Adventures in Babysitting (with the Babysitter’s Club)

So it’s possible you have already guessed this, but things are not the most fab in my personal life right now, and I don’t really feel that it is appropriate to blog about (I am okay – no worries, and I am sorry to be cryptic!). But you should know that I am moving.

This is kiiiind of a big deal. My house is going up for sale next week, and I have never sold a house before. Sometimes I feel like it is a little bit too big of a grown-up thing to deal with… Dealing with the realtors and the stager and the lawyer, and talking about fees and taxes and blarrrrg requires me to put on my serious big girl pants, and I don’t feel fully comfortable in them yet (hopefully I will by the time I have kids…probably not).

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Plus, I really love my house. It is quite sexy. The day I got the keys was officially the most exciting day of my life thus far. So I will be sad to say goodbye to it. But, hey-ho! Carry on, as my Nana always says. It is not the most fun thing, but I know everything will be gravy soon enough. Things usually work out for me, and I have very extreme luck (can also be extremely bad luck, but can sometimes be extremely good). So, nungas crossed.

And every cloud and all that, because you know what I have discovered is fun?

Packing!

Welllll, maybe not packing per se, more like unpacking and organizing the random boxes in my basement that have sat there since I moved in three and a half years ago.

I found a bunch of stuff this week that I totally forgot existed and really made me laugh hard. Some of it is funny to just me, but some of it I think will be funny for everyone. I was originally going to cram it all into one post, but I have decided to break it up to give each find the attention it deserves. And I promise to make that more entertaining than it sounds…

So first up, I found my old Babysitter’s Club books!

Silly Stacey and her diabetes and boy-craziness. Seriously, I will never be able to hear the word diabetes without thinking of Stacey.

(A separate post will just be on books, because it turns out I am a serious book hoarder and have saved every book I’ve ever owned. I have boxes and boxes of them. Literally hundreds.)

But re: The Babysitter’s Club, I can’t even explain to you how much I loved it when I was in elementary school. A ridiculous amount. My Nana got me the super specials for Christmas and my birthday every year from Grades 4 through 6 (after I graduated from reading about Karen’s adventures in Babysitter’s Little Sister).

I loved the books so much that I wrote a letter to Ann M. Martin and asked her if the characters were real people…specifically Logan, as I had a crush on him and wanted to steal him away from boring Mary Anne.

No, Logan, you do not like Mary Anne. You like Lindsey.

Anyway, Ann M. Martin actually sent me a letter back! I don’t have her letter anymore, sadly, but I remember she said that no, the characters are all fictional, and actually Stoneybrook Connecticut is a fictional place (how was I supposed to know this?).

God how I loved those babysitters and their crazy adventures. I wanted to be funky and trendy and hide candy all over my room like Claudia (I actually did hide candy in my room trying to be like Claudia – and I got ants), but I also wanted to be cool and sophisticated and dot my i’s with hearts like Stacey (I’ll skip on the diabetes though). And of course I wanted to be like the laid-back Dawn, all Californian and hip. And Jessi was pretty cool with her dancing.

(I never aspired to be the other three. Mallory was a ginger, Kristy was bossy and basically a man, and the only thing I liked about Mary Anne was Logan and the secret passage in her house.)

It should be noted that I loved The Babysitter’s Club so much I started my own babysitter’s club, and after I found my books, I found our original flyer in one of my old boxes.

This killed me. I laughed for at least 10 minutes when I found this. No, scratch that. Days. I am still laughing about it. We totally stole the name We Love Kids Club from Dawn’s spinoff babysitters club in California (if anyone remembers that), and you better believe we made Kid Kits!

It should be noted that Gineen and I were 12 and 3/4 because we didn’t want to lie and say we were 13, but it sounded more mature than just 12. Also, Lisa was part-time, because her cottage was near my house and she was only there on weekends.

It also should be noted that the “have experience with newborns” line refers to my brother Eric who is 10 years younger than me, and who we had to look after quite a lot.

