We got the girls' rooms painted and they are settled back in. The new colors look awesome. We did manage a checkerboard in PS's room by cutting big squares of black contact paper and sticking them on top of the dark purple paint. I'm sure it was 1000 times easier than trying to paint a checkerboard, and it looks really good (and cost $14 for the contact paper!)
PS continues with her pseudo-goth look. Right now she is begging me to let her dye her hair jet-black (from her natural dark brown). She's almost 14 and going into high school. Hair color is not a hill I want to die on, but I wish it weren't black. My stylist said that if she did it, it would be really hard to get out again. Sigh. I promised her a decision by this morning.
TT and SS have a birthday this month and are dying for iPod touches. I refuse to buy them, because I don't think they take care of things well enough, and I think it's too much to spend on a gadget for an 11 year old. But I did tell them that if they can come up with half the money, I would pay the other half as their birthday present.
We'll see if they can do it. They don't have much saved up because they tend to get distracted and spend their money on every bright, shiny object they see. Their current plan is to have a garage sale. I'm glad to see them trying to earn the money--and cleaning out their closets. I hate garage sales though--I'd far rather donate my junk. And I don't think they have enough stuff to get them there. But maybe that plus some birthday money from the grandparents will get them close.
Meanwhile, we're bringing back the Amazing Race/scavenger hunt party that we did for PS a couple of years ago. It was a lot of work, but so much fun. I love planning parties!