The Power of a Bunch of Nothings

31 Aug

Turning nothing into something seems to be my specialty.

I’ve had my share of nothings in life. Plenty of them. Usually it has to do with sucky life experiences that are supposed to teach you something about yourself. Find perspective in a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey.

Luckily this was not one of those times.

It was actually a good kind of nothing that turned into something pretty cool. The whole experience actually helped remind me that I’ve got my moments. Even when life is tough, there are times when you get a breather and you have a moment, and it can come out of a bunch of little nothings that add up in the end.

One huge cardboard box.

Six rolls of duct tape.

One razor blade.

Three sample cans of paint.

Four trips to the Do-It-Center.

Two trips to Party City

Three trips to Kinko’s FedEx Copy Place.

All of these little nothing moments, standing alone, don’t seem to add up to much. But when you combine them with eight days of Guat labor and multiple conversations with your kids, you end up getting Good-Times-and-Noodle-Salad moments with your family. And hopefully good times they’ll remember having with you.

In the beginning, there was nothing ...

In the beginning, there was nothing …

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and then we came up with this :)

… and then we came up with this 🙂

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Autobots Roll Out!

Autobots Roll Out!

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Jurassic Park made an appearance. This was my son's favorite.

Jurassic Park made an appearance. This was my son’s favorite.

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The Party Boat was a crowd pleaser voted everyone's favorite.

The Party Boat was a crowd pleaser voted everyone’s favorite.

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This was one of my daughter's favorite.

This was one of my daughter’s favorite.

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This one happened to to surprise everyone with it's super fast aquatic ability to speed through its heat.

This one happened to surprise everyone with its super fast aquatic ability to speed through its heat.

Once we finished admiring everyone’s boats and betting on who was probably going to sink, it was off to the races. We prepared. We practiced our fake paddling. We thought we had rhythm. We were ready to rock. With Optimist Prime in full effect how could we lose, right? We thought we had prepared for everything. Everything … but cheaters.

Here we are trying to battle the lady that tried to bring us down while she was sinking. Pushing, grabbing, crashing ... she did it all. Optimist Prime lost a two tires and and exhaust, but we still managed to come out ahead.

Here we are trying our best to battle the lady that tried to bringing us down by any means necessary  Pushing, grabbing, crashing … she did it all. She was sinking and grabbing at whatever she could. Optimist Prime lost a two tires and an exhaust, but we still managed to come out ahead.

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Autobots make it to the finish line first :)

Autobots make it to the finish line first 🙂

It was a great day for nothing to turn into something.

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6 Responses to “The Power of a Bunch of Nothings”

  1. cravesadventure September 1, 2015 at 5:42 AM #

    What Fun – thanks so much for sharing! Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

    • The Guat September 5, 2015 at 1:14 AM #

      It was definitely a lot of fun! My son enjoys the racing aspect and the whole idea of creating it, my daughter enjoys the actual creating part 🙂 but she was brave enough to get in the boat this year and inspired to want to build a boat for herself next year. So it’s gonna be a big one next time. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. bgddyjim September 1, 2015 at 11:42 AM #

    You just may be a super-mom. Too cool, dude.

    • The Guat September 5, 2015 at 1:12 AM #

      Duuuuuuude thanks so much. I’m trying, I’m just trying here 🙂 Glad I have my moments.

  3. lameadventures September 2, 2015 at 9:12 PM #

    Nice to know that Optimist Prime turned the cheating competition into the Titanic.

    • The Guat September 5, 2015 at 1:11 AM #

      OH! I know right? I was so happy we were able to finish ahead of them, disappointed that we lost the lead but so happy that we were able to beat them, trying to let my son know cheaters never win and they didn’t 🙂 But we had a great time either way, so much fun, building and racing. Glad you stopped by buddy 🙂 always good to hear from you.

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