Monday, February 28, 2011

The Big Four-Oh

Yes, I spent my fortieth birthday playing with Legos.  (Excuse me--LEGO bricks.)  Second childhood?

I've been getting used to "going to be forty" for a while.  Now that part's past and I am forty.  Funny how that happens.  I don't feel forty.  (Apparently I don't look forty, either.  People are often surprised to learn how old I am.  Or maybe it's just that my kids are so young.)

Doug and the kids were all recovering from colds, so I went to church by myself. (I think a lot of other people were sick too--we only had one child in nursery.  It was a very low-key kind of day.)   Then home for birthday lunch and LEGO!



First, the pictures with the adorable children!





The card Kate made for me.




The present!  LEGO Medieval Market Village--1601 little plastic pieces of fun.  I've been drooling over this set for a while.  Half-timbered houses!  How cool is that?



Kate couldn't wait to help unload the box.  "I think there's more in here!"  (She's wearing a watch that Becki Foutz brought back from Hawaii for her.)



"Cows!"



This is what 1601 pieces of LEGO looks like. Lots of bags.



Mother-daughter LEGO time. What a nice way to spend a birthday!



Kate helps put together the tree.



(The tree is kind of annoying--it doesn't stay together very well.)



It's not a simple set to put together!  Its was especially tricky trying to assemble everything while Kate was playing with the pieces.  I would spend long minutes looking for one specific part, only to discover that Kate had attached it to something random in a humorous manner.  This happened several times.

We still haven't quite finished.  I'll post more pictures when it's done!

It was a lovely day, with many calls from my family and aggressively off-key renditions of "Happy Birthday" (except for Barb and Kyle, who for some reason prefer to sing in the key of "on.")  Doug cooked for us (twice) even though he wasn't feeling entirely well.  I had plans to put some candles in a Honeycrisp apple, in lieu of a cake, but we got busy and ate the apple without the candles.  It was quite tasty.

11 comments:

Denise said...

happy birthday!

Liberty said...

Happy Birthday!!!

That is a fantastic birthday present really, it captures youth :)

Love the Lego set - I have had my eye on the new log cabin one...

Heather T. said...

What a fabulous set--and the tree at least *looks* cool! Glad you got to spend such nice time with your family...

Mimi said...

Happy Birthday! That is a gorgeous Lego set!

April said...

Happy birthday! :)

Betsey said...

I didn't know you were 40!

Chris said...

Helena, you are so awesome. What a cool way to spend a birthday. When you turn 50 you should break out the Play Doh and Easy Bake Oven! I drool over the Easy Bake every Christmas, but my daughter's only four and I haven't been able to justify it yet.

Wingnut said...

Happy Belated Birthday wishes! What a cool present!

Helen in Australia said...

Happy birthday. I am all in favour of second, third, fourth, fifth, ... childhoods. :-) It gets very disconcerting, however, when you try to reconcile the number associated with your age (based on your year of birth) and the different ages that you THINK you are, depending on whether you are playing with LEGO or putting your hearing aids in!

Susan said...

Hey! My Bratling has that dress--or had (I think she has outgrown it).

Many happy returns to you!

Kathey said...

Awww. I wish I could have been there. It was fun to sing to you. Love, Mom