Challenge

This past weekend I stepped outside of my comfort zone and I’m happy to report that everything went well!

In August, a co-worker of mine asked if I could watch her three children (ages 9-14) for a weekend in October. I said yes, but in the months leading up to “the big weekend” I was really nervous.

It might not seem like a big deal to watch three kids for three days, but it was to me because I had never done something like that before. I have always been the babysitter that lets kids walk all over me. That can be bearable if I’m watching kids for a few hours, not a few days!

I headed over to their house on Friday after the kids got off their buses and left on Sunday morning after I got them ready for church and their grandma picked them up.

On Friday night we baked homemade chocolate chip cookies and played board games. On Saturday we made chocolate chip pancakes, walked their dog, and the younger siblings went to a Halloween party, and then we had Hannah over in the evening and made a music video (oh my… I’ll post it below). Sunday morning went smoothly; I made their beds, got them quick breakfasts, and made sure everyone was showered. Then, suddenly, the “big weekend” was over. It went by so fast!

I was so happy to find out that they had a coffee maker. I was also thankful for pre-made pancake mix.

The photo on the left was before we took a walk. The photo on the right is the younger kiddos in their Halloween costumes. They were a washer and laundry basket. How creative is that?!

After their grandma came to pick them up I even had time to rush home, shower, and make it to church by 10:30. I was feeling pretty triumphant lolz.

Thoughts:

  • I don’t give myself enough credit. Why did I think that I wouldn’t be responsible enough? Everything went so well. 
  • I’m really glad that I stepped outside of my comfort zone because I was definitely challenged a few times (some sibling fighting) but handled things calmly. I really feel like I grew up a little bit this weekend. Only a little bit though ;).
  • Hannah is amazing and I’m so glad she could help me. Don’t worry, I paid her!
  • I’d do it again in a heart beat. I actually had a lot of fun. Kids say the funniest things ever.

Speaking of fun, here is the music video we made:

I’m pretty sure the bloopers are the best part!

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Alright, It’s back to the grind for me. I have a lot of school work to catch up on tonight!! How was your weekend?

Bible verse of the day: You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;
    my God turns my darkness into light. Psalm 18:28

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18 comments

  1. wow I would have loved to do this! I am so glad you took that leap of faith because I bet you were one kick butt babysitter. I would have loved for you to be mine when I was that age. Glad you surprised yourself.

  2. OH MY GOSH THAT VIDEO!!!!! AHH thanks for the laugh haha!! 😀
    I’m so happy you were able to have suh a fun weekend while breaking down those comfort zone barriers. That’s so awesome!

  3. Allie, in all honesty I’m not surprised of how well it went. You are one of the most responsible and awesome people I know. Glad it was a good time! You and Hannah are just too cute! I forget she isn’t like…my age! LOL

  4. Awww, I’m so glad things went well! Doing things that are out of your comfort zone can be scary, but they are usually the most rewarding. I used to babysit a lot in high school, but never for an entire weekend. I loved it, but it sure was hard work! Kudos to you for doing such a great job (and having fun while you were at it)!!!

    P.S. That video is hilarious 🙂

  5. i bet you are such a fun babysitter! I mean, i know it from the fact that you guys baked cookies, had choc chip pancakes, anddddddddddd made a music video! I would have loved to have you babysit me ! glad you felt good about the weekend!! taking risks and trying new things is always a little scary, but usually worth it! 🙂

  6. hahahah omg that music video. LOVE. The first summer I nannied full time, I had the same thoughts. I had babysat before but to be so responsible for such a long stretch of time was scary. Definitely gave me more confidence and helped me grow in my responsibility and maturity levels haha.
    And I’m glad we agree about bloopers 🙂

  7. I’ve come to find that when fun food is involved, kids get super excited to really really open up about their lives. I can’t tell you how many awesome times I’ve had making homemade pizza with the kids I babysit for 🙂

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