While we stopped off for a night in Vegas during our first swoop down to California, we ended up staying for a little over a week this time around. We ended up camping out in the garage, using Darla as our mobile guest bedroom. It was surprisingly comfortable, and gave us a little extra privacy. As per usual, my sneaky little sister didn’t tell me that we would be visiting during the school break and that she and her husband would be working. Guess who’s babysitting?!
Anyone that knows us is probably thinking Carrie is nuts for leaving her three kids with us. You would be right. We temporarily destroyed the kitchen to accomplish a baking challenge, were the indirect cause of several scrapes and scratches when we took them hiking, and caused the complete trashing of the living room when we allowed pillows and toys downstairs for evening story time. However, everyone is still alive and seemed to have fun, so I think we did OK. In fact, I’d go so far as to say we did a pretty damn good job.
Mom was here too, so we weren’t completely unsupervised during this Aunt Jen and Uncle Josh “anything goes as long as no one gets hurt” babysitting adventure. She’s recovering from her surgery well, and it was great to see her again. The house was full of fun and love during our visit, and it was a real challenge to leave without crying. But with the week complete, it was time to move on further south to visit Josh’s family in Bakersfield, California.