Tuesday, June 24, 2008

LEGO Memories

For all those who ever played with LEGO, take a look at these:

The Secret Lego vault with every set ever made

I'll admit that I teared up a bit when I saw the original "Galaxy Explorer" box, remembering all the fun times with that one. Space sets were the best.

The best Lego sets in history
Whether these are the best or not is debatable, but they're fun for the memories.

Stephen still reminds me that once he turns 4 years old, I'll let him play with all my old ones. I can't wait to see what he makes out of them.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Two more pictures

Ok, two more pictures for this evening and then I'm done.

One of my super cute daughter making a cute face for the camera. I love the bow, and so did everyone else.

I went up to Stephen's room one morning to wake him up and found him like this. No covers (typical) and completely perpendicular to his bed (not typical, but not unheard of). He's hilarious. I hope we cure him of this before he gets married.

Greenville Trip Pictures

Here's some pictures from our trip to Greenville last weekend.

Three generations, two birthday "boys," and one candle blower (he's the one in the middle).

We had plenty of fun in my parent's pool. Here's Stephen playing with my sister (a.k.a. "Aunt Fun").

The boys went to the model train show in Greenville that Saturday. We all had a good time. This is a line inspection car owned by one of the guys there. He bought it and restored it. (I can think of less expensive hobbies - but this one is pretty cool.) Stephen got to ring the bell.

Stephen had a great time looking at the huge model train layout. They had buttons set up so you push a small button and some model on the layout animates or makes noise. And yes, we had to push all 4,506 of them.

This is from the massive Nickles Family Gathering™. Stephen eats at the end of the table with Victoria, his second cousin. He actually ate something besides potato chips before declaring "all done" to go play.

Family Pictures

Some recent family pictures from various things.

Kristy caught this one of me and Lydia napping. I'm not sure if I rocked her to sleep or if she rocked me to sleep.

Here's Lydia in one of her very cute outfits.

There's a state park with a lake and some trails about 30 minutes from our house, so we went one Sunday afternoon.

I have too many funny captions for this one in my head to pick one. I have no idea what Stephen was really thinking.

A fun one of Stephen

I got this one of Lydia soon before she woke up one morning. I see the resemblance to Stephen more at this age.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Birthday/Father's Day Weekend

It's been a fun birthday/father's day weekend here in the Nickles household. We went to Greenville to see my side of the family. We swam in the pool and Lydia took to the water very quickly - much faster than Stephen. She's been in a patting/slapping various surfaces and objects kind of mode lately, so that was just right for some small splashing in the water. My dad, Stephen, and I went Saturday morning to see a model train show. A good time was had by all there.

Saturday afternoon Kristy and I went to see Prince Caspian. I HIGHLY recommend it. Although I tend toward being a "purist" when converting books to movies (I'm still miffed about Faramir' character & the Galadrim showing up at Helm's Deep) the changes were good. Fleshing out Peter's character & growth made for a more interesting thread to the story. The four Pevensie children were much more skilled actors than last time (and I thought they were good then). Anyway, do go see it, but expect a movie "based on" the book (not an exact interpretation, but not just "inspired by" either).

Then the usual Nickles Family Gathering for summer birthdays. It was fun and we all stuffed ourselves.

Today was good too. Kristy made breakfast (my usual job so that was a nice break). We had good fellowship at church and then had lunch on the porch. This afternoon we realized how tired we all were after the weekend, and three of us had naps. Stephen did not and indeed we had some meltdowns. He finally went to bed (amongst many tears) but hope a long sleep tonight will help him feel better tomorrow.

While I was writing the above, we heard a loud thump from upstairs. Stephen apparently fell out of bed WHILE ASLEEP. He stayed asleep while I put him back in bed. Poor kid!

Pictures will follow soon.