Yesterday I had a wonderful, low-key, happy birthday. Ben took the day off of work to take over my “mom” duties. We watched one of my favorite movies (Thor Ragnorok) and went out to lunch at Yak and Yeti Indian buffet. I got a massage while he picked up the kids and had a parent-teacher conference. We had burgers for dinner and then some friends came over for cake and ice cream. I got many wonderful and thoughtful presents and many well wishes from friends and family. It was pretty much perfect 🙂
This was an essay assignment in class. I think Jack has a knack for persuasive arguments.
Though his spelling and punctuation need work 🙂
“I think kids should get more recess because sometimes our brains get fried. It makes it hard to think but recess lets us calm down. Another reason is vitamin D. Vitamin D comes from sunlight which we need to survive. My final reason is that we need to be active, according to our gym teacher, Mr. Buelter. We need to be active 1 hour per day. Our recess barely meets that! As you can see we need more recess.”
After six months of reading aloud, Jack and I finished the fourth Harry Potter book, the Goblet of Fire. We celebrated by watching the movie in our home theater last night.
Jack was so excited. We had popcorn, of course, but also lemon sherberts for Dumbledore, and jack brought down Harry and Snape minifigs and his Hedwig puppet.
Condensing the enormous book into a single movie was quite a feat. Jack enumerated the many elements that they left out. He was most disappointed that we didn’t get to meet Pigwidgeon, the tiny owl given to Ron. But overall he really liked the movie and handled the darker parts of the story without trouble.
They also gave themselves code names and had us guess them. It only took a couple hints for me to uncover “Green Thunder” and “Blue Panther.”
It will come as no surprise that the Mason family thoroughly enjoyed the latest Lego movie release. One boy dressed as Emmet and the other one brought Emmet (on half a double-decker couch with Plantie).
It was not nearly as good as the first. Which we rewatched last night in preparation. The first Lego Movie was a masterpiece. (We are totally raising movie nerds. Jack and Sam sit through credits in theaters and marathon forerunners to sequels before seeing the latest. They BOTH use terms like parody and storyline and take note of actors from other movies.)
This evening we completed the circle of commercialism. Toys-movie-toys-movie-toys…
At least I made them use their own allowance to purchase the sets. Sigh. We have so many many Lego sets. And yet…I find myself perusing the Florida Legoland Resort website later that day. We are all fanatics.
The kids liked it so much, they wanted to teach Ben and play more after dinner. Sam graduated to playing his own hand. Nimbus, now satiated, kept watch from her perch.
(Nimbus trying to get Jack to feed her dinner early using her powers of telepathy)