Friday, February 10, 2012

Red and Pink and White and Hearts and Bleh

Valentines day is coming next week, four days from today to be exact. Normally that would mean that I would just change out the random basket I kept in the living room of my old house in Saint Augustine and then getting something from mom. The actual Valentines day is just another day really, I just know that I can look forward to all of the candy being on sale the day after. This year is a little different, being around 3 children as my job requires I come to realize how much I forgot about all the festivities that go on at school. One of my kids is in second grade and the other two attend a three day a week preschool, so in the midst of homework and craft projects I realized that we had to go get Valentines for three classes with three kids who have very different personalities.

I decided the best place to take them would be target because lets face it, its a lot cleaner then Wal-Mart and I knew that I could trust the cart with the child seater thingy to be something the kids would love. Normally I have just the two younger ones during the day but I soon realized how much a third, older, much more opinionated child can change the dynamics. We got our buggy and got in the store, which in and of itself took an effort with only two seats and three get the picture. We ended up back in the Valentine section which I immediately got overwhelmed but decided that these were the kids classes so they had complete control over what they wanted to do, which was something they loved entirely. WJ was the first to pick out the Cars Valentines with lollypops as he eats no sweet other then lollypops (no cake, ice cream, cookies, brownies, etc. he just doesn't like them). Next it was SL turn and she decided on Tinkerbell which was not a surprise at all and they included lollypops as well.

Now we turned to AG who I knew would be the most challenging. While we were driving to Target we got into a discussion on how she needed to buy two packs of Valentines because girls do not like boy valentines and boys vice versa. I told her no, that they would have to suck it up and that she would be able to find something that everyone would like and that no one really cares about the Valentine itself but the candy or toy attached to it. After we went back and forth a little more I told her that she could blame me if anyone had a problem with it. I ain't scared of no second graders, bring em on!!! Jk. She ended up choosing paper airplane valentines which I am sure everyone will love because at 21 I thought they were really cool. She did however want to do candy with them so we grabbed a bag of Kisses and some cute goodie bags. She was pleased and so was I. Today we lined everything up and got every bagged and twisty tied and put in bags and are all set for three different parties on Monday.

Let the festivities begin. For now I will resort to watching The Vow by myself. Just another day in the life of a nanny.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Puppies and a Party

So while texting a friend last night she so kindly reminded me that I have not been keeping up with that and to some extent its not my fault but seriously I can just be that lazy. Working 10 hour days by the time I get home I really just want to lay on the couch and do absolutely nothing until I go to sleep and get up to do it again the next day. That is however not an excuse, so this is me trying to keep up with it again. (Not gonna lie I will probably be confessing this often.)

Something big has happened in my life recently as well as the family I nanny. This past weekend we both inquired new dogs. My roomate and best friend went to a shelter with a friend here in Alpharetta and ended p sending me a picture of this little puppy and a few minutes later she was adopting it. Or should  I say we since we are doing this together and sharing all of the responsibilities. Milo is a 2 month old Terrier Mix and full of spunk and life and lots of cries in the middle of the night. We are in the midst of crate training him and teaching him to sleep in the kitchen through the night which has resulted in two very tired working girls and I am sure some neighbors who are not so happy. Other then that he is a great dog and goes to the bathroom outside 80% of the time which is nice and very playful. The day after we got little Milo the Furr family took a trip and got their 2nd dog Chester who is a 3 year old yellow colored dog. I am not really sure what kind of dog he is but he is much more active then their older dog Annie and so its been a process getting use to the house changing. The kids have to take Chester out every day for at least 30 minutes to play with him and he is not allowed in the front yard with the fear that he might run away. This is not an easy task as if he is outside and get in the van to go the garage door has a doggie door on the bottom and he is out and running around and I have to coerce him back into the back yard before we can go anywhere. Not a task I signed up for but I guess its all in a days work, we just leave a good 10 minutes early from now on.

Today was my first birthday party with the kids, and I am sure the longer I am with them I will be attending plenty more. The party was for a set of twins in WJ class who are completely adorable and have a bigger sister who is 8 and AG's best friend so all of the parents know each other and the mom has been super sweet with helping me get adjusted. The party was at a place called Catch Air which is kind of like a Monkey Joes or if you dont know what that is a big playroom with slides, inflatables, and anything a kid could want to play with. Its like a dream and the kids and I frequent there often. This was my first time meeting a lot of the other moms in WJ class so I was kind of excited to get to know names and faces so I dont look so distant when I swoop in to pick up the kids three days a week. After the kids played their heart out and I got to read a good chunk of The Help we headed into the party room for Chick Fil A (SCORE!) and cake. All in the all the kids had a great time and it was nice to converse with moms and realize that the kids I nanny are just like a lot of the other kids out there.

I guess thats it for now, tomorrow is Friday which makes me happy because my plans this weekend include catching up on sleep and cleaning my room (which everyone knows is a constant task that never gets completed).