Today (Tuesday) was D-day. My high school and junior high kids went back to school. Laddie flew back to New York on Sunday evening. Ed is still home till Saturday. And the youngsters I am charged with usually Monday thru Thursday got dropped off today. I am grateful that this week they are all coming Tuesday thru Thursday.
On Sunday I interviewed another family to possibly watch their baby starting the end of March. They only need four days a week, but Friday might be one of them. Needless to say I am underwhelmed to give up my Fridays off.
|Zoo decorated for Christmas. |
' Cause we went to the zoo!
Another family might be interested in Tu/Thurs for their 3 year old, but I suggested they might want to speak to my friend Becky, who also babysits, as she lives RIGHT across the street from their 6 year old's school and they could possible avoid doing before and after care. Hate to pass up a job, but sometimes ya just gotta say 'Well, this might make more sense.'
Neither of these families follow a teacher schedule, so the hours are longer than I prefer. Mini would pitch in during the summer to babysit for them. There is still space over here in my little in-home daycare since that whack-a-doodle messed me up in September leaving me with an opening for the school year, so it would be nice to fill it. Curly is already nervous: 'What if they end up being weird or the kids are bad?' It is the chance I take as I just love living on the edge.
People are weird, as we all know. And weird-lings have a way of seeking me out. As an update on the family that did not so much as give me a card for Christmas . . . I have decided that they just don't have their act together AT ALL. I kind of assumed that before, but this morning I asked their kid with the lisp who is 5 years old what he did over break. Nothing. It was record or near record breaking warm temperatures in late December in Chicago (like close to 60, I think) and he DID NOT leave his house - or at least did not leave his house to do anything memorable.
|More zoo Christmas decorations.|
Zoo? No. Park/play outside/stand on your driveway and breathe fresh air? No. Library? No. Amazing forest preserve nearby with a great indoor facility? No. Three of the four of these activities are free. I know I sound judgmental, and maybe I am - but for the love of God, do something with your kid. He did mention that he played video games. Well, then.
When I read them books today, I asked if he had any of the favorites at his house. I asked what books he likes to have his folks read to him. He told me he just watches TV mostly, because he likes it better so they don't read to him. Sad. His mother is a teacher. How do you not read to your 5 year old? That thumping noise is me climbing down off my soapbox. Of course I have recently outed myself as not being the best advocate of reading as my younger kids have aged, so who am I to throw stones?
Anyway, here we are back in the swing of things. A few questions have cropped up in the last few days/hours leading up to D-day, some of the questions are unspoken like: Why does Lad never have his phone charged, and why if his phone is never charged does he often rip other people's chargers from the very place they prefer to keep their charger and then send them hunting for a charger to charge the phone that they regularly and responsibly charge?
It is these kind of riddles that made for interesting family time over break. I will introduce you to the last few days of break and the questions that surfaced during those hectic days, because I feel like inquiring minds might puzzle over the same questions - but probably not. Brace yourself, friends.
By the way, I have some very entertaining stories that happened in August or later and even earlier in the case of Curly's haircut from May, but other time sensitive things keep popping up like ping pong deliveries and what happened over break. I am excited to share this particular poor (as in poor because it keeps getting booted, not poor because it sucks) story that keeps getting bumped each week as I feel like, 'Well, it is an old story, still hilarious, but it can wait.'
Did anyone have a rough start back to school or jobs or eating healthy after the holidays? Do tell.