Thursday, May 28, 2015

Just Luke Day

Dave has been working a TON lately, so when he mentioned that he had Tuesday off, our first thought was to grab all the kids and do something fun as a family.  But then it hit us... Just Luke Day! 

The little kids are finishing the week up at Miss Lisa's and the timing was perfect so we surprised our big boy with a day all to himself.  Luke is the sweetest, kindest, most patient big brother and he shares EVERYTHING about 99% of the time.  A room, his toys, our attention.  Everything.  

We dropped Mason and Griffin off at Miss Lisa's house and then we told Luke that we had a special day planned JUST for him.  He begged and attempted to negotiate his way into finding out what we had up our sleeves, but to no avail.  


We pulled into Stonebriar (a local mall) and Luke assumed we were going to see a movie or the Lego store and then as soon as we walked in he spotted this...


The Lego Americana Roadshow is on display at our local mall and he was in Lego Heaven!


Ten large-scale models of US landmarks were scattered throughout the mall and he got a map with questions to answer and had the BEST time!  Dave loves US History and he and Luke were in their element talking about the buildings and reading facts about the construction of the models. I loved getting to watch them do their thing.


There were lots of smaller displays as well which I think he loved even more because of all the funny little scenes and details.


So at what point did he get almost as tall as my shoulder?!?!?!?!



This car was filled with Legos and you had to guess how many were inside.  He guessed 19,000, which cracked me up. :)



There was a play area set up where kids got to build with thousands of pieces and construct cars to race down the ramps.  It was awesome that we were with just him because he didn't have to rush for Griffin or wait for Mason or anything.  He LOVED it!



We raced annnnnnnnnnd........


Surprise! Surprise!  He smoked me! ;)



His awesome vehicle.





We ran into one of his friends from school and his soccer team and they were so cute discussing Legos together.




He decided today that he officially wants to be a Lego designer/builder when he grows up.  We can't wait! :)







We had the best time taking these :)



 After we saw all the landmarks we headed to the Lego store where Dave and I surprised him with getting to pick out a new set. He's really into the Technic sets now (they have gears and pistons and do all kinds of crazy things) and he was out of his mind excited.

A quick lunch at Cheesecake Factory was just what we needed after a morning of Lego-looking.



Yes ma'am!



We had THE GREATEST day with just Luke.  It was at his and ONLY his pace and both Dave and I could tell how special he felt.


Lots of days I don't feel like I had a winning day.  I may have said no more than I should have, or I forgot to make them brush their teeth before bed (mom, I didn't just write that - they ALWAYS brush their teeth before bed! hahaha) or I wonder if I was "enough"... but Just Luke Day was a WIN! The little sparkle in his eye and extra long hug before bed told me that it was a win.  It also convicted me about the amount of one-on-one time that I spend with each of my kids and we've put a few more "Just You" days on the calendar.

Happy Thursday, friends!!! I hope it's a WIN :)

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  1. What a wonderful gift of a day!! I'm sure that he will never forget it ! Bravo Mom!!

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    1. Thanks, Bonni! It was a gift for everyone involved :)

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  2. I love this Andrea! Glad you had such a special day!

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  3. There is nothing better than getting some one on one time wih our kiddos

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    1. I'm quickly learning the value of one-on-one outings :)

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  4. How fun!!! I didn't even know that was at the mall right now. Glad Luke Day was a success!

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    1. And it's free! We should go next week with all of our crazies!

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  5. One-on-one days are the best! He is glowing in every picture.

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  6. Hi I'm crying- that's so so sweet!! Love it!

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  7. I am so glad you guys got a Luke Day! That sweet boy deserved to kick off summer with a special day :).

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    1. He totally did! He's already asking when our next Just Luke Day is :)

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  8. That last photo says it all. I can feel the love right through the screen. You are a wonderful mama! My big boy is now 16 and he loved Legos. This brings back so many memories. Just so lovely! Fabulous post!

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    1. Thank you, Ramona! I hope you hung on to all his Legos! My boys love playing with my brother's Legos that my mom kept.

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  9. Luke Day! Yay! It looks like he had the absolute best time! Love it!

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  10. What a great idea! That LEGO display at Stonebriar looks amazing!!! Glad Luke had such a wonderful day :)

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  11. Oh that's so sweet!! What a special day! I am definitely nervous about sharing & dividing attention with baby #2 due in June eee!

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    1. We try to give everyone lots of special, undivided attention at home (reading time, playing a game, etc.), but there was something extra special about being on a fun outing with both parents and JUST him.

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  12. How sweet! This made me emotional seeing how excited he looked. Such a great idea, especially for the eldest. Great timing with the Lego display too!!

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    1. It worked out so well with the Lego display and yes, he was totally excited. It kind of makes me emotional too!

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  13. So sweet!! So glad that you had such a special day with your Luke!! Xoxo

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  14. I laughed when I saw your first picture of Luke because when I commented on IG about my Parker having the same shirt on that day, I didn't even see his shorts. P was wearing those SAME shorts and shirt on the exact same day. Apparently we have very similar tastes : )
    Your Luke Day looked so fun!!! I'm sure he had a ball and y'all made memories you will treasure for a long time.

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  15. Love! What a special day for Luke and you guys. It has been a long time since I have taken my oldest for one on one time and this reminds me to place a day in my calendar soon.

