The girls have been saving their money, at my insistence, for something other than small toys that are going to end up unplayed with, a month later. I’ve been trying to convey the theme of ‘buying less’ to them, as a mantra of our life – because my thoughts on buying all the things and let’s go shopping – for fun! have changed so much over the past few years, as I begin to value experiences so much more than those smaller things we buy that don’t bring us joy, and the time spent shopping for those things when we could be doing something else.
Over the past few months they’ve received surprise money for Easter from their grandma, birthday money from Great Grandma and money from doing ‘extras’ around the house, to the tune of five bucks here and there. Violet’s a stealth ninja at gathering spare change and sweet-talking Grandma into giving it to her, and together, they’ve collected nearly three hundred dollars.
I stashed the money away in their bank accounts, waiting until they saw something ‘big’, something that I wouldn’t trip over in the house, something that they really, really wanted and asked for more than once.
After the last few trips to Costco, they spotted the Lifetime Geometric Dome Climber, and asked for it, for the backyard. After four weekly trips of asking for it for the backyard, we made the decision they could use their money for it – it’s a LOT of play structure for the $175 cost (it’s $169.99 in store).
It’s huge! It took a couple of hours to put together with some help from a friend, and it was finished just after bedtime, to take that first climb (and stay up later than usual).
It’s been climbed on, it’s been made into a tent, it’s been used to play ‘gymnastic teacher’ and it’s been played in and on, all week long.
A solid purchase, I don’t know who is more excited about the prospects of the fun igloo it’s going to make come winter – them or me.