and it cost us $37 to invite him in.
A bought Kidzilla the long awaited Nintendo DS. With the cobbled together multiple gift cards, the $17 cash that Kidzilla managed to save (he gets paid for chores in nickles and dimes, so that was pretty good) and the rest kicked in from us, he is at home waiting to be discovered.
I hate video games. I hate the high pitched beeping noises. I hate seeing kids tuned out to the world while playing them. I hate seeing parents who use them as babysitters instead of interacting with their kids. I hate the fits brought on when it's time to turn them off.
I swore I was done with game systems in our home. Lord help us for my reneging on that decision.