Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I can't say no

I have a problem. I physically cannot say "no" to people when they ask me to do something. Let me rephrase that. I cannot say "no" to anyone outside my family. That is just sad. I can say no to Brandon or my sister. But when my mission president calls to ask if I'll do the food for our upcoming mission reunion...I say yes!! Of course!! I'd love to!

After hanging up, I remember I told myself last year that I wouldn't go to one of these again. Seeing missionaries that asked me on a date when I got home...seeing other missionaries I didn't particularly like...and the whole "look what I'm doing with my life, fake smile, and perky attitude." I guess I'm just too pessimistic. At least I can just hide out in the kitchen with Colonel Brandon.

So the mission reunion is in 3 days and I am starting to freak out. Mostly because whenever I mention it to someone they freak out. So then I get nervous. I've never cooked for more than 6 people. What was I thinking.

And of course I want it to be perfect so that just makes it worse. Water is not good enough to drink so I have to do a pretty (and delicious) mint lemonade. I have to cut the rolls a certain way to make them look better. I can't give assignments to people to bring side dishes because they have to go with the main dish.

What on earth have I gotten myself into.

The Menu
Barbecued Pork Sandwiches
Pasta Salad
Grape Salad
Mint Lemonade

Monday, September 12, 2011

Exciting Chillsac deal

If you are in the market for a chill sac (similar to lovesac) the family I nanny for owns the company Chillsac and there is an awesome sale going on this week. The chillsacs are 50% off to celebrate the beginning of football season :) Plus I have a coupon code for additional savings. For the 5 ft. Chillsac use ac$25disc to receive $25 off your order and for the 6 ft. Chillsace use ac$disc to receive $50 off your order. The codes are good through the end of Sept.
And best of all...free shipping!
They are super comfy and there are tons of fun colors :) Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Nanny Bag

I wish I had a bag like Mary Poppins.

Since I am not magical like her, I decided to do something more realistic.

Remember when you were 13 in Achievement Days and you made babysitting kits? I remember I made one out of a wicked cool cowboy boot box from my dad. My mom helped me put that sticky paper stuff that people used back in the 90s all over the outside to make it pretty. It was a Mauve color. I then filled it with books, crayons, and paper and took it with me to my babysitting jobs.

Well who says a 24 year old is too old for that.

Introducing, my nanny bag. I raided my scrapbook room and found some paint, foam stamps and paper. I also included childrens' books I'd won from bunco (who'd have thunk?). I put in some playdough and cookie cutters and there is still plenty of room for lots of fun stuff. I also have fun ideas for the upcoming holidays which I am super excited about!

With the help of Maccy friend, we made this pretty board to hang up all the fun projects we will do twice a week.

Friday, September 2, 2011

You are ugly

Today was just one of those days that you wish you could erase from your memory. I try to only write about positive or silly things on my blog, but I need to write today. And one of my goals is to write more of my words for others to read and who knows, perhaps my future children will appreciate this one day.

Today made me wonder why most jobs don't uplift us and make us want to be better people. I work part-time doing human resources and I hate the feeling of being a mess-up. With jobs, it's like we try so hard to impress and do things perfectly, but the only things that are noticed are when things aren't done perfectly.

However, there is an exception to every rule. It is amazing what expressing gratitude for a person can do to boost motivation and self-confidence.

Today made me think a lot about my jobs and why I make the decisions I make. Why I decided to stop nannying for a family and why I took a job only for the pay.

Why do I babysit overnight so often for parents to leave on vacation while I'm home with their children and away from Colonel Brandon.

Why little children can hurt me so much by telling me they don't like me because I'm ugly.

It is amazing to think about what affects different people and situations have on us. It is amazing to see how different our reactions can be, for better or for worse.

So while I have felt like a mess up nanny because I cut kids fingernails too short or I let a poor little boy get scratched by a big dog, I have to keep going.

Because it's the good days that make this life (and jobs) all worth it.

And I am hoping tomorrow is one of those days.