Red Legos & Hamm

Guest Post by Chief Husband and Editor Chris

It’s Championship Eve. The last holiday cometh. Tomorrow, my team, the Alabama Crimson Tide, will rematch Clemson to defend their national title and try to go 15-0 for the first time. It just so happens that most of this weekend was spent iced in at home. Everything was cancelled, travel discouraged, you know the drill. So after all the Christmas decorations came down, multiple Star Wars movies were watched, rooms rearranged and organized, my idle hands started playing with Lego.

My mantle rolled its eyes at me and smiled.

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It started with some fun officially licensed gifts Rachel has given me the past few years.

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Then I added some fan seating in various financial tiers.

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And the fandom I know best, the tailgating.

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The Wayne Enterprises skybox is for VIPs only, but its not the cheeriest place. The Dark Knight, the worried hobbit, and Mr. Attitude the Wizard enjoy their wealth and privilege, but there’s not a pom-pom in sight.

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The upper deck is bit less stodgy, and a solid cross-section of Lego society.

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Down in the safely guarded concourse, the crowd picks up their yummy fish.

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The grouchy custodian just came from cleaning the ladies’ room. She is no fan of the hovering fans she cleans up behind.

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Her coworker is having a better time taking care of the field.

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Meanwhile, outside the stadium, Ma & Pa Cop are hosting a fantastic tailgate outside their RV.

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And the grill masters are taking care of the hungry crowd.

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The whole crowd, inside and out, players and fans, are, like me, filled with hope and expectation. The game kicks off in less than 24 hours. By the time you read this, I’ll either feel like these guys:

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Or like Hamm.

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Either way, I’m over here having fun. Roll Tide.

Everything is Awesome…in the Nativity.

For those of you who have been around for a while, you might remember Chris’ Lego Nativities.

They started out rather normal, then grew into something more grand, then took a plot twist, then added wheels.

My mantel has still hosted Lego Nativities the last couple of years, but I’ve been on a break from blogging about them.

Last year, the Lego nativity, and a lot of other things, were stolen by the Grinch who hit Christmas head-on. We did our best to keep up the cheer, even decorating water leak damage in the living room, known as “The Holiday Hole.” And Christmas still came. And my husband’s Lego/Christmas heart grew 3 sizes, as always.

This year, putting the past poo of 2015 aside, and boldly charging into 2016, Chris said the mantel was going to be AMAZING. To ensure this, he started working on his design in February.

“Do we really need Lego above the fireplace in February?”

“I’m working on it. It’s going to be great.”

But…nothing changed from February until November. The same few buildings were there, waiting to be made into something spectacular.

Enter Thanksgiving morning.

While watching the parade, Chris and the kids were building a Lego set from The Lego Movie when he was struck with inspiration and completely scrapped the languishing design-from-February.

Because why not.

And so, with the help of a few other characters, this year’s nativity is from The Lego Movie, written in three scenes.

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Let’s start with the manger scene.

Vitruvius is happily playing the part of Gabriel, and Princess Unikitty is leading the charge of lowing cattle. The shepherd/sheep government has apparently been replaced, Monty Python-style, by an anarcho-syndicalist commune where each animal takes it in turn to act as a sort of executive officer of the week.

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Meanwhile, Lucy and Emmet have just birthed….a baby President Business. A king should always have a nice coif.

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(At this point in the explanation, I wrinkled my brow. “But…why would President Business be Jesus?”, and I was quickly told, “Don’t overthink it. Just go with it.”)

The visiting Wise Men are fairly on point. Except maybe Batman – he’s always seemed a bit too self-focused to follow a star halfway across the known world. Frodo is a bit more committed to the cause. Harry has attitude issues but they all managed to make it to visit the baby.

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Scene two finds us in the overcrowded inn. It’s kind of an ultra-mod, pseudo-industrial hostel. A real hip kind of place.

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It really was no place for a baby to be born, anyway.

Hermione and Ron seem to be casting a vengeful spell on El Chupacabra after losing a game of poker while innkeeper Hagrid turns his back at the mayhem,

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Merida is hitting on a couple of dudes who name-dropped that they knew Frodo,

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And Ma and Pa Cop appear to be filming an episode of “Where are my Pants?”
Hey, you have to keep it spicy, right?

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Lucy would have spent the entire night screaming at everyone to be quiet so she could PLEASE get some rest (and by the way does anyone have any hemorrhoid cream?), so the manger was a much better plan.

(But if only there’d been a double decker couch…there could’ve been room in the inn.)

Scene three takes us to Herod’s Castle. Darkness. So much darkness.

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Ring Wraiths guard the scene,

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And Lord Business stands by, ready and waiting to Kragle any challanger to be King of the Jews.

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While he waits to find him, he makes good on his promise to Kragle every baby boy in Bethlehem,

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even if they do already have facial hair. Or lipstick.

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Don’t overthink it. Just go with it.

Merry Christmas.

Gifts for the Lego Lover

List of Lego Gift Ideas

Thanks to a swarm of Christmas and birthdays, I’ve been tipped off to, have searched for, and have randomly found a plethora of Lego-Themed gifts. A bunch of it showed up in Chris’ stocking, to which he kept exclaiming, “How did you even find this stuff??”

