My parents have been staying with us for March break (March break is 2 weeks long in our neck of the world). The kids love having the undivided attention of their grandparents for two whole weeks! They play games together, they get stories read to them, they do crafts and colouring, they get McDonald’s food, they get gum, they get ice cream, they get presents, what’s not to love!
We have a “bedroom corner” in our basement (the rest of the basement is for toys and playing), so the basement becomes my parents territory. While they are visiting I rarely go down there. I had to do some laundry the other night (my son waltzed downstairs in his underwear and socks and announced to us all that he had no clean pajamas) and realized with a bit of shock that it is a total disaster zone, except for the bedroom corner. I did a blitz clean up attack and went back upstairs.
I looked at the kids at told them that when grandma and grandpa leave, they were going to have some serious cleaning up to do because the basement was dangerous.
Underwear boy gave me a cheeky grin and said, “A danger zone for grown-ups, a fun maze for the kids!”
Here on the left coast of Canada March break is two weeks long. While I get that by now most teachers could probably use about a month off, 2 weeks feels like a lot of childcare to cover, especially when summer is just around the corner. Add to that the fact that it’s time to file our taxes (yes we’re a teensy bit behind on that) and we’ve just gathered up all of our childcare tax receipts and can I just say…
How do people afford children these days? How long before we can make them start earning their keep? Anyone know of a good child powered sweat shop in town?
I think that whole guesstimate about how it costs a million dollars to raise a child is totally lowballed. There’s no way kids are that cheap!
On that note, I’m going to go make myself feel better by purchasing a venti Starbucks Pike Place coffee, no sugar, no cream, pure caffeine for the same cost of a half hour of babysitting.
I’ve been busy in real life… very, very, busy. Even with all the busy, I’ve been writing posts on a regular basis; they’re all filed away in my head. That doesn’t really help most of you folks unless you’re psychic. Are any of you psychic? Can you guess what I’m going to say next? Well, then you aren’t really psychic, are you! It may take awhile to pull the posts from the mental filing cabinet, the drawers get stuck and it sometimes locks itself and I lost the key.
In the meantime, exciting news in our household… We got a breadmaker. Trust me, if you don’t have one, you should get one. It’s revolutionary. It’s making my kitchen great again. No lie. Anyone who tells you breadmakers aren’t the greatest invention is telling you lies. (Sorry… I’ve been watching this really awful reality tv show on fake news channels lately.) Seriously, I never knew how bloody easy it is to make bread! And it’s delicious.
I’m easily distracted by delicious foods. Speaking of which, there’s a bit of pad thai left so this is it for now.
Happy friday everyone!