Monday, April 27, 2015

I'm a Nanny.

For over three years I have been working as a nanny for the same family. It's honestly my dream job. I always thought I wanted to be a teacher--which is why I took out tons of loans and went to college--but being a nanny is a better fit for me. People ask me all the time if I want to be a teacher or if I'll continue looking for teaching jobs. Nope. No desire. Isn't that weird? I can totally see myself 40 years from now as a little old grandma working as a nanny part-time. I love the one-on-one relationship you build with the kids. I love how I get paid to play. I love how simple and happy my day-to-day is. I love how there's no deadlines. No test scores. And hardly any stress (unless the kids are sick, that is not fun). Did I mention that I literally get paid to play? Oh, and I get paid more as a nanny than a teacher. So for all my teacher friends out there, it's something to think about :)

The little boy is no longer a baby. He is FOUR, which is kind of insane. He used to be a BABY. I can't really handle how fast kids grow up. Enzo is so much fun and a little ball of energy. He makes me laugh every day! And he's so sweet. He'll randomly run up to me, give me a hug, and say, "Hannah you are the best nanny ever." I always tell him he's the best kiddo ever.

see he used to slobber and drool and sleep in a crib! He was so little..
The little girl is practically a teenager. Okay not really, but she is almost 8. She is such a sweetheart and seriously acts so grown up. She's so respectful, helpful, and sweet. We kind of had some "power struggles" when I first started and I remember my very first week we were at the grocery store and I asked her to hold onto the cart. She called me a sponge. "You sponge!" were her exact words. Haha! It was the best. It was one of those times where you know the kid needs to get into "trouble" but you can't stop laughing.

I love both of them so much. They seriously feel like mine. Not mine as in my own children, but mine as in they are part of my family somehow. Their mom refers to me as their "second-mom." If you ask Enzo who the members of his family are he will tell you mom, dad, Gabby, Peanut (their dog), Hannah, and Landon. As a nanny, you truly become a part of the fam. I love how much the kids love Landon too. Heart=melted!

But the thing is, kids grow up. And they go to school. And they no longer need a nanny. I'm in denial about it all. I really don't know how I'm going to do it.

can't they just stay little forever?!
I know I can stay in the kids' lives and still go to birthday parties and still visit, but it's not the same. Change is hard. I have known this was coming for over a year, but it doesn't make it any easier.

I was trying to get them to smile "nicely" instead of doing the scrunch face thing. This picture cracks me up! :)
I started applying for nanny jobs last week and I've already had so many interviews, phone calls, emails... it's really nice to feel like I'm in "demand" but I doubt anyone will find a nanny better than me. Haha just kidding. But really.... ;) Ha. It's been SUPER busy and I'm going to be pretty picky about choosing my next family. But I don't even want to be a nanny for a new family. I just want my Gabby and my Enzo... :(

Anyway, I am so grateful for the opportunity I've had to nanny these kids and to the Magyars for letting me be a part of their family for the past three years. I'm grateful for the relationship they've built with me and for the open communication we've had. Being their nanny has been better than I could have ever imagined and I'm just overcome with so many emotions right now. Change is hard.

In about a month Landon and I are taking the kiddos to Great Wolf Lodge for one last shebang before my last day. I hope these kiddos remember me. I hope they remember the things I've taught them. I hope I've had a positive impact on their lives. Thank you Magyars for an amazing adventure and for letting me be a part of your family. Gabby and Enzo--I love you so much!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Detroit Lake Camping Trip.

This year we've decided to do smaller trips, like visits to family and camping, instead of big trips. We love to travel, but sometimes the best trips are the little weekend ones not far from home. Plus, I'm kind of obsessed with camping so even though I still find myself dreaming of a cruise, I am VERY happy with our little weekend getaways. 

We weren't planning on going camping last weekend, but the weather was looking so nice (sunny and in the 70's! Thank you Oregon!) and we didn't have any plans so we decided to go for it. One of the perks of not having kids yet I guess ;) We went to Detroit Lake so we could bring the Hobie and go sailing... best decision ever! Camping AND sailing was the best combo :)

The campground is right on the water and they have boat ramps for you to use... but unfortunately the water levels were CRAZY low so the campsites were more like 1/4 mile from the lake and the boat ramps were unusable. 

This bathroom is supposed to be a "floating bathroom" for you to use if you are out boating on the lake. It was nowhere close to the water. 
Luckily, there was a boat ramp a few miles down the road. So we drove to the boat ramp and then Landon sailed the Hobie back to our campsite while I drove the car/trailer back to our campsite and then met him at the beach with the boys. They were in HEAVEN getting to explore the rocks and water!

It was really fun to watch Landon sail the Hobie and get some pictures. It's such pretty boat!