So, in order to help you all find Lego goodness, here’s my comprehensive list of Lego, Lego-ish, or Lego compatible goodies I’ve discovered lately.

1. Oyo Sports Lego Sets – a friend messaged me on Facebook about these one morning in December. I woke up, looked at my phone, read her message, and literally ordered them before I got out of bed. As expected, they were pretty much my Best Present Ever for Chris. How else could I combine the two most integral components of my husband’s personality? Yes. Fully licensed Alabama Football Lego-compatible bricks.

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They also have many other college football teams (including Auburn), along with NFL teams, hockey, and Baseball.

But Alabama Football was enough for my family, and they are enjoying their sets immensely.

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I got Chris two Endzone sets and a couple of extra players (yes, they have actual players – but only the ones who have graduated off the team – stupid NCAA rules and all), but I was distressed over the fact that they had no mid-field sets. Of course, right after Christmas, they released mid-fields. I’m sure I will be buying him one for Father’s Day or some other such excuse.

(But he’s still fully entertained with his endzones.)

2. Buildable Mug – I bought one of these for Chris, waiting expectantly for what all fantastic creations he’d build onto his morning coffee.

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He loves it and consistently drinks his coffee out of it,

but has yet to build a single blasted creation onto it – His mug still looks like this:

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I can’t say that I’m not disappointed. HORRIBLY disappointed.

But I shall continue to wait in hope and expectation of greater things still to come.

3. For Birmingham Lego Lovers, you absolutely MUST procure family Lego Vulcan T-Shirts.

I cannot express how excited I was when I happened across these shirts by Optik Citizens on Instagram – to combine our city’s unique pantsless statue with our love of Legos…it was a moment of inspiration.

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Aren’t they fabulous?

They also have stickers for cars and computers or whatnot. To order any of these, you will need to email the artists directly – ocbham (at) gmail (dot) com – especially for the kid’s shirts, which had to be specially ordered (but still only $15.) But they’re easy to work with and quick to fulfill orders.

4. Lego Card Making Kit – Seriously I am on a roll with combining passions. Ali loves Legos and crafts, especially sending people cards. So I knew she needed this set.

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…Though I haven’t actually seen any cards come out of production yet – I think she may have hidden them all in one of her many undisclosed hoarding locations.

5. Emmet Jacket – we bought this for Noah for our Halloween outfit set, but it has become his favorite winter accessory. He would rather be Emmet than “boy-wearing-nondescript-jacket” any day.

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And I don’t blame him one bit.

6. Unikitty Crocheted Hat – Speaking of our Halloween outfits, Ali has also become quite accustomed to being Unikitty – I hope that she can break the trend before spring, or her head is going to mildew.

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We got her hat custom-made at a very reasonable price by a long-time blog reader, Stephanie, who has a serious crocheting talent. I texted her a picture of what I wanted, and she made it within a week – without a pattern. She has the Unikitty hat available in her shop here. She also makes a wicked awesome Lego Scarf, if you ask nicely.

7. Silicone Lego Molds – These can be used to make Jell-O or Candy – both of which I’ve done and my children have adored. Click on either picture for more details:

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You can also use the molds to make soap, candles, crayons, or anything else you can think of to melt and pour in them.

There are now also sets with bigger molds that would be great for making cakes – I might try that next. Or I might just stick with….

8. Lego Head Cake Pops. Made by my good friend Jamie (and shippable anywhere in the U.S.), these dreamily delicious treats are my family’s favorite cake. Chris has gotten them in his stocking multiple times, and Noah had them for his birthday a couple of years ago. Did I mention they’re adorable?? Especially when your husband custom-builds a stand for them.

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Jamie takes special orders and can literally make anything into cake pops – from snowglobes to tacky Christmas sweaters to the poop emoji. She also recently tried her hand at Lego Movie Cake Pops, and they were fairly brilliant.

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9. Lego Minifigure Sets – My husband readily admits that minifigures are the best part of Legos. I’ve already bought him all of these sets, or I’d totally keep buying him one a year. But they’re his fave, and the characters included are quite fantastic.

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10. Lego Candy Blocks – Noah’s favorite treat, he gets these anytime he can find them. In fact, it may be one of my chief bribery tactics to get him to go for a run with me…

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11. Lego Brick Slippers – We do not own these because we are not a slipper family, but if perchance you are a slipper family AND love Legos, well, here’s your stocking stuffer.

 

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12. Lego Crayons – if you don’t have time to make your own but need them for a birthday party, then Amazon has you covered, as always. And who doesn’t want to color with a Lego minifig head?

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13. Lego iPhone Case – If my husband didn’t insist on as slim of a case as possible, he would definitely have this. I kinda love it and I’m the only non-Master-Builder in our family. Just think of the handle you could build to keep your iPhone comfortably snug in your hand!

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14. Lego Candles – No Lego Birthday party is complete without these. Enough said.

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15. Lego Business Card Holder – For the man that’s not afraid to show his true passions in the workplace, this should go right next to a photo of him making out with his wife.

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What great Lego-Themed gifts have you found?