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Monday, March 13, 2006



John and I are part of a babysitting co-op. Every 5th Saturday 10 cute little kids (it used to be 12) take over our house for 4 hours. There is lots of screaming and laughing and sometimes crying (that would be me). We do a craft and have a snack and around 8 we put a movie in. Movie time is when we bring out all the pillows and blankets and the kids are expected to lay quietly and watch the movie. This Saturday a miracle happened and they actually all feel asleep. I think that is the first time in over a year that that has happened for us. The chaos is so worth it though. Every other Saturday night John and I have 4 hours to do whatever we want alone. We cherish the time to just talk and be together, to have fun as a couple. I wish everyone could be a part of a babysitting co-op, it is a truly wonderful thing


Blogger Server Girl said...

it does seem like a great idea :)

8:22 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

That does seem great! Can I skip my babysitting night though? ;^)

8:56 AM  
Anonymous irene said...

what a great idea!!! wish Sean and Will could join!!!

9:05 AM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

i often have thought
about a babysitting co-op
especially now that my
brothers all have children
or are expecting....
thanks for reminding me
about that

9:05 AM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

this coop sounds like quite a blessing.

9:14 AM  
Blogger acumamakiki said...

I belong to a co-op and I love it! Many a time (like this past weekend) it's saved my butt and it gives us the oppty. to go out without having to pay for a babysitter or worry that someone too young is at our house with our kid. So great that all the kiddies fell asleep!!

2:16 PM  
Blogger --erica said...

You have the patience of a saint! I'm not sure I could handle that.. even for a date!
Thank goodness Grandma finally lives close!

5:23 PM  
Blogger kelly said...

oh my are troopers!
we just kept my b.f. 4 yr old of a week while they went on vacation.this was the third year!
he was very good, but i am not used to keeping an eye on a toddler! good for you!

5:23 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

What a great and fun idea!

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

Sounds like a great trade-off!

3:40 AM  
Blogger Godknows said...

HI, Do you think they will give you a lots of work? I love children but 10 is too much for me. Very interesting blog

5:35 PM  
Blogger kath red said...

fab idea - i need to do this - 4 out of 5 saturday nights free is worth a little pain

12:48 AM  
Anonymous Shannon (sentimental) said...

You are one brave momma but I would love the days that weren't my turn. You think I could skip that each time? I see some others had the same idea!

7:21 AM  
Blogger Suz said...

Babysitting co-ops are great! I belonged to one when I lived in NY but not as big as yours, it had 5 kids in it.

Hugs Suz

10:21 AM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

What a terrific idea! Most of my friends kids go to bed at 6:30-7:00, guess we could do day dates, or maybe we will wait till they are a little older.

Love the pic~

7:07 PM  
Blogger molly said...

you mean you fed them CHOCOLATE brownies and they still fell asleep???!!!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Zoe said...

Hi, I just found your blog through Loobylu and I CANNOT BELIEVE that you have a daughter named Stella!!!! I find out what I am having in 2 days and I have been telling my husband all along that I want to name our daughter Stella if it is a girl!! I love that name. I haven't found many people with it! :) So, it makes me feel even better to see a cool person like yourself with that name!! I just had to share my excitement!

10:18 PM  
Anonymous mar said...

I belong to a co-op that is not just a Sat. night thing - you can get daytime sits, evening sits, etc. There are 10 members, we each take a turn being "secretary" for a month. The secretary books the sits, keeps track of points (that's how we get sits is by earning points sitting other members kids) - there's not a big huge pile of kids - I haven't paid for a sitter in many years!

5:42 PM  
Anonymous kellys said...

I am a firm beliver in keeping the magic alive in your marriage and baby sitting is a major factor when kids are involved. What a great idea! My DH and I try to go on a date once a month but sometimes have a hard time finging a sitter. We will have to try this idea out with some friends and see if they bite.

7:13 PM  

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