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post #181 of 2002
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Cafe Sip n Play is right across the street from me. I <3 it there and if you guys go there, we'll meet you cause I have a punch card for play
Two local moms opened it and they are wonderful women. The food is great too, very reasonable Campbell loves it there.
Wow, I was right across the street from you! I wish it was right across the street from me. Really cool place.
post #182 of 2002
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I'm so over the throwing of things. Ruby throws everything. advice? cause tying her hands behind her back doesn't seem fair.
I dunno, but if you figure it out let me know! It's getting old fast!

Alex has even figured out how to climb up to the bar and has thrown dishes off and broken them as well.
post #183 of 2002
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Any other Football Widows and Orphans™ want to meet up later today? I'd like to get out of the house to do something OTHER than errands...as fun as it is to chase Chase all over Lowe's and Fred Meyer
I would SO love to meet up if we were in town. We are in Eugene right now, then going to Salem around 1:30 this afternoon to meet up with some friends/have dinner there. But next week, I'd be up for something! Sunday is usually when I take my free time, since Todd is home watching football/the girls anyway.

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Just talked to Joi, and it looks like everyone can meet in the morning, but I can't meet until afternoon.

If only I'd checked to thread before DH left for the gym! He won't be home for a hour at least, and the whole point of us leaving the house is for him to have "alone time" (his last day of vacation and he wants to snooze in front of the TV watching football ). I'm not really a "widow", 'cause he'll still play with the kid while the football is on.

It's $2 admission at OMSI, so that's out. Too cold for the zoo. And the only kid-friendly coffeeshop I can think of is Papaccino's on Woodstock. If anyone else has ideas, I'll be onlne again when DH gets home (must now rescue : from : )
There is also sip n kranz over in the pearl, although that place may also be a madhouse today.

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Hey you guys
Shawn, Sophia and I went to an awesome coffeeshop/play area yesterday. It would maybe be too far out for bussers - I think it would be for me but it was really cool and I wanted to tell you about it. It's called the Sip n play cafe http://www.cafesipnplay.com/ and it is in Vancouver - took about 15 minutes from my house. It has a HUGE play area that is all gated in - you can play with them inside or sit at the tables that border the play area and watch them easily. There is one play area for kids 1-5 and 1 for infants and they are seperate from each other. The one for the 1-5 year olds costs $3.85 for them to get in before 3 and $2 after 3. We came after 3 and I was totally fine paying the two bucks because the place is CLEAN, clean, clean (unlike UG) and the toys are nice -train table, dress up clothes, play structure with slide, all very nicely maintained and clean. I so wish this was closer to me so I could go during the week - I need to figure out the Vancouver bus system. They have the usual coffee drinks and coffeshop treats at the usual inflated prices but really not too ridiculous. And they were nice, very nice.

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Originally Posted by erickalynne View Post
Cafe Sip n Play is right across the street from me. I <3 it there and if you guys go there, we'll meet you cause I have a punch card for play
Two local moms opened it and they are wonderful women. The food is great too, very reasonable Campbell loves it there.
Ooh! I would love to meet up with you ladies over there! I could also guess that Heather might be interested in that. That could be really fun!

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In part two of my morning post, I will discuss the Ikea debacle we have been going through in the past 2 days.

