A break from things Congo-related.
Today was the boys' last day of school, and the baby's last of child care. Two weeks vacation for everyone! Yay! Well, we got through it last year. So we know it can be done.
One thing I've wanted to do: get back to serious story telling. I'm starting with the Lego Space Police.
Lego has a policy of not giving too much backstory to its little plastic characters. Which makes sense. The Space Police are kind of an extreme example, though. There are bad guys (the Skull Twins, the guy with the squid head) and good guys (the Space Police) and they both fly around in cool-looking vehicles that a seven-year-old can build in an hour or so. And that's about it.
But that's fine. So far, the Skull Twins have used their mind control powers to steal a massive energy crystal (it's really a Bakugon, and if you don't know what a Bakugon is... well, some other time) from an auction house where Buzz Lightyear and a variety of McDonalds Happy Meal characters were bidding on it. Then they went to Villains World, an unpleasant volcanic planet orbiting a black hole. (The magma pools keep the atmosphere warm, but the constant eruptions and dust storms keep nosy neighbors away.) After various contretemps with the other villains, the Space Police show up. (Alan built a very neat little unmanned probe which tracked their ship.) Big fight scene, many villains captured but some escape, big chase scene which ended with the bad guys activating their hyperdrive right on the planet's surface! Did they survive? We'll find out... tomorrow!
Well, we're going to have to fill the next two weeks somehow. And serial stories do keep them interested, and can sometimes even be used for behavior modification. Sometimes.