I’ve talked about how much I like having a nanny during the summer, yes?
I was reminded of how much I like it yesterday.
- I get myself up and ready and out the door in the morning. I only have to get myself going, and I leave a houseful of sleeping darlings.
- I come home to a clean kitchen and some dinner prep done (when I remember to ask).
- The girls keep their room cleaner.
- The children get to sleep in. They go to stuff at the library. Flora and Kate will be attending summer camps in July. They get to go to the pool.
- Sometimes, Kim goes to the store for me! This is a fantastic time-saver, I can’t even tell you.
- She helps with special projects around the house.
I love being home by 5 p.m. Some evenings, Kim meets me with the children at Aldi or the farmers market, which means weekends are for fun and not errand running. Some evenings, she can stay a little later, so I can attend Stephen King events or happy hours.
Evenings involve much less rushing around. Tuesday night, we had eaten and were done with clean up by 6 p.m. Michael and I went for a walk; the girls elected to stay and do an hour of tablet time. Michael told me a long rambling story about Bob, his deaf wife (“She used her hands to talk.” “Yes, that’s called sign language.”), and the doggie toy they bought. He asked a bunch of questions, some of which I could not answer (how do you explain radio waves to a 5-year-old?), some of which I could (we can’t go to the sun because it’s far too hot). Then we all played Sorry! I won.
Then it was 8 p.m.!
Last night we met at the farmers market, and then Michael and I planted herbs in the backyard.
Having a summer nanny gives me breathing room. Yes, it’s more expensive than sending them to daycare, but not by a lot. The tradeoffs are worth the extra expense.
What is your favorite part about summer?