...having a new babysitter who Becca A.D.O.R.E.S. She showed up this afternoon with a GIANT bag full of toys and dress up clothes. I thought it would be like bringing coals to Newcastle, but apparently it was a giant hit with the kids. Becca said after we took her home, "She is best babysitter ever." And she sighed while looking out the window after her. "I can't wait for her to come back and play with me and I hope she brings those puppy toys." I don't think they turned on the television at all. The dinner dishes were cleaned up. The toys were all put away. The kids were happy when we got home. JACKPOT!!!! (Though I did kind of want to ask her about her sterilization techniques on the toys.)
John and I went out to see District 9. I'm not a fan of alien type movies at all, but this one was actually really good. I enjoyed it. It was different....done by Peter Jackson of Lord of the Rings movie fame. Then, we went to Bonefish Grill and ate Bang Bang shrimp, drank Sam Adams Octoberfest (DEAR GOD is the Summer Ale already DONE?) and split a salmon entree. Good good good. Whoever developed that Bang Bang recipe is a genius. It is heaven.
I spent today's naptime cleaning the house pretty well. Then, we left right after the kids woke up from their naps and returned right before their bedtime. I didn't want to overwhelm the new sitter the first night with bedtime duty. John put Andrew to bed, and I put Becca to bed. For some strange and annoying reason, Andrew sleeps later if someone else puts him to bed. If Mommy does it? He wakes up for the day at 5:45 a.m. If someone else does it? He sleeps until around 7 or later. I do not know why. And it sucks, because mostly I do it. And I LOVE putting him to bed. Love it. Apparently he loves it too because he wakes up ass-early to get some more of it.
But, my point was that now the house is clean. The kids had fun. The parents got a break. The kids are in bed. And we still have hours to ourselves! The REAL early bird special is 3:30 p.m. people. Get on that.