes at me and told me it was clearly a troop ship.

Well, ok then. I see. I see that Lego had some extra brown pieces left in their factory and put them in Day 5's little boxy window, but I do NOT see a troop ship. This is where my husband would point out that it should be called a "poop ship" because A. it's all brown and B. because it's a piece of crap. And he would be right.

Screw you Lego and George Lucas! Day 5 sucks and Han shot first!

Now, I'm going to go try to piece together my broken dreams while Jacob enjoys (because he loves it) his troop ship.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Jacob's Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar (2012) - Day 3 & 4

Word up errybody!

It's time for day 3 and 5 of Jacob's Lego Star Wars calendar and can I just say that I kind of miss the Lego City advent calendars?  I mean, this is great, Jacob loves it and it was a gift, but overall I like the Lego City calendars better. You could actually build a scene. One year we had people skating, a snowman, a hot chocolate stand and lots of other recognizable stuff. The Star Wars calendars are great, but I'm not a die-hard Star Wars fan and I can't tell what everything is. And how are Jacob and I supposed to make a scene with a bunch of random spaceships? I don't know.  Just shooting the breeze here.

Monday Jacob got this cool catapult thingy that goes with his Gungan soldier. You remember the one that is NOT Jar Jar Binks.

Day 3 - Gungan Weapon Depot
Did I say catapult thingy? My bad. Apparently this is a Gungan weapons depot.  Silly me.

On day 4 we got a star destroyer. At least I can recognize this ship.  
Remember that time Han attached the Millennial Falcon to a star destroyer and then when the bad guys put out the trash Han and the gang just drifted off with it? Yeah, me too. 
Good times!

Day 4 - Star Destroyer

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Jacob's Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar - Day 2 (2012)

Hey! It's day 2 and I bet you thought I was going to forget, but nope, I'm here!

Today Jacob got this.

At first when I saw it I hissed, made the sign of the cross and rebuked the evil that is Jar Jar Binks, but then Jacob, after a very dramatic eye-roll, explained that this monstrosity is not Jar Jar, but just a regular old Gungan Soldier.

Oh. Well I guess that's ok then.

In honour of my son's love of the Star Wars prequels *shudders* here's a Lucasarts Christmas card from 1999.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Jacob's Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar - Day 1

It's time for Jacob's Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar - Day 1!
(Just so you know I totally say this as like a rocky, kind of theme song. It's pretty magnificent.)

This is Jacob.
There's a story behind the clip-on tie over the lapels, but that's for a different day.

Jacob's 7 and he loves Lego and Star Wars. Unfortunately, he loves the 3 new Star Wars movies, but I'm working on curing him of that horrible opinion. By working on it I mean that every time he mentions that he wants to watch one of these movies I begin a rage-fueled rant about George Lucas and his destruction of cinematic genius, how "Han shot first" and that Jar Jar Binks is possibly the anti-Christ. We all parent in different ways - don't judge me.
Fortunately for Jacob, my dad also loves Lego and for the last 4 years has seen fit to bestow a Lego Advent Calendar on his first grandson. 

I never did advent calendars as a kid so at first I didn't get the appeal, but over the last four years it's been pretty fantastic to watch Jacob get up and have little mini Christmases for 24 straight days.

Here's what Jacob got today.

I imagine for the next 24 days I'm going to say this a lot, but I have no idea what this is. Jacob says it's a submarine from Episode 1 - Phantom Menace and he's excited about it. That's what counts, right. So, yay weird submarine thingy!

Join us tomorrow for Jacob's Lego Advent Calendar - Day 2! [Cue screaming guitars and hard rock vocals]

What Happened to November?

So I realized today that tomorrow is the first day of December and I was like, "What the heck happened to November??"
I remember writing a couple of posts, working A LOT and watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and BLAMMO! it's December all ready. I don't even know how that happened, but here it is.

About November:
I, once again, failed to grow a moustache for Mo'vember, but this lady did and her dedication to raising awareness to male specific cancer is astounding, if not slightly unnerving.

Siobhain Fletcher was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) when she was 23, but she's grappled with excessive facial and body hair — one of the numerous symptoms triggered by the syndrome's hormonal imbalances — since puberty.
I did put off waxing my brows for far too long, but girl's got me beat.

So November is usually when my family puts up our Christmas decorations and this year was no exception. We've got our $14 fake tree up with all sorts of irreverent and sentimental decorations. We kind of decorate on the trashy end of the decorating spectrum. Dancing Santas, excessive use of mistletoe and bobble-heads sit among nativity scenes and lots of Christmas photos. I love Christmas, both the religious aspect and the kitschiness of it. Now I'm just waiting for the Christmas food. Somebody bring me some cookies!

This toilet has had a place on my Christmas trees for over 15 years.
Plus, it has realistic flushing sounds.
Work was pretty crazy through November so I feel like that's all I did - Work, come home, collapse. 
I did read some pretty great books, though. Trapped by Kevin Hearne is a great book if you like magic, mythology and lots of actions and adventure. I also totally endorse Ilona Andrews' novel Steel's Edge. Once again this book has action, adventure, sword fighting, a great, original world AND romance. So fabulous!

Yep! So, that's November in a nutshell. 
Stay tuned for some Christmas craziness in December and daily updates of what my little man Jacob gets in his Lego Star Wars advent calendar.

Catch you later!