One of the things people probably don't think about too much when they decide to build a new house is a babysitter. The amount of sheer time you will have to spend chatting with various workers, looking at different options and making decisions about silly stuff like light switch covers, door knobs, hinge color and ceiling textures is really astronomical and therefore a babysitter is necessary often.
Another important thing for you to understand is that we don't really do babysitters, at least not in the traditional sense of the word. If one of our many generous family members can not watch our children, then we simply don't go or do whatever was being considered at the time. Other than my brother's wedding (when we paid someone to be inside the house watching our baby) and a Bocce Ball party a couple years ago (when we hired a sitter for an entire clan of family member's kids) we have never hired a sitter.
I mean I wasn't totally naive about the time that building a house would require. I guess I knew some time would be needed, but at the end of the house building project I am spending an exurbanite amount of time doing such things and since my full-time job is caring for our kids, it is very challenging. It has resulted in the kids spending an excessive amount of time with our new babysitter-Taylor Swift! I know how lucky are we to have Taylor right in the comfort of our own home? Oh wait that is not the case... When I say she is our babysitter, what I really means is that my kids are spending a lot of time sitting in our van (while its turned off of course) jamming to Taylor Swift's latest hits. I get a good thirty minutes out of this approach if I return to the van to put it back on number 3 or 6 every five to ten minutes. Everyone knows that they are the best ones!
Anyhow, this morning luckily Grandma and Grandpa are planning to have the kids so when I go for my daily chat with the house people the kids will be hanging with them! Taylor gets a day off! She must be exhausted after the week we have put in. Hurray for Grandma Day!!
Oh and Jeff's Christmas gift, the big ass television (aka The BAT), arrived yesterday and is safely wrapped up to be discovered on Christmas morning. I will say this about the matter. If the Spartans go the Rose Bowl (which I think they will), it will be WAY COOL to see them on the new larger than life, (okay maybe not but it is 42 inch) flat screen, machine! GO GREEN!