Monday, June 13, 2011


I'm 33 and I still babysit.

This week, I have the pleasure of watching my friend's three kids and two of my regulars during the day. I have 2 third graders, 1 kindergartner, and 2 18 month old girls. Wow! Can I tell you how much I love the hours of one to three??? It's nap time!!! Unfortunately, not for me.

Tonight I have a new appreciation of parenting. Granted, I will not be doing absolutely everything the mom normally does...I am not expected to stay up on the housecleaning and the laundry, but I will clean up the messes we make and try to wash what we've used this week.

As the older two boys ran out after dinner (at 8:00), I stood and looked at the counter. There were their plates, spills on the counter, bottles we have used for tacos, my coffee cup (from the morning - will make more for tomorrow), and my salad which sat freshly made and untouched. Thoughts swarmed through my head as I thought of the dishes that needed to be unloaded, new dishes to be washed, getting the young one ready for bed, and still had to take a shower for the day. you do you parents do it?

As I sit here tonight, with all three kids in bed, shower now had, listening to music and typing, I realize how spoiled I am in the life of no children. Wow...

Well, I'm off to bed soon...have three more days of taking care of other kids to go and I definitely will sleep well tonight!

1 comment:

Christi.Overman said...

Yep, I've missed your posts! You sound like a typical parent to me! :) You can guess why we waited five years to have the first one and are in NO hurry to have's the absolute best and hardest thing all in one.

Oh, and how about lunch at Cerulean on Monday during the conference?