Mother’s Day

Last weekend was Mother’s Day, and while I’m still waiting a bit longer to have my own, I made sure to do some projects with the kids I nanny to surprise their moms.

Milo is nearly two, so we made some handprint flowers for Mama.

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And Charlie and Alex made a cake for their mom that says “Happy Mother’s Day” in Hebrew. The kids, the kitchen, and myself were all COVERED in purple frosting and sprinkles, but we had a great time – and I managed to get the kids in bed and the kitchen clean before Mom & Dad came home from date night.

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I completely adore the kids I sit for, but Im looking forward to the day when somebody makes handprint art and sloppy cakes for me too. 😉

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Nannying

Today was my very first day as a full-time nanny. I’ll be taking care of an almost-two year old boy three days per week (four if Mom picks up an extra day at work later this summer), a pair of two and four year old sisters one day per week, and I’ll still be getting Charlie and Alex from school two days per week and sitting them on Saturday nights. All this will give me around 50 hours per week of awesome kid-time.

And you know, I have to say it, as a theater practitioner and hopeful artist, I’ve done an awful lot of different jobs to keep myself afloat over the years – coffee making, photo developing, shelf stocking, register running, drunk people steering, and ticket taking – but I think this gig is gonna be pretty darn awesome.

Today consisted of finger painting, play-doh-ing, walking slowly while inspecting every dandelion and puddle, pushing a swing, reading stories, putting colored plastic bears into colored plastic cups, nap time, and more play-doh. Then I got a last minute call to come over to sit for one of my occasional families when they lucked into Red Sox tickets for tonight. So I’ve spent the evening enacting, coloring pictures of, and speculating about all things Harry Potter with an 8 year old, her 5 year old sister, and 2 year old brother. Everyone is now thankfully and fairly quickly asleep, and I can’t help but think this is going to be a pretty awesome summer.

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