Hello fellow AFOLs!
I was a sporadic member of the forum in the past, but either forgot my registration or was dropped due to inactivity. At any rate, I have been a life-long Lego fan. My brother and I received our first Lego sets by sending in a coupon from a Velveeta cheese box! Can't remember what the sets were, but I'm pretty sure they were small vehicles. Got a number of sets through those childhood years. The last set I remember getting (or buying) is #452
Mobile Ground Tracking Station. I'm using a picture of this set as my avatar.
I remember wanting a number of the space sets that were coming out, but I never got any. I think my parents thought I was getting too old for Lego as I typically got some sporting equipment instead!
I got back into buying Lego about 20 years ago when they came out with the Santa Fe and BNSF/TTX trains. After Lego my next hobby became Lionel trains of the 1940s/50s. I thought those Lego trains were pretty cool, so I bought enough sets to build both trains and build a decent track layout. Had I known Lego trains were going to be as uncommon as they are, I would have bought double of everything!
Once the kids were old enough I started buying Lego for them, all girls so we have quite a few Friends and Elves sets.
I've maintained a small Lego train layout populated with City and Creator 3 in 1 buildings. The girls have "modified" the buildings to their taste over the years, but they've gotten a lot of pay out of them.
Here are some pictures of the Lego part of the train room.