Another day, another Lego creation.
As I was looking a bit closer, I wondered, is the dude in the back row center supposed to be the Walrus? Or that creepy Davy Jones dude in Pirates of the Caribbean?
Because I don't think he made the final cover of the album. I'm just sayin'…
Never mind that. We'll always have Woodstock.
Gotta love Jimi Hendrix in Lego. Lefty guitar and all. My boy? He's nothing if not big on historical accuracy.
Just ask the Beatles at Shea Stadium.
We won't bring up the fact that Paul's Hofner bass is supposed to be a lefty, and George is supposed to be a righty.
I think the fact that he printed and trimmed out a Hofner is the Just Pass Go and Collect $200 here. Am I right?
Details. Like I said.
Love this kid.
Speaking of this kid, this past September, arsonists burned down parts of his school's playground. Cole attends an inner city public montessori school and the school had spent years raising funds to build the playground. This unconscionable crime was committed by 8 to 12 year olds.
The playground is now completely closed, and will remain so until a new one is built. Needless to say, the parents and students are very sad about this loss.
However, from 8 a.m. today through 8 a.m. tomorrow, Cole's school is hosting a Give to the Max day, where every donation goes 100 percent to rebuilding the playground, courtesy of GiveMN.org and its sister site Razoo.com. Every donation made during the next 24 hours will receive a portion of a $500,000 match and GiveMN partners are paying for the online transaction costs as well.
I have already hit you guys with donation requests for charity:water, and I thank you for hearing me out. No pressure from me. I simply couldn't as a concerned parent who truly loves my child's school not share this fundraiser with you.
If you are interested in learning more, every small bit helps, and 100 percent of your donation goes to rebuild the playground. Click here for details. Tell 'em Cole sent you and thanks for reading.
Just love it … your kids are priceless, on all fronts.
Jennifer M. says
I had to show the Lego pictures to my daughter, who said “This kid is awesome.”
Christy B. says
Awesome video…eye tingling going on right now!!
Awesome video Cole!
Would love to donate and even tried, thinking “any” donation would help, but I guess they have a $10 mininum…..what a shame because even those $5 donations add up….budget is too tight for $10.
Jennifer W says
That is so awesome! Way to go Cole and Aidan!
Cathy, you have two truly amazing kids!
Go Cole! Great kids. Great video. I’m in!
you must be so proud of both your kids Cathy …
congrats on a job well done of bringing them up to ‘care’
Judy in Huntsville[al] says
Love this!! He’s a jewel – and I’ve gotta say – i don’t know you and Dan personally – and never will – but this is a tribute to great parenting – kudos to you all!
laura kate says
that cole is a pretty rad kid. you guys clearly have done a lot of somethings right.
re: the playground. what about insurance?? of course it should be rebuilt and, as a teacher, i know exactly how ludicrously expensive those things are, but why isn’t insurance picking up the tab?? seems wrong. good luck with the fundraiser. (and how great that you have a montessori option that’s public. those are few and far between in this world).
I was just thinking insurance as well, and what about the parents of those children running around unsupervised with incendiary devices, they are not responsible to pay retribution?
Laura Kate, that’s a good question, and it had something to do with the fact that in order for the school to have insurance for the playground, it was a exorbitantly high deductible, and the school, being a charter school possibly, couldn’t justify the expense. : (
Theresa Smith says
Love the legos but love the video more. Tingles. Can’t believe Cole just rattled all that off like nothing. That was a lot to remember to say! He is awesome.
Leigh Ann says
Awesome–the legos and the video! And, how cool that your teenage daughter helped her brother with his video. Great kids!
What an a mazing kid..AMAZING! BTW – where did the guitars come from for the lego bands? Awesome! I see politics in Coles future! Kudos to your parenting of these fine young citizens!
Your kids are awesome, Cathy. Seriously, seriously awesome. Well done. 🙂
Andi Sexton says
As a gal who loves her classic rock.. I love those Legos! My son has all those itty bitty lego things.. but the Raiders of the Lost Ark ones…
Playgrounds: As a mom who has spent the majority of her kids elementary schools chairing and co-chairing fundraisers, and in particular for a new playground, the hoodlums who burned that playground should be part of the fundraising process.. meaning, get their mugs on ‘fake’ wanted posters… with ‘I’m truly sorry and please help me raise the money….’ and have them pass out the posters… and wear them… sandwich style.. on street corners… Thugs…
OK.. vent over!
So sorry to hear about your son’s playground. Very frustrating as a parent. I had to also say LOVE the LEGO sets. My boys are fans and it never ceases to amaze me the things they come up with.
