Ravi is an avid Lego builder and a huge fan of Transformers. Everything revolves around Optimus Prime and his best buddy Bumblebee. When we’re in the car we keep a lookout for both Autobots and Decepticons and wonder what cool mission are they up to in our neck of the woods.
Ravi also likes upgrades and changes to Autobot editions tremendously. He knows the G1 (Generation 1) models from the The Next Generation animated versions from the Dark of the Moon versions from the Age of Extinction versions. While he still won’t watch a live action Transformers movie because he’s too scared he does watch Youtube videos of the new toy models.
Up to a few months ago, we had annual passes to Legoland and we would go monthly. While the rides are okay, what we really used to go to Legoland was for the Adventure Room and the Lego Builders Room. The Adventure Room was a cool walk through attraction that both Ravi and Max fell in love with. The Lego Builders Room is a free space area with basic Legos for kids to build whatever they imagined and a small display area on the side for you to put your creations. It also had a small shop of free Legos that Ravi searched through every trip. It still amazes me that what Ravi (and Max to a minor extent) really wanted to do with their trip to Legoland was to build Lego creations and pick up a couple of cool pieces for their home collection. Almost every trip to Legoland included a couple of hours in the Lego Builders Room.
It is also not far fetched to see Ravi not only want to collect every Optimus Prime toy created, but to also want to build his own cool Optimus Primes with Legos. Below are a couple of his recent creations. It’s also wonderful to see how young kids’ creativity isn’t limited by earlier preconceptions.
No matter how old you get, don’t ever stop creating and inventing.
Infiltrator Optimus (for those secret stealth missions)!
Trailer Optimus Prime (for heavy duty missions).
Battle Convoy Bumblebee (he’s upgraded to tow tons of equipment to take out heavily fortified Decepticon bases!)
Trailer Optimus, Battle Convoy Bumblebee, and Infiltrator Optimus.
In beginning of June, we paid our annual visit to Dr. Lerner of UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital for Ravi and Maxie’s annual visit. Since Mario and I so rarely visit where we spent our early years of adulthood, we have always tried to make a day trip out of the doctor visits. Fate did not fail us; everything turned out fabulously for this day. Not only did we experience the lightest traffic possible under LA’s freeway conditions and devoured a dozen of cookies plus ice cream at the famed Diddy Riese, we were also told that the boys are in great health. Just to knock it out of the park, we also found out that Ravi and Maxie have both experienced a significant growth spur.
Ravi’s growth has been relatively consistent up to this point, with height around 50% and weight oscillating from 10% to 25%. Last year, Ravi’s measured 55% height, this year he dialed in at 81%; whereas his weight increased only slightly from 15% to 25%. Ravi is doing just fine and still has the possibility of being much taller than both of his parents!
Maxie on the other hand has always been a small boy. Born three weeks early at 6.5 lbs, he is a whole one lb and a few ounces lighter than Ravi! Throughout his first two years he’s been consistently one of the smaller kids in his class. I had already made peace with the idea of him being a short guy when he is fully grown, but surprise, surprise! Compared to last year’s 15% in height, Maxie has climbed dramatically to 65%, far beyond our expectation. His weight also increased from 8% last year to 15%! I don’t know why I didn’t notice it, Maxie has suddenly becoming too tall to rest comfortably in my lap. His head used to rest slightly lower below my head, but now I have to shift my head to the side to accommodate his growing frame. Suddenly it is possible for him to be as tall as Ravi. Who knows what this year will bring.
A good day! I will always remember it.