Friday, July 6, 2012

Five Question Friday

1. Is love at 1st sight possible?
Yes, if we're talking about Mamas holding their newborn babies (or even if we're talking about Mamas looking at the beautiful flickery grey image on an ultrasound machine).

No, if we're talking about grown-ups. Attraction is possible. Interest is possible. I need to find out more about that person is possible. Love, no.

2. How did you choose your pet's name?
Our family has never had a pet. OK, Miss Polly did have some goldfish when she was about 2. I can't remember what she called them.

However, just this week an adorable and incredibly sweet cat has adopted us.

We're thinking {kinda, sorta} about claiming her as our first official pet.

We've given her the incredibly inventive name: "Kitty".

We had two different dogs when I was growing up. The first was Muffy (Little Miss Muffet) and the second was Ebby (Duchess Ebony Velvet - that one was named by committee, can you tell?). We had two cats when I was young: Callie and Mollie. We had one bunny that belonged to my sister: Nibbles. And we had numerous fish over the years. I want my girls to have pets, too. Kitty may be a step in that direction. We'll see.

Updated: well, Kitty belongs to our neighbor. And her real name is Sammy. Whatever. She likes us better. At least now I know she won't starve while we're gone next week. Oh, well. She's still a sweetheart and we can still visit with her.

3. What are you considering giving up (cable, home phone)?
Well, we've already given up cable. We have an antenna on the roof that gets about 4 channels. That's four channels more than we usually watch. If I turn on the TV at night {when I can't sleep} I watch MeTV, which just so happens to be one of the four channels we get. Works out just fine. We don't really get a clear signal from any of the PBS stations around here, which makes me sick because I love my Masterpiece shows.

We still have our home phone. We don't have fancy cell phones. We lived without air conditioning for a day this week which convinced me that I cannot, as in ever, live without air conditioning. Unless we move to Siberia or something.

4. How much do you pay your babysitter?
Um...well, we've been known to trade nights with some of our friends. (The "you watch our kids tonight and next week we'll watch yours" kind of deal.)

The Bear has occasionally watched our girls for us. I think we paid him. Probably not enough. My parents and grandparents are gracious enough to watch the girls every once in awhile. Which is to say: we've rarely had to do the traditional "Hire a teenager and pay her in real cash money" thing.

I'm a stay-at-home mom so we don't have regular babysitting or daycare expenses. Which is something I am EXTREMELY thankful about.

5. How "young" is old enough to babysit?
I think this is one of those "case by case" basis kind of things. We've been known to leave our oldest (10 1/2) with her younger sisters for about 30 minutes - 1 hour. I'm not comfortable with more than that and I wouldn't be comfortable leaving her with a baby, not yet, anyway.

She's agitating to do "real" babysitting (with "real" pay) so I guess we'll have to make a decision about this soon. The strange thing is our 7 yr old is really the best with babies and little kids. In a few years Moms are going to be begging me to let Miss Tigger babysit. She's that good.

I think I was solo babysitting by 12 or 13 and I made decent money when I was 15, working as a nanny for an entire summer.

Bonus story for you: this week our three oldest girls finished their swim lessons for the summer. Polly improved greatly. Tigger improved over last year. Sweet Pea amazed us all at how well she did. Anything the instructor told her to do: she did it.

So last night at her test I watched my baby (OK, my five year old) jump off the diving board and swim the entire length of the pool.

The only problem is that Tigger feels self conscious that Sweet Pea is a better swimmer than she is. We've been encouraging her about this (and not to compare herself to others).

Back home last night Sweet Pea offered this helpful advice: "It's OK for {Tigger}. If she can't find anything else she's good at, she can just be a mom."

Mom and Tigger: !!!!  (For different reasons, I'm sure)

Sweet Pea eventually clarified that she meant Tigger was so good with babies and little kids that Sweet Pea thought Tigger would be good at being a mom.

Which is not at all what it sounded like.


Elisabeth said...

I wish our kids could be friends. They would be a hoot together!!

Lisa said...

Oh sweetpea..... :)

retired not tired said...

We gave up air conditioning and since we broke a record for heat today I might think about getting it back

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