Sunday, January 23, 2011

Winter Weather Robot Roundup

O.K. so...

It's 1:30 in the afternoon on Sunday. Ivy is asleep.

It was 13 degrees outside.

The snow in my yard is up past my son's torso.

I COULD take 25 minutes to get him all geared up to go wander around outside for 10 frozen miserable minutes....OOOoooorrr......



We could build us a ROBOT!!!!! BOOYA!!

Chrissy has been working with Gavin on each letter of the alphabet...this week is "R"...so we put together a robot...not just a robot...but a recycled robot...and not just a recycled robot, but a resourceful recycled robot...and NOT just a resourceful recycled robot...but "RUSTY" The Resourceful Recycled Robot.... man, you gotta love alliteration. Anyways...

We used all kinds of stuff that Chrissy had saved for occasions such as this as well as stuff that was laying around the house...cardboard boxes, foil, Styrofoam, pipe cleaners, buttons, old wires, milk caps, orange juice caps, cardboard tubes, duct tape. Here's us at work:


building us a head


we currently have a patent pending on our juice lid "control panel"

And when the dust settled in the Leo family's own personal Frankenstein workshop...


Rusty was born! Complete with carabiner hands to "bring you stuff". Oh and by the way.....


He's Mobile!!! We fabricated a little bracket on Gavin's remote control car so that Rusty could seat right on top of it and ride all over the place. Watching this little guy come rolling at us was the funniest thing we've seen all week.



I gotta say...I'm not telling anyone what to do or how to spend their time...but throwing some crappy Sunday jazz on the radio and spending some time creating with my boy was just about the best Sunday afternoon I've had in a long while. I love that my son loves to spend time with me like this. There's such an opportunity to connect in such a valuable, vulnerable and real way with him during times like these. I know I've mentioned it here before, but there's that verse in Ephesians that I love about "redeeming the time because the days are evil"......Being able to engage my son for 2 hours in something creative and wonderful....being able to work along-side of him, building, problem solving, training him to use tools, laughing with him, guiding him....man, what a blessing those times are. I pray for thousands more opportunities like today.

The kid played with his creation all night...and really, why wouldn't you? The thing is cute as nails:


Who needs a hug?

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