Sunday, May 4, 2008

A Taste of Parenthood

Yesterday Tommy and I got a little taste of what being parents is all about. Two different families in our ward asked us to babysit their kids. The first family has two little boys and a newborn baby. We don't usually babysit for them, but with the newborn baby they were a little nervous to leave. We read books, played basketball (on a kiddie hoop of course), played with Transformers, played a good game of Candyland (Tommy's first believe it or not), tried to soothe a newborn baby who thought she was going to die of starvation, and laughed a lot. We ate a nice lunch with them and then came home for about a half hour for a short break.

The second family showed up shortly after that. They have a little girl full of energy and a little baby boy. Tommy needed to go to Midway to mow and water the lawn so we decided to pack up the kids and go. The car ride was interesting, but once we got their the adventures began. We stayed busy mowing and watering the lawn, playing the wii, swinging in the hammock, and once again laughing a lot. We ended this trip at McDonalds to play in the playground area for awhile. Then we came home and dropped the kids off.

After that Tommy and I really began to reflect on the events of the day. Our normal Saturday's consist of a little bit of cleaning, running errands, and a whole lot of relaxing. As we babysat these children we really got an idea of how unselfish parents have to be. We knew that the happiness of these children was our responsiblity. Both families were extremely grateful and said this was the best birth control for us. Little do they know we are grateful for the time that we were able to spend with them, and it makes us want children more than ever. We have learned so much from the wonderful examples around us. As crazy as it may sound we look forward to the day that we can drop our kids off at the babysitters so we can enjoy time together.

Here are a few pictures of our adventures. Sorry Shanna but some of these pictures were just too cute. I couldn't resist!! Thanks for letting us use your adorable kids as our models!



8 comments:

Chelsi said...

You guys will be great parents, I promise your time will come!! Until then enjoy your freedom & relax a lot, because your time will come when you wish you could be here again!!!! Even just for 1 day!

Kendal said...

(I need to change my blogger name from Kendal to Alissa just so you know who is really making the comments:)Cute Blog I love it. How fun to babysit for such cute kids. Kendal and I are excited to be parents, but a little nervous to. It's true you have to enjoy the time you have together now and your time will come!

The LeRoy's said...

swow Holly! Somebody is looking like a natural! Well... you and Tommy both. I am loving the pictures. I am going to copy them and paste them to my blog okay! Thanks again so much! i have to keep telling Kesley that Tommy's name is Tommy not Tummy and I have to help her pronounce your name so it isn't Holey! I love you guys! One of these nights we will have to do a double date! Thanks again. You guys are awesome. Kesley had such great time with you.

The LeRoy's said...

just another thought.....You guys deserve huge crowns on your heads for taking care of my kiddos! I mean huge crowns, the kind that are so big you won't beable to keep your head up! What you did was great and you deserve a crown. I think you two are going to have triplets and thats why you haven't had a baby yet. Heavenly father wants to make sure you really can handle it so thats why he had you and I meet because Kesley is like three children! Seriously!!!!!!

Sharon said...

You and Tommy will be great parents some day. There is no doubt in my mind. You will know how to sacrifice for your children. Those pictures look so natural, just like they are yours.
Love MOM

Lindz said...

How fun!! You guys are going to be the best parents! Can't wait til you can experience it with your own kids! =)

Neal & Shannon said...

Hey Tommy and Holly! This is Shannon Jenks....I saw your blog on Amanda Peterson's site and wanted to say hi!
We hope you are doing well and Joseph says to tell you hello! He still remembers the time we went up to Midway to hang out! We'd love to hear from you guys...check out our blog...www.nealshannon.blogspot.com or email us at nealjenks@gmail.com
Take care!

AMY said...

I remember when Kayla was born and Tommy bought her a cute little yellow dress. He has always had that tender spot with little ones. The babes that get you as parents will be very lucky! You guys are such an awesome couple, I wish we lived closer.