So I have made two pretty costly mistakes since I have been here. Both have involved promising my children that we could do something only to discover that what was a cheap way to have fun in the states is enormously expensive here (or at least I haven't figured out the affordable way of doing them). The first woops was promising that we could paint our nails. Went down to the local nail place, picked out our favorite colors after much deliberation. Every girl had their color in their hand. Went to pay and was told that they were 16$ per bottle!! We could have all gotten our nails done for what I paid for the nail polish! Argh.
And second mistake...... I promised the girls yesterday that we would go to a craft store in town and they could spend 10$ on whatever they wanted. I felt like I was being particularly spendy because at home the limit was $5! When we arrived at the craft store it became quickly apparent that my 10$ limit was unreasonable. Paint was 7$ per small jar, the cheapest paint brushes were 4$, beads were 30$, a box of crayola markers were 25$ and glue 8$!! Argh. I became so exasperated as we moved from craft project to craft project that I finally settled on one of the cheapest options and left the store 82$ poorer. Bleh. I guess before I promise we will do something here I will check out myself first! Glad I packed lots of art supplies!! Now you guys know what you can send us for Christmas and pack in your luggage when you come to see us :)