Anyway, I am here to report our success. And what a success it was.
The kids set a goal to only spend half the money, leaving the last day of spring break as a shopping day where we would hit the mall and they could buy whatever their little hearts desired with the rest.
Which, thanks to budgeting and prioritizing on their part, they were able to achieve.
For once, I was not the entertainment committee. And I was not stuck home, listening to whiny kids beg for something to do. In fact, they didn't whine or fight once. NOT ONCE. We ate out several times. We saw a movie. We had friends over. We snuggled up together in my big bed and had movie nights. We went bike riding. We (or I should say they) went fishing. And, at the end of it all, they got to shop for something new.
Though, the interesting thing to note was how much less willing they were to buy things when the money was their own. When it's me shopping at the mall with
Here are some highlights of the week --
At the zoo with their BFFs where, clearly, they did not have any fun:
The photographer's son taking approximately 900 pictures in three hours, and all of them animals:
Don't you want to come over and look at slides from his vacations?
We had three days of near 80 degree weather, so we took advantage of that and went on several bike rides (as my very sore heinie can attest to. Yikes. How do people ride bikes? Tour de France? I am thinking Tour de Pain in Your Pants):
Even the Husband got in on the fun with a little basketball at the park:
It was seriously such a great week. So great, in fact, that we are planning on implementing this new idea over summer vacation and on any future trips we take.
I highly recommend it. It just might change your life the way it has changed mine. My children's travel agency is officially closed. Yay!