Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Just a reminder...

Just a reminder that I'm posting over at my family adventure blog now. In fact, I just posted a weekly wrap-up with a lot of the same things that I usually post here! Come follow me over there if you want

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Saying goodbye to this blog

I have been feeling like changes were coming for the past few months. They came rather sooner than I thought they would when Alex asked to go to school this fall. It was a change that was very good for our family. It wasn't easy, but it has been very good. With that said, my focus has changed (also a good thing), and I feel I need to step away from blogging with homeschooling as my primary focus. I am really trying to decide if I even want to blog at all anymore, but have decided I at least want to have the option to blog over at my family blog. So, if you'd like to continue following our family adventures come join me over at my family blog: The Winz Family Adventures. This is where I'll be from now on! It hasn't been updated for a few years, so I've got some work to do. I hope to see you over there!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

And That's A Wrap!

It's finally finished! We made it through the whole alphabet! This marks the end of ABC blogging for me. That doesn't mean I won't still post some of our LEGO builds and fun. In fact, there are some changes coming for me and blogging, so stay tuned. My co-host Chareen is also wrapping up in her post Blogging Through the Alphabet from A to Z. Join us in wrapping up your ABC blogging if you'd like!

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Here are my wrap-up builds:

First, I made a Fall Leaf mosaic. The instructions can be found at Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls in the Fall LEGO Mosaic Ideas with Printable Cards blog post. I printed and laminated the cards last Fall, and pulled them out so we could have something easy and fun to build while listening to stories or watching movies.

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I had to substitute some pieces, but it still looks like a leaf.

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I also finished the Winnie the Pooh set from last week. That tree was sure fun and interesting to build. 

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I love the characters too.

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Look at the log and campfire! It looks like a party.

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Here's the inside of Pooh's tree house.

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I love the box of Pooh sticks and hunny pots.

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The details are fun.

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A close up of the house from the side. 

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That's all for our LEGO fun this week! Thank you for reading and joining us!

Now it's your turn to share! Please join co-host Chareen and me as we blog through the alphabet and link-up below:


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Wordless Wednesday: Tree stumps big and little

 

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

LEGO ABCs: Z is for Zone

Here we are! The final letter of the alphabet, letter Z. I am thrilled to have made it all the way to the end! For this week's LEGO building fun I will share about our Zones. My co-host, Chareen is talking about Zoo Visits for Science on her blog.

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There are many kinds of zones: construction zones, reading zones, end zones, time zones, you get the picture right? Today I'm talking about LEGO zones. Which, there are many of those too.

First, we have Emmett who works in a LEGO construction zone...

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Next, we have The Play Zone on the LEGO website. A place where kids (or adults who like to) can play all kinds of games and watch things.

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 I played around with creating a DOTS bracelet.

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But then there's my favorite zone, the building zone. Sometimes we have to move furniture to create a perfect building zone. For our building zone we moved part of the dining room table into the living room so we could build and watch a movie. The movie was Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie because...

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...I opened an early birthday present! My Winnie the Pooh set. I thought it would be fun to get in the Pooh zone and watch a family favorite while I built it. Alex joined me building a different set. I am so excited for this set because I love Winnie the Pooh.

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Winnie the Pooh LEGO set

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Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie. This was April's favorite when she was little.

Opening up the Winnie the Pooh set...

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Time to start building!

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 The characters are so cute!

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Alex built this Technic set to add to his and his dad's race car collection. It's a good challenge for him this week as he has a few days off school.

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Looking at all the bags laid out is very exciting!

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Technic pieces are very cool. Love these colors too!

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He went and got all the race cars to show he's adding to the collection...

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That's all for our LEGO fun this week! Thank you for reading and joining us!

Now it's your turn to share! Please join co-host Chareen and me as we blog through the alphabet and link-up below:


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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Y is for Yahtzee (Games ABC)

I am really excited for this week's board game ABC post! Yahtzee! Not just any Yahtzee though...Yard Yahtzee with oversize dice and a big bucket. I've wanted to start collecting yard size games, but they've been so expensive to buy at the store, so I decided to make one. The instructions and idea came from my Cricut Design Space. I just had to find a bucket and some wooden blocks.

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I originally was going to leave the dice unfinished with just the wood showing, but Alex really wanted to paint them. I decided that would be a fun idea, so I let him do that.

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The rest was just cutting out all the vinyl with the Cricut and applying it. It was my first big project using vinyl, so there are some very obvious mistakes, but overall I love how it turned out.

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I grabbed a scorepad from our regular (normal-sized) Yahtzee game and we headed outside to play.

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Alex really enjoyed dumping the dice from the bucket...

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I think the bucket could hold another set of dice, so I might make another 5 dice, and then we can have a few games going for a bigger gathering.

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Do you have any oversize yard games? What are your favorites? 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

LEGO ABCs: Y is for Yellow

Up for this week in our alphabet series is the letter Y. We're blogging about things that start (or end with) the letter Y. I have some yellow LEGO builds from the past year to share, and my co-host Chareen is sharing YouTube Homeschooling

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For the first yellow build I have a candy machine dispenser from Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls that I built. I made the one that dispenses the starburst. It is mostly yellow so I started by digging in the yellow box.

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It was pretty fun to make. I had to substitute what pieces I couldn't find, so there are some things that are not exactly like the original directions. For example, I didn't have enough clear pieces for the front, so I had to use all solid yellow. I would have loved to see the starburst from the front though.

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It didn't take long for it to get dropped and smashed. That's okay, it needed some improvements as the candy would get stuck every once in a while.

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The next yellow build is a rebuild of a Technic set that had fallen apart. Alex wanted to give this one a try.

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He started it, but it became a little too difficult, so I had to finish it. There were a few pieces missing too, so it took quite a while to build.

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Here are the results! A really cool looking tow truck with working parts.

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The last yellow build is an Easter chick that I built last Spring.

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Y is for York

New York, that is! Surprisingly, Alex really likes the Architecture sets. He's 10, so it surprises me that he likes these so much. He convinced me to buy this used set at our local Bricks and Minifigs for less than half the price of the new one. It's really a good deal because these sets can be expensive. 

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So, it's all taken apart and ready to build! I wish I would have gotten a picture of it before I took it apart, but forgot.

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That's all for our LEGO fun this week! Thank you for reading and joining us!

Now it's your turn to share! Please join co-host Chareen and me as we blog through the alphabet and link-up below:


To see what others shared last week, visit the Letter X blogging through the alphabet post.


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  5. Please, make sure your posts relate to the alphabet or blogging through the alphabet in some way. Evergreen content (past posts that relate) is also welcome. 
  6. The link-up will be available for one week for each letter. The Linky party is scheduled to go live at 2pm every Wednesday.
  7. Last of all, have fun. If you can’t join for one week, don’t stress. Just join next time, and enjoy!

Just a reminder...

Just a reminder that I'm posting over at my family adventure blog now. In fact, I just posted a weekly wrap-up with a lot of the same ...