Monday, August 30, 2010


We had a relatively nice morning for late August yesterday, so we went out as a family for a hike at Umstead Park.  It was a nice walk in the woods to a really beautiful spot.  Lily was complaining a lot when we finished, so we went over to Lake Crabtree and got a boat for an hour.  We rowed around the lake a bit and then came home for lunch.

Lily was not a big fan of the rowboat.  We had her sit in the bow and she was pretty nervous as the boat rocked.  She also didn't like the sound of the clamps for the oars squeaking as we rowed.  It was too bad as it was a great day for it, though a bit hot.  She also complained that we only do what the adults want to do.  I asked her what she wanted to do that afternoon.

I ended up taking her to Chuck E. Cheese.  I spent $5 on tokens and she had a ball.  She doesn't really like playing the games of skill, but she really enjoys playing what is basically like a slot machine.  There is a big wheel with lights that go around it.  You pull a level to start the lights.  You hit a big red button to stop the lights and wherever they stop determines how many tickets you get.  If you time it just right you can get 250 tickets, but if you just miss you only get 2.  She got 2 quite a lot, but had fun doing it.  It's funny to see how miserly she is with the tokens.  She hates spending tokens on anything that will not give her tickets.

It's good to see that she is learning thrift.  Being responsible for your own resources will tend to do that.