Sunday, June 20, 2010

The sitter's spell

Apparently I can be a little intimidating...to babysitters;)  A few weeks ago I went to pick up a sitter for our girls.  It was the night of the Charity fundraiser thing.  I'd never met her before, so I was a little nervous.  When I'm nervous I talk...A LOT.  Silence makes me uncomfortable and this girl was super quiet.  So somehow with my endless blabbering I ended up telling her I flunked my driver's license test when I was 16.  Within a minute or so of telling her this (and then reassuring her I was a great driver) I pulled right out in front of a truck and got honked at!  Needless to say I was slightly mortified.



{I tried to find my driver's license picture from when I was 16.  No luck.  I'm still hunting.  I've saved them all.  You would just die...laughing.  Anyway these are a few from Sat. night.}


Well Saturday Honey and I had another date night.  We went to dinner and a movie.  Driving her home afterwards there was just awkward dead silence.  We're talking crickets;)  So in my flustered state I accidentally made a wrong turn and ended up driving her into a neighborhood she didn't live in.  Instead of saying anything she just sat there.  I finally figured out my mistake and got her home, but I'm thinking am I that scary...is she afraid to talk to me or what!??  I have to admit teenagers kind of intimidate me a little too.  I think I babble because I'm trying to convince her I'm cool or something.  The thing is I still feel like the babysitter.  Sometimes I can't believe I'm the almost 40 year old adult with kids and a mortgage.  How did that happen?   





Have a blessed day.






Oh and I wanted to thank you for your awesome response to my last post.  It was so reassuring to hear a lot of you say you felt the same way.  I put my little follower free girl on my sidebar.  If any of you want her too help yourself:)  I love you girlies!
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46 comments:

  1. Whatever you do, do not post your drivers license picture on here. You have no idea how creative people can get with identity theft. Take no chances. Don't do it. It doesn't matter how old the license is ~ it still has more info than you think. Don't do it.

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  2. I feel the exact same way... how can i be 40 and have all these kiddos, morgage ect... when i feel like i just graduated. This weekend I went to my nieces high school graduation... talk about freaky she was there with her boyfriend {that had my heart in my throat thinking my daughters can't date i will not be able to handle it!!!!}
    And i found myself babbeling to these grads... feeling completely dorky!!!! yep the aunt who would not stop talking or commenting on their cute sundresses!! thank goodness i'm not the only one who feels like this!!
    xo,
    LuLu
    P.S. love your follower free button!!

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  3. Thanks Robin...good tip about the Driver's license photo! Maybe I won't find them after all:)

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  4. Ha, this made me laugh! Our babysitter just invited me to her 21st bar crawl! So I don't know if she thinks I'm cool or just felt sorry for me!

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  5. oh your ok...i have a teenager who is very quite when adults talk to her...it must be some teenage law.....she is taking drivers ed this summer and i have drove with her once and she did ok.. and I didnt pass my first drivers test either. She will be a jr. this year...and has a boyfriend...it a whole other world..and I have learnd to bite my tongue alot...but once you do get them to talk look out ...it can be quite fun....

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  6. Oh hallelujah! I am SO glad I am not the only one who talks A LOT when nervous, especially around teenagers. Last weekend I was teaching part of the youth group class and all of a sudden I felt like a blubbering idiot with all these kids just staring at me with blank faces. I am so glad my parents and in-law's are so close to watch our kids.

    BTW, I absolutely LOVE your header picture. Loooovvvveee it!!

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  7. Oh, this will so be me in a couple years when I go to get the babysitter. I talk a lot when I'm nervous too -- and I laugh alot too. Scary! You could say, I become a true blonde ;)

    But seriously, you could not be a bit scary I'm certain of it -- she had to think you were cool -- at least that's what I'd tell myself.

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  8. I have felt pretty much the same way as far as babysitters go. Sometimes I just think I'm so freaked out by the fact that I'm this old, with these kids and it seems like yesterday I was a babysitter myself. So yeh, I want my baby sitter to think I'm cool too, but she won't think I'm cool because I'm pretty much the nerd I've always been. Only now I'm middle aged and drive this really "awesome" mini van!

    I just need to embrace my nerdiness, I guess.

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  9. Funny girl! I can't imagine you would be intimidating.

    LOVE the new header! One of my favorite FP creations!