Small world. My husband designed razoo.com (and GiveMN as well I think). Please give us an update on how the fundraiser goes, wont you?
Paul Annett says
My wife’s a scrapbooker and reader of your blog and books, and has just pointed me in the direction of your site with a ‘small world’ story, because I did the visual design for the Give MN homepage last month. I work for a small web design firm in Brighton UK (but we work with clients all over the world, hence this work) and today and for the next month we’re redesigning the rest of GiveMN and Razoo.com to smooth the donation process and make it easier for nonprofits to raise more money.
Best of luck fundraising for the playground!
Your kids are great!
That’s terrible about the playground—Glad to see that it is getting rebuilt.—-My son’s school doesn’t have a playground and I think it’s AWFUL (they play in the parking lot)
Stephanie B says
Glad to lend a hand! Your kids are amazing!
Awesome kids you have – sooo impressive. I’m just starting out on this whole parenting gig – what’s the secret?!?
I’m 43 years old and your son is more composed than I am!! What a great job he did, and kudos to his sister for helping out …..
sarah, he just found images of guitars online and printed them out, and cut them out!
Relly, how cool is that? Tell him thank you, from at least one group who is using the site!
Wow Paul, small world, isn’t it? that’s very cool. Thanks for the work you’ve done state side!
Wow, 60’s flashbacks. Thanks Cole. You rock!
Playground: I’m old & grumpy. I’d file charges against the kids and sue their delinquent parents to heck and back. Making you all go through the fund-raising process all over again is completely wrong.
Laura Pineau says
I really feel for Cole’s school. An inner city school I once taught at fund raised for years to build playgrounds that functioned not only as school playgrounds but also for the whole community. Then, within years, the structures no longer met safety requirements, and were torn down. It’s not as dispicable as what happened in your photos, but terrible, none the less. Such a loss for everyone.
Your kids are awesome – so creative with the vision to bring their ideas to reality. The destruction of the the playground is so sad – I agree with the poster above who suggested that the vandals (and their parents) become a part of the process of restoration. Good luck with the fund raising.
Lisa S. says
Tell Cole he’s a sweetie and that there are a LOT of good people in the world like him that are going to make a difference. I’m a CZ book reader, blog follower, and BPS student. Because you share so much goodness to us, I’ve contributed $10. Good Luck Crossroads school!
Sue O says
Wow what creative kids you have! Be very proud of them.
Thanks so much, Lisa. : )
I don’t believe they’ve caught the kids who did this yet. there was surveillance video but it was too grainy for identification.
It makes me sad that kids are obviously either troubled enough to do this in the first place.
I looooooooooooooooove Cole’s Lego creations 🙂 I was huge into Lego’s as a little girl, so it speaks to my heart.
I don’t know if you’ve seen this, but I wanted to pass it along. TOTALLY a project Cole could get into I bet 🙂
PS~Start on page 2 for the goodness!
12 year olds burned a playground? Oh, that is so sad.
amy t schubert says
I stinkin’ love that kid … when he gets old enough to travel on his own, he should come to L.A.!
Your boy is so stinkin’ cool! Seriously.
Do you know feline leukemia is the number one killer of cats????
I love you and Cole and Aidan and even that guy of yours. Tell them I said hey.
Fun Mama - Deanna says
I can not believe that anyone has a kid who recreates Beatles anything in legos. That’s awesome. He will go far.
Great video! 🙂 I donated, I hope you raise a ton today! 🙂
Your children continue to amaze me.
Dixie Lee says
The Walrus lego man reminds me of ZZ Top. I’m just saying…
wowza, those kids of yours make me swoon. They’re just fantastic!
Shana Dumblond says
Oh. My. Lawd. That Lego scene is wicked awesome! My son has started doing the same kinda thing! Legos are so great.
That really stinks about your playground. I hope that the parties responsible are made to help in the rebuilding process. 8 to 12 year olds causing that kind of damage?! Scary…
job so very well done!
Don’t you just love Legos? My boys have fleets of spaceships and re-create Star Wars frequently. (all 6 movies)
Love how Cole and Aiden take action…positive action to help to restore what was taken from them.
Brenda in Sunny So Cal says
It breaks my heart someone could do that to a playground AND KIDS NO LESS!!!! My heart goes out to the comunity, I hope the kids are found and sent to juvenille detention, this is not simple vandalism, this is a crime and technically on State Property…
Cathy- You have some great kids. I now understand all your Tweets from yesterday ; )
My daughter attends a Montessori school, and I definitely support this cause. I donated on Razoo today. I hope they meet their goal!
My children also attend Crossroads, so I really appreciate this video. I will be sure to show it to them and to donate.
