Being on an extremely tight budget can make gift buying quite challenging. I really want my children to feel special and loved on their birthdays, so I try to find creative ways to do that with little or no money.
For Tyler's birthday, I was really struggling with what to do. His birthday was going to fall in the middle of the week on a very busy Wednesday of meetings for Rich and work then church for me. We celebrated with a family dinner and cookie cake last Saturday while family was visiting from Georgia.
He received a couple of small gifts from his dad & I as well as cards with money from his grandparents and aunt. However, for a 10-soon-to-be-11 year old there's gotta be something special on the official day as well.
As I thought more about it, I remembered something that Tyler had asked me a couple of months back. We were talking about his birthday and he had asked me if I could take that day off to stay home with him. At that time, I laughed it off and told him that jobs don't work that way.
He didn't ask again and I didn't think anything more of that request until yesterday when he kept asking me if I there was going to be a present on the table when he got up this morning. That's when I got the idea that the best gift I could give him was my time. So I did the unexpected and I took the day off.
I had this great idea to go get donuts before he got up and surprise him. That plan didn't work so well because he chose to wake up well before 8:00 am!! Which if you know Tyler, you know that is so not normal for that sleepyhead.
So we went with plan B. We went to Jim's Donuts together then we made a stop at the video game store so he could spend his birthday money. And in honor of his birthday, he got to play those new video games before doing any of his schoolwork.
It wasn't a day full of big gifts and giant celebrations, but it was a great day to just hang out at home and be together. I loved being here for him today and I hope that it made his day special.