Sunday, July 29, 2012

she works hard for her money...

It all started with this, spotted the day after we got home from our trip to Puerto Rico...
The squeals, oh my, the squeals.
Then the cold hard truth, "It is really cute, but if you want to buy it, you're going to have to save your money this Summer and pay for it yourself."
{Sometimes being a parent is no fun at all.  We want to teach them right though, so we press on.}

And that she did.

She did chores...
And counted the money in her piggy bank over and over and over again...what she had saved all year and what she was adding little by little each week.
Until this week.
Finally, she had saved enough!
{actually she was $1 short of $42, but I'm a softie, what can I say}
So off, to Toys-R-Us we went!

Hudson picked out some fun Legos with the gift card Papaw and Mimsy gave him for his birthday - thank you, Papaw and Mimsy!
But. No. Lalaloopsy. Silly. Fun. House. in. sight.
Oh dear.

Off to Target #1...
Still hopeful.
Two Targets later and still, no Lalaloopsy house.
The tears.
I hurt for her.
I knew how hard her little five year old self had worked to save the money to pay for it...picking up after her little brother, taking on extra chores, even asking Noonie if she had chores she could do to earn money.

This was the consolation price.  I had to.
I mean, I heard her in the backseat whispering a little prayer, "Please let this one have it, please, please let this one have it...." just as we were about to get out at the second Target.
And don't worry.
She gave her ziploc bag of money to me to order the Silly Fun House online {I secretly deposited it into the little pumpkin's bank account, but shhh, let's keep that between you and me}.
A certain big package is scheduled to arrive at our front door this week.
A little someone is very happy.
[Money Saving Lesson 1 of 2,367,549 learned...Check.


Virginia said...

Grace, Papa J and I are soooo proud of you! You worked for that money and saved it until you had enough for what you want. I know you will have lots of fun with the Lallaloopsies Fun House when it arrives this week. Maybe you'll even let me play with you!

Unknown said...

Bless her little heart!!! And yours too! That must have been so hard for you. I can't image the disappointment for the both of you. Glad you were able to order it online though!

Carrie said...

Hah! That is how those Lalaloopsies are, the stores just cannot keep much of them on the shelves... they are SO popular! Glad you found it online!

Olivia said...

How sweet she is and so responsible too!

Lindsay said...

Oh what a good mama you are! I felt so bad for her when the stores didn't have it--and so gratified when she actually got it! Thanks for sharing! I enjoy your blog!

Jessica said...

My heart dropped when we couldn't find it at any of the 3 locations :( :( :(

I kept thinking how I should have bought it when we first saw it and just saved it until she earned the money, but in the end I think it was a good lesson in patience too.