Legos on Vacation at the Brickation!

standard July 30, 2012 84 responses

You know what the best part of summer vacation turns out to be? Those long afternoons with nowhere to be and nothing to get done. Mommy has no deadlines. Daddy is on vacation. As for the kids? They’re just begging to be entertained.

And what better way to entertain the whole family than with a nice big bucket of Legos?

OK, maybe an afternoon eating ice cream trumps that, but now we’re just being nit-picky.

I’m not the only one who thinks that Legos and summer vacation are a match made in heaven. Lego themselves agrees with me and has planned a few fun events around the country around the Summer Brickation theme.

If you’re a lucky Bay Area resident who happens to be heading up to Lake Tahoe to soak in some rays and some sights this summer or you’re a resident of the gorgeous lake, you’re in luck. One of the Lego Brickation events is taking place at the Heavenly Village all summer long through September 4th.

A few more details as per the Heavenly Village:

Shop #8 (on Highway 5) 10-8pm. Open 7 days a week thru September 4. The LEGO Summer Brickation will showcase the best of what the LEGO group has to offer. It will enable children and adults to benefit from a fun, hands-on experience of building and creating LEGO bricks and products. Different activity areas will be featured, providing families enjoyment in everything from building, games and challenges, to photo opportunities with life size LEGO models. Activity areas will include DUPLO® Boat, Build Tables, Creation Station, Race Ramps and LEGO Challenge Zone. Other notable experiences offered will be a LEGO South Lake Tahoe Mosaic, along with Life Size LEGO Models and a LEGO Cityscape.

Sounds like fun, right? Bummer we weren’t in Tahoe quite long enough to make it to the South Shore! That’s ok though, I think we have enough Lego bricks right here at home to attempt our own lake view reproduction!

Want to win this prize pack? See below for details!

As for you, the fun can start even before you get there! Enter below to win a fun little Lego prize pack to get your own Lego collection started or to add to your already existing stash! As a bonus you’ll also win a $20 gift card which you can use to add to that collection or to get that ice cream we were just talking about… hey, I’m not judging!

(Giveaway starts right away and ends on Sunday, August 5th. Bear with me as I try out Rafflecopter!)

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Please note: this post is part of a Gigcoin campaign for Lego.

Vacation out of office message

standard July 6, 2012 Leave a response

The emails don’t know I’m on vacation. They keep arriving.

The world doesn’t know I’m on vacation. It keeps spinning.

Even my shower brain seems fuzzy on the concept. It keeps spitting ideas at me as I shampoo my head.

But the rest of me clearly knows. I’m spending hours reading, chatting, resting, being. And it feels perfectly divine.

The emails, world, and shower brain will just have to wait until Monday. I’ve set the out of office message.

Sitting by the pool. Waiting for adult swim to end.

I’m taking a real vacation

standard December 20, 2010 3 responses

The last time I took a vacation and left the computer behind was when C was a year old and M and I went to Hawaii for a friends’ wedding.

Other than a short weekend away two years ago, each of our vacations since then have been centered on family visits. Either here or away, and have been colored by me saying things like “I’m going to be off, but I can still take care of X, Y, Z while I’m gone.”

Last Christmas I spent the week putting the finishing touches on the January issue of the newspaper. This past summer I spent every morning working on things for Tiny Prints and for another job I had taken on shortly before everyone arrived in town.

Working vacations are not relaxing. They are stressful for everyone involved. The kids are frustrated because I’m not paying attention to them. M is annoyed that I have no time for him or that I’m constantly distracted. And I’m tired because I stay up way too late finishing up stuff I couldn’t do while I was enjoying quality family time during the day.

Last Christmas I was so stressed about the paper that I essentially missed the short four days my little sister was able to spend with us before having to go back to work. And for what? For nothing, because the paper didn’t end up going to press on time.

This year I’ve cleared my schedule. I’m taking care of my obligations ahead of time. I have a couple blog posts that need to go up over the next few days, but after that… I’m off. Really, really off. As in, shut off the computer, pick up a book or a doll and enjoy my family, off.

M doesn’t think I can do it.

I don’t think I can afford not to. I need this break. I need the down-time. I need to spend a week living in the real world and enjoying the things that make all the long hours and all the work worthwhile. And while I’m at it I’m going to regroup and think about the big picture. That is, if I have time in the middle of all the holiday fun.

A string of cousins

standard July 22, 2010 4 responses

My mother brought with her four little dresses – really little dresses with leggings – one for each of her granddaughters. The concept was cute; four identical cousins for one happy picture. In practice though I thought we might run into some issues.

Four cousins. raging from 3 to 8, all wearing the same dress? I couldn’t quite see it happening.

And yet, on the last evening we all spent at the beach,we did make it happen. It might be the last time they all wear their dresses at the same time. It might even be the last time the oldest ever wears her dress, but it was really cute for the five minutes it lasted.

Even though it was cold.
Really, really cold.
So cold we eventually went indoors.