It was more of a bribe on my part but a prize on her part. I drove to MO on Monday, spent two nights and came home with Addie on Wednesday. I could see her waking up on Thursday morning and wanting to go home and I told her so long as there was no bad weather along the way, any time she wanted to go home, I’d drive her back. But, I wasn’t excited at all about making two 20 hour round trip drives to and from MO in three or four days so I told her there would be a grand prize if she stayed the whole two weeks. Now, I’m thinking there may need to be a second grand prize to get her to go home. 🙂
I had bought an American Girl doll for her and it was going to be her Christmas present but I figured I’d rather enjoy seeing her open it and I doubt I’ll get to be there on Christmas Day. So, her grand prize was an American Girl doll and I had bought a matching outfit for Addie and the doll.
She was thrilled and thought it was a great grand prize.
Having spent two weeks with her, I’ve learned a lot more about gifts to get her for Christmas and her birthday. Doll clothes, especially matching doll clothes and outfits for her and Minecraft Legos. I ordered a small set of the Legos just to see if she really does put them together and she spent ours building, taking apart and re-building and it really was a small set so, even though I’m not sure how I feel about Minecraft, she and Chad play it a lot and he’s the parent so he gets to make those calls, I’m happy that they both seem to love playing with Legos.
The question is . . when is she going home? Next week I think. Depending on what happens with their school situation, I may go back in mid to late August and get her again. If they’re doing online school, Chad, Nicole, Vince and I will have a serious discussion. It may be better for her to be doing it here instead of her going to day care all day, then Nicole coming home from work with both of them tired and having to try to cram dinner, and online learning into the evening. We’ll see how it all goes.