Hello again, remember me? (Blush). I did warn you that Olympic fever had gripped the UpsideBackwards household. Well, over the last week I have rarely been in bed before midnight, and have got up in the small hours of the morning – and what’s more, tried (usually unsuccessfully) to entice the children to join me – to watch New Zealand compete and win medals in equestrian eventing, rowing, cycling, rowing, and more rowing. This has had a deleterious effect on my blogging. Oh well, it’s only once every four years, and we’re already about half-way through.
Today we decided it was time to take the kids to spend some of their pocket money again. It has been longer than we had intended since the last time, so they had quite a bit to spend!
Babess had recently wished she had a pushchair for her dolls. She used to have one – she got it for her 2nd birthday – but it wore out a while ago. I suggested she could buy one for herself, and she was thrilled with the idea. They’re not terribly expensive, and I quietly made sure there was enough in her money-box (it was about right anyway).
Fainjin had enough saved up for quite a big Lego set. He chose the forest fire engine – what a surprise! It comes with a water cannon and a tree with flames on it. I’m not sure how many Lego fire engines we have now. I find it comforting that the bricks spend half their time being rebuilt into spaceships and robots though.
Pearl agonised over her spend. We had said they could buy one thing each, and if it didn’t use all their money the remainder was to go back into the money box for next time. Eventually she chose a box set of Artemis Fowl books, greatly reduced and a real bargain.
We had a lovely peaceful afternoon as they all played happily and proudly with their new things.
We reminded them again that these are the rewards for doing their jobs when they’re asked – something they have been really good about lately. Babess is the latest one to ask to vacuum the kitchen. She takes about 10 minutes but does a very thorough job. I might have to increase her pocket money rate…
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