Monday, October 13, 2008
Adventures in Baby-Sitting
This past Saturday Frank and I had the privilege of baby-sitting Marcail and Gabe while their parents had a night out and away from the house (It was their 5 year wedding anniversary.). I picked the kids up from Carrie and Jonathan around 1:00 p.m. and drove them back to my house. At this point we picked up Uncle Frankie and drove back over to their place so that they could both catch a nap (This plan didn't work too well with Marcail - she had actuallly fallen asleep in the car on the way home to my place, so she wasn't really in the mood to lay down again.) before we really started the fun!=) After naptime, we got Marcail and Gabe into the car and went to do one of Marcail's favorite activities - shopping!=) We drove up to our local Target, got Marcail a "smoothie" (Strawberries and Creme frappuchino), settled Gabe in the cart and took off!=) It ended up being a short trip, but it was nice to get the kids out of the house for a little while. Plus, Marcail got to pick out what kind of cookies she wanted to make that evening after dinner (She made a wise choice in picking out Pillsbury's Deluxe Chocolate Chip Cookies) and Frank and I were able to get ourselves a nice treat (Ice cream - yumm!!). Then it was back home for dinner, baths and play time. We had a nice time making the cookies and playing together. Marcail and Gabe played together nicely and even managed to make a small tower out of the blocks! Although I think Marcail's favorite toy was her Uncle Frankie!=) After playing for a while (and having a cookie) it was time for bed. Frank and I got the kids settled (It took a little while with Marcail - she had to have her belly rubbed) and then he and I pulled out our ice cream and settled down to watch a little TV. Thankfully, Gabe slept pretty peacefully throughout the night (with the exception of 5 - 6 a.m.) and with some minor exceptions so did Marcail. We did wake early though (6:30), to the sound of Marcail coming into the bedroom to let us know that it was time to wake up.=) Uncle Frankie explained to Marcail that it was still dark outside and therefore NOT time to wake up yet. So Marcail climbed into bed with us and rested with us until about 7. Then she and I got up to make some breakfast and get ready for church. Gabe slept in until about 8 that morning, which was nice. Then it was his turn for breakfast and his turn to get ready for church. Frank and I did fail the "Can you get yourselves, plus 2 young children ready and make it to church on time" test.=) We got to Sunday School about 10 minutes late (which I guess isn't TOO bad, right?) and since I had to teach Sunday School that morning, Frank graciously offered to deliver both children to their respective places (nursery and Sunday School). After Sunday School and church we made our way back to Carrie and Jonathan's to wait for them to arrive back home. The kids were happy to see Mom and Dad and Mom and Dad were pretty happy to see the kids (Frank and I were happy to see them, too - we were ready for OUR naps!)!=)
All in all, it was a great time of being with the kids this past weekend and we were glad to give Carrie and Jonathan a chance to get out and truly celebrate their anniversary without any distractions!
Would we do it again? Definitely! Would we do it again next weekend? No!!=)