Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Week in Review

Oh, my Dears,

What a week. Chris’ dad is down staying with us and I cannot wait to show you the amazing amount of work they’ve done to our wee house in four days. As I type, all the window trims on the first floor are getting a shiny new coat of paint. Plus, Ben has been in absolute heaven - this kid loves his grandparents.

Thank you, Bob! We love having you visit [and your cheap labor is great too! :)]

It’s also been a nice excuse to hang out with Megan and Eric. Now that summer is over, I feel like we’ll have the opportunity to settle back into our weekly dinner routine. That’s the hope, at least. Also, Eric just got back from a trip to Mongolia(!) and brought back a camel- and yak-hair vest. It is so freakin' cool. I’ll take a picture on of these days of our little yak herder sporting his fancy duds.

We’ve been enjoying these last few weeks of summer with some outings to a few local haunts. The kiddo is flying around; we have a tyke that refuses to be immobile. Unfortunately he is so eager to trot round the next corner that he often ends up bum over teakettle. Last week at Discovery park he managed to roll off a (small) bridge, wade through a patch of stinging nettles, and narrowly avoided an [unexpected] swim in Puget Sound.

Our plucky little guy is a solid mass of scrapes and bruises. He’s a trooper.

What else do we have to report ‘round here?

Not much.

Ben and I are resuming our once-a-week cooperative preschool. We are looking forward to meeting both moms and babies. I’m also doing a little open gym class with a friend - basically the kids run around and do their best to fall off of the play equipment. Well, perhaps that’s only Ben.

We are also in the hunt for a daycare, preschool or nanny-sharing arrangement. Just for a few hours a week (which is tough to find in our neck of the woods). I’m finding that as Ben becomes more adventuresome, high-engergy, and mobile, I am needing a few hours a week to myself. For my sanity. :) A bit of time to re-charge my batteries, run errands, and schedule appointments would be so greatly appreciated. This may or may not have coincided with his decision to drastically cut back on his nap times.

So we’ll see how that shakes out. Ben has spent a few days this last year at a local preschool as part of a back-up care arrangement through Chris’ work (when I was sick last year). I tentatively inquired as to how much it cost for two days a week at this same preschool.

Any guesses peeps? Answer at the bottom.

In news from around the blog-o-sphere:

I thought this was a really sweet tribute to a friend lost on 9/11.

How amazing is this story of survival? My father-in-law knows someone that managed to stay afloat by tucking himself into a giant portable cooler. Probably a miserable night but better than the alternative.

On a slightly lighter note:
How cool are these pools? Chris and I have been to one: The Devil’s pool at the edge of Victoria Falls in Africa and the other is on our life list: The Homestead resort in Utah.

How amazing is this dollhouse? Definitely not your ordinary plastic micro-abode.

Are you guys plotting out Halloween costumes yet? I like the fact that Ben doesn’t have much say in his final outfit yet, which mean that I have a free rein. We considered an owl and a balloon-guy, but eventually settled on something else. I’m crafting it in the basement as we speak. Sorry Peeps, it’ll have to wait until at least October before I let the cat out of the bag on that one. This baby costume from the movie Up is probably one of my very favorites!



So, what was your childcare estimate?

At our local place it was slightly less than $1,000/month for two days a week.


Kiddos are not exactly cheap, my dears! At least in Seattle.


  1. Have you looked into Mom's Day Out/Children's Day Out programs? That's what my kids attend 2 days a week. :) Usually significantly cheaper than an official daycare.

  2. Marcilla11:44 AM

    Did you look into that houly drop off place in Wedgewood (cottage something?) I used the Woodinville version--The Nest--and while it is ouch with 2 kida ($18/hr) for one kid the rate is reasonable and the flexibility is great.

  3. Wow! Are you talking about two whole days? Around here, you can get two mornings a week for somewhere between $250 and $350 a month. And I know our area is generally just as expensive as Seattle for most things. I hear you though, Julia abruptly stopped napping all of a sudden and I immediately looked into preschool pricing! Every mom needs a little time to herself, even if it is just to clear her mind. I'm right there with you!

  4. Crazy, right? And Marcilla, you’re right, it’s Bud’s Blossoming Cottage (isn’t that a mouthful?) but Ben’s about a year shy of being accepted. They allow 2.5 year olds that aren’t potty trained for $10.25 - which isn’t too bad. Amanda - I haven’t found any MOMs programs in our area, although I see there are some in outlaying locations. There are a few other centers that will hopefully be open to us when Ben is 2.5 so I think we’ll definitely have options then. I just would like to have something now. :)

  5. Ps...another suggestion if all else fails is get a family membership at the YMCA or other gym after checking out the child care sitch. Mine has an awesome child care with outdoor area and they do crafts, songs, free play, etc. while parents are able to work out, take a yoga class, uninterrupted shower, etc. i can't run out to do errands, but it is a great service that gives me regular me time.

  6. It's Blossoming Buds silly lady. :) Although what I picture with Bud's Blossoming Cottage is quite amusing.

  7. Make sure you're looking for the terms "Mom's Day Out" or "Children's Day Out" or even "Kid's Day Out" specifically. They're often also MDO, CDO, or KDO. This is NOT the same thing as a MOMs Group. Two totally different things. My kids attend Kid's Day Out twice a week. I drop them off at 9:30 a.m. and pick them up at 2:30 p.m.

    I run errands, clean the house, meet with a quilting group, sew at home, get all kinds of stuff done.

    I did some research and that Blossoming Buds place is even listed: