Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

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Wish you were here, wish you could see this place
Wish you were near, I wish I could touch your face

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The weather’s nice, it’s paradise
It’s summertime all year and there’s some folks we know
They say, “Hello, I miss you so, wish you were here”

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Wish you were here

-Mark Willis

Pictures by me

I continue to miss you every day Becky.

More Camera Experimenting- FALL

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Also, a friend recommended the Chai Latte at Starbucks with some  pumpkin flavoring in it. I totally got it  and it was delish. I got a medium and asked for 2 pumps of pumpkin flavoring. However, I will ask for one pump next time because that pumpkin chai latte was SWEEEEET! Yum though!!

Oh and a lady outside Starbucks comes up to me and asks if I am a photographer. My response: Why yes, yes I am. Here is a business card.¬† NOT…it was more like well I’m trying to be. I could not have sounded any more dumb. I was just not expecting someone to ask me that now or at any point really ha. So she is all, oh! well my friend is a photographer (good for your friend for being a “real” photographer) and she found this really cool picture the other day of a girl with a camera tattoo. (Just what I’ve been waiting all day to see…….) ¬† She then gets her iphone and searches for it to show me. She then presents me with a girl who had a camera (only) tattooed on her underarm. It’s held up to her face as if she is taking a picture.¬† My response: wow that is awesome! I love that idea. (damn my southern manners). In all honesty, I thought it was plain tacky. But yeah…..to each his/her own.

It gives me hope that maybe, somewhere in there, I do have a bit more creativity than other people ¬†ūüôā

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Happy 1st Birthday Paige

Tonight my husband and I went to Paige’s 1st birthday party.¬† I babysit for her and thought it was so cute I was invited to her party ‚̧

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Happy 1st Birthday Paige. You have your entire life ahead of you. How amazing that must feel.¬† I hope you travel the world and see so many beautiful things.¬† I hope your heart never gets broken. I hope you always stay close to your sister. And most of all, I hope you LIVE every moment to the fullest. Don’t blink. ‚̧

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Cheers to being 1. And to being OVER 21 and able to drink a glass of wine haha!

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Need a massage? No need to spend money. Hire Daisy!

So I just got done working out on the elliptical and am sitting on the lazy boy chair. Daisy, my chihuahua, just jumped onto the arm of the chair and stood on her hind legs to reach my back. She then proceeded to lick it with a very warm tongue. I must admit that this felt quite relaxing ! Daisy is also famous for prancing back and forth on people by tapping her legs in rhythm against unusual spots like their head. Maybe she thinks this will stimulate intellectual development?

Just saying if you want to save some money…….

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Working for Myself

“I’ve worked hard for other people but I’ve never worked hard for myself.” -Winner of Project Runway 2013

This quote really hits home because I have been serving people my entire life.¬† Without going into extreme detail, when you serve different families for years as a nanny, you begin to feel like a decorative piece of furniture in their squeaky clean & stylish¬†houses. Walking through neighborhood after neighborhood of perfectly cut grass and gingerbread castles with $10 shoes on feels embarrassing deep down. The whisper in the wind says that¬†I am only there because¬†I know someone who lives on that neatly ironed street. I’ve been lucky to work for a few amazing families that have truly been good experiences. I’m not knocking the people specifically that I’ve worked for. My point is that we come from different worlds and that serving in a foreign world is really hard.

I work my ass off and can’t afford things for myself. I’m talking socks, new shoes, a haircut-the list goes on. Yet, working for families (especially good ones) is equivalent to being trapped in a wash machine. I have the same routine, every day, and regardless what happens to me financially or emotionally..stopping does not seem to be an option. I convince myself that the family depends on me and needs me to function. Being depended on is flattering and almost addicting. It’s also incredibly exhausting to have so much responsibility day in and day out.¬†Questions go through my head like how can I leave? I take care of their child. What would they do without me?..

The answer to this is : exactly what they did before me. They will figure it out. The child will, in all reality, never remember me and yet still grow up happy and healthy.

Meanwhile, I have to figure my life out. Always being concerned with money, I’ve never really put myself first.¬† I’m at a point in my life at¬†25 years old where I feel like I’ve earned the right to be selfish for once.¬†¬† Maybe it just feels like being selfish though…it could quite possibly be just feeling like a human that matters.¬† ¬†I need to make¬†a public declaration¬†that the family I am currently with will be my last family to nanny for. As soon as we move out-of-state it’s time to find something (anything) else. It’s time to say goodbye to the only profession that I feel truly confidant in. I need to do this for me. So that I can start working for myself. Doing God knows what. All I know is that I want it to make me feel:

 happy. comfortable. satisfied. secure. motivated. energetic.confidant. worthy. accomplished. talented. amazing. beautiful.

It’s taken me over 10 years to realize that none of those words, for me,¬†coincide with childcare.

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Pictures of Yummy Recipes I’ve Tried Lately

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Pigs in  A Blanket (2012)

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Breakfast Casserole (2012)

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Chicken Salad  (2012)

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Christmas Pretzels (2012)

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Ravioli (2012)

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Stuffed Peppers (2012)

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If one is sick, one must always have Hot Tea and a Honey Bear!  (2013)

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Lemon Zest Broccoli and Kraft Chicken Mozerella  (2013)

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Amazing Healthy Pumpkin Fruit Dip (2013)

 

 

The Bachelor Group

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Just a pic of my friends and I ! We are the “Bachelor Group” because every week we get together, drink wine, and watch the Bachelor together religiously haha. Priscilla’s daughter, Madison, had her 1st birthday party today.¬†It was really cute to see her dig into her cake and get excited over the big balloons. The theme was cupcakes. Who doesn’t love cupcakes!