Saturday was Star Wars Day, you know, "May the fourth be with you"...
My boys woke up at the crack of dawn. Literally. They were that excited.
They put on their Star Wars tees and wanted to bust out the Legos as soon as possible, creating their own Star Wars worlds all over the dining room table.
They reluctantly paused and cleaned up to eat breakfast. Luckily it was a breakfast served with whipped cream, so the complaining was kept at a minimum.
They also had a blast playing Lego Star Wars on the wii and other games on the Lego website. In fact, they would have been happy playing all day if we had let them. However, we had Mr. One's soccer game to attend and some errands to run. No worries, because I was armed with Star Wars fruit snacks for the boys to enjoy at the game. I think Mr. Three spent more time studying the box than watching his brother play soccer.
I also set up a little scavenger hunt for the boys in the afternoon to break up the game playing. I found the general idea here and decided I could easily adapt it to fit our Star Wars theme. They donned their Star Wars gear, and I hid Mr. Three's toys, along with clues around the house. Ending the hunt, they were lead outside to free Han Solo from his carbonite prison. (The carbonite was baking soda and colored water, molded around a Han Solo action figure and left to dry out overnight.) I was hoping the carbonite would end up with a grayer hue, but I guess I was a bit heavy-handed on the green food coloring. They gleefully trapped Darth Vader in a plastic container and used their light sabers (medicine syringes filled with vinegar), to free Han, giggling at the foaming reaction as they worked. They loved this and asked if we could do it again, but, could we please freeze Darth instead of the hero next time.
To reward their hard work, we gave them light sabers (glow sticks) and Darth Vader candy filled eggs (thank you to a great friend for finding those for us).
We giggled as we watched some funny Star Wars related videos (thanks to a fun auntie for finding them).
They went to bed humming "Luke's Theme" and the "Imperial March", dreaming of Tie Fighters and X-Wings, using the Force and destroying the Death Star.
In truth, the boys had so much interest invested in this holiday of sorts, that they would have considered it a good day without Mike or I doing anything but playing along. But, with a little extra effort and a pinch of planning, we really made it a special day. And so often, it is the little things that make all the difference.