The view of Mt Jefferson was really pretty!
You can see all the logs and sand really well in this picture. That should all be covered by water. It was really kind of ugly and depressing.
Our plan was to pull the Hobie up on the beach and leave it there overnight so we wouldn't have to re-rig it and put it back on the trailer at the end of the day. It would just be ready for us to sail whenever. But there wasn't a very good "beach" since the water levels were crazy. But it all worked out okay :)

Pretty beach right? ;)

After pulling the Hobie up on the beach we decided to let the boys try swimming for the first time. I'm not even kidding you, it was the cutest thing I've ever seen. I seriously DIE every time I look at these pictures and I've watched this video 100 times. I just can't even get over it. Also, can we just talk about how cute of a puppy-daddy Landon is? Oh my word.

I mean seriously? Is that not the cutest thing? They were just so brave!

After our little swimming adventure, we went back to our campsite to set up and then we all put on our life jackets and went for a little sail. Yep, the boys came on the boat too! Unfortunately, I don't have a picture because Hobies like to tip over and you definitely don't want anything that can be destroyed by water on the boat. Ever. I need a Go Pro ASAP. Anyway, we got some really decent wind and I was a little nervous because I did NOT want to capsize with the boys on the boat (like that one time on Vancouver Lake... that was terrible!) But our skipper took good care of us and we just zoomed back and forth across the lake. The Hobie goes SO fast--it was so much fun! The boys were a little nervous I think, but overall they are just our little sea-dogs and such brave adventurers. I just held them tight :)

Back at camp we made our fire (well I made the fire. Landon dubbed me "fire girl" after last year's camping trip) and roasted hot dogs and s'mores (pronounced smoes in our family). Landon said this was his favorite part of our trip :)

I loved how the boys sat so nicely waiting by daddy to get a taste of the s'mores. Of course daddy gave them some licks :)

We took the boys on another walk after dinner and then put them to bed so we could go out to the lake and watch the stars. One of my favorite things about camping is how BRIGHT the stars are in the middle of nowhere. I just can't get over it. It makes me feel SO small and it's just so beautiful. We laid on the tramp of the Hobie Cat and found satellites and just stared at the stars in awe. It was an absolutely perfect day.

The next morning we ate breakfast, went on walk, took down camp, ate lunch, and then took the Hobie out for one more sail. We didn't have much wind at first, but it picked up and again we were just zooming back and forth across the lake SO fast. I love it!

We had the best weekend and we've decided that from now on we are only going camping near water because it was so much fun to do both sailing AND camping. When we got home we immediately started planning our next camping trip and we are going to a different lake over Memorial Day. Ahhh I can't even WAIT! 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

In My Life.

My dad was born and raised near Liverpool where The Beatles are from. They were a little bit older than him, but I'm convinced that if he was the same age he would've been a Beatle too.

Anyway, he was lucky enough to be around The Beatles right from the start. He would go to The Cavern and watch them perform before they were even big.

Naturally, The Beatles are in my blood. Growing up we would jam out to The Beatles on every road trip and some of my favorite memories are of my dad playing and singing Beatles songs for us.

When I got engaged to Landon, I knew I wanted my dad to sing at our wedding reception. I asked him months in advance, but he wasn't sure. I think he was just feeling nervous about it.

A few days before the wedding, I found out my dad was going to sing for me. I am crying just typing about it because it meant SO much to me. He sang my favorite Beatles song--In My Life and other than the actual sealing, it was the most special moment of the day. We didn't have a videographer at our wedding and now I wish I would've forked over thousands of dollars because we hardly have any video from our wedding. So we didn't get any video of my dad singing :(

Last night my brother posted a video on Facebook of my dad singing "In My Life" and tears immediately came streaming down my face. I just love my dad so much and watching him sing and play my favorite Beatles song brings SO many emotions and memories. So many happy memories.

My dad is truly amazing and I feel like we have a special bond because I was born on his birthday. I've just always been such a daddy's girl! I look up to him for SO many reasons. He has such a strong testimony and love for Heavenly Father. He loves my mom passionately and deeply. He knows everything about everything. He is funny and sarcastic. He is caring and sensitive. He is talented. He is selfless. He is an amazing husband and father. And really, he should've been a Beatle! ;)

Anyway, I am SO happy that my brother recorded him singing because now I can watch it whenever I want. When we visited Utah last month I asked my dad to sing and play for me and I took pictures but I don't know why I didn't think to take a video. Joey, you're a genius! :)

Isn't he incredible? I love you so much daddy! 

Thursday, April 9, 2015


I feel like I only blog when:

A) we did something fun like a vacation, camping, boating, etc.
B) when I'm struggling and just need a place to VENT

Guess what? I don't even really like blogging about type A posts. But I do it because I want to document my life and I absolutely LOVE having such a detailed record. For example, last night Landon asked me when we bought our blu-ray player. I went to my blog and searched for "flat screen tv" (because we bought our tv and blu-ray at the same time) and was able to give him an exact date. Haha! Isn't that great? It was January 28, 2012 in case you were wondering. 

