February 23, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to watch someone's children.  We invited a neighbor boy over for a few hours to give his mom a break.  Rex had a blast with him and we sent him home with some cookies.  It was a good afternoon for us (and his mom I think). 

This week's challenge is to leave a note for a server at a restaurant.  I think waiting tables is an extremely difficult job.  People are hungry (which means cranky) and if the kitchen is running slowly the server has to take the heat for it.  So, notice something you like about the server and leave a kind note.  Plus that means you get to go out to eat!  Woo-hoo!  If you're thinking you might not get out you could hit a drive thru and leave a note.  Actually there is this lady who works at our McDonalds that is so kind.  She'll always get the door for me as I enter the playland and she even pulls up a high chair to the table for Baden.  I think I might leave her a note this week.


Alright now!  Let's hear how your week went.  Did any of you watch someone's children?  I can't wait to hear about it!  Thanks for reading.

30 comments:

  1. this is a fabulous idea. My oldest daughter is 4 years old, and is always complimenting our servers. Usually it is on their earrings, telling them what lovely jewelry they have. It makes me so proud as a Momma listening to her go out of her way to give someone else a compliment, and it usually brightens their whole face with a smile.

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  2. Last week, I offered to watch someone's kiddos, but instead of it being a neighbor or a friend, I offered to watch a tutoring class of students for a friend who needed to spend some time with her son and one of his activities. It didn't work out the way we planned, but we do know that the offer stands for both of us; we are pretty good at helping each other out at school!

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  3. I was able to help out two friends by watching their kids. One friend was able to go to a birthday party with her husband and the other was able to go shopping without her kids! My kids and I had a great time with all the extra kids around. Thanks for these weekly challenges!

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  4. I absolutely LOVE this Wake Up Wednesday... so much in fact that this is something I do every time I go to a hotel or go out to eat. I always write a "Thank You... you've truly made this an enjoyable ____" at the bottom or at a hotel I write a full on hand written note letting them know I appreciate how hard they've worked and how much I've appreciated their service in keeping my room clean. I've never had anything spectacular happen in return, but it feels good to show gratitude to others. Not sure why I'm posting this today... probably should have waited until next week. Oh well. Yay for service!

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  5. Unfortunately, I have had some sick & miserable babies this week, so we couldn't take in another, but last week we did babysit for a few hours for a friend who has a toddler and is expecting another. She has been very sick during her pregnancy & I kept insisting to watch her son. She was hesitant to accept the help at first (aren't we all?) but eventually she let us take him for a few hours & she was so appreciative after. Plus, my kids had a great time with their friend. (And I learned that it's not smart to give 3 toddlers sloppy joes for dinner, lol.)

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  6. Although it was not on my mind to watch someone else's children, we ended up doing so.

    On Sunday, we recieved a call from my sister in law, asking us to take in her oldest son (five years old). They are having a lot of issues and she has made some bad decisions, including chosing her boyfriend over her son (but that's a whole different soapbox).

    So, instead of watching someone's kid for a few hours, we are taking in my nephew for a few weeks. :)

    And, today is my baby's birthday, so we will be going to Chuck E. Cheese...a perfect place to leave a note for a disgruntled server...

    I love Wake Up Wednesdays!

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  7. I actually had done just this a few days before you posted this challenge, on Valentine's day. I decided to decorate cookies with my daughter and invited my SIL to come with my nephews, and told her to see if our mutual friend wanted us to take her son as well. She'd just had a baby the week before. She loved the break, but didn't feel bad for 'shipping her son off' because he was going to a little activity thinger!

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  8. Actually, watching someones children tomorrow :) And great idea about the note for the servers. I've done this before for an especially grumpy server :)

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  9. Happy belated blogoversary! New follower from another blog I read. I didnt watch anyone kids last week but plan on doing this exercise this week. Cool idea! Hope you can check out my blog and follow back.

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  10. I'm saving the babysitting one for when I live in an actual neighborhood with actual people. I don't think the raccoon momma's want me to watch their babies.

    I am looking forward to leaving a note for a server. I have just the lady in mind. She is a waitress with NINE kids and she is WONDERFUL! She's nice and so great at her job. She totally deserves this.

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  11. The YW president and her husband both had to be at Ward Council this week, so I asked if she wanted me to take her kids to play with mine until the meeting was over. They were able to focus on the meeting, and the kids were able to play with Thomas the Train and color. A win win for everyone:)

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  12. Wake up Wed. is my favorite. Thanks for this splendid idea.
    Last week I was able to watch a friends baby while she traveled 2 hrs to go to the LDS temple. It was a fun day for all of us.

    Thanks for the excuse to go to dinner also, that is always needed in our house!

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  14. another awesome challenge! how cool!

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  15. I watched a neighbor's child so she could help at her children's school. Her little one DOES NOT like being left with people and cried almost the entire thing. It was great to watch my own children try to find ways to make this sad little one, happy. Even my 2 year old was trying to "shhh, okay" and giving her different toys to play with. It was a great opportunity for all of us.

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  16. I did watch my friends son while she ran errands and I worked from home. She ended up watching my little guy a few days later. I have a wonderful support system where I live, all the moms are connected and I have lots of women who I can call upon for help when I need them. My new favorite has been our weekly playgroup. There are 7 of us who roate having playgroup at our house Friday mornings, for 2 hours on Friday's my son is at playgroup and my 2 other sons are in school. I actually have 2 hours to myself, so my cute husband takes me to breakfast and then goes on to work. Its heaven! Thanks for remininding us to help others.

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  17. I think that is a great idea with leaving a note at dinner. If we all started doing that, that would make somebody's night!

