May 19, 2006

Nanny FAQ

(originally posted at

Okay, so for those that don’t know, the major news in my life right now is that I’m moving to Denver to go be a nanny. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what to do with my life lately, and this has felt like the best decision for me on a lot of levels. I’ve had many a question posed to me about this new development, and have put together a little list of common questions in good ol’ Q & A format for your information/pleasure.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: When do you leave?
A: Exact date is a little in the air, but it’ll be sometime between July 3rd and July 9th.

Q: How did you find out about this position?
A: Being a nanny was an idea I was playing around with for a while. I ended up posting a profile on a nanny hiring website so that I could look at families’ profiles and get a better idea of what sort of people hired nannies, what sort of duties families expected of nannies and that sort of thing. When I first went on, I didn’t really have much intention of actually doing it, but then I ended up in contact with a few different families and talking about coming to live with them and it started sounding like it would be a good thing for me. And this family in Denver was a favorite. We talked a lot, and felt it was a fit, so that was that.

Q: How many kids? Boys or girls? Ages?
A: Two boys. Conner and Brad. Ages 8 and 6.

Q: Is the family LDS?
A: No. The father is Jewish and the mother is Christian, and it’s not a very religious home. They do, however, celebrate all of the holidays. And a little Hanukkah never hurt anyone.

Q: What about school?
A: I’ll be able to do school while I’m there. The boys will both be gone to school all day, so I’ll have plenty of time for it. I’ll get back to you on exactly where I’ll be attending and how much school I’ll do.

Q: Do you know anyone in Denver? Will you have any friends?
A: I really don’t know a soul. Well…I guess Sam Belt’s on his mission there, so that’s a soul, but you can’t hang out with missionaries. But, I’m pretty comfortable with going somewhere where I don’t know anyone. I can make friends. Or be happy without friends. It’s not something that worries me. I’ll be going to a single’s ward for church and hope to be heavily involved in that group, and I might meet people through school, too.

Q: What do the parents do?
A: They’re both pilots. Mike flies for United and Judy flies for FedEx.

Q: Since the Mike flies for United, do you get an opportunity to fly free on any flight they have if you do stand-by?
A: What? Nobody’s asked me that.

Q: I know, but you like to brag about it.
A: This is true.

But, yeah, it should be good. There are certainly some things that suck about it. There are a lot of people in Provo that I’m going to miss. And I’m actually pretty sad that I’m not going to do day camp this summer, because it’s such fun job and I’ve spent all this last year thinking of games I can play and crafts we could make and even making CDs with the intention of having something good to listen to during lunchtime (last year it was somehow either Maroon 5 or Kenny Chesney EVERY SINGLE DAY) (the art of making mixes for a group of children of varying ages and interests and backgrounds is difficult, but I happen to be a master). However, I’m really quite thrilled about this new adventure. It’s what a need at this point in my life.

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