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Grandma the Baby Sitter

3ecafd7629c511e2a95312313804ac81_7This is the first year that I have ever had to work on Good Friday.

Weird, right? I mean, I’ve worked almost every single Christmas Eve and day after Thanksgiving and Labor Day since leaving college in 2005, but I never had to work Good Friday thanks to being employed by a non-profit organization run by Southern Baptists. My husband also has to work on Good Friday this year. But unfortunately, our son’s daycare is not going to be open either Thursday or Good Friday.

Cue panic scramble to find childcare.

Thankfully, my mother-in-law was going to be in town and was willing to come stay with us for two days to care for Harrison. At first I was all ::heavy sigh:: because I had just gotten in from Dallas and was swamped at work, backlogged on Babble, and had zero groceries in the pantry. There was some point on Wednesday where I let the anxiety of my messy house and no food go and I’m so glad I did.

Because my mother-in-law didn’t care about that. We ordered Chinese food one night and pizza the next and played out in the backyard until it got dark. She didn’t once mention the piles of laundry. And more importantly, she brought the most amazing plan for entertaining Harrison.

They dyed Easter eggs and she brought him a bubble machine. They went for walks and to the park and she took him out to lunch. They made bunny crafts and stuffed Easter eggs for the family hunt this weekend. They played cars and she even let my husband and I sneak out for 20 minutes alone to pick up the Chinese food. She was AMAZING to have around this week, the perfect compliment to help me focus on work. More importantly, she did all the Easter crafts with Harrison that I didn’t have the capicity to think of or implement – and he LOVED it.

Mother-in-laws can be pretty awesome sometimes.

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Beth Anne writes words & takes pictures at Okay, BA! You can also find her on the Twitters & Facebook.

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