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“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success” -Henry Ford

So, I know that it is Tuesday and I was supposed to post more about my life as a nanny but I got home late and had a horrific headache…more like a migraine, yuck!

So, as I posted about last week, I am a nanny for 2 crazy little boys (ages 4 and 6). They definitely keep me on my toes. Thankfully yesterday they were very understanding about my head and were quite good. Most days they run around screaming and fighting. Yesterday there was much less of it. Perhaps it’s just that they finally realized that if they are bad, I tell their mom and then she gets to discipline them how she sees fit. The first couple of times I told their parents about their poor behavior, they boys cried and said that I wasn’t supposed to tell them.

Anyway, that’s enough about that. Let me tell you more about my job. I work 4-5 days a week at various times. Yesterday I worked for over 12 hours (which I always hate because when they boys are in bed, I’m ready to go home). I always get Wednesdays off, after I finally asked for that day to always be off so that I could focus on school. You see, when I was first hired, I was hired to work Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Then all of a sudden she wanted me to work Monday-Saturday. I finally got tired of it and got the courage to ask for Wednesdays off. I also don’t work every Friday and Saturday, which I am thankful for because I can’t handle those boys all the time. I have come home before and just cried because I was so overwhelmed with everything. Do you ever feel that way at work? It’s a horrible feeling.

What is the “usual” routine, you ask? Well….there isn’t an actual “normal” routine because my hours are not usual. But at the beginning, the boys’ mom made a schedule to refer to when I needed to. They have breakfast about 8:oo am then the 6-year-old goes to school. I’m supposed to do about 30 minutes to an hour of “school work” for the 4-year-old (so he can be all ready for Kindergarten) while the 6-year-old is off at school. After the 6-year-old comes home they have lunch then have “quiet time” where they watch a little TV. After quiet time it is time to go to the park to burn some energy. It’s a nice little sandy park with 2 slides and a couple of other things. They love to take their beach toys and build sand castles. After the park we go back home, do a little more “school work” and the 6-year-old has to read at least one book (he always throws a fit because he hates reading…even if it’s 2 pages with a sentence on each). I let them play a little while I prepare dinner, then they are eating when I’m done. There is always some veggie on their plate with dinner (mom’s orders) and the 6-year-old cries because he hates veggies. After dinner is bath-time. The 4-year-old goes first then the 6-year-old. Never bathe them at the same time because they just fight about it and it’s just crazy. After bath time, they watch a movie and get into bed. At 8:00pm, lights are off and it’s time to sleep. They throw a fit because they hate going to bed and they want to be awake to see mommy. Last night the 4-year-old said I was a bully because I was making them go to bed…he usually says stuff kind of mean because he says it to the parents and they don’t correct it.

That is my “typical” day as a nanny. Thanks for reading! For those who are nannies or work with children in any way, what do you do on a “typical” day? How do you help the children learn and grow? How would you deal with threats from a 4-year-old? Let me know your responses!

We watched Gumby before going to sleep this past week, the boys loved it!
We watched Gumby before going to sleep this past week, the boys loved it!
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This is the 6-year-old practicing his alphabet. He messed up on the letter Z then cried for about an hour because he didn’t want his mom to see it. He believes she never makes any mistakes and he doesn’t want her to see that he messed up. I tried talking to him but it just made him more upset…it made me sad.
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“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.” -Mary Poppins

I am a nanny and this quote seemed to fit my (new) Monday weekly posts. On Mondays I will be Posting something about my adventures as a nanny. But this week I want to talk about how I got this job…

Let’s go back…a few years. Before I started college I wasn’t ever sure what I wanted to do but I knew I wanted to work with children. I had baby sat in the past and thought about being a nanny but wasn’t sure if that would work out. Well, in 2011 I decided that I wanted to major in Child Development and started down that path. It was exciting, I loved the classes I took (and still am taking, and yes, I still love them). Summer of 2012 I got my first nanny type of job. I was a “Mother’s Helper” for a few months and loved it. I took care of 4 children, ages 4,6,8, and 10. I didn’t do much but I came to love it. I then worked as a cafeteria helper at an elementary school, which was fun because you never know what kinds of children you will run into. After that I began working at a daycare, which my BFF Michaela had told me about, and I felt like THAT WAS WHAT I NEEDED TO DO IN LIFE (yes, that needed to be in all caps). I had finally figured out what I wanted to do. Sadly, only after 2 months of working there she fired me because…well, she told me that because she knew I needed the money and wanted me to look for another job on top of that one (I was working 1 hour a day, 5 days a week).  Well, I got a job interview at Build-A-Bear, which I had been applying to quite often since I had turned 18 and I was excited. The interview was about an hour before work and it was near my work so I thought it would be great because interviews take 5-15 minutes, right? WRONG! An interview at Build-A-Bear lasts an hour and a half because it’s a group interview. I was late for work and called her as soon as the interview was over and she fired me over the phone. I wasn’t too happy about it. And then I didn’t even get the job at Build-A-Bear. Oh well, such is life. It’s not like I made much anyway…I felt like what I was making all went to gas anyway, since I lived all the way across town.

Fast forward 2 years (because I was gone for 18 months on my LDS mission after that) and I began applying for child care jobs left and right. I went onto care.com and applied for every listing on there. I was given an interview from a mom of 4 children; 2-year-old boy, 3-year-old twin girls, and a 6-year-old boy. I went to the interview and she liked me and wanted me to go to “phase 2” where I meet the kids. Well, I guess that didn’t go well because she didn’t hire me. A week after that, I got another interview for the job I have now. I love the family and the boys, even though they are crazy, I love them.

Tune in next week to hear what goes on in my life as a nanny.

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This is when we go to the park to get some sun and to burn some energy.
We like to get crafty and this is what we come up with. I mae the big ladybug, the girl, and the little fuzzy purple monster
We like to get crafty and this is what we come up with. I mae the big ladybug, the girl, and the little fuzzy purple monster

“So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness.” -Sidney Poitier

Hello everyone! This is probably be the MOST random post I make. I just feel like writing stuff but don’t have a specific subject I want to write about. If you ever have anything you think I should address, let me know.

As you all know, I have been home from my mission in South Carolina for 4 months now. I know, I can’t believe it’s been that long already, either. BUT….I haven’t been writing on my blog, which I feel terrible about. Today is a new day, though. I really want to get back into writing and today is my first blog post.

First of all, y’all are probably wondering what life is like for me now that I am no longer a missionary. Well, I am still the same person I was before. I still listen to the same type of music, read the same type of books, hang out with the same people. I am still me. But, I am also closer to my Heavenly Father, I am more knowledgeable, and I am more able to concentrate on what really matters in life.

I have a job, I nanny 2 little boys; Christian is 4 and JP is 6. I love my job and I love that it revolves around children! I al so started back to school. After 2 years of not going to school, the first 3 weeks have been a little rough but I am learning to manage my time and how to work and go to school at the same time. I am only doing 2 online classes but at least it’s something. I don’t think I could have managed to tae any more classes.

In other news, I am engaged. We are getting married in May and we are very excited about it. There is a lot of money and planning that goes into a wedding but I am thankful that there are ways around the money issue. With my new job, I am able to contribute to the money situation. Plus, we are buying so much of what we need online. Even my flowers, which will be fake, are from Amazon. I love that I can use Amazon and Ebay for the things that are very expensive in stores. Who said thrift stores never have anything good? I say they have beautiful gems inside waiting for the right person to find them.

Anyway, I just wanted to make an update. I have been meaning to post stuff since I’ve been home. I even started one for Christmas, but then things got really busy.

I hope everyone has a wonderful end to this beautiful January. Is it snowing where you are? I live in a place that hasn’t gotten snow for over 10 years….lame, I know. Don’t forget to enjoy the Superbowl and , more importantly, the Puppy Bowl! I love the cute little guys running around.

Goodbye for now!

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