Our summer has been cruising along nicely so far, but we hit a childcare snag this week. Not wanting to go to the YMCA summer camp for the week, our nephew Cliff offered to watch my cherubs. Cliff is staying with us all week, doing odd jobs here and there for Perry and babysitting during those snags.
A little background....I adore my nieces and nephews, just love 'em. In fact, I held Tyler when he was a mere 5 minutes old and I cherish that memory.
Cliff and his older brother, Ralph, have only been my nephews for 3 years, so I don't have the baby burpin', diaper changing, lost my first tooth, Halloween costumes of old, type of memories for them. Great kids, just a different history.
In fact, I think this is the first time my kids have spent such a concentrated time alone with Cliff. I was a little worried about what it would be like with a 15 year old at our house for a week. Would I get any sleep? Would I have any non-grey hair left? Would there be food still in the fridge at the end of the week? Would Cliff go nuts with my 6 and 9 year olds?!? Would I be counting the moments until I could send him home? Would he be counting the moments until he could be released?!? You get the picture.
Let me just say...this has been such a pleasant week! The kids have gotten along great! Cliff is such a huge help...offering to do dishes each night, playing with the kids, offering to pitch in around the house, walking the dogs. My kids just adore having him over.
Hmmm...wonder how long I can keep him before his folks want him back?!? :)