Thursday, February 12, 2015

Weekend Review . . . kids are expensive. Fact.

The weekend came and went.  Again.  And I find that sometimes I need a weekend from my weekend.  And perhaps a job because here's what I know . . . kids are freaking expensive.  So listen up all you single people and DINKs (Double Income No Kids), you better start saving now if you plan to raise your own offspring.  That's a pro tip and you're welcome.    
Friday night was a party for everyone, including Getzy, who got to sit on the couch by himself.  A little party of one after a long week at work.  Don't think I wasn't jealous. 
I dropped the boys off at a Skyzone party . . . one of those ghastly indoor trampoline parks.  Here's where I pray to the sweet baby Jesus that they come out unscathed.  Seriously, the thought of injuries at these kinds of places make me quake, but it's uncool to put my kids in a bubble, or so I've been told.  Keep in mind that this was a party for two brothers and my two boys were invited.  Therefore, lest I be a heathen, I had each boy take a present.  And at this age, they really only want cash.  So two cards and $20 for each birthday boy equals about a $45.  Cha-ching. 

Then I take the little princess to the Frozen kill me now Luau at her school!  It was adorable and fun for her, but there goes another $10 bucks for tickets, face painting and snacks.  I suppose when you look at these cute little faces, that's really a small price to pay for memories.  
Of course Amanda wants her friend to sleep over.  She is an adorable girl, and I feel bad because they boys are gone the whole next day so I give in.  By the way parents, these requests come every weekend so be prepared.

Boys make it home late from their party . . . I was asleep, but it was sometime between 10-10:30 p.m.  Listen, Getzy was awake waiting for them so it's not like they had to fend for themselves.  
Too bad I had to get up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday and get them up by 6:30 a.m. to drive about 45 minutes away for a Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinic.  Two boys, two classes each = $60 dollahs!  Are you keeping a tab?  

The boys know they need to do these clinics to earn the merit badge requirements for Eagle Scout.  They also agree to them, and it all sounds grand until we are dragging ass out of bed at the butt crack of dawn on a Saturday.  Getzy watched the girls and did a Dunkin' Donuts run because that's required of sleepovers.  Duh.  $9 more bucks out the window . . . like literally the drive thru window.
So they do their classes, and I press ass ALL day.  My friend Michelle did hang with me the first half, and we got a bit of shopping done . . . they gave parents permission to leave for a bit.  Sometimes I walk, but this was on a busy road so I stayed close for the afternoon.  We got out early . . . around 4 p.m. and made it home by 5 ish.  Geez.  Long day.  Here's the evidence . . .
Luckily my friend had sympathy for me and offered to fix us burgers that night.  And because I would feel like a slacker if I didn't bring anything, I swing by Publix for some dips, chips, mini cupcakes (Amanda's request) and a bottle of wine.  I guess that was about another $30 . . . cheaper than all five of us going out to dinner.  We laughed, listened to great music and played a rousing game of Hearts!  Good times!
Sunday, fun day!  Kyle chose to celebrate his birthday with friends at Dave & Busters this year!  We picked a Sunday afternoon because we figured it would be less crowded.  So Kyle and his 4 best buddies, plus the rest of us take two cars to D&B.  
I told each kid they got $25 worth of gaming money on their power card.  Use it as you wish but when it was gone, no more!  Why am I such a scrooge?  Because that total was $189, and we hadn't even ordered dinner yet.  Ouch.  In fact, double ouch.  And D & B has some fuzzy math. 
So Getzy and I divide and conquer and chase kids around the game area.  Some burned through their cards in no time flat . . . others savored their time.  I can't say enough how good these boys really are . . . and they've been friends since 2nd grade!
And of course the little sister got to tag along . . . because that's her job!  
Every one of those yahoos cashed in their tickets for candy . . . and lots of it!  I let them eat some, but then I was yelling at them to cease and desist on the candy because I wanted them to eat dinner! 
We let the boys sit at a table by themselves.  I positioned myself so I couldn't see them (on purpose), but Amanda has a direct view and kept me updated.  I only had to tell them to STOP eating candy and talking so loudly.  And I warned them that if they ordered a lot, then they were eating it since sometimes those boys have eyes bigger than their stomachs!  They did great though!  I felt a little robbed when the tab for dinner arrived . . . with tip it was $118. 
We drove everyone home for dessert!  Kyle requested cookie cake.  I ordered from Publix thinking it would be fabulous but honestly, I should have just made it myself!  Amanda would have done a better job on the icing!  Another $10 out the window!
After cake, they boys wanted to run around outside like fools and play football.  They wanted to play tackle which I nixed requiring 2-hand touch which turned into 2-hand shove but whatever.  Nobody got seriously hurt!   
So that's how you weekend as parents.  Go, go, go . . . spend, spend, spend.  Total tab for fun = $471.  Seriously people.  Here's where I tell Getzy how grateful we are that he works hard and happily spends it on the family!  He's kind of a rock star like that.  And here are Getzy and I at the end of the weekend . . .
And maybe a little of this . . .
And after this weekend, definitely this . . .
None of this was meant to be bragadocious . . . I've just been thinking recently how darn expensive it is to have kids.  You want to give them all the things, but how much is too much?  There's no right answer here.  I guess as long as my kids can take no for an answer and don't expect too much, we are doing alright. 

Seriously, I need to start writing these over the weekend because shizam, it's already Thursday and time to do this again soon.  Happy little Friday anyway!

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1 comment

  1. Sounds pretty typical if you ask me! It is shocking how much you can spend on kids and activities for a weekend. I miss the days of actually being able to do all of that! Sounds like good times for all and now you need a girls weekend!