Sometimes, Gramma is not very good at hiding the gifts she has purchased.
Our last trip up to Gramma and Boppa's, Emma had spied a LEGO box with a horse on it. The kit was for making a vet clinic with horse, dog, and hedgehog included. Gramma explained to Emma the the LEGO set had been intended as a going away gift, something new for her to play with when we moved to Montana. Obviously Emma didn't want to have to wait till then. Gramma was ok with Emma opening it then, but I already had enough things to pack at the moment, and really didn't want to have to pack that as well. Not the best logic because they don't take up a ton of room, but I also wanted her to have something new and exciting to play with when we got to Montana.
We are once again visiting Gramma (it is, after all, our second favorite place to be). When we got here yesterday, I was unloading the car when I noticed that the LEGO kit was still in the same spot. I saw it before Emma did and I thought, "seeing as we won't be moving to Montana until next year, it would really be a shame to wait that long seeing as Emma is really into LEGOs right now."
So, I told Emma that if Gramma was ok with it, she could open it anytime she was ready.
She didn't wait very long.
All I did was explain to her a bit how the directions worked, helped her open the (many) plastic baggies, and occasionally held the directions for her. She started working on it while dinner was cooking, took a quick break for a bit of mac and cheese, then went back to work while the rest of us ate and chatted.
She wasn't super excited when bedtime came around, but I told her she could work on it some more as soon as she woke up.
Which is exactly what she did.
She had quite a bit done by the time I got up 30 minutes later. She had some help from Boppa before he had to head off to work.
A play break was needed after all that concentration.
And now back to the directions.
Her favorite stuffy, Pepper, was happy to hang out and keep an eye on things.
And the horse is already getting good quality care :)