Also, Cole’s Lego creations are great – you might want to check out the following site – when I found it, I thought it was Fabulous! http://legomyphoto.wordpress.com/
Hey Christine! You know how much we miss that playground!
Thanks for the link… cole will dig!
LOL. Right now. LOL.
Oh yeah! such a great site!
your kids are super cool!
If I mailed you a plane ticket to San Diego, would you consider sending Cole over to play with my little guy so that some of that coolness could rub off on him? 🙂 And kudos to you, Mom, because at least half of that coolness comes by way of you!
Lynn Herrick says
Wow, your kids are awesome. What a great spot.
Your kids are amazing! Way to go 🙂
Congrats to Cole for becoming a famous local TV star!
You truly have amazing kids!
Heather Wunsch says
I just have to say that your son is one really cool kid. His imagination amazes me. What a cool mom you must be to have such amazing children.
I am just blown away by the creativity here! My lego building days are over, but back in the day, I never built anything half as creative. Good luck to Cole & his school. I hope they have their playground back soon.
some creep(s) just did the same thing to a playground in my area…what on earth is wrong with people??
I can’t decide which is more awesome, the lego art or the spot for GiveMN.org? I’ve already contributed to a number of groups via GiveMN today, but I posted the spot on my fb page. Cole kicks booty. Good luck on the playground!!!
Cynthia Friese-Hassanein says
Cathy, what a cool Cole:) wow!!!!!!! for the legos! and his wonderful video! and to be able to reach the Minnesota masses! I am so sorry to hear about the playground. so will be donating.
Either that, or he’ll have those singularly-amazing-people-would-kill-for jobs like building giant Lego sculptures. Go Cole! 😀
Go Cole and Aidan! Awesome lego and GREAT video, all the best of luck for the fund-raising.
Cathy those are two uber-talented offspring you two have created. I was quite impressed by the delivery, prob without a telepromter?
It is so sad about the playground which I’d seen before but the shorter Zielskes know how to put thoughts into action for sure.
That is so messed up that those kids would burn down the playground. Hope you get it rebuilt soon!
WOW. Awesome. Excellent job Cole on the legos and the video (and also to your assistant!).
Kathy Floen says
Cathy- Cole can broadcast and Aidan can produce! 🙂 AMEN! 🙂 I would be proud of your kids also. 🙂
Loving the Legos! 🙂
I can’t believe the very same thing happened to a local playground – it was a 12 year old and 11 year old that did it. So sad. And have you seen http://legomyphoto.wordpress.com/
Susan M says
Your kids rock!
Sherry G says
The video left me teary-eyed. Your kids are wesome.
Love the Lego. Love the video too. You and Dan must be so proud. 🙂
Cole is an amazing kid. You must be doing something right!!! Thanks for sharing. And good luck with the playground.
Wendy M says
That kid is the coolest! I love to read your posts about him. The legos were very impressive, as was the video.
The legos are so cool. The video is even cooler. Rock on young man, Rock on!!
Best of luck in your fundraising… I hope they caught those people who created the problem and they were appropriately punished.
I am speechless! What a great job they did. And boy — articulate? Yea! 🙂 Even more impressive is the heart your kids have for helping the community and other children in it. Bravo!
for the love of legos and great examples…i’m going to share this with my boys…
Melanie Massey Groves says
My kids are cool. But dude. Your kids are rockin’ it out! I hope my girlies grow up to be as creative and might I add civic minded as your little Cole! I can do without the goth… just sayin’!!
I met you in North Carolina last year. Surely you remember. I mean, we took a picture and everything. I will be there again this year to refresh your memory!!
Melanie Massey Groves says
I didn’t mean I could do without AIDEN! I hope it wasn’t taken that way! She is cool too! Just not “goth”. I reread my comment and felt it may come across wrong. Aiden is way cool too! Melanie
Those are some seriously cool kids you got there. 🙂 I can imagine how proud you must be! I am happy to donate and help out. 🙂
P.S. Those legos ROCK! Cole is so creative! Does he come up with those ideas on his own?
I’m just wondering where he found all the lego people that looked like they belonged in Sgt Pepper. Is there a Beattles set? I must tell my son.
Tammy M. says
I’m going to agree with ya….you’ve got one rockin’ cool kid there! Love this lots!
I’m in awe of the Lego creations and then this video! This kid is going places!
Legoland is calling for your son!!!!!!!!!
You rock, Cole! I have a lump in my throat. He’s going places, and it speaks volumes about the family that has raised him! Kudos to you and Dan.
COle! That just rocks! Nothing more to say!
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I need to show this to my son. He needs a lot of inspiration for the piles of lego bricks in his room. Wonderful work by the way.