The birthday party weekend was amazing but we certainly had some issues with the birthday girl letting life get to her head, she is the princess after all.
The weekend started off with late Friday night giving Ki her first present from Justin and I. After much consideration and weighing the pros and cons we decided to get her a cell phone. Normally I would say an eight year old doesn’t need a cell phone, and I still believe that, however, in our home we do not have a house phone and she has a father who hasn’t been living with us since she was four months old. Her father and I have always shared custody. Ki is close to her father as she is with us, and we knew she needed a way to contact her father when she felt the need and as she gets older she will need a phone to talk to her friends as well as other family members.
I had my sister babysit my sons Friday afternoon so I could go out shopping for a present. My original thought was an alarm clock with a CD player, however, after thinking harder I realized she needs a house phone of some sort. My first though was a prepaid cell phone, after all I used Tracfone for two years with much success before having my Verizon Wireless account. Do you realize that prepaid phones and cards are way more expensive than a normal cell phone and plan? I was able to find out that adding Ki to my plan would only cost me $10 with a free phone versus going the prepaid route with many upfront fees as well as a huge monthly bill in order to keep her number the same. I ended up with the LG Cosmos from Verizon Wireless as shown in picture above.
Ah yes, the famous eye roll .. that is what I got most of the weekend. When we first gave Ki her cell phone we didn’t tell her it was for her. I sent a text to the phone that said:
Happy Birthday my sweet princess! I hope u love this present and keep it safe! This is a BIG deal and u need 2 keep this cell safe … It is YOURS! I love u!
Justin grabbed the cell phone and called Ki out to the kitchen where we played it off like Justin got a new phone. Of course Ki was having the whole “why do I want to see your new cell phone” attitude going on but we finally got her to open it up and read the text message! Her face was amazing, I did record it but the video is rather dark. I may upload it later. The girl wouldn’t let me touch it. The cell phone is not considered a cell phone for an eight year old … we consider it a house phone. The reason being? She isn’t allowed to carry it around with her, it certainly doesn’t go to school and she doesn’t take it to her Dad’s either. Occasionally I will let her take it out with us on a family ride but overall that cell phone is to stay inside our home at all times and when it’s bedtime I have it in my room shut off.
Sunday we headed over to the Grampa’s house in Vermont where the kids had a blast playing. The weather was almost perfect! The kids learned how to play horse shoes and enjoyed playing together. We also found a leaf pile my Dad had blown over with the lawn mower. The kids enjoyed that, it was Baby K’s first time jumping in leaves!
The birthday weekend was amazing and ended about 8pm this evening when the kids all went to sleep after a soccer game Ki had. Its been a long weekend, but we enjoyed it to the best of our ability!