I look like I know what I’m doing, right? That was our only newborn experience. But having experience with newborns sounded good, so we went with it.

We also had to adjust our pricing model in later flyers, so people would actually pay us with money and not popsicles.

But these flyers totally worked, and I got tons of babysitting jobs because of them. Seriously like 20. People just called me because my number was first. I kind of shafted everyone else.

We also started our own Swim Club (couldn’t find that flyer, unfortunately). We lived on a lake, so one summer we decided to offer swimming lessons to all the local children for $2.

We also made flyers, and somehow they lured in all the parents in our neighbourhood. Small communities man, I tell ya (Cely will tell you too – go read that post, story of my life!!!)

We didn’t have any official swimming instructor credentials or anything, but we spent the entire summer in the lake anyway, so we figured we might as well make some money. Parents actually paid us $2 a week to teach their child how to swim. We had like 20 kids who we “taught” once a week for the entire summer. Not a liability issue at all. Not at all.

Correct me if I am right, but I don’t think this would happen now… Thankfully, no one drowned.

So that’s it on the Babysitters Club front. Any other super fans? Who was your fave?

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35 responses to “Adventures in Babysitting (with the Babysitter’s Club)

  1. I was totally a super fan of The Babysitter’s Club! I remember that I read up to book #100. Stacy was the first person I “knew” with diabetes and it seemed so tragic when I was little. I thought few things were worse than no being able to have candy. Dawn was so. so. so. cool. I always wished that she was around more. Claudia was Asian and one that sucked at school no less – like me! And I dotted my i’s with hearts for a week until it got too annoying.

    • I never missed a number either! I stopped reading when they introduced those two new girls though…I was like “what the eff is this? things must stay the same, thank you very much”
      Dawn was super awesome, I agree. I totally wanted to be a combination of her and Stacey.

  2. I loved Claudia so much. I wanted to be her. I used to hate the first chapter of each book, though, which was basically copied and pasted in every single book. I hate it, but I never ever skipped it. I guess it was a point of pride.

    Whatever it is that’s turning your life upside down right now, I hope that it resolves itself quickly and calmly. I’m sending you good thoughts!

    • Ughhhhh me too!!! The first chapter always told everyone’s ENTIRE history, for the people who had never read the book before. Kristy is bossy and has great ideas and a big mouth that gets her in trouble. She founded the babysitters club with Claudia, Mary Anne and Stacey. Claudia is Japanese. She is funky and artistic and hides candy in her room. Mary Anne is quiet and shy and is best friends with Kristy. Stacey is best friends with Claudia and she has diabetes but is super sophisticated. Dawn moved from California and Kristy was jealous when her and Mary Ann became friends. Etc etc etc. WE KNOW, WE KNOW!!! You say this in every book!!!! Used to annoy me so badly…but I did skip it!

  3. I loved The Babysitter’s Club books so much, I can’t even tell you! I didn’t make up my own club, but I fantasized about it (I did, however, start a Save The Earth Club)… and I DID make Kid Kits, even though I really only ever babysat my little sister (for free). Stacey was for sure my favorite, though; mostly because the boys loved her 😉

    Also, I am a ginger and officially offended 🙁 I will probably only check your blog TWICE a day now. THAT will show you!

    • I love gingers!!!! I was just trying to be funny! Mallory was just boring and had way too many siblings, I truly loved her luscious rouge locks 😉
      Ohhh yeah, the boys looooved Stacey.
      Save the Earth Club, that is pretty awesome.

  4. Linds – this post made me die!!!! I love how you wrote no across mallory, christy and mary anne. Mary anne was the worst!!!!!!!!

  5. oh my gosh I read all of their books. I was obsessed with them!

  6. I was OBSESSED with the BSC books. They really fostered my love of reading, and I also wrote a letter to Ann M. Martin (and got one back!!!!).

