My oldest son Adam turns 13 this Sunday. We have a HUGE church picnic that day that my husband is in charge of (and I am in charge of all of the decorating). We're thinking it could be anywhere from 600-800 people (we have almost 1300 people in the church). Anyways, since we are going to be SO busy with that, we decided to celebrate Adam's birthday as a family today (I work till 11pm tomorrow).
We had a few ideas of what to get Adam, but what he REALLY wanted was a Macbook computer. He is really into graphic design/video technology/etc. He has been doing a little internship at our church all summer and the worship pastor and graphics team are really impressed with his work. He's made some cool videos, and they said his editing is perfect (they didn't have to go back and "fix" anything). He's been saving his money for a while~ planning to combine that with his birthday money from family to buy a used Macbook off of Amazon. I looked last night on Amazon, and they still seemed so expensive for what he could "afford." We thought of giving him money as well to put towards it, but I really wanted something that he could *open*.
My husband and I decided that rather than him wasting his money on a used computer that may or may not work (and that would probably have to be upgraded in a year or two), we would go ahead and buy him the computer now. We decided beforehand that he would have to give us the money he saved so far, and whatever birthday money he gets from family. It would still end up being much more expensive on our part, but well worth it. Adam has juvenile poly-articular arthritis, so he can't do sports... Our other son is very into sports, so we are constantly buying him the gear and paying the money to be on the teams... This is Adam's "Sport" so to say. It's something he's passionate about and as my husband worded it, "An investment in his future."
So we took off this morning after breakfast while the kids were at school and went to the Apple Store. We looked at all of the different options and talked to one of the sales people there. We told him we needed to think a little more about it and might be back later. Jon mentioned to me as we were walking out that Best Buy had their Mac's on sale. We went there, and the one we wanted was $150 cheaper than the Apple Store! Then, the manager came out with it, but said that they had one that the box was opened (but in perfect shape) and he could give it to us for even cheaper. We looked it over (and they said it has a 15 day return policy if we noticed anything, but they checked it out thoroughly already) and decided to buy it. It was an additional $140 off because it had been purchased and returned by someone who needed to downgrade. We looked at the label and the person only had it overnight. The screen protector was still intact.
Tonight when Adam got home, we gave him his card and said we were celebrating his birthday today. I pretended to act like the money was missing from the card (he thought we might just give him cash). Then we pulled out his gift and I sat it in his lap. It was so fun watching him unwrap it! At first he was totally speechless! He covered his mouth with his hands and kept saying "oh my goodness! A Macbook!"
We told him that there would be guidelines as far as usage (Internet, time usage, etc) and that it could be taken away at any time for behavior issues. We told him that he could take it to church to work on his projects, but that he was not to let any other kids play with it (to which he replied, "I don't want them to!") I would worry that someone would get a little to hyper and drop it on the floor or break something on it.
He spent most of the night setting things up on it, and will be taking it to church tomorrow after school to work on some new projects.
Jon was worried that our youngest would be upset so he talked to him alone before we gave it to Adam. When I walked in Josh said, "I can't wait till I turn 13!" I said "Why? You want a computer too?" He said "No! A fancy coffee machine/espresso maker!" LOL! Josh has been saying for over a year that he wants to open a coffee shop
when he is older. He actually has it all planned out. He said, "I just want it to be somewhere nice where people can come, sit, and drink coffee." He loves going to different coffee shops to get "ideas" and of course he loves our church cafe. The boy can drink black coffee (Yuck!) He is truly "Hardcore" when it comes to his coffee!