I have a question for you.
Do you babysit?
Do you like to watch other kids?
Do you like to get a sitter to watch your kids?
Do you pay?
Do you exchange?
Or do you just take advantage?
If you answer that last one, I hope it’s with a “no!” 🙂
I’ll be honest and say babysitting is not high on my list of likes.
But let me add this, the older my kids get, the easier it is to do and I don’t mind it as much.
When I had wee little ones and babysat wee little ones, I’d almost pull my hair out till their mother came to get them. But now, the kids that come are usually the ages of my kids or so and it’s a win/win day cause the other kids entertain mine. If they are younger, Madison and Reagan can help entertain and take care of them.
Now, on to the point of this post….
Last fall I was reading a blog and came across and this idea, something this lady and her family does. I have no idea what the blog was or who the people were, wish I remembered, I’d thank her. So this wasn’t original with me, but I really, really liked the idea and asked my sister in laws what they thought. They liked it too, we started it last fall.
There are 3 of us couples with kids, so once a month 2 couples go out and the 3rd one watches all the kids.
In May, Loren and Berneice watched all 10 kids while Erin’s and us went out on a date.
It’s a guilt free evening because you know in a month or 2, it’s your turn to stay at home for them.
I guess it’s up to you, but we don’t go out with the other couple. We spend enough time with other people and need a little one on one time by the time another month rolls around. Only once did we end up at the same place to eat, but didn’t sit close enough to eaves drop on them. 🙂
Most of the time it’s out to eat and then a run thru the grocery to grab a few things.
I know, how romantic, but hey, it’s life with kids and when the kids are not along, even time in the grocery section is good. 🙂
Last night, Eric and I watched the kids while Loren’s and Erin’s went out.
10 kids. 2 adults.
It got wild and chaotic but we all lived to tell.
And no one was seriously wounded.
We even took a little ride and picked up number 11, for free. 🙂
It was much better since the weather is warmer then when it was cold and they were all confined inside the house.
Let me tell ya, those nights, you were just hoping to make it through alive so that you could actually go out the next 2 months and leave the Indians with the next couple. 🙂
Last night I grilled hotdogs and made some cheesy noodles. We filled our plates on the back porch and ate at the picnic table. Later we started a fire and roasted marshmallows and ate brownies and watermelon.
They played games outside, ran wild, argued, roasted marshmallows, played on the swing set, in the sand and basically roamed the entire acreage we live on. I took them on some rides on the Ranger for entertainment and stopped to see the neighbor’s new horse.
No, I didn’t have time to take pictures, these are ones I had of the cousins from other times.
I had all intentions of taking some photos but it just didn’t happen.
So there you have it.
3 couples… babysit 1 month, go out 2 months.
This subject came up one time when Erin’s were with some of the Hostetler cousin’s and they latched onto the idea too.
The other weekend we were camping with some of them and found out things work a little different there.
See we are usually pretty good with the time thing. You know, after work, 5-5:30 we drop off the kids, and then around 9 or so we’re back to get them.
Hey, school kids changes your life, early nights are a must.
But this other gang, early, early afternoons and late, late nights, they make the most of it while they can! 🙂
Maybe we need to change our habits. 🙂
So give it a shot! Find a few couples who want in on it and see if you don’t like it.
Just make sure you don’t out do yourself on how many kids you can care for at one time. 🙂