Helping Hand

My parents recently stopped by for a few hours to visit.  This is something they rarely did before Little MPB, but now they seem to be making an effort.  Honestly, their effort hasn’t gone unnoticed and we are thrilled that they visit.

On this particularly weekend visit they offered to take Little MPB out for a few hours to give us time for a date.  They suggested we go to the nearby pub and relax.  We said sure!

But, the pub was not in the cards. And not because I cannot eat pub food or drink alcohol.  Instead, while Little MPB played with his grandparents at the nearby playground, Mr. MPB and I used the time to get stuff done in the house.  We:

  • hung up pictures and a clock in the bathroom that we finished renovating 1.5 years ago;
  • hung up pictures in Little MPB’s room that have been sitting on the floor for months now;
  • finished unpacking from Iceland (I’m embarrassed to admit this one); and
  • folded ALL the clean laundry (my least favourite household task).

We did look inside the garage to start cleaning it up, but quickly realized that project was way to big for the time we had available.  So, we closed the door on that mess and left it for another day.  With our remaining time we chose to sit in the backyard enjoying the sunshine with a beer in Mr. MPB’s hand, and Gatorade in mine.  It was wonderful.


Given that we live so far away from all our family and our friends all have their own children to chase around, it’s not often we get a few hours to ourselves without a paid babysitters.  And, neither of us are willing to pay a babysitter so that we can clean and organize our house.  So, it was a nice treat to have someone we trust offer to play with Little MPB for a few hours so that we could get caught up on the household stuff.

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13 Comments on “Helping Hand

  1. Amazing what a motivation little kids are. 🙂 My dad had never visited me since I graduated from college, but since S is born, he’s been to my house 3 or 4 times. It’s nice that your parents had fun with MPB while you got to get some things done — win-win!

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    • It is amazing how grandkids seem to pull parents back into the lives of their children. I’ll admit, I enjoy their effort to spend time with Little MPB, and I truly hope he grows up loving their visits. And I hope the same for your little one. 🙂

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  2. It’s great that your parents are making an effort and you managed to get some stuff done without little hands trying to help.


    • I do really appreciate their effort and even more, I loved a few minutes of time without Little MPB helping us clean things up. I think we got more done in those 2 hours then we did in the last 2 weeks. 🙂


  3. Sounds like an ideal afternoon. They are lucky to spend time with their grandson and Mom and Dad got a little break. Yay!

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  4. That’s so awesome you were able to get all that done. I’m dying for that to happen in my world but I think it’ll be awhile!

    Btw sorry for not responding to your post about a month ago where you asked for my email. I took an unintended break from commenting even though I was reading. For future reference it’s


  5. That is one of the best ways to get things done as usually it will be Mr MPB watching Little MPB or Mama MPB watching Little MPB and not as much getting done as it would if there is two of you. Plus you also got in some relaxation time at the end and some of the house work lifted off of your shoulders and you don’t have to think about it anymore! Plus Little MPB got to bond with his grandparents. I would say that’s a win/win!

    If it makes you feel any better, I still have about half a suitcase left to unpack from my trip to Hawaii that happened in March!!!


  6. I always find that a tidy house helps me relax and feel more in control. Like I have a calm place to spring from.

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  7. One of my favorite things about winter since my sons were born is that my mother comes down for Ohio for a few months, permitting me to have a day or two every month like you’ve described: time when she is supervising and entertaining my sons while I get other things done. It’s such a help!

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