The babysitter (Katy) was here promptly at 2:00pm and, of course, the boys were still asleep at that time. It worked out well though because I was able to show her around the house and show her where we keep everything, what she could fix for dinner, etc. I also had a chance to talk with her about her perception of home schooling, since she has always been home schooled (she is at the ninth grade level).
The boys woke up and they had a chance to play with her for quite a while before we left around 4:00pm for a 4:25 movie. When the boys saw me putting on my shoes and starting asking "bye bye?", I explained to them that mommy and daddy were going bye bye for a little while and they were going to stay and play with Katy. We started getting a bit of whining and Nick wanted daddy to hold him and was being clingy.
And then, I had the brilliant idea to let them play in the water at the kitchen sink. We helped get them set up and gave them some fun things to play with in the water, we said our goodbyes and gave kisses and we were out the door without the shedding of one little tear:). Isn't that wonderful?? I'm sure there will be other times when there are tears but it was nice that our first time out went so smoothly.
Katy said the only time either of them cried while we were gone was when Ben cried because Nick took a toy away from him. Other than that, they had a fun time and were happy little guys the whole time we were gone. We did not dally after the movie, but came straight home. It was around 5:30 when we got back and then I took Katy home.
She is so sweet; we are very blessed to have found her. We are planning to schedule a date evening out about once every two weeks or so. That will be a nice thing to look forward to.