I still have NOT got my van. Perhaps I'm just a bit spoiled but I want it now before someone else snags it but he holds it over my head that since I don't have a job I don't really get a say in anything when it comes to big purchases. His secretary is supposed to meet me in a small town (halfway point) to see if she really wants our truck. If I've went through all this the past week and she decides she doesn't, boy am I going to be mad. We plan on using the equity out of both vehicles for the new van.
My mother called the other day and asked what I was planning on charging my sister this summer for daycare in which I told her probably $30 a day. She snorted and said "well she'll probably just leave the kids where they are then. That's outrageous." OMG I am so pissed off about the situation. That's $1.50 a hour PER KID. 10 hrs a day. Complete bargain btw since that's over $200 off monthly what they are going to charge her. Plus I'm not on the food program anymore so I PAY for the food! That's how much I charged her in the past when I watched them. So I tried redoing my math to $500 a month ($1.25 a hour per kid) If my mom thinks I'm going to waste my whole summer watching extra kids for nothing and forking out food like it's no big deal she's got to be kidding me. Did I mention my sister's 5 yr old weighs more than Alex who's just about 8!?!?!?! I'm figuring to feed her kids plus mine breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack is going to be AT LEAST $100 extra a month. Crap just for a school lunch with milk it's $2.10, breakfast is $1.00 and sure the school probably makes some profit but that's what they charge. So anyways I'm a bit peeved and my mom I am sure has told my sister my plans. I have a busy schedule myself with the kids, I'd planned on the past 3-4 months to watch them since I can fit 2 more kids in the van but maybe I'll just take this summer off too. Maybe it's just the daycare part of me but I cringe thinking of charging any less than what I'm telling her because if people knew I was giving that rate, the whole town would line up at my door. Should I be charging less just because she's family?
Which leads me to something else. After this summer when August school rolls around, my sister has told me because of her not being able to pay the daycare center near her, she's planning on going to work at 7:30 am and in trusting that her 5 yr old dd and 8 yr old dd will walk to school at 8 am. They only live one block from the school and you can see it from her house but no one will be there to get the kids to school. Then, and here's the kicker, after school gets out at 3 pm, they will walk home and stay there by themselves till she gets home at 5:30 pm!! All this because she can't afford the rate a center charges. I really think these 2 are too young to be left alone and her 5 yr old is very defiant. Worse than Dominic really. He's better at complying. She kicks, hits, screams, pouts to get her way on everything and she weighs almost as much as her 8 yr old sister. I don't see Madison getting her to mind her.
Anyways enough of my complaining. You tell me what you think. I have a fun little preschool field trip to the zoo to get ready for!