We’re currently staying at Layne and Elissa’s, prepping for Christmas and more importantly waiting for Munchkin, Layne and Elissa’s baby, to arrive.

This morning Elissa, Danaya, Davison, and myself (Ben) played a game of Settlera of Catan.  Davison pulled off a massive win with scoring 10 points while the rest of us were all sitting at 5 or 6.  He had the help of the Longest Road, Largest Army, plus multiple 12 and 2 rolls.

picture of Davison winning Catan
Davison wins!

…he  is trying to answer a T/F question about whether or not the Wright Brothers’ first flight was 120 feet…and as you suggest some books to look at to find the answer, he pops off, “Just ask Siri.”

Ben took the day off on Friday. He took the Traverse in to get the A/C fixed (again), and we were prepping for a trip to SA on Saturday.

While heading out to run some errands, we spotted this regal fellow checking out the neighbors across the street.  

 Then he visited our place (kinda hard to see):


Managed to catch him flying to check out another neighbor’s place:


On Saturday, Ben, Heidi, Davison and I headed to San Antonio to do a Steeped Tea tasting and class at a friend’s home.

Brock stayed at his friend’s house (thanks, J!!), Danaya and Daelynn were working, and Mikaela is 2k miles away, so we had two of our eight kids with us.

At one point Ben turned to me and said, “We look like a NORMAL family!”


Walked the river with these fine folks.

Lovely scenery, if a little warm.


Love this covered stairway and the kids in it.

Another one of the Lego sets that we discovered in our tub-o-Lego was the Underseas Explorer, part of the Atlantis series of Lego models.    This one was missing a couple of the wheels (there should be three on each side rather than two) and one of the leg armour modules has been repurposed from Lightning McQueen of Cars fame.


the fearsome Undersea Explorer

the ferocious fish
 I have no idea what type of ferocious fish this is; it appears to be pretty much all mouth and tail.

The Undersea Explorer is somewhat of a transformer and converts from its mech/robot form into a more traditional ocean bottom crawling mini-sub.


Forget that you read the title of this post.  You just went and re-read it didn’t you.  You do know that re-reading it will make it harder to forget, right?

Anyhow, in some remote country side area (like Lego-Kansas or somewhere), lives a simple Lego farmer with his old fashioned hay pitch fork.  He’s going about his business (feeding Lego-hay to Lego-farm-animals who can’t eat it and also don’t make a whole lot of Lego-manure) which given the parenthesised description is somewhat pointless (unlike his pitch fork).  Let’s call him “Farmer”.


unsuspecting Farmer
 Fortunately for Farmer his life is about to get more exciting because on the other side of some hills hovers this UFO.


Brock hovers the UFO
 What will happen when bland looking UFO meets sharp pitchfork?  Well that’s where the nifty UFO beam comes into play.


Brock activates the Beam
 I think the beam is supposed to pick up the farmer, but this is only Lego after all and it’s only a red light being activated by Brock pushing on that little green lever.  Still, I’m sure that Farmer is a little terrified about the red light surrounding him all of a sudden.  He might be a little surprised when he meets UFO Driver (I was thinking of calling him Alien, but it just doesn’t fit).
“Take me to your leader”
UFO Driver

The next set for building was “Plo Koon’s Jedi Starfighter”.  We discovered that we had it by browsing a website showing all of the Lego sets by series and year.  It’s cockpit canopy was rather distinctive and matched.  Davison also recognized the blue and white wing patterns.


Davison builds another set
the starfighter on the Jedi landing dtrip
Kwy Gone Gin and R2D2 tested the ship out for us
 Plo Koon himself (pictured below) is nowhere to be found. If you bump into him anywhere tell him we have his ship ready for him.


the inestimable Jedi warrior Plo Koon
 Oh, also let him know that his orthodontist is looking for him as well…

Yesterday I (Davison) finished the arc fighter and I had supper.  Then I started building the Rebel Scout Speeder.  Since this small model didn’t have many pieces I thought I could build this one that evening.  So I started to gather pieces for it and in no time it was done.

Dad:  According to our sources, this is the only set which came with the nifty, not seemingly useful Rebel helmets.  So this was an easy one to pinpoint as a target set to build.


the apeeder traverses the dining room table
helmet man 2 has unwisely lost his chin strap
the removable turret – I need one of these on my car

Yup, another Lego set post, but I’ll try to liven it up with a bit of a story.  When we got the tub-o-Lego, there were a bunch of “assemblies”; that being parts of Lego sets that had not been entirely disassembled.  We set these aside both to assist in figuring out what we had and then to cut down on the number of pieces that we would have to find. This is the story of one of those assemblies and how it led to a particular set.

The assembly in question was this one, a little unique in that it had an unorthodox manner of narrowing from four wide down to 2 wide.  It also had a bit of a beak-like appearance.


the mysterious assembly
 A couple of evenings ago, while waiting for Brock and Davison to do their getting ready for bed tasks, I was looking through a library book on the vehicles of a Star Wars.  Something about the following picture looked familiar.


the familiar picture
 I called Davison over and he agreed and also pointed out the engines and the unique wings. Which also matched some of the other assemblies that we still had kicking around, pictured below.


othe matching assemblies
 Davison knocked this one out in about a day, helped somewhat by the assemblies mentioned above, also by the fact that there is less Lego in the tub.

the final product

Davison had to improvise with one of the cockpit covers
 I was surprised at how large this set ended up.

the top down view