The Lego-ing begins even before breakfast. I hear the boys go downstairs and get to work. Sometimes the spread of Legos on the floor (and most other surface areas) gets to me, but they offer so much opportunity for creativity, it’s hard to resist them.

Our 9 year old was customizing his mini-figs (the little Lego people, for the uninitiated) and paused for some cereal while one was drying this morning. Gotta keep up your energy, you know.

He’s created a whole Lego Mini-fig Customization Station out of an old sewing accessory box I let him have. It’s perfect because it hinges open to reveal individual compartments.

He made one compartment to hold his Sharpie Paint Pens, which work great on the Lego plastic. They dry opaque and have good coverage on dark colors.

Some examples for you. The Star Wars character on the left had a completely green head originally. I made the little cape and he added the paint. Some of the tiny detail on the mini figs was already there, by the way. If you’re not well versed in the ways of the min-figs, you may have trouble detecting the actual customization. I know the blue guy on the right used to be orange.

The box is also customized. This is labeled the Staff Room. There’s a chair, stool, bed and of course a TV.

This area is marked Pets. Our guy colored their habitat, I think with regular Sharpies, the alligator, snake and lobster were done with the paint pens.

So much creativity, so early in the morning. I love that he wakes up with a vision and has such focus…while I’m still drinking my coffee, trying to get a grip on the day.

In case you are wondering, I believe I bought the box years ago from IKEA. If you are interested I’m sure you can search “cantilevered wooden sewing box” and find something on ebay or elsewhere!

P.S. Thank you for all of the wonderful birthday wishes! It’s been a great week!