    You should check out BSC SNARK! (http://bsc-snark.livejournal.com/)

    It’s hilarious.

    Good luck on the house stuff… I’ve been there and it’s incredibly stressful.

    • Whaaaaaaat!!! There is a BSC snark page! I am going to waste hours on that site, that’s amazing!

      They really fostered my love of reading too! I can remember the feeling when I got a new BSC book. I was just so excited to read it. Ann M. Martin was awesome.

  7. you are adorable! I read and remember all of those books, too- I was obsessed with the Babysitter’s Club for awhile. (I could go on about all of my old favourite book series’. Did you ever get into V.C. Andrews’ books?)

    And I agree, Mary Anne was boring. And wtf was with all of their outfits? I remember the author describing them, and I’d change my own mind on what they were wearing. None of this baggy sweatshirts and mini skirts nonsense. lol.

  8. Wow. Now I am sad my basement flooded and I lost most of my things from when I was growing up. This was hilarious. Sometimes I think about the things I did when I was young and wonder “what were my parents thinking letting me do that? Weren’t the concerned that I would completely embarass myself?” Guess not. 🙂 Love your site.

    • Aww, that is sad about your basement. There is a lot of “cool” stuff that I wish I kept but didn’t. And all I can say is that I am SO thankful I didn’t have the Internet when I was 12. And facebook wasn’t around until after high school!

  9. I found your blog through Cely’s and I must say you are hilarious!

    I was also a HUGE BSB fan! I even met Ann M. Martin at a book signing once. I made a shirt with all of the babysitter’s signatures on it, and she said it was cool! Like Claudia! I was such a pumped 3rd grader.

    I also used to watch the TV show, which wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be, but I loved the movie.

    And also, please tell me you’ve seen this:
    http://the-frenemy.com/post/1100605207/the-babysitters-club-where-are-they-now

  10. Can’t say I was Babysitter’s fan, BUT Nancy Drew on the other hand . . . I devoured those books. Do love your stories and site. Keep it up lovely!!

  11. I read those like crazy! Those and the Judy Blume books were my FAV!

  12. Just reading this now. Oh noes about your house. Now I’m all worried about you. Do I need to send you extra pictures of Pants to cheer you up?
    I never read babysitters club but I did get down with some Nancy Drew. But since I don’t keep anything longer than 6 months, I don’t have any of the books anymore. I’m surprised I’ve kept my husband this long.

  13. haha!! I did read ALL of them when I was younger… and me too : the first thing that goes into my mind when I hear diabetes is Stacey.

  14. char eats GREENS

    Oh man…I LOVED that series, too. How could you not?!? Were you even cool if you weren’t reading the Babysitters Club??! I’m actually jealous that you found all your old books. I bet mine got pawned off in a garage sale a loooong time ago. I’m quite surprised you remember so much about them! I think I forget everything now – but they ruled my world at one point in time!

  15. Haha oh, I loved the Babysitters Club books! Those and the Boxcar Children, The Saddle Club and Goosebumps were pretty much the foundation of my childhood. My friend and I tried to start our own babysitters club too, but at my frist job an 8-year old by chased me around the house and threw Lincoln Logs at my head. I kind of phased out of babysitting after that…

    Thinking of you and hope everything is OK. Transitions like that are never easy…

  16. OMG!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED!! The Babysitters Club books. I had all of them and the Super specials. One day this girl came over to my house and stole one of my super specials. I was devestated!
    I wanted to be Stacey and for a while I even told people to call me Stacey and dotted my i’s with hearts. I was a super fan!
    I think we sold all my books in a garage sale when we moved from my parents house. I’ll have to ask my mom.
    This again confirms we would have been besties growing up. Amazing!

  17. Oh that poster is too funny. Hope everything is ok 🙂

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  23. Hey Lindsay! I’m new to your blog, but I loved this post. I’m just wondering (with all your experience) if you would have any tips for a babysitter starting off? Hoping to start my own buisness soon ;).

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