This summer, I've been babysitting for some awesome kids. The two boys are twins (I taught one of them in Kindergarten and 1st grade) and their older sister is going into 8th grade. I'm usually at their house 3 days a week from 9-5. It's easy money and is paying for our insane car repair bills.
[You may remember that my car cost us about $260--not terrible. Matt put his car in the garage for several things and his was $650. Sooo....it's a good thing I had this babysitting job!! We should have a little left over by the end of the summer.]
Anyway, our normal day includes swim practice in the morning; lunch; then off to another teacher's house so the boys can continue a reading program they're in. After all that the day is pretty much over--we only have a little bit of time to play or just relax. It's fun, but there's not much time to go somewhere and do something different.
Yesterday, however, was an awesome day. Swim team is over for the year and we had already been to the reading teacher twice that week. We had the whole day to do whatever we wanted! They've asked several times what my apartment looks like, so we headed over to my place so they could see it. They were very impressed--we had a lighthouse in the living room, ship models, Lego cars, guitars, plants, and even a shoe rack!! Wow!!
They were also interested in meeting my husband, Matt. Unfortunately, he had already left for work. Luckily for them, though, he works at...the Lego store! After getting them to understand we weren't buying anything, we drove over to the store to say "hi" and look at Legos. I parked next to Matt's car. One of them commented, "Wow!! He has a race car!" Why did they think his Mazda 6 was a race car? "It has one of those things [spoiler] on the back!"
When entering the mall, they have a large collection of those candy dispensers in the center of the hallway. "Look at this candy!! [dancing around it] They have everything here!!"
We spent about half an hour looking at everything. There was a 30 second Lego video that repeated over and over again that they watched about 12 times. ["Just one more time..."] I finally managed to get them out of the store by telling them we wouldn't have time for the park otherwise.
We drove down to the park and spent some time walking along the river and looking at the old prison/workhouse on the grounds. Have you tried explaining women's suffrage to a 7 year old? I did.
Lunch was next on the agenda, so we drove back to their house. We ate a quick PB&J lunch, then piled back in the car to head to the library. We checked out a bunch of books (including "Walter the Farting Dog"), then drove to another park.
This was an awesome park. They had a playground, lake, kiddie train ride, ice cream parlor, and a merry-go-round! We rode the train and got ice cream. The day was perfect--no rain, no 100 degree temperatures--so it was nice being outside.
While we were driving back home from the park, one of the boys told me that when their daddy first saw their mommy, "He wuved her so much!"
Once we were home, we read some of the library books and they played Monopoly until their mom got home. We also saw THREE bucks in their backyard! What a great day!