Today is Day 1 of my parents' Colorado ski trip, and Day 1 of my 5-day babysitting adventure. That's right, I'm in charge of the 7 youngest DeLilles for the next 5 days.
I have done this before, but let me assure you, it never gets old. There is always some new "adventure," which usually comes in the form of steam rising from my ears...it is always a test of patience.
This morning started with someone rattling around in the kitchen. I went down to check it out, only to find out that Nick had decided to "help" by attempting to make pancakes. The only problems were that the batter had the consistency of cement, he was using the wrong burner on the stove, and he was not actually using a griddle, but a cookie sheet.
It's the thought that counts. Mind you, my plan had been to give the kids the danishes that were in the refrigerator for breakfast: quick breakfast, easy clean-up. Unfortunately, Nick foiled that plan. The other problem was that pancakes actually can take quite a while to make when you're cooking for 7 (10 if you count Jack, Bo, and myself). So, I did my best to fix the batter, switched burners, and got out a griddle while the kids ate danishes. We will have pancakes on Thursday.
There were several more small incidents in the hour (yes, literally only an hour) I had the kids this morning, but I will just name my other favorite: Rebekah AND Nick both tried to leave the house in short sleeves with no jacket (Rebekah in a skirt, no less). It is 37 degrees and raining.
This afternoon will bring piano lessons, dance class, and the always-fun homework hour. I can't wait.