Every year we take a family trip to the Texas Renaissance Festival it is such a magical treat for the family. Also fun for Adults. We have friends that not only do a family trip every year, but the adults go at a separate time as well! This year was such a fun year, and it had a milestone achievement for our little guy.
Last year we tried to convince him to save some of his allowance for the festival. Sadly, it comes at the same time the book fair comes to his school so he spent his money on books. I know-not a bad thing at all, but he was so bummed when he couldn't buy this bendy dragon we saw there. So bummed that he has fixated on it for a year now.
This year we reminded him to keep saving for the festival. We gave him opportunities to work for extra money, and he earned a little bit more than last year. Enough for the bendy dragon, but not much more than that. I know we could afford to buy him more at the festival, but I have to ingrain in him a sense of pride in work, and worth in money and things. So many people have everything just given to them and they never have to work for anything, and go through life expecting handouts...not our little guy. We don't bribe him to do stuff we want to do by giving him toys, or make up for time not spent with him with money. We are trying to teach him that time with each other is more valuable than anything we can buy or give him, and also are teaching him in that time we spend, we are giving him the tools to be a wise, honest, loving person. But I digress...
He earned enough for the dragon, but that and a ride or two was it. It was hard to see his realization that he should have worked harder. It made me want to open my wallet and say "Here! Go on more rides! Buy that Helmet!" But I couldn't. Not when he didn't really want to work for the money the few weeks leading up to the festival. If I had given into that voice, the lesson would have been lost. The progress reversed. So now, as we plan our next trip to the Ren Fest...I keep reminding him how expensive things can be. And that in order to do everything he wants he has to save, save, save!
Now, back to the busy Monday. I have been obsessed with looking online for ideas and projects to get my little hands on now that I have the time...I still need a tutorial on my sewing machine. I am so afraid I am going to break it. I'm the first time Mother with a baby...a baby that isn't as fragile as I think. Somewhere in my head I know that, but man. That's an expensive toy to break.
So today I made food instead. Oven Roasted Chicken Tenders, with Garlic Mashed Potatoes (very little butter and Fage Greek Yogurt), and a lovely Caesar Salad...we were so hungry after boyscouts that I didn't even have time to take a picture of the meal. But I did make extra tenders for the boys' lunches!
Crunchy Chicken Toes (We just call them tenders)
So now comes the part where I am going to ask for your feedback. I am at the point where I need to either back off from this blog, or ramp it up. I love blogging, creating, and cooking...and I hope there are many out there that enjoy seeing and reading about what I do as much as I do. Please take a moment to let me know what you like, or even don't like about my blog. I'm good at taking criticism...but of course complements are always sweeter!
Just another day to C A Stone...♥
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