Friday, January 09, 2009

The Lego Invasion

I have two questions about Christmas (and Birthday) presents:

1. Why is it important that a Nerf gun (or any other toy) be secured to the cardboard packaging by 5 dozen zip-ties and twisty wire things?

2. Could there possibly be any more toys out there with a minimum of 5,000 parts?!

If you have now, or have ever in your lifetime had kids with Legos, I'm begging you....please tell me what to do. They are overtaking my life. (the Legos, not the kid...although he's sort of overtaking my life, too).

I can't seem to throw them all in one big bucket because then the correct parts for each "thing" are all mixed up; I have to save the little paper instructions so I have even a remote idea of how to build the "thing" because my son is too small to figure it out alone; and furthermore, it seems to make sense that I would keep the instruction papers with their respective "thing" so that I know I'm building the right one.

If you've lived the Lego scenario before, I hear you snickering and laughing. The obviously sane answer would be to put each set of Legos and it's instruction book into zip lock baggies. In reality, you experienced Lego (and more importantly...kid) people, know that there's not a snowballs chance in you-know-where that will last for more than one hour.

I'm pretty darn sure that my answer is to buy a Rubbermaid storage container and dump every Lego I can find into it, but if you can save me from this insanity, please help!


Kelly H-Y said...

Oh my goodness ... I laughed out loud when I read your post ... and then snapped a picture of our living room. I'll e-mail it to you shortly, and you'll know why I laughed.

'Yes' on the Rubbermaid .... dump all the pieces in there ... BUT, put all the instruction books in a gallon-size ziploc baggie, and house that in the same Rubbermaid. It's worked pretty well for us so far!

Good luck!

Kelly H-Y said...

Ooops ... I got ready to hit 'send', and discovered I don't have your e-mail address! Would you mind e-mailing it to me? My e-mail address is on the back of our Xmas card! :-)

Mindy O. said...

I feel your Lego pain, my friend!
I feel it when I walk barefoot through my house at night!
I feel it when the vacuum makes a strange whine or rattle as it runs over that microscopic, but oh-so-important piece!

I applaud you for the desire to keep Lego’s organized, but I fear the task is too great, even for you. It would surely push you over the edge....into Lego insanity!

You see, my son has that exact same ship, but sadly it’s only been built twice. Then the pieces have been mysteriously lost in that large Rubbermaid storage container. Happily, my boys use all those crazy mixed up pieces to build their own creations and are perfectly happy, for hours!!

Cari Johnson said...

Ah, Mindy, I knew you'd have words of wisdom for me! Your son is the Lego king. Thanks for letting me know that I'm not alone and that even my OCD isn't powerful enough to conquer this problem. :-)

Cari Johnson said...

Thanks, Kelly...I was certain I'm not the only one with this problem. Glad to hear I'm in good company. Actually most of my readers have subscribed to my blog via email and I've received so many responses of people like you who have pictures and stories to share!


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