Daddy Steve: Mikko and Tyler like to go
snooping exploring around the house. They particularly enjoy dragging out my childhood toys (which they refer to as antiques). I haven't saved a lot of things from my childhood; just a few special items like a working model steam engine that I received for Christmas one year.
Tyler: Wow! This is the coolest thing ever!
Mikko: Can we start it up, Daddy Steve?
Daddy Steve: Hmmmmm...I think we would have to get the state safety inspector to look it over first.
Mikko & Tyler: Awwwwww
Sometimes parents are good at throwing cold water on hot ideas...
Duncan: Just as well. Knowing those two, they probably would have blown up the house!
Alice: Oh dear, that's a worrisome thought.
Ann Marie: I don't think that's too likely. Although, they probably would have made a mess that we would have had to clean up!
snoop exploration, they came across another beloved old toy of mine. I was fine with letting them play with this one.
Tyler: Hey Mikko, look at this!
Mikko: It's the Nautilus, from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.
Tyler: That's one of our favorite books.
Mikko: It's from England, just like us!
Tyler: When you wind it up, the propeller actually spins!
It was at this moment, you could see the light dawn on both of their faces, when two great schemes came together...
Mikko: We fill the wardrobe box up with water...
Tyler: ...and launch the Nautilus!
TO BE CONTINUED...