Have you ever wondered just how much time you’ve accidentally sunk into Instagram or Facebook in one day? Or how much time your kids have actually been playing Minecraft or watching Youtube videos?
Our family found a little white box that can reveal that information and let you take control of it for better balance in your household.
Circle with Disney
Yesterday we learned that my daughter has had a fractured bone in her foot for the last two months.
Back in early March, my daughter fell off the climbing dome in our backyard and hurt her foot. «Merry Christmas, kids.» Of course, in the days that followed, we watched her limp a bit and complain of soreness, but there was nothing alarming about any of it. Within a couple days, she seemed to be back at full speed.
Sometime last week, I noticed her limping and asked her about it a couple times. Each time I asked her about it, she’d dismiss any concern and denied that anything hurt. Over the weekend, the kids spent some time with Grammie and Papa; they thought her left foot looked a little swollen and pointed it out to me when I picked up the kids. Again, when asked, she fended off any concern. I watched her a little closer on Sunday and despite her ability to run and jump in the backyard w/ her brother, I still saw a noticeable limp. Martha and I thought maybe her shoes were the problem, so we switched them out for slightly larger ones and thought that would be the end of it.
Dropping her off at school on Monday revealed that disturbing limp was still there.
An afternoon of waiting rooms, doctors, and an X-ray machine revealed all.
My son had a birthday last week. Instead of a party, he opted for a trip to the Lego store in Chandler, AZ. We’d never been… and I’ll admit that I was as excited as he was.
Before I get ahead of myself, I want to call out one of the employees at the store. Tiffany was amazing. She made our birthday/first-time visit a truly memorable one. I don’t know if it was simply because we were the first customers in the store that day, but she went out of her way for us – making sure we were enjoying ourselves, found what we needed, offered smart product suggestions, and even guided us to the nearest bathroom when an urgent need was made known. 🙂 High-five, Tiffany!
Here are some photos from our trip.
My find-of-the-day was a Lego Heroica set: Castle Fortaan.
Heroica is a new game from Lego that basically serves as an introduction to fantasy boardgames. The set we picked up is the larger set out of the 4 currently available. After cracking open the box, you build ‘rooms’ and connecting paths that can then be combined in a myriad of arrangements to form the board for your game. The game features different classes of heroes (wizard, knight, druid, etc.), weapons, potions, treasure, my daughter’s favorite: keys for locked doors, and several other fun elements. The complexity is simple enough for our 5-year-old to play along, incredibly engaging for our 7-year-old, and nerdy enough for this thirty-something dad.
We’ve played only 2 games so far and our family loves it. It’s been fun to watch Joey and Abby celebrate together when they take down enemies and console each other when wounded. With three other sets available and plenty of room for ‘house rules’, I’m sure we’ll be playing this game over and over again.
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