It’s down to t-minus six days until my daughter starts school! And I’m actually feeling really good. Last week was tougher; I had a few days of crying breakdowns as I thought about this chapter of life ending. But this week I feel really good. There are SO many ups to this transition and while they are scary and stressful in some ways, they don’t feel overwhelming. I’m not consumed with anxiety about them. And that is a big deal for me.
I also had a life realization last week – I definitely use cleaning and organizing as a coping technique. As I mentioned in my Boston Trip post, we went to IKEA and got many new things for the apartment. Ever since then I’ve been nesting like crazy; organizing what we own, rearranging furniture and areas, and purging SO MUCH STUFF. It feels so good. I love getting rid of stuff! At first, when I realized I was in nesting mode, I kind of panicked. Was I just avoiding dealing with my emotions about this transition? And after some thought, and checking in with some awesome online friends, I realized no – this is a good thing. Instead of letting anxiety rule, I’m channeling that anxious energy into something productive. It is such a nice change!
Okay enough life ramblings. Time for the fun stuff – the August Kiwi Crate! We took a drive down and visited my dad last week, bringing the Kiwi Crate along to do at his house. I had the suspicion that he would appreciate this particular crate, and I was correct. The August Kiwi Crate theme was Fun With Flight!
Sorry about some of the photo quality. I totally forgot to pack my camera, so these are all cell phone pics!
This crate contained: The Explore magazine, rocket launcher assembly pieces, rocket/missile assembly pieces, kite assembly pieces, and markers for decorating. I realize that seems like a short list compared to some previous boxes, but I promise this box was just as fun. You’ll see!
We jumped right in with the rocket launcher assembly. My kiddo was already pretty pumped. We’d used an air rocket (aka stomp on the pump and it launches a rocket in the air) while camping and she could tell from the pictures what we were building! In typical Kiwi Crate fashion she was able to assemble most of this herself using the photo instructions as a guide, with me reading directions to her.
Launcher is about complete; time to assemble the missiles.
And we’re ready for the first launch! We propped it up on a book just to change the angle since we were indoors. It had started to rain at this point, and since the launcher and missile tail fins are just paper (very thick cardstock, but still) we figured indoors was best. Ready for launch!
Off it goes! The missile is that blue/green blur in the top right corner haha. These things shoot fast! My cell phone was not prepared to capture it, so this is the best shot I got! We actually made a hugely fun game of her launching them to my dad and me, and us trying to catch them in the air. It was hard! And since the ‘missiles’ are made of wide straws, foam tips, and cardstock tail fins, if we got hit with them they do not hurt a bit.
This crate is a hit! It came with four missiles, which is great for multiple launches without having to stop and collect every second. It’s currently set up in the living room, and has traveled to both my mother’s and grandparent’s house to show them the fun! I think this may her favorite one yet.
Since it was raining that day, we’ve yet to assemble the kite and try it out, but we’ll get to it! I’m really loving that these often come with multiple projects; it absolutely makes them worth the money! If you have kids, or know some little ones, I highly recommend Kiwi Crate as a gift or fun surprise. Who doesn’t love fun while learning?!
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