When Raileigh was four years old, she discovered Star Wars. She fell hard for the franchise from that very first moment. It has been really exciting to see her love of Star Wars grow as each new movie is released. It really is a phenomenal time to be a Star Wars fan.
With the influx of the new movie releases, a plethora of Star Wars merchandise has flooded the marketplace. Amongst all of this new merchandise, we have discovered some true gems. One of those gems is the Death Star Electronics Lab from Uncle Milton.
It was the summer of 2015 and Raileigh wanted to get involved in an extracurricular activity. We had talked with her about a plethora of possibilities and she had chosen to pursue gymnastics. We signed her up for a summer camp so that she could see how she felt about the gym and the instructors at a location near our home. A week before camp was scheduled to begin, a friend invited her to a birthday party at a local martial arts studio. Raileigh was instantly enamored. Before the party had even concluded, she was begging to begin taekwondo classes. We cancelled her gymnastics camp and a few days later we enrolled her in taekwondo.
Fast forward to last December. After countless taekwondo classes and thousands of hours of training, Raileigh received her black belt in taekwondo. Right around this time, as I searched for Christmas gift ideas for our family, I stumbled across a rather appropriate book. Samurai Santa by Rubin Pingk chronicles the tale of a young ninja named Yukio in a unique and incredibly entertaining Christmas story.
Each year after putting up our Christmas tree, I carefully unpack our growing collection of Christmas books. This is one of my favorite parts of the holidays season. This collection of Christmas books includes some truly wonderful titles, made even more magnificent by the fact that they are only brought out for approximately one month out of the year. A few of the titles have been handed down from when Darren and I were children while others have been purchased or given to use throughout the years.
Though each of our Christmas books is special in its own way, there are certain books that we reach for time and time again. Today I want to tell you about one of those books. It’s called Santa’s Hat and it was written by Linda Bleck.
Earlier this year, we were in the gift shop of a local attraction. Our family had spent the day exploring and we decided to let Raileigh choose a small souvenir before we left. She chose a mini tin of Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty. At the time, I didn’t really understand why she chose that. It had absolutely nothing to do with the focus of the attraction. Plus, we make slime at home fairly often and I figured that this putty would be similar to one that we had made in the past.
Oh, how wrong I was.
The beginnings of Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty go all the way back to 1998. Aaron, who had a life-long love of putty, taught himself chemistry and a bit of physics. He used his knowledge and a lot of experimentation to come up with the first batch of Thinking Putty. From there, he opened a factory and Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty was born.
Growing up, I was a huge fan of logic puzzles. I vividly remember trying to complete my school work in record time so that I could work on the stack of logic puzzles that were available for early finishers. Now that I have a daughter, I have discovered that she also enjoys completing logic puzzles. While traditional paper logic puzzles are still readily available, the market has grown to include a plethora of hands-on puzzles that are more engaging than ever.
Meet Cat Stax– the “purrfect puzzle” for curious minds from Brainwright. In this exciting puzzle for one or more people, you are challenged to stack up the cats so that they fit perfectly on the grid. The cats come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making each challenge truly unique and different.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Break into the Internet: Pick Your Player, Start Your Quest
Written by: Carla Jablonski
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
About this Book
Things couldn’t be better at Litwak’s Arcade- at least as far as Ralph is concerned. In Vanellope’s opinion, though, the ins and outs of her game, Sugar Rush, have become too routine. She’s craving a brand-new challenge. So, Ralph tries to bring some excitement to the game, but things quickly go off the tracks! It will be up to our favorite dynamic duo to venture into the Internet. Will they save Sugar Rush and the world of Litwak’s as we know it? It’s your call as to which paths they take. Will you help them succeed with flying colors or will it be the end of the road for Sugar Rush?