I think I have found my perfect work situation. So, I have been looking into becoming a nanny for a family. Since I can only bring Graycen to work with me for still an undetermined amount of time - I figured this would be the next closest option to staying home with Graycen. About 2 weeks ago, I received an email from a woman that saw my profile on http://www.enannysource.com/. I've had my profile on there for a while and there have been some leads, but nothing too exciting. The day before she emailed me I received an email from their site asking me to log in to my account to keep it active. I contemplated - did I really want to continue or just stop? I decided to log in. It was around 8:30pm Saturday night. I got an email from Katy at 2:20am Sunday morning. She said she had read my profile and instantly felt comfortable and like she knew me. We emailed back and forth for a day or two. In emailing we found that we only lived 7 blocks from each other. We decided to meet on Tuesday. Tuesday came - we met at J&S Bean Factory - located about 4 blocks from each of us. We sat there for almost two hours - just talking! It was nice to have a grown-up conversation with someone other than my husband or relative. We got along great and clicked instantly. Graycen started to get fussy - so it was time to go. We both left feeling really good and she said "I would love for you to meet my husband and son - I'll talk to you soon" We got into our cars and left.
a little background on the family: Katy & Brett are married - they have a 3.5 year old son named Owen. They are adopting a baby girl from Columbia this summer. She will probably be about 6 months old come August. Brett is a teacher and Katy is a social worker at a school. They would need someone to care for their daughter Monday - Friday from 8am - 1pm. Owen would be brought to the bus in the morning and picked up from the bus afternoon. I would see Owen for about 1-1.5 hours/day.
Katy and I emailed back and forth -talking about what would be going on, hours - etc. She asked if I was available Saturday to come over to meet Owen & Brett (son & husband) I said sure! Saturday came and Graycie and I packed up and head over! Her son was a ball of energy! They asked me some more questions - we talked some - I asked some questions - we talked some more. Well, everything felt great and then we got to the end, the all dreaded topic - SALARY. Before I went over there I had a figure in my head. I said if they offered anything lower than that amount I was going to have to turn it down. Lo and behold - my low number was their number!! I was secretly and quietly THRILLED!! I then asked what would happen come the summer months when they both weren't working - they decided that since they wouldn't want to lose me for the next school year and didn't want to leave me unemployed - they would still pay me and I would maybe work 1 day a week. So essentially, I would be paid for the summer months and really not even have to work. They said I should go home and discuss it with David - we'd talk later. I talked to David. I think I should take the job. It is a little bit of a cut from where I am now, but there are a TON of advantages to this job: I can't bring Graycen to work with me forever at my current job - with being a nanny, I can, they don't plan on claiming it for tax purposes so I get more money, I get to spend all day with my daughter and someone else's daughter (a job I have always wanted) and I kind of get the summer off. I went back and forth for so long and the verdict is in
I HAVE TO ACCEPT!
Now comes the part of telling my Grandparents I will be leaving in August. :-( - that comes tomorrow.