I have been house sitting since Sunday night. The plan was to actually stay over there for the time they are out of town so that Eric and I could have some family time and pretend that we live there. This is an awesome house with an amazing kitchen that one of these days I'm going to try out. Anyway Erin and Aiden had spent Thursday - Sunday out on the farm with their grandparents. (Eric and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary on Friday) So I was expecting the kids to be pretty exhausted and thought they would need a night in their own beds. I was of course correct.
Sunday night I went to the house to check on the dog and feed all of the fish. That went well I just didn't like having to leave the dog in his kennel over night, but we did thinking that we would be able to stay with him the next few nights.
My first adventure was this tiny little frog that lives in a little aquarium I kept staring at him waiting for him to move and nothing. So I thought to myself, how am i going to tell them that on my first night i have already killed one of their pets. I am not a frog lover so you know this was way out of my comfort zone, I stuck my finger in the water to see if this frog would move. Finally, he scooted a little...that satisfied me and I went about my duties.
Monday morning came and Erin came in at 6:30a.m. I immediately thought to myself " this is not good" She normally sleeps until 7:30 or later. I was anticipating very a very crabby girl by the afternoon. I was correct yet again, Aiden even slept in and was still crabby. So I knew we had some work to do on getting them back to their regular schedule. I am not an extremely scheduled person but we do try to do naps and bedtime around the same time so that they are getting a good amount of sleep. I was realizing that it would not be a good idea to try sleeping in a strange house where they don't have their own beds, so this began my real adventures in house/dog sitting.
Monday morning after I was woken up so early I decided to go let the dog out and make sure he was OK before Eric went to work. So I go in my pajamas because who's going to see me. So I go and all is smooth sailing. I also took the kids over in the afternoon and we played with the dog and gave him some exercise. That was fun, the kids enjoyed it, this dog is a lot more tolerant of my children than our own dog. Although I think that if my dogs didn't have them in their faces all day long they might be ok with the kids too. So we went home and I knew I needed to go back over there to feed the dog and fish again. As we got later into the day we had some awful storms so I waited until it was safe and went over there not knowing what to expect. Thank you Jesus that he protected their house because I was not sure what I would do with all of those fish. All was well and we went over a couple more times before the night was over.
Tuesday morning I had the same routine, Erin up early, I go check on dog in my pajamas. Only this time I forgot that while this family was gone they were having their house power washed. To my surprise I was greeted by a bunch of strange men staring at me as I tried to walk in the house without being noticed. I was in my PJ's, hair pulled back, glasses on, not my best look. Although at least I put my hair back, because I'm not sure what they would have though if I left it down, (it is not a good idea to go to bed with wet hair) So my plan is to get in let the dog out and get out as quickly as possible. It worked out well until the getting out part, some how the dog got super fast powers and before I could turn around to block him from getting out he was already out. Use your imaginations here....I am running after a dog, in my pajamas with my purse and keys in my hand looking quite foolish and he went right for the guys working on the house. Everyone who has a dog knows that when you lunge at a dog it will run. I was trying to be as gentle as I could and tiptoe close to him to try to grab his collar. I'm pretty sure he was toying with me because he would sit very still until I would reach for his collar and off he would go again. The men were nice enough to help me and they coaxed the dog to them, because of course the dog will go to a complete stranger. I got him back in and got out of there as fast as I could.
Luckily before that big episode I had talked to the owners and we worked out another plan and I was able to take the dog to another person's house for them to watch. Which actually worked out well because when I went to pick him up the guys told me that he had been barking the whole time. I'm sure the poor thing was a little scared of what was going on at his house. So now I just have to make it through without killing any of their fish and I'm good to go.
In the mean time I am still trying to get the kids back on a good sleep schedule. We have done well today. Erin and Aiden slept until 7:30. I know some may look at this and say..."what's the big deal it's only an hour difference." but I say "Oh what a difference an hour makes" Ha ha...cheesy yes, but so true.
Soon I will have pictures. We have zoo pictures and our first swim of the season pictures.