Thursday, October 30, 2014

LEGO KidsFest Announces 2015 Tour Dates!

The LEGO KidsFest is a traveling LEGO extravaganza featuring millions of LEGO bricks and dozens of hands-on educational and fun building activities for all ages. It features dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO brand building areas, the Big Brick Pile, race ramps and more, all covering three acres of space.

Five identical sessions are available. Tickets are $22.50 and $19.50 for children under 12. For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to

The LEGO® KidsFest kicks off its seventh year on the road with new tour stops in St. Louis and Nashville and a return to some popular markets.

The 2015 tour stops include Phoenix, AZ (Feb. 27 – March 1), St. Louis, MO (March 20 – 22), Nashville, TN (April 17 – 19) and Austin, TX (Sept. 4 – 6).

In its seventh year of touring, LEGO KidsFest is visiting a few less markets this year to focus on its new LEGO Creativity Tour.

“With the pilot of the LEGO Creativity Tour in Biloxi, Mississippi in December, we expect to be sharing some news about new tour dates early next year,” said Vince Rubino, Events Manager for LEGO Systems, Inc.

“Right now through year’s end, our focus is on testing new concepts and continuing to deliver an amazing and fun-filled LEGO experience for families around the country.”

Covering more than three acres of space, the LEGO KidsFest extravaganza brings all of the hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experience together in an activity-filled event for all ages and builders of all skills.

Five sessions — all identical and 4½ half hours in length — are held at each tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets can be purchased at

On tour since 2009, previous LEGO KidsFest tour stops have included major cities such as Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, San Jose, Cleveland, Richmond, Phoenix, Portland and more. Tickets generally sell out and attendance averages 27,000-30,000 visitors at each venue.

Some of the activities at the shows include:

o LEGO Model Gallery: dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks

o LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play

o Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family
o LEGO Fusion: test out a new, fun and creative way of combining real LEGO brick building with a smartphone or tablet.
o LEGO Chima: choose a tribe and test battling skills with the whole family

o LEGO Star Wars™: build and display a Star Wars model

o LEGO Disney™ Princess: create a princess scene to add to a LEGO story book

o LEGO Super Heroes: build a badge and pose with a bigger than life Spiderman model

o LEGO DUPLO®: younger visitors can explore imagination through building

o LEGO Retail:purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods

o LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City

o LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member

o LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes
o LEGO City: using the imagination to create buildings and vehicles to the urban diorama
o LEGO Technic: get hands-on with the cool, realistic vehicles at the booth
o Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.

o Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment

o Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color foster group creativity
Based on sell-out attendance in previous markets, advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. Tickets for all 2015 tour stops are on sale at

We took the kids at the beginning of October and we had SO much fun! There were so many different stations to participate in and some even gave out free Legos!! We'll definitely be going back next year!

I've included some of our pictures above, but here's a few more! :)

Okay, or maybe a LOT more! Ha! Whew, just looking at the pics again makes me tired! ha!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mini Style Wednesday 10/29

This picture was taken at the kids' eye dr visit last week. They just had their check-ups and everything was great! :)

M's dress: Ross
M's boots: Hand-me-downs from my boss' daughter
M's headband: Claire's
H's shirt: Target Jeans: Target

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sportsmanship and Rivalry

So here's the thing... I'm a Cowboys fan through and through 'til the day I die. I BLEED blue and silver, y'all.

My cousin, Heather, who is a diehard Redskins fan, posted this status last night and I had to share it with my Facebook friends and then thought I'd elaborate even more here.

Her status...
"It is very possible to support your team without disrespecting the other. It's called sportsmanship... thought some people needed to remember that."

So I'm pretty sure EVERYONE, even people who don't watch football, know that the Cowboys and the Redskins are major rivals. Take my kids for example, I have one Cowboys fan and one Redskins fan...

(The plastic on my window in the background is a Halloween decoration, we're not quite that ghetto. ha!)

The Cowboys and the Redskins will ALWAYS talk smack to each other when their teams are playing... or any other teams in the NFL for that matter, ha!

My thing is, I just don't understand people laughing at someone being hurt or saying "that's karma." A human being is injured, regardless of which team he plays for! (And I'm aware that there were probably some ugly Cowboys fans that did the same when RGIII was hurt, I'm not blind to that fact, but it's wrong as well!) People just continue to disappoint me...

Poking fun at a team is one thing, and I can even deal with the "Cowboys suck" posts, but don't laugh because someone is injured... Maybe I didn't take the remarks so personal until my son started playing football and I started seeing kids get hurt on the field, thankfully Hunter hasn't been seriously hurt yet, but it can happen! :( (But haha on y'all, Romo came back and finished the game! Even if we did lose! Ha!)