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  16. Love this! It was a goal of mine to be intentional about doing this with my boys. Now that summer is near, I can work on this. I love Luke's smile! He looks so happy!

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    1. Me too! I'm going to make a point even if it's just a one-on-one after-dinner trip to the pool. Such a special time!

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  17. Andrea this is WONDERFUL to spend a one on one day with each child. Luke will remember this day for a long time. Now I am going to look up this Lego Roadshow -I know my sisters kids will love it.

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    1. Thank you! And hopefully the roadshow is coming by your area soon!

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  18. What a fun day! I know Luke will never forget it for sure. I do the same Just Me days with my grandsons occasionally and it is so fun to do just what they want when they want to. Like your kids they share and play well together but we all want to be pampered some days and it feels good to be able to do that. Glad you had such a great day, the Legos look amazing!I would say this was a WIN!

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    1. Pampering is the perfect word for it. It doesn't take much to spoil them! :)

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  19. We love doing this with our kids! Doesn't happen often but it's so sweet to get to really know each kid. Love this!

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  20. How fun! My boys (5 and 7 years old) usually want to stay together but those one-on-one days are the best!

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    1. I love that they choose to be together! That's so sweet!

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  21. This post made me tear up, he just looked so happy! It blessed my heart that you felt like it was a WIN, that is precious. Side note, Stonebriar is the mall I go where I live, and on Monday as you can imagine it was jammed pack...good job on going Tuesday! Lastly, what is the name of that pasta dish you ordered at he Cheesecake Factory? Looks divine!

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    1. Thanks, Chastity! We figured it would be packed on Monday with the holiday and all the rain. I'll have to ask Dave later if he remembers the name... garlic chicken maybe? It has peas and pancetta and was completely unhealthy if that narrows it down next time you're there :)

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  22. What a fun and memorable day! You guys are great parents, your love for your kids just shine through each and every post. Now, you know when you do something even just once the kids consider it a tradition!;)

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    1. Yes! I'm fairly certain this is now a tradition. hahaha Thank you!!!

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  23. I LOVE this! SO, so special that you guys could do this for him! What a fun and memorable day!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Memorable for ALL of us :)

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  24. What an absolutely fantastic day!

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  25. Is it goofy that I teared up reading your post? The more kids you have, the more you realize how special that one on one time is! You can tell from Luke's eyes that this was the.best.day.eva! Great job, mom!

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    1. Not goofy at all! And yes - it's all about the eye sparkle!

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  26. Your post really made me tear up! We only have one kid so you would think that most days are THEIR days, but sadly it's not always the case. Work and daycare and family time aren't always what THEY want to do. Thank you for reminding me to make time for my kid and give her a special day. You're an awesome mom Andrea!!

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    1. Yes, yes, yes! totally agree with you on this...after working all day, it's hard to set aside time to do what your one kiddo wants to do! But this was a great reminder to just DO IT sometimes. :)

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    2. Agree with both of you! It's not always just the time involved, but really finding something that they want to do. :)

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  27. You guys are great parents. You can see in the pictures how great his day was! Such a happy boy! :)

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  28. I love this. One on one days are SO special for little ones.

    However, the idea of legos gives me anxiety. Maybe it's because I don't have kids, but all of those little bitty pieces. Ugh.

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    1. Legos are a necessary evil with little boys :) Once you realize how deep their love runs for them you put up with the mess.

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  29. What a wonderful day - I am the oldest and I know how special one on one time with parents meant to me while I was a kid!

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  30. That sounds SO fun. You seem to make every day special for your kiddos!

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    1. I try - but I'm sure as you know as a mom some days are better than others :)

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  31. Mind blown over those amazing Lego creations!

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  32. I love love love this! I try and make time for Jack and Mommy dates but rarely do we ever have a day that is all about Jack. Jake and I really need to get this on the calendar pronto. I love how much fun all three of you had!

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    1. So fun!!! Let me know if you end up doing it and how it goes! :)

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  33. Dates one-on-one with your kids, the best thing you can do, especially as they get older. We did this very thing with our girls (they are grown up now) and that is the number one thing they still talk about.

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    1. I love that! And thank you for the perspective... I hope that these days are ones they'll remember fondly :)

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  34. Love the idea of "Just Child" days. We've done One Parent/One Child dates, but never both parents and one child! And that Lego exhibit??!!! My son would LOVE it!!!

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    1. Having BOTH of our full attention was extra special :)

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  35. What a special day! Great idea! Those Lego sculptures look amazing!

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  36. What a great day! And I am so excited that I read this post -- I checked the schedule and the Lego display is coming to our city! Now I'm going to copy you and take our 6 year old Lego lover on his own special day. :)

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  37. Sounds like the perfect day! The Lego exhibit looks like a traveling version of Legoland! One-on-one time is so precious. We do it when we can, but it is challenging to find time for it all. Our next outing is going to be to take our 6 year old boy to see a live theater performance of Matilda. We read the book to him and are excited to take our big guy to his first live theater performance. Thanks for sharing your special day with Luke. He definitely looks happy!

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  38. Aww, this was so much fun to read! Your son looks absolutely ecstatic and I love seeing such joy. I have never heard of the Legos Road Show but my oldest son and husband are both extremely into Legos so I will have to look into that. Thank you for sharing and so glad you guys had a wonderful day together!

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  39. This is just about the coolest thing ever!! I wonder if this is coming to my mall!! Loved all the pics and the great big smiles on all your faces!!

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