The boys have a birthday party today for a friend from school. So, we ventured out this morning to find a gift for him because, you know, we couldn't do that any sooner. :) I took both boys so they could choose the perfect present for J. Ahem.
We walked done the aisles of the store and the boys excitedly shouted out each thing they wanted to buy for him (they were very good about knowing it was for J). Now, I was thinking maybe a game or something nice like that but that was clearly not what the boys had in mind. I took them to the game section and all they pointed out was the misplaced set of matchbox cars that they wanted to give him. :) So we wandered back to the cars section (they had already chosen stickers with no prompting for me - cars, of course). After looking (and each of us declining a few things), they found the trucks that light up and make noise. And they would not be dissuaded. And really, it was a great gift for a 4-year-old boy but did I mention that it makes noise - like sirens and lights kind of noise?
Anyway, yes, I'm the mom who is giving another mom the gift of a loud toy. Sigh. I did also encourage them to pick out something nice and quiet to go with it - so, we ended up with a set of small construction vehicles with cones and road blocks. So there. We compromised. And we stayed in the budget. And no, they didn't walk all over me, they truly wanted to give J something they would like themselves. :)
I think I'm going to duck next time I run into J's mom or grandma.
True confession, the boys had gift money that I had been meaning (and promising to let them spend) so I let them each buy one of the noisy trucks, too. They didn't beg and they are pretty much never allowed to buy toys. I just told them that they had some gift money and they could pick one thing and guess what they chose? Yeah, I know, what was I thinking?! So, I'm headed out until tomorrow - leaving Andrew with some spiffy new toys. :) He's gonna love me, too.