I'm not big on buying toys. The kids have plenty (too many). But every time they are at their friends' houses, they're attracted to Legos. But being cheap has its drawbacks. As in, we've never bought Legos. Always putting it off for a birthday or a holiday. So yesterday was the kids lucky day. For absolutely no reason at all, I put the Legos in the cart, cringed only slightly when I checked out, and let the kids at them today. They have been building nonstop all afternoon.
I love the sound of hands stirring the Lego pot, looking for just the right piece. I love how Mermaid is following the directions exactly, to build each structure. I love how Monkey plays with the finished projects. I love how the kids are ready to spend their own money on more. I love a really worthwhile toy. I also love getting special presents now, when there isn't a holiday attached. With Christmas coming up, I tend to give the kids everything that I've wanted to give them for the last year. Now we can spend more time celebrating together, and less thinking about presents.