But then I got all freaked out. Because for some reason I thought we bought our house in 2012 and then realized we bought it in 2011. And then I realized we have been living in our house for over three years. Where the heck has the time gone?! There is NO WAY we've lived in our cute little blue house for THREE years. I don't believe it. I also can't believe we still don't have furniture in our front room--we can't use the "we just moved in" excuse anymore that's for darn sure.

Anyway, I just have a lot floating around in my head right now. There seems to be SO much going on, but at the same time NOTHING going on. I am standing right on the edge of something so big and so great and I can FEEL it--but then nothing. Just waiting. Anxiously. Impatiently. Giving-myself-stress-headaches-every-day kind of thing going on over here. It's fun.

So if you haven't noticed this is a type B blog post. A blog post to vent. A blog post about nothing in particular. A blog post because writing is therapeutic for me and for some reason it makes me feel better to write about how I'm feeling instead of just letting it jumble around and around in my head. Because in my head things seem much worse than they really are. Because there's nothing wrong right now. We are just fine. But in my head it's the end of the world. Because I'm crazy. And I blow things out of proportion and exaggerate and dramatize.

One thing I know for sure--Heavenly Father is trying to teach me patience in His plan and HIS timing. I love me a good plan... and love to have a plan. But then I remember that I can plan my life out perfectly, but in the end it's not really MY plan. My life will happen according to HIS plan. And it's going to be beautiful and wonderful and better than I could've ever imagined. It's always so much easier to recognize that in hindsight, but in the moment it's definitely hard.

Okay, end rant. Thanks for listening.

P.S. I am headed to the podiatrist this afternoon. I hate feet and I hate going to the doctors. So this is basically my worst nightmare. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Haag Lake Adventures.

Last weekend we spent Saturday and Sunday at Haag Lake. It's about 30 minutes from our house and just SO pretty. We didn't have any plans for the weekend, so it was completely spontaneous.

We've been wanting to do a camping trip, but it isn't quite warm enough yet and Haag Lake doesn't have overnight camping. So we just spent the whole weekend there and came home to sleep and eat. That's kind of like camping right? ;)

Saturday we went on a hike around the lake. Okay, we didn't make it ALL the way around because that would've taken But it was a beautiful, warm day and even though the trail was muddy in spots we had so much fun.

Oregon is so pretty. I can never get over all the GREEN.
We had been on the trail for less than five minutes when Landon found a snake. Yep, a snake. Rats and snakes. He's such a boy! Of course I was running and screaming when he tried to get me to hold it, but eventually I touched it! I'm so brave ;)

We got to this really muddy part of the trail and I hear Landon yell, "PARKOUR!" and then jump over the mud. It was SOOO funny! 

If you don't know what "parkour" is you have to watch this little clip. I miss this show!

Right before we turned around to head back, we went to the edge of the lake and sat down to look at the lake and skip rocks. I told Landon that I've NEVER skipped a rock and he told me he would teach me. I told him GOOD LUCK because plenty of people have tried to teach me. So he gave me a little lesson about flicking your wrist and trying to keep the rock flat.. and guess what? On my very first try I SKIPPED A ROCK!!!!! He really is such a good teacher. It was a pretty proud moment for me :)

After our hike we were both EXHAUSTED and starving. So we headed right to Red Robin (in our muddy shoes and pants!) and it felt so good to sit and eat. Plus, Landon's meal was free for his birthday and we got ice cream at the end too. It was the perfect day!

On Sunday we took the Hobie out on the lake! Oh my gosh, we've missed her so much! After buying Viking, we really neglected our Hobie and haven't sailed her in almost 2 years. That's not really okay. Sailing Viking is fun... but not really that "exciting." But sailing on a Hobie is SOOO fun! And thrilling! And exciting! You're so close to the water and it goes SO much faster than Viking that you just feel like you are flying across the water. I kind of forgot how much I love it!

P.S. These pictures aren't great because I didn't want to bring my "nice" camera and leave it in the car so these were taken on Landon's phone. Also, I really want a GO PRO so we can take pictures while we are out on the water!!! Or at least a waterproof camera...

It's so hard to tell because the picture is so blurry, but you can see Landon trapezing off the boat :)
Unfortunately we didn't get tons of wind, but it was still so fun! At some points we even had to break out the oars and paddle. My arms were pretty sore the next day. I even made up a little song: "row row row your Hobie gently on the lake... merrily merrily merrily merrily life's a piece of cake." Clever, eh?

It really was such a fun weekend. There's something about being outside in nature that feels SO good and makes me so happy. We just kept saying, "this is what life is about!" We just love spending quality time together and enjoying this beautiful earth Heavenly Father created for us. 

We are SOOOO excited to take the Hobie on some trips and actually go camping. It's going to be a good summer! 
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