So Nathan and Andy are school friends and have the same Birthday. So ever since the beginning of the school year they have been plotting a joint birthday and every few weeks Nathan would come to me and tell me of their ever increasing plans which started out as a simple party and eventually escalated to the Grand Canyon and Disneyland! So we decided to take control of things and have a simple party and Andy's home.
Monday, January 20, 2014
The week after Christmas we drove to Utah for New Years and Ben and Nathan's cousin's Baptism. Nathan celebrated his Birthday in a Hotel room and on the road. Ben gave him two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures.
Zack's Baptism was a nice event.
Ben and Nathan spent nearly a year saving their money and finally I was able to take them to the Lego Store so they could buy the huge sets they had been saving for. Ben was saving for The Tower of Orthanc from The Lord of the Rings and Nathan saved for Arkham Asylum from Batman.
Ben won't let me help him anymore.
Arkham Asylum came with Batman, Robin, Joker, Harley Quinn, Posien Ivy, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, The Penguin and a Policeman along with a gate and a Police truck. Both boys got a police vehicle set for free as a promotional giveaway. The jail has four cels and a number of other rooms.
Ben'scame with a big Ent (not sure if its Treebeard or not), Wormtougue, Saruman (both with legs and robe piece) Gandolf and Eagle and two Orcs (one with a grappling hook to pull down the Ent.
As you see here its almost half as tall as Ben and has about 6 or so floors, plus the top where Gandolf was captured until the eagle saved him.
When we bought this the store clerk asked Ben how long he thought it would take him to build this and he told him about an hour. The clerk smiled and told him that when he got it it toke him about six hours to build it. It toke Ben about that broken up into two days.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Our ward had a Family Home Evening at the LA Temple Visitors Center the Monday before church, Charlotte was asked to sing while playing piano and then do a storytime like the one she did at the ward party. There were other great performances also. We got there early and walked around the Temple to look at the lights and decorations.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
We baricaded the top of the stairs and told the boys they couldn't go down until 7am on Christmas morning, they were really excited.