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1.26.2012

the sitter

We've got a pretty adorable crew.

 AND they are even pretty well behaved.

But there are four of them.  And the oldest is still a bit shy of turning six.  And while they all get along amazingly well, the boys may fight just a wee bit from time to time.  So finding a teenage sitter ~ that we can afford for four hours ~ willing to take them on, especially in the middle of the week isn't exactly easy.

Last night though, we needed help because Ian's company avoids adding to scheduling chaos in December.  And the holiday party is in January.  On a Wednesday.  And while it is rather exciting to get all dressed up and go attend a fancy cocktail party and dinner with the one who still brings me flowers on a date night,
 we do have this adorable crew to consider.

So we called in one of the best sitters we know.  And boy howdy did she prove her worth!
One not so fun aspect of date night is getting dinner together for the kiddos before leaving.  No problem last night though.   Not only did she take care of feeding them, she took them out, by herself, to Pei Wei for dinner.  

And they were so well behaved there (after receiving a slew of compliments from other customers) that she decided to treat them to dessert at a nearby yogurt bar.  

Yeah, one of those places where you serve your own yogurt and then top it yourself from a crazy amount of candies, fruits and syrups.  I don't even take them there by myself.  Heck, Ian and I consider it a challenge to go there when the ratio is 1 to 2, but she took on the odds of 1 to 4.  

Oh, and did I mention that all four kids had a bath and were sleeping soundly in their beds when we got home.  

She just smiled at our wide eyes when she told us about their evening.  I guess there is something to a Grandmother's touch after all...
mom with the kids back in september
So those of you back home, don't be surprised when Mom doesn't show up on Saturday as planned.  We're hiding her keys.  She doesn't know it yet, but she's moving in...  

14 comments:

prechrswife said...

The best kind of babysitter, for sure!

Donna said...

I know I've said this before - but your mom totally rocks!!! (and if she ever has a hankering to come a little further south, you know where to send her....)

Laurie said...

What a fun story, Kristi! I loved it! No doubt Grandma's are the best sitters around! My mom is coming for a visit next month, and although there won't be any date nights (hubby going to China), I'm guessing I might get a night out all by myself, which I'll take! :)

Julie said...

I was trying to envision how old the teenager was! Love Grandma's! What would we do without them?!
Hope you enjoyed your night out (and free dinner to boot)!

Laine said...

I LOVE HER! You are making me want to jump in my car and go see my mom RIGHT NOW!!!!!

Traci said...

It is nice having a live in babysitter!

Heather said...

Oh I love it .. and boy is there SOMETHING about a grandma's touch.

anything but LoKEY said...

What a blessing! I so miss living in the same town as my parents. I didn't realize how much I took it for granted until it is gone. Now, my mom will drive over if something big comes up but it's not the same. And it is so difficult, like you said, to find someone responsible enough, brave enough, and affordable enough to handle such a task. Def and Grandmother's job! :)

Larry and Carol said...

Let's hear it for Gramdma Saundra. Fun for everyone.

Heather said...

Great pic of you two! And Grandmoms are THE best babysitters. Enough said!

Nancy said...

Your mom rocks! And you & Ian look great. Hope you had a wonderful date night.

Jennifer Taylor said...

Kristi, you and Ian look great!! Sounds like the kids had a blast with grandma!!

Our Journey to China said...

Grandma rocks!!! Now....does she know our kids and well, our whole family is up for adoption by her!! SERIOUSLY! You guys looked awesome!! I hope you had a great date night!

Glenda said...

She's pretty neat, to be sure. So neat, in fact, my boy has another "Grandma". You and Ian certainly looked snazzy!