This’ll be a quick post ’cause I’m definitely tired right now. I spent the last 32 hours watching my nieces (7, 5, and 3 years old). They’re awesome, mostly well-behaved, super funny, and I love ’em a ton. But they’re a lot of work.
Dang, I’m tired.
For starters, 200 lei really isn’t as much money as it sounds like. It’s not $200 but more like $50. We spent a third of it at McDonald’s getting Happy Meals. Another third went to getting a DVD (okay, two DVDs). And then it was a couple fresh-squeezed orange juices, make-your-own pizzas, tram rides, bottles of water, and art supplies later, and that 200 lei is completely gone. So there went the baby-sitting money.
But then there’s the whole trying to figure out what to do with the kids, how to get there, remembering the kids walk slower, dealing with girls who don’t want to use stinky bathrooms and other girls who don’t want to take their little sisters to go potty, and heat and shade and nasty looking dogs and puddles that are seriously way too fun and begging to be splashed in… So, yeah, it was tiring.
So, here’s a massive “thanks” to all the moms and dads out there. You’re awesome and deserve a huge “thanks”… followed by a week off, Hollywood style spa treatment for the moms and a sweet guy movie (with explosions) in a kick-butt huge theater for the dads, and about a million bucks. Thanks for spending time with your kids, for getting up in the middle of the night, for making meals, for going without sleep, for not throttling a whiny, snot-dripping, screaming human being when everything in you said, “Throttle away!”
Seriously, my nieces are awesome, and although I’m tired, I loved getting to spend the last day and a half with them so Jake and Jessie could celebrate their anniversary together.