passing down the legos

October 17, 2011 |  Category:   life

Mark’s mom had the foresight to hold on to the legos that Mark and his sister played with as kids, just in case either of them wanted to pass it down to their kids. We decided on our last trip to Seattle this August that the girls would like to have them. These are vintage legos from the 70s and 80s – you can tell because the colors of the pieces are in the classic primary colors – and there are a lot of them.

The girls have literally played with these legos every single day and I love how they’ve integrated them with their other toys, like this.

Really not sure what’s going on here with the legomen and the Hello Kitties. It sort of makes me feel uncomfortable.

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  • angie October 17, 2011 at 2:19 am

    that’s hysterical!!!

  • Lara October 17, 2011 at 2:46 am

    It makes me feel good that they’ve played with them everyday.

  • Jen October 17, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Hello Romanov Kitties.

  • plum October 17, 2011 at 5:51 am

    love it – that they made it & you shared it 🙂

  • Mandy October 17, 2011 at 7:35 am

    I have just introduced Lego to my almost 3 year old and 18 month old (yes, I know, I am irresponsible giving it to a 18 month old, but it is always supervised and I couldn’t wait). They love it. I love it. My husband loves it. We spent all day yesterday building and interacting. Best toy ever.

  • Elke October 17, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Jenna, you are hilarious!

  • Clara October 17, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Aaaw I think it’s ok. My brother and his friend got a hold of my barbies when I was little and proceeded to pull all the legs off, then place the lone legs in barbie shoes, and line up all the legs. WHO knows what that meant, but my brother turned out well! This hello kitty thing is hardly that extreme! I think my family should have been more worried, ha!

  • Cecilia Madden October 17, 2011 at 10:31 am

    too funny! perfect for a monday morning…

  • Pamela October 17, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Hahahaha! Poor kitties … never even saw it coming …

  • Cristin October 17, 2011 at 10:46 am

    The legos killed the hello kittys

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag October 17, 2011 at 11:45 am

    LOVE IT! I have a huge, unreasonable, full blown Hello Kitty Obsession and this photo just makes my day! Those poor kitties, what do you think is going to happen to them? They look like they have been lined up for some kind of Lego science experiment gone awry, tee hee!

  • Damaris @KitchenCorners October 17, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Legos are so classic. My mother-in-law in Hawaii also saved the Legos from when her kids where young. Whenever we go to Hawaii my 5 year old spends hours playing with the Legos. We have some for him too, and we’re slowly building our own collection.

  • Sebbie October 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    LOL. Did you ask the girls about it?

  • Stephanie October 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    My mom and uncle gave me their old legos which my brother and I enjoyed for years. Now, at the age of 24, I still occasionally play with them when home for the holidays. I hope to give them to my children eventually as well if I have any. Classic toys that use imagination are the best.

  • Gaia October 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    ha!
    Oh man all the kids in my family were obsessed with legos. One of my brothers would come home from school and decompress playing legos for hours–every day, for years. I remember building huge projects with my cousins every Christmas…

  • Mari October 17, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    You just made me laugh out loud. For a long time. Wonderful!

  • Grace October 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I just have to say how much I love that you guys gave your girls “vintage” Legos – the new ones nowadays are so simplistic! There is no imagination – you basically build what is on the box. Unless your kids really wanted to be creative, the pieces are so specific its hard not to make what it was intended back. Original/vintage Legos allow for so much creativity and imagination – my brother and I never made what was on the box! We always integrated it with our other toys and other Lego sets.

    Not to mention the value of teaching your kids how to enjoy toys for years and years (and passing it down to their own kids) – and not always wanting the next “new thing” out there. Solid parenting!

  • ava October 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I just showed the photo of the kitties and the legos to my 4 year old niece and asked her what was happening. Without hesitation, she told me the Hello Kitties are having their hair washed before they get it cut at the salon. I asked what the extra lego people were doing on the other side. “Waiting their turn!” she tells me, as if the whole scene was not obvious! She is just barely 4 and I swear I detected an eye roll.

  • Sara Jensen October 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Oh man that is so great. I would like to hear how the girls explain that set up.

  • Katie October 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    That last part totally made me laugh. Thank you.

  • Pink Mango October 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    So cute !!!!
    Where can I find those hello kitties ?

  • mina October 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    My best guess would be a pool party or a synchronized swimming routine! Ha, adorable!

  • Carolyn October 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Too funny! This made me laugh out loud!

  • Nuree October 17, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Awesome! My brother had plastic tubs full of them when he was younger and we (mostly him…) used to spend HOURS creating whatever we wanted. Legos definitely encourage imaginative and creative play. So many toys don’t allow that anymore so I particularly LOVE that your daughters are coming up with different ways to play with them! Kudos to your mother-in-law for saving the Legos!

  • Justine October 17, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Thanks! Made me laugh and then Ava’s comment made me laugh again.

    It does rather look like some kind of tribunal standing (or sitting) in judgement of the Kitty’s for taking over childrens’ imaginations. It doesn’t look good for the Kitty’s.

  • Justine October 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    (What is this thing I have with making the Kitties possessive instead of plural? I either need some sleep or I need to go back to grammar 101!)

  • Lilis-Jakarta October 17, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Lego really a classic toy that last forever. My mom passed my legos to my auntie’s grandchildrens and now they come back to me, to be played by my son. Guess Lego can become a family treasure too.

  • annie October 18, 2011 at 12:38 am

    legos are the best toy ever! i remember when i was 3-4 years old and i would play with legos every day. i didnt even have that many but it didn’t matter. i always had so much fun.

  • Mark October 18, 2011 at 3:09 am

    A friend forwarded me your blog post – hilarious and very sweet.

    I’ve found a use for all my old (and now new) Lego here:

    lego.marknam.com

    Bless,
    Mark

  • Lia October 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    That is so funny!
    My sister in law kept finding naked barbies everywhere, so she told her daughter to stop stripping the barbies out of her clothes. Her daughter said that it wasn’t her but her 7 year old brother had done that. So when my sister in law asked him what was that all about, he answered, Mom, they are just dolls!

  • Susan October 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    All I can say, is finally ginger legos!! I would have appreciated that growing up. So cute Jenna…love it!

  • kate October 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Seriously cracking up over that last photo. My brother and I used to play legos for hours and HOURS as kids. I remember my dad would erect our camping tent in the backyard in the summer and we’d have lego sessions in there for days. We’d incorporate my Barbies often, which don’t mesh well, ha.

  • stacy October 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    That photo just made me laugh hard. This is why I had a child. Gotta love kids. Funny, my husband just found his old 80’s legos in the garage and we have been playing with our almost 3 yr old daughter and all three having such fun. Good stuff!

  • Kayla @ Exquisite Banana October 21, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    aaaand I just snorted/chortled my tea.

    while we’re on the subject, the word “chortled” kinda makes me uncomfortable. not sure why.

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