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  10. I have to say, it was such a relief when we finally didn't have to line up sitters any more! When my girl was in 5th we started doing short stints with her in charge....by the time she was in 7th, the sitter ship had sailed {bye bye}! Although I will always miss the little little kid phase, I am happy to be done with sitters!
    xx Suzanne

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  11. When I get nervous I talk a lot and and I talk very fast! I know that at times I am coming across as a fast chatterbox. Your not alone with talking alot when nervous. :)I'm sure that your new sitter will start talking more once she gets to know you better.

    I'm so glad that you and your Honey had a dinner and movie date. I miss those times. As for how did I get here at alsmost 40. I was 40 when I had my first granchild and could not believe that my baby had a baby all ready! Time really does fly by in a blink of an eye.

    Mary

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  12. That post was hysterical! YES! I could see myself doing the exact same thing! WHY wouldn't she tell you that you were on the wrong street! GREAT story!!!
    Have a pretty night,
    Kristin

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  13. Oh man, this is so me in 15 years. HAHA! Not to mention, I could have so seen myself as that girl not tooooo terribly many years ago. My, how we change. ;) Great story! Have a wonderful week, Becky!

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  14. You are so cute! I can relate COMPLETELY!

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  15. That's funny! I get really flustered when anyone rides in the car with me, even my husband! Why is that? And I know what you mean...my nephew is 24...my brother is 34-it amazes me because it seems just yesterday I was bouncing them, feeding them, driving them to games and movies...time is a funny thing...I don't feel my age (46) and I don't act it. When I stop and realize how old I am, I'm a little startled...glad to know it's not just me! Hey, age is a number, right? And old is a state of mind. I really am a teenager! lol

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  16. Funny! Yep...I'm that mom WITH a gagle of teens. Once you have them,you find just how easy it really is to talk to them... and their species!

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  17. Becky, most of my friends have pretty little kids, so I am still stunned every time I see people "our age" on tv..as the parents of teenagers...when it seems like just yesterday, THEY were the teenagers on 90210 etc....crazy!! If you find your license photos....you can just crop out all of the info...and share your lovely historic photos!

    : )

    Have a beautiful new week!

    Julie M.

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  18. OH LOL you are cracking me up!!! Some teenage girls are just that way! My J's girl is super quiet and I feel like that sometimes too! I TOTALLY understand the whole "how did I become the adult here"?! I still feel like a young'en myself LOL!! SO hard to accept the truth ;)

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  19. When around quiet people of any age I think the key is to ask them about themselves rather than share info...

    "Do you do sports?" "What would you like to do in life?" "What music do you like?" "What do you think about when you aren't talking?" Things like that until you hit GOLD. I feel that people, no matter how quiet and nomatter at what age, feel joy when asked about themselves and when interest is shown.

    I don't think she feels intimidated by you. I just think she is shy, finding it hard to find common ground with you, feeling like a stranger to herself in her fast growing, everchanging body. If I recall, adolescence was a strange time.

    You don't mention if she undergoes a metamorphosis with the kids? Is she quiet around them also?

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  20. That is too funny Becky ~ telling her the driver's license story and then doing that! I do not feel my age but I thought it was because we do not have any kids ~ maybe it's just our mindset....

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  21. Too funny! I babble when I'm nervous too, maybe when she's nervous she's silent?

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  22. Too funny! I am the same way about teenagers and I am only 27, they make me nervous and I feel like they are always judging me! They are so hard to talk to... and I feel like they should think I am cool, I am only 27 for crying out loud! ;) Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

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  23. i think all of the years of working with our youth group has helped me w teens. a little, anyway. they still feel that i'm old and all(i'll be 30 this yr), but they usually warm up pretty quick.
    love the header!!

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  24. Okay I have the exact OPPOSITE kinds of babysitters. I have had so many babysitters that think I am their friend and they never want to go home... I'm like, "Can you please go? I really just want to um be 'alone' with my man after our great date already!!" (ya know?) And they just want to giggle about the boys that texted them all week.

    In fact, one of our favorite sitters has now proclaimed herself graduated from babysitting for me (she's in college and I'd still happily take her!!) and instead wants to just come over and HANG out. And she brings her boyfriend too.

    I just want a date night!! :)

    You aren't intimidating. You are wonderful.

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  25. Too funny! I feel the same way when we get a sitter and we always get the same girl. I told hubby I think I just want to make sure she likes us so she doesn't stop being our babysitter.

    Thanks for the reminder that we're due for a date night too. Our sitter was on a mission trip to the Ukraine and just got back so I'll have to set something up for next week.

