Sunday, 26 June 2011, Day 215/365.
After the boys from the sleepover left our house, peace descended upon us, apart from The Surfer mucking around with the electronic keyboard I got JJ for his birthday.
I’d had no idea what to get him for his birthday but The Surfer suggested the idea and helped me go and find it at a second-hand shop. It seems like it’s in really good condition and there’s certainly lots of sounds that can be made with it.
In fact, there’s a gunshot selection and I caught JJ and one of his friends making the gunshot sound and then falling over dead, before arising to do it all over again. They had a hiliarious time doing it and it was funny to watch too. The plan is to get him piano lessons which he’s expressed an interest in.
I’m glad I did the sleepover thing for JJ as he had a great time and he was really fortunate with his birthday presents too. He’d asked family and friends for money or book vouchers and they obliged. He ended up having $165 after his birthday haul. This included about $20 he’d already had saved up so of course we had to go shopping.
He wanted to buy Nintendo DS games and I cautioned him about that because his DS console had been missing for a couple of weeks. We’d hunted high and low for it to no avail, but he bought the games anyway. You know what it’s like to have money burning a hole in your pocket and you want immediate retail therapy? I do, so I understood where he was coming from with wanting to buy something. He couldn’t get a book with his voucher because the ones he wanted weren’t there.
Back to the DS. When it appeared as though it was lost I told JJ that he’d have to buy one with his own money and he got really cross with me. I think he was more cross with himself at not taking better care of it but I don’t want him to be the kid that gets things handed to him on a plate without having to do a bit of work for them especially when it’s his fault for losing the thing in the first place.
The DS story has a happy ending. It turned up in his t-shirt drawer. Neither of us knows why he put it there but he’s damn lucky it was there and he’s been happily playing his new games the last couple of days.
Back to the birthday day. After the retail therapy session we lit the fire and bought fish and chips for dinner – his absolute favourite meal. Then we watched an episode of Merlin together and I sent him to bed much to his disgust because ‘it’s my birthday you know mum’. But he’d had a late night the night before and he needed his rest.