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Parenting Achievement Unlocked – Nerd Parenting

We all want to teach our children the important things, the life skills, the skills they will need to do well in life and be happy.  We also want to teach them things that will be fun, things that will give them release and enjoyment through their lives.  We also all secretly hope that our kids will be like us in the things we like about ourselves, things that will enable you to be friend later in life, things that will give you a connection with your kids, outside of being their parents.  So, in my case, I secretly hope my children will be nerds.

Husband and I may have accomplished this goal.

My children LOVE playing D&D.

And it doesn’t get more nerdy then that, now does it. And if you don’t know what D&D is you really aren’t nerdy enough to read this post.

Now, to give credit where credit is due, I think this came about because Adam wanted Husband to play D&D with his son. Husband is a good dungeon master and Adam’s son and friend had been playing what they are calling “mental mindcraft” but as there were no rules and little boys always like to win, it wasn’t always very fun.  Adam thought that it was a short leap from “mental mindcraft” to D&D.  As Husband was working on a dungeon for those boys my kids asked what he was doing.  After that nothing would do but for my kids to play.

I have to say, Husband is a saint.  He helped three kids, one of them only five, create D&D characters.  And then he did mine to boot.

Peanut made a half Elf Druid named Isamae.

Cake made a Paladin named Ahericka.

Lunchmeat made a Thief/Rogue he named Smeeger, and then changed it to Sneaker.

(Again, here’s some insight to how my children’s minds work)

The next Saturday they played, and they played for four hours.  The kids were enraptured.  I was able to get SO much done as they played it was amazing! They all had a great time. I can’t tell you how much joy it brought me to see my kids and Husband playing together like that.  It was just perfect.

Peanut kept asking if her druid and gained enough experience to become a higher level druid yet.

Cake was always very concerned that her Paladin was doing what a Paladin would do.

Lunchmeat got really upset with Smeeger/Sneaker almost died.

When we had them stop playing and they were all sad and wanted to play more, I looked at Husband and told him we had sealed the fate of our children, they were officially nerds.

Not that there was much chance for them to be anything else anyway.

Lego Temple

Recently my Husband was asked by his Mom, who happens to be the Stake Relief Society President, to build a Temple out of Lego’s for display at the Women’s conference this last Saturday.  I took pictures as it was being constructed. Normally you could not make a better request of my husband.  But a combination of sickness and work stress made it a bit less fun, but still every bit as rewarding, as it might have been.

First, the girls made a model for their dad to work off of. 🙂

IMG_20140924_220929_591Next my husband made Moroni and the top of the spire.

IMG_20140908_103206_842Next the base was started. It lived on the freezer in the garage for a while.

IMG_20140921_172651_428Then it lived on my kitchen table.

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And my sideboard

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The spire came on and off several timesIMG_20140925_064348_609At one point he modified-quoted Homer by saying “Somethings wrong, there are Lego’s here, but I don’t want to build them.”

I have one, not so proud moment during the construction on this Temple. It was the point at which I crept into my boy’s room while they were sleeping and stole their white Lego’s.

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We have two Angel Moroni statues, one yellow unmodified Lego’s and one that I painted gold.

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Finally it was done!IMG_20140927_240749_195

This involved multiple trips to two different Lego stores, and one trip to a slightly strange guy’s house, (Husband went, not me) that I met at a Lego store who collects and sells Lego’s.

I’ve been asked how many bricks are in this Lego Temple.  I don’t know, you are welcome to go count them if you like.

Here it is before we moved it to the event.

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Here it is being displayed at the Women’s Conference.

 

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I’m glad Husband got to do it and we got to be a part of it!

To Finishing

So, I know I have most posted in like a million years, but I really do have some big stuff to talk about.

Husband GRADUATED!!!!!

He got two degrees, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Construction and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Economics

I could not be more proud of him.

I think we are all still reeling from the last few years, it’s been about a month now and I still feel like I’m recovering from how crazy our life was.  Maybe I will always be reeling in life but I’m really happy to have this milestone accomplished.

One day he will probably go back for a Masters but I think for now we will just try to find a balance in our new post-school life….

Hooray for Finishing

So I know I have not posted in like a million years…

But I do have something really important to post about.

Husband GRADUATED!!!!!!!

He got two degree’s, one a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Construction Engineering and the other a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Economics.  He also graduated Summa Cumme Laude!

So, I could not possibly be more proud.

The Father Son Relationship

The Father Son Relationship is a special thing to behold. There is just something wonderful about the thing that a Father and a son share that can’ be replicated in any other arena.

For example-

Lunchmeat and Husband where spending some time together this evening, doing something that they do together quite often.  They were looking through a Richie brothers auction magazine.

In case you don’t know who Richie brothers auctions are (I didn’t for quite some time) they are purveyors of heavy equipment, or anything else for that matter, but mostly they auction off heavy construction equipment.)

So, as I was saying, they were looking through the magazine for the upcoming auction together and Husband would say, “look at that, that’s cool, what is that?”

And Lunchmeat would Jump in the air and shout, “A DOZER!”

And Husband would say, “That’s right!  It’s a D8 Dozer.  It’s not as big at a D10 Dozer, but it’s REALLY big!  Now, what about this machine over here, it’s really cool too, what is it?”

And Lunchmeat will respond with a fist pump, “A CRANE!”

And Husband will respond, “That’s right! It’s a link belt 175 ton crane, very good….”

You get the idea, they go on like this for some time…it’s quite fun to watch.  I can’t say that I’ve learned anything about heavy equipment from these interchanges but I know that Lunchmeat has and I LOVE to watch them do it.  I love the bond they have together.

Missing You…

I can’t remember the name of a song, or anything besides just one little part…that’ drives me crazy.  I wanted to post the lyrics because the part I can remember is about missing you.  And I’m missing Husband right now so it seemed approprate.  So just instert, in your mind, the lyrics to a song about missing someone on to the end of this post.

Long distance remodel

So, Husband is working on some remodeling stuff while we are away from home.  We figured since I had to leave for my grandmothers funeral we should take advantage of it and do some of the renovations we were planning to do anyway. 

I have discovered that making remodeling decisions over the phone is a bit on the tough side.  Lucky for me Husband and I have the same taste so I know that what ever he does, even if I don’t get to be in on the decision, will be great.