Legos, Legos everywhere and not a speck of carpet to see… I have a love-hate relationship with these little, tiny, miniscule pieces of plastic that inevitably end up strewn from one end of my house to the other. Just when I think I have picked them all up, I start to vacuum and hear that grating, grinding sound of some piece of my children’s play being sucked up into my Dyson. Even though my boys would never miss the piece of plastic that was sacrificed for the greater good, a cleaner house, I still feel a little bad (just a little).
Legos can be the perfect plaything that keeps them engaged in creative play for hours without anything electronic to numb their brains. These colorful, locking blocks transport my boys into another world. I overhear their play, and it’s amazingly creative. Sometimes, their Lego creations become a time machine, a ship, or a hotel. Sometimes, they use their characters to recreate an army battle, a zombie apocalypse, or an outer space invasion.
As much as they adore their Legos, I loathe the mess they make. Their Lego collection seems to be growing exponentially at a rate faster than the weeds in my flowerbeds. Even though they have storage bins for these plastic playthings, the entire collection tends to get dumped out in colorful heaps around my house. No matter how much I complain about picking up their Legos, I love how much they love their Legos!
February is all about LOVE… that favorite, four-letter word that can change everything. In the spirit of amore and romance, check out the article, ”29 Ways to Say, ‘I Love You,’ in February,” on page 10. With these 29 suggestions, you’ll have a tip-a-day to express your love for the month. As Christian-singing artist Amy Grant says, “The more you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes.” Spending time together and focusing on your relationship not only bonds you as a couple, it helps strengthen your entire family.
One of the most worthwhile investments you can make with your family is to read together for 20 minutes a day. In Tracie Grimes’s monthly book review, “Reading Can Strengthen Family Ties,” on page 13, she explains how good reading habits will not only help your family become closer, it will also help your children in their future endeavors. She recommends books such as “My Purple Toes” by Blair Hahn, “Wild Rose’s Weaving” by Ginger Churchill, and “The Day Roy Riegels Ran the Wrong Way” by Dan Gutman. For moms, she suggests, “Micro” by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston, that is sure to get your pulse pounding from the beginning.
In her monthly Humor at Home column, “Do We Get Hoodie Hood Day Off?” on page 12, she writes about her kids trying to finagle another holiday off from school in the already holiday-happy-no-school-days of February. She says she is not fooled and makes sure her kids get all the educational days they have coming their way.
For this issue, I had the chance to learn more about a local business, Lemonade Locks. This unique wig service is the brainchild of Kelly Giblin, who started the company because of her own experience with alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss. Her clients couldn’t say enough kind words about her and her product. Find out more on page 8.
No matter what kind of investment you’re making this month – cleaning up Legos, making romantic plans, or reading with your family – it will pay off. Enjoy your red roses, chocolate kisses, and all the quintessential accolades for Valentine’s Day.