Today’s Lego Challenge! from gather.love.grow

We did last week’s Lego Challenge at Gather. Love. Grow. and were excited to try this week’s challenge too: Make something out of Legos that sinks!

We weren’t very successful though!

My four boys’ Lego creations are pictured above. Two of them have Lego Ninjago spinners as their bases.

The two that did not have the spinners floated. The ones with the spinners did too. The spinners were below the surface of the water so the Legos built on top were keeping them from sinking. We thought that was pretty interesting! Just a few Legos built on the spinners was enough to make them float.

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What we finally had to do to get the Legos to sink! Two spinners with nothing on them!

Right now, my two oldest boys are trying to program a Lego Mindstorms T-Rex so the Lego challenge is kind of still going!

Oh, and a quick note: I would recommend the Lego Ninjago spinners. My boys actually used them more to build elaborate tops instead of using them with only the minifigures. They are a retired product at the Lego shop online but they are still relatively inexpensive at Amazon (Lord Garmadon).  I don’t recommend the Lego Ninjago Airjitzu flyers unless you have a lot of outdoor space! They are dangerous inside the house!

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Bathroom Remodel – Part 6 – Countertop Install

This post is from February 2015.


Yesterday, we finally got our vanity top installed. It was very difficult for Josh to find someone to fabricate and install it for us. I believe this may be because it was such a small job (10 sq. ft.) Even when we did find someone, it was still a lot of trouble. Originally, it was supposed to be installed on Friday around 11:30 AM. So Josh took half the day off from work, and I made sure we were done with school by that time so I could get the kids out of the house. The guy never showed. In the end, Josh had to call HIM to find out if he was even coming. So Josh took half the day off for mostly nothing, though he was able to get the vanity and wall cabinet completely sanded and prepped for staining. The guy told Josh he would be here first thing Saturday morning.

Saturday morning came around. We were in limbo most of the day and had a birthday party at 4 PM to get to. Josh and Corran were able to sand most of the primed walls and Josh was able to stain the vanity and wall cabinet. The guy didn’t show up until 3 PM. I don’t think that is first thing Saturday morning. In the end, the vanity top was installed by 6:45 PM, but Josh ended up missing most of his nephew’s birthday party.

Cost of countertop install: $300, which was already pretty low so I didn’t push Josh to get a discount for all the delay.  I don’t think we’ll be using them again though.

Total cost of vanity: about $1300, includes vanity top, stain for the vanity, cabinet/drawer pulls, two vessel sinks, two faucets, and two pop-up drains.

The mosaic tile for the backsplash, the large white tile going around the bathtub, and the quartz counter. I am not sure yet about how the mosaic tile goes with the counter.

Overall, I am happy with how the counter turned out. It is a little bit more off-white that I thought it would be but it’s probably because of how white the sinks are. I like the way the quartz counter looks a little bit like a sparkly riverbed.

The vanity area probably won’t be totally done for another two weeks.

This week’s next step: Plumbing for the two sinks and the faucets. We will be losing either two or four drawers in the vanity to the plumbing but I am hoping Josh can rig it somehow so we don’t lose four.