Our Little Builder

As my kids get bigger it is so fascinating and wonderful to watch their individual, genuine interests develop. Luci has been my builder from very early on. She loves blocks, Legos, puzzles, her tool box and…building Ikea furniture. I know that a passion for blocks, Legos and puzzles isn’t at all unique to my 3-year old, but I can attest to how much she LOVES it. Everyday we build – cities, parks, towers, castles and shops.

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At my parents house she uses their blocks to build obstacle courses that she then puts the “Little People” through for countless rounds – often timed. One day I came downstairs to find that she had used the pieces of a game to build a table and chairs. And on a recent trip to Ikea Luci discovered a workbench with wrenches, hammers and screwdrivers in their kids area. Let’s just say that leaving the area wasn’t top on her list of things to do at that moment. She just loved it. Santa made note.

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We frequent Home Depot on the first weekend of each month for their Kids Building Workshops. She’s made a tic-tac-toe game, coasters, a wooden sled and most recently, bookends. Building, hammers, nails and wrenches aren’t always typical interests for a 3-year-old girl, so I appreciate these workshops for giving us an opportunity to do projects that meet that passion.

Her coaster creations!

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In the past few months we have picked up a few new Ikea additions to Hillside Lane. Luci rushes to get her Melissa and Doug tools, which she uses to help with every project. And let me tell you that this girl literally helps. With her little, wooden hammer she pounds in the pegs and nails. She uses the included allen wrench to drive in the screws – all very much on her own. The determination is evident.

Notice her night gown…I don’t know why we thought she’d be okay going to bed while this project was going on.

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We put Luci to work again this past weekend putting together a bookshelf for her room and I can confidently say that she completed at least 80% of it on her own, with some heavy lifting help from Papa.

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Henriks didn’t want to miss out on the action. After crawling through the bottom shelves and then attempting to scale the bookshelf by hoisting his leg high enough to climb onto the 2nd shelf, he literally just used all his arm strength to pull his entire body up onto the shelf. Good thing, Mama had the camera at the ready. I don’t think I would have believed it if I hadn’t watched him do it. The nickname Bulldozer is quite fitting for this guy.

DSC_0061Luci may have come by this passion for put together furniture naturally. Both of her godparents, Tante Larisa and Uncle David are both whizzes when it comes to put together furniture. But for an age not known for patience or focus, she is incredibly enamored with this process from start to finish. She listens, she doesn’t get frustrated, she is careful and proud beyond words.

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When we were doing prayers Sunday night with Luci before bed, the thing Andris was most grateful for that day was building the bookshelf with Luci. He said it was the best part of his weekend. They are such little projects, but such sweet memories for us to keep.

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Elsa…the monkey. The Frozen obsession continues.

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xo

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