Because who else would take "candid" pictures of me frolicking on the beach? I mean, surely not my husband, as we already know how bad of a photographer he is.
That, and the fact that Rob and I have never, and I mean ever, taken a vacation together. I'm talking not even a weekend getaway. We always bring someone with us and/or do joint vacations with other couples. We brought my mom with us on our honeymoon eight years ago for crying out loud.
Couples have certain quirks? I guess this is ours? I guess?
Where were we? Oh yes, the nanny. Let me state the obvious and say when I call my sister the "nanny," it's a joke. We paid for Boobie's way down to Hawaii (I mean, obviously we aren't going to make someone pay who is coming along for the purpose of helping with the kids) and since we are owners at the Marriott Waiohai and go yearly, that was taken care of as well. We brought along my sister so yes, she could help with the kids, but also just for company, as my husband and I both love being around her. We have a two bedroom, two bath suite so why not make the most of it and invite someone else along to join in on the party? More the merrier says we!
It worked out perfectly. Rob and I shared one room with Gunner, and Boobs and Colt shared the other. And it's not like we ever left Boobie alone with the kids so Rob and I could go out to dinner. We were all together, all the time. The only time Boobie was alone with the kids was when we were all at the beach, and Rob and I went out snorkeling for twenty minutes. Or when one kid wanted to be at the beach with Rob and I and the other wanted to be at the pool. This is not to say that Boobie wasn't a tremendous help, because she most definitely was. She watched after my kids just as fiercely as Rob and I did. Her being there made the trip extremely more relaxed, and so much less stressful. She played with my kids and did crafts with my kids. She was always making sure my kids were safe and I felt like they had a second momma while we were there. Not to mention the fact that my boys got to really bond with their aunt, and vice versa.
That said, Rob and I also wanted to make sure she felt like it was also a vacation, if only a teeny tiny bit. (Because let's be honest, a vacation with kids is never really a vacation for anyone.) Which is why a few times, I forced her to go lay out by the pool alone when the kids were sleeping, or when we all took a catamaran ride on the ocean and I told her to go stand at the front and have a Titanic moment. All in all, the vacation was a success.
Even if Boobie said she will never go back with us again.