Saturday, January 28, 2012

Let it snow, Let is snow, Let it snow.

Let it Snow For the past week I have had the pleasure of joining the family in Beaver Creek, CO for their winter vacation. I didn't think I would be coming on this trip because a set of grandparents were to be coming but that fell through and I got the slot. It's been rather cold here averaging in the 20s and 30s but I have loved it. It has snowed a lot too probably about 20 inches the whole time we have been here. Some of you may ask what does a nanny do on vacation? Well basically I am an extra set of hands and here just in case the parents need some alone time. I do most everything they do which means some amazing things like tubing, dogsledding, and riding up a mountain at night to have dinner in a very nice cabin!  Yesterday was our last full day here in Beaver Creek. The plan was for everyone to go skiing but we woke up and it had snowed about 7 inches and we couldn't see the top of the mountain so they decided it would be best if they didn't ski. This was a good decision considering mom and one of the kids slept till like ten and if you ski you go early like 8:30-9:00. So we had a lazy morning and then went to lunch at The Chophouse, which had the most decadent carrot cake ever, the dad and I split a slice and neither of us could finish our half.  We walked around the village for a while and the kids got this snowball make, needless to say they didn't have any mittens on so we had to put boundaries on using it. After we walked around for a while we decided to head back to the hotel and get the kids suited up so they could actually go play in the snow. I got the job of toting them downstairs to play but luckily there were some chairs right inside by the window so I could see everything. I took the book I am reading, "The Help" and read a good two or three chapters while the kids played for about an hour. Once we got everyone upstairs we had to get ready for dinner which was going to be a buffet but that was all I knew oh and that it was casual which was a change considering we have had upscale most of the trip, something I was not accustomed to. We all got ready and were out of the door on time for the first time the whole trip! We took the twenty minute bus ride to the middle of no where Colorado and were at a ranch. I was happy figuring that there would be some soulful food I had been missing, and there sure was, ribs, chili, Mac and cheese, salad, bread. Good stuff. The night consisted of horse drawn sleigh rides under the stars which were so bright and vast it looked like a planetarium and I knew how delighted God was that I was delighted in his creation. We ended the night with s'mores and the bus ride back in which the man behind me talked about Sasquach or as he called him "The Squatch" the whole way back, definitely made for some entertainment.  Today we get on a plane for Atlanta and I am so ready to be back in my apartment! Jenny

Friday, January 27, 2012

The basics of my new job.

To say that I have the best job in the world is an understatement. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to be a mom, I guess that's why my bachelors degree is in Teaching because it was just about as close to being a mom that I could get with going to college. In my last semester at Flagler College only about three weeks before graduation I realized that I was not going to teach right away as I had planned on doing. I have come to find that I cannot make plans considering I am not the one in control of my life.  I decided that the best route for me to take at such a young age getting ready to venture into real life full force was to be a nanny, because lets face it, I knew that I could do it and that I would be really good at it. At that moment I began my search to find the perfect family to work for in Atlanta since that's where I was going to be moving shortly after graduation. I went to the source that had worked for me many times before, and (Both really good websites if you are looking to babysit/nanny!) I saw tons of families in the area we were looking at moving and so I started to send out my cover letter and applications to about 6 or so families oping that one would respond back. Knowing and trusting that God would provide the perfect job I just sat back and waited and waited and waited, but in his perfect timing a father of three beautiful children called me. We chatted for a while and then he conference called in his lovely wife and we chatted and set up an interview while I would be up there looking for apartments. To make a long story short I interviewed with the mom at their beautiful home and the next day was called and told that I was the one they wanted to join their family.  So my job, full time nanny, 8am to 6pm Monday through Friday for the wonderful Furr family who have three beautiful children. AG is 7 and in 2nd grade, she does NOT like princesses and prefers spiderman and anything not girly. SL is 5 years old and will start kindergarten in the fall she is ALL princess and girl and loves to wear dresses, basically a girl after my own heart. She actually reminds me a lot of my sister Jessi which is nice since I live far away now. And finally last but not least mister WJ who is 4 and all boy except for the occasional day SL wants him to play dress up with her.  My job duties include, loving the children with all of my heart, keeping them safe, making sure they have fun, and then on the side, laundry, taking them to and from Karate, and homework help. Basically I am being paid to be a part time mom, which is the best because at the end of the day I can leave them and not worry.  I really love my job and am so blessed that the Lord has placed this in my path. Hopefully this will be a job that I can be with for the long run until either one of us decide it's time for a change.  Hope you enjoy this blog we do some interesting stuff and with kids you really never know what each day is going to be like! Jenny