Tuesday, February 3, 2009

10 Great Things About Being a Nanny

I've been 'nanny Laurie' for the boys for just over a year now, and it's been (mostly) a lot of fun! Of course, I get the 'I wish you weren't my babysitter' fairly often, but it goes in one ear and out the other and the boys are usually very loving to me. So I thought I would make a little 'anniversary list':

  • 1. I get to think of myself as Mary Poppins anytime I want (the good book version not the sappy Disney movie MP.)

2. How many jobs include a big hug and a kiss when you come in the door in the morning and leave at night?

3. I get time every day to rock a little boy in my lap and just enjoy.

4. Kids' laughter and pure delight at anything funny.

5. Taking time to answer all Liam's questions about animals, the universe, bugs, and much much more.

6. Helping a child learn to read, and getting to see him come out the classroom door with his nose in a good book.

7. Discovering that boys are NOT like girls in just about every way you can imagine.

8. Trips to the library, where we always have to find books about animals, dinosaurs, martial arts and wars.

9. Getting to do crafts, with tons of tape, glue, glitter and markers. Then giving them to someone special.

10. Sharing a favorite childhood activity; the boys and I celebrated May Day last year with little baskets of flowers they hung on the neighbors' doors and then hid. That was the most fun thing we did all year, and I can't wait to do it again!

I am so lucky to have these four little men in my life! They give love and laughter to me every day, and my life is richer for it. And fyi to my own kids: I'll still have plenty of love available for any grandbabies...


zaideafraidey said...

what a wonderful tribute and oh so true. Exactly what gparenting is like, taking the time just to enjoy the little and big things. Maybe you should change the "bring em home" campaign to "bring me a grandchild" one. Just thinkin'.

Cara said...

i will have a kid by 35. so you only have a few years to go!!

Laurie said...

ok Cara, I'm holding you to that!

Unknown said...

I'll have one when I have a husband...so you all better start looking for me if you want grandchildren from the oldest daughter since I only see teenage boys during the day (gross).

Laurie said...

don't become MK LeTourneau pls.

Cara said...

pia letourneau...has a ring to it!

zaideafraidey said...

make me puke...hands OFF underagers

Meg said...

Okay Car-parts...you said it! And Lavs, I can guarantee those boys think you're the cats meow...even when they want to karate chop your trachea. I love how much you love them. You've always been a favorite auntie of mine and it's because you are bananas amazing and a whole lotta fun!