Welcome to the LEGO stuff that I build with my 12 year old son and 9 year old daughter. I started with LEGO's in about 1980 with hand me down bricks from my older sister. Then I got started with Town, Castle, and Space sets from the early 1980's. I kept the sets including all the directions, catalogs, and a fair number of the original boxes including the famous "Yellow Castle." My "Dark Ages" started when I turned 13 years old lasted until about 34. There were a few bright spots in between, like when I sporadically got town sets as they came out with new things that were interesting to me like construction vehicles and hot rods. Then I picked up some of the original issue Star Wars sets and put them away for later in life. Along the way, I got married and added my wife's childhood sets and her brother's childhood bricks. Then I had two kids and started them with Quattro, Duplo, and then regular bricks when they hit 4 years old. And the old bricks and sets came back out and have been bolstered by new sets and individual element purchases on Bricklink.com. My daughter was won 2 national LEGO building contest put on by LEGO Club magazine and 1 local contest. My son has also won a local LEGO building contest.