My oldest daughter will be eleven on March 4th and I’m having a really tough time deciding what to get her for her birthday. She loves music and art, so the world is my oyster (so to speak) when it comes to finding the right gift. Personally, I want one of these:From Pedal Cars and Retro Collectibles, an online store owned by Janice and Susan — (the two moms that run 5 Minutes for Mom), it’s one of the coolest things I have found. But I can’t get it for her, because honestly? My husband and I would get more use out of it than she would. (Yes, we still use cassette tapes and we even have a large record collection that we are working at getting digitized)
There’s always one of these:But I have issues with the whole ipod thing. What if she leaves it in the pocket of her jeans and it gets washed? (It happens, you know) What if she leaves it lying around somewhere (as she’s so prone to doing with everything) and one of the younger kids (or worse, the cat) destroys it? I know, I know…”the Lord hath not given us the spirit of fear”…but at eleven, is she old enough for a $200 gadget? I think not.
I digress…I may have issues deciding which gift to buy, but one thing I know that we will be doing for K’s birthday – it’s become a sort of family tradition – is we will be taking the day off of school and baking together. Baking is a time of great bonding for us and I love teaching her. Though we have thrown many a batch of cake, cookie, or brownie batter away because neither of us were paying attention to who was adding what, we have come up with a fairly simple solution to this problem. We tape a piece of transparency paper over the recipe and then with a marker, we mark off what we’ve already added. That way, no one adds the baking soda twice (not that it has ever happened to us, you understand). The other thing we do is when a recipe calls for, say, half a cup of shortening – we fill the cup up halfway with water and then add the shortening until the water line reaches the cup mark. (And of course we dump out the water before adding the shortening to the recipe!)
So what works for you when it comes to birthdays? And what am I going to get my daughter for hers? Any ideas? Shoot ’em to the comments for me. For more WFMW tips, head over to Rocks in My Dryer.
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