Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Break

Today was the first official day off from school for winter break. I had little choice but to take my kids to run a few errands. I had to pick up a prescription, go to the grocery store and stop by the bank. 2 hours later I came home with 2 whiny kids, a bag of groceries, a migraine, a rented video game and a case of beer.

I was planning to rent the video game. We don't rent video games very often. I was surprised by how much it costs. $8.75. I gasped slightly when the cashier told me that amount. I handed over the money and commented that it was expensive. The cashier replied that he hears that a lot and then said, "It's not really that much when you consider that a new video game costs $65-70." Really?? Where does he shop?!

His comment made me wonder if I'm really that far out of touch. My husband always says how cheap I am. Is he right? So I went online and I checked. I couldn't find any Wii video games that were over $50. Well, there were some that came with an extra controller or a mat or those kinds of things, but nothing over $50 for just a game. In fact the game that my kids picked out was $16.97 new on Amazon.

After we came home my kids started playing the video game. It took about 3 seconds for the first fight to start. I didn't know that the game they picked out is a one-player game.

My husband opened a Netflix account last night. He said it would be nice to have during the break. It took me 30 minutes to figure out how to access the instant streaming section on our TV. The kids watched one movie for 5 minutes.

It wasn't long before I heard, "I'm bored."

Has anyone started a back-to-school countdown yet?

8 comments:

Heidi said...

I hear you! Today was our first day of winter break too and..yeah...fighting...I'm bored...are you kidding me?? Only two more weeks to go....

Fishsticks and Fireflies said...

I had high hopes for the 2 weeks break during the 2 hours that my kids were napping. Now that they are all up, I am not so sure. I am thinking I am going to have to do some serious rationing of Christmas gifts to avoid instant burnout.

Talon said...

I remember shoving the kids outdoors A LOT when they were little! ;)

I would say it will get better - but it will probably take about 10 years or so and you'll find that you completely block it all out so you only remember hugs and smiles and giggles and maybe the occasional monumental argument. Sibling bickering, however, is forever :)

Michelle said...

Ummmm yeah.... I started it on Friday afternoon ;) Does your library do video game rentals? I think ours started that somewhat recently. We don't have any though, so I'm definitely no expert. How much of the case of bee is still left? Good luck!

Joyce-Anne said...

Our break doesn't start until Christmas Eve and I can wait. They've been fighting more these past three weeks and I have no idea what life will be like when the kids are all together for 10 days!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

I must say your Kids are smart Kids !! They are growing with the Technology !!:)

Momisodes said...

Oh man, I'm on day #2 of preschool break. It's only 2.5 hours a day, but boy does it make a difference in my sanity!

Mama Zen said...

Counting the minutes!