Friday, January 12, 2018

A Three Day Weekend--exhausting!


I am spending a three-day weekend in the suburbs of the city child-sitting while parents are off to Las Vegas to celebrate a 50th birthday with old friends. I have three children between the ages of 6 and 12 and one small dog. They are polite, responsible, and smart people. I find that the early-bird twelve-year-old gets up at 6:30 A.M. and is full of tidbits about a game where the angle of the wall and the angle of the projectile make a big difference in whether you run into the wall or go over it and that he has found a way to continue to beat the system, and he also has done the math to figure out how many millions of successes vs. crashes happen over an hour and how long he can leave the game idle with the successful settings....and I really need more coffee.  Breakfast with the others consists of a discussion about food.


I also learned this morning that I had asked each child as they got up whether they were still wearing pajamas or whether that was what they were wearing to school, because their casual school  attire and their casual sleep attire look virtually the same.

The parents have left us a two-page hand-written list of activities and times and addresses.  Included are weekend sports classes, a birthday gift shopping trip along with the time for the party, religious classes and a meals list.  I am exhausted just listening to Dad go through it with me.  Thank goodness these kiddos are independent enough to know what happens next.

They are all off to school and now I sit writing my blog while the little dog looks out the window  and barks at the mailman...clearly a highlight of his day.

23 comments:

  1. I know those times with grandchildren are both precious and exhausting. But they make lovely (and sometimes funny) memories. Enjoy!

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  2. Now I understand. Yes, keep the coffee pot going. That's a future engineer or physicist. I have to ask, what ever happened to going out and playing...or reading a book, or going to a museum with Grandma. That used to be my favorite activity.

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    1. When the first two were the youngest we did do that. Now their lives are crazy.

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  3. Best wishes for high stamina and strong bones to get you through the days. It takes hubby AND me to take care of our TWO grandchildren, ages 6 and 8. Keeping up with small, energetic bodies can make an old body very tired. But, it's good for us.

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  4. I am so jealous of you for this time with your grands. Mine are all too big now.

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  5. This made me laugh out loud. I especially liked about the pajamas/school clothes. I am starting to feel a little like Granny Annie as my grandkids are growing up so fast.

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  6. My grand sleep in the same kind of long pants and tees they wear during the day as well. Yes, coffee. Maybe you can sneak a little nap in before school's out. I would :-).

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  7. my grandkids have never worn pajamas, just falling asleep in their clothes. their mother wore pajamas so I don't get it.

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  8. May you have a fun time and be refreshed by their enthusiasm by the end of it!

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  9. I have done a few week(ends) like that and although exhausting, it was worth every tired bone. I know you will enjoy yourself making memories.

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  10. Enjoy this special time!

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  11. You could write a book and I'd buy it. If I were you, I'd keep notes. But heck, the blog does that for you. :-)

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  12. That was quite a math/geometry/physics discussion! I didn't quite follow it. :-)
    Have fun. You should sleep well!

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  13. It's a lot to take on, but for you in doing it.

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  14. "good" for you, dangitall

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  15. Wonderful time for you
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    1. Might be a glitch at your end, because it does show up here. I have been having trouble with the Publish button when I try to comment o others blogs. I has a wait of a few minutes before it gets to the blog I am commenting on.

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  16. That does sound exhausting.

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  17. That sounds like hard work tom me. I did it for a 3 year old and a five year old once. I was a nervous wreck.

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  18. Due to health problems I am no longer allowed to do children duty for offspring. Yes, I miss it, but your weekend description reminds me of how hard it is! Hope you have all had a good time. Blessings from Dalamory

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  19. Hope you had fun and weren't too tired. Tell all please.

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  20. Wow! exhausting with all the instructions! Glad I had a simple child-rearing to do!

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