Side note: Since we have the darling twins we get to count them as one update even though professional child-rearing experts skilled at helping mothers with multiples would say this is not healthy and has probably caused some developmental issues for them.
Update #3 is about our lovely 4th child. The lovely youngest Humpfreeze who is trapped in the body of an 11 year-old but longs to be 21 is doing fine.
Her April birthday wish was for a new bike. A new bike because her *old* bike was stolen from our front yard. Welcome to our neighborhood.
Icky people please leave.
But it wasn’t as if we hadn’t told her several
dozen hundred times to put her bike away.
Ahh, the consequences of being smarter than your parents. It can leave you bike-less for a long year.
We are also pretty low-key, low-budget birthday people. Even before we were poor.
Birthdays with a cake and something in the $25 range. GASP. I hear people GASPING. Yes, that’s really true. Since birth, we’ve been consistent with that giant birthday budget. Sometimes a small party, a few friends but never a jumpee thing, a pony, a clown or 100 of their closest friends.
Child #4 aka Scary Baby knew getting a big ticket item like a bike from us wasn’t going to happen. So she started making a plan to save her birthday money from Grandma and Granny and hey, do you think those sissies will send me some money from Arizona so I can buy a new bike?
She calculated and decided she might need to make a little cash herself. Enter the clearance Easter candy-making kit from Wal-Mart for $2.25.
Scary Baby: Hey mom, I could make these chocolate suckers and go sell them to the neighbors to earn money for a new bike.
Me: Great idea – try to get the person who stole your bike to buy the most!
Scary Baby: Can I make them now. Right now. During The Masters. Why are you yelling at the TV when Tiger Woods makes a bad shot? Mom, mom, mom can I make them RIGHT NOW?
Me: Daddy would love to help you make flower and butterfly suckers.
$17 and some odd cents later her bike fund is ready.
Scary Baby: Hey daddy, hey daddy, hey daddy…can we go get my bike now? Right now?
New bike. Nice ride.
Yes, she does own a helmet.
And she seems to put this bike away much more frequently than the last one.
Personal note to Grandma, Granny & Darling Twins: She has written her thank-you notes and it’s mom who has not given her addresses and stamps to mail them. Really.
The next weekend she spent an afternoon with the clearance Easter cookie dough (75¢ a box) decorating cookies AND she took these pictures herself informing me that they would be perfect for “The Blog.”
Don’t you love Fondant Child’s photographic angle?
So for $3 bucks I got two craft activities I didn’t have to participate in and there was a net profit of $14 for her bike fund.
I love bargains. 😉