You may think Legoland USA is in southern California.
Actually, Legoland USA is in Will & Cuyler's bedroom.
Yep, the boys' room is home to apprx. 8 billion Legos. Some are loose, some are assembled into small creatures or structures, more still are sets built into complex contraptions such as the X Wing Fighter or The Battle of Endor.
Each day, elaborate battle scenes play out involving not only Legos, but lately Japanese erasers, Magnetix and Pokemon figures. It's a war zone in there.
Luckily, you can't just wander in unannounced. The boys have assembled a series of rope-like barriers made out of Magnetix. They've somehow managed to find or create a magnetic surface in nearly every corner of the room.
Even the 'sobbing in disappointment & frustration' skill set--the last 2 big Lego sets Cuyler has gotten have been missing several pieces. You can imagine how that goes over when you're on step 38 of 127 and you have to get your dad to email the Lego peeps so they can send replacement parts. Which arrive in 2 weeks...
One set that doesn't often come into play is the 'tidying' skill set.
Oh, they clean sometimes. A process that usually involves piling Legos in a corner, under a bureau or onto the overcrowded Lego table. You see, once a Lego creation is assembled, it must never come apart. Or so Cuyler and Will would have you believe.
Recently when I told them they needed to clean their room and put away some of the Legos, they told me they need more space. They told me they needed a Lego room. Cole has a whole room just for Legos (it's true, I've seen it--though he does share it with his 2 brothers), they said.
So I called our carpenter and I said, 'Patrick, we need a Lego room. Can you help?' Ha. Not true. I called our carpenter and said, 'Patrick, we'd really like to finish the basement. Can you help?' That is true.
In the meantime, the boys' room continues to be over run by Legos. And marbles. And every other tiny toy you can imagine stepping on in your bare feet when you deliver laundry.