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Little Monsters

March 6th, 2008

Little Monsters

Last weekend The Ninja and I had the extreme pleasure of watching over two darling children for some dear friends who were away on a skiing trip. The pair of siblings consists of a girl about 10 or 11 and a boy around 6 or 7, who were in our care from the moment school let out on Friday until it resumed again Monday morning.

The best part was the kids. They were awesome. Just the way kids should be. Quirky and fun and sloppy and charming. Caring for them was a pleasure. We played nonstop. We baked cookies, picked up a new Webkinz, went to baseball practice, went bowling, rode our bikes, and spent way too much time rotting our brains with video games.

But, let’s set the stage. These kids aren’t from any normal suburban town. They live in Rancho Santa Fe, known to locals as “The Ranch” – the second most exclusive residential area in the nation. Mind you, the reason it’s exclusive could be the curvy, poorly marked roads that caused me to get lost once, leaving me in tears of frustration.

If you’re ever able to find their home and get inside without setting off the alarm (like I did, accidentally, resulting in a confrontation by armed security… again, leaving me in tears) you’ll find that it’s not normal either. Even the toilet seat has a secret life, keeping the seat warm, deodorizing the air, rinsing and drying you off. It’s an unusual place.

All weekend I thought about all my mommy blogger friends, wondering what tales I’d bring back to empathize with your frequent struggles. But, the only complaint I now truly understand is about laundry. You’d think over one measly weekend there wouldn’t be much, but I ended up having to wash, dry, fold, and put away five super-sized loads.

Not much to complain about. Except when you consider that when you’re caring for two kids in a house with like five bedrooms and five bathrooms, that equals a whole lot of running around. There are weekends where I’ve put in over 100 miles on the bike, but never has it made me as tired as a weekend of traversing that house.

It may have been only a glimpse, but my hat is off to you, ladies.

Entry Filed under: Atomic Bombshell,Completely Girlie


  • 1. soapbox.SUPERSTAR  |  March 6th, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    I am sure that you did wonderfully! Sounds like you had an awesome house to do it in!

  • 2. Kimberly  |  March 7th, 2008 at 4:08 am

    You are awesome and totally fun – the perfect babysitter! My house next?

  • 3. Peggy  |  March 7th, 2008 at 5:04 am

    Sounds like you did great! You want struggles?

    Come here.

  • 4. Salena  |  March 7th, 2008 at 7:47 am

    What a weekend! I don’t see how these moms do it either.

  • 5. DaPotato  |  March 7th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    That sounds fun, even to this baby/kid-hater. (Hey, they don’t like me, either, before finding out I’m not too fond of them!) It was nice to meet you briefly last night. I hope you and your guy enjoyed the show!

  • 6. MissPrissy  |  March 10th, 2008 at 8:34 am

    I would let you babysit my baby, she’s 22 and loads of fun, y’all would shop and ride bikes…and she would even do her own laundry! I’m sure the kids loved their time with you. 🙂

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