Monday, June 25, 2012

Adventure's in babysitting

It's well-known among my friends and family that I'm not exactly a "kid" person. Oh, I get a long fine with children - I'm just not the type to seek them out. I don't get a gooey over a new baby (though I do like knitting for them), I don't tend to care when coworkers go on about their kids (though I dutifully smile and nod). I don't have anything against kids - they just aren't my thing.

That said, there are some children on this planet that I do adore. First, naturally are my nieces. And next up are the Three Musketeers:

Lily, Ethan and Owen, the beautiful children of my best friend Samantha.

On Sunday, Sam and her husband Michael had a wedding to attend, so Sam asked me to watch the kids. Now I'm no dummy - I know the easiest way to make a babysitting job go smoothly is to keep the kids entertained - and what's better than crafts? It's a little tricky with the age spread (10, 8, and 4) but I had a good idea of what to do.

A trip to the dollar store and $20 later I was equipped with everything I needed for an afternoon of fun.

And the final result - birdhouses!
Clockwise from top left: Lily's (complete with Angry Birds!), Owen's, Ethan's and mine. 

After painting, there was trampoline jumping (I need one of those - it's a great workout!), Star Wars watching, card playing, video games, and homemade fajita eating:

 And then, one by one, they went off to bed and it was just me, my book and good old Dozer
And now it's back to knitting...


Anonymous said...

Love those birdhouses! Lily did a great job with the Angry Birds!

Prudence Puddleduck said...

Good Job! the kiddles will remember their visit with you because you spent time....with them. The dog's expression says it allllll ♥Debi

kathy b said...

What a great friend you are. >It takes a village to raise kids in a fun way! I LOVE those birdhouses!!!!!

Monika said...

You are a great baby sitter! :o)

Araignee said...

What fun! Those bird houses are just what I need to entertain Daddio this winter.

Minding My Own Stitches said...

Clever babysitting skill - keep 'em busy, wear 'em out!

Samantha said...

Thanks so much for sitting on them. :) They keep BEGGING me to have you come over again and again and again.

Strangely enough, though I have three of my own, I am SO not a kid person either. The same rules as you apply. My kids are my kind of people. Custom made and good conversationalists. Plus they're mostly not gross anymore. LOL