Thursday, July 16, 2009

possibilities

I've been resistant to buying Star Wars paraphenalia - toys with weapons - for a long, long time - since Abbott first heard about Star Wars at school (and became instantly obsessed), really. His interest has been so intense and so sustained - and he pretends even his hands are weapons, so would a toy really make it any worse? - I decided to buy him one Star Wars ship, just to see how it would go. And you know what? His weapon type play is virtually all channeled into the toy now.

We just got a lego catalog in the mail, and now he really, really wants more. So for the first time ever he's gotten curious about money. How to get more? How much do I have? He's counted up his spending money, and sought out ways to earn more.

We've come up with laundry folding and watering the garden. (The boys get allowance without strings attached. They can earn extra money for doing extra chores.) And he's talked Cal into doing extra chores with him so they can pool their money and buy a new toy together, sooner.

He made this sticker of a Republic Attack Shuttle to show what he's saving up for.

21 comments:

Sammi said...

That is so very sweet! I'm glad he's enjoying the toys.

I am still loving that awesome piggy bank :o)

Purple Flowers said...

Your photos make a story.

Joyce said...

Lecia this is one of the cutest posts! Abbott has such a creative mine I'm sure he will be thinking of other ideas along the way to raise money. Look forward to seeing the day he will have enough $$'s for his first purchase. Enjoy! xoxo

MrsMama said...

mmMMMmmm, the Force is strong in this one (in my best Yoda voice)
:)

pve design said...

Tell him, that he can draw for me, and I can send him legos. I love the old fashioned barter system. Legos are the best....we have tons and my 16 year olds still pull them out - to my surprise.
Think of them as an investment.
pve

Tabiboo said...

Ahhhh boys and lego 'and' Star Wars.

We too had and have the same problems with our son though to be fair a whole lot of his imagination goes into lego creations so we have a kind of happy medium!

We also joined him up to the 'Lego Club' via their website and now he receives a free magazine (purely lego themed) every quarter which he absolutely adores.

Nina x

theresa said...

This is a wonderful blog...

Ruth said...

That piggy bank is absolutely to-die-for . . . forget kids--I need one of those!

Mandy said...

Your photography is fantastic. I love it.

Ina in Alaska said...

Isn't Abbott also the budding restauranteur?? More $$$$$ for the cause! "May The Fries Be With You"!!!

He is growing up!! PS Can the boys can come and fold my Denali sized mountain of clean clothes?

Southern said...

OH yes, we received the lego book as well - and my little guy picked out the $300 toy and I said he could buy it when he saved enough money. He says he's going to do it. We'll see...

Kristy said...

Your boys are so precious.

And I love the piggy banks! Where did you find them?

KPiep said...

I STILL need to order those piggy banks! Thanks for the reminder!

And as a woman who had Star Wars music in her wedding....nothing wrong with a little bit of fantasy!

Cate said...

go, abbott, go!

Kwana said...

I love all the little Star War toys! So cute.

jenny said...

I'm loving that he drew a picture to remind him! That is so adorable.

A Day That is Dessert said...

Thanks everyone! Ina: thanks for the reminder about the restaurant - I'll think of a pricing system for when he makes meals :)

Kristy: the bank is from this site:

http://www.msgen.com/assembled/money_savvy_pig.html

liza said...

Oh, yes... we are VERY into lego here. Not Star Wars yet, but the space crystal adventures are sneaking into his consciousness. Have a beautiful time in the woods!

malo said...

Your boys are the sweetest.

Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." said...

Glad to have found your blog. First time here.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That is a great lesson for all of us. Now, if I could just find a piggy bank like that!