So, the futon that Shawn and I sleep on in the living room (cause Sophia kicked us out of "her" bed in the master bedroom broke the other day for the third time and could not be repaired with either a drill or electricial tape. So Shawn went to Ikea to buy us a new one. He was supposed to get the standard wooden futon. He came home with it. We spent a decent amount of time building it (with sophia helping) and were quite proud of ourselves when it was done. We put our old futon mattress on it and went off to Cafe Sip n Play. Got home later, had dinner, and later, when we were exhausted (cause Sophia wasn't going to sleep) got ready to lay it out "bed style". Well, as hard as we tried, we couldn't get it to be a bed. We looked at the directions, tried sliding it this way and that, and it would only be a couch. We even though we put it together wrong. Sophia, at this point, is jumping up and down maniacally on the futon mattress on the floor which we took off to try to figure the bed out. Well, it turns out we did not have a couch that becomes a bed but just a couch that stays a couch Not quite sure how this happened since Shawn claims he asked for help but . . . . Luckily they took it back and now he is there buying one that does become a bed.
Oh, freaking lame! I hope he gets the right one this time! Yeah, I'm starting to have second thoughts about these boots I bought too... the guy at REI swore they would be good for bicycling... but something tells me he doesn't actually cycle. I already cut the tags off of them and wore them for a little while after I bought them though. Odds are I won't be able to return them. Urrrgh.
post #184 of 2002
I totally barfed last night. I didn't even drink that much. I still feel sick.
post #185 of 2002
Spielwerk is having a clearance sale, 30-50%. It's only through the 5th. I'm bummed I'm going to miss it.
post #186 of 2002
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Spielwerk is having a clearance sale, 30-50%. It's only through the 5th. I'm bummed I'm going to miss it.
Ooooh, you had to go tell me that, didn't you? I really need to go spend more money I don't have...
post #187 of 2002
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Originally Posted by zeldabee View Post
Ooooh, you had to go tell me that, didn't you? I really need to go spend more money I don't have...
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post #188 of 2002
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Who am I kidding? Like I'm actually going to get out of the house today...
post #189 of 2002
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I am not cause my driveway and street is covered in snow that turned to mush yesterday and refroze last night. If it doesn't melt tonight I don't know how I am getting the girls to school tomorrow. All the other streets are clear.. but mine. And while everyone else can get down it just fine... my car apparently sucks.
post #190 of 2002
I need advice.

So I told the lady $200 a week, for both boys. The 2yr old I would watch 15 1/2 hours. The 6yr old I would be watching 10 1/2 hours. I would provide food and entertainment.

Well she came back to me today and said $50 a day. That would be $150 a week, that's like $3.24 an hour? a little over 1.50 a child?

She said it's not set in stone and to think it over. I would have them over 45 hours a week.
I need this job bad, so do I say no and risk losing this job and try to find another or what? How do I handle this situation? For those of you that work, how much do you pay your babysitter/nannies?
post #191 of 2002
Wow, $150 a week is really laughable. I think for full-time nanny care, I would expect to pay at least $1000 a month. If I had to pay less, I'd look for a different type of situation, like a daycare.

ETA: I meant $1000 for just ONE child.
post #192 of 2002
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Wow, $150 a week is really laughable. I think for full-time nanny care, I would expect to pay at least $1000 a month. If I had to pay less, I'd look for a different type of situation, like a daycare.

ETA: I meant $1000 for just ONE child.
Wow! Thats a lot. Last time I did childcare I got $40 a week for two kids from 7-6. And I took one of the kids to school across town.

In my opinion, $1000 a month for one child is way too much money, but this is one of the reasons I don't work. If a mama is working just to make ends meet $2000 a month might be just about all she makes. If she is lucky, she brings home $3000 a month. If she paid out $2000 for child care that would leave her $1000 for rent, food, utilities...

I think $200 a week sounds very reasonable. I am wondering if she found someone who will work for less but would "rather" hire you. Or if she knows you are desperate and is trying to see how little she can pay you. Ericka you lost your job and found a new one in less than a week. I would stand firm on my $200 but keep looking. After all, you have your bills to pay as well. I have to wonder how YOU survive on $200 a week. Also don't forget to point out to the mom that you will be feeding her children. This money she is paying you includes food.
post #193 of 2002
If someone were watching just my kid, that's worth at least $1000, and really, a whole lot more. I don't think I would feel right paying any less to a single mother who is spending her entire working hours watching my kid. If I couldn't afford to pay a nanny, I'd use more affordable daycare.
post #194 of 2002
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If someone were watching just my kid, that's worth at least $1000, and really, a whole lot more. I don't think I would feel right paying any less to a single mother who is spending her entire working hours watching my kid. If I couldn't afford to pay a nanny, I'd use more affordable daycare.
And see that is the thing, I would expect in home child-care to cost less than a center. And while it might be worth $1000 to you, and maybe everyone for that matter, it is not realistic for most people to pay that much. If 75% of your income is going out to child care.. well why work?