End of story... can't we all just get along!? ha! If the players of both teams can get along... the fans should be able to as well! Geez!!

How awesome is that picture?! Praise the Lord!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Aqua Aerobics: Get The Whole Family Involved {Guest Post!}

I'm so excited to share with y'all this awesome post about aqua aerobics from Kaitlin! I've been following her blog for a while now and actually was JUST discussing possibly joining my local YMCA with a friend to participate in water aerobics the other day! I think I'm convinced now! ;) Y'all are going to love Kaitlin as much as I do, I promise!! Read on and enjoy!!

Aqua Aerobics: Get The Whole Family Involved

Remember how Tom Sawyer got the other kids to paint the fence for him? He acted so absorbed in what he was doing that they wanted in on the action. Well, that’s how I got my family involved in aqua aerobics. I didn’t order my boys to work out with me, I just let them get intrigued. My husband was more of a challenge.

Just doing my routine. I spend a lot of time in our back yard family pool working out. I was doing one of my favorite exercises, where I step with high knees to work my legs. I asked the boys to run around me in the water, to create a current. It would help challenge my core while I was doing the workout. They loved it – they ran and laughed and swam around me, and I got extra work out of the exercise. Here are some great resources with more ideas for water exercise:

Water Aerobics and Water Fitness Exercises

My Ultimate Guide To Aqua Aerobics

7 Water Exercise Routines

Treading water. Now I knew the boys were interested in what I was doing. The next time I started to work out in the water, they were playing Marco Polo with a couple of their friends. I went to the deep end of the pool and began to tread water, which is a great cardio workout. Before I knew it, I was surrounded by boys treading water (they all know how to swim) to see who could stay the longest. I finished my exercise and they were still going, and I had to be the judge to announce the winner.

Not enough workout for me. My husband is a competitive runner, and though he never said anything, I got the sense he didn’t think water workouts were a strong enough exercise option for him. One day I was loading the boys into the car, and he asked where we were going. I told him we were headed to the indoor pool at the community center, to go aqua jogging. It was summer, too hot to do anything outside, but the lap lanes were open. The boys had now gotten into pool jogging. He got a puzzled look on his face, then asked if he could go. I told him sure, he was welcome to join us. I shared a lane with my younger son, and my husband shared a lane with my other son. I had told my husband to wear some old sneakers, because the bottom of the pool can be rough. He said he might run for a couple of miles in the water. I just smiled and nodded.

Hey, this is work! My boys and I knew the routine, so when we got to the pool, we took off down a lap lane, walking up and down in a good running posture. Because of the resistance provided by the water, you have to lean a little to push yourself along. There is a great meditative effect with this work, because you’re surrounded by water and feel really light because of buoyancy. There’s not a whole lot of sound – just the gentle splashing of swimmers. The boys and I were jogging along when my husband turned to me at the end of a lane and said “Hey, this is a pretty good workout!” I smiled and nodded in agreement. He stopped much sooner than the couple of miles he was going to knock out, and by the end, he was pretty tired and had a whole new appreciation for aqua aerobics.

If I had suggested water workouts, my family would have turned up their noses. But that’s why Tom Sawyer got the fence painted for him – once they made it their own idea, my family loved aqua aerobics.

Kaitlin Gardner started to further her passion for a family friendly, green living lifestyle. She is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Pennsylvania. She and her husband enjoy going for long hikes, to get out and enjoy nature. She is working on her first book about ways to live an eco-friendly, healthy, natural life.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blogger Men Tell All!

Becoming Adorrable

How fun!! I found this link-up and couldn't be more excited to participate! :)

My sexy hubby at the beach earlier this month

•If you had a blog what would you call it and what would it be about?
- "Ivan - the life of Ivan." (He's so creative, huh?!)

•If you could live inside any videogame, which would it be?
- "I don't play video games, I don't have time." (He's so disconnected from the world, ha. Really though, he doesn't do Facebook, Twitter, anythinggg.)

•Who is your best player on your fantasy football team this season?
- He doesn't do fantasy football either, but he said if he had to choose someone, Darren McFadden. (The Raiders are his fav team)

•If you could play for any professional sports team, which would it be?
- "The Yankees, they get paid the most." (I really thought he'd say the Raiders!)

•What do you typically do with an hour of free time?
- "Nap." (Or... 5 minutes of free time! LOL!)

This was fun@! I can't wait to link up every month now! :)

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