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  18. When I read last week's Wake Up Wednesday, I went straight to my facebook page and posted the note (I like to call these "Emergency Facebook Messages") and I got 3 bites right away! Since most of my friends have babes around the same age as my son (10 months) - it was going to be a big challenge! But we did it! We made it through 2 hours and no problems except my son wouldn't nap so I paid for it last night.

    Now can someone come watch my baby? I need a break ;)

    We don't usually go out to eat, but I do stop at Starbucks. So we will give a thank you note to our local barista.

    Wanted to let you know that many of my friends questioned why I was offering free babysitting and I told them about your weekly challenges. They all loved it and I think they will be following along too! You have made a positive impact far from your home! Congratulations!

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  19. I'm not a mom myself, but my two jobs are working with K4 and K5s at a child care center, and then being a nanny to the most amazing family I know... so I'm also around kids constantly! I thought it would be awkward to "do my job for free", but this week turned out to be extra special, as the family I work for had gone over to Ethiopia to bring home their two girls. I stayed home with their other two kids. When they arrived home Saturday night, everything was so new and so crazy and the parents had been travelling for 36 hours at that point... I ended up staying past when I was scheduled and helping with dinner and baths and bedtime. It was such an amazing moment to be a part of, and I know it was definitely appreciated!

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  20. My friend has kids ages 3, 2, & 1, so she is crazy busy all the time! I watched her kids along with my own 2 & 1 year old, so it was a little busy at my house. It was super fun though! While the two babies were napping, the three toddlers and I made/decorated some sugar cookies. Uh, can you say messy? Holy smokes! But it was so fun and the kids thought it was SUPER cool that they could make a cookie way fun with sprinkles and frosting! The end result was, um, beautiful... :) Anyway, the kids got to take some cookies home, and then we dropped off the others to different people around the neighborhood. Oh, and I think my friend enjoyed her break as well!

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  21. I just came across your blog and it's great! Your challenge last week about watching someone's child...I have a great arrangement with a friend where we take turns babysitting for each other every Wednesday afternoon, so that's what I'm doing today! I'm part of a church community where there's always opportunity to help out a friend with babysitting and I really love helping out this way!

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  22. Sooooo glad you brought up this idea! I just started a project blog this year in which I write a thank you note a day for this entire year. The sponsor for the blog created a teeny tiny thank you note that I'm calling the Instant Gratitude Note. I used it at a local pizza restaurant the other day because they had terrific service and the little note was a HIT! I'd love to send you a handful if you're interested. Focusing on sharing my gratitude with others each day is making big changes in me as a person and I love that you're encouraging others to do the same!
    If you get a sec, stop by and see what I'm talking about and if you'd like a few Instant Gratitude cards (or anyone who's reading this for that matter) email or Facebook me on It's Toile Good and I'll send them to you!
    Best!
    Allison
    thankyounoteproject.com

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  23. Sunday afternoon I took my nephew off my sisters hands and my husband and I took him to my in-laws It was fun to have such a energetic bundle to entertain us and play with. To have sometime to spend with him since we don't always get to see him as often as we would like. When i Told my sister about wake up wed... she gave me a look that was priceless and said "for real? That's a cool idea ya take my kid." Thanks for the challenge i enjoyed it so much this week!

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  24. My husbands a server so I get to hear about all the cranky rude people he deals with lol and love to hear about the rare nice people he encounters. I love this weeks challange and plan to leave a note everytime we go out :)

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  25. I had a great time this week watching my neighbor's four kids so she could go to a dinner with her husband. They entertained my young son, and we just had a lot of fun all in all. Glad for the opportunity to serve, and as always, appreciative of the fact that it usually ends up almost better for the server than the servee. Or whatever.

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  26. This is such an easy challenge that would only take a minute and has the potential to make someone's day. I am always in awe of those food service workers who are always on their A-game and juggling a million people and their requests. I am going to make this challenge my first from your blog and share it on blog as well.

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  27. having someone who you trust to watch your children is such a gift. we recently moved to a new town where we know no one, and have no family nearby. this makes it extremely difficult to find someone to keep my kids, especially on a moments notice, but today, i had two very kind families do just that. one lady is a girl who is friends w/a friend of mine from our previous town, and the other is a grandma of a kid who goes to school w/my oldest son. both were willing to keep my kids today and i couldn't be more thankful. so while i didn't get a chance to complete your challenge, i thought i would share my story from today with you since it does fit the category. happy wednesday. :)

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  28. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS ONE! I'm a cashier at a fast food drive thru and this is SOOOO appreciated! We have to multitask like crazy people and it can be difficult to completely satisfy so many customers. I can't even tell you how nice it is to get a sincere compliment. For me personally it can make my whole night and I know that I am happier and I try harder the rest of my shift!

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  29. So I already mentioned that I feel I do this A LOT (I have about a million sisters in law and sisters who always seems to need me...) but I said I would tend without complaining. Well, I did and I even offered to keep my sisters girls overnight so she didn't have to bring them early in the AM (go ahead...pause for a moment and acknowledge my awesomeness...) Anywho...I KNOW she TRULY appreciated it and when I didn't gripe about it I sure enjoyed my sweet nieces the day I had them! Thanks for the challenge! Now I'm super ready to go out to dinner and leave my note!

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  30. My kids are bigger now but my girlfriend has two kids my kids ages and two little ones. We went to visit her and I took the baby for a good long while so she could visit with the others, and then when she needed to eat, I took her toddler and spent the rest of the evening with him. She was so thrilled! She told me later that he NEVER goes with anyone, so she never gets a break! Well, I gave him a tummy story massage after a diaper change and he hung with me for the rest of the night! It was great for all of us.

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