Our babysitter (hi Juana!) is planning on an extended visit back home, where the weather is warm and the shrieking children are not her problem.
So, like the responsible person she is, Juana has lined up a substitute. She seems lovely and sweet and I hope my kids don't send her off shrieking into the night.
Jesse is already taking control. The other day, the sub sitter (let's call her Brenda to protect the innocent) met the boys and brought Jesse and Kyle home, while Seth went off to art class with Juana.
Like any reasonable human being, Brenda asked the boys a question or two, like "What do you do when you get home from school?"
Kyle disappeared immediately into his room to work on one or another of the giant Lego creations that have taken over his space.
But Jesse? Oh, the little peanut was sooo helpful. He showed Brenda where the bagels, cream cheese and grapes were for after-school snack. He took out his homework and set it out on the table, in preparation for actually doing the work.
And then, he TURNED ON THE TV!
When Brenda expressed surprise, Jesse said "Oh, we always do our homework with the TV on. Every day."
A bold and bald-faced lie, of course.
Later, Brenda said to Juana, "I couldn't really keep Jesse focused on his homework. He kept getting distracted by the TV."
To which Juana replied "TV? What TV?"
"Oh, Jesse said you turn on the TV every day as soon as they come home from school."
Busted! At least it gave us all a good laugh. Jesse most of all.