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  26. That is great that you and the man get out for dates, soo important!! Maybe it is not you, but the age, teenagers can be something else..tyring to figure out who they are, being wayyy too cool...a wee shy, a wee unsure of themselves, so maybe it not you, but just the age...! Happy Monday!

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  27. That is hilarious! I do the same thing... rambling on. I'm sure they wish I would just be quiet already! :) But you're right, it's because I just don't feel old enough to have four kids and a house and needing a babysitter!

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  28. I am the same way....I hate awkward silence. I just talk and talk and talk to fill the dead air! Yikes! Sometimes I am thinking to myself...shut up already! lol

    xo,
    Adrienne

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  29. I can't stop chuckling!! I am like that ~ when I am nervous I talk A Lot!! ~ at least we end up with funny stories to laugh about right?!!
    =)

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  30. oh, Becky, I hope to meet you one day!!!! You're SERIOUSLY my favorite blogger right now!!!! This post made me giggle. A LOT.

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  31. Funny! can I ask you how you find sitters....there is never any around here and I drives me crazy as sometimes we NEED a night out!

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  32. you are not intimidating you just need a driver's lesson. ;)

    I want to go to that restaurant when I come and sit on the deck!

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  33. You are soooo funny! Don't ya know Becky that you are already "Cool"??

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  34. Haha that is too funny! Oh and just so you know - whether you have a box or not... you are still one of my favorite blogs to read. I can totally relate! I have been meaning to add your button to my page :)

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  35. I have a daughter who is a senior in HS this fall and I keep thinking - "wait a minute - I was JUST a Senior, a couple of years ago!"

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  36. 1) Whenever you try to assure someone that you do something well (when you're trying to make a good impression) - it never fails you do the exact opposite - if it's not one of Murphy's Laws it should be.
    2) I adored all my babysitters. They either went to church with us or were Young Life Leaders with my oldest son - and I wanted them all to be my daughters! I always discussed them - how school was, what they wanted to do with their lives, and, of course, we talked about the boys - and they'd tell me all the funny things they did.

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  37. Your too funny! And I hate silent moments too. I chatter away, then think why did I just tell that person that! My old boss called it filler convo for silent moments...lol~`lulu

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  38. Ha! Too funny. Have a great week.

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  39. oh friend! i am with you! that sounds just like something i would do! and when did i become the adult! i am still talking to everyone who will listen that i cant believe that i will be forty next year! yikes!!!

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  40. Too funny! This post really made me giggle. It all goes by in the blink of an eye, doesn't it? And we still kinda feel the same inside, in many ways. It's weird. Thanks for the chuckle.

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  41. Whoo!! Im not the only one that feels that way!! LOL!! Teens give such an awkward stare too!! Like your dumb or something! Maybe Im trying too hard...LOL!

    I LOVE that you put the button on the sidebar!! **Wink** **Wink** Thanks!! Thats awesome!!

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  42. Oh I babble alot when I'm nervous or anxious...which happens more often than I like to admit! I'm 43 and still waiting to feel like a "grown-up":)

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  43. Heehee this post made me giggle! You both must of been so awkward!

    Gemma X

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  44. Don't feel bad....When I was a kid I wish that the person diving me home would have talked so because I felt like I had to talk I use to go on and on about nothing...But I hated when the dads would take me home.... Good luck with the next night out and remeber you might be diving bad but she is prob happy that you were talking...God bless

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  45. I found your blog through my daughter-in-laws blog at www.homemakerdesign.ca I am really enjoying reading all your posts. I am a mom of seven,one married so also a daughter-in-law and two grands. This post amused me. We just finished with the babysitters since my youngest boy is 10 now, but after raising all these kids I tend to use teen speak sometimes which annoys and 'freaks' out friends of my kids who are actually in that category.

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  46. i so relate! ha ha! ive been the one that talks and blabbers on because the kid just stands there, and i have also thought that i intimidate them and scare them to death. especially since once the babysitter let my kid eat a whole bottle of vitamins while they slept and i had to get onto them about it and told them they were to take a nap before they came over to babysit and were not allowed to sleep at my house. they didnt seem to want to babysit anymore after that. ;0 oh, im sure we all have some babysitting horror stories to tell!

    i like your follower free girl, and would like to have the button too, but i dont see it in the sidebar.

    blessings,

    Nacole

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    http://sixinthehickorysticks.blogspot.com/2012/01/cultivating-time-with-father-31-days-to.html

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