Many of you have (kindly) inquired about our nanny situation ... and I wanted to let everyone know that we have *finally* found (and I hope I don't jinx us by saying this) our Nanny Poppins! Her name is Rachel (good omen??) and she's live out - been with us about a month now - she lives really close to us and the kids LOVE her! She does all kinds of fun things with them, like hide-and-seek and really cool crafts every day (like painting and cutting things and gluing and making macaroni necklaces - oh and they all made really awesome turkeys for Thanksgiving...I'm saving those for their "baby books!!"!!) She'll just take them over to Michael's, pick out a craft and that's what they'll do for the day. She came to Zach's soccer game (which he thought was pretty cool) and has taken the kids to her house several times to see her dog's new puppies - which they have positively raved about (and no, were not getting one, heehee!) Our house is spotless at the end of the day, the kids laundry is ALL done, they've had a bath, and best of all she does not get flustered when the kids have a meltdown. She's a pro at diversion and I've never heard her have to raise her voice....even when they're acting up (which as you know 3 and 4 year olds tend to do....often!!!) Zach is really into the "Goldilocks and 3 bears story" right now. He likes when I tell it to him - not read it from the book - and "add" things (like pizza instead of porridge, and Goldilocks stays instead of jumping out the window to play monster trucks with baby bear...lol). The other night he asked me to tell him a story about Mommy, Daddy, Zach, Addie, Avery and Miss Rachel walking through the forest and coming to the 3 bears house. Too funny. He said "I miss Miss Rachel". Ok you KNOW he likes her!!! The girls call her Miss Racho.
Anyway, wanted to give you all a status update. Please keep your fingers crossed and pray HARD that she continues to like our family as much as we like her. She's done an excellent (BEYOND excellent) job and we are continuing to tell her that....so I hope she is feeling the rewards of taking care of the kids. Her goal is to open her own daycare someday, so this is definitely "hands on practice!!"