To me a nanny is someone who comes to my house and watches my children. Someone who takes them to dance classes, ect, when I can't do it. Someone who helps with their homework and basically acts like a surrogate mother. And yes if I could afford that, it would probably be worth $1000. But I can't afford that. Hell, DH makes decent money and there is no way I could afford that.

I think the amount Ericka is asking is reasonable for the services provided.
post #195 of 2002
I get 463 back child support and 300 current child support... my bills come to a little over 1400 a month, that does NOT include necessities or anything else. That's just rent(garage/w/s/g), phone, car, internet/cable, and electric

Tina- childcare is very expensive. Although I'll have her kids just as much as she does in a week. It's a two income house and they both have good jobs with good solid income.
Although I am sure she could find someone cheaper, it would probably not be as good as what I am offering. If she was to go to a daycare center, she would be paying 250-300 a week just for about 15 hours...that's what my friend pays her daycare. You could go to a "dumpy" daycare and pay less, but you get what you pay for.
I know plenty of inhome childcare in this area, but it's dirty %60 of the time, the sit the kids in front of the tv and tv babysits the children.
I would be taking them on outings, have daily arts and crafts available, go to the library, go to local parks, feed healthy snacks and meals and so forth. I don't usually like to even have the tv on.
She knows I would be providing food. She offered to buy snacks, but still. Arts and crafts cost $...they aren't cheap. Then I would be transporting the oldest to kindergarten everyday, which isn't far, but still.

She said to think it over and come back to her. She said she wants us to both be happy. She said they have a budget, and I understand and respect that, but so do I. This would be a perfect fit. I also said that I would be doing tot school with her youngest http://lapbooksbycarisa.homestead.com/TotSchool.html
My old job, I made $9 an hour and would work anywhere from 30-40 hours a week.
post #196 of 2002
Tania's Montessori daycare/preschool was $500 a month, open 7-6. Nannies were way too expensive.

I don't care to keep debating this though.
post #197 of 2002
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Tina- childcare is very expensive.
Like I said Ericka, I think what you are asking for is reasonable. I think $1000 per child is unreasonable. (unreasonable in my opinion and my financial situation.) It's an amount I would expect someone who is very rich to be paying.
post #198 of 2002
oh forgot...that's why I nanny, because childcare is SO expensive. Just to put campbell into a "good" daycare, it would be $800 a month just for 2-3 days a week! My dad helps me a lot with whatever bills I need help with, so it's not like I'm going to go homeless...I am just really short without the extra income, ykwim?

They had daycare before this, they were able to afford it then. I don't know how much they paid though, i never asked.
I think 800 a month is good, some weeks she'll work two days and sometimes it would be 4 days, but I would still charge 200 no matter what.
They live like one block from me, I could go to their house. She offered to bring them to mine. I would be running them to things, like school..too young for other stuff. I would be helping with homework. I would do everything they would do on the days I would have them.
post #199 of 2002
I guess my main thing is, how do I approach the situation? How do I say "i really need 200" i know i know..just say i really need 200 a week...but I am not that sure about myself and get intimidated and I usually just shut up about things.
post #200 of 2002
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Tania's Montessori daycare/preschool was $500 a month, open 7-6. Nannies were way too expensive.

I don't care to keep debating this though.
Montessori is beyond my finacial capabilities as well. Otherwise that is where Bre would be. We obviously just come from different financial situations and have different expectations.

Heck, I was aghast that we are paying out $300 a month in preschool, dance, and piano (with preschool being the lesser expense) a month. But DH said he would rather cut DirectTV if we had to cut something so, we make do.
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