Maxman doesn't ask for much. He's one of those kids you can take into stores and he doesn't beg you to buy him anything. Once in 3.5 years did he pitch a fit over something and we had to leave a store (a used board game from Value Village, and I take partial responsibility for the meltdown that day).
Usually when I ask if he wants me to buy something he'll say, "No thank you."
Hops & Barley on the other hand is a little different. If we're out of apple sauce, for instance, she'll look at me and say, "Buy some." That's word-for-word what she says to me.
We've been stalking our new house daily for the last couple of weeks and we pass by a luggage store on the corner each time. Maxman spotted an umbrella in the window the first time we passed by and has pointed it out ever since.
We did buy cheapo umbrellas at Dollarama the other day and his broke the next day.
So, I asked him if he would like to go buy an umbrella.
We took all our spare change in the house and went down with our sack of pennies to the Coinmaster machine at Superstore. It is the BEST thing that has ever been invented. I loved it!!
We ended up having about $23 worth of pennies in our house.
After getting the money for the umbrella we went down to the store. Maxman knew exactly which umbrella he wanted and no other would do. The sales lady had to get the one from the front window for him. It is beautiful b/c it's exactly what he wanted.
Unfortunately for Maxman it hasn't rained here for days. As you can see from the pictures, yesterday I made it rain for Maxman so he could try out his new treasure.