for whatever reason, this is Mike’s go to picture face. Some kids have silly smiles, do self bunny ears, this kid puts on this face.
A few weeks ago we went to a garage sale and found a file folder filled with printed money. Not counterfeit money, just money graphics printed on green paper. It was labeled something ridiculous like $5. I passed it off, thinking I could just find a pdf on the internet and print my own money. But then they announced everything 50% off and $2.50 didn’t seem so bad, especially since I knew I’d be way to lazy to do double sided printing. It was probably $2.50 worth of heavy weight paper. So, I brought it home and tormented the kids with it.
Nate: Can we cut this?
Me: No, you have to wait until I can help you. We have to cut this very carefully.
Jake: I’m a really good cutter. I can do it. It’s not even a squiggly line!
(In my head, I was thinking, BUT YOU MIGHT RUIN THEM! But then I realized I was worried about paper.)
Me: Fine. Be very, very careful. Cut slowly, in straight lines. Take finger breaks often if your hands are becoming tired.
And it was seriously the best $2.50 I ever spent. In hindsight, I would have totally paid the $5. For probably 2 weeks straight, in every spare moment Nate and Jake cut out fives, tens twenties and the occasional hundred. The were serious ballers. We have a gaggle of kindergarteners come over every week and one week they had a cutting party. Turns out cutting is universally considered fun among the 6 and under crowd.
Also, it turns out that moms find scissors just as entertaining when they mustache their children.