My Nanny McPhee Moment

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I am going to preface this post by explaining my title. Nanny McPhee is a movie about a bunch of unruly children who get a nanny. She teaches them “lessons” about patience, appreciation, being courteous, respecting authority etc throughout the movie without them knowing it. After her five lessons are unknowingly put into action, she disappears.  I was beginning to think I had not made an impact like this on the children I had been watching for nine months but on my last day I was proven wrong, in a very good way.

Wednesday was my last day with the kids I have been watching since last fall. While it may not seem like a long time, I have grown so attached to this family, it was VERY hard to say goodbye. The kids and I have been dreading it for the last month. But I didn’t want to go out on a bad or sad note so we planned the most super awesome week together.

Tuesday we went to Pinkberry, our favorite yogurt hangout. The kids love this place! After our healthy treat we went home for a night of relaxing while watching a movie.

Wednesday came. As usual I woke up at 4 am, got to work at 6 am.. but to my surprise, I-yo answered the door! Dressed and ALL! As I walked in she gave me a BIG hug and told me lunches were already packed, she was dressed, her room was clean and her horseback riding clothes were ready to go! Jare Bear came down shortly after, already dressed and with his riding gear on. They walked me into the kitchen where a bag was sitting by my chair. I handed them their gifts (a picture frame with pictures of us together and a special note to remember me by) and opened mine. They had gone to Starbucks (my favorite mid day hangout and gotten my favorite VIA drinks, a mug and gift card along with the sweetest card and pictures 🙂 Whew..keep it together man!

Lesson 1: Responsibility for oneself

Lesson 2: Appreciation for those around you

After I said my goodbyes to MomBoss, (who was working late and I wouldn’t see again) the kids and I started playing. We turned on a movie, played games and talked about where I was going and why.

I dropped them off at school at their usual time, said “goodbye, have a great day!” like I had every day for the past nine months.. but just as Jare Bear got out of the car he turned around and said “Miss Kelsey, this is the last time you will ever drop us off at school… Have a good day.” (tear jerker instance #2)

Lesson 3: Kindness and Well Wishing

I went back to school mid day to watch Jare Bear get his much earned Honor Roll award. PROUD NANNY IN THE HOUSE! He was so excited and I was honored to get to see him earn this accomplishment. He started spring semester with not so great grades but pulled through and worked hard. AMAZING what effort and hard work add up too!

Lesson 4: Hard work, dedication, self control

The end of school was fast approaching so I left a little early to get in the front of the pick up line.  The kids raced out and hurriedly got in the car. We were off to the races, well.. the ranch! It seemed like forever before we got there but we did. I made a call to the owner of the ranch asking specifically for a white horse for I-yo (who LOVES white horses)! Pattie pulled through and the kids got to ride Sophie, a gentle white mare with soft eyes and gentle manor.100_1429

I-yo was first. My little cowgirl was fearless in the arena, so much so that she got to ride solo. Around she went, gliding effortlessly. Jare Bear was next. He was a little nervous at the beginning but quickly picked up the hang of things. The kids had fun playing with Yum Yum the donkey, Ernie and Hershey the pigs, Mack the cow who thought he was a dog, and the farm dog Jake. After their lessons, the kiddos got to brush down and feed Sophie her favorite treat, carrots!

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The ride home was bittersweet, happy from the fun day we had experienced together but knowing it was almost over at the same time. Not even a Happy Meal could help the ride home. Before we got out of the car I-yo said something she has never said before on her own. “Thank you Miss Kelsey. Not just for today, which was totally awesome, but for everything you have done for Jare Bear and me.” (OK if I wasn’t crying before this sent me over the edge..composure… whew!)

Lesson 5: Appreciation, Respect, Gratitude

The kids said goodbye and raced upstairs to change while I talked to DadBoss. Little did I know they had raced off to cry without me seeing them. Eventually Jare Bear came back down with red puffy eyes, asking me not to go. (ahh these kids and their ability to make a grown woman cry…which I guess isn’t that hard since we are pretty much the most emotional beings on the Earth..regardless, I got choked up yet again)

I really hope I stay in touch with this family for a long time. They are forever a part of my life.

In the words of Nanny McPhee:

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I Need Your Help!

Hey everyone,

I am going back and forth with what article to submit to Nanny Magazine for submission. So who better to ask then my amazing followers! Has there been an article that I wrote that really captured your attention? Been inspirational? or taught you something about being a nanny? Let me know! I will send the top two picks to Nanny Magazine Friday Morning!

Happy Hump Day! Friday is coming 🙂

So, you (maybe) want to be a nanny …

These are the perfect questions to ask/ answer on a nanny interview! Puts our job description in perspective 🙂

How to be a {great} nanny

One of the most common interview questions (whether it be for a position or from friends & family) I get asked is, “Why do you want to be a nanny?”  It is so important to know the answer to this … not only to score some extra points during the interview process, but more importantly to know if being a nanny is something you really want. Unlike most part time (and some full time too!) jobs you can get, you really have to love what you are doing. You might not have to love other jobs, and yet you are still fully capable of doing what is expected of you and even doing it well. As a nanny, if you don’t love it, and I mean genuinely, really love it (screaming kids and all!), it shows. The kids feel it. The parents feel it. And when the parents feel it…

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Confessions

After a weekend of the flu, and being plum tuckered out from my new work schedule…I am finding it really difficult to find positive inspiration for this blog. Note I say positive. I feel like my posts recently have been negative and cynical. So… I am going to take a hiatus until I can get into a positive mind set.

In an effort to jump start positivity, I will be starting a cake blog about my adventures as a novice baker. I hope you will take a look at it once it is up and running.

You guys make me want to continue writing. Just gotta get over this rut first. Thanks for understanding.

Much Love

~Kelsey

And the Liebster Award Goes to….Me!

Happy Monday Everyone!

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This is about what I looked like this morning when I saw a message in my inbox saying that Nannypology had nominated me for the Liebster Award. (Thank you Nannypology for the nomination!) This award is kind of like a chain mail letter in the sense that in order to accept your award, you have to nominate 11 other bloggers that have less than 200 followers. You then have to answer 11 questions from the person that nominated you and ask your nominees 11 questions as well. A lot of work for an award. What is the Liebster Award you may ask? It is an award given to up-in-coming bloggers who have interesting blogs, made by bloggers for bloggers. Pretty cool huh?

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To begin I have to give up 11 facts about myself:

  1. I am a huge NASCAR fan. Call me a redneck but I have gone to races since I was three and dumped a guy for not respecting the sport (don’t argue with me…it IS a sport). I went as far as writing a college paper debating my point. I even drove a real stock car for my 18th birthday-went all Jeff Gordon for a few minutes. Slightly crazy.
  2. I hate needles. I am seriously the biggest baby when it comes to shots and getting blood drawn. Still. Hopefully I won’t have a problem giving shots to other people when I get my nursing license. Pretty comical.
  3. I traveled to Europe when I was 7 years old for a family reunion in Holland. Pretty cool 🙂
  4. I have an extra bone in my right foot. Pretty weird..
  5. Speaking of my feet, they are ridiculously small. I am average to tall size and wear size 7 shoe (which are slightly too big)
  6. When I was three years old I stuck a Styrofoam packing peanut up my nose in protest to having a baby sister. I was then rushed to ER because it expanded when I started crying since it wouldn’t come out with my mom’s tweezers. Pretty hysterical now to think about. 🙂
  7. I used reverse psychology on my dad to get him to buy me a Mustang for my first car. When I was little it was the only car I ever wanted. He said girls should not have cars with that much horsepower. So I insisted on a truck. To that he said no, trucks aren’t for girls. Thus I received a Mustang for my 17th birthday since that was one of the only cars available on base when we were looking.  Pretty awesome!
  8. I have classified my room’s status as organized chaos. Don’t ask.
  9. I teach Kindergarten Sunday School and play bass in the Church Worship Band.
  10. I at one point wanted to be a music director (after the doctor, race car driver and astronaut stage) so I learned 9 different instruments: Vocals, trumpet, piano, drums, bass guitar, baritone saxophone, marimba, xylophone, and cymbals(yes they are an instrument and yes it is a lot harder than it looks)
  11. I had emergency appendectomy on Valentine’s Day and while loopy from the drugs I 1)asked for my appendix back to take to school for show and tell in my anatomy class, 2) cried about the 3 dissection pigs I had delivered via C-section that day in said anatomy class and 3) told the nurses to shhhh!! after surgery, geesh they were loud.

There you have it. 11 odd facts about me 🙂

Ok on to part 2 of this acceptance process…my 11 questions from Nannypology.

  1. What is the most embarrassing moment you have had online? (Come on, you can tell us! I just gave you an AWARD)… Well, I was Facebooking like 20 people and lost track of the countless conversations..I accidentally sent my best guy friend a sexy message meant for my boyfriend who had the same name, a message meant for my aunt to my friend and several people got an invitation to a party that they weren’t supposed to get. Everyone was so confused so I had to send a mass message apologizing for the confusion.
  2. If you could get paid to do anything in the world (and make a very comfortable living), what would you choose to do? I would probably play music all day. It relaxes me and brings out my creativity. Or bake cakes…which also does the same thing.
  3. What would you rather die from: being eaten slowly by a 50 foot anaconda? or, getting your head ripped off my a great white shark? Explain. Seriously, sharks are probably one of my worst fears.. living in California and hearing about all the shark encounters nearby, makes me fear the ocean. I love the beach but hate the water. Dying by your worst fear is terrifying. But then, I hate snakes too…. so hard. If it went fast I guess the shark.
  4. Who would you cast as your lover in the made for TV movie of your life? Channing Tatum. No questions asked. My boyfriend is gonna kill me. But sweetie, when you read this, just know you are being compared to a God like creature..its a complement in the highest form 🙂
  5. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? This is a horrible, HORRIBLE question. I love food. If it was one category: Mexican-true mexican-food. Ahhhh….making my own mouth water thinking about tacos, enchiladas, burritos, salsa!!! Eye Eye Eyyye!
  6. Would you rather be forced to make spelling errors, or grammatical errors on a daily basis? Explain. Spelling errors, it already happens on a daily basis and I already know I suck at spelling. If you saw this post before spell check you would laugh at all the squiggly red error lines. Never was a spelling bee champ… I practically live with a Grammar Nazi so making him mad on a daily basis would not be fun.
  7. What game/competition show would you most like to be on? Why? And do you think you would win? Wheel of Fortune. My dad and I have wanted to be on it since I was little!! He is good at guessing letters and I have a knack for solving puzzles early. It has been our nightly-after dinner- bonding since I was probably 8 years old. Of course we would win! We are beast!
  8. What is your most secret guilty pleasure? Name 2! Chocolate. Whose isn’t? lol Second, I love Grey’s Anatomy. I know it’s way past its prime and half the characters have died off or left…but gotta have me some weekly Doctor McDreamy.  (Ok, as a side note, admitting that was probably my most embarrassing moment on the internet………. smh)
  9. What is the most exciting comment/feedback you’ve ever received on your blog and why? The moment I was noticed by Nanny Magazine! I dream for this blog was to eventually get published and now it is a reality. I was also really proud when I got my first “your blog really inspired me” comment!
  10. If you could go on vacation with any of your fellow bloggers, who would it be and why? Where would you go? Well, my boyfriend is a fellow blogger, domparisi, (he got me into this whole thing)..so I would travel to him. We have talked about backpacking through Europe. Starting in his homeland of Italy and making our way up to Holland, my home country. We would stop at all the historic war sites for him (hes a major war history geek) and all the old style food and art galleries for me ( the creative and always hungry one).
  11. Boxers or Briefs? Not sure… On Channing Tatum, briefs.. definitely. (again, sorry hunny.. hehe)

Alrighty then, after much deliberation my nominees for the 2013 Liebster Award goes to:

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1. domparisi @ Basketweavingunderwater

2. brigid@ NannySavvy

3. Unnecessary Wisdom

4. carliedash @ Superhero of Imperfection

5. May @ adlibgapyear

6. Courtney @ Adventures in Nannying

7. The Green Egg

8. The Newlywed Lefebvres

9. Nanny In Training

10. All About Manners

11. Janna @ Mom Cents

Like I did, you must 1)link back to me for nominating you. 2) give 11 facts about yourself, 3)answer the following 11 questions from me to you and 4) nominate 11 of your fellow bloggers-except me- by linking them to your post (make sure you tell them you are nominating them!) Then do the same process for them.

Questions for you:

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  2. If you could change your name what would you change it to?
  3. Do you speak a language other than English?
  4. Have you ever gone to a concert? If more than one, pick your favorite and explain. If you haven’t been, name a band you would like to see.
  5. What has been your most embarrassing moment on the job?
  6. What is your dream job?
  7. What was the funniest thing you did as a child?
  8. Would you rather Sky dive or swim with sharks? Explain.
  9.  What is your favorite t.v. show?
  10. Who would you cast to play yourself in a movie about your life?
  11. Do you have a bad habit? What is it?? Tell me!

Woo Hoo!! I win! Now you can too!! 😀