and many of you asked for that story.
So here goes:
It all started with an email
was looking for someone who either was competing in the pageant industry or had in the past few years that had children who were considered "well mannered with values". And she thought of us. WOW! I was so
However that should have been my first warning sign!
So because I am
crazy daring and never thought they would choose us anyway, I sent in the basic application. I mean what could it hurt...
Then with a simple answered phone call came the whirlwind that is "Wife Swap"
Heck NO!All I could see was the $25,000 for two weeks!!!
That will pay for the ALL the kids braces and how hard could this actually be???
I can do two weeks standing on my head if I have to for $25,000!
(yes that is right)
they had to make sure we are healthy
We had to give full access to our health records are doctors information, sign contracts saying we wouldn't sue...
For two days there was a whirlwind of faxes, phone calls, legal documents to sign and get notarized. They wanted to start shooting at the end of the week. We went through one assistant after another answering the same questions.
Each phone interview took about an hour. The children's interviews were mostly about me. How do I keep our home? What my closets look like? Do I make them do chores? They wanted video's of the kids cleaning (like that was something so out of place) wanted our chore list. Our family schedules and beliefs. Our families rules. Do they have curfews? What kind of grades we expected from our children?
Then came the interview with the directors assistant if we passed this interview we were in( the $25,000 was in the bank!) They wanted to fly down to meet us the following day and bring the camera crew)... BUT that is when things really started to get crazy weird....
If you have ever watched the show.... you should see what is coming next!
My thoughts on snakes? (actually I like snakes) Ouija boards and did my kids ever touch them? (and no they weren't kidding) Voodo beliefs? (VOODOO BELIEFS!) Rituals? What I thought of those kind of things? Do we pray? Is that part of our daily lives?
At this point I am starting to put two and two together! And the Mr. is starting to question more and more the sanity to this rather interesting adventure...
AND ok I will admit it! Two weeks is starting to look
Did I say I could do this standing on my head???
Maybe I am not meant to stand on my head... and what kind of woman are they sending to be with my husband and kids??? My "Mr." HATES snakes....
The taping was also going to start on the first day of the new school year (are you kidding me!?!)
SO now this
(I have pets) etc....
was going to be the one my children would share their first days of the new school year with and be with for almost2 weeks...HMMMMMMMMMMMM
The money was starting to look less and less inviting!
We were going to get the kids braces anyway! I mean realllllly is this the best way to get it done?!?
Free isn't always FREE?!?
And... And... AND!!!!
So long story short the whirlwind of "Wife Swap" even though " We were just what they are looking for" and " They could be at our home the following day" came to an uneventful yet memorable time for me and my family. My kids still joke about it sometimes.
My advice if they call because you live a certain way.. REMEMBER you are with another family who does, says, believes, and wants all the opposite things you do.... so make sure this is something you can and WANT to handle!