Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Small Children

Yesterday was the start of this summer's VBS (Vacation Bible School) at my home church and I'm working in the nursery this year with the itty-bitty ones.

Gaaah, they're so adorable.

After two days of spending four hours with these kids (eight hours total, just in case that got confusing), I think I can say that this is going to be a slooow year.

What I mean is this: all are kids are low maintenance. And by all, I mean the five total that we've gotten so far. For four workers. Tally that up, dears, and what you end up with is four females who don't really know each other, sitting around awkwardly for about an hour and a half every day for the next two weeks while the kiddies take their naps.

It gets better. One of the kiddies is 2 months. Being two months old = sleeping the entire four hours. So having five kids is like having four. For four workers.

Let me reiterate. This is going to be a sloooow year.

To clarify, two years ago when I worked in the nursery, the minimum number of kids we had on any given day was 8 kids for 3 workers. That was crazyfun. I like busy and that was the definition of busy right there. Sigh.

Also, interesting fact. Three of the five kids we've had so far have older siblings who were in the nursery when I was helping out two years ago. And some of their mothers had a kid in between these two. Craaay-zee. Ohmy.

Still, I'm excited for this year. I've made a friend and she's adorbs. Her name is Sienna. This morning, she started sniffling cause her mother had left and the two other little kids in there at the time, Elyse and Terzah, were wailing, but when I came in and sat down on the floor with them, she gathered up all her stuff (she's got a brown and pink polka-dotted blanket and a duck-whale (?) stuffed critter thing she likes to tote around, but all together, it's a bundle as big as she is) and threw herself into my lap. Cutie. Elyse and Terzah were soon happy and quiet, too, in case you were wondering.

Sidenote-- Elyse's mother is 6 feet. Her father is 6 feet 4 inches. This child is tall. I wanna be tall. Sigh.

[Just fyi, the crib in the picture isn't in our nursery. I